Oldest Bubonic Bug's DNA Decoded

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have deciphered the genetic makeup of the oldest known strain of the germ that causes bubonic plague. The investigators said their research improves understanding of the deadly disease that’s caused some of the world’s worst epidemics. The strain of Yersinia pestis was found in two 3,800-year-old skeletons…

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How to Determine Your Health Insurance's True Costs

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Having health insurance is essential, especially for catastrophic situations. But it’s important to choose a plan carefully because your costs can go well beyond the monthly premium. Knowing key terms will help you calculate potential expenses more accurately. First is your deductible, the dollar amount you’ll pay before…

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Fish Oil May Protect the Youngest Hearts

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Omega-3 fatty acids — good fats found in fish — can boost the heart health of adults, but a new study suggests that babies might also stand to benefit from them. In the study from Australia, infants were given a daily fish oil supplement or a placebo from…

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Patients on Opioids OK With Lower Doses

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Even patients who have taken high doses of opioid painkillers for long periods of time aren’t unhappy with their care when their doctor lowers their dose, new research suggests. The study included nearly 2,500 patients with chronic pain who had been on high doses of opioids for at…

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Why NFL Teams Play Better at Night

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If your favorite National Football League team has a make-or-break game this coming season, you might want to hope for a nighttime kickoff. Pro football players make fewer mental errors and are less likely to suffer injuries in night games than in afternoon games due to body clock-related…

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Pediatricians Back Flu Shot, Not Nasal Spray Vaccine

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Parents should choose to have their children get the flu shot in the fall instead of the nasal spray flu vaccine, pediatricians say. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the shot, which is an inactivated flu vaccine, is the more effective option. The nasal spray should…

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AHA: Drones a Lifesaver for Cardiac Arrest Patients?

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Drones, the unmanned aircraft that got its start as part of the U.S. military’s arsenal and is today being used by everyone from photographers to farmers, are now heralded as a solution to a problem that’s bedeviled emergency medical personnel for years: How to deliver lifesaving defibrillators…

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Snubbed on Social Media? Your Depression Risk May Rise

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Unsettling experiences on social media may leave you feeling more than just anti-social — they might raise your risk for depression, new research suggests. Curiously, the reverse doesn’t seem to be true. The survey of nearly 1,200 college students indicated that a positive online exchange only marginally reduced…

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U.S. Suicide Rates on the Rise

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Suicide rates are soaring across America, a new government report shows. Between 1999 and 2016, 25 states saw suicide rates jump more than 30 percent. There was variation: They rose by just under 6 percent in Delaware to more than 57 percent in North Dakota, according to the…

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Fewer U.S. Kids Use Tobacco, But Numbers Still Too High: Officials

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The number of U.S. middle and high school students who use tobacco fell from 4.5 million in 2011 to 3.6 million in 2017, but that number is still far too high, federal health officials reported Thursday. Nearly 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 18 middle…

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Blood Test Might Predict Preterm Birth

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Researchers have developed a blood test that can predict a pregnant woman’s risk of preterm delivery with up to 80 percent accuracy. The test is not ready for prime time, stressed senior researcher Stephen Quake, a professor at Stanford University in California. It still has to be validated…

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Think Twice About Tonsil, Adenoid Removal

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Having tonsils removed in childhood is supposed to end chronic earaches and breathing problems. But what if it also increases risk of respiratory infections? “We found that long-term risks of diseases — in particular respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases — were substantially increased after surgery up to 30…

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