FDA Approves First Drug Aimed at Preventing Migraines

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The millions of Americans who suffer from migraine may have a new source of hope — the first drug aimed at preventing the headaches gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Thursday. Researchers have found that the injected drug, called Aimovig (erenumab), can prevent migraines if other…

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Anxious Women May Want to Keep an Eye on Their Bone Health

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As if older women didn’t already worry enough about their bone health, new research suggests that anxiety may up their risk for fractures. Based on an analysis involving almost 200 postmenopausal Italian women, the finding builds upon previous research linking anxiety to a higher risk for heart disease…

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Pools, Hot Tubs Can Harbor Dangerous Germs

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds may be synonymous with summertime fun, but they also can be breeding grounds for dangerous germs that could make you violently ill. In some cases, they can even lead to death, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. And of all the outbreaks from…

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AHA: Spotting, Treating Stroke Quickly Was Key to Maine Woman's Survival

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Before her pre-dawn runs, Sarah Belliveau likes fueling herself with a cup of coffee. The morning of June 15, 2017, she couldn’t. She forgot how. “I remember looking at the machine and knowing I needed to push the button,” she said, “but there was a disconnect between…

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AHA: 'Ideal' Heart Health Eludes More Americans

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) — The percentage of Americans with ideal heart health — measured by scoring seven lifestyle and biological markers — declined over two decades, according to a study that found people who maintain higher health scores over time have less risk of cardiovascular disease and death. The research, published…

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FDA Approves Non-Opioid Medication to Treat Opioid Withdrawal

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the non-opioid drug Lucemyra to help adults cope with symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The drug can help addicts boost the odds that they will be able to kick their addiction to these powerful painkillers, the FDA said. It was…

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Scans Can Tell How Long Ago a Stroke Occurred

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new MRI scanning technique can help doctors better nail down when a person has suffered a stroke and whether clot-busting drugs will help preserve their brain. This technique could save the brains of some people who suffer “wake-up” strokes, where symptoms become apparent after they wake from…

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Can Exercise Help Curb Dementia? One Study Says No

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests that moderate or even rigorous exercise won’t slow mental decline in older people with dementia. People with early dementia were able to follow an exercise regimen and boost their physical fitness. But that did not translate into “improvements in cognitive impairment, activities in daily…

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Eat Fish Twice a Week to Ward Off Heart Disease, Experts Say

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There is more reason than ever for people to make fish a bigger part of their diets, according to the American Heart Association. The heart group has long recommended that people eat fish — preferably fatty varieties — once or twice a week. Now it is reaffirming that…

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Severity of E. Coli-Linked Diarrhea May Depend on Blood Type

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Some vacationers may be more lucky than others if they catch a case of “traveler’s diarrhea.” Researchers found that for people infected with the type of E. coli bacteria that causes the condition, the severity of their symptoms seemed to depend on their blood type. Enterotoxigenic E. coli…

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U.S. Fertility Rates Hit Record Low in 2017

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — American women continue to wait longer to have children. Birth rates fell for nearly all age groups of women younger than 40 in 2017, sending overall fertility rates to a record low, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The only age group that saw a rise in birth rates:…

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Hookahs Hooking Lots of Young Adults on Tobacco

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While much attention has been paid to the dangers of e-cigarette use among teens, new research shows that more than half of all tobacco smoked by young people comes from hookahs. The researchers warned that smoking cessation strategies should include these water pipes, which are gaining popularity in…

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