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MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As if those who weathered Hurricanes Irma and Harvey don't have enough to worry about, one bug expert warns that the standing water left behind is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Residents need to drain birdbaths, pots and anything else in their yards that can provide egg-laying sites for the disease-carrying insects.

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TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- First Texas, now Florida.

For the second time in less than a month, residents of the second and third most populous states, respectively, are confronting the enormous task of recovering from devastating hurricanes that exacted huge health and financial tolls.

Florida is just beginning the process of assessing and recovering from t...

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There are significant ethnic and racial disparities in the rates of lupus in the United States, two new studies report.

Researchers reviewed registries of people living in San Francisco and New York City with the autoimmune disease. They found that the prevalence of lupus was higher in San Francisco than in Manhattan -- 85 people versus 62 pe...

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As Hurricane Irma continues its rampage through the Caribbean, Florida residents are fleeing -- or bracing for -- the monster storm that will strike their state this weekend.

The most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, Irma was downgraded to a Category 4 storm on Friday morning, but still packed winds approaching 150 mph. ...

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By taking folic acid around the time of conception, mothers-to-be may reduce their child's risk of pesticide-related autism, a new study suggests.

"We found that if the mom was taking folic acid during the window around conception, the risk associated with pesticides seemed to be attenuated," said study first author Rebecca Schmidt.

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FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Living near a park can help reduce asthma symptoms among children who live in cities, researchers say.

The new study included 196 inner-city children in Baltimore, aged 3 to 12 years, with persistent asthma. Some lived close to a park or other green space, while others were more than 0.6 miles away from one.

The farther the children ...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As people return to flood-affected homes in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, they need to take precautions to stay safe and healthy, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) says.

The massive storm left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in southeast Texas flooded and about 50,000 people displaced.

Each year, there are more tha...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking bans help protect the health of children's lungs, a new analysis shows.

The researchers reviewed 41 studies from North America, Europe and China, and found that anti-smoking measures were linked to a more than 18 percent decrease in childhood chest infections requiring hospital care, a nearly 10 percent decline in severe asthma atta...

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Safety measures must be a priority for children returning to Houston and other communities affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

For starters, environmental hazards pose greater risks to children than to adults.

"Children are more susceptible to toxic exposures that can impact t...

MONDAY, Sept. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Special antibacterial scrubs for nurses don't fend off germs any better than traditional nursing garb, a new study finds.

"Health care providers must understand that they can become contaminated by their patients and the environment near patients. Although not effective, we looked to eliminate this risk for contamination by changing the materi...

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- America's roads may become more dangerous as an unexpected consequence of climate change, a new study suggests.

After seeing an abrupt spike in traffic fatalities in 2015, which reversed a 35-year downward trend, road safety experts assumed increased cellphone use was to blame. But when the statistics for that period showed no change in sma...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Texans trapped in the unprecedented flooding wrought by Hurricane Harvey now face untold health hazards, officials say.

The filthy water that has inundated the city of Houston poses the most immediate danger, said Cleveland Clinic infectious disease expert Dr. Frank Esper.

"Those floodwaters are being contaminated with sewage, bec...

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If the cold weather makes you shiver, your blood vessels and heart may be quivering, too -- and that may be enough to trigger a heart attack in some people, new research suggests.

The study found that more heart attacks occur when temperatures drop below freezing, suggesting people with plaques in their coronary arteries may not cope well wit...

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Before a nearby volcano blew and buried the ancient Roman town of Pompeii centuries ago, residents were drinking toxic water that probably caused a host of ills, a new study suggests.

Based on an analysis of pipes that ran through the city, Danish researchers believe that Pompeiians could have suffered from a variety of digestive problems and...

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have linked higher exposure to a type of flame retardant to a greater likelihood that in-vitro fertilization won't work.

"Couples undergoing IVF and trying to improve their chances of success by reducing their exposure to environmental chemicals may want to opt for products that are flame retardant-free," said senior study author R...

THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By 1 p.m. Thursday, the Gulf of Mexico storm dubbed Harvey had officially gained hurricane status -- and forecasters say it could deliver a devastating blow to East Texas by late Friday.

In fact, high storm surges and winds up to 115 miles per hour could make Harvey the first Category 3 or higher storm to make landfall in the United States ...

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You go to the fair for corn dogs and cotton candy, not an infectious swine flu.

Researchers are warning that flu can spread among pigs at agricultural fairs and then make the leap to humans, which could potentially lead to a swine flu epidemic.

The good news is that people can take steps to protect themselves by doing simple thing...

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One of the biggest celestial events of a lifetime -- a total solar eclipse -- is heading towards millions of Americans on Monday.

But what's the safest way for your eyes to view it?

The total eclipse -- the first in nearly a century to stretch across the continental U.S. -- will treat millions to a fleeting and unforgettable sight wh...

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of suicide in rural America appears to be significantly higher than in urban areas, a new study reports.

And much of the reason may have to do with the greater prevalence of gun ownership in rural areas, the study authors said.

The findings stem from an analysis that focused on suicide rates in rural regions of Maryland.

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FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For more than 150 years, the deaths of the famed Franklin naval expedition crew -- on a mission to reach the Northwest Passage -- have been a captivating historical mystery.

Now, a dentist says some of the truth may lie in reports about their teeth.

The lost expedition of Sir John Franklin left England in 1845 in two ships bound for...

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 that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, often...

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If parents are afraid of local crime, kids spend less time hanging out in their neighborhoods, according to a new study that used smartphone tracking.

Where residents perceived a higher threat of crime, children spent over an hour less per day outside in their own neighborhood, the researchers found. That's compared to kids living in neighbo...

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis, a painful disease in which a person's immune system attacks the joints, appears to be more common among people in certain types of jobs, researchers suggest.

The findings "indicate that work-related factors, such as airborne harmful exposures, may contribute to disease development," study author Anna Ilar said. She is a...

FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to certain flame-retardant chemicals in pregnancy may be linked to lower intelligence in children, a new research review suggests.

The synthetic chemicals are known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs. Although phased out in manufacturing in the United States, they remain in many products, including old couches and other househ...

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Whether or not you believe in climate change, the Earth is going to get hotter by the turn of the century, new research predicts.

How much warmer?

Approximately 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), according to scientists from the University of Washington, in Seattle.

That may not sound like much, but the researchers...

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If nothing is done to address climate change, tens of thousands more early deaths may occur worldwide from exposure to air pollution in the coming decades, a new study contends.

Increases in air pollution caused by rising temperatures will trigger an additional 60,000 premature deaths each year around the globe by 2030, and as many as 260,000 ...

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health problems for people born in the so-called Stroke Belt of the United States also include a higher risk of developing dementia -- even if they move elsewhere, a new study suggests.

Researchers who calculated data on thousands of adults living in northern California found dementia risk was roughly 26 percent higher for those born in nine s...

THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Can your canine companion help you fight off a troubling skin condition?

Possibly. Well, maybe not your dog, per se, but dogs in general. A human skin specialist said that dogs can offer valuable insight into human skin conditions such as eczema.

"Dermatologists, veterinarians and scientists can learn a lot from one another,...

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Companies needn't worry that job performance will suffer when employees use "active" workstations that come with potentially distracting treadmills, bikes or ellipticals.

New research shows that most of the thinking skills needed to get through a typical workday are "not impaired while working on the active workstation," said study author Bran...

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Four in 10 Americans live in areas where they face a climate change-linked "double whammy" of smog and high ragweed pollen levels.

That's the conclusion of a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Washington, D.C., was the worst of these "hot spots," the findings showed.

People in areas with high levels of ...