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  • Making Food Less Important in Your Life

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterFRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Does it seem as though the second you try to cut back on calories all you can think about is food? It's even harder to minimize the role of food in your life if

  • Hey Kids, Just Say No to Energy Drinks

    FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Highly caffeinated energy drinks aren't safe for children and teens, and should not be marketed to them, a leading sports medicine organization warns. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on Friday released an official statement about the

  • Make a Bucket List -- Then Share It With Your Doc

    FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Do you have things you want to do before your time's up? If so, consider sharing that so-called "bucket list" with your doctors. Those discussions could help your doctors provide health care that fits your life plans

  • Head Injuries Hit 1 in 14 Kids, CDC Reports

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay ReporterFRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Given the news of the devastating effects of head injuries among professional football players, parents may wonder if their mini athletes are at risk, too. Some very well might be, new research suggests. About 7

  • Two Drugs Offer Hope Against a Tough-to-Treat Prostate Cancer

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Two cancer drugs can stall the progression of a particularly hard-to-treat form of prostate cancer, a pair of new trials shows. Both a newly developed drug called apalutamide and an already approved drug

  • Low Blood Sodium Tied to Impaired Thinking in Older Men

    THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Lower sodium levels in the blood are associated with mental impairment and decline in older men, a new study finds. The findings may be of concern, especially because certain drugs often used by the elderly can lower blood sodium

  • Autism, Bipolar and Schizophrenia Share Genetic Similarities

    THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- By examining brain tissue, researchers say they've found similarities in certain mental illnesses, including autism and schizophrenia. Specifically, some similar patterns of gene expression were found in people with autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the researchers say

  • Many With Depression Delay, Avoid Treatment

    THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Only one-third of people newly diagnosed with depression start treatment quickly, and seniors and minorities are the least likely to get help in a timely fashion, a new study finds. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more

  • FDA Says U.S. Will Now Produce Critical MRI Component

    THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A long-feared shortage of a substance used in millions of medical imaging procedures each year in the United States appears to have been avoided, federal officials report. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it

  • More Norovirus Infections at Olympics in South Korea

    THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With the Winter Olympics set to start Friday, South Korean officials are scrambling to find the source of a nasty stomach infection called norovirus that has sickened 128 people so far. South Korean health officials said Thursday that

  • Are Germs Falling From the Sky?

    THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As if you weren't worried enough about the germs on surfaces around you, new research suggests that viruses and bacteria are literally dropping down on your head. Scientists report that large numbers of all manner of germs

  • MS Drug Poses Hard Choices for Women Wanting Children

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A powerful multiple sclerosis drug presents women with a tough dilemma if they would like to have children, a pair of new studies suggests. Those who take Tysabri (natalizumab) to manage their MS are more

  • Women Fare Worse Than Men After a Stroke

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women tend to have a tougher time recovering from a stroke than men do, though the reasons aren't completely clear, researchers say. On average, female stroke survivors reported more limitations in their day

  • Picking a New Primary Care Doctor

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There are times in life when you need to pick a new doctor, or primary care provider. A primary care provider is your health gatekeeper, offering wellness visits, evaluating problems and suggesting specialists when necessary

  • Women Who Are Most at Risk of Stroke

    THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke affects more women than men in the United States. And a new study pinpoints stroke risk factors unique to females. "Many people don't realize that women suffer stroke more frequently than men, and mortality is much higher

  • Sleepy Drivers May Be Causing More Crashes Than Thought

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Driver fatigue causes many more car accidents in the United States than previously estimated, a new report suggests. The finding comes from an analysis of several months' worth of video recordings taken of nearly 3

  • Most Say Health Workers Shouldn't Refuse Care on Moral Grounds: Poll

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans are not on board with President Donald Trump's recent decision to further protect health care workers who refuse to treat patients on religious or moral grounds, the latest HealthDay/Harris Poll shows

  • Long-Term Opioid Use Down Among U.S. Vets: Study

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Recent efforts by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to promote safe prescribing of opioid painkillers seem to be working. Opioid prescriptions by the VHA have declined since peaking in 2012, a new study finds. Key to the

  • Cancer-Causing HPV Can Hide in the Throat

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Human papilloma virus (HPV) could be lurking in your throat. It's known that strains of the virus can cause cervical cancer. And the virus can also cause certain forms of head and neck cancer, according to researchers

  • Impotence Among Heart Patients Not the Fault of Meds, Study Finds

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Worried that the drugs you're taking to lower cholesterol or blood pressure might make you more apt to develop erectile dysfunction? That's not likely, a new Canadian study suggests. The study involved about 2,000 men