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19 Sep

Dramatic Rise in Heart Infections in Young Adults

The nationwide opioid epidemic is causing a spike in heart infections.

18 Sep

Mammography for Men?

Mammograms can be lifesaving for men at high-risk of breast cancer.

17 Sep

Diabetes and Alcohol

Light drinking may have some health benefits for people with type 2 diabetes.

Maker Halts Distribution of Generic Zantac Due to Possible Carcinogen

Maker Halts Distribution of Generic Zantac Due to Possible Carcinogen

THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Novartis, the maker of a generic form of the popular heartburn drug Zantac, said Wednesday it will cease distribution of the medicine after investigations suggested that generic and branded versions contain a known carcinogen.

A distribution halt is not the same as a full recall, and it mean...

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  • September 19, 2019
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Parents, Throw the Garden at Your Picky Eater

Parents, Throw the Garden at Your Picky Eater

THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to convincing your kids that vegetables taste good, variety might be the key to success.

New research suggests that offering children more than one type of vegetable may improve the chances that they'll eat a greater amount.

The study included 32 families with childre...

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  • September 19, 2019
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Can You Still Be Healthy If You're Overweight?

Can You Still Be Healthy If You're Overweight?

THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're overweight but have dodged chronic health issues like high cholesterol and high blood pressure, you might not think that losing weight is a priority. But an analysis of five years of records on 3.5 million people -- underweight, normal weight, overweight and obese -- has found reason for con...

  • Len Canter
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  • September 19, 2019
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All-in-One Pill Helps Protect Heart

All-in-One Pill Helps Protect Heart

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could popping just one pill a day keep your heart and blood vessels humming along for years to come?

Possibly. Researchers just tested a combo pill containing low doses of two blood pressure medications, a statin and a medication that keeps you from retaining excess fluid. They estimated t...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • September 18, 2019
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Intense Gaming Can Trigger Irregular Heartbeat, Fainting in Some Players

Intense Gaming Can Trigger Irregular Heartbeat, Fainting in Some Players

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Video games that guarantee heart-stopping action might come dangerously close to fulfilling that promise in some players.

A handful of video gamers have passed out when intense sessions caused their heartbeat to lapse into an irregular rhythm known as an arrhythmia, researchers report.

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  • Dennis Thompson
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  • September 18, 2019
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Tiny Genetic Tweak May Stop Ebola Virus in Its Tracks

Tiny Genetic Tweak May Stop Ebola Virus in Its Tracks

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New experiments in monkeys suggest that one slight alteration to the DNA of the Ebola virus might render it harmless to humans.

Changing just a single protein appears to activate the body's immune system to fight off the deadly infection, researchers report.

The mutated virus also...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 18, 2019
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New Healthy Drinks Guidelines for Kids: Skip the Soy, Avoid Sugars

New Healthy Drinks Guidelines for Kids: Skip the Soy, Avoid Sugars

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Four of America's biggest health organizations are banding together to urge parents to better monitor the drinks their young kids sip each day.

The take-home message from the new "Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids" guidelines: Cut down on sugary sodas, juices and the like, and favor breast milk...

  • E.J. Mundell
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  • September 18, 2019
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C-Section Delivery Might Alter Newborn's 'Microbiome'

C-Section Delivery Might Alter Newborn's 'Microbiome'

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New research reveals that the bacterial composition of a newborn's gut may be dependent on how the baby is delivered.

Gut bacteria found in children delivered by cesarean section largely reflected the bacterial surroundings of the hospital in which the baby was born, British investigators r...

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  • September 18, 2019
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Chemicals From Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco Devices Not Harmless: Study

Chemicals From Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco Devices Not Harmless: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Chemical emissions from heat-not-burn tobacco devices are lower than from conventional cigarettes, but they're still high enough to be cause for concern, researchers report.

The makers of such devices claim that they produce a "clean" vapor that contains fewer irritants and cancer-causing ...

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  • September 18, 2019
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Opioid Epidemic Tied to Doubling of Dangerous Heart Infections

Opioid Epidemic Tied to Doubling of Dangerous Heart Infections

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Addiction and overdose deaths aren't the only consequence of America's opioid epidemic. Cases of a potentially deadly heart infection have risen alarmingly, too, a new study finds.

