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23 May

Weight and Childhood Learning

Is childhood obesity associated with lower cognition?

22 May

Foods for Healthier Lungs

Fruits rich in one type of flavonoid may protect lung function, study finds.

21 May

ADHD Medication Problem?

Intentional and Unintentional Exposure to ADHD Drugs on the Rise, Study Finds.

Heavier Women May Face Higher Cancer Risks, Study Finds

Heavier Women May Face Higher Cancer Risks, Study Finds

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Excessive weight gain is never a good idea for health. Now, new research supports the notion that putting on pounds raises cancer risks for middle-aged women.

The study, which tracked more than 137,000 Norwegian women for 18 years, found that the odds of developing certain cancers rose as wais...

Study Affirms What Many Know: Antidepressants May Lead to Weight Gain

Study Affirms What Many Know: Antidepressants May Lead to Weight Gain

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're taking an antidepressant, you're likely to gain weight, a new study out of Britain reports.

That's a finding that generated little surprise among mental health experts.

"Psychiatrists have known about it, written about it and heard their patients talk about it for decades,"...

Most First-Time Moms Say Labor Pains Were Manageable

Most First-Time Moms Say Labor Pains Were Manageable

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many first-time mothers have mistaken ideas about managing the pain of childbirth, a new survey reveals.

The survey, commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), included more than 900 U.S. mothers, 73 percent of whom had vaginal births.

While many said they had ...

Making the Most of Gym Time

Making the Most of Gym Time

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you find that you're more motivated by working out under the guidance of a fitness instructor and like the idea of varying your workouts, taking classes is a great choice.

With today's wide variety of gym offerings, use these tips to decide on the best options for you.

You're like...

E-Cigarettes Don't Help Smokers Quit, But Cash Might

E-Cigarettes Don't Help Smokers Quit, But Cash Might

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Vaping has been touted as a way to help smokers quit, but new research finds e-cigarettes and free nicotine replacement products barely move the motivation needle.

"As best we know right now, the most effective tool to help all smokers stop is to pay them to do so," said the study's lead auth...

Lung Cancer Rate Now Higher in Young Women Than Young Men

Lung Cancer Rate Now Higher in Young Women Than Young Men

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a reversal of historical patterns, lung cancer is now more common among young U.S. women than men, a new study finds.

The good news, researchers found, is that over the past two decades, lung cancer rates among 35- to 54-year-old Americans have dropped across the board. But the decline has...

Cinnamon-Flavored E-Cigs May Bring Lung Dangers: Study

Cinnamon-Flavored E-Cigs May Bring Lung Dangers: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cinnamon flavorings in e-cigarettes can impair the ability of lungs to get rid of breath-clogging mucus, a new lab study contends.

Cinnamaldehyde is the biochemical that gives cinnamon its distinctive flavor and smell, and it has been approved as a food additive by the U.S. Food and Drug Admi...

Even at 'Safe' Levels, Air Pollution Puts Seniors at Risk

Even at 'Safe' Levels, Air Pollution Puts Seniors at Risk

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For older people, breathing in dirty air puts them at risk of being hospitalized with a dangerous respiratory disease, a new study suggests.

Among U.S. seniors, hospital admissions for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) rose as levels of both ozone and fine particulate matter increas...

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Could More Fish in the Diet Boost Sex Lives and Fertility?

Could More Fish in the Diet Boost Sex Lives and Fertility?

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Adding more seafood to the diet could help get couples' sex lives, and even their fertility, back in the swim of things, new research shows.

The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but couples who ate more fish each week were more likely to conceive children during the year of the study.<...

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New Guidelines Mean 1 in 3 Adults May Need Blood Pressure Meds

New Guidelines Mean 1 in 3 Adults May Need Blood Pressure Meds

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One out of every three U.S. adults has high blood pressure that should be treated with medication, under guidelines recently adopted by the two leading heart health associations.

The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association redefined high blood pressure at 130/80 in Novem...

AHA: Preterm Birth Could Warn of Mom's Future Heart Risks

AHA: Preterm Birth Could Warn of Mom's Future Heart Risks

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- A preterm birth may serve as an early warning of a woman's future risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to a new study.

The findings, published May 23 in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, found that women who gave birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy...

'Religious Refusal Laws' May Take Mental Health Toll on LGBT Americans

'Religious Refusal Laws' May Take Mental Health Toll on LGBT Americans

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Laws in a dozen U.S. states say it's okay to deny services to same-sex couples due to religious objections. But new research finds such legislation could lead to mental distress to lesbians and gays living in those states, not just those personally discriminated against.

Boston University res...

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Mediterranean Diet Most Popular on U.S. Coasts

Mediterranean Diet Most Popular on U.S. Coasts

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Evidence linking a Mediterranean diet to a slew of health benefits is extensive and growing, but new research finds Americans in some regions aren't taking to it.

The increasingly popular eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and olive oil while limiting red meat and ...

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Can Excess Weight in Toddlers Cause Brain Drain?

Can Excess Weight in Toddlers Cause Brain Drain?

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Extra pounds in early childhood may do more than put a child's physical health at risk -- they might result in a slightly lower IQ, new research suggests.

The study found that "non-lean" children tended to score lower on an intelligence quotient (IQ) test years later, particularly in the are...

Treatment for Teething Pain Poses Serious Health Threat: FDA

Treatment for Teething Pain Poses Serious Health Threat: FDA

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Consumers should stop using over-the-counter teething products that contain benzocaine because they pose a serious health threat to infants and young children, U.S. health officials warned Wednesday.

Benzocaine can cause a serious health threat called methemoglobinemia, which greatly reduces...

Early Life Trauma May Affect an Adult Man's Sperm

Early Life Trauma May Affect an Adult Man's Sperm

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's preliminary research suggesting that abuse or neglect in childhood might have an effect on the quality of a man's sperm.

The study was small and can't prove cause and effect. But researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston say it points to a way in which stress early ...

A Lonely Heart Poses a Big Health Risk

A Lonely Heart Poses a Big Health Risk

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with heart failure who are socially isolated are more likely to be hospitalized or die prematurely than those who feel connected to others, new research suggests.

The study authors said screening heart failure patients to identify those who lack social support might help to improve ou...

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Toxins in BBQ Fumes May Be Absorbed Through the Skin

Toxins in BBQ Fumes May Be Absorbed Through the Skin

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When you fire up the grill for your Memorial Day cookout, beware: Those tantalizing aromas hold an underestimated health risk.

Grilling meats at a high temperature can produce cancer-causing compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). You can be exposed to significant PAH levels...

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Is Fasting a Diet Solution?

Is Fasting a Diet Solution?

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Research shows that fasting on alternate days has health benefits, including lowering the amount of inflammation in the body.

That's important because inflammation has been linked to many chronic diseases and keeping it under control can increase longevity.

And now there's growing ...

'Pizza Challenge' Suggests Food Is Just More Tempting to Some

'Pizza Challenge' Suggests Food Is Just More Tempting to Some

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For some people who struggle with weight gain, their body's responses to delicious food may be working against them.

In a new study, obese people who had trouble keeping weight loss at bay salivated more and had a steeper increase in their heart rate when presented with a tempting pizza, compar...

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