Pot Still a Drug of Choice for Many U.S. Adults

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fewer American teens may be smoking pot, but the same can’t be said for older adults, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed federal government data and found that non-daily marijuana use fell among Americans aged 12 to 25 and 35 to 49 before 2007, but rose among all…

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Could Herpes Virus Play a Role in Alzheimer's?

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Viruses could play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. Brains riddled with Alzheimer’s disease contain high levels of two strains of human herpes virus, researchers discovered. Human herpes virus 6 and 7 were found in Alzheimer’s-affected brains at levels up to…

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2.5 Million U.S. High School Students Had a Concussion in Past Year

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The damaging effects of a concussion are well-known, and new research finds the injuries are common among U.S. high school students. In a representative survey of nearly 15,000 kids in grades 9 through 12, just over 15 percent — equal to 2.5 million American youths — said they…

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Massive Study Finds Same Genes Drive Many Psychiatric Conditions

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Mental illnesses ranging from depression to schizophrenia show a great degree of overlap in the genes that may contribute to them, a large, new study shows. Researchers said the findings should deepen the understanding of how various psychiatric disorders arise. Eventually, they might even change the way the…

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Raise the Bar on CPR, Heart Group Says

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Improved CPR instruction would increase the number of people who survive cardiac arrest. So says a new American Heart Association statement. Shortcomings in training reduce the effectiveness of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The heart association has outlined ways to improve instruction. “Poor CPR quality is preventable. Educational activities are not…

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More Body Fat Might Lower Odds of Breast Cancer in Younger Women

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new international review suggests that having more body fat may protect premenopausal women from developing some types of breast cancer. “We found strong evidence of an inverse association of body mass index [BMI] with risk of breast cancer diagnosis before menopause, with lower breast cancer rates among…

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AHA: Take Your Dog to Work — And Reap the Health Benefits

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) — It’s impossible for anyone to pet a dog, or even just share a story about one, without breaking into a smile. There’s an absolutely paws-itive reason for this. Studies have shown that engaging with dogs and other pets can boost the body’s production of “happy hormones” such…

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Many With Severe Allergies Don't Carry an EpiPen: Study

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Issues with cost or lack of training mean that more than half of U.S. adults at risk of a severe allergic reaction didn’t use a lifesaving EpiPen or other epinephrine auto-injector during a recent attack. That’s the finding from a new study of more than 900 adults with…

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TB Vaccine Linked to Better Type 1 Diabetes Control

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Could a vaccine from the early 1900s be the key to preventing serious diabetes complications? Maybe, say researchers from Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital. A little more than three years after getting two tuberculosis shots four weeks apart, about 50 people with type 1 diabetes saw their…

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Tips to Keep From Overeating at Party Time

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Dieting can be hard on your social life. You might think it’s easier to avoid social events like cocktail parties and even family gatherings because of the temptation to overeat. But there’s no reason to deny yourself the joy of being with friends and loved ones when simple…

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Could Antidepressants During Pregnancy Slow a Child's Motor Skills?

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Babies exposed to antidepressants during their mother’s pregnancy may face a slightly higher chance of having problems with their motor skills, a new review suggests. But the Australian researchers cautioned that more research is needed before firm conclusions can be made, since the studies they analyzed varied widely…

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Parents Must Ask: 'Is There an Unlocked Gun in Your House?'

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Before your child goes to a friend’s home to play, find out if there are guns in that home, a leading U.S. medical group advises. Gun injuries are among the top three causes of death among children and teens in the United States, the American Academy of Pediatrics…

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