Even a Mosquito's Spit May Help Make You Sick

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When a pesky mosquito bites you, even its saliva triggers an immune response, new animal research suggests. The study, conducted in mice, suggests the illnesses that come from mosquito bites — diseases such as malaria, dengue fever or Zika, for example — might be exacerbated by mosquito saliva.…

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Banned Pregnancy Drug Linked to ADHD Generations Later

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A pregnancy drug that has been banned for decades may increase the risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) generations later, new research suggests. The study found that the grandchildren of women who took a synthetic estrogen, diethylstilbestrol (also known as DES), to prevent pregnancy complications between 1938 and 1971…

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Can the Mediterranean Diet Protect Against Smog-Related Deaths?

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The Mediterranean diet has long been lauded as a heart-healthy eating plan that can add years to your life. Now, a new study suggests the diet could help protect against the harmful effects of air pollution and reduce the risk of death due to heart attack, stroke and…

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Berries and Grapes May Keep You Breathin' Easy

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Adding more grapes and berries to your diet is a tasty way to give your lung health a boost, new research suggests. Folks who ate the most foods with a particular type of flavonoid, called anthocyanins, maintained the best lung function as they aged, researchers said. Anthocyanins are…

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Lower Vitamin D levels Linked to More Belly Fat

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obese people who carry much of their excess fat around their waist are at risk of vitamin D deficiency, new research warns. The finding highlights yet another damaging health effect of obesity. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to poor bone health, as well as increased risk…

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Overdoses on ADHD Drugs May Be Rising

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The number of U.S. kids accidentally or intentionally overdosing on ADHD medications may be on the rise, a new study suggests. Researchers found that between 2000 and 2011, there was a 71 percent increase in calls to U.S. poison control centers related to kids’ ingestion of drugs prescribed…

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Race May Play Role in Kids' Suicide Risk

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s generally assumed that suicide is more common among white kids in the United States than their black peers. But that’s not the case among 5- to 12-year-olds, new research shows. Black children in that young age group are about twice as likely to take their own lives…

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Many Parents Say Restaurant Fare Has Made Kids Sick: Poll

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — American moms and dads work hard to prevent food poisoning at home, but 10 percent say their kids have gotten sick after eating bad food elsewhere. In a new poll by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan, parents peg restaurants as the usual source of…

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Screening May Miss Signs of Autism, Especially in Girls: Study

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An important checklist used to screen for autism can miss subtle clues in some children, delaying their eventual diagnosis. Researchers found that the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, or M-CHAT, can fail to detect developmental delays that are tell-tale signs of autism in 18-month-olds, according to findings…

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Lifelong Exercise Can Guard Heart Health

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Exercising may keep you young at heart. Researchers found that people who make regular exercise a lifelong habit appear to slow the aging of their heart and blood vessels. The finding stems from a comparison of exercise histories and heart health among 102 people over age 60. Those…

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Are You a Procrastinator? Then Read This. Now!

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Do you put off until tomorrow things you should do today? Or tell yourself that you work better “under pressure”? If you’re a procrastinator, you’re probably a master at making excuses rather than making plans to get the job done. A study done at the Universities of Southern…

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Wanna Look Cool? Give Smiling a Shot

SUNDAY, May 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you want to look cool, try smiling, researchers suggest. Their advice counters the popular belief that showing no expression is the way to be cool. The University of Arizona researchers asked volunteers to look at clothing ad photos in which models were either smiling or not, and…

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