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16 Aug

Alcohol and Your Health

Light-to-moderate drinking may protect your health, new study finds

15 Aug

Medical Marijuana and Chronic Pain

The potential benefits and harms of medical marijuana in treating chronic pain

14 Aug

Pregnancy and Sleep

Pregnant women with sleep disorders at risk of delivering prematurely, study finds

'Herd Immunity' May Be Curbing U.S. Zika Numbers

'Herd Immunity' May Be Curbing U.S. Zika Numbers

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Zika infections has dropped dramatically in Florida this summer, and scientists say herd immunity may be the reason why.

In practical terms, herd immunity means that people traveling to the United States from South America and the Caribbean may have been infected with Zika in t...

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Nearly 4 Million Worldwide Die Each Year From Asthma, COPD

Nearly 4 Million Worldwide Die Each Year From Asthma, COPD

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two major chronic lung diseases -- asthma and COPD -- kill nearly 4 million people worldwide annually, a new report finds.

The study calculates that 3.2 million people died in 2015 from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) -- a group of lung conditions that includes emphysema and chr...

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Powerful New Cholesterol Med Won't Harm Memory, Easing Concerns

Powerful New Cholesterol Med Won't Harm Memory, Easing Concerns

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite some early concerns, a new study suggests the powerful cholesterol drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors may not cause memory problems or other mental symptoms.

The drugs, which include evolocumab (Repatha) and alirocumab (Praluent), were approved in the United States in 2015. That came af...

Can a Blood Test Detect a Range of Cancers Earlier?

Can a Blood Test Detect a Range of Cancers Earlier?

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new genetic blood test might pave the way for detecting early stage cancers that often prove fatal when caught too late, a new study suggests.

The test scans blood for DNA fragments released by cancerous tumors, explained lead researcher Dr. Victor Velculescu.

By reviewing these...

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Hospitals Not to Blame for Most Opioid Addiction: Study

Hospitals Not to Blame for Most Opioid Addiction: Study

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Painkiller prescriptions that lead to prolonged opioid use tend to be written by doctors in outpatient settings, not hospitals, new research indicates.

Initial use of opioids such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone) is most often tied to spine and orthopedic disorders, but not...

FDA Announces Recall of Some Liquid Pharmaceutical Products

FDA Announces Recall of Some Liquid Pharmaceutical Products

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of numerous liquid pharmaceutical products because of possible bacterial contamination that could cause severe infections in vulnerable patients.

The drugs and dietary supplements, made by PharmaTech LLC in Davie, Fla., include liq...

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Study Finds Options to Opioid Use After Knee Surgery

Study Finds Options to Opioid Use After Knee Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Alternative drug-free interventions to manage pain, including acupuncture and electrotherapy, may help reduce the need for prescription painkillers after knee replacement surgery, a new review suggests.

"As prescription opioid use is under national scrutiny and because surgery has been iden...

Ouch! Americans Injuring Themselves Grooming Pubic Hair

Ouch! Americans Injuring Themselves Grooming Pubic Hair

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Should you consider trimming or shaving "down there," proceed with care -- a new study finds injuries tied to pubic hair grooming are more common than you might think.

Cuts, burns and infections are reported more than a quarter of the time, according to the online survey of more than 7,500 U...

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Pricey Wines Can Trick Your Brain

Pricey Wines Can Trick Your Brain

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you enjoy expensive wines, keep the findings of new brain research in mind: Your pleasure may have more to do with the price of the vino than its quality.

"The reward and motivation system is activated more significantly with higher prices, and apparently increases the taste experience i...

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Fatal Opioid ODs on the Rise Among U.S. Teens

Fatal Opioid ODs on the Rise Among U.S. Teens

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of opioid drug overdose deaths among older teenagers in the United States has taken a turn for the worse, a new federal report finds.

The number of drug overdose deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds rose 15 percent for males from 2014 to 2015 and 35 percent for females from 2013 to 201...

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Choosing a Gym: Exercise Your Options

Choosing a Gym: Exercise Your Options

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's more to choosing a gym than just a low membership cost or lots of fancy equipment.

Get the answers to the following questions to find the right one for you.

First, see if there are enough cardio and strength-training options to meet both of these key health goals, suggest t...

Eliminating Obamacare Subsidies Would Up Premiums by 20 Percent: CBO

Eliminating Obamacare Subsidies Would Up Premiums by 20 Percent: CBO

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans covered under the Affordable Care Act could see their premiums jump 20 percent if President Donald Trump follows through on a promise to cut federal subsidies to insurance companies.

That's the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (...

A Violent Environment Can Wreck Kids' Grades

A Violent Environment Can Wreck Kids' Grades

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids in violent neighborhoods often do worse in school. Now, a new study helps explain why.

U.S. researchers found that exposure to violent crime changed kids' sleep patterns, which increased their levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

"Both sleep and cortisol are connected to the a...

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Heart Risks May Rise After Cancer Diagnosis

Heart Risks May Rise After Cancer Diagnosis

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As if people newly diagnosed with cancer don't have enough to worry about, a new study suggests the diagnosis may put their hearts at risk, too.

The study found that newly diagnosed cancer patients are at increased risk for a condition called arterial thromboembolism, which occurs when blood f...

Could Big Lifestyle Changes Be Key to Managing Type 2 Diabetes?

Could Big Lifestyle Changes Be Key to Managing Type 2 Diabetes?

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to type 2 diabetes management, a new study finds that more is definitely better for lowering blood sugar levels.

The study showed that adding intensive lifestyle management to standard diabetes care (diabetes medication and usual lifestyle change advice) brought blood sugar into...

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Lack of Sleep May Raise Child's Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study

Lack of Sleep May Raise Child's Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children who get too little sleep may be more likely to have risk factors for type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.

The study of more than 4,500 British kids found a link between kids' sleep habits and certain diabetes "risk markers." Children who slept fewer hours each night tended to be a ...

This Common Email Move Could Be a Career Killer

This Common Email Move Could Be a Career Killer

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smile and the world smiles with you. But send a smiley emoji at work, and people might think you're incompetent.

So suggests a new study that found the email use of emoticons such as the smiley face don't convey a positive impression and may even make it more difficult to share information in ...

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A Little Drinking Might Lengthen Your Life: Study

A Little Drinking Might Lengthen Your Life: Study

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Light to moderate drinking can lower your overall risk of premature death and, specifically, your odds of dying from heart disease, a new study reports.

Moderate drinkers -- men who have one or two drinks a day, and women who have one drink a day -- have a 29 percent decreased risk of heart-re...

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U.S. Antidepressant Use Jumps 65 Percent in 15 Years

U.S. Antidepressant Use Jumps 65 Percent in 15 Years

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans who say they've taken an antidepressant over the past month rose by 65 percent between 1999 and 2014, a new government survey finds.

By 2014, about one in every eight Americans over the age of 12 reported recent antidepressant use, according to a report released Tuesday...

Is FDA Taking Close Enough Look at Fast-Tracked Drugs?

Is FDA Taking Close Enough Look at Fast-Tracked Drugs?

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many cutting-edge drugs and updated medical devices are not receiving the rigorous scientific scrutiny needed to ensure their safety and effectiveness, two new studies contend.

Medications fast-tracked to market under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's "accelerated approval" process are n...

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