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17 Aug

Sleep and Diabetes Risk in Children

Kids who don't get enough sleep may be at higher risk for Type 2 Diabetes, study finds

16 Aug

Alcohol and Your Health

Light-to-moderate drinking may protect your health, new study finds

15 Aug

Medical Marijuana and Chronic Pain

The potential benefits and harms of medical marijuana in treating chronic pain

Could Urban Lighting Raise Breast Cancer Risk for Some Women?

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research reveals an unexpected potential risk factor for breast cancer: city lights.

The Harvard Medical School study found an association between living in areas with high amounts of ambient nighttime light and slightly increased odds for breast cancer in younger women who smoke.

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Voters in Counties With Worse Life Expectancy Turned to Trump in Election

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Offering another take on the forces behind the last presidential election, a new study reveals a link between living in an area where life expectancy is lower and voting for Donald Trump.

Researchers have long associated lower life expectancy rates with poverty, lack of health insurance and u...

6 Out of 7 Teens Slip Up on Contact Lens Guidelines: CDC

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About 6 out of 7 U.S. teens with contact lenses use them improperly, upping their odds for serious eye infections, government health officials say.

Surveying 12- to 17-year-old contact-lens wearers last year, researchers found 85 percent admit to at least one risky habit that could threaten t...

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High-Cal Foods May Raise Cancer Risk in Women, Even Without Weight Gain

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who eat a lot of high-calorie foods may face a slightly higher risk of obesity-related cancers -- even if they remain thin, a new study suggests.

The study, of more than 92,000 U.S. women, found those who favored high-calorie, low-nutrient foods had a 10 percent higher risk of cancers l...

TV Binge-Watching May Leave You Like 'The Walking Dead'

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Binge-watch a full season of your favorite television series and a night of bad sleep is bound to follow, new research suggests.

The finding stems from a new survey that looked at TV viewing habits and sleep histories among more than 420 people between the ages of 18 and 25.

"Our re...

Virtual House Calls for Speedy, Effective Parkinson's Care

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parkinson's disease patients get as much benefit from seeing a neurologist via home video conference as from seeing a local doctor in person, a new study reports.

The research included nearly 200 patients who received either care from their usual doctor or their usual care plus up to four vid...

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Alternative Medicine Alone as Cancer Treatment Linked to Lowered Survival

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who choose alternative medicine over traditional cancer treatments for curable cancers have a higher risk of dying early, researchers report.

"We now have evidence to suggest that using alternative medicine in place of proven cancer therapies results in worse survival," said study lea...

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Which Heart Bypass Surgery Works Best?

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Five years after heart bypass surgery, patients whose operation was done using a heart-lung pump lived longer than those whose surgeons didn't use the device, a new study finds.

Since the 1990s, two different approaches have been commonly used by heart surgeons to perform coronary artery byp...

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Young Breakfast Skippers Lack Vital Nutrients

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mom was right -- eating breakfast really is important.

Without it, kids may not get recommended amounts of nutrients, British researchers suggest.

"This study provides evidence that breakfast is key for parents to ensure that their children are getting the nutrition they need," said...

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Nurses Learn How to Get Patients to Say 'Yes' to Blood Thinners

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Online training for nurses increased hospital patients' use of medication that can prevent potentially deadly blood clots, a new study reveals.

Nurses sometimes won't give the blood thinning drugs if patients don't want them. So researchers developed the training to teach nurses how to respon...

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4 Ways to Jazz Up Your Salad

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Salads are a diet staple for good reason -- they're low calorie and filling.

But they can also become boring, and if you need high-fat dressings to jazz them up, you defeat their purpose.

Here are four ways to rethink your salad.

Start by experimenting with new leafy green...

'Herd Immunity' May Be Curbing U.S. Zika Numbers

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Zika infections has dropped dramatically in Florida this summer, and scientists say herd immunity may be the reason why.

In practical terms, herd immunity means that people traveling to the United States from South America and the Caribbean may have ...

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Nearly 4 Million Worldwide Die Each Year From Asthma, COPD

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two major chronic lung diseases -- asthma and COPD -- kill nearly 4 million people worldwide annually, a new report finds.

The study calculates that 3.2 million people died in 2015 from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) -- a group of lung conditions tha...

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Powerful New Cholesterol Med Won't Harm Memory, Easing Concerns

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite some early concerns, a new study suggests the powerful cholesterol drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors may not cause memory problems or other mental symptoms.

The drugs, which include evolocumab (Repatha) and alirocumab (Praluent), were approved in the United States in 2015. That came af...

Can a Blood Test Detect a Range of Cancers Earlier?

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new genetic blood test might pave the way for detecting early stage cancers that often prove fatal when caught too late, a new study suggests.

The test scans blood for DNA fragments released by cancerous tumors, explained lead researcher Dr. Victor Velculescu.

By reviewing these...

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Hospitals Not to Blame for Most Opioid Addiction: Study

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Painkiller prescriptions that lead to prolonged opioid use tend to be written by doctors in outpatient settings, not hospitals, new research indicates.

Initial use of opioids such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone) is most often tied to spine and orthopedic disorders, but not...

FDA Announces Recall of Some Liquid Pharmaceutical Products

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of numerous liquid pharmaceutical products because of possible bacterial contamination that could cause severe infections in vulnerable patients.

The drugs and dietary supplements, made by PharmaTech LLC in Davie, Fla., include liq...

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Study Finds Options to Opioid Use After Knee Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Alternative drug-free interventions to manage pain, including acupuncture and electrotherapy, may help reduce the need for prescription painkillers after knee replacement surgery, a new review suggests.

"As prescription opioid use is under national scrutiny and because surgery has been iden...

Ouch! Americans Injuring Themselves Grooming Pubic Hair

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Should you consider trimming or shaving "down there," proceed with care -- a new study finds injuries tied to pubic hair grooming are more common than you might think.

Cuts, burns and infections are reported more than a quarter of the time, according to the online survey of more than 7,500 U...

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Pricey Wines Can Trick Your Brain

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you enjoy expensive wines, keep the findings of new brain research in mind: Your pleasure may have more to do with the price of the vino than its quality.

"The reward and motivation system is activated more significantly with higher prices, and apparently increases the taste experience i...

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