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18 Dec

Are Americans Listening to the Warnings About Sitting Too Much?

More than 1 in 4 adults admit sitting for more than 8 hours a day.

17 Dec

Organic Food and Cancer Risk

Eating more organic foods may lower the risk of cancer.

14 Dec

Brain Teasers and Mental Decline

Do crossword puzzles and chess really help keep your memory sharp as you age?

Take High Blood Pressure Meds? Exercise Might Work Just as Well

Take High Blood Pressure Meds? Exercise Might Work Just as Well

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you have high blood pressure, hitting the gym may be as helpful as taking drugs to lower your numbers, researchers say.

There's "compelling evidence that combining endurance and dynamic resistance training was effective in reducing [blood pressure]," according to the authors of a new report...

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  • December 18, 2018
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Vapers Exposed to Fewer Toxins Than Conventional Smokers: Study

Vapers Exposed to Fewer Toxins Than Conventional Smokers: Study

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic cigarette users take in lower levels of potentially harmful compounds than smokers, a new study shows.

But e-cigarette users are exposed to much higher levels of these compounds than people who don't use the devices and don't smoke.

"The findings are striking, because we n...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • December 18, 2018
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3 in 4 Americans Struggle With Loneliness

3 in 4 Americans Struggle With Loneliness

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Folks feeling lonely as the holidays approach have a lot of company, a new study suggests.

Loneliness appears to be widespread among Americans, affecting three out of every four people, researchers have found.

Further, loneliness appears to spike at specific times during adulthood. Y...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • December 18, 2018
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Heart Failure Takes Heavy Toll, Even for Those With Stronger Hearts

Heart Failure Takes Heavy Toll, Even for Those With Stronger Hearts

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Having a stronger heart after being hospitalized for heart failure may not translate into a better outcome, new research suggests.

Levels of physical and mental decline were similar among patients with weaker or stronger hearts, and surprisingly, those with stronger hearts had higher rates of ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • December 18, 2018
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Want to Eat Healthier? Avoid Stores With Snacks at Checkout

Want to Eat Healthier? Avoid Stores With Snacks at Checkout

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Getting rid of candy and chips at the supermarket checkout could lead to a dramatic reduction in junk food consumption, researchers say.

"Changing what food is displayed at checkouts seems to have an impact on what customers buy. It could also have an impact on what they eat, but we can't be ...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • December 18, 2018
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Opioids May Help Chronic Pain, But Not Much

Opioids May Help Chronic Pain, But Not Much

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially addictive opioid painkillers are often prescribed for chronic pain, but they actually work only slightly better than placebo pills, a new review shows.

The analysis, of 96 clinical trials, found that on average, opioids made only a small difference for people with conditions like o...

Genetic Changes Tied to Rare Brain Bleeds in Babies

Genetic Changes Tied to Rare Brain Bleeds in Babies

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified genetic mutations linked with a blood vessel defect that can lead to deadly brain bleeds in babies.

A rare hereditary condition, called vein of Galen malformation, causes high-pressured blood to be pumped from arteries into veins. The veins aren't meant to ha...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • December 18, 2018
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AHA: Should Pacemakers, Defibrillators Be Recycled -- and Reused in Others?

AHA: Should Pacemakers, Defibrillators Be Recycled -- and Reused in Others?

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Reuse and recycle. Americans employ the concept on nearly everything. Now, medical researchers are working hard to apply it to pacemakers and defibrillators.

Millions of sick people in low-income nations suffer or die each year because they can't afford these implantable medical d...

California Farm Tied to E. coli Outbreak Expands Recall Beyond Romaine Lettuce

California Farm Tied to E. coli Outbreak Expands Recall Beyond Romaine Lettuce

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The California farm where romaine lettuce was implicated in the recent nationwide E. coli outbreak said it is expanding its recall to include other forms of produce.

According to a company statement, Adam Bros. Farming Inc., in Santa Barbara County, said it is also recalling red and green lea...

