A New Challenger to Medical Marijuana?

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A moss-like plant grown only in a few countries may offer better pain relief than medical marijuana, animal research suggests. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) from marijuana is used to treat conditions such as pain, muscle cramps, dizziness and loss of appetite. However, while medical marijuana is increasingly accepted in the…

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Fueling Up With Functional Foods

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Though the term “functional foods” currently has no legal definition, it’s more than just a clever marketing catchphrase. According to health organizations like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, these are foods that go beyond providing calories and basic nutrition to actually improving your health. They can be…

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Family Leave Boosts Breastfeeding Rates, But Mostly for Affluent Moms

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Paid leave for new mothers may increase breastfeeding rates, but mainly among women with higher incomes, a new study contends. The United States is the only developed country that does not offer paid leave to new parents on a national level. But four states now offer paid leave,…

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Obese Patients Often Denied Kidney Transplants. Should They Be?

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obese patients in need of a kidney transplant may find themselves denied one because of their weight, but a new study says that shouldn’t happen in all cases. Researchers have found that kidneys given to obese patients fared as well as those transplanted into normal-weight patients. In addition,…

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Vaginal Ring That Targets Pregnancy, HIV Seems Safe: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An experimental vaginal ring meant to prevent pregnancy and HIV looks safe, according to an early stage study. The dual-purpose ring releases the antiretroviral drug dapivirine and the contraceptive hormone levonorgestrel, said researchers led by Dr. Sharon Achilles, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “We are…

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Is Pot Addictive? Study Shows Withdrawal Symptoms Can Occur

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The wave of marijuana legalization that’s swept across the United States in recent years has been fueled in part by the popular belief that pot is essentially harmless. But a new study shows that some heavy users will experience withdrawal symptoms while coming down from their high. About…

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Flu Activity Is Low — For Now

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Although this flu season is off to a slow start, U.S. health officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated now. Why? Last year was one of the worst flu seasons on record, yet fewer Americans got a flu shot than in years past. In fact, less than four…

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An Expert's Guide to Avoiding Back Pain

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Back pain is a common problem in the United States, but there are ways to protect yourself, an expert says. “The back is a complex structure with many delicate parts, but with good judgment and healthy lifestyle habits — including proper lifting, good posture and exercise — it’s…

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Gene Therapy for Parkinson's Symptoms Shows Promise

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new gene therapy might help improve motor symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease who aren’t responding to other therapies, an early study has found. “This is not a cure of Parkinson’s disease,” said James Beck, chief scientific officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation. “This is a potentially good…

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New Research Offers Insights Into Football-Related Concussions

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Repeated hits to the head, rather than one severe blow, may determine whether football players suffer a concussion, a new study suggests. The findings underscore the need to limit head impacts during football practice and games, said study lead author Brian Stemper, of Marquette University and Medical College…

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AHA: This Halloween, Pumpkin Seeds Pack a Healthy Punch

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) — You can get your hands on pumpkin seeds on about any store’s snack aisle, but your healthiest option may be the old-fashioned way: scooping them out of the stringy guts of that jack-o’-lantern you’re carving. That’s because store-bought pumpkin seeds — ever more popular because they’re easy…

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Need Your Botox Working Faster? Make a Face

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Have a big social event tomorrow night and need “emergency Botox”? A new study finds that if you get the wrinkle-relaxing shots today, you can speed up the effect by making faces. Simple facial exercises can speed the wrinkle-smoothing effects of botulinum toxin (Botox), according to researchers from…

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