Mediterranean Diet Most Popular on U.S. Coasts

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Evidence linking a Mediterranean diet to a slew of health benefits is extensive and growing, but new research finds Americans in some regions aren’t taking to it. The increasingly popular eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and olive oil while limiting red meat and other saturated…

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Treatment for Teething Pain Poses Serious Health Threat: FDA

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Consumers should stop using over-the-counter teething products that contain benzocaine because they pose a serious health threat to infants and young children, U.S. health officials warned Wednesday. Benzocaine can cause a serious health threat called methemoglobinemia, which greatly reduces the level of oxygen carried through the blood. The…

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'Religious Refusal Laws' May Take Mental Health Toll on LGBT Americans

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Laws in a dozen U.S. states say it’s okay to deny services to same-sex couples due to religious objections. But new research finds such legislation could lead to mental distress to lesbians and gays living in those states, not just those personally discriminated against. Boston University researchers concluded…

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Can Excess Weight in Toddlers Cause Brain Drain?

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Extra pounds in early childhood may do more than put a child’s physical health at risk — they might result in a slightly lower IQ, new research suggests. The study found that “non-lean” children tended to score lower on an intelligence quotient (IQ) test years later, particularly in…

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A Lonely Heart Poses a Big Health Risk

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with heart failure who are socially isolated are more likely to be hospitalized or die prematurely than those who feel connected to others, new research suggests. The study authors said screening heart failure patients to identify those who lack social support might help to improve outcomes. Previous…

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Toxins in BBQ Fumes May Be Absorbed Through the Skin

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When you fire up the grill for your Memorial Day cookout, beware: Those tantalizing aromas hold an underestimated health risk. Grilling meats at a high temperature can produce cancer-causing compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). You can be exposed to significant PAH levels simply by breathing in the…

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Early Life Trauma May Affect an Adult Man's Sperm

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s preliminary research suggesting that abuse or neglect in childhood might have an effect on the quality of a man’s sperm. The study was small and can’t prove cause and effect. But researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston say it points to a way in…

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Is Fasting a Diet Solution?

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Research shows that fasting on alternate days has health benefits, including lowering the amount of inflammation in the body. That’s important because inflammation has been linked to many chronic diseases and keeping it under control can increase longevity. And now there’s growing evidence that fasting can be an…

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Small World? Not With One-Quarter Obese by 2045

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If current trends continue, nearly one-quarter of the world’s population will be obese by 2045. And one in eight people will have type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. Alongside those bulging waistlines, global rates of type 2 diabetes will jump from 9 percent to 12 percent over the…

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'Pizza Challenge' Suggests Food Is Just More Tempting to Some

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For some people who struggle with weight gain, their body’s responses to delicious food may be working against them. In a new study, obese people who had trouble keeping weight loss at bay salivated more and had a steeper increase in their heart rate when presented with a…

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A Pill to Protect You From the Sun? Don't Believe It, FDA Says

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you think popping a pill will somehow keep your skin safe while you tan, think again. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to companies marketing supplements that they claim will counter the effects of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. “We’ve found…

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Closing Fossil Fuel Plants Tied to Fewer Preterm Births

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Closing coal and oil plants may lead to fewer premature births and improved fertility in neighboring communities, according to two new studies. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley found that preterm deliveries dropped 20 percent to 25 percent in California after eight power plants closed down between…

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