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28 Jun

Cosmetics Safety

The number of adverse events reported to the FDA involving cosmetics is increasing, study finds.

27 Jun

Stress and Heart Disease

Persistent mental distress increases risk of death in heart patients, study finds.

26 Jun

Insurance Coverage & Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Loss of Medicaid coverage leads to later stage breast cancer diagnosis, study finds.

Even at Low Levels, Dirty Air Raises Death Risk for U.S. Seniors

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may shorten the lives of American seniors, even in areas where levels fall below national safety standards, new research indicates.

Although it's possible that factors other than air pollution are responsible for the increase in premature deaths among older adults, study co-aut...

Electric Brain Stimulation No Better Than Meds For Depression: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For people who battle depression and can't find relief, stimulating the brain with electric impulses may help. But a new study by Brazilian researchers says it's still no better than antidepressant medication.

In a trial that pitted transcranial, direct-current stimulation (tDCS) against the...

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Heavy Teens May Be Setting Themselves Up for a Stroke

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As more young adults are hospitalized for stroke each year in the United States, new research from Sweden hints at a reason why: Teens who become overweight during adolescence appear to face a higher stroke risk later.

"According to our results, avoiding excessive BMI increase between 8 and ...

Obamacare May Have Slashed Cardiac Arrest Rate in Oregon

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A dramatic decrease in often-fatal cardiac arrest has occurred among Oregon residents who gained access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a new study reports.

Cardiac arrest cases declined by 17 percent among 45- to 64-year-olds soon after full implementation of the health...

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Poor Sleep May Worsen Suicidal Thoughts

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep problems may provide early clues about worsening suicidal thoughts in at-risk young adults as well as a potential way to intervene, a new study suggests.

"Suicide is the tragic outcome of psychiatric illness interacting with multiple biological, psychological and social risk factors," ...

Tattoo Remorse? What You Need to Know About Erasing Your Ink

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Perhaps your neon forearm tattoo with the name of your high school girlfriend wasn't your brightest move ever.

If so, you're not alone.

Forever is apparently in the eye of the beholder. One in eight tattooed Americans regret getting what is supposed to be a permanent form of creat...

Wider Smiles Aren't the Most Pleasing

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Less is probably more when it comes to a convincing smile, a new study finds.

More than 800 people were shown a series of 3D computer-animated smiles and asked to rate them. The smiles differed in features such as amount, mouth angle, symmetry and how many teeth were shown.

Bigger ...

More Summer Sun Equals More Greenland Ice Melt: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Decreasing cloud cover in summertime over the last 20 years is causing the Greenland ice sheet to melt much more rapidly, new research shows.

British researchers analyzed data from earth-observing satellites and high-resolution climate models and found a consistent decrease in summer cloud c...

Can an Aspirin a Day Keep a Pregnancy Complication Away?

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Something as simple as taking a low-dose aspirin every day may protect pregnant women from the life-threatening condition known as preeclampsia, new research suggests.

"Preeclampsia is one of the most serious complications of pregnancy, with a high risk of death for the mother and baby," sai...

Popular Heartburn Meds Don't Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs used to treat acid reflux and ulcers don't appear to boost the risk of dementia, as has been previously suspected, new research suggests.

The study focused on widely used proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) drugs -- medicines such as Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium. Previous studies have sugge...

Getting Kids in the Habit of Healthy Eating

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to help your kids make healthy food choices when you're not with them? Make every meal at home a lesson in good nutrition.

Start by showing them what goes into a healthy meal, ChooseMyPlate.gov from the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests. Fill half their plate with fruits and veggi...

Community Intervention May Aid Fight Against Childhood Obesity

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It has been said it takes a village to raise a child. Now, a new study suggests that it might take a community to achieve modest reductions in obesity rates among U.S. children.

The study authors tested a new program in two low-income Massachusetts communities. The goal was to get elementar...

3 Simple Steps Might Reduce Opioid OD Deaths

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In 2015, America's opioid epidemic took the lives of more than 33,000 people, but three simple steps might cut that number by about a third, a new study suggests.

Those steps include:

  • Not prescribing narcotic pain medicines or anti-anxiety drugs to people who are addicted to o...

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Bye-Bye Flu Shot, Hello Patch?

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental flu vaccine patch with dissolving microneedles appears safe and effective, a preliminary study shows.

The patch has 100 solid, water-soluble and painless microneedles that are just long enough to penetrate the skin. Researchers say it could offer a pain-free and more convenien...

Protect Your Skin From the Summer Sun

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of people like that sun-kissed look on their skin, but experts caution against any tanning at all.

"There's no such thing as a healthy tan. Tanning is a sign of skin damage," said Dr. Ross Levy, chief of dermatology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y.

He...

Senate GOP Leaders Delay Vote on Health Reform Bill

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Failing to win sufficient backing within their own Republican ranks, Senate GOP leaders on Tuesday postponed a vote on their plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

Party leaders had hoped to bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote this week, ahead of the July 4 recess. Instead, Senate...

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Fewer Americans Hospitalized for Heart Failure

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans hospitalized for heart failure has dropped substantially since 2002, but blacks still face higher risks, a new study finds.

Between 2002 and 2013, heart failure hospitalizations fell by 30 percent nationwide, the study found.

At the same time, disparities betw...

Consider Acupuncture for Incontinence, Not Certain Infertility Cases

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture, a 3,000-year-old healing technique, received mixed reviews in two new studies from China -- one focusing on incontinence and the other on a cause of female infertility.

A research team found acupuncture did improve symptoms of stress incontinence -- an involuntarily loss of urine,...

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E-Cigarettes Lead to 'Real' Smoking by Teens: Review

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who use electronic cigarettes -- also known as vaping -- are almost four times as likely as their non-vaping counterparts to begin smoking traditional cigarettes, a new review suggests.

"E-cigarette use increases the risk of subsequent cigarette smoking, even for teens a...

Michigan's Expanded Medicaid Plan a Boon for Workers

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Michigan's expanded Medicaid program not only improved low-income residents' health, but it helped them do their jobs better or get a new one.

Those are the findings from a University of Michigan survey of nearly 4,100 Healthy Michigan Plan enrollees. Eighty percent of the respondents had inco...

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