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22 Aug

Infant Sleep Position Challenges

Less than half of parents exclusively follow safe sleep recommendations for infants, study finds

21 Aug

The Mammography Age Debate

Annual mammography screenings starting at 40 may save more lives, study finds

18 Aug

Binge-Watching TV and Your Health

Binge-watching TV may be a risk factor for poor sleep, study finds

Longer Prescriptions Make Opioid Abuse More Likely: Study

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A short-term painkiller prescription is less likely to lead to opioid use disorder than a longer supply of pain pills, a new study suggests.

"Compared to someone prescribed two days versus seven days, that person with a seven-day supply is twice as likely to be using opioids in the long term,"...

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  • August 22, 2017
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Doctor-Patient Dialogue May Boost Use of Blood Pressure Drugs

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors can help boost use of high blood pressure medications by their poor patients simply by talking to them, a new study suggests.

Many people fail to take their blood pressure-lowering drugs, putting them at higher risk of heart attack and stroke, the American Heart Association says.

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  • Randy Dotinga
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  • August 22, 2017
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More Evidence Contact Sports Can Affect the Brain

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Playing contact sports like football or ice hockey can alter the structure and function of the brain, Canadian researchers report.

Brain scans showed that these changes were particularly pronounced in sports that have the greatest risk of body contact.

"There is growing concern about...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • August 22, 2017
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Could Common Vitamin Supplements Raise Lung Cancer Risk?

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men, and especially male smokers, appear to be more likely to develop lung cancer if they take high doses of vitamins B6 and B12, new research suggests.

For men taking these vitamin supplements, the risk of lung cancer was nearly doubled. For men who smoked, the risk was between three and four...

  • Randy Dotinga
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  • August 22, 2017
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New Cholesterol Drugs Vastly Overpriced, Study Contends

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Are new medicines for people with out-of-control cholesterol wildly overpriced? It's a question that's sparking debate among consumers and providers of care.

Now, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) report that the price of these drugs -- called PCSK9 inhibitors -...

  • Karen Pallarito
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  • August 22, 2017
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Did You Damage Your Eyes Viewing the Eclipse?

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions across America watched the total or partial solar eclipse on Monday, but not everyone heeded eye-safety advice.

"After the solar eclipse, we have already seen dozens of patients with concerns ranging from headaches to subjective blurry vision," noted Dr. Avnish Deobhakta. He's an opht...

Many Prescribed Opioids Even After Overdose

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After treatment for an opioid overdose, many Medicaid patients continue to receive prescriptions for the same type of drugs that nearly killed them, researchers say.

Moreover, few overdose patients are prescribed anti-addiction medications after hospital discharge, the University of Pittsburgh...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • August 22, 2017
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Dementia Care: A Huge Financial Burden for U.S. Families

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Caring for a family member with a neurological disorder such as dementia is vastly more expensive than caring for a senior who is dementia-free, a new study finds.

The average yearly cost of caring for a dementia-free senior is roughly $137,000. But the price tag rises to $321,000 for care of ...

Caregiving Needs Double as End of Life Nears

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Reliance on caregivers doubles as people near death, and half of those caregivers -- typically unpaid family members -- report having no time for themselves, a new study indicates.

The research used a nationally representative sample of about 2,400 older adults in the United States. The study...

  • Maureen Salamon
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  • August 22, 2017
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He Complains She Shops Too Much -- And Marriage Suffers

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's sometimes a case of "till shopping do us part."

According to new research, if you think your spouse is a spendthrift, it may hurt your marriage -- whether it's true or not.

The researchers found that husbands were most likely to develop a spousal conflict over money if they thou...

  • Randy Dotinga
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  • August 22, 2017
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Close Friendships in High School Make for Happier Adults

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're not one of the popular kids with dozens of "besties," you can take solace in new research that suggests having close friendships is better for your adult mental health than having many friends in high school.

"Our research found that the quality of friendships during adolescence may ...

  • Randy Dotinga
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  • August 22, 2017
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Meditation's Soothing Effects

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Meditation has been embraced by cultures around the world for thousands of years.

Many people meditate for mental wellness, to relieve stress and become more calm and relaxed.

According to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, there's evidence that practi...

  • Joan McClusky
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  • August 22, 2017
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Are Depressed Teens Prone to Violence?

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens with depression might be more likely to commit violent crimes, a new study suggests.

Researchers who analyzed data from Finland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom consistently found modest increases in risk for violence among depressed teenagers. Information on more than 62,000 young...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • August 21, 2017
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A Shot of Caffeine May Speed Wake-Up After Anesthesia

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Caffeine may help patients wake up more quickly after general anesthesia, an animal study suggests.

Adult rats were given a 3 percent concentration of a general anesthetic for one hour to simulate effects of a brief surgical procedure. During the last 10 minutes of anesthetic exposure, they rec...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • August 21, 2017
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Having Same-Sex Parents Won't Affect Kids' Gender Identity: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Same-sex couples are unlikely to influence the gender identity of their adoptive children one way or another, a new study finds.

Starting with preschool, researchers tracked the gender identity development of kids from 106 lesbian, gay or heterosexual families.

"Parental sexual orient...

Kids' Cases of High Blood Pressure May Rise Under New Guidelines

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. kids and teens are likely to be diagnosed and treated for high blood pressure because of new guidelines released Monday from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

About 3.5 percent of children and teens have abnormally high blood pressure ("hypertension"), which often goes unnoticed and...

  • Margaret Farley Steele
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  • August 21, 2017
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Hernia Patients May Need Fewer Opioids After Surgery, Study Finds

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hernia surgery patients may require far fewer opioid painkillers than they're prescribed, new research suggests.

The study included 186 adult patients who had elective inguinal ("groin") hernia repair surgery under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.

Each patient received a p...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • August 21, 2017
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Lower Blood Pressure Best for Seniors' Minds

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For seniors and particularly blacks with high blood pressure, lowering it may help keep their minds sharp, a new study suggests.

The association between high blood pressure and the risk for mental decline is well-documented. But the ideal systolic blood pressure for older adults has been less c...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • August 21, 2017
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Zika Hijacks Pregnant Woman's Immune System

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Zika virus thrives in pregnant women by suppressing their already dampened immune systems and running roughshod over their body's natural defenses, which allows the virus to directly attack the fetus, a new study reports.

A woman's immune system naturally suppresses itself during pregnancy ...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • August 21, 2017
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Majority of U.S. Parents Would Support Teen Switching Gender: Survey

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of U.S. adults surveyed would be supportive if they had a teenage child who wanted to transition to the opposite gender, a new online survey finds.

Women, college graduates and Northeast residents were slightly more likely than others to support kids who made this choice, accordi...

  • Randy Dotinga
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  • August 21, 2017
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