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18 Aug

Binge-Watching TV and Your Health

Binge-watching TV may be a risk factor for poor sleep, study finds

17 Aug

Sleep and Diabetes Risk in Children

Kids who don't get enough sleep may be at higher risk for Type 2 Diabetes, study finds

16 Aug

Alcohol and Your Health

Light-to-moderate drinking may protect your health, new study finds

'Weekend Warriors' Tend to Wear White Collars

'Weekend Warriors' Tend to Wear White Collars

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Wealthier Americans are more likely than others to be sedentary for much of the week and then turn into active "weekend warriors" on Saturdays and Sundays, researchers report.

Only about one in 20 U.S. adults (5 percent) currently meet the recommended exercise guidelines. The recommendations ar...

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  • August 18, 2017
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Popular Heartburn Drugs Don't Raise Risk of Alzheimer's: Study

Popular Heartburn Drugs Don't Raise Risk of Alzheimer's: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Widely used heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors do not appear to increase Alzheimer's disease risk, according to a new study.

Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid are commonly used proton pump inhibitors.

Two previous studies reported a higher risk of dementia among people who took...

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  • August 18, 2017
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FDA May Limit 'Risk Info' in Direct-to-Consumer TV Drug Ads

FDA May Limit 'Risk Info' in Direct-to-Consumer TV Drug Ads

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may shorten the list of caveats for drugs you see advertised on television.

Prescription drug makers must now mention all benefits and risks in direct-to-consumer advertising, presenting viewers with a litany of potential harms, both major and minor. But a ...

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  • August 18, 2017
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Less is More for the Adult Cholera Vaccine

Less is More for the Adult Cholera Vaccine

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say one dose of cholera vaccine appears to provide about the same protection as the standard two doses, at least for the first six months.

They also found that cholera vaccines are highly effective in adults but less so in young children, who are at particular risk of death from th...

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  • August 18, 2017
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'Confusion' Complicates Hospitalization of Elderly

'Confusion' Complicates Hospitalization of Elderly

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with confusion are more likely to remain in the hospital longer once they are admitted, and are more likely to die, a new study finds.

"People with confusion -- or cognitive spectrum disorders -- make up over one-third of the population over 65 [in the U.K.] who are admitted as an...

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  • August 18, 2017
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Anti-Vaccine Family Members, Friends Spur Many Moms to Delay Baby's Shots

Anti-Vaccine Family Members, Friends Spur Many Moms to Delay Baby's Shots

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If a pregnant woman hears anti-vaccine messages from family or friends about childhood immunizations, she's much more likely to delay her baby's shots, new research shows.

And that's true even if she hears positive messages after the discouraging ones, the New Zealand investigators found.

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  • August 18, 2017
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Gun Access May Drive Higher Suicide Rates in Rural Areas

Gun Access May Drive Higher Suicide Rates in Rural Areas

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of suicide in rural America appears to be significantly higher than in urban areas, a new study reports.

And much of the reason may have to do with the greater prevalence of gun ownership in rural areas, the study authors said.

The findings stem from an analysis that focused ...

Zika May Not Last in Semen as Long as Thought

Zika May Not Last in Semen as Long as Thought

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Zika virus might not remain in the semen of some infected men as long as previously thought, a small study suggests.

The researchers said Zika may only be present in semen for about a month. Previous research had suggested that Zika virus can be found in semen for as long as 188 days after the ...

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  • August 18, 2017
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Get Ready, Safely, for the Great American Eclipse

Get Ready, Safely, for the Great American Eclipse

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One of the biggest celestial events of a lifetime -- a total solar eclipse -- is heading towards millions of Americans on Monday.

But what's the safest way for your eyes to view it?

The total eclipse -- the first in nearly a century to stretch across the continental U.S. -- will treat...

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  • August 18, 2017
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Dentist Roots Out Clues to Doomed Arctic Expedition

Dentist Roots Out Clues to Doomed Arctic Expedition

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For more than 150 years, the deaths of the famed Franklin naval expedition crew -- on a mission to reach the Northwest Passage -- have been a captivating historical mystery.

