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03 Feb

Antidepressants Are Often Prescribed for Chronic Pain, But Do They Work?

A new study finds while some antidepressants help certain pain conditions, others are either ineffective or the evidence is inconclusive.

02 Feb

Estrogen Exposure May Impact a Women’s Odds of Stroke

Women with long reproductive lifespans may have a lower risk of stroke, according to new research.

01 Feb

7 Surprising Health Benefits of Volunteering

Growing evidence shows volunteering can help you live a longer, healthier, and happier life.

How Ice & Snow Can Harm Your Wrists, Hands

How Ice & Snow Can Harm Your Wrists, Hands

Winter’s icy beauty can also be dangerous.

An orthopedic expert offers some tips for avoiding serious injuries on slippery ground or hazards hidden by snow.

"When people have injuries during the winter, it commonly involves tripping over an object or slipping on ice," said Dr. Richard Samade, an assistant professor of orthopedic su...

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  • February 5, 2023
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Not Just Brushing: 10 Ways to Start Caring for Baby Teeth

Not Just Brushing: 10 Ways to Start Caring for Baby Teeth

Even the tiniest teeth can decay, which is why it’s important to take care of them.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers some tips for caring for those little teeth, starting before the first one even arrives.

"There are habits you can start now to keep your baby's teeth healthy,” Dr. David Krol said in an academy news...

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  • February 4, 2023
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USDA Proposes New Rules to Cut Sugar, Salt in School Meals

USDA Proposes New Rules to Cut Sugar, Salt in School Meals

American schoolchildren could be getting school lunches that have less sugar and salt in the future, thanks to new nutrition standards announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday.

These are the first school lunch program updates since 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

What’s different this time i...

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  • February 3, 2023
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When Schools Ask Students About Suicide, Those At Risk Get Help Sooner

When Schools Ask Students About Suicide, Those At Risk Get Help Sooner

Could asking teens a simple, but pointed, question about their mental health reveal whether they are at risk for suicide?

It might, new research suggests.

Since suicide is now the second leading cause of death among American teens, any strategy that could lower that risk may be worth trying.

“The depression screening to...

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  • February 3, 2023
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AHA News: They Married at Hospital Chapel, Days Before Groom's Triple Bypass Surgery

AHA News: They Married at Hospital Chapel, Days Before Groom's Triple Bypass Surgery

Although weekday weddings are a growing trend, Daniel Pecoraro and Lisa Siegel hadn't originally scheduled theirs for a Monday afternoon. And certainly not at a hospital near their home in Boynton Beach, Florida.

But married life requires adjusting to situations, and they faced a drastic one days before their vows were to be exchanged.

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  • February 3, 2023
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AHA News: Genes, Neighborhoods and a Surprising Finding on Stroke Risk

AHA News: Genes, Neighborhoods and a Surprising Finding on Stroke Risk

A genetic score may be able to identify higher stroke risk – but only for people living in the most privileged neighborhoods, according to new research that highlights inequities related to wealth and health.

Researchers looked at acute ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke. It is caused by a clot blocking blood flow to the bra...

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  • February 3, 2023
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Working Gets Tough When Grieving a Lost Spouse

Working Gets Tough When Grieving a Lost Spouse

When Elizabeth R.’s husband passed away from bone cancer in 2016, she felt grateful that her employer offered generous bereavement leave.

Now 40, she worked in the development department of a large nonprofit cancer group at the time and felt ready to go back when her leave was up. However, about two weeks into her return, she realized it...

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  • February 3, 2023
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TikTok Videos on Abortion Pills Are Largely Accurate: Study

TikTok Videos on Abortion Pills Are Largely Accurate: Study

While you can't trust everything you read or see on social media, some information is reliable.

Researchers from Duke University studied popular videos on the social media site TikTok. The videos offered information on ways to obtain a medication abortion.

These were typically informative and useful, the study authors said.

“...

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  • February 3, 2023
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Pregnant Women in Rural America Often Lack Health Insurance, Upping Risks

Pregnant Women in Rural America Often Lack Health Insurance, Upping Risks

New research suggests that pregnant women and new moms in rural U.S. areas are at greater risk of adverse outcomes, including death, because they are more likely to be uninsured.

Women living in rural communities had lower rates of uninterrupted health insurance before, during and after pregnancy compared to those in urban areas, a Univers...

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  • February 3, 2023
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Do You Need an Insulin-Resistance Diet?

Do You Need an Insulin-Resistance Diet?

People with health conditions like type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes or polycystic ovarian syndrome may have been advised about the value of an insulin-resistance diet.

