More Teens Than Ever Would Try Marijuana

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — One in four U.S. high school seniors would try marijuana or use it more often if it was legal, a new survey finds. That rate — the highest in the 43-year history of the Monitoring the Future survey — likely reflects growing pot legalization in the United States,…

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Go Vegan to Jumpstart Weight Loss

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Vegan diets are hard for many people to stick with long-term, but studies show that this way of eating can translate to weight loss. Vegan is the strictest type of vegetarian diet — you choose only foods from plant sources, such as vegetables, fruits and grains, and avoid…

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Job Strain Plus Heart Disease, Diabetes a Lethal Mix for Men

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re a man and you suffer from heart disease or diabetes, stress at work may shorten your life, a new study finds. The researchers said a demanding job in which you have little or no control over your work environment is a formula that can increase the…

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AHA: Stress Contributes to High Rates of Heart Disease Among Black Adults

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Daily stressors are associated with poor health behaviors that put African-American adults at greater risk of heart disease and stroke, a new study finds. The results suggest that primary care doctors, cardiologists and other health care providers should ask their patients about stress to help them identify…

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Millions Die Worldwide Each Year for Lack of Quality Care

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Eight million people in less-developed countries die needlessly each year, and that loss of life strips $6 trillion from the economies of those nations, new research calculates. If the rate of preventable deaths continues unchecked, those countries could lose $11 trillion in gross domestic product by 2030, the…

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Your Tummy Rumblings Might Help Diagnose Bowel Disorder

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A belt that wraps around your stomach and listens for the telltale sounds of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may make it easier to spot the notoriously elusive disease. “IBS is difficult to diagnose because it affects the function of the gut, rather than causing an obvious physical change,”…

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High Schoolers on Heroin Abuse Other Drugs, Too

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — High school seniors hooked on heroin are likely to misuse a multitude of other drugs, a new study finds. “It may be inadequate to focus on heroin and opioid use in isolation,” said study author Joseph Palamar, an associate professor of population health at New York University School…

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Stressed Out at Work? Your A-Fib Risk May Rise

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, you’ll want to read on. Job-related stress may raise your risk of developing a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation, a new study suggests. Swedish researchers found the most stressful jobs were associated with nearly 50 percent higher odds of atrial fibrillation.…

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Are You a Prospective Poop Donor?

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fecal transplant is considered the best treatment for one of the most dangerous intestinal infections around, and it is being tested as a potential cure for many other illnesses. But these transplants require that healthy people donate stool samples, and a new study shows that expanding the donor…

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Mammograms Might Encourage Other Screenings

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Older women who get mammograms are more likely to also seek screenings for cervical cancer and osteoporosis, new research reveals. This held true for the Medicare recipients even when their mammograms produced false positive results. “It’s encouraging that women for whom services are received through Medicare are not…

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Sex Robots Are Already Here, But Are They Healthy for Humans?

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — World, meet Harmony. Completely artificial and programmed by computer chips, the somewhat lifelike sex robot is marketed by sex doll maker Realbotix for $15,000. According to The Guardian, she’s equipped for intimate relations but is also “the perfect companion,” Realbotix says — able to quote Shakespeare and remember…

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Could Rover Unleash a Flu Pandemic?

TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Dog lovers might be distressed by the latest research on flu pandemics. In the new study, scientists suggest that your beloved furry companion could trigger a flu pandemic among people in the future. Why? Researchers found that flu strains can jump from pigs to dogs, and that flu…

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