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MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Two of every five common diseases are at least partially influenced by a person's genetics, the largest U.S. study of twins ever conducted finds.

Nearly 40 percent of 560 different diseases have a genetic component, while 25 percent are driven by environmental factors shared by twins who are growing up in the same household, the researchers re...

FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Your chances of inheriting genes linked to longevity are highest if you come from a family with many long-lived members, researchers say.

And that includes aunts and uncles, not just parents.

Using databases at the University of Utah and in the Dutch province of Zeeland, investigators analyzed the genealogies of nearly 315,000 people...

TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Families of nursing home residents are more likely to be satisfied with facilities that have higher staffing levels and are nonprofits, a new study finds.

"The findings show that facility-level factors associated with higher family satisfaction are rather similar to the ones we already know predict resident satisfaction as well," said study le...

TUESDAY, Dec. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While others are decking the halls, many people find the holidays trigger anxiety and depression.

Stress can arise from financial strain, dealing with difficult relatives or trying to create the perfect holiday, said Michelle Martel, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky.

Also, the holidays can bring up ...

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Folks feeling lonely as the holidays approach have a lot of company, a new study suggests.

Loneliness appears to be widespread among Americans, affecting three out of every four people, researchers have found.

Further, loneliness appears to spike at specific times during adulthood. Your late 20s, mid-50s and late 80s are times when ...

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are so closely linked that they not only run in families, but each increases the risk of the other in future siblings, a new study finds.

Younger siblings of children with autism have a 30-fold increased relative risk they'll be diagnosed with autism themselves. They're also nearly fou...

FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children with strong family ties and school support are more likely to try to stop bullying when they see it, new research suggests.

The study included 450 sixth-graders and 446 ninth-graders who were asked about their relationships with their family, friends and teachers.

The students were then presented with six scenarios of specif...

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Few people entrusted with making difficult health care decisions for older loved ones actually know what the patient would want, a new study contends.

"Advance care planning cannot focus on the patient alone. The health care agent has to be brought into the conversation," said study leader Dr. Terri Fried, a professor of medicine at Yale Univ...

FRIDAY, Nov. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Wondering if having a second child will affect your marriage even more than baby number one did?

There's no doubt that having a baby and changing from a couple into a family requires a lot of adjustment. But research shows that the adjustment period that follows a second child typically isn't as long.

For...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Want your teenager to eat better? Have more family meals, even if your family isn't particularly close, new research suggests.

"Gathering around the dinner table is sort of a magical thing," said lead researcher Kathryn Walton, a dietitian and Ph.D. student at the University of Guelph in Canada.

"It's a time when families can slow...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Twenty percent of homicides of U.S. children ages 2 to 14 years are related to intimate partner violence, a new study indicates.

That's double the rate in the National Violent Death Reporting System, according to Harvard School of Public Health researchers.

For the study, the researchers analyzed data on nearly 1,400 children in 1...

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who lose a family member or friend to murder have an increased risk of suicide, and black teens are most likely to face this kind of heartbreak, a new study finds.

University of Pittsburgh researchers analyzed the results of a 2014 survey of just over 1,600 teens, aged 14 to 19, in Allegheny County and found that 13 percent said a frien...

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your life partner has a much greater influence on your longevity than the genes you inherited from your family, according to a new analysis of the family trees of more than 400 million people.

"While it is a widely held belief that life span heritability ranges from approximately 15 to 30 percent, the findings discussed in this paper demonstra...

MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than 3 million older Americans are now raising their grandchildren as their own, even as they struggle with health problems and financial stresses, a new survey shows.

Not only that, the children they take in are more likely to be troubled as they struggle to adjust to new lives, the researchers found.

Still, these grandparents s...

FRIDAY, Nov. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An "alarming" number of American parents save unused antibiotics and give them to family members and other people, a new study finds.

This type of misuse helps fuel antibiotic resistance, the study authors said. Their report is scheduled for presentation Monday in Orlando, Fla., at the national conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics (...

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you come from a large family, you may have a lower risk of cancer, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from 178 countries and found that people from larger families were less likely to get cancer than those from smaller families.

The link between family size and cancer risk was "independent of income, levels of urbani...

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In 2016, almost 174 Americans died each day due to drug overdoses -- and roughly two-thirds of those deaths were caused by opioid drugs. The statistics are startling and make the problem seem hopeless.

But is it?

