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20 Feb

Stress, Symptoms and Heart Disease between Genders

Mental stress risk factors and symptoms for heart disease differ between men and women, new studies find.

16 Feb

The Power of Pets

Can pets help ease symptoms of mental illness?

15 Feb

Height and Stroke Risk

Short stature in childhood may increase stroke risk in adulthood, new study finds.
Flu Shot During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby

Dennis Thompson February 20, 2018

Flu Shot During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's some good news for expecting moms who are trying to weather a brutal flu season -- a new study shows that getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy causes no harm to newborns.

Researchers reviewed records on more than 400,000 infants born between 2004 and 2014, and found no increased ri... Full Page

Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It's Smoked: Study

E.J. Mundell February 20, 2018

Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It's Smoked: Study

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who think cigars or pipes are somehow safer than cigarettes may want to think again, new research indicates.

The study tracked the health and habits of more than 357,000 Americans from 1985 to 2011.

It found that, compared to people who had never smoked, people who regularly... Full Page

Fatal Opioid ODs Drop for People Treated While Jailed

Robert Preidt February 20, 2018

Fatal Opioid ODs Drop for People Treated While Jailed

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An opioid addiction treatment program for Rhode Island prison inmates appears to have significantly reduced overdose deaths among those who are released, researchers say.

The program screens all inmates for opioid addiction and provides medications to treat the addiction. It was launched in 20... Full Page

How to Maintain That Weight Loss

Julie Davis February 20, 2018

How to Maintain That Weight Loss

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you've been on a diet more than once, you know that it can be harder to maintain weight than to lose weight in the first place.

In fact, many people feel that dieting is easier and that not regaining the weight is the real challenge.

Here's help to keep off the pounds you worked s... Full Page

Family History of Breast Cancer Matters, Even for Older Women

Mary Elizabeth Dallas February 19, 2018

Family History of Breast Cancer Matters, Even for Older Women

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a family history of breast cancer remain at higher risk for breast cancer even after age 65, a new study suggests.

The findings could influence screening recommendations for older women, said researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C.

Age is t... Full Page

Obesity Might Cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Young

Robert Preidt February 19, 2018

Obesity Might Cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Young

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity and high blood pressure may play a much greater role in sudden cardiac arrest among young people than previously thought, a new study suggests.

The findings highlight the need to screen for these risk factors at a younger age, according to researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L... Full Page

Many Parents in the Dark on When Kids Should First See a Dentist

Robert Preidt February 19, 2018

Many Parents in the Dark on When Kids Should First See a Dentist

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American parents are less likely to seek early dental care for their children if they don't receive guidance from a doctor or dentist, a new national survey finds.

The poll of 790 parents with at least one child aged 5 or younger found that one in six of those who did not receive dental advice ... Full Page

Protecting Your Electronic Health Records

Julie Davis February 19, 2018

Protecting Your Electronic Health Records

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An electronic health record, or EHR, is the digital version of the paper records documenting your health care. These online records are an advance in health management in many ways.

These records mean fewer and shorter forms to fill out at appointments. Your information gets to all of your prov... Full Page

Sibling Bullying Could Have Mental Health Effects

Robert Preidt February 16, 2018

Sibling Bullying Could Have Mental Health Effects

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who, as young kids, either bullied their siblings or were bullied themselves by siblings face an increased risk for psychotic disorders, a new British study suggests.

By age 18, those who'd been either the victim or the bully several times a week or month were two to three times more lik... Full Page

Fentanyl Test Strips May Help Stem OD Deaths

Robert Preidt February 16, 2018

Fentanyl Test Strips May Help Stem OD Deaths

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A thin test strip -- similar to a pregnancy test -- can detect whether a street drug contains the dangerous opioid fentanyl, according to a new report.

Fentanyl -- one of strongest types of opioid painkillers -- is often mixed into street drugs, such as heroin and cocaine. That makes it hard f... Full Page

Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

Steven Reinberg February 16, 2018

Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While this flu season is still one of the worst seen in years, the first signs that infection rates are starting to level off were reported by U.S. health officials on Friday.

As of Feb. 10, a total of 43 states continued to experience widespread flu activity, down from 48 the week before, acco... Full Page

Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills

Serena Gordon February 16, 2018

Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Can the adoring gaze of a dog or the comforting purr of a cat be helpful to people with mental illness? Absolutely, new research suggests.

Although furry companions won't replace medications or therapy for mental health concerns, they can provide significant benefits, according to British rese... Full Page

How to Put Mass Shooting Tragedies in Perspective for Kids

Robert Preidt February 16, 2018

How to Put Mass Shooting Tragedies in Perspective for Kids

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the wake of yet another deadly school shooting in the United States, one health specialist offers advice on how to ease children's fears about acts of terror and violence.

Consider the child's age and emotional maturity when weighing the right time to discuss such tragedies, recommends Dr. H... Full Page

After Another Shooting Tragedy, 'Stop the Bleed' Kits Urged for Schools

Steven Reinberg February 16, 2018

After Another Shooting Tragedy, 'Stop the Bleed' Kits Urged for Schools

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some of the 17 people killed Wednesday in the senseless Florida school shooting might have survived if their bleeding could have been stopped in time, experts say.

Noting that it takes only 5 to 10 minutes for a gunshot victim to bleed to death, the American College of Surgeons has long pushed ... Full Page

How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery

HealthDay staff February 16, 2018

How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You've caught the flu, but you have to go to work and you can't desert your family. What do you do?

Believe it or not, one expert says there are ways to stem the spread of sickness -- even if you can't avoid being around other people.

It sounds like a tall order during this brutal flu... Full Page

Kids Who Need Sickle Cell Meds Don't Always Get Them

Robert Preidt February 16, 2018

Kids Who Need Sickle Cell Meds Don't Always Get Them

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Less than a fifth of U.S. children with sickle cell anemia are getting the antibiotics that could save their lives, a new study finds.

"Longstanding recommendations say children with sickle cell anemia should take antibiotics daily for their first five years of life," the study's lead author, ... Full Page

Hey Runners, Be Sure to Choose the Right Shoes

Julie Davis February 16, 2018

Hey Runners, Be Sure to Choose the Right Shoes

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The only equipment you really need to go running are running shoes. But choosing a pair can often feel like a shopping marathon.

There's no shortage of big box sporting goods stores, but ask the staff at a local running club for suggestions about where to shop. The salespeople at a specialty sh... Full Page

Dad Can Pass on Ovarian Cancer Genes, Too

Robert Preidt February 16, 2018

Dad Can Pass on Ovarian Cancer Genes, Too

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A gene mutation that's passed down from a father is associated with earlier onset of ovarian cancer in daughters and prostate cancer in the father and his sons, a new study suggests.

Previous research had shown that sisters of women with ovarian cancer have a higher risk for the disease than th... Full Page

Could a Blood Thinner Actually Raise Stroke Risk for Some?

Robert Preidt February 16, 2018

Could a Blood Thinner Actually Raise Stroke Risk for Some?

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Taking blood-thinning drugs is typically thought to ward off stroke in people with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation.

However, new research out of Britain hints -- but cannot prove -- that the drugs might actually raise the odds of stroke in seniors with a-fib who also have kidney... Full Page

When One Teen Vapes, Others Often Follow

Margaret Farley Steele February 15, 2018

When One Teen Vapes, Others Often Follow

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers are impressionable when it comes to e-cigarettes, new research suggests.

Nearly four out of 10 U.S. teens who use e-cigarettes said seeing others vape led them to try the devices themselves, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U... Full Page

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