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19 Feb

Are Your Sitting Habits Increasing Your Risk Of Diabetes and Heart Disease?

Older women are sitting 8.5 to 9 hours per day throwing off their insulin levels and BMI.

18 Feb

Little Night Owls May Be At Increased Risk of Obesity

Children who go to sleep after 9 gain more weight.

14 Feb

What Is Toxic Masculinity?

And how does it impact the mental health of men?

U.S. Scientists Take Key Step Towards Towards Coronavirus Vaccine

U.S. Scientists Take Key Step Towards Towards Coronavirus Vaccine

There's been a crucial move forward in efforts to develop vaccines and treatments against the new COVID-19 coronavirus, U.S. researchers say.

As of Wednesday, cases of infection with the virus have topped 74,000 (the vast majority in China), including more than 2,000 deaths. Therefore, a quick path to a vaccine and effective antiviral ...

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  • February 19, 2020
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Artificial Heart Valve Would Grow With Kids, Cutting Need for Repeat Surgeries

Artificial Heart Valve Would Grow With Kids, Cutting Need for Repeat Surgeries

An expandable artificial heart valve could save children with congenital heart disease from repeated open heart surgeries as they grow up, researchers report.

Current artificial heart valves are fixed in size, meaning children need to get larger ones as they grow. Children who receive their first artificial valve before age 2 will req...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 19, 2020
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What's Source of 'Stinging Water'? Jellyfish Release Toxic Mucus

What's Source of 'Stinging Water'? Jellyfish Release Toxic Mucus

The mystery of "stinging water" has been solved, scientists say.

Stinging water is the seawater near and around upside-down jellyfish (Cassiopea) -- and swimmers can get stinging, itchy skin while submerged in it, even if they have no direct contact with the creatures themselves.

But it wasn't clear in the past if the ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 19, 2020
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Common Plastics Chemicals Linked to Autism Traits in Young Boys

Common Plastics Chemicals Linked to Autism Traits in Young Boys

Young boys whose mothers were exposed to chemicals known as phthalates while pregnant may face an increased risk for developing behaviors associated with autism, a new study warns.

Phthalates are chemicals found in many household products, including cosmetics and plastics.

The study didn't identify a heightened risk for auti...

First Baby Born From Use of Lab-Matured Frozen Egg

First Baby Born From Use of Lab-Matured Frozen Egg

In what doctors call a breakthrough, a cancer patient in France gave birth to the first baby conceived from an immature egg that was matured in the laboratory, frozen, then later thawed and fertilized.

"We were delighted that the patient became pregnant without any difficulty and successfully delivered a healthy baby at term," said tea...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 19, 2020
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Healthy 'Mediterranean Diet' Is Good for Your Microbiome

Healthy 'Mediterranean Diet' Is Good for Your Microbiome

The so-called Mediterranean diet is already considered one of the healthiest for your heart, and now scientists say it may give your gut bacteria a boost, too.

The diet is typically high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, olive oil and fish, and low in red meat and saturated fats. The new study finds that older adults who eat a Medit...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 19, 2020
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AHA News: What Women Need to Know About Breast Cancer and Heart Disease

AHA News: What Women Need to Know About Breast Cancer and Heart Disease

Red dresses and pink ribbons have helped millions of Americans become aware of the separate tolls heart disease and breast cancer take on women. But not everyone is aware of how the illnesses can intersect.

Heart disease – the No. 1 killer of women – can sometimes be a complication of breast cancer treatment. Older women w...

Quarantine Ends on Cruise Ship in Japan as Coronavirus Cases Near 75,000

Quarantine Ends on Cruise Ship in Japan as Coronavirus Cases Near 75,000

As the number of coronavirus cases reached 75,000 and deaths topped 2,000, a two-week quarantine of a cruise ship docked in Japan ended Wednesday.

About 300 Americans were recently evacuated from the Diamond Princess over the weekend and are already under quarantine in the United States. Fourteen of those evacuees have tested positive ...

  • E.J. Mundell and Robin Foster
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  • February 19, 2020
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Texting Trauma: Many Teens Suffer 'Digital Dating Abuse'

Texting Trauma: Many Teens Suffer 'Digital Dating Abuse'

Many U.S. teenagers may be using their smartphones to harass, humiliate or otherwise abuse their dating partners.

That's according to a recent national survey of teens who'd been in a romantic relationship in the past year. Researchers found that 28% had been victims of "digital dating abuse" -- surprisingly, with boys being target...