Beating drug addiction -- whether it's opioids (such as OxyContin), methamphetamine or something else -- is definitely a...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Almost $200,000 over the course of two years. That is the cost of the care that a family member typically gives a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.

That's according to a new study that attempted to put a price tag on the burden of the day-to-day help that millions of folks with the memory-robbing disease need for shopping, cooking, clea...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Moms who breastfeed their first child for at least five months are likely to have more kids than women who stop sooner or bottle-feed, a new study suggests.

The finding comes from an analysis of data on nearly 3,700 mothers collected between 1979 and 2012. Cornell University researchers compared how many children each woman hoped to have b...

TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your parents' jobs likely had a strong influence on what you do for a living, according to a study that questions the belief in social mobility in the United States.

"A lot of Americans think the U.S. has more social mobility than other western industrialized countries. This makes it abundantly clear that we have less," said researcher Michae...

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose parents have cancer are more likely to struggle in school and to have lower incomes as adults, a new Danish study suggests.

The study included more than 1 million people born in Denmark from 1978 through 1999. Before their 18th birthday, about one in 20 had a parent diagnosed with cancer.

By age 15, those kids had l...

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep problems can play havoc with your social life, a new study suggests.

A series of experiments revealed sleep-deprived people feel lonelier and less eager to engage with others. That, in turn, makes others less likely to want to socialize with the sleep-deprived, researchers said.

The researchers also found that well-rested peop...

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If pressed, young adults will put their parents ahead of their close friends, a new study shows.

"Our study suggests mom still matters," said senior author Jennifer Silvers, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

"Parents continue to have an enduring impact on their children as they become ...

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Homelessness in infancy poses long-term harms, including greater risk for poor health and development later in childhood, a new study finds.

"We too often refer to 'resiliency' when we talk about children exposed to hardship as infants. We should not mislead ourselves about the very real long-term impacts that are seen," study first author Dr. ...

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many family members of intensive care unit (ICU) patients are reluctant to tell medical staff of worries about their loved one's care, a new study finds.

"Speaking up is a key component of safety culture, yet our study -- the first to our knowledge to address this issue -- revealed substantial challenges for patients and families speaking up...

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When a parent has suffered abuse or other adversities as a child, their children may be more prone to mood and behavior problems, a new study suggests.

Their kids were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And they were four times as likely to have been diagnosed with any mental health diso...

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the United States, heart disease can ruin a poor family financially even if they have health insurance, a new study finds.

One in four low-income families with someone suffering from coronary artery disease had out-of-pocket costs that were far beyond their means, researchers found. And these families were three times more likely than midd...

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Good relationships between siblings can help them cope with conflicts between their parents, a new study finds.

The research included 236 families with a mother, father and at least two children who weren't twins. The children were between ages 12 and 14, and most of the families were white and middle-class.

"Most children not only g...

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While recommendations call for adults to exercise for 30 minutes a day, kids need double that amount -- yes, 60 minutes of physical play a day.

And being active as a family can make it easier for kids to reach this goal.

For starters, make it a point to plan family outings that involve exercise, like going to a water park in summer...

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents no longer work traditional "9-to-5" jobs. And their nonstandard shifts do affect their child's behavior, new research suggests.

The impact varies according to age, gender and which parent works when, according to researchers from the University of Washington.

Millions of Americans work evening or night shifts, most comm...

MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's a parent's worst nightmare: While spending a fun-filled family day at an amusement park, you suddenly lose sight of your child.

As terrifying as that can be, a new survey finds that many American parents don't talk with their child about what to do if the youngster becomes lost in that setting.

One in five parents said they did ...

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Is your kitchen towel making you sick?

The answer could be yes if you use the towel for many purposes, have a large family and are not a vegetarian, according to a new study of germs lurking on towels.

Forty-nine percent of the kitchen towels collected for the study were laden with bacteria, and the bacter...

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Thanks to divisive politics, Thanksgiving dinner got shorter after President Donald Trump's election, a new study suggests.

Americans shaved 30 to 50 minutes off the annual holiday gathering in November 2016, weeks after Trump won the presidency, researchers found.

Thanksgiving visits were reduced significantly more when folks trave...

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When loved ones develop dementia, it's hard to know how to make their lives better. But now researchers have pinpointed ways to help these folks live as well as possible.

"While many investigations focus on prevention and better treatments, it's equally vital that we understand how we can optimize quality of life for the 50 million people w...

