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24 Jul

Childhood Obesity and Colon Cancer

Being overweight or obese in adolescence may increase the risk of colon cancer in adulthood, study finds

21 Jul

Diet and Exercise During Pregnancy

Healthy eating and exercise may lower a pregnant woman's risk of C-section, new study finds

20 Jul

Lifestyle Habits and Brain Volume

Taking simple steps in your 20s may prevent brain shrinkage in middle age, study finds.

Meds by Monthly Injection Might Revolutionize HIV Care

Meds by Monthly Injection Might Revolutionize HIV Care

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a shot of medication to control HIV every month or two instead of having to take pills every day could transform the way the virus is kept at bay.

New research suggests that injectable, long-acting antiretroviral therapy for HIV is as safe and effective as oral medications. The injectio...

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  • July 24, 2017
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Most American Men Qualify as 'Overfat'

Most American Men Qualify as 'Overfat'

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most American men are "overfat," and most American women are not far behind, a new study says.

Overfat refers to having excess body fat that can pose a threat to health. And the study authors from Australia and New Zealand said it's a separate term from measures of body mass -- in other words, ...

Can't Get to the Gym? Work Out in Your Office!

Can't Get to the Gym? Work Out in Your Office!

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Making time for exercise during your workday can be difficult.

The good news: There are ways to discreetly slip in a workout without ever leaving your office.

The bad news: No more excuses for not moving.

Try these easy exercises from Harvard Health and Truman State Universi...

  • Regina Boyle Wheeler
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  • July 24, 2017
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One Stroke Raises Risk for Another, Even Years Later: Study

One Stroke Raises Risk for Another, Even Years Later: Study

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your risk of a second stroke or ministroke remains considerable for at least five years after the first one, a new Canadian study finds.

"We showed that, even in those survivors who had no complications at all after their stroke, their risk did not return to normal," said researcher Jodi Edward...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • July 24, 2017
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Most Murdered U.S. Women Killed By Husbands, Boyfriends, Exes

Most Murdered U.S. Women Killed By Husbands, Boyfriends, Exes

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most women murdered in the United States die at the hands of a current or former intimate partner, a new federal study reports.

In a review of female homicide statistics from 2003 to 2014 in 18 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that domestic violence was involved...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • July 21, 2017
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Here's Why a Soda With That Burger Is Especially Fattening

Here's Why a Soda With That Burger Is Especially Fattening

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Combining a sugary soda with your burger or fried chicken can really prime your body to pack on more pounds, a new study suggests.

Folks who had a sweetened drink with a high-protein meal stored more unused fat, compared to others who ate the same food with a sugar-free beverage, laborat...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • July 21, 2017
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Cows May Offer Clues to an AIDS Vaccine

Cows May Offer Clues to an AIDS Vaccine

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cows already give us milk, meat and leather. Now, researchers say they may also hold the key to an AIDS vaccine.

Scientists found it took cows just a few weeks to develop powerful antibodies against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

This suggests they could move from the farm to the l...

Donor-Sperm Kids No Different From Their Peers: Study

Donor-Sperm Kids No Different From Their Peers: Study

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children conceived using donor sperm are no different physically or mentally from other kids, a new Australian study says.

"For prospective parents, the decision to use donor sperm can seem like a step into the unknown," said study researcher David Amor, a professor and clinical geneticist at M...

Can Dirty Diapers Offer Clues to the Infant Brain?

Can Dirty Diapers Offer Clues to the Infant Brain?

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies' diapers may hold clues to their brain development, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed fecal samples from dozens of 1-year-olds and assessed their thinking (cognitive) skills a year later.

The results revealed a link between certain types of microbes in the infants' fec...

High-Dose Flu Shot May Help Nursing Home Residents Avoid Hospital

High-Dose Flu Shot May Help Nursing Home Residents Avoid Hospital

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nobody wants the flu, but it can prove deadly for frail residents of nursing homes.

Now, new research suggests that giving this population a high-dose flu vaccine -- one with four times the usual amount of immune-spurring antigens -- can greatly cut their risk of hospitalization from the flu.<...

Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Has Mental Illness or Drug Problem

Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Has Mental Illness or Drug Problem

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 1 in 5 American adults deals with a mental illness or substance abuse problem each year, a U.S. government study says.

Oregon has the highest rate, and New Jersey the lowest, according to 2012-2014 data analyzed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMH...

An 'Active' Workstation Won't Lower Your Job Performance

An 'Active' Workstation Won't Lower Your Job Performance

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 ...

  • Kathleen Doheny
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  • July 21, 2017
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Surgery for ACL Tear Often Successful Over Long Term

Surgery for ACL Tear Often Successful Over Long Term

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who undergo knee surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can expect to stay active and maintain a high quality of life, researchers report.

Activity levels may decline over time, but a new study found that those who had the knee operation could usually still play sports 10 ye...

  • Mary Elizabeth Dallas
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  • July 21, 2017
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Estrogen May Influence Women's Depression Risk

Estrogen May Influence Women's Depression Risk

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women exposed to estrogen for longer periods of time during the reproductive years may have a lower risk of depression, a new study finds.

Previous research has suggested that reproductive hormones play a role in depression risk among women, yet hormone fluctuations are something all women expe...

Blame Diabetes: Rates of 2 Nerve Conditions on the Rise

Blame Diabetes: Rates of 2 Nerve Conditions on the Rise

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two particular types of nerve damage -- neuropathy -- have been increasing as more and more people develop diabetes in the United States, an expert says.

Autonomic and small fiber neuropathy were once rare conditions. Both occur when small blood vessels supplying the nerves are damaged by diabe...

Making the Most of Childhood Wellness Visits

Making the Most of Childhood Wellness Visits

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born today will have about a dozen wellness visits by the time they reach age 3. At that point, these checkups typically drop to just once a year, often before kids head back to school.

So it's important to make the most of each visit, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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What's Ahead for Health Care Reform in 2018?

What's Ahead for Health Care Reform in 2018?

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Republican Party's quest to undo the Affordable Care Act -- either by replacing it, repealing it or letting it fail -- is creating enormous uncertainty for millions of Americans who buy their own health insurance.

Senate Republicans huddled again Wednesday night to discuss a path forward ...

  • Karen Pallarito
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  • July 21, 2017
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Oxygen Therapy Revives Brain of Toddler Who Nearly Drowned

Oxygen Therapy Revives Brain of Toddler Who Nearly Drowned

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In one of the first such confirmed cases, an Arkansas toddler who suffered severe brain injury after nearly drowning has had that brain damage reversed, using a new treatment.

The treatment is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). It exposes a patient to pure oxygen within the confines...

Scans May Show Consciousness in 'Comatose' Patients

Scans May Show Consciousness in 'Comatose' Patients

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sophisticated brain scans might be able to detect consciousness in brain injury patients who appear unconscious in the intensive care unit, a new study says.

"Early detection of consciousness and brain function in the intensive care unit could allow families to make more informed decisions ab...

Wider Access to Meds Cuts Global AIDS Deaths in Half

Wider Access to Meds Cuts Global AIDS Deaths in Half

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- AIDS-related deaths worldwide have been halved since 2005 as more people were able to get lifesaving drugs, UNAIDS (a United Nations Program) says in a new report.

In 2016, 19.5 million (53 percent) of the almost 37 million people living with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) had access to HIV...

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