This bacterial infection, called infective endocarditis, often affects young, poor white men who share needles...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • September 18, 2019
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Four-Legged Friends Help Buffer Loss of a Spouse

Four-Legged Friends Help Buffer Loss of a Spouse

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The loss of a loved one is one of life's most stressful events. But new research suggests that having a furry loved one still at home may help ease the pain.

Investigators looked at 437 older adults, some of whom lost a spouse, either through divorce or death. They found that having a cat ...

  • Shannon Brown
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  • September 18, 2019
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Age Often Dampens Narcissists' Self-Love, Study Finds

Age Often Dampens Narcissists' Self-Love, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Narcissism is not a good look at any age, but new research suggests it fades as people enter their 40s.

However, the degree of decline in narcissism varies between individuals and can be related to their career and relationships, the researchers added.

Overall, the "findings shoul...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 18, 2019
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Stock up on These Fall Superfoods

Stock up on These Fall Superfoods

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and apples are all amazing fall superfoods and the perfect reason to get cooking.

Cheap and versatile, butternut squash is loaded with fiber and vitamin A. For an easy butternut squash mash, cut the squash in half, discard the seeds and roast for about 1 h...

  • Len Canter
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  • September 18, 2019
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Staying Healthy Now to Work Into Older Age

Staying Healthy Now to Work Into Older Age

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- While you can take Social Security benefits at age 62 and get 75% of your maximum, waiting until you reach full retirement age (between age 66 and 67 depending on the year you were born) gets you much closer to the full amount. But the age at which Americans can collect the most dollars has inche...

  • Len Canter
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  • September 18, 2019
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A Good Night's Sleep Is Key to School Success

A Good Night's Sleep Is Key to School Success

TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Now that children are back in school, it's important to make sure they get enough shut-eye, sleep experts say.

"No matter the age, children report improved alertness, energy, mood and physical well-being when enjoying healthy, consistent sleep," said Dr. Ilene Rosen, past president of the Ame...

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  • September 17, 2019
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A Drink a Day Might Be Good for Diabetics' Health, Study Suggests

A Drink a Day Might Be Good for Diabetics' Health, Study Suggests

TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Chinese researchers may deserve a toast for their new findings that suggest light to moderate drinking may be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes.

The review found that people who had a bit of alcohol daily had lower levels of a type of blood fat called triglycerides. But alcohol didn'...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • September 17, 2019
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Will Feeding Your Pets Raw Food Make You Sick?

Will Feeding Your Pets Raw Food Make You Sick?

TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pet food-related infections in people are rare in households that feed their pets raw food, according to a large international survey.

There is ongoing controversy about whether feeding raw pet food such as uncooked meat, internal organs, bones and cartilage puts people at risk.

Res...

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  • September 17, 2019
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Study Finds Smog Particles Can Reach Developing Fetus

Study Finds Smog Particles Can Reach Developing Fetus

TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution can penetrate a pregnant woman's placenta and potentially threaten the health of a developing fetus, new research warns.

The study is "the first to show that air pollution particles can reach the fetal side of the placenta," said study author Hannelore Bove, a postdoctoral resea...

  • Alan Mozes
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  • September 17, 2019
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Hysterectomy Tied to Depression, Anxiety

Hysterectomy Tied to Depression, Anxiety

TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Having a hysterectomy can be a traumatic experience, and new research now shows it may also increase the long-term risk for depression and anxiety.

"Our study shows that removing the uterus may have more effect on physical and mental health than previously thought," said senior author Dr. Sha...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 17, 2019
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Doubt Over Long-Term Use of Hormone Rx for Recurrent Prostate Cancer

Doubt Over Long-Term Use of Hormone Rx for Recurrent Prostate Cancer

TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Running contrary to current guidelines, new research suggests that use of hormone-suppressing treatment over the long term may not help some men battling recurrent prostate cancer, and may even cause harm.

In fact, the study found that long-term hormone therapy was tied to a raised risk of de...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • September 17, 2019
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