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  • Here's to a Healthy Pregnancy

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Take good prenatal care of yourself and not only will you have a healthier baby, you'll also lower his or her risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease later in life. First

  • Booze Beats Pot at Being Unhealthy: Oregon Poll

    THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many believe alcohol poses a greater danger to health than marijuana, a new study out of Oregon suggests. Researchers surveyed more than 1,900 adults in Oregon before that state legalized recreational marijuana use in 2015. The study found

  • Obesity May Give Men With Melanoma a Survival Advantage

    THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obese men with advanced melanoma skin cancer seem to have a survival benefit over their slimmer peers, a new study suggests. Among men who received treatment for the potentially deadly cancer, obese patients lived an average of 47 percent

  • Researchers Probe Mystery of Illnesses in U.S. Cuba Embassy Personnel

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- They described hearing loud, unusual noises in either their homes or hotel rooms. Afterwards, they experienced concussion-like symptoms such as memory and thinking problems, headaches, dizziness and balance issues. But the exact nature

  • Short as a Child, Stroke Risk as an Adult?

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers from Denmark are suggesting a potential -- and unusual -- risk factor for stroke: Being short as a kid. The investigators found that men and women who had been about 2 inches taller than average at

  • Highly Processed Foods Tied to Higher Cancer Risk

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you worry about ever getting cancer, you might want to pass on the processed foods at your supermarket. Every 10 percent dietary increase in packaged snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals and other highly processed

  • Food Allergies: To Test or Not to Test

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- About 5 percent of American children and 4 percent of adults have a food allergy, but many more are getting unnecessary testing. Specific blood and skin prick tests can help detect food allergies. But the

  • Asthma Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Valentine's Day

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Asthma and allergies can put on damper on your Valentine's Day romancing, an expert warns. "Keeping everyone free of allergy and asthma flare-ups helps keep the focus on romance this Valentine's Day. Red or itchy eyes

  • Does Your Valentine Have a Roving Eye? Watch Out

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Just in time for Valentine's Day, new research suggests one behavior can predict how strong a couple's bond might be. The study of newlywed couples found that if either partner spent too much time looking at attractive

  • Therapy Reverses Alzheimer's Brain Plaque Buildup -- in Mice

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Brain plaques believed to contribute to Alzheimer's disease melt away in mice when robbed of a key enzyme, researchers report. And the rodents' intellectual function actually improved as their amyloid plaques dissolved from lack

  • Do Common Household Chemicals Affect Your Weight?

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After losing weight, many dieters soon regain much of what they took off. Now, research hints that chemicals lurking in clothing and furniture may play a role in this frustrating yo-yo cycle. Widely

  • The Right Way to Weigh Yourself

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The scale can be your best friend -- or your worst enemy -- when you're on a diet. But whether or not you like what you see, a scale isn't the only -- or the best

  • Kidney Stones on the Rise Among Women

    TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney stones are becoming more common, especially in women, new research has found. Better diagnostic tools could be part of the reason for the steady rise in diagnoses, according to Mayo Clinic researchers. By using CT scans, "we are

  • Want to Keep the Weight Off? Eat More Slowly

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Instead of gulping your food, try eating more slowly. It may help you drop those unwanted pounds, a new study by Japanese researchers suggests. Also helpful: Avoiding after-dinner snacks and eating anything in the

  • No Proof At-Home 'Cranial Stimulation' Eases Depression

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Devices that send electrical pulses to the brain -- in the comfort of your own home -- are a treatment option for depression and certain other conditions. But a new research review finds little evidence they

  • Valentine's Day Coping Tips When Loved One Is Gone

    MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While many will be showered with flowers and candy on Valentine's Day, those who have lost loved ones may find the holiday hard to bear. "Valentine's Day is one of the days that might be stressful for

  • Another Downside to Opioid Use: Pneumonia?

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay ReporterMONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The bad news on opioids just keeps coming. Not only are these painkillers implicated in millions of cases of addiction and tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States, new research now suggests

  • Ick! Oregon Woman Is First-Ever Case of Human 'Eye Worm'

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay ReporterMONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine going to the mirror and finding a small translucent worm crawling across the surface of your eye. The first of many. That's what happened to an avid 26-year-old outdoorswoman from Oregon

  • Unsafe Water Found in Faucets Across the U.S.

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Flint, Mich., isn't the only American city where the water hasn't been safe to drink, new research suggests. Almost 8 percent of community water systems are plagued by health-based violations of

  • Keeping in Touch With Your Kids in College

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterMONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A variety of emotions can arise when kids go off to college and start on their adult life. Research done at the University of Kansas shows that being able to communicate through texting and other