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  • Heavy Drinkers Put Themselves at Risk for Dementia

    THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The ills that are linked to heavy drinking now include dementia, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed data from more than a million adults in France who were diagnosed with dementia between 2008 and 2013. They found that chronic

  • Take Early Clinical Trials With a Grain of Salt

    THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of early clinical trials exaggerate positive findings and may give patients false hope, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from 930 clinical trials published in 10 leading medical journals between early 2007 and mid

  • More Americans Pushed Into High-Deductible Health Plans

    THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of uninsured American adults held steady at about 13 percent in 2017, but many more insured Americans are being presented with high deductibles, new research shows. A high-deductible health plan was defined by the study as

  • Antidepressants Do Work, Some Better Than Others: Study

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Antidepressant drugs actually do help ease depression, countering debate over whether the medications do what they're supposed to, a large research review has found. Some antidepressants, though, are more effective and better tolerated than

  • Drug That Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Won't Help 'Regular' Arthritis

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A malaria drug that's also shown effectiveness against rheumatoid arthritis pain has failed to help people with the more common form of arthritis, new research shows. The drug is called Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), explained one expert who wasn't

  • Mouse Study Another Step Toward 'Heroin Vaccine'

    By Amy Norton HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they are one step closer to testing a heroin vaccine in humans -- in what they hope will become an additional weapon in fighting America's opioid epidemic. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute

  • How to Maintain That Weight Loss

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you've been on a diet more than once, you know that it can be harder to maintain weight than to lose weight in the first place. In fact, many people feel that dieting

  • Fatal Opioid ODs Drop for People Treated While Jailed

    TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An opioid addiction treatment program for Rhode Island prison inmates appears to have significantly reduced overdose deaths among those who are released, researchers say. The program screens all inmates for opioid addiction and provides medications to treat the addiction

  • Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It's Smoked: Study

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who think cigars or pipes are somehow safer than cigarettes may want to think again, new research indicates. The study tracked the health and habits of more than 357,000 Americans from 1985

  • Flu Shot During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's some good news for expecting moms who are trying to weather a brutal flu season -- a new study shows that getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy causes no harm to newborns. Researchers reviewed

  • Family History of Breast Cancer Matters, Even for Older Women

    MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a family history of breast cancer remain at higher risk for breast cancer even after age 65, a new study suggests. The findings could influence screening recommendations for older women, said researchers at Georgetown University Medical

  • Obesity Might Cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Young

    MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity and high blood pressure may play a much greater role in sudden cardiac arrest among young people than previously thought, a new study suggests. The findings highlight the need to screen for these risk factors at a

  • Protecting Your Electronic Health Records

    By Julie Davis HealthDay ReporterMONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An electronic health record, or EHR, is the digital version of the paper records documenting your health care. These online records are an advance in health management in many ways. These records mean fewer and

  • Many Parents in the Dark on When Kids Should First See a Dentist

    MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American parents are less likely to seek early dental care for their children if they don't receive guidance from a doctor or dentist, a new national survey finds. The poll of 790 parents with at least one child

  • Lung Cancer One of Many Reasons Not to Smoke

    SUNDAY, Feb. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You already know that smoking causes lung cancer. But tobacco use can lead to other major health problems, too, experts warn. "Cigarette smoking is probably the single most harmful thing you can do to your health," said Jonathan Foulds

  • Stroke May Not Mean Language Loss for Newborns

    SATURDAY, Feb. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Strokes in babies may not have the same lasting effects as they do in adults, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Georgetown University Medical Center found that people who'd had a stroke as a newborn that damaged

  • Sibling Bullying Could Have Mental Health Effects

    FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who, as young kids, either bullied their siblings or were bullied themselves by siblings face an increased risk for psychotic disorders, a new British study suggests. By age 18, those who'd been either the victim or the

  • Fentanyl Test Strips May Help Stem OD Deaths

    FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A thin test strip -- similar to a pregnancy test -- can detect whether a street drug contains the dangerous opioid fentanyl, according to a new report. Fentanyl -- one of strongest types of opioid painkillers -- is often mixed into street drugs

  • Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay ReporterFRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While this flu season is still one of the worst seen in years, the first signs that infection rates are starting to level off were reported by U.S. health officials on Friday. As of

  • How to Put Mass Shooting Tragedies in Perspective for Kids

    FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the wake of yet another deadly school shooting in the United States, one health specialist offers advice on how to ease children's fears about acts of terror and violence. Consider the child's age and emotional maturity