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16 Jul

Opioids and Kids

Should children be prescribed opioids for painful, but short-term conditions?

13 Jul

Tick Exposure in Humans and Pets

Identifying where disease-carrying ticks are hiding.

12 Jul

Planning for Baby

Why are more healthy women freezing their eggs?

Hidden Blood in Feces May Signal Deadly Conditions

Hidden Blood in Feces May Signal Deadly Conditions

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even if it's not visible to the naked eye, blood in the stool can be serious -- a sign of a potentially fatal disease other than colon cancer, new research suggests.

This could include circulatory, respiratory, digestive, blood, hormonal or neuropsychological diseases, the Scottish scientists s...

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  • July 16, 2018
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551 Million Tons: How Many Bugs the World's Birds Eat Each Year

551 Million Tons: How Many Bugs the World's Birds Eat Each Year

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you think birds just chirp merrily all day, consider this new finding: Worldwide, they eat up to 551 million tons of beetles, flies, ants, moths, aphids, grasshoppers, crickets and other insects every year.

"The global population of insectivorous birds annually consumes as much energy as a ...

Obesity Adds to Burden of Traumatic Brain Injury

Obesity Adds to Burden of Traumatic Brain Injury

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Suffering a serious traumatic brain injury can be a permanently disabling experience, but new research shows that obesity compounds the health problems survivors face in the years after their accident.

"Achieving and maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity following...

Vitamin D No Panacea for Brain Diseases

Vitamin D No Panacea for Brain Diseases

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D does little to defend your brain against multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease, a new review shows.

The finding is based on an analysis of more than 70 studies.

"Our work counters an emerging belief held in some quarters suggesting that higher level...

Eczema Dramatically Impacts Quality of Life

Eczema Dramatically Impacts Quality of Life

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Itching, blisters, sores and inflammation are a continuous and debilitating source of pain, shame and misery for many people who struggle with the allergic skin disease known as eczema, researchers say.

And a new survey suggests that many of those battling moderate-to-severe eczema suffer from ...

AHA: Virtual Counseling Helps Lower Blood Pressure

AHA: Virtual Counseling Helps Lower Blood Pressure

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- People with high blood pressure who get on the information highway can avoid roadblocks in their cardiovascular health, according to new research.

The study found that adding online counseling to medical therapy helped lower high blood pressure and the estimated risk for developing...

Many Gay Men Suffer Domestic Abuse: Study

Many Gay Men Suffer Domestic Abuse: Study

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a sobering finding that shows women aren't the only victims of domestic violence, researchers report that nearly half of men in same-sex couples have suffered some form of abuse at the hands of their partner.

The study included 320 men in 160 couples, and found that 46 percent reported some ...

Opioids Given Too Easily to Children: Study

Opioids Given Too Easily to Children: Study

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many children are prescribed powerful opioid painkillers they don't really need, putting them and those around them at risk, a new study shows.

More than one in 10 kids enrolled in Tennessee's Medicaid program received an opioid prescription each year between 1999 and 2014, even though they did...

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  • July 16, 2018
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Smoking May Boost Irregular Heart Beat Risk

Smoking May Boost Irregular Heart Beat Risk

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The more you smoke, the greater your chances of developing a common heart rhythm disorder that increases your risk of stroke and early death, researchers say.

"If you smoke, stop smoking, and if you don't smoke, don't start," said study author Dagfinn Aune, a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial...

When Does Your Child's Headache Call for a Doctor Visit?

When Does Your Child's Headache Call for a Doctor Visit?

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Headaches are common in children and teens, but many parents aren't sure when to seek professional help for their child, a new survey finds.

The survey of parents with children aged 6 to 18 found that two-thirds said their child has had a headache not caused by a fall or head injury.

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On-the-Job Stress Relief

On-the-Job Stress Relief

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You've probably heard the health warning: Sitting is the new smoking.

The importance of getting up and walking to prevent serious health issues when you sit at a desk all day long has gotten a lot of attention recently.

Those health risks include increased blood pressure, high blood ...

Did Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Yield a Health Benefit?

Did Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Yield a Health Benefit?

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While the legalization of same-sex marriage improved gay men's chances of having both health insurance and access to health care, it didn't translate into better health, a new study suggests.

"We found that lesbian, gay or bisexual adults were more likely to get married after having access to l...

Many Young Kids Not Screened for Developmental Delays

Many Young Kids Not Screened for Developmental Delays

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are supposed to screen young children to see if they're learning basic skills. But only 17 percent of kids get this critical testing in some places in the United States, a new study finds.

Overall, fewer than one-third of U.S. children under 3 years old receive recommended screening for...

Is Depression During Pregnancy on the Rise?

Is Depression During Pregnancy on the Rise?

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Today's young mothers-to-be may be more likely to develop depression while pregnant than their own mothers were, a new study suggests.

British researchers found that, compared with their mothers' generation, young women who became pregnant between 2012 and 2016 were at greater risk of having "h...

1 in 9 U.S. Adults Over 45 Reports Memory Problems

1 in 9 U.S. Adults Over 45 Reports Memory Problems

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're middle-aged and you think you're losing your memory, you're not alone, a new U.S. government report shows.

In fact, one in nine Americans aged 45 and older say they are experiencing thinking declines. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, noticing a decline...

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  • July 13, 2018
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100 Now Sickened by Salmonella-Tainted Honey Smacks Cereal

100 Now Sickened by Salmonella-Tainted Honey Smacks Cereal

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One hundred people across 33 states have now fallen ill with salmonella after eating Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

For the time being, the "CDC advises consumers and retailers not to eat, serve or sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks ce...

AHA: Soccer Is Called the Beautiful Game, But Injuries Can Make It a Dangerous One

AHA: Soccer Is Called the Beautiful Game, But Injuries Can Make It a Dangerous One

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- With the final World Cup showdown this Sunday, frenzied fans have seen the best soccer has to offer.

They've also seen some of the worst injuries the sport can inflict.

While chasing down a ball during a game last month against Iran, Moroccan midfielder Noureddine Amraba...

HPV Shot Eliminates Advanced Skin Cancer in 97-Year-Old

HPV Shot Eliminates Advanced Skin Cancer in 97-Year-Old

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Two years ago, Ian McKenzie thought his mom's remaining days were dwindling.

The 97-year-old woman had developed a severe case of what was thought to be an untreatable form of squamous cell carcinoma, the second leading form of skin cancer.

Lesions had developed over much of her right...

Where Snakebites Are Deadliest

Where Snakebites Are Deadliest

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Where you live in the world may determine whether you'll survive a snakebite.

About 93 million people worldwide live in remote regions where there are venomous snakes. If bitten, these folks are at increased risk of death due to limited access to anti-venom drugs, researchers said.

"U...

Brains May Be as Unique as Fingerprints

Brains May Be as Unique as Fingerprints

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that no two brains are alike, as genetics and experience make their mark on your mind.

"With our study, we were able to confirm that the structure of people's brains is very individual," said study author Lutz Jancke. He is a professor of neuropsychology at the University ...

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