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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.

Is the 'Anti-Statin' Trend Threatening Lives?

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A wave of anti-science skepticism may put people with high cholesterol at risk if they're convinced to quit life-saving statin medications, heart experts warn.

An "internet-driven cult" is attacking the safety and effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering statins, despite mounds of clinical trial d...

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  • July 24, 2017
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Many Primary Care Docs May Miss Prediabetes

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most primary care doctors can't identify all 11 risk factors for prediabetes, a small new survey finds.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University said their findings should prompt doctors to learn more about this condition that affects an estimated 86 million adults in the United States and cou...

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  • July 24, 2017
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Even a One-Minute Run Might Help a Woman's Bones

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just a minute or two of running every day could strengthen your bones, new research suggests.

British scientists found that women who engage in "brief bursts" of any high-intensity, weight-bearing physical activity had 4 percent better bone health than their less active peers.

"We don...

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  • July 24, 2017
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Is Kissing Etiquette 'Hardwired?'

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The long-awaited kiss is coming. Do you tilt your head to the left or the right?

New research says most people are "hardwired" to turn their head to the right before locking lips with a romantic partner.

"We as humans make lots of behaviors while interacting with others every day, but...

Does Your Child Really Have a Food Allergy?

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people misunderstand what food allergies are, and even doctors can be confused about how to best diagnose them, suggests a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

It's common for people to think they have a food allergy, but the reality may be different, said Dr. Scott Sicherer...

Videotaping Sleepers Raises CPAP Use

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A video may be worth a thousand words for someone with sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea patients are more likely to use their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines after they see a video of themselves fighting to breathe at night, a new study says.

People with sleep apnea have p...

Just a Few Vaccine Refusers Could Endanger Many

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With a small percentage of U.S. parents not vaccinating their children for "non-medical" reasons, a new study warns that even a few such families can trigger a big jump in local measles cases.

Based on data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the analysis projects ...

Obesity in Teen Years Tied to Colon Cancer Risk in Adulthood

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity even in adolescence may raise the odds for colon cancer in adulthood, a large new study finds.

Overweight and obese teens in Israel had about a 53 percent higher risk for colon cancer as adults, researchers found.

And for rectal cancer, obesity -- but not overweight --was tied...

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  • July 24, 2017
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Treating ADHD May Help Curb Later Drinking, Drug Problems

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may have a lower risk of developing an alcohol or drug problem if they take medications to treat their ADHD, a new study suggests.

"This study contributes to growing evidence that ADHD medication is linked to lower risk for many typ...

Obese Don't Have to Lose Weight Before Joint Replacement: Study

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obese patients don't need to lose weight before undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery, a new study contends.

"Severely obese patients can benefit a lot from the surgery," said study lead author Wenjun Li, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School....

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'

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!

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...

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  • July 24, 2017
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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...

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  • July 24, 2017
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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...

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  • July 21, 2017
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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...

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  • July 21, 2017
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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

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?

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

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.<...

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