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28 Apr

Genetics and Obesity

Exercise can reduce weight gain in people with a strong genetic risk factor for obesity, study finds.

27 Apr

Energy Drinks and Your Heart

Energy drinks impact heart health more than other caffeinated beverages, study finds.

26 Apr

Salt and Blood Pressure

Following a low salt diet may not help lower blood pressure in the long-term, study finds.

Happy Mom Means Less Colicky Baby

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- All babies fuss at times, but crying jags appear less likely when a new mother has strong social support or a loving, helpful partner, researchers report.

In a new study of 3,000 mothers, relationship happiness, a solid support system and an involved partner were found to protect against coli...

Seizure Control Eases Life for Young Adults With Epilepsy

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults with uncomplicated epilepsy who remain seizure-free do as well as siblings without the disorder in education, employment, driving and independent living, a new study says.

The 15-year study included 361 people in Connecticut with childhood-onset epilepsy and 173 of their brothers ...

U.S. Moves to Avert Shortage of Yellow Fever Vaccine

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As a new outbreak of mosquito-borne yellow fever continues to grow in Brazil, U.S. health officials say they're taking steps to avert any shortage of vaccine travelers might need.

On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined plans to "ensure a continuous yellow fever...

House Delays Vote on Obamacare Overhaul

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Republican pledge to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act remains on hold.

The GOP had hoped to replace the health reform law with its own version, but those efforts broke down Thursday evening when it became clear there weren't enough votes in the House of Repre...

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Most Seniors Use Cellphones While Behind the Wheel

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When you think of cellphones and driving, you probably picture a chatty teen behind the wheel. But new research suggests that seniors are often guilty of this dangerous practice, too.

And that's true even if they have children in the car, a new survey found.

"Of those senior drivers ...

Seniors Often Have Trouble Managing Money, Medicines

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Have you ever wondered when it might be time to step in and help your aging parents manage their finances? Or, their ever-growing list of prescription medications?

Researchers from the Netherlands did, and found that the vast majority of seniors over age 85 needed help with finances. And many ...

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Taking the Stairs a Better Pick-Me-Up Than Coffee

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You'll feel more energized if you do some easy stair walking rather than drinking caffeine, a new study recommends.

The study included college women who said they were chronically sleep deprived, meaning they got less than 6.5 hours of sleep a night.

On separate days, they consumed c...

Guys, Take the Health Check Up a Notch

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Though preventive wellness visits are the cornerstone of good health, a third of American men don't even have a primary care doctor.

You need checkups, even if you feel healthy, because conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol don't have symptoms but are serious risk factors fo...

Kids' Sun Safety Means 'Slip, Slap, Slop'

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children spend a lot of time outside in the summer, so parents need to stay on top of their sun protection, a skin cancer expert advises.

Much of a person's risk for melanoma -- the deadliest form of skin cancer -- comes from their sun exposure as a child.

"Healthy sun-protection hab...

Who You Are May Affect Your Diet More Than Where You Shop

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study challenges the view that building supermarkets in so-called "food deserts" will help more Americans eat healthier.

Food deserts are places -- often in poor, urban neighborhoods or rural areas -- without easy access to stores stocked with fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy fo...

Did Syphilis Cause Painter Goya's Hearing Loss?

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spanish artist Francisco Goya's hearing loss may have been caused by the sexually transmitted infection syphilis or a rare autoimmune disorder, a researcher suggests.

"This required real detective work," hearing expert Ronna Hertzano, from the University of Maryland, said in a university news ...

Type 2 Diabetes May Be Bad for Brain Health

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Previous research has linked type 2 diabetes and memory loss. Now, new research may be closing in on some of the reasons why.

The study found that people with type 2 diabetes -- particularly those who are overweight or obese -- have thinner gray matter in several areas of the brain.

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Money Pressures Mount When a Spouse Gets Cancer

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Family income can take a big hit when a wife or husband cares for a spouse with cancer, researchers report.

Based on data from working-age couples in Canada, average household income declined between 5 percent and 9 percent, the researchers found.

"The average annual household inco...

Drugs Now Involved in More Fatal U.S. Crashes Than Alcohol Alone

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In vehicle crashes that claim American lives, illicit drugs are now more likely to have played a role than the use of alcohol on its own, a new report says.

The trend comes as more states legalize marijuana and the nation faces a troubling rise in opioid abuse and drug overdose deaths, the r...

Repeat Teen Births Still a Problem in United States: CDC

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After having one baby and tending to the infant's dirty diapers and middle-of-the night wails, you'd think that most teens would want to wait awhile before having a second baby.

But, a new U.S. government report finds that's not always the case. Instead, tens of thousands of American teens a...

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Opioid Use by Iraq, Afghanistan War Vets Mirrors Rest of U.S.: Study

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars use opioid painkillers at rates similar to that of the general population, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed pharmacy claims data from the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. They found that 23 percent of these combat veterans were prescr...

No Excuses: Exercise Can Overcome the 'Obesity Gene'

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even if obesity is "in your genes," regular exercise can help keep extra pounds at bay, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that when people carried a particular gene variant that raises obesity risk, regular exercise seemed to reduce the effects of their DNA -- by about one-third.

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Docs May Miss Major Cause of Vision Loss in Seniors

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's the leading cause of permanent vision loss for Americans, but a condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may be going undiagnosed too often, new research suggests.

The new study involved 644 people aged 60 and older who were found to have normal eye health in their most r...

Could Smoking in Pregnancy Affect a Grandkid's Autism Risk?

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When a woman chooses to stop smoking during her pregnancy, the potential effects to her baby are probably on her mind.

But a new British study hints that smoking in pregnancy could even affect the health of a woman's grandchildren -- specifically, their risk for autism.

"We already...

'Brain Age' May Help Predict When You'll Die

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When the brain ages faster than normal, people are at heightened risk for brain disease and impairment, as well as early death, a new British study suggests.

The study authors said the finding may introduce a way to use imaging of the brain as a biomarker -- a way to measure a biological con...

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