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18 Jun

Colon Cancer Detection

Colon cancer can spread to other parts of the body before the primary tumor is detectable.

17 Jun

Measles and Summer Vacation

Why it's important to take extra precautions before traveling to Europe.

14 Jun

Nature May Be One of the Best Prescriptions for Happiness

But how much time do you need to spend with nature to feel better?

Many Advanced Colon Cancers Were 'Born' Ready to Spread

Many Advanced Colon Cancers Were 'Born' Ready to Spread

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In most patients with metastatic colon cancer, the disease may have begun spreading throughout the body very early on -- when the original tumor was no bigger than a poppy seed, a new study suggests.

Metastatic refers to the most advanced stage of cancer, when the original tumor has spread to ...

U.S. Youth Suicide Rate Reaches 20-Year High

U.S. Youth Suicide Rate Reaches 20-Year High

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Suicide rates among teens and young adults have reached their highest point in nearly two decades, a new study reports.

Suicides among teens have especially spiked, with an annual percentage change of 10% between 2014 and 2017 for 15- to 19-year-olds, researchers said.

"It really is ...

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Another Climate Change Threat: More 'Flesh-Eating' Bacteria?

Another Climate Change Threat: More 'Flesh-Eating' Bacteria?

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A flesh-eating bacteria has migrated into the Delaware Bay between Delaware and New Jersey, drawn north by the warmer waters of climate change, doctors say.

Five cases of infection with Vibrio vulnificus occurred in 2017 and 2018 along the Delaware Bay, compared to one infection with th...

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Your Mom Plays a Role in Age at Menopause, Longevity

Your Mom Plays a Role in Age at Menopause, Longevity

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For women, predicting when they'll reach menopause is anyone's guess. But if you want to get some foresight, you should ask your mother.

For most women, menopause begins at around 52. But for thousands of women it starts much later, and for some, a lot earlier. Those whose menopause starts lat...

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AHA News: Popcorn as a Snack  Healthy Hit or Dietary Horror Show?

AHA News: Popcorn as a Snack Healthy Hit or Dietary Horror Show?

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Popcorn, with its ample dietary fiber and typically low calorie count, makes it easy to understand why many people think a giant bucket at the movie theater qualifies as a healthy snack.

But be careful before you start scooping handfuls into your mouth as the opening credits ...

Drug Overdoses, Suicide Are Risk for New Mothers: Study

Drug Overdoses, Suicide Are Risk for New Mothers: Study

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Drug overdoses and suicide are common causes of death among women who die within a year of giving birth, a new study finds.

In fact, in the study based on data from California, these two causes accounted for nearly 20% of postpartum deaths from 2010 to 2012.

"These deaths are ra...

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Why Do Young Women Get Addicted to Indoor Tanning?

Why Do Young Women Get Addicted to Indoor Tanning?

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of depression and genetic risk may fuel an addiction to indoor tanning.

That's the conclusion of a new study out of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C.

For the study, researchers surveyed nearly 300 women who used indoor tanning beds, su...

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Is Interval Training the Fountain of Youth?

Is Interval Training the Fountain of Youth?

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is an exercise technique done by alternating short bursts of all-out effort in an aerobic activity with periods done at a very slow pace.

HIIT has many benefits, not the least of which is being able to get the results of a regular 30-minute workout with...

No-Cook Summer Recipes Featuring Cool, Sweet Fruit

No-Cook Summer Recipes Featuring Cool, Sweet Fruit

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sweet summer fruits make a luscious ending to a meal, but there's no reason to limit them to dessert. Here are three fruity no-cook dishes that will please every palate.

For a sauce with a special flavor punch, add chopped fresh cherries to your favorite salsa recipe. Cherries are loaded with ...

Opioids Prescribed in Hospital Often Tied to Long-Term Use

Opioids Prescribed in Hospital Often Tied to Long-Term Use

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People given opioids for the first time in the hospital are likely to continue getting them for months after, a new study reports.

A University of Pittsburgh team found that those first-timers are twice as likely to receive more opioids after discharge than patients who were not given opioids ...

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Did 'Puppy Dog Eyes' Evolve to Please Humans?

Did 'Puppy Dog Eyes' Evolve to Please Humans?

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pooches look up at people with quizzical, pleading eyes that are tough to resist. Now, research suggests evolution played a role in that irresistible gaze.

Dogs were domesticated more than 33,000 years ago and have changed over time to communicate with people, the study authors noted.

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Teen Sexting Can Be Warning Sign of Other Risky Behaviors

Teen Sexting Can Be Warning Sign of Other Risky Behaviors

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who find a sex-based text on their teenager's phone should be on the lookout for other problems in their child's life, a new evidence review suggests.

Teens who share sexually explicit images are much more likely to be involved in other troubling activities, including unsafe sex, alcohol ...

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Ailing Heart Can Speed the Brain's Decline, Study Finds

Ailing Heart Can Speed the Brain's Decline, Study Finds

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The strong link between brain health and heart health is reinforced in a new study. The research showed that as cardiovascular health falters, so too does thinking and memory.

In one of the largest and longest studies of its kind to date, researchers studied a group of nearly 8,000 people in th...

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Another Reason Breast Is Best for Fragile Preemie Babies

Another Reason Breast Is Best for Fragile Preemie Babies

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Breast milk provides many benefits for babies. And now researchers say mother's milk contains an antibody that protects premature infants from an often-deadly intestinal bacterial disease called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

Immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibodies protect against this disease. And...

Heading to Europe This Summer? Get Your Measles Shot

Heading to Europe This Summer? Get Your Measles Shot

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As Europe deals with its biggest measles outbreaks since the 1990s, U.S. health officials are urging travelers to be up-to-date on vaccination.

In 2018, European countries reported more than 83,500 measles cases, including 74 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). A majority ...

Common Blood Pressure Med Might Help Fight Alzheimer's

Common Blood Pressure Med Might Help Fight Alzheimer's

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with blood pressure medication can improve blood flow to a key brain region in people with Alzheimer's disease, a small clinical trial has found.

Researchers stressed that they do not know whether the brain finding can translate into any benefits for patients. But future studies shoul...

AHA News: This Couple Did Everything Right, Then Their 3-Year-Old Drowned

AHA News: This Couple Did Everything Right, Then Their 3-Year-Old Drowned

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Nicole and Jonathan Hughes, a teacher and a physician with three young children, were acutely aware of the dangers of swimming pools and lakes. From fenced-off pools to life jackets to constant supervision, they did everything right.

Tragedy struck anyway.

Last June...

Swallowing Toiletries, Makeup Sends Thousands of Kids to ER Each Year

Swallowing Toiletries, Makeup Sends Thousands of Kids to ER Each Year

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Take a stroll down the beauty products aisle and you'll see rows of colorful packages, even some with pictures of fruit on them. It's easy to see how about a dozen kids a day end up in the emergency room due to exposure to these enticing chemical concoctions.

Over a 15-year period, nearly 65,00...

How Much Fat Do You Really Need?

How Much Fat Do You Really Need?

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With all the attention that the very high-fat Keto diet is getting, you might be wondering how much fat is healthy and how much your body really needs every day to thrive.

First, know that some fat is essential for most people. Your body uses fat for many health functions, including processing ...

How to Recognize Early Learning Challenges in Kids

How to Recognize Early Learning Challenges in Kids

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many children have difficulty with learning at some point, but those with learning disabilities often have several specific and persistent signs, which can start in preschool years. Recognizing them as soon as possible allows a child to get needed help and make better progress.

General signs in...

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