Health Highlights: August 6, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Thirteen Confirmed Ebola Cases in Latest Congo Outbreak The number of confirmed cases in a new Ebola outbreak in Congo has reached 13,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Too Much Screen Time May Pile on the Pounds
MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 -- Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, making it more likely they'll become overweight or obese, a new review claims. The average 8- to 18-year-old spends more than seven hours a day fixated on a screen,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Recognizing Early Childhood Speech Problems
MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 -- You eagerly await baby's first words and delight at his growing vocabulary. But that excitement may cause you to miss speech problems that should be corrected quickly. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Things to Remember About Acne
-- Acne tends to form on the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders. The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases says although acne isn't usually a serious health concern, it can be embarrassing and lead to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: When Small Children Play Near Water
-- Anyone -- especially a young child -- can drown in only a few inches of water. The American Academy of Pediatrics says it doesn't recommend any swim instruction for kids under the age of 1. And even after a child learns how to swim, the child... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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What Makes a Better Baseball Batter?
SUNDAY, Aug. 5, 2018 -- Ace hitters like Barry Bonds and Derek Jeter probably can confirm this: Baseball players with faster hand-eye coordination are better batters, a new study finds. This is especially true when it comes to measures of " plate... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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How to Keep Foodborne Illness at Bay
SATURDAY, Aug. 4, 2018 -- When you're having a barbecue or picnic, be sure you don't invite foodborne illnesses caused by salmonella bacteria. Each year in the United States, salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses and 23,000 hospitalizations,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Why Choo-Choo is Better for Baby's Language Skills Than Train
FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 -- Baby talk may sound silly, but it speeds infants'language development, a new study suggests. Researchers in Scotland recorded people talking to 47 infants whose language development was assessed at ages 9, 15 and 21... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Why Seniors Can Struggle With Swallowing
FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 -- If you have developed swallowing problems as you age, a new study may explain why. A loss of muscle mass and function in the throat helps explain why 15 percent of seniors have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), researchers... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Hiccups for a Month? It Can Happen
FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 -- Short-lasting hiccups are annoying enough, but some people get hiccups that last longer a month or more. The longest recorded case? An Iowa farmer had hiccups continually for 69 years and nine months, according to the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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The Dark Side of Sunless Tanning
FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 -- Don't kid yourself that using a sunless tanning product will prevent skin cancer. Unless you're willing to stop sunbathing altogether, you're still at risk for skin damage, researchers report. " For the most part, adults who... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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AHA: Air Pollution Exposure Linked to Enlarged Hearts
FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Healthy people exposed to even low levels of air pollution over a handful of years developed enlarged heart chambers, a common precursor to heart failure, a new study indicates. While previous... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Better Sleep During Pregnancy May Cut Odds of Preemie Birth
FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 -- People often urge moms-to-be to get plenty of sleep before the baby comes. Now, researchers report that good sleep during pregnancy might also lower the risk of premature delivery. The review of published studies provides... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Scientists Trace Link Between Head Injuries and Parkinson's
FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 -- Links between brain damage and contact sports continue to emerge, with scientists now tying repetitive head impacts to a condition that can lead to Parkinson's disease. Researchers have already tied repetitive head impacts... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Highlights: August 3, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: E-Cigarette Sales in U.S. Climb as Prices Fall There was a large increase in sales of electronic cigarettes and related products in the United... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Too Little Fish for Mom Linked to Higher Preemie Birth Risk
FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 -- If you love fish and you're pregnant, new research suggests eating lots of it might help you avoid delivering your baby too soon. The researchers found that women who had the lowest levels of fatty acids from fish during... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Home Check: Electrical Safety, Room-by-Room
FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 -- You might not think much about it when turning on a light in your home, but faulty wiring and electrical products can lead to fire, injury and even death. That's why it's important to check for and fix potential problems... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Eat Safely at Outdoor Fairs
-- The summer calendar is filled with fairs and festivals, but with the warmer temperatures comes an increased risk of food contamination, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. The CDC suggests considering these questions when... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Heeding Motorcycle Safety
--In 2016, nearly 5,000 motorcycle users died in crashes, and about 88,000 were hurt, the National Safety Council says. The council offers these suggestions for safer riding: Always wear a full-coverage helmet. Choose a bike that fits you. Invest... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Opioid Addicts Turning to Unapproved Antidepressant to Get High
THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 -- In a trend that suggests opioid addicts are turning to new fixes, a government report shows that use of an unapproved antidepressant is becoming more widespread in the United States. Tianeptine is used in some European,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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AHA: Heart Problem Forced Her Baby to Be Delivered Early. Then Came a Steeper Challenge.
THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- One night after work, on her way up three flights of stairs to her apartment, Kayde Wolf paused on every landing to catch her breath. In her 20s, fit and healthy, she didn't understand what was... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Better
THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 -- If you want to keep your kids at a healthy weight, show them, don't tell them. That's the advice of one expert who says simple and easy steps are better than direct discussions about weight and health. " Food is powerful.... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Scans Help Spot Heart Trouble Early in People With Lupus
THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 -- Heart disease is a leading cause of death in patients with the autoimmune illness lupus. Now, research suggests high-tech scans can spot cardiac issues early. The scans can detect heart abnormalities even before patients... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Moon Dust a Health Hazard?
THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 -- Dust could pose a health hazard if astronauts start spending extended periods of time on the Moon, Mars or other airless planets, researchers say. They found that up to 90 percent of human lung cells and mouse brain cells... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Google Glass Helps Kids With Autism Navigate Emotions of Others
THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 -- Donji Cullenbine's young son, Alex, has autism, but when he put on a pair of Google Glass smartglasses they helped him recognize the emotions of others through their facial expressions. " Within two, maybe three weeks, I... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Naked Mole-Rats May Give Clues to Human Longevity
THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 -- In their quest to unravel the secrets of human puberty and health, scientists are betting naked mole-rats can help. The hairless rodents reportedly have a lifespan of more than 30 years -- nearly eight times that of mice --... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Steer Clear of Obese Friends With the Flu
THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 -- Excess weight boosts the odds of flu complications, but that's not all. Obese adults are contagious for much longer than their slim peers, researchers report. It's known that obesity increases a person's risk of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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AHA: Common Virus Causes Heart Defects in Mice
THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- A virus that infects millions of Americans every year may on occasion cause heart defects during the early stages of pregnancy, a new study in mice suggests. The findings may give researchers... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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' Moderate' Drinking May Be a Brain Buffer
THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 -- Middle-aged people who drink moderately -- no more than a glass of wine a day -- may have a relatively lower risk of developing dementia later in life, researchers report. The study, which followed 9,000 British adults for... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Can Arthritic Dogs (and Their Owners) Benefit From Stem Cell Injections?
THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 -- If dogs with arthritis can gain benefit from stem cell injections, maybe people can, too. That's the opinion of an Italian veterinarian who oversaw the stem cell procedures in 130 arthritic dogs. " For at least six months,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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How Much Daily Exercise Do You Really Need?
THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 -- Hopefully, you enjoy exercising and don't watch the clock, impatient for it to be over. But it's important to know how much exercise you're getting so you can reap all its health rewards. Between the ages of 18 and 64,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Highlights: August 2, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New Ebola Outbreak in Congo Just a week after being declared Ebola-free, the Democratic Republic of Congo said Wednesday that a new outbreak of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Warmer Weather Triggers Rashes
-- Hot summer weather can lead to itchy skin rashes, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Clogged sweat glands, bug bites and exposure to certain plants, chlorine and fungi are just a few of the common triggers for rashes. The AAP offers this... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Ear Tubes May Help Prevent Ear Infections
-- By the age of 5, the majority of young children will have an ear infection, the American Academy of Otolaryngology says. Most ear infections will resolve without medical intervention or with a dose of antibiotics. But in some children, ear... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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As Opioid Epidemic Rages, Painkiller Prescriptions Don't Drop
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- In a sign that the U.S. opioid epidemic is still not under control, a new report shows that prescriptions for the highly addictive painkillers haven't declined in the last decade. After peaking in 2012-2013, opioid use... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Folic Acid Supplements in Pregnancy Help Kids of Women With Epilepsy
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- Drugs taken in pregnancy to prevent epilepsy seizures can raise the risk of language delays in children. But new research shows that folic acid supplements can cut that risk. One U.S. ob/gyn said the finding has real... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Obesity Could Set Stage for Heart Issues in Pregnancy
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- Young pregnant women who are obese may face a higher risk of changes in heart structure and function, a small new study suggests. The changes seen might lead to a pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia, according to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Germs Gaining Resistance to Hand Gels in Hospitals
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- Potentially dangerous bacteria already resistant to antibiotics are now developing resistance to common alcohol-based hand gels, a new study reports. A bacteria called Enterococcus faecium is a leading cause of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Bioengineered Lungs Successfully Transplanted Into Pigs
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- Lab-grown lungs have been successfully transplanted into pigs with no apparent medical complication for months after the procedure, researchers report. This line of research on bioengineered lungs could eventually lead to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Too Many Kidney Disease Patients in the Dark About Diet
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- The right diet can slow chronic kidney disease, but 90 percent of patients who do not require dialysis never see a dietitian, new research finds. " Most adults with chronic kidney disease remain poorly informed of how diet... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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U.S. Murder, Suicide Rates Climbing Again
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- After a period of steady decline, homicides and suicides are on the rise again in America, new statistics show. Experts believe the opioid addiction crisis may be at least partly to blame. Researchers tracked data from a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Quick Fixes: 3 Ways to Combat Food Cravings
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- If you think your inability to control food cravings is all in your head, you're right. Losing weight is about more than cutting calories -- you also have to resist food urges. And while behavior modification is a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Wait Times for Obesity Surgery Are Growing
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- People who want to have weight-loss surgery are facing much longer wait times now than a decade ago, a new study finds. Among weight-loss surgery patients in Michigan, the typical wait time almost doubled between 2006 and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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More Research Links Sunscreens to Marine-life Damage
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- Sunscreen washing off swimmers may pose a threat to fish and other aquatic life, a new study suggests. Ultraviolet (UV) filters have been added to many personal care products, including sunscreens, moisturizers and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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For Women Worldwide, Lung Cancers Rise as Breast Cancers Decline
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- As women around the world wage war against cancer, good news on the breast cancer front is tempered by predictions that lung cancer deaths could rise more than 40 percent. Researchers in Spain reported that between 2015... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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How Severe Brain Injuries Might Trigger Dementia
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- A single traumatic brain injury can raise a person's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. " Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in young adults, " said researcher Elisa Zanier, from the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Highlights: August 1, 2018
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Man's Legs, Hands Amputated After Infection Caused by Bacteria in Dog Saliva A Wisconsin man had his lower legs and hands amputated after... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Help a New Mom With Postpartum Depression
-- Postpartum depression causes symptoms including unhappiness and hopelessness among new moms. The good news is that it's usually temporary and treatable, Postpartum Support International says. The organization offers these suggestions for the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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Health Tip: Recognize Signs of a Urinary Tract Infection
-- The urinary system is the body's way to rid itself of wastes and extra water. But the urinary tract also is a common spot for infection (UTI). While anyone can develop a UTI, about four times as many women develop them as men, the U.S. National... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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To Boost Colon Cancer Screening, Use the Mail
TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 -- Colon cancer is treatable if caught early. And sending screening tests in the mail might boost timely detection, a new study suggests. University of North Carolina (UNC) researchers found that Medicaid patients were more... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
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