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19 Jun

Risks of Helicopter Parenting

Children With Over-controlling Parents May Be Less Able to Deal With The Demands of Growing Up, Study Finds.

18 Jun

Vitamin D and Colon Cancer Risk

Having Higher Concentrations of Vitamin D May Protect Against Colon Cancer, Study Finds.

15 Jun

Sleep And Teen Heart Health

Sleep quantity and quality important to teen heart health, study finds.

How Much Drinking Is Healthy -- or Not?

How Much Drinking Is Healthy -- or Not?

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who have a few drinks a week tend to live a bit longer than teetotalers do -- but even moderate drinking may raise the risk of certain cancers, a large, new study finds.

The research is the latest to look at the question: What level of drinking might be "healthy"?

It's a compl...

Marriage Is Good Medicine for the Heart

Marriage Is Good Medicine for the Heart

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Add protection from heart disease and stroke to the health benefits of marriage, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from 34 studies that were published between 1963 and 2015. They included more than 2 million people between the ages of 42 and 77, in Asia, Europe, the Middle East...

Experts Warn of Synthetic 'Bioweapons' Danger

Experts Warn of Synthetic 'Bioweapons' Danger

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The burgeoning field of "synthetic biology" research could lead to the creation of dangerous new bioweapons, and U.S. defense officials need to be alert to assess the potential threat.

So concludes a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which advises the...

Obesity Plagues Rural America

Obesity Plagues Rural America

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Country folk are being hit harder by the U.S. obesity epidemic than city dwellers, two new government studies show.

Nearly 40 percent of rural American men and almost half of rural women are now statistically obese, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers reported Tuesday.<...

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Many Young People With Autism Can Become Safe Drivers: Study

Many Young People With Autism Can Become Safe Drivers: Study

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Letting any teen behind the wheel of a car is nerve-wracking for parents, but if your teen has autism, you may wonder if driving is even possible.

Well, a new study offers some comfort because it found that kids with autism who aren't intellectually disabled are probably capable of driving a c...

Severe Stress May Send Immune System Into Overdrive

Severe Stress May Send Immune System Into Overdrive

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Trauma or intense stress may up your odds of developing an autoimmune disease, a new study suggests.

Comparing more than 106,000 people who had stress disorders with more than 1 million people without them, researchers found that stress was tied to a 36 percent greater risk of developing 41 au...

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  • June 19, 2018
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AHA: New Insights Into Sickle Cell and Stroke Risk

AHA: New Insights Into Sickle Cell and Stroke Risk

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Sickle cell disease increases the risk of stroke for African Americans -- but recent research shows carrying the genetic trait for sickle cell doesn't.

It's a new layer on the study and treatment of these inherited conditions affecting red blood cells, and experts say it should pr...

U.S. Smoking Rate Hits All-Time Low

U.S. Smoking Rate Hits All-Time Low

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than 14 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes in 2017, the lowest level seen since data collection started in 1965, government health officials reported Tuesday.

"Certainly, it is fantastic that the U.S. smoking rates continue to drop," said Dr. Adam Lackey, chief of thoracic surg...

One Blood Test Might Be Enough to Diagnose Diabetes

One Blood Test Might Be Enough to Diagnose Diabetes

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that a single blood test could confirm type 2 diabetes, saving patients time and health care costs.

Currently, it's recommended that a blood test focused on elevated fasting levels of blood sugar (glucose) or a blood component called glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) be confir...

Even Modern Care Wouldn't Have Saved RFK: Study

Even Modern Care Wouldn't Have Saved RFK: Study

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The care received by Robert F. Kennedy after he was shot in the head 50 years ago this month was the best possible at the time, and his injuries were so severe that he'd still have a low chance of survival today, researchers say.

The senator was shot on June 5, 1968, after his victory speech a...

How to Keep a Diet Diary

How to Keep a Diet Diary

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- To some people, keeping a food diary might seem old hat or just another busy-work task on your diet to-do list. But when done correctly (and diligently), it's a very effective tool for losing weight and keeping it off.

Studies show that dieters who monitor their eating and weight the most con...

Psychiatric Drug Lithium Tied to Birth Defect Risk

Psychiatric Drug Lithium Tied to Birth Defect Risk

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Using the psychiatric drug lithium early in pregnancy may raise the risk of birth defects -- but not as much as previously thought, a large new study suggests.

Researchers found that women who used lithium during the first trimester were more likely to have a baby with a birth defect, compared ...

America's Poor Are Less Happy Than Ever: Study

America's Poor Are Less Happy Than Ever: Study

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past two decades, poor, white Americans have become increasingly unhappy, a new report shows.

The same does not appear to be true among their more well-heeled peers, the investigators noted.

The findings stem from two mental health surveys conducted in 1995 and 2014. Collecti...

Mom's Voice: The Sleep Secret for Babies in Intensive Care

Mom's Voice: The Sleep Secret for Babies in Intensive Care

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The soothing sound of their mother's voice may help improve sleep for babies in hospital neonatal intensive care units, researchers say.

This section of the hospital, called the NICU, provides around-the-clock care to sick or premature babies. But the hospital environment can hinder newborns' a...

How 'Helicopter' Parenting Impedes a Child's Development

How 'Helicopter' Parenting Impedes a Child's Development

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Overcontrolling moms and dads -- so-called "helicopter" parents -- can stunt their children's emotional development, new research warns.

Directing every move a toddler makes may undermine a child's ability to manage their emotions and behavior on their own, explained Nicole Perry, lead author o...

Warning Labels Can Scare Folks Away From Sugary Drinks

Warning Labels Can Scare Folks Away From Sugary Drinks

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People are less likely to buy sugary drinks if they see warning labels that include graphic pictures of health consequences such as obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, researchers report.

They conducted a study in the cafeteria of a hospital in Massachusetts. Three different types of labels wer...

Reduce Weight, Reduce the Arthritic Knee Pain

Reduce Weight, Reduce the Arthritic Knee Pain

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many aging Americans are both overweight and burdened by arthritis of the knees.

New research shows that shedding those excess pounds can mean shedding joint pain, too.

"This study adds to the evidence that weight loss is one of the few truly effective nonsurgical measures to reduce pai...

U.S. Teens Embracing Alternative Meds. Is That a Healthy Trend?

U.S. Teens Embracing Alternative Meds. Is That a Healthy Trend?

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Alternative medicines -- such as herbal products and so-called nutraceuticals -- have soared in popularity among American youth, a new report shows.

Between 2003 and 2014, the use of alternative medicines doubled, driven largely by increased use of omega-3 fatty acids and melatonin among teens....

AHA: Big Weight Gain in 1st Pregnancy Could Boost Preeclampsia Risk

AHA: Big Weight Gain in 1st Pregnancy Could Boost Preeclampsia Risk

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Higher weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk of preeclampsia in women giving birth for the first time, new research shows.

The study explored how weight affects preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy condition related to gestational high blood pressure. Ten million women aroun...

Today's Sleepy Teens May Be Tomorrow's Heart Patients

Today's Sleepy Teens May Be Tomorrow's Heart Patients

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most kids don't get enough sleep, and that may put them on a path to future heart trouble, a new study finds.

Young teens who slept less than seven hours a night tended to have more body fat, elevated blood pressure and less healthy cholesterol levels -- all bad for the heart, researchers say.<...

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