But this way of eating can benefit most people interested in balancing blood sugars, whether that’s to help treat or prevent chronic conditions, or just to gain more ...

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  • February 3, 2023
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Obamacare Helped Women in Some Southern States Get Better Breast Cancer Care

Obamacare Helped Women in Some Southern States Get Better Breast Cancer Care

The Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid makes it more likely that a woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer earlier rather than at an advanced, harder-to-treat stage, new research suggests.

Not all U.S. states expanded Medicaid coverage after the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) made it possible in 2010. That's beca...

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  • February 3, 2023
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Weed-Friendly Posts on Social Media Get Teens Using Cannabis

Weed-Friendly Posts on Social Media Get Teens Using Cannabis

Laws bar advertising cannabis to teens, but that doesn’t mean they always work.

In a new survey, researchers found that teens still see a lot of positive cannabis messages through social media posts.

These messages influenced their intentions and actual use of cannabis, the survey found. When young people saw anti-cannabis messages...

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  • February 3, 2023
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Deer Carry COVID Variants No Longer Seen in People

Deer Carry COVID Variants No Longer Seen in People

While COVID-19 variants Alpha, Gamma and Delta are no longer circulating among humans, they continue to spread in white-tailed deer.

The animals are the most abundant large mammal in North America. Scientists aren’t sure whether the deer could act as long-term reservoirs for these obsolete variants.

In a new study, researchers at...

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  • February 3, 2023
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How Phone Calls Could Boost Survival for Heart Failure Patients

How Phone Calls Could Boost Survival for Heart Failure Patients

A phone call from a nurse may be the lifeline needed to help improve survival for heart failure patients.

New research from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles finds that check-in calls may help save lives.

“There's a lot of new technology and new ideas about how to manage people who have heart failure remote...

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  • February 2, 2023
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Doctors Often Prescribe Antidepressants for Pain, But Do They Really Work?

Doctors Often Prescribe Antidepressants for Pain, But Do They Really Work?

Antidepressants are often prescribed to people suffering from chronic pain, but a new evidence review argues that the science behind these prescriptions is shaky at best.

These drugs helped people in chronic pain in only a quarter of potential uses tested, and even then the effect ranged from low to moderate, according to a combined analys...

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  • February 2, 2023
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Black Stroke Survivors Less Likely to Get Treated for Complications

Black Stroke Survivors Less Likely to Get Treated for Complications

Having a stroke is a life-altering experience, and complications can crop up afterwards, but a new study finds the color of your skin may determine whether you are treated for them.

In the year following a stroke, Black and Hispanic patients were not treated for common complications as often as white patients were, researchers found.
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  • February 2, 2023
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Do You Live in a 'Food Swamp'? It Could Be Raising Your Heart Risk

Do You Live in a 'Food Swamp'? It Could Be Raising Your Heart Risk

Americans who live near a "food swamp" may have a higher risk of suffering a stroke, a preliminary study finds.

A number of studies have looked at the health consequences of living in a so-called food desert -- areas with few grocery stores or other options for buying fresh food.

Food swamps are different: The term was coined to desc...

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  • February 2, 2023
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Androstenedione: A Banned Bodybuilding Supplement You Should Avoid

Androstenedione: A Banned Bodybuilding Supplement You Should Avoid

Androstenedione is one of those supplements that was peddled to athletes for years as a quick path to bulging muscles and high testosterone levels, but it carries some grave dangers.

Also known as "andro," the dietary supplement was once touted to enhance athletic performance by stimulating muscle growth and boosting testosterone leve...

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  • February 2, 2023
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AHA News: Pregnancy Complications Could Increase Woman's Stroke Risk at Earlier Age

AHA News: Pregnancy Complications Could Increase Woman's Stroke Risk at Earlier Age

Women who have pregnancy-related health problems face an increased risk for having a stroke much earlier in life than their peers with uncomplicated pregnancies, a risk that climbs with each complicated pregnancy, new research suggests.

The findings, which will be presented Feb. 8 at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke C...

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  • February 2, 2023
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AHA News: Las complicaciones durante el embarazo podrían aumentar el riesgo de derrame cerebral a temprana edad

AHA News: Las complicaciones durante el embarazo podrían aumentar el riesgo de derrame cerebral a temprana edad

Las mujeres que presentan problemas de salud relacionados con el embarazo se enfrentan a un mayor riesgo de sufrir un derrame cerebral mucho más temprano en la vida que sus contemporáneas con embarazos sin complicaciones, un riesgo que se acrecienta con cada embarazo complicado, sugiere una nueva investigación.

Las conclusiones, que se ...

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  • February 2, 2023
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