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20 Jun

Vitamin D and Heart Risk

Taking Vitamin D supplements may not help lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular events.

19 Jun

Sexting and Teen Sexual Behavior

Adolescents and teens who sext more likely to engage in sexual behavior.

18 Jun

Colon Cancer Detection

Colon cancer can spread to other parts of the body before the primary tumor is detectable.
Marijuana Use by U.S. Teens Has Jumped 10-fold Since 1990s

E.J. Mundell June 20, 2019

Marijuana Use by U.S. Teens Has Jumped 10-fold Since 1990s

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As society relaxes its rules around marijuana, U.S. teens seem to be responding by using the drug in much bigger numbers than a generation ago, new research shows.

The study looked at 1991-2017 U.S. federal health data on more than 200,000 high school students. It found that the number who sa... Full Page

U.S. Cases of Infant Gut Illness Plummet After Vaccine Introduced

E.J. Mundell June 20, 2019

U.S. Cases of Infant Gut Illness Plummet After Vaccine Introduced

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In the midst of the "anti-vaxxer" movement comes more scientific proof that vaccines help save children's lives.

Researchers report that since the 2006 introduction of a vaccine against rotavirus -- a common and potentially fatal cause of infant diarrhea -- U.S. cases have fallen dramatically.<... Full Page

Cell Mapping Provides New Insights About Asthma

Robert Preidt June 20, 2019

Cell Mapping Provides New Insights About Asthma

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In an effort to improve the lives of millions of people with asthma, researchers say they've completed the first mapping of lung and airway cells, which may lead to new therapies for the common lung condition.

The mapping reveals differences between airways in people with and without asthma... Full Page

'Lost Wallet' Test Reveals How Honest People Are

Amy Norton June 20, 2019

'Lost Wallet' Test Reveals How Honest People Are

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you tend to doubt the honesty of strangers, the results of a new study may come as a surprise: All around the globe, people are more likely to return a lost wallet if it's loaded with cash.

In experiments done in 40 countries, researchers found that people were more likely to return a lost... Full Page

Rates of Drug-, Alcohol-Linked Death Triple After Weight-Loss Surgery

Donna Siegfried June 20, 2019

Rates of Drug-, Alcohol-Linked Death Triple After Weight-Loss Surgery

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new study offers some sobering news about weight-loss surgery.

People who undergo a gastric bypass procedure called Roux-en-Y are three times more likely than those in the general population to die of drug- or alcohol-related causes, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh.... Full Page

'Unprofessional' Surgeons Hurt Patient Outcomes: Study

Robert Preidt June 20, 2019

'Unprofessional' Surgeons Hurt Patient Outcomes: Study

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Before having that operation, you might want to ask your surgeon's colleagues about his behavior.

A new study finds that patients whose surgeons have more complaints from coworkers about unprofessional conduct are at increased risk for complications during and after surgery.

Researc... Full Page

More Than 5 Million U.S. Cancer Survivors Deal With Chronic Pain

Robert Preidt June 20, 2019

More Than 5 Million U.S. Cancer Survivors Deal With Chronic Pain

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of U.S. cancer survivors have chronic pain, and 1 in 6 have levels that restrict their daily activities, a new study finds.

"The prevalence of chronic pain and high impact chronic pain among cancer survivors in our study was almost double that in the general population, suggesting t... Full Page

How Do Birth Defects Affect Childhood Cancer Risk?

Robert Preidt June 20, 2019

How Do Birth Defects Affect Childhood Cancer Risk?

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Children with birth defects may be at increased risk for childhood cancer, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 10 million children born in Texas, Arkansas, Michigan and North Carolina between 1992 and 2013.

Compared to children without a birth defect, those w... Full Page

AHA News: This Faulty Gene May Help Predict Heart Muscle Disease

June 20, 2019

AHA News: This Faulty Gene May Help Predict Heart Muscle Disease

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- The diagnosis of a serious heart condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy often can lead doctors to run genetic tests that help determine whether the disease stems from a faulty gene.

But a group of researchers wondered: What if they reversed the process and first looked for t... Full Page

Another Vaping Danger: E-Cigarette Explodes in Teen's Face

Dennis Thompson June 20, 2019

Another Vaping Danger: E-Cigarette Explodes in Teen's Face

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A vape pen exploded in the face of 17-year-old Nevada boy, breaking his jaw and requiring multiple surgeries to repair the damage, according to a case report in the latest New England Journal of Medicine.

