Opioids Behind 1 in 5 Deaths of Young U.S. Adults

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Opioid overdoses are now to blame for one-fifth of deaths among young American adults, new research finds. The study is the latest to detail the toll of the national opioid epidemic. Researchers found that between 2001 and 2016, the number of opioid-related deaths in the United States more…

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AHA: Hollywood Silent on Request to Give R Rating to Movies With Smoking

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (American Heart Association) — The silent film era ended nearly a century ago, but Hollywood is still mute when it comes to demands to change its rating system to award an R rating to most movies that feature tobacco. Last August, the American Heart Association and 16 other health and medical…

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Vitamin D May Lower Miscarriage Risk

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women who’ve had a miscarriage are more likely to get pregnant and have a baby if they have adequate levels of vitamin D, new research indicates. “Our findings suggest that vitamin D may play a protective role in pregnancy,” said lead investigator Sunni Mumford, from the epidemiology branch…

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A Nasty Germ That Can Lurk in Favorite Foods

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Recalls of assorted foods and different brands of ice cream over the past few years have put a spotlight on the germ known as listeria. And though many of these cases happened during manufacturing, the potential for contamination is actually greater for foods after they’ve arrived at supermarkets…

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More Teens Dying, With Drugs and Violence to Blame

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A perfect storm of murder, addiction and carelessness has fueled a recent and troubling increase in deaths among U.S. children and teens, a new government report shows. The total death rate for those aged 10 to 19 rose 12 percent between 2013 and 2016, mostly due to an…

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Asthmatic Teens Even More Likely to Vape Than Those Without the Illness

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Perhaps assuming that e-cigarettes are “safer” than tobacco, teens with asthma now vape at higher rates than those without the respiratory condition, new research shows. However, “the use of products containing nicotine in any form among youths — including electronic cigarettes — is unsafe,” said study author Keshia…

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Many Breast Cancer Survivors Not Getting Needed Mammograms

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — After surviving a diagnosis of breast cancer, women still need regular screening. But many of them, especially black women, aren’t getting the mammograms they need, a new study finds. It’s essential to screen for a return of cancer so it can be treated before symptoms appear, the researchers…

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AHA: Health Concerns Haunt Puerto Rico as New Hurricane Season Begins

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Hospitals and clinics in Puerto Rico are still dealing with the massive destruction Hurricane Maria left throughout the island last year. Yet even as the recovery continues — and as Puerto Ricans look ahead to the next hurricane season beginning Friday — physicians also are worrying about…

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Shorter Thanksgiving Dinners After Trump Election: Study

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Thanks to divisive politics, Thanksgiving dinner got shorter after President Donald Trump’s election, a new study suggests. Americans shaved 30 to 50 minutes off the annual holiday gathering in November 2016, weeks after Trump won the presidency, researchers found. Thanksgiving visits were reduced significantly more when folks traveled…

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Dogs Chase Gulls, Keep Beaches Clean

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Can dogs help keep nasty bacteria off the beaches? A new study suggests it’s possible: E. coli spread by seagull droppings prompts beach closings, but dog patrols that chased the birds away did their part in keeping beaches open. The bacteria can be spread by other birds and…

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Pot, Opioids Now Rival Alcohol as Factor in Driver Deaths

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Pot and opioids have become almost as deadly as booze for drivers, a new report shows. Forty-four percent of drivers killed in crashes tested positive for drugs in 2016, up from 28 percent 10 years prior, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Among drivers killed in…

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