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  • Your Attitude About Aging Might Affect Odds for Dementia

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you hope to avoid dementia in old age, having an upbeat view on aging itself might help, new research suggests. Researchers found that people with positive beliefs about aging had a nearly 44

  • Did Robin Williams' Suicide Spur 'Copycat' Acts?

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fans around the world were shocked when comedian Robin Williams took his own life in 2014. But the tragedy didn't stop there: Researchers believe his grim death spawned a rash of copycat suicides. In

  • Exergaming: Workouts That Work for All Ages

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- "Exergaming" -- playing video games that get you off the sofa and into the action -- has positive fitness benefits that span the generations. It can be a way to introduce sedentary kids to exercise and even

  • Fewer Americans Are Getting Herpes

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Herpes infection rates are dropping among young Americans, and safer sex practices may be one reason why. Roughly 12 percent of adults were infected with genital herpes (HSV-2) in 2015-2016, down from 18

  • It's a Century Since the 1918 Flu Pandemic - Could It Happen Again?

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay ReporterWEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One hundred years ago, the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time made a ravaging march across the globe. The "Spanish" flu of 1918-19 infected an estimated one-third of the world's population and

  • Losing Weight Eases Obesity-Related Pain. But How Much Is Enough?

    TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Losing 10 percent of your body weight appears to reduce pain related to obesity, even in non-weight-bearing areas, a new study finds. "It's been known for some time that people who are obese tend to have

  • Do Over-the-Counter Painkillers Alter Emotions, Reasoning?

    TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sure, an over-the-counter painkiller like Tylenol or Advil can help ease aches and pains, but could it mess with your thoughts and emotions, too? That's the finding from a new review of recently published studies. The

  • Crash Diets Might Derail Your Heart Health

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone wants a beach-ready body, and many are willing to starve themselves to achieve it quickly. But new research suggests that fat lost on crash diets may clog the heart and reduce its

  • Asthma Attacks on the Decline Among U.S. Kids

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer U.S. children are having to deal with asthma attacks in recent years, federal health officials reported Tuesday. That also translates into fewer missed school days and hospital visits, the researchers noted. In

  • A Hidden Source of 'Superbugs' in Hospitals?

    TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital wastewater systems may play a role in antibiotic resistance, a new study suggests. U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers collected samples from pipes beneath a hospital's intensive care unit and from manholes covering sewers draining

  • 'Hole in Heart' Defect May Raise Stroke Risk After Surgery

    TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People born with a hole in their heart face an increased risk for stroke after surgery, a new study finds. This common type of birth defect -- known as patent foramen ovale (PFO) -- is a hole between the upper

  • Fetal Alcohol Cases More Common Than Thought: Study

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. children may be living with brain damage from prenatal drinking than experts have thought, a new study suggests. The study of four U.S. communities found that at least 1 percent

  • As Newborn Syphilis Cases Rise, Maternal Screening Urged

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Newborn syphilis cases have shot up in the United States in recent years, so an expert panel is reaffirming the need to screen all pregnant women for the infection. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted

  • Kids Can Roll Up Their Sleeves -- Again -- for Mumps Protection

    TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to mumps prevention, an extra jab may do the trick. During a mumps outbreak, doctors can provide an optional third dose of mumps vaccine, according to the 2018 recommended immunization schedule from the American Academy

  • Easing Your Child's Asthma

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If your child is among the 10 percent of kids with asthma, you want to do everything you can to control it. Start by working with your child's allergist to identify his or her

  • Going for a Walk Not So Easy for Many Pugs

    TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most dogs are excited to hear the words "Want to go for a walk?" But one-third of pug dogs have an abnormal gait, and this may be a more serious health problem for this breed than previously thought

  • Got a Pet Rat? Watch Out for This Scary New Virus

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay ReporterMONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your pet rat could make you very sick by transmitting a virus that's newly emerged in North America, U.S. health officials warn. Seoul virus is a rat-borne hantavirus that typically causes symptoms

  • Menopause May Worsen Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

    MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Menopause may speed physical decline in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study suggests. While rheumatoid arthritis rates in women are three times higher than in men, and women with RA have more severe physical decline and disability

  • Babies With Normal Head Size Might Still Have Zika-Linked Brain Damage

    MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fetal brain damage caused by the Zika virus can go undetected in pregnancy, and can occur even if a baby's head size is normal, research in monkeys suggests. The findings indicate that many children with Zika-related

  • Bugs for Dinner? Think of Them as Cheap, Nutritious Lobsters

    MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The next time you see a grasshopper, try to imagine it as a snack. If might help if you know that insects are nutritious and digestible. "For a long time the prevailing wisdom was that mammals didn't