  • E.J. Mundell
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  • December 18, 2018
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Heart Surgery Won't Cause Brain Decline, New Study Says

Heart Surgery Won't Cause Brain Decline, New Study Says

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Major heart surgery does not cause significant memory decline in older patients, a new study finds.

Researchers found no greater risk for loss of brain function among patients who had heart surgery compared to those who had a much less invasive procedure called cardiac catheterization.

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  • Robert Preidt
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  • December 18, 2018
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Take It Outside! The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

Take It Outside! The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you've ever come home from a brisk walk feeling reinvigorated, you're not alone. Research shows that this is just one of many benefits of exercising outdoors.

Working out in a natural environment can also be more physically challenging, making your body work harder and bringing greater fitn...

Protein Portions: Feeling Satisfied on Fewer Calories

Protein Portions: Feeling Satisfied on Fewer Calories

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Eating protein every day is important for good health. While it can come from animal and/or plant sources, the amount of protein we need is rather small -- just 5 to 7 "ounce equivalents," according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

An ounce equivalent can be one ounce of meat, poultry or...

Runaway Immune System May Play Role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Runaway Immune System May Play Role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've pinpointed a possible culprit in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), reporting that an overactive immune system might send the entire body into an overwhelming state of exhaustion.

"For the first time, we have shown that people who are prone to develop a CFS-like illness hav...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • December 17, 2018
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Today's More Potent Pot Means Higher Odds for Dependence: Study

Today's More Potent Pot Means Higher Odds for Dependence: Study

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pot's increasing potency could make it more likely that toking will interfere with users' lives, a new study argues.

Compared to pot of the 1990s, today's marijuana contains significantly higher levels of THC, the chemical compound that causes intoxication, the research team notes.

Th...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • December 17, 2018
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Sleepless Night Could Make Morning Pastries Tougher to Resist

Sleepless Night Could Make Morning Pastries Tougher to Resist

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's a reason that glazed donut might seem even more enticing if you're sleep-deprived: A new study suggests that even one night of lost slumber increases the desirability of junk foods.

But the culprit doesn't appear to be an increase in ghrelin -- the so-called "hunger hormone" -- which h...

  • Maureen Salamon
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  • December 17, 2018
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Migraine's 'Silver Lining':  Lowered Risk for Diabetes?

Migraine's 'Silver Lining': Lowered Risk for Diabetes?

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A study of more than 74,000 French women has turned up an unexpected finding: Those who suffer from migraines have a significantly lower risk for type 2 diabetes.

The finding is based on surveys sent to thousands of women born between 1925 and 1950. The study found that -- after adjusting for b...

  • E.J. Mundell
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  • December 17, 2018
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AHA: Barbershops Help Trim High Blood Pressure Numbers for Black Men

AHA: Barbershops Help Trim High Blood Pressure Numbers for Black Men

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Barbershops in the African-American community could help men reduce and control their blood pressure, according to a new study.

The research showed long-term reductions in blood pressure among customers who met periodically with pharmacists at 52 Los Angeles County barbershops. Pub...

Don't Send Report Cards Home on This Day

Don't Send Report Cards Home on This Day

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sending report cards home from school on Fridays is linked to a surge in child abuse, a new study finds.

"It's a pretty astonishing finding," said lead study author Melissa Bright, a research scientist with the University of Florida's Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studie...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • December 17, 2018
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More U.S. Teens Are Vaping, But Use of Opioids, Alcohol Falls

More U.S. Teens Are Vaping, But Use of Opioids, Alcohol Falls

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Vaping among American teenagers increased dramatically in 2018, with nearly two of every five high school seniors reporting they've tried an e-cigarette during the past year, a new survey reveals.

There was a bit of good news in the report, with teens reporting decreased use of alcohol, tobacc...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • December 17, 2018
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Do Paramedics Shortchange Women With Heart Trouble?

Do Paramedics Shortchange Women With Heart Trouble?

MONDAY, Dec. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who call 911 for a possible heart attack may get different treatment from paramedics than men do, a new U.S. study suggests.

Researchers found that ambulance crews were less likely to give recommended treatments, such as aspirin, to women with chest pain. Paramedics were also less likely ...

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