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The long-term effects of children's exposure to domestic violence costs the U.S. economy about $55 billion a year, a new study reports.

Researchers concluded that by the time children who were exposed to domestic violence reach age 64, the average cost to the nation's economy over their lifetime totals nearly $50,000 per child.

Those c...

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of millions of people visit U.S. amusement parks every year and take over a billion rides.

Serious injuries are few -- about one in 24 million. Yet accidents -- including fatal accidents -- do happen, often because riders didn't follow safety guidelines or had a pre-existing medical condition.

But sometimes accidents can be ca...

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccine skeptics appear to be swaying many parents of children with autism to forgo critical childhood vaccines, a new study suggests.

And the hesitation to fully immunize includes the children's younger siblings, the researchers added.

This means that "children with autism spectrum disorder, and their siblings, may be at greater ri...

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Old Woman in the Shoe may have lost a tooth or two.

Nursery rhymes aside, a new study reports that the more children a woman has, the fewer teeth she has in her later years.

Mothers of three had an average of four fewer teeth than moms with just two children, according to the team of European researchers.

"On the bas...

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- From age 50 on, most people are advised to get a colonoscopy every 10 years to screen for colon cancer. But others may need to start screening earlier due to certain risk factors, an expert says.

People most at risk for colon cancer are those with a first-degree relative (parent, sibling or child) who has had the disease.

Someone wit...

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Is your family struggling with overweight or obesity?

To lose weight, take a team approach. Studies show that when overweight parents shed pounds, so do their overweight kids.

Parents hold the keys to positive behaviors that encourage a healthy weight, from doing the food shopping and cooking to getting kids involved in sports and...

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Recent U.S. immigration policy changes are causing significant mental distress for many Hispanic parents in the country, a new study finds.

A "substantial proportion" of Hispanic parents surveyed reported that "they are avoiding authorities, warning their children to change their routines and worrying about the future due to recent U.S. imm...

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who, as young kids, either bullied their siblings or were bullied themselves by siblings face an increased risk for psychotic disorders, a new British study suggests.

By age 18, those who'd been either the victim or the bully several times a week or month were two to three times more likely to have a psychotic disorder, such as schizoph...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Single dads have been played for laughs in countless TV sitcoms, from "The Andy Griffith Show" and "My Three Sons" up to modern takes such as "Arrested Development" and "Louie."

But in real life, being a single dad is tough -- so much so that it can lead to an early grave, Canadian researchers report.

"We found that single fathers...

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While many will be showered with flowers and candy on Valentine's Day, those who have lost loved ones may find the holiday hard to bear.

"Valentine's Day is one of the days that might be stressful for some people if they have lost someone special to them. There might be memories that re-emerge that can make someone sad," said Dr. Jin Han. He'...

MONDAY, Jan. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Did you resolve to eat better in 2018? Exercise more? Lose weight? If so, here's how to turn those resolutions into successes.

For starters, "make an effort to make small, manageable changes that work towards everyone being healthier," Amy Rosenfeld, a registered dietitian with Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said in a hos...

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fights among your children can start for a variety of reasons, and sibling rivalry can take root even before your second child is born, according to experts at KidsHealth from the Nemours Foundation.

Petty squabbles can escalate into all-out war because of jealousy, a sense of competition between siblings (and not only for your attention), ...

MONDAY, Dec. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you plan to travel with an elderly relative this holiday season, don't leave things to chance, an expert on geriatric medicine says.

"Simply traveling long-distance to visit relatives can become increasingly stressful as individuals age," said Dr. Angela Catic, an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine's Center on Aging in Housto...

FRIDAY, Dec. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Though the threat of accidental poisoning rises during the holidays, you can take steps to lower that risk, poison control experts say.

"The holidays are an exciting time of the year, but present a host of opportunities for poisonings to occur," said Stephen Kaminski, CEO and executive director of the American Association of Poison Control Cen...

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With a hectic holiday schedule, exercise often falls by the wayside. But finding ways to sneak in activity will help you avoid weight gain and ease some of the stress this season can bring, according to University of Maryland researchers.

First, don't give up cardio exercise just because you don't have time to do your usual daily workout. St...

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Too much time with relatives during the holidays can lead to what one psychotherapist calls "family burnout."

"I would describe family burnout as the feeling of not having satisfactory interactions with family members," said clinical psychologist Karen Lawson, an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

"If so...

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