Now, a dentist says some of the truth may lie in reports about their teeth.

The lost expedition of Sir John Fr...

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  • August 18, 2017
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Kidney Disease May Boost Odds of Infection

Kidney Disease May Boost Odds of Infection

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As kidney function declines, infection risk rises, a new study shows.

Infections facing people with advanced kidney disease include lower respiratory tract disease, urinary tract infections and blood poisoning, researchers said.

The findings were published Aug. 17 in the Clinical J...

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  • August 18, 2017
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Are You Ignoring Gum Disease?

Are You Ignoring Gum Disease?

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Going to the dentist might not be a favorite on your to-do list, but these check-ups are important not only for your teeth, but also for your gums.

Gum disease, or gingivitis, can be difficult to catch. And it can lead to the more severe problem of periodontitis.

Of concern, periodont...

Could Urban Lighting Raise Breast Cancer Risk for Some Women?

Could Urban Lighting Raise Breast Cancer Risk for Some Women?

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research reveals an unexpected potential risk factor for breast cancer: city lights.

The Harvard Medical School study found an association between living in areas with high amounts of ambient nighttime light and slightly increased odds for breast cancer in younger women who smoke.

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  • August 17, 2017
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Voters in Counties With Worse Life Expectancy Turned to Trump in Election

Voters in Counties With Worse Life Expectancy Turned to Trump in Election

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Offering another take on the forces behind the last presidential election, a new study reveals a link between living in an area where life expectancy is lower and voting for Donald Trump.

Researchers have long associated lower life expectancy rates with poverty, lack of health insurance and u...

6 Out of 7 Teens Slip Up on Contact Lens Guidelines: CDC

6 Out of 7 Teens Slip Up on Contact Lens Guidelines: CDC

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About 6 out of 7 U.S. teens with contact lenses use them improperly, upping their odds for serious eye infections, government health officials say.

Surveying 12- to 17-year-old contact-lens wearers last year, researchers found 85 percent admit to at least one risky habit that could threaten t...

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  • August 17, 2017
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High-Cal Foods May Raise Cancer Risk in Women, Even Without Weight Gain

High-Cal Foods May Raise Cancer Risk in Women, Even Without Weight Gain

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who eat a lot of high-calorie foods may face a slightly higher risk of obesity-related cancers -- even if they remain thin, a new study suggests.

The study, of more than 92,000 U.S. women, found those who favored high-calorie, low-nutrient foods had a 10 percent higher risk of cancers l...

TV Binge-Watching May Leave You Like 'The Walking Dead'

TV Binge-Watching May Leave You Like 'The Walking Dead'

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Binge-watch a full season of your favorite television series and a night of bad sleep is bound to follow, new research suggests.

The finding stems from a new survey that looked at TV viewing habits and sleep histories among more than 420 people between the ages of 18 and 25.

"Our re...

Virtual House Calls for Speedy, Effective Parkinson's Care

Virtual House Calls for Speedy, Effective Parkinson's Care

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parkinson's disease patients get as much benefit from seeing a neurologist via home video conference as from seeing a local doctor in person, a new study reports.

The research included nearly 200 patients who received either care from their usual doctor or their usual care plus up to four vid...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • August 17, 2017
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Alternative Medicine Alone as Cancer Treatment Linked to Lowered Survival

Alternative Medicine Alone as Cancer Treatment Linked to Lowered Survival

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who choose alternative medicine over traditional cancer treatments for curable cancers have a higher risk of dying early, researchers report.

"We now have evidence to suggest that using alternative medicine in place of proven cancer therapies results in worse survival," said study lea...

  • Randy Dotinga
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  • August 17, 2017
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Which Heart Bypass Surgery Works Best?

Which Heart Bypass Surgery Works Best?

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Five years after heart bypass surgery, patients whose operation was done using a heart-lung pump lived longer than those whose surgeons didn't use the device, a new study finds.

Since the 1990s, two different approaches have been commonly used by heart surgeons to perform coronary artery byp...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • August 17, 2017
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