Another Foe for the U.S. Military: Skin Cancer

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For U.S. military personnel, deployment carries many dangers. And besides the well-known threats they face, these men and women are also at a higher-than-average risk for skin cancer, including potentially deadly melanoma, a new research review suggests. Two military groups face a particularly high risk: white service members…

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Study Affirms What Many Know: Antidepressants May Lead to Weight Gain

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re taking an antidepressant, you’re likely to gain weight, a new study out of Britain reports. That’s a finding that generated little surprise among mental health experts. “Psychiatrists have known about it, written about it and heard their patients talk about it for decades,” said Dr. Brian…

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Most First-Time Moms Say Labor Pains Were Manageable

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many first-time mothers have mistaken ideas about managing the pain of childbirth, a new survey reveals. The survey, commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), included more than 900 U.S. mothers, 73 percent of whom had vaginal births. While many said they had less pain than feared,…

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Making the Most of Gym Time

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you find that you’re more motivated by working out under the guidance of a fitness instructor and like the idea of varying your workouts, taking classes is a great choice. With today’s wide variety of gym offerings, use these tips to decide on the best options for…

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Heavier Women May Face Higher Cancer Risks, Study Finds

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Excessive weight gain is never a good idea for health. Now, new research supports the notion that putting on pounds raises cancer risks for middle-aged women. The study, which tracked more than 137,000 Norwegian women for 18 years, found that the odds of developing certain cancers rose as…

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E-Cigarettes Don't Help Smokers Quit, But Cash Might

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Vaping has been touted as a way to help smokers quit, but new research finds e-cigarettes and free nicotine replacement products barely move the motivation needle. “As best we know right now, the most effective tool to help all smokers stop is to pay them to do so,”…

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Lung Cancer Rate Now Higher in Young Women Than Young Men

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a reversal of historical patterns, lung cancer is now more common among young U.S. women than men, a new study finds. The good news, researchers found, is that over the past two decades, lung cancer rates among 35- to 54-year-old Americans have dropped across the board. But…

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Cinnamon-Flavored E-Cigs May Bring Lung Dangers: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Cinnamon flavorings in e-cigarettes can impair the ability of lungs to get rid of breath-clogging mucus, a new lab study contends. Cinnamaldehyde is the biochemical that gives cinnamon its distinctive flavor and smell, and it has been approved as a food additive by the U.S. Food and Drug…

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Even at 'Safe' Levels, Air Pollution Puts Seniors at Risk

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For older people, breathing in dirty air puts them at risk of being hospitalized with a dangerous respiratory disease, a new study suggests. Among U.S. seniors, hospital admissions for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) rose as levels of both ozone and fine particulate matter increased — even when…

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AHA: Preterm Birth Could Warn of Mom's Future Heart Risks

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (American Heart Association) — A preterm birth may serve as an early warning of a woman’s future risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to a new study. The findings, published May 23 in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, found that women who gave birth before 37 weeks of…

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Could More Fish in the Diet Boost Sex Lives and Fertility?

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Adding more seafood to the diet could help get couples’ sex lives, and even their fertility, back in the swim of things, new research shows. The study couldn’t prove cause and effect, but couples who ate more fish each week were more likely to conceive children during the…

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New Guidelines Mean 1 in 3 Adults May Need Blood Pressure Meds

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — One out of every three U.S. adults has high blood pressure that should be treated with medication, under guidelines recently adopted by the two leading heart health associations. The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association redefined high blood pressure at 130/80 in November, down from the…

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