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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?

13 Feb

Pregnancy And Paraben Exposure

Artificial preservatives used in many consumer products linked to childhood weight problems.

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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  • 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 &...

AHA News: Race and Gender May Tip the Scales on Traditional Stroke Risk Factors

AHA News: Race and Gender May Tip the Scales on Traditional Stroke Risk Factors

Traditional stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes, impact people of various races and genders differently, new research shows.

"The biggest thing we found was that hypertension has a bigger effect on stroke among African American men than it does on (white people) or African American women, even in you...

Chinese Report Says Lion's Share of Coronavirus Cases Are Mild

Chinese Report Says Lion's Share of Coronavirus Cases Are Mild

New details on nearly 45,000 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in China show that 80% of cases are mild and the number of new cases has been declining for most of February.

The report, released Monday by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, offers some hope that the outbreak might be abating, the Associated Press<...

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  • February 18, 2020
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Coronavirus: Are U.S. Hospitals Prepared?

Coronavirus: Are U.S. Hospitals Prepared?

Hospitals are bracing for the potential spread of coronavirus in the United States, trying to plan for a potential onslaught of sick patients combined with potential supply shortages.

The strict quarantine and screening measures enacted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have given hospitals breathing space to revi...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • February 18, 2020
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Women Patients Still Missing in Heart Research

Women Patients Still Missing in Heart Research

Women remain underrepresented in heart disease research, even though it's the leading cause of death among women worldwide, researchers say.

Women accounted for less than 40% of all people enrolled in cardiovascular clinical trials from 2010 through 2017, according to a study published Feb. 17 in the journal Circulation.

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  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 18, 2020
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Late Bedtimes in Preschool Years Could Bring Weight Gain

Late Bedtimes in Preschool Years Could Bring Weight Gain

Little ones who stay up late may have a higher risk of becoming overweight by the time they are school-age, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that young children who routinely got to sleep after 9 p.m. tended to gain more body fat between the ages of 2 and 6. Compared with kids who had earlier bedtimes, they had bigger increases ...

Babies' Exposure to Household Cleaning Products Tied to Later Asthma Risk

Babies' Exposure to Household Cleaning Products Tied to Later Asthma Risk

A key to your baby's asthma risk may be as close as your laundry room.

Canadian research shows that an infant's exposure to household cleaning products in the first few months of life is tied to heightened odds for asthma by age 3.

Babies may be especially vulnerable because they "typically spend 80% to 90% of their t...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 18, 2020
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1 in 4 Opioid ODs Involves Kids and Teens

1 in 4 Opioid ODs Involves Kids and Teens

More than a quarter of all opioid overdoses in the United States involve teenagers, and a full fifth of those cases were likely suicide attempts, new research shows.

The findings follow an in-depth analysis of nearly 754,000 American opioid poisoning cases that occurred between 2005 and 2018. All had been re...

Radiation Treatment Is Hard on the Heart

Radiation Treatment Is Hard on the Heart

Radiation therapy that targets cancers in the chest area can tax the heart and trigger high levels of fatigue, breathing problems and a reduced ability to exercise, a new study suggests.

However, doing more physical activity before undergoing radiation therapy may help reduce these problems, the researchers added.

"Thi...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 17, 2020
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Vaping Causes DNA Changes Similar to Those in Cancer: Study

Vaping Causes DNA Changes Similar to Those in Cancer: Study

People who vape have potentially cancer-causing changes in their DNA similar to those found in cigarette smokers, according to a new study.

These chemical alterations -- called epigenetic changes -- can cause genes to malfunction. They are found in nearly all types of cancer, as well as other serious diseases, the researchers noted.

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 17, 2020
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14 Americans From Cruise Ship Hit By Coronavirus Test Positive for Infection

14 Americans From Cruise Ship Hit By Coronavirus Test Positive for Infection

Fourteen of the more than 300 U.S. passengers evacuated from a cruise ship hit by the coronavirus outbreak have tested positive for infection during their flights home, U.S. health officials said Monday.

The news comes from a joint statement from the Departments of State and Health and Human Services, CNN reported. The 14 pass...

  • E.J. Mundell and Robin Foster
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  • February 17, 2020
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