To Repel Ticks This Summer, Try Insecticide-Treated Clothes

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Outdoor enthusiasts: Here’s a bit of good tick-fighting news just in time for Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer. A new U.S. government study confirms that insecticide-treated clothes marketed for preventing tick-borne ills do, in fact, thwart the pests. In lab tests of clothes bought…

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Be Smart When It Comes to Spring Allergies and Asthma

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Lots of things grow in the spring, including your risk of severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks. So people need to take preventive measures and know when to seek medical care, an emergency physician says. “Spring tends to bring more people to the emergency department,” Dr. Paul Kivela,…

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Leave Tablets, Smartphones Out of the Bedroom for Better Sleep

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Are tablets, smartphones and laptops robbing Americans of shut-eye? Absolutely, said researchers who found that the unending entertainments and the light the devices emit are a powerful, slumber-killing combo. The finding comes from a small analysis of nine otherwise healthy adults in their 20s. Their sleep was tracked…

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Newly Identified Form of Vertigo Responds to Treatment

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Because vertigo can have many causes, treating it can be difficult, but researchers have identified a new type that may be effectively treated with medication. “These conditions can be difficult to diagnose and quite debilitating for people, so it’s exciting to be able to discover this new diagnosis…

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Low-Fat Diet Tied to Better Breast Cancer Survival

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Breast cancer patients who adopted a low-fat diet were more likely to survive for at least a decade after diagnosis, compared to patients who ate fattier fare, new research shows. The study has “found yet another health benefit to eating a low-fat diet, and more fruits and vegetables,”…

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A Germ-Filled Capsule Might Help Spot Gastro Ills

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Someday doctors may be able to diagnose gastrointestinal (GI) problems without invasive tests by asking patients to swallow a capsule containing a small, bacteria-laced sensor. The so-called “bacteria on a chip” method pairs tiny electronic sensors with laboratory-enhanced bacteria that react to bleeding in the stomach and other…

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AHA: High-Flying Young Doc Overcomes Stroke That Once Grounded Him

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Flying at 35,000 feet at the start of a trip from their Chicago home to Hawaii to celebrate the upcoming birth of their first child, Dave Levy woke his sleeping wife and said, “Does my right eye look weird?” Allison Pataki, five months pregnant, replied that his…

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AHA: Heart Disease a Hidden Threat to South Asians in U.S.

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (American Heart Association) — South Asians living in the United States are more likely to die from heart disease than the general population. But this risk has been largely hidden by a lack of data, researchers say. Immigrants coming from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are…

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Snorers, Could CPAP Help Your Sex Life, Too?

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women with sleep apnea might experience a boost in their sex life if they regularly use a CPAP machine, a new study shows. Researchers found that women who used the device nightly reported a significant improvement in their sexual satisfaction after a year of treatment. The same benefit…

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What Makes for a Healthy Community?

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Where you live can have a major effect on your health, new research suggests. Living in a diverse community where people are better educated, make more money and have good health care nearby is linked to greater well-being and a better quality of life, the study authors said.…

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Severe Eczema May Be Linked to Heart Disease Risk

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Sufferers of severe eczema may be at greater risk for heart attack, stroke and irregular heartbeat, British researchers report. Although the added risk is small, it’s important from a public health perspective because eczema affects up to 10 percent of adults, the researchers said. Eczema is a term…

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Closed Cars Can Become Deathly Hot in Minutes

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It only takes 60 minutes for a car parked in the sun to become a death trap for a 2-year-old child, a new study finds. An hour in direct sunshine is enough to cause potentially deadly hyperthermia, said study lead author Jennifer Vanos. And what about a car…

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