Stroke Risk High Among Blacks, Hispanics

Stroke Risk High Among Blacks, Hispanics

Blacks and Hispanics of Caribbean descent may have a much higher risk of stroke than whites, new research suggests.

"Previous research has suggested that racial and ethnic disparities in stroke risk are greater at younger ages and dissipate as people get older, so we were surprised to find that the differences remained strong in women ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 19, 2020
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Roll Up Your Sleeve and Donate Blood for Cancer Patients

Roll Up Your Sleeve and Donate Blood for Cancer Patients

Many people don't realize that cancer patients are in constant need of blood supplies.

Chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer can damage the body's ability to produce healthy blood cells and cause potentially life-threatening conditions. Blood transfusions help provide critical clotting factors, proteins and antibodies.

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  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 18, 2020
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Is High Blood Pressure in First Pregnancy a Harbinger of Heart Trouble?

Is High Blood Pressure in First Pregnancy a Harbinger of Heart Trouble?

Having high blood pressure in a first pregnancy quadruples a woman's risk of heart attack or death from heart disease, a new study finds.

About 2% to 8% of pregnant women with previously normal blood pressure develop a condition called preeclampsia, which includes high blood pressure that usually begins after 20 weeks of pregn...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 18, 2020
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'Couch Potato' Lifestyle Poses Danger to Women's Hearts

'Couch Potato' Lifestyle Poses Danger to Women's Hearts

Most folks know that being a couch potato is bad for their health, but new research suggests that women who spend hours in their chairs and sofas might face greater risks than believed.

Sitting for long periods of time can increase risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, particularly if those bouts of sitting aren't broken up by o...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • February 18, 2020
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Shotguns Often Play Tragic Role in Rural Teens' Suicides: Study

Shotguns Often Play Tragic Role in Rural Teens' Suicides: Study

Could stricter safety rules for rifles and shotguns help prevent suicide?

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore analyzed nearly 4,000 firearm suicides and found that long guns, not handguns, are more often the method of choice for youths and people in rural areas.

Their analysis of Maryland data for 2003 to 2018 ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 18, 2020
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Small Babies Have High Risk for Heart-Lung Weakness as Adults: Study

Small Babies Have High Risk for Heart-Lung Weakness as Adults: Study

Being small at birth after a full-term pregnancy could leave you gasping for breath later on in life.

Swedish researchers report that babies with low birth weights are more likely to have poor heart-lung (cardiorespiratory) fitness when they reach adulthood.

Cardiorespiratory fitness -- the ability to supply oxygen to muscles...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 18, 2020
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Measles Complications Can Affect Every Organ: Study

Measles Complications Can Affect Every Organ: Study

Hepatitis, appendicitis and viral meningitis are among the serious complications that can occur when you get the measles, doctors warn in a new report.

The study -- which outlines cases involving three adults who developed major complications -- is also a reminder of the importance of vaccination against the illness.

Measles ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 18, 2020
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Price Hikes Have Patients Turning to Craigslist for Insulin, Asthma Inhalers

Price Hikes Have Patients Turning to Craigslist for Insulin, Asthma Inhalers

Maybe you've gone to Craigslist to find a used car or a secondhand couch, but imagine having to turn to the internet to pay for lifesaving drugs.

It's already happening: A new study found that hundreds of ads were placed on Craigslist for insulin and asthma inhalers during a 12-day period in June 2019.

"This study shines a l...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • February 18, 2020
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Study Probes Side Effects of Methotrexate, Used for Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Study Probes Side Effects of Methotrexate, Used for Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Many Americans battling autoimmune illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis turn to a long-used drug, methotrexate, for relief.

But until now there's been little comprehensive research on side effects tied to the drug.

A new study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health may fill that gap. It finds that pat...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 18, 2020
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Recommended Diuretic Drug Tied to Harmful Side Effects

Recommended Diuretic Drug Tied to Harmful Side Effects

Patients taking a common diuretic to help lower blood pressure may be better off with a similarly effective but safer one, a new study suggests.

Current guidelines recommend the drug chlorthalidone (Thalitone) as the first-line diuretic. But it can have serious side effects that can be avoided with another diuretic, hydrochlorothiazid...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • February 18, 2020
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AHA News: Domestic Abuse May Do Long-Term Damage to Women's Health

AHA News: Domestic Abuse May Do Long-Term Damage to Women's Health

Women who experience domestic abuse may be more likely to develop heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.

The British study, published this week in the Journal of the American Heart Association, sought to fill in gaps in what is known about the link between domestic abuse and cardiovascular disease &...

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