Are Your Meds Making You Depressed?

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Drugs taken by more than one-third of U.S. adults have depression as a possible side effect, a new study reveals. These medications include blood pressure drugs called beta-blockers, hormonal contraceptives and pain medications, researchers said. And they’re used by 37 percent of Americans, according to the study of…

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U.S. Obesity Rates Rising Again

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — After briefly leveling off, the U.S. obesity rate may be climbing again, according to a preliminary study. The rate had been rising for decades until it appeared to plateau in recent years. But, in the new study, researchers found that the trend may have been short-lived. And if…

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Depression, Money Woes Higher in Heart Patients With Job Loss

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Folks who can’t get back to work after a heart attack have a greater risk of depression and financial hardship than those who return to their jobs, a new study finds. There were more than 9,000 patients in the study, and about half were working before their heart…

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Dogs May Help Soothe Vets With PTSD

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Service dogs may help reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol in military veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study finds. For the study, researchers compared a group of veterans with PTSD who had a service dog to a group of veterans on the waitlist…

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Urban Violence Has Wide-Ranging Impact on Schools

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The effects of neighborhood violence can seep into schools and lead to lower grades, even among students who have no direct exposure to the violence, a new study reveals. For the study, researchers analyzed data from students who attended Chicago public schools between 2002 and 2010. The researchers…

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Could You Have Rosacea?

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Acne isn’t reserved for teens, and breakouts can persist into adulthood. But there’s another common skin condition — rosacea — that causes a different type of blemish, strikes in the adult years, and won’t respond to typical acne products. The first telltale sign of rosacea is the tendency…

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Kitchen Towels Laden With Bacteria

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Is your kitchen towel making you sick? The answer could be yes if you use the towel for many purposes, have a large family and are not a vegetarian, according to a new study of germs lurking on towels. Forty-nine percent of the kitchen towels collected for the…

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Antiviral Treatments Reduce Cancer Risk for HIV Patients

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Long-term antiviral treatment cuts the risk of cancer in HIV patients as they age, a new study says. People with HIV are at increased risk for both AIDS-related cancers (Kaposi sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or invasive cervical cancer) and non-AIDS-related cancers (lung and larynx cancer, melanoma and leukemia). Antiretroviral…

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Impotent? Maybe You Should See a Heart Doctor

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Troubles in the bedroom can be a double whammy for older men: Researchers have found that erectile dysfunction ups the risk for heart disease. Their four-year study concluded that men whose impotence is vascular-related, not emotional, are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or sudden…

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Strict Handgun Laws Lower Gun-Murder Rates in Cities

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — U.S. states that require police background checks for a handgun license see 14 percent fewer gun murders in their urban counties, a new study found. These “permit-to-purchase” licensing laws require a background check by state or local law enforcement, not just a background check conducted by gun dealers.…

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New DNA Test May Predict Prostate Cancer Risk

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new genetic test can identify men most likely to develop prostate cancer, a new report contends. According to the new study, the scientists identified 63 new genetic variants associated with increased risk of prostate cancer, and combined them with more than 100 previously identified variants to create…

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Girls, Young Women Fall Short on Exercise: Study

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many teens and young adults in the United States — particularly women and girls — are physically inactive, a new study reveals. This is a concern, experts say, because exercise is a component of lifelong good health. Girls, black people and kids from poorer families are least likely…

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