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17 Aug

Smoking, Weight Gain and Health

Quitting smoking may increase short-term risk of diabetes

16 Aug

Smoking and Arthritis Risk

Children exposed to secondhand smoke may be at increased risk of arthritis in future

15 Aug

Your Cell Phone and Your Social Life

Can your cell phone be a downer when you're out with friends?

Is a Haywire Body Clock Tied to Mood Disorders?

Is a Haywire Body Clock Tied to Mood Disorders?

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There may be a genetic link between mood disorders and the body's internal clock, a new study suggests.

Research published earlier this year linked disruptions in the body clock (circadian rhythms) with an increased risk of mood issues such as depression and bipolar disorders.

In this...

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More Opioid Users Getting Treatment Since Medicaid Expansion

More Opioid Users Getting Treatment Since Medicaid Expansion

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The expansion of Medicaid that came along with the Affordable Care Act has made it easier for some opioid users to get treatment, new research suggests.

In a study of nearly 12 million Medicaid patients, researchers found that while the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers decreased ...

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Genetic Testing for Cancer Lacking for Women on Medicare: Study

Genetic Testing for Cancer Lacking for Women on Medicare: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Testing for gene mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer is rare among some Medicare patients who have the cancers and qualify for such tests, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from 12 southeastern states between 2000 and 2014. Only 8 percent of 92 women who met Medicare criter...

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Generic EpiPen Gains Doctors' Approval

Generic EpiPen Gains Doctors' Approval

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval Thursday of the first generic versions of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. has pleased medical experts, who hope it will make the lifesaving medication more affordable and available.

"It's exciting for lots of reasons," said Dr. Michael Blaiss, executive...

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FDA Approves Brain Stimulation Device for OCD

FDA Approves Brain Stimulation Device for OCD

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A brain stimulation device to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has received approval for marketing Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. The FDA approved it as a treatment for major...

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Eating Before Early Workout Helps Burn Carbs

Eating Before Early Workout Helps Burn Carbs

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you exercise in the morning, it may be a good idea to eat breakfast first.

A small British study finds that having breakfast before a morning workout triggers the body to burn more carbohydrates during exercise and also speeds digestion afterward.

The study included 12 healthy men ...

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AHA: Gout Could Increase Heart Disease Risk

AHA: Gout Could Increase Heart Disease Risk

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Having a type of inflammatory arthritis called gout may worsen heart-related outcomes for people being treated for coronary artery disease, according to new research.

The study, published Aug. 17 in The Journal of the American Heart Association, sought to clarify older resear...

Clinical Trials Balance Out Urban, Rural Cancer Survival Rates

Clinical Trials Balance Out Urban, Rural Cancer Survival Rates

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Differences in survival rates between rural and urban cancer patients may be due to the kind of care they receive, a review of cancer clinical trials contends.

Research has shown that cancer patients in rural areas have lower survival rates than those in urban areas. For example, cancer death r...

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Maybe It's Time to Get in the Game

Maybe It's Time to Get in the Game

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Team sports aren't just for kids. They offer adults a wealth of benefits, including a greater feeling of well-being, reduced stress and a strong sense of community.

You have many options for finding an adult club or team-based sport in your area. Your local park and rec department or "Y" might ...

A Little 'Horseplay' Eases Veterans' Mind, Body & Soul

A Little 'Horseplay' Eases Veterans' Mind, Body & Soul

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Navy veteran Lisa Conway was having trouble coping with mobility issues related to two newly diagnosed autoimmune diseases when her therapist suggested equine-assisted therapy.

"I rode horses mainly as a youngster and a couple of times as an adult. When my therapist suggested equine therap...

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The 'Right' Amount of Carbs May Help You Live Longer

The 'Right' Amount of Carbs May Help You Live Longer

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You've probably heard about the high-carb diet and the low-carb diet, but a new study suggests a moderate-carb diet could be the key to longevity.

Researchers followed more than 15,000 people in the United States for a median of 25 years and found that low-carb diets (fewer than 40 percent of ...

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AHA: Personalized Guidelines for Treating Adults With Congenital Heart Disease

AHA: Personalized Guidelines for Treating Adults With Congenital Heart Disease

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- The growing population of adults with congenital heart disease could soon begin to see more personalized care, according to new guidelines released Thursday.

Diagnosis and follow-up care for people over 17 will be based on more than their heart anatomy. It will expand to include ho...

New Blood Test Spots Parasitic Infection in Pregnant Women

New Blood Test Spots Parasitic Infection in Pregnant Women

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A low-cost blood test can identify pregnant women with the parasitic infection toxoplasmosis, researchers report.

People typically acquire the Toxoplasma gondii parasite by eating undercooked contaminated meat or through exposure to infected cat feces. And an infected pregnant woman ca...

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FDA Approves 1st Generic EpiPen

FDA Approves 1st Generic EpiPen

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The first generic version of the EpiPen was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, paving the way for more affordable versions of the lifesaving allergy emergency medication.

Though other injectors are available, this drug, made by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, is the firs...

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Sleep in Your Contacts, Risk Serious Eye Damage: CDC

Sleep in Your Contacts, Risk Serious Eye Damage: CDC

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A 59-year-old man was in the shower, wiping his eyes with a towel, when he heard a popping sound and felt pain shoot through his left eye.

His cornea had developed a severe ulcer and ruptured, tearing a hole in his eye.

The ulcer grew from a bacterial infection the man developed aft...

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Blood Test in Early Pregnancy May Predict Mom's Diabetes Risk

Blood Test in Early Pregnancy May Predict Mom's Diabetes Risk

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test seems to detect signs of gestational diabetes as early as the 10th week of pregnancy, a new U.S. government study says.

Gestational diabetes occurs only in pregnancy and can pose a serious health threat to mothers and babies.

It increases the mother's risk of pregnancy-...

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1 in 4 in U.S. Has a Disability, CDC Reports

1 in 4 in U.S. Has a Disability, CDC Reports

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One in four American adults (61 million people) has a significant physical or mental disability, the federal government reported Thursday. And these disabilities are more prevalent among women, people in the South, and those living in poverty.

Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Contr...

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AHA: Are Eggs Good for You or Not?

AHA: Are Eggs Good for You or Not?

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- The egg is standard breakfast fare, but many people may be wondering whether eggs are healthy.

At just 78 calories each, eggs are an efficient, rich source of protein and vitamins. A large egg contains about 6 grams of protein. Eggs also are a good source of other nutrients, inclu...

Thinning Retina Seen as Early Warning Sign for Parkinson's

Thinning Retina Seen as Early Warning Sign for Parkinson's

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your eyes could provide early evidence that you're developing Parkinson's disease, a small study out of South Korea suggests.

People with early Parkinson's appear to experience a thinning of their retinas, which are the light-sensitive nerve cells that line the back of the eye, the researcher...

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Childhood Exposure to Smoke May Raise Risk of Death From COPD

Childhood Exposure to Smoke May Raise Risk of Death From COPD

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with long-term exposure to secondhand smoke as children are at increased risk of early death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research suggests.

The American Cancer Society study also linked exposure to secondhand smoke in adulthood with increased risk of prematur...

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