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25 May

Antidepressants and Weight

Commonly prescribed antidepressants increase the risk of weight gain for years, study finds.

23 May

Weight and Childhood Learning

Is childhood obesity associated with lower cognition?

22 May

Foods for Healthier Lungs

Fruits rich in one type of flavonoid may protect lung function, study finds.

Are Yawns Really Contagious?

Are Yawns Really Contagious?

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- We've all "caught" yawning from other people, but why that happens is unclear, according to a psychologist who has researched the behavior.

"In short, we don't know why yawns are contagious," said Meredith Williamson, a clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. "Researc...

5 Ways to Protect Your Eye Health

5 Ways to Protect Your Eye Health

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your risk of vision problems increases with age, but there are things you can do to protect your sight, eye doctors say.

By age 65, one in three Americans will have a vision-impairing eye disease. But early treatment of many of these conditions can slow or halt vision loss, or even restore norma...

Obesity May Offer Some Protection When Severe Infection Strikes

Obesity May Offer Some Protection When Severe Infection Strikes

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity brings with it many health ills, but there could be one silver lining, new research shows.

If you're in the hospital suffering from an infectious disease, you're half as likely to die if you're overweight or obese, Danish researchers report.

For the study, Sigrid Gribsholt, fro...

Little Follow-Up for Many Concussion Patients

Little Follow-Up for Many Concussion Patients

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Although millions of Americans suffer concussions each year, many aren't given information about traumatic brain injury or follow-up care, a new study finds.

"The lack of follow-up after a concussion is concerning because these patients can suffer adverse and debilitating effects for a very long...

Here Comes the Sun, and Kid Sun Safety

Here Comes the Sun, and Kid Sun Safety

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Summer sun brings childhood fun, but experts warn it also brings skin cancer dangers, even for kids.

"Don't assume children cannot get skin cancer because of their age," said Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the solid tumor division at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. "Unlik...

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AHA: Aspirin May Help Some Pregnant Women Avoid Preeclampsia

AHA: Aspirin May Help Some Pregnant Women Avoid Preeclampsia

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- A daily dose of aspirin could help pregnant women in the first stage of high blood pressure avoid a condition that puts both mother and baby in danger, according to a new study.

New guidelines lowering the threshold for what defines high blood pressure pose a quandary for doctors wh...

Leave Tablets, Smartphones Out of the Bedroom for Better Sleep

Leave Tablets, Smartphones Out of the Bedroom for Better Sleep

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Are tablets, smartphones and laptops robbing Americans of shut-eye? Absolutely, said researchers who found that the unending entertainments and the light the devices emit are a powerful, slumber-killing combo.

The finding comes from a small analysis of nine otherwise healthy adults in their 20s...

To Repel Ticks This Summer, Try Insecticide-Treated Clothes

To Repel Ticks This Summer, Try Insecticide-Treated Clothes

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Outdoor enthusiasts: Here's a bit of good tick-fighting news just in time for Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer.

A new U.S. government study confirms that insecticide-treated clothes marketed for preventing tick-borne ills do, in fact, thwart the pests.

In lab tes...

Coal Miners Face Growing Wave of Black Lung Disease

Coal Miners Face Growing Wave of Black Lung Disease

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The deadliest form of black lung disease is on the rise among American coal miners, a new study finds.

Increases in cases of progressive massive fibrosis (PMF) are occurring despite measures to control coal dust that were put into place decades ago.

The finding stems from an analysis o...

Are You Ignoring Endometriosis?

Are You Ignoring Endometriosis?

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Endometriosis is a painful condition affecting many women, yet often years pass before it's diagnosed.

Tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus starts growing outside it, often affecting the ovaries, the bowel or tissue lining your pelvis. Cysts or scar tissue can form.

Beyo...

Be Smart When It Comes to Spring Allergies and Asthma

Be Smart When It Comes to Spring Allergies and Asthma

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of things grow in the spring, including your risk of severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks. So people need to take preventive measures and know when to seek medical care, an emergency physician says.

"Spring tends to bring more people to the emergency department," Dr. Paul Kivela, p...

Newly Identified Form of Vertigo Responds to Treatment

Newly Identified Form of Vertigo Responds to Treatment

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Because vertigo can have many causes, treating it can be difficult, but researchers have identified a new type that may be effectively treated with medication.

"These conditions can be difficult to diagnose and quite debilitating for people, so it's exciting to be able to discover this new dia...

Snorers, Could CPAP Help Your Sex Life, Too?

Snorers, Could CPAP Help Your Sex Life, Too?

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women with sleep apnea might experience a boost in their sex life if they regularly use a CPAP machine, a new study shows.

Researchers found that women who used the device nightly reported a significant improvement in their sexual satisfaction after a year of treatment.

The same bene...

Low-Fat Diet Tied to Better Breast Cancer Survival

Low-Fat Diet Tied to Better Breast Cancer Survival

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients who adopted a low-fat diet were more likely to survive for at least a decade after diagnosis, compared to patients who ate fattier fare, new research shows.

The study has "found yet another health benefit to eating a low-fat diet, and more fruits and vegetables," said le...

AHA: Heart Disease a Hidden Threat to South Asians in U.S.

AHA: Heart Disease a Hidden Threat to South Asians in U.S.

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- South Asians living in the United States are more likely to die from heart disease than the general population. But this risk has been largely hidden by a lack of data, researchers say.

Immigrants coming from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka a...

A Germ-Filled Capsule Might Help Spot Gastro Ills

A Germ-Filled Capsule Might Help Spot Gastro Ills

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Someday doctors may be able to diagnose gastrointestinal (GI) problems without invasive tests by asking patients to swallow a capsule containing a small, bacteria-laced sensor.

The so-called "bacteria on a chip" method pairs tiny electronic sensors with laboratory-enhanced bacteria that react ...

Closed Cars Can Become Deathly Hot in Minutes

Closed Cars Can Become Deathly Hot in Minutes

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It only takes 60 minutes for a car parked in the sun to become a death trap for a 2-year-old child, a new study finds.

An hour in direct sunshine is enough to cause potentially deadly hyperthermia, said study lead author Jennifer Vanos.

And what about a car parked in the shade?

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What Makes for a Healthy Community?

What Makes for a Healthy Community?

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Where you live can have a major effect on your health, new research suggests.

Living in a diverse community where people are better educated, make more money and have good health care nearby is linked to greater well-being and a better quality of life, the study authors said.

"Our c...

Another Foe for the U.S. Military: Skin Cancer

Another Foe for the U.S. Military: Skin Cancer

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For U.S. military personnel, deployment carries many dangers. And besides the well-known threats they face, these men and women are also at a higher-than-average risk for skin cancer, including potentially deadly melanoma, a new research review suggests.

Two military groups face a particularl...

Severe Eczema May Be Linked to Heart Disease Risk

Severe Eczema May Be Linked to Heart Disease Risk

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sufferers of severe eczema may be at greater risk for heart attack, stroke and irregular heartbeat, British researchers report.

Although the added risk is small, it's important from a public health perspective because eczema affects up to 10 percent of adults, the researchers said.

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