The 2018 incident highlights a little-known danger of e-cigarettes -- the devices... Full Page

Long Work Hours Tied to Higher Odds for Stroke

Alan Mozes June 20, 2019

Long Work Hours Tied to Higher Odds for Stroke

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Being first at the office and the last to leave may help get you that promotion, but new research warns that working long hours may not be so good for your heart.

And the longer you do it, the higher your risk for a stroke, French researchers said.

The findings come from a review of sel... Full Page

The Safer Way to Ease Post-Surgical Pain

Robert Preidt June 20, 2019

The Safer Way to Ease Post-Surgical Pain

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For people recovering from surgery or dealing with a painful injury, an expert suggests that there are a number of safer alternatives for managing pain than using potentially addictive opioids.

"Today, more than ever before, we have a host of other methods that can effectively lessen pain,"... Full Page

How to Pack More Plant Protein Into Your Everyday Diet

Len Canter June 20, 2019

How to Pack More Plant Protein Into Your Everyday Diet

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You don't have to adopt a total vegetarian lifestyle to improve your health. You can get some of its advantages simply by replacing some of the animal proteins in your diet with plant-based ones.

This can be an especially important switch for people who have even one risk factor for heart di... Full Page

The Health Benefits of Sleeping on Your Side

Len Canter June 20, 2019

The Health Benefits of Sleeping on Your Side

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You know how important getting enough restorative sleep is for facing each new day refreshed and ready to take on the world. Now research suggests that your sleep position may have an impact on brain health, too.

For a study done on animals, researchers used dynamic contrast magnetic resonanc... Full Page

Global Efforts to Cut Smoking Show Mixed Results

Robert Preidt June 20, 2019

Global Efforts to Cut Smoking Show Mixed Results

WEDNESDAY, June 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette use fell in most countries over the past three decades, but increased in some nations, notably China, a new global study says.

Researchers analyzed data from 71 countries that represent 85% of the world's population and account for more than 95% of global cigarette use.

... Full Page
Many Health Care Workers With Flu, Colds Still Go to Work: Study

Robert Preidt June 19, 2019

Many Health Care Workers With Flu, Colds Still Go to Work: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many health care workers are still on the job even if they have symptoms of a cold, flu or other respiratory infection, putting patients and coworkers at risk, a new study finds.

It included more than 2,700 health care workers at nine Canadian hospitals who completed online diaries whenever ... Full Page

Fatal Opioid ODs Rise as Temperatures Fall

Robert Preidt June 19, 2019

Fatal Opioid ODs Rise as Temperatures Fall

WEDNESDAY, June 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Why do opioid overdose deaths spike after cold snaps?

That's the mystery Brown University researchers set out to solve in a study of more than 3,000 opioid-related deaths in Connecticut and Rhode Island between 2014 and 2017.

The new analysis uncovered a 25% increase in opioid ... Full Page

Sudden Death Can Occur Even in Well-Controlled Epilepsy

Serena Gordon June 19, 2019

Sudden Death Can Occur Even in Well-Controlled Epilepsy

WEDNESDAY, June 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy is rare and thought to mainly affect people with hard-to-treat seizures, but a new study suggests that even people with well-controlled epilepsy may be at risk.

That was especially true if someone had missed their last dose of medication or was sleep-depr... Full Page

Frozen Avocado Recalled Due to Potential Listeria Threat

E.J. Mundell June 19, 2019

Frozen Avocado Recalled Due to Potential Listeria Threat

WEDNESDAY, June 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Although no illnesses have yet been reported, the makers of Signature Select Avocado Chunks are issuing a product recall due to possible contamination with the listeria germ.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Nature's Touch Frozen Foods said the recall is "based on strict precautionary measures... Full Page

Fitness in Middle Age Cuts Men's Odds for COPD Later

Robert Preidt June 19, 2019

Fitness in Middle Age Cuts Men's Odds for COPD Later

WEDNESDAY, June 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Having good heart-lung fitness in middle age could lower men's long-term risk of developing and dying from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds.

COPD includes respiratory conditions that narrow the airways, such as emphysema and bronchitis. Smoking is the main risk... Full Page

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