Scientists Say Neanderthals Were Exposed to Lead, Too
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 -- The earliest evidence of lead exposure has been discovered in 250,000-year-old teeth from the remains of two Neanderthals found in southeastern France, researchers say. " Traditionally, people thought lead exposure... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Take at Least a Year Between Pregnancies: Study
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 -- Women should wait a year or more between having babies, to reduce health risks to themselves and their infants, researchers report. " Our study found increased risks to both mother and infant when pregnancies are closely... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Could the Appendix Play a Key Role in Parkinson's Disease?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 -- Long belittled as inconsequential, the appendix is hardly the rock star of body organs. But its reputation may get a boost from new research that suggests that removing it may lower the risk for Parkinson's disease. The... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 31, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

AHA: Can You Really Be Scared to Death?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Every year around Oct. 31, as horror films, haunted houses and pranksters in creepy costumes try their best to give you a fright, the question arises: Can a person literally be scared to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Autism Risk: Mom's Health May Matter More Than Meds
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 -- Many pregnant women may wonder if antidepressants -- or other drugs acting on the brain's neurotransmitters -- might raise their baby's odds of developing autism. Now, reassuring research suggests that's not the case. But... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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After Mass Shootings, Blood Donations Can Go Unused
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 -- After mass shootings like the one at a Pittsburgh synagogue just last weekend that left 11 dead and six wounded, Americans often rush to donate blood to help the victims. But new research suggests that some of that blood... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Teens at High-Performing Schools Less Likely to Use Pot
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 -- The type of high school teens attend may determine whether they'll try marijuana and other illegal drugs, a new study suggests. " We concluded that schools play an important role in influencing adolescent behavior, " said... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Tap Into the Health Powers of Garlic
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 -- As scientists look more deeply into the effects of diet on health, they're finding that more and more everyday foods offer benefits that go well beyond making dishes tastier. Garlic, an ingredient found in almost every... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Trying to Get the New Shingles Vaccine? Join the Crowd
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 -- For weeks, Donna Greene got the brush-off when she asked the pharmacist about getting her second dose of Shingrix, the sought-after but scarce new shingles vaccine. Check back next week. Check in two weeks. We just don't... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Highlights: Oct. 31, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ketamine Being Used as Unapproved Treatment for Depression The drug ketamine is being used in the United States as an unapproved treatment for... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 31, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Health Tip: Washing Your Hands
-- Germs are everywhere, and there's no getting around them. So what can you do to avoid getting sick? Frequent hand washing is an excellent start, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC says you should always wash your... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Prevent Inflamed Gums
-- Unhealthy gums can be swollen, red and painful. Common triggers for this condition include improper dental care, malnutrition, poorly fitted dentures or side effects of certain medications. The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests ways to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Which Weight-Loss Surgery Is Best?
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- Deciding to have weight-loss surgery is tough enough, but then you have to choose between several procedures -- each with different risks and potential weight loss. So how do you decide which one is best for you? New... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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For Diabetics, Going Vegan May Boost Mood Along With Health
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- Diabetes is a formidable foe that can tax the bodies and the spirits of people diagnosed with the blood sugar disease. But a plant-based diet may help boost the physical and the mental health of unhappy people with type 2... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Halloween Can Be a Tricky Time for Your Pet
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- If you insist on dressing your pet in a costume for Halloween, Fido will thank you for doing so in a safe and comfortable way, veterinarians suggest. " Make sure costumes are the appropriate size and fit for the pet. A... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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The Real Reasons Parents Refuse HPV Vaccination
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- Safety concerns are a main reason American parents hesitate to have their children vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a new study. The finding challenges a common reason... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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New Evidence Pot May Harm the Teen Brain
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- Teens who stop smoking pot can think and learn better afterward, even if they are only light users, a new study reports. Compared to teenagers and young adults who continued using marijuana, those who abstained for a month... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Lead in Hair Dyes Must Go: FDA
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said that hair dyes can no longer contain lead. The new rule does not take effect for 12 months, but it ends the only remaining legal use of lead, a neurotoxin, in cosmetic... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Kids' Pedestrian Death Rate Rises on Halloween: Study
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- Trick-or-treating is a Halloween tradition that can quickly turn disastrous, with new research showing a more than 40 percent spike in pedestrian deaths on the spooky holiday. Kids wearing dark costumes, zigzagging across... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Ebola Vaccines Show Lasting Effect
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- Three experimental Ebola vaccines trigger an immune response that lasts for more than two years against the deadly disease, researchers report. In addition to being welcome news for the Ebola outbreak that's now spreading... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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AHA: How to Beat Triggers That Make You Crave a Cigarette
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- When Rafe Poirrier smoked cigarettes, he smoked as soon as he woke, after eating, while driving, and whenever he took a break at work. " I think my favorite (part) was socializing -- hanging out... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Keeping Your Teen Driver Safe
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- Rules for new drivers instituted in Massachusetts back in 2007 have led to fewer car crashes, including fewer deadly crashes, among drivers in their teens. And most of the rules are ones that Moms and Dads can set no... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Michael Phelps Champions the Fight Against Depression
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- Swimmer extraordinaire Michael Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals -- 23 of them gold. Yet, despite all those medals and the accolades that came with them, Phelps has struggled with depression and anxiety. In 2014, it got so... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Measure Your Blood Pressure at Home? New Guidelines Set Healthy Readings
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- When you're taking your blood pressure at home, a reading of 130 over 80 or above should be considered high, researchers report. A reading of 120 over 80 is considered in the normal range. " Most guidelines have... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Many Mistakenly Believe Alternative Therapies Can Cure Cancer
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- Despite evidence to the contrary, four in 10 Americans believe alternative therapies can cure cancer, a new survey finds. Research shows that cancer death rates are much higher among patients who use only alternative... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Building Tolerance Helps Kids With Wheat Allergy
TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 -- Giving trace amounts of wheat to children with wheat allergy shows promise in treating the allergy, according to new research. The researchers started with 46 wheat-allergic children, average age about 9 years, and gave... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Highlights: Oct. 30, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Infection Control Team Sent to NJ Rehab Facility Where 9 Children Died Infection control experts are being sent to a New Jersey rehabilitation... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 30, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Health Tip: What's Ear Wax?
-- Earwax (cerumen) is naturally made in the ear canal. It gradually travels to the opening of the ear, where it should fall out or be removed when you bathe, the Nemours Foundation says. Sometimes, your ear makes too much of it. In some cases, the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Help Prevent a Sore Throat
-- The arrival of colder weather typically invites a spike in sore throats. While uncomfortable, a normal sore throat can be treated at home with rest and plenty of fluids. In more serious cases, a bacteria or virus can trigger a sore throat, which... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Many Teens Are'Sextortion' Targets
MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 -- Parents of teens can add " sextortion " to the list of things to worry about, because a new study shows that 5 percent of teenagers are targets of this cybercrime. Another 3 percent of teens have likely done it to others, the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Naps Don't Help Down Syndrome Kids Learn: Study
MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 -- Naps have been shown to help young children learn, but researchers report they may have the opposite effect on children with Down syndrome. " In children with Down syndrome, there's something about having a nap right after... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Workers' Comp Often a Gateway to Opioid Abuse: Study
MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 -- Many injured workers turn to opioid painkillers for relief, and nearly 30 percent may still be taking them three months after their injury -- increasing the odds of addiction, a new study suggests. " The increased likelihood... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 29, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Malaria-Sniffing Pooches Might Help Save Lives
MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 -- With their keen sense of smell, dogs can track down bombs and drugs, but new research suggests they can also sniff out malaria in people. If confirmed by further studies, canines might someday be used to help spot malaria... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 29, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Gun Violence Among U.S. Youth Has High Price Tag
MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 -- Treating gunshot wounds in American children and teens costs roughly $270 million a year in hospital bills, researchers report. " In our study, we found that for every 100,000 teenagers and children arriving to the emergency... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Common Chemical, Phthalates, Tied to Language Delay in Kids
MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 -- Children may suffer delayed language skills if their mothers come in contact with common chemicals called phthalates in early pregnancy, new research suggests. Phthalates are in countless products from nail polish and hair... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Vaccine to Stop Recurrent Strokes Shows Promise in Mice
MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 -- Stroke remains a major killer. But could a simple vaccine help prevent a recurrence in stroke survivors someday? That's the promise from new Japanese research conducted in mice. A vaccine that would replace or be used... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Highlights: Oct. 29, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ninth Child Dies in Virus Outbreak at N.J. Facility A ninth child has died in an adenovirus outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center, state... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 29, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Firsthand 9/11 Exposure Fueling Alcohol- and Drug-Related Deaths: Study
MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 -- People directly exposed to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks appear at increased risk of drug- and alcohol-related death, a new study finds. " Following a major disaster, alcohol- and drug-related mortality may be... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Is the U.S. Throwing Away Too Many Donor Kidneys?
MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 -- When deciding which donated kidneys can help desperate patients on waiting lists, the United States might want to follow France's lead and lower the bar, a new study argues. There's a worldwide shortage of donor kidneys... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 29, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

An Action Plan When You Regain That Lost Weight
MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 -- It's the most frustrating part of dieting: Regaining the weight you worked so hard to lose. It helps to understand why this happens so you won't blame yourself as you get back on track. Many hormones that regulate body... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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In California, Some Doctors Sell'Medical Exemptions' for Kids' Vaccinations
MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 -- A handful of California doctors are making hay off anti-vaccine parents, charging hundreds of dollars to issue medical exemptions for required childhood vaccinations, a new study claims. In 2015, California passed a law... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Get More Vitamin D
-- Vitamin D helps build strong bones, regulate the immune system and ward off illness. It also helps maintain blood calcium levels and regulate calcium and phosphorous, which are crucial to keeping bones and teeth firm, the Arthritis Foundation... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 29, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Health Tip: Understanding Migraines
-- Some 39 million men, women and children in the United States and 1 billion people worldwide have migraines, the Migraine Research Foundation says. Nine of 10 people aren't able to work during a migraine, the foundation adds. Here are some... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Roll Up Your Sleeves to Avoid the Flu
SUNDAY, Oct. 28, 2018 -- With flu season looming, don't wait too long to get your flu shot, a health expert advises. " The best way to avoid the flu is to get vaccinated, " said Cindy Weston, an assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 28, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Decorative Contact Lenses a Danger at Halloween, Any Time
SATURDAY, Oct. 27, 2018 -- Colorful or unusual-looking contact lenses are popular at Halloween, but they could harm your eyes, vision experts warn. " Decorative contact lenses may seem like a fun costume accessory, but if you're not careful, they can... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 27, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Does Dyslexia Gene Protect Against Concussions?
FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 -- Athletes may be less likely to suffer concussions if they carry a gene linked to the learning disorder dyslexia, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at the concussion history of 87 football players at Penn State... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 26, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Getting Flu Shot Annually Won't Undermine Its Effectiveness in Kids
FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 -- Does getting a flu shot every year diminish its power to protect children? Absolutely not, say researchers, who found that last year's shot will not in any way reduce the flu-fighting strength of this year's shot. The... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 26, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Parents, Don't Be So Quick to Jump to an ADHD Diagnosis
FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 -- A growing number of U.S. children are being diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. But parents shouldn't be too quick to get their child checked for ADHD, a child expert says. " The key to determining if... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 26, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

A New Challenger to Medical Marijuana?
FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 -- A moss-like plant grown only in a few countries may offer better pain relief than medical marijuana, animal research suggests. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) from marijuana is used to treat conditions such as pain, muscle... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 26, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

AHA: Can Daylight Saving Time Hurt the Heart? Prepare Now for Spring
FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Autumn temperatures may have just arrived, but it's already time to " fall back " an hour. For people who have heart-related problems, they may want to apply that extra 60 minutes in their day... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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