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19 Apr

Gen Xers in Despair?

More adults entering middle age are reporting depression, alcohol abuse and drug use.

18 Apr

Screen Time and Attention Problems Among Preschoolers

How much is too much screen time for young children?

17 Apr

Do Workplace Wellness Programs Work?

An 18-month investigation into workplace wellness programs ends with mixed results.

Almost Half of Young Asthma Patients Misuse Inhalers

Almost Half of Young Asthma Patients Misuse Inhalers

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many children with asthma don't use their inhalers properly and don't get a full dose of medicine, researchers report.

They evaluated inhaler use among 113 children between the ages of 2 and 16 who were hospitalized for asthma. Such patients are at highest risk for complications and death from...

Do Hospitals Have Flu's Spread Under Control?

Do Hospitals Have Flu's Spread Under Control?

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many hospital workers and patients spread the flu before they show any symptoms, a new study says.

The bottom line: Current flu infection control measures in hospitals may be inadequate, the Swiss researchers say.

"Our findings suggest that influenza infection in acute care is common...

FDA Approves 1st Generic Nasal Spray Against Opioid Overdose

FDA Approves 1st Generic Nasal Spray Against Opioid Overdose

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The first generic naloxone nasal spray to treat opioid overdose has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Teva Pharmaceuticals' lifesaving product is also the first generic naloxone nasal spray approved for use by people without medical training. There was already a bra...

Weight-Loss Surgery Just as Successful for Teens With Down Syndrome

Weight-Loss Surgery Just as Successful for Teens With Down Syndrome

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Young people with Down syndrome or other cognitive impairments are just as successful in shedding excess pounds after weight-loss surgery as their peers, a new study finds.

Researchers reviewed outcomes for 63 young people, aged 13 to 24, who had bariatric surgery at Children's National Healt...

Even a Little More Exercise Might Help Your Brain Stay Young

Even a Little More Exercise Might Help Your Brain Stay Young

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Alzheimer's and dementia are not an inevitable part of normal aging, and a little exercise might help keep them at bay, a new study suggests.

The researchers found that every hour of light exercise on top of recommended weekly levels of more intense activity reduced brain aging by about a yea...

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Heart Patients Pay the Price When Nearby Pharmacy Closes

Heart Patients Pay the Price When Nearby Pharmacy Closes

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When a neighborhood pharmacy shuts down, it could have dire repercussions for heart patients living nearby, new research suggests.

That's because such closures could mean patients skip or stop taking the prescriptions they need to stay healthy and safe, according to a team from the University ...

'Superbugs' Hang Out on Hospital Patients

'Superbugs' Hang Out on Hospital Patients

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you weren't already worried enough about what germs lurk in hospitals, a new study shows 'superbugs' are common on patients and the things they touch.

Even worse, these bacteria are resistant to multiple antibiotics, the researchers added.

"Hand hygiene narrative has largely focu...

AHA News: After Family's Health Scare: 'We Had to Do This Together'

AHA News: After Family's Health Scare: 'We Had to Do This Together'

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- At his annual medical visit three years ago, John Lavaki told his doctor he sometimes felt short of breath going up and down the stairs.

An electrocardiogram showed abnormal electrical activity in his heart, so doctors ordered an echocardiogram. The ultrasound test revealed s...

Fennel: A Food Lover's Dream Ingredient

Fennel: A Food Lover's Dream Ingredient

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You might have seen fennel in the produce section of your market without knowing what exactly it was. Fennel is a fragrant bulb that can be a food lover's dream ingredient, because it has a refreshing taste, similar to anise or licorice, and pairs well with other ingredients to create gourmet dishes.

Do-Anywhere Upper Body Stretches

Do-Anywhere Upper Body Stretches

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Flexibility in your upper body is important for many everyday activities you take for granted, like twisting and turning while backing out of a parking space. Try these three stretches to help keep your upper body agile. They don't require any special equipment and can even be done in your office.

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Medicaid Could Save $2.6 Billion a Year With Dip in Smoking

Medicaid Could Save $2.6 Billion a Year With Dip in Smoking

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Just a 1% decrease in the number of Medicaid recipients who smoke could save the insurance program billions of dollars a year, a new study suggests.

Over one year, that small decline in smoking and its associated health harms would lead to $2.6 billion in total Medicaid savings the followi...

No 'One-Size-Fits-All' Diet for Diabetics, Expert Panel Says

No 'One-Size-Fits-All' Diet for Diabetics, Expert Panel Says

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There is no one right diet for people with diabetes, and patients should instead have personalized nutrition plans, a new American Diabetes Association (ADA) report says.

There simply is no ideal percentage of calories from carbohydrates, proteins and fats. And combinations of different food...

Whether to Preserve Fertility Is Tough Decision for Transgender Youth

Whether to Preserve Fertility Is Tough Decision for Transgender Youth

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For transgender teens and young adults, deciding whether to freeze their sperm or eggs in case they want children later on is a complex decision.

A transgender person is one whose gender at birth does not match the gender they identify with. In the past, trangender adults would transition wi...

HPV Vaccine Driving Down Cervical Pre-Cancer Rates

HPV Vaccine Driving Down Cervical Pre-Cancer Rates

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is largely responsible for a decline in precancerous cervical lesions among young women in the United States, a new government report shows.

The number of these precancerous lesions detected during screening went down from an estimated 216,000 cases in ...

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Will You Get Fat? Genetic Test May Tell

Will You Get Fat? Genetic Test May Tell

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As obesity becomes epidemic among Americans, many could over- or underestimate their odds for piling on the pounds. But a new genetic "score" might take the guesswork out of all of that, researchers say.

Using information on more than 2 million gene variants linked to body weight, the scie...

AHA News: Scared to Exercise After a Heart Attack? It's Probably Scarier If You Don't

AHA News: Scared to Exercise After a Heart Attack? It's Probably Scarier If You Don't

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Exercise is good for you. But for people who have had a heart attack, starting or resuming a workout routine may sound scary, exhausting, complicated -- in short, the last thing they'd want to do. Instead, it probably should be one of the first.

"We're trying to make it cle...

Microbes in Diabetic Foot Ulcers May Help Predict Treatment Success

Microbes in Diabetic Foot Ulcers May Help Predict Treatment Success

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Some strains of Staph bacteria may slow the healing of diabetic foot ulcers, while other types of bacteria may promote healing, according to a new study.

The results suggest that monitoring the bacterial populations (microbiomes) of diabetic foot ulcers may help doctors decide the best way t...

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli Meats, Cheeses in 4 States

Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli Meats, Cheeses in 4 States

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A listeria outbreak that has sickened eight, including one death, has now been linked to deli meats and cheeses sold at stores in four states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

The illnesses in the outbreak, which first began more than two years ago, have be...

Can't Work Out During the Week? 'Weekend Warriors' Still Benefit

Can't Work Out During the Week? 'Weekend Warriors' Still Benefit

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Daily exercise may be the ideal, but even weekend workouts might prolong your life, a new study suggests.

In a study of more than 3,400 men and women over age 40, researchers found those who exercised one or two days a week had the same low death rates as those who exercised more frequently....

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  • April 18, 2019
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Experimental Blood Thinner May Help Prevent Stroke, Without the Bleeding Risk

Experimental Blood Thinner May Help Prevent Stroke, Without the Bleeding Risk

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say an experimental stroke drug prevented blood clots without the typical side effect of blood thinners: increased bleeding risk.

Bleeding is a common and potentially dangerous side effect of current anti-clotting drugs used to treat stroke patients. But the new findings suggest ...

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