Walkable Neighborhoods Might Lower Kids' Asthma Risk

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children may be more likely to develop asthma if they live in neighborhoods where it’s difficult to get around on foot, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 326,000 children in Toronto who were born between 1997 and 2003, and followed them until the ages…

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Coffee May Do Your Liver Good

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More good news for coffee lovers: Having three or more cups of “joe” each day may help ward off serious liver ailments, new research suggests. The 26-year study of more than 14,000 Americans couldn’t prove cause and effect. However, participants who drank three-plus cups of coffee a day…

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Stabilize Those Stability Ball Workouts

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For fun and fitness, it’s hard to beat the value of a stability ball. You can do exercises to strengthen muscles, improve balance and increase flexibility. Stability balls come in many sizes. To choose one appropriate for your height, when you sit up straight, your hips and knees…

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Is Your Workplace Making You Fat?

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The dilemma is all too familiar: It’s Monday morning, you walk into your office and see that someone has left a big box of donuts in the break room. Then, your co-worker tells you there will be cake later for yet another birthday celebration. One thing’s for sure.…

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Americans' Obsession With Sugar Starts in Infancy

SUNDAY, June 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s well-known that Americans consume too much sugar. But that affinity for the sweet stuff starts as early as infancy, with some babies consuming added sugar that exceeds maximum levels recommended for adults, U.S. researchers report. Eating foods with added sugar can influence a child’s food choices later…

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Study Sees Financial Windfall If More Americans Ate Healthful Foods

SUNDAY, June 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If more Americans ate healthier diets, the nation could save tens of billions of dollars in health care costs for major problems such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, strokes, hip fractures and Alzheimer’s disease. That’s the conclusion of a new study in which researchers assessed different…

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High School Pitchers Who Also Catch Prone to Injury

SATURDAY, June 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — High school baseball players who both pitch and catch suffer more injuries than pitchers who play other positions, a new study finds. High rates of shoulder and elbow injuries are common among young pitchers. In fact, pitchers incur 73 percent of injuries among high school baseball players, and…

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Stigma of Safe Needle Exchanges Lingers Despite Opioid Epidemic

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s little public support for two strategies to reduce opioid users’ risk of infections and overdoses, a new U.S. study finds. Researchers asked more than 1,000 adults their views on safe injection sites and needle exchange programs, both of which have been shown to lower the risk of…

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Wind Turbines' Health Impact Still Up in the Air

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new study confirms that living near wind turbines can be annoying, but it doesn’t answer questions about how their noise might affect human health. Researchers from the University of Toronto and the engineering firm Ramboll, which funded the project, analyzed survey data used in a 2013 Canadian…

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Allergies More Common in Kids With Autism

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism are more likely to also have a food, respiratory or skin allergy, new research suggests. What’s not clear from the new study, however, is whether there’s a common cause behind these conditions. “More research is needed to determine whether there is a causal relation between…

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AHA: We All Need Water for a Healthy Life, But How Much?

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (American Heart Association) — During the summer — and even year-round — our bodies crave water. There’s no way to live without it. But just how much do we really need every day to stay healthy? The answer can get complicated. “It’s hard to find an exact amount because it’s variable…

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No Safety Concerns With DTaP Combo Vaccine for Kids: Study

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A comprehensive, nearly two-decades long study of the DTaP vaccine that’s routinely given to babies and young children finds no safety issues. “No new or unexpected adverse events were detected” with use of the diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP) shot over 19 years of follow-up, concluded a team led by…

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