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22 May

Using Homemade Sunscreen Risky

Homemade sunscreen offers very little protection from the sun's damaging UV rays.

21 May

Smoking and Your Immune System

Using e-cigarettes may make it harder for your body to fight the flu.

20 May

Infant Sitting Devices and Sleep-Related Deaths

The danger of using an infant car seat as an alternative to a crib.
AHA News: Need a Break? A Vacation Really Can Be Good for You  If It's Done Right

May 22, 2019

AHA News: Need a Break? A Vacation Really Can Be Good for You If It's Done Right

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Need another reason to take that vacation? It's probably good for your heart and mind.

Research over the years has suggested that holidays -- and breaking away from a stressful daily routine -- reap more than just scenic photos and souvenirs.

One of the most-cited... Full Page

How Does Room Temperature Affect Test Scores?

Robert Preidt May 22, 2019

How Does Room Temperature Affect Test Scores?

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're taking a test, you might want to check the thermostat first.

Room temperature -- a frequent front in the battle of the sexes -- makes a difference in how men and women score on math and verbal tests, new research says.

Specifically, women scored higher when the temperatur... Full Page

Blood Banks Could Help Screen for Hereditary High Cholesterol

Steven Reinberg May 22, 2019

Blood Banks Could Help Screen for Hereditary High Cholesterol

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than 1 million Americans have a genetic condition that pushes their cholesterol to dangerously high levels, but many don't know it.

Now, researchers offer a possible way to get more people with so-called familial hypercholesterolemia into treatment for this potentially life-threatening p... Full Page

Rising Rx Drug Costs Continue to Create Tough Choices for Seniors

Dennis Thompson May 22, 2019

Rising Rx Drug Costs Continue to Create Tough Choices for Seniors

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A solid minority of senior citizens still struggles to afford their prescription medications, a new government report shows.

About 5% of adults 65 and older don't take their medication as prescribed to cut costs, according to survey data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preve... Full Page

COPD May Strike Women Harder Than Men

Steven Reinberg May 22, 2019

COPD May Strike Women Harder Than Men

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appear to have a harder time than men with the progressive lung disorder, a new study suggests.

Smoking is its leading cause, and while women report smoking less than men, those with COPD have more trouble breathing, more frequent flare-... Full Page

Kids of Opioid-Using Parents May Be More Likely to Attempt Suicide

Robert Preidt May 22, 2019

Kids of Opioid-Using Parents May Be More Likely to Attempt Suicide

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Children of parents who use opioids have more than double the risk of attempted suicide, a new study finds.

Researchers noted that along with a dramatic rise in suicides among young people in the United States in the past 15 years, opioid use among adults has spiked. This study suggests a pos... Full Page

Aspirin, Anti-Clotting Meds Safe After Bleeding Stroke: Study

Robert Preidt May 22, 2019

Aspirin, Anti-Clotting Meds Safe After Bleeding Stroke: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Taking aspirin or anti-clotting medicines like Plavix won't boost the risk of another stroke if you've already survived a bleeding stroke, a new study suggests.

In fact, they might even help guard against a second brain bleed, the researchers noted.

The findings "are reassuring for ... Full Page

Women With Sleep Apnea May Have Higher Cancer Odds Than Men

Robert Preidt May 22, 2019

Women With Sleep Apnea May Have Higher Cancer Odds Than Men

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Some people with sleep apnea have an increased risk of cancer, and the odds may be higher for women than men, researchers say.

"Recent studies have shown that low blood oxygen levels during the night and disrupted sleep, which are both common in [obstructive sleep apnea], may play an importan... Full Page

Healthy Food May Boost Mood

Len Canter May 22, 2019

Healthy Food May Boost Mood

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The food-mood connection isn't all in your head. In fact, there's even a name for it -- nutritional psychiatry.

Scientists in the field are actively looking for connections between diet quality and mental disorders to help treat or even prevent these illnesses.

One research review ... Full Page

Take a New View of Aging

Len Canter May 22, 2019

Take a New View of Aging

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The way you view aging can affect how well you manage stress.

Older people who see aging negatively have stronger (negative) emotional reactions to day-to-day stresses, while such events have little effect on the moods of adults who are more positive about getting older. Their sunny outlook ... Full Page

Q Fever? A Bigger Threat to Humans Than Thought

Steven Reinberg May 22, 2019

Q Fever? A Bigger Threat to Humans Than Thought

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You've probably never heard of Q fever, but the bacterial disease may be sickening -- and killing -- more Americans than once believed, a new study suggests.

Caused by a bacteria carried by livestock, Query (Q) fever is a rare disease first discovered in 1947 and is found mostly in dry, dusty ... Full Page

Where's the Best Place for Your Child's Sports Physical Exam?

Robert Preidt May 21, 2019

Where's the Best Place for Your Child's Sports Physical Exam?

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Student athletes usually need a sports physical. And the best place for that exam is at their primary care doctor's office, according to updated guidelines from leading U.S. medical experts.

"Whenever possible, the sports physical should be performed in the primary care physician's office, the... Full Page

Older Dads' Sperm Isn't What It Used to Be

Robert Preidt May 21, 2019

Older Dads' Sperm Isn't What It Used to Be

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Just because a guy can make babies later in life doesn't mean it's risk-free.

The partners and children of men who become fathers at an older age are at increased risk for health problems, a new study finds.

"While it is widely accepted that physiological changes that occur in women a... Full Page

Diet for Blood Pressure May Also Reduce Heart Failure Risk

Robert Preidt May 21, 2019

Diet for Blood Pressure May Also Reduce Heart Failure Risk

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The DASH diet's mission is to fight high blood pressure. But a new study suggests that the eating plan may also significantly lower the risk of heart failure in people younger than 75.

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The diet is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole g... Full Page

Are DIY Sunscreens Dangerous?

Alan Mozes May 21, 2019

Are DIY Sunscreens Dangerous?

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Interest in homemade sunscreens is hot, but many of these do-it-yourself brews lack effective sun protection, a new study warns.

Researchers found that only about one-third of homemade sunscreens on the popular information-sharing website Pinterest specified how much sun protection factor (SPF)... Full Page

Your DNA Might Determine Whether You're a Dog Lover

Robert Preidt May 21, 2019

Your DNA Might Determine Whether You're a Dog Lover

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could a love for canines be contained in your genes?

New research from Europe suggests that's so after comparing the genetic makeup of more than 35,000 twin pairs with dog ownership. The researchers concluded that genetic variations explained more than half of the likelihood of having a dog.Full Page

AHA News: Potentially Fatal Buildup of Proteins in the Heart Often Goes Undiagnosed

May 21, 2019

AHA News: Potentially Fatal Buildup of Proteins in the Heart Often Goes Undiagnosed

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- A potentially fatal buildup of abnormal proteins in the heart and other organs is being delayed in its diagnosis and undertreated -- despite new drugs that can combat it, a new study suggests.

Although the condition, known as transthyretin amyloidosis, is still perceived as ra... Full Page

Cholesterol Levels Improving Among U.S. Kids

Amy Norton May 21, 2019

Cholesterol Levels Improving Among U.S. Kids

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite an epidemic of childhood obesity, the cholesterol levels of American kids have been improving over the past 20 years, a new study shows.

Researchers found that since 1999, levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol among U.S. children and teens have declined, while levels of "good" HDL cholesterol... Full Page

Cleaner Air Linked to Lower Asthma Rates in Kids

Serena Gordon May 21, 2019

Cleaner Air Linked to Lower Asthma Rates in Kids

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution levels have been declining for years, and researchers can now show that cleaner air is linked to fewer kids developing asthma.

The new study looked at nine California communities. The researchers found that reductions in certain pollutants were tied to about a 20% reduction i... Full Page

For Many With Mild Asthma, Popular Rx May Not Work: Study

Robert Preidt May 21, 2019

For Many With Mild Asthma, Popular Rx May Not Work: Study

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A widely used type of asthma medication may not work in more than half of patients who are prescribed it, new research shows.

Inhaled corticosteroids, which are designed to reduce airway inflammation, are recommended for all patients with persistent asthma.

But this medication's effec... Full Page

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