Is Crowdfunding Too Often Used for Bogus Treatments?

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Crowdfunding pleas for dubious or potentially unsafe medical treatments are increasingly common, and raised nearly $7 million on social media in two years, researchers report. An ill patient pleading for naturopathic cancer treatments or hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be hard to resist. Ditto a parent seeking antibiotics for…

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Kids With Autism, Delays More Likely to Be Overweight by Age 5: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children with autism or developmental delays may be at increased risk for obesity, a new study finds. The study included nearly 2,500 2- to 5-year-olds in the United States. Of those, 668 children had autism spectrum disorder (ASD); 914 had developmental delays; and a control group of 884…

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Exploring Fitness Workshops & Fairs

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — One of the more popular fitness trends are education programs designed for consumers. Fitness buffs and weekend warriors alike can explore new ideas and techniques, and learn from professionals in various fields. These programs take many forms. More and more communities now stage health and fitness events, such…

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You Probably Have 'Microplastics' in Your Poop: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s a good chance a dose of tiny plastic particles has taken up residence in your gut, a new, small study argues. Microplastics, as they are called, were found in stool samples from a handful of volunteers located across Europe and Asia, researchers report. Every single person out…

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Don't Become a Flu Statistic. Get Vaccinated

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With flu season imminent, U.S. health officials urge everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot. Already, one unvaccinated child in Florida has died from flu, the officials warned. Not many cases have been reported so far, so it’s too soon to know if this year’s…

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Hard Arteries Hard on the Aging Brain?

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Stiff arteries may significantly raise the risk of dementia, researchers report. Investigators analyzed data from 356 elderly people (average age 78) in Pittsburgh who were followed for more than 15 years. They found that stiff arteries were a good predictor of dementia. Specifically, those seniors with higher levels…

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Age of Liver Transplant Donor Might Not Matter

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Patients who get a liver transplant from an older donor have better long-term survival than those who refuse this type of transplant, new research shows. Transplant surgeons mainly use livers from donors under age 70 to avoid risks such as rejection and death. But a shortage of organs…

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1 in 4 College Students Really Stressed Out by 2016 Election: Survey

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For some college students in the United States, the 2016 presidential election triggered significant distress symptoms, a new survey suggests. Nearly 800 students were surveyed at one university. One-quarter suffered distress levels similar to what’s seen among witnesses to a mass shooting, researchers said. Such stress can interfere…

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Widely Used Antipsychotics May Not Ease Delirium in ICU

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Two common antipsychotic drugs are ineffective in treating delirium in intensive care unit patients, and don’t shorten the length of time