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25 Apr

Alcohol and Oral Bacteria

Drinking alcohol may cause too much harmful bacteria to grow in your mouth, study finds.

24 Apr

Breakfast and Body Weight

Adults who eat breakfast frequently are at lower risk of obesity, study finds.

23 Apr

Liquid Nicotine Dangers

Liquid nicotine from e-cigarette products can pose a danger to young children.
A Doctor's Age May Matter With Emergency Surgery

Steven Reinberg April 25, 2018

A Doctor's Age May Matter With Emergency Surgery

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you need an emergency operation, you're in safer hands with an older surgeon, new research suggests.

"These findings provide evidence of a learning curve in surgical practice that has a meaningful impact on patients' outcomes," said lead researcher Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa. He's with the UCLA ... Full Page

Many Opioid Overdoses May Be Suicides

Amy Norton April 25, 2018

Many Opioid Overdoses May Be Suicides

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As the United States grapples with an ongoing opioid epidemic, experts are calling attention to a hidden aspect of the crisis: Many overdose deaths may, in fact, be suicides.

The researchers describe suicide as a "silent contributor" to the nation's opioid overdose death rate.

It'... Full Page

Fetal Procedure Prevents Rare Condition That Leaves Kids Unable to Sweat

Dennis Thompson April 25, 2018

Fetal Procedure Prevents Rare Condition That Leaves Kids Unable to Sweat

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors say they've found a way to head off a rare birth defect that causes babies to be born without functioning sweat glands.

By introducing a specific protein into the womb, researchers prevented the defect from taking hold in three children.

This is the first and only therapy ... Full Page

HIV Drug Appears Safe During Pregnancy

Mary Elizabeth Dallas April 25, 2018

HIV Drug Appears Safe During Pregnancy

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs to prevent HIV-positive pregnant women from infecting their unborn babies appear safe and don't raise the risk for premature birth or infant death, new research indicates.

The U.S. scientists said their findings should ease worries among expectant mothers treated with antiviral regim... Full Page

Cases Rise in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce

E.J. Mundell April 25, 2018

Cases Rise in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of illnesses linked to Arizona romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli have risen sharply, from 53 cases a week ago to 84 on Wednesday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that three more states -- Colorado, Georgia and South Dakota -- have been hit by the outb... Full Page

Race Now Plays Smaller Role in Americans' Risk of Dying Young

Alan Mozes April 25, 2018

Race Now Plays Smaller Role in Americans' Risk of Dying Young

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The racial gap between black and white Americans for dying early has narrowed, but opioid overdose deaths among whites might be fueling part of that otherwise positive trend.

The new findings stem from an analysis of death records between 1990 and 2014, which tracked "years of life lost," m... Full Page

Restless Legs Linked to Brain Changes

Robert Preidt April 25, 2018

Restless Legs Linked to Brain Changes

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Structural changes in the area of the brain that processes sensations may be linked with restless legs syndrome, a new study suggests.

People with restless legs syndrome experience uncomfortable sensations in the legs and a need to move them. It often occurs in the evening and at night, and... Full Page

As Weather Changes, So Do Social Media Posts

Robert Preidt April 25, 2018

As Weather Changes, So Do Social Media Posts

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Too hot, too cold, too humid: Weather may influence whether or not people post negative comments on social media, researchers report.

They compared weather conditions in relation to 2.4 billion Facebook posts and 1.1 billion Twitter posts between 2009 and 2016.

And they found a s... Full Page

Fetal Immune System May Trigger Premature Birth: Study

Dennis Thompson April 25, 2018

Fetal Immune System May Trigger Premature Birth: Study

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most potential explanations of premature birth revolve around the mother, and what might cause her body to reject her developing fetus.

But what if it's the other way around?

A new study suggests some preterm births occur because the fetus rejects the mother, after its immune syst... Full Page

Don't Panic Over 'Dry Drowning' Reports, ER Docs Say

Robert Preidt April 25, 2018

Don't Panic Over 'Dry Drowning' Reports, ER Docs Say

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite media hype this week around what's being called "dry drowning," a group representing U.S. emergency physicians says the water is still safe for kids this summer.

Reports of so-called dry drowning have made headlines, and just this week the family of 4-year-old Elianna Grace of Saras... Full Page

Can Type 2 Diabetes Lead to Irregular Periods for Teen Girls?

Serena Gordon April 25, 2018

Can Type 2 Diabetes Lead to Irregular Periods for Teen Girls?

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As if coping with type 2 diabetes as a teenager isn't tough enough, it turns out that many girls with the metabolic disorder also have to deal with irregular periods.

And menstrual cycles that stray from normal can lead to very heavy bleeding and cause extra cramping, said Dr. Megan Kelsey... Full Page

Advil + Tylenol Better Than Opioids for Dental Pain

Robert Preidt April 25, 2018

Advil + Tylenol Better Than Opioids for Dental Pain

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Over-the-counter ibuprofen and acetaminophen provide better relief for dental pain than prescription opioids and are less likely to cause side effects, researchers say.

"What we know is that prescribing narcotics should be a last resort," said study co-author Anita Aminoshariae, an associat... Full Page

AHA: His Workouts Helped Him Spot a Dangerous Heart Problem

April 25, 2018

AHA: His Workouts Helped Him Spot a Dangerous Heart Problem

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Ricky Reyes had just begun a high-intensity exercise program to get in better shape. But instead of feeling energized, the workouts left him exhausted and with spasms in his back, arms and jaw.

His fitness trainer had previously told him his body was still adapting to the worko... Full Page

Big Decline in Births to Girls Under 15, CDC Says

E.J. Mundell April 25, 2018

Big Decline in Births to Girls Under 15, CDC Says

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a steep decline over the past two decades in births to American girls under the age of 15, a new report finds.

Overall, "the number of U.S. births to females aged 10 to 14 was a record low in 2016, dropping to 2,253 from 8,519 in 2000," a team from the U.S. Centers for Disease ... Full Page

Exercise Your Blues Away

Robert Preidt April 25, 2018

Exercise Your Blues Away

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise can reduce your risk of depression, no matter what your age or where you live, research suggests.

In a new study, an international team of researchers analyzed data from 49 studies that included nearly 267,000 people in North America, Europe and Oceania. The study particip... Full Page

Stop Burnout in Its Tracks

HealthDay staff April 25, 2018

Stop Burnout in Its Tracks

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Finding the right work-life balance isn't easy. For many people, 9 to 5 has stretched to 9 to 7 -- or longer. And responsibilities can start much earlier in the day, especially for those with kids to corral in the morning.

Burnout is nothing new -- it was described back in the 1970s as a ... Full Page

Medical Marijuana May Not Help Your Sleep Apnea: Experts

Mary Elizabeth Dallas April 24, 2018

Medical Marijuana May Not Help Your Sleep Apnea: Experts

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana shouldn't be used to treat sleep apnea, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine says in a new position statement.

The group warned that the drug and its synthetic extracts haven't been shown to be safe, effective or well-tolerated by patients with this condition.

"U... Full Page

FDA Cracks Down on Youth Access to Juul E-Cigarettes

Robert Preidt April 24, 2018

FDA Cracks Down on Youth Access to Juul E-Cigarettes

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A crackdown on the sale of the wildly popular Juul brand of electronic cigarettes to teens was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

It includes a nationwide undercover blitz targeting the illegal sale of Juul products to minors at both stores and online retailers, accor... Full Page

Obese Men Suffer 'Weight Stigma,' Too

Dennis Thompson April 24, 2018

Obese Men Suffer 'Weight Stigma,' Too

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's a long-held stereotype that men are less self-conscious about their weight than women.

But a new study reveals that obese men are just as likely as women to be mistreated and stigmatized by others due to their excess pounds.

Two out of five men surveyed said they've been on the... Full Page

Anesthesia Doesn't Seem to Harm Child's IQ: Study

Robert Preidt April 24, 2018

Anesthesia Doesn't Seem to Harm Child's IQ: Study

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Receiving anesthesia before age 3 does not appear to affect a child's intelligence, according to a new study.

However, having anesthesia a number of times at a young age may affect fine motor skills, behavior and learning problems, the Mayo Clinic researchers found.

"For the majorit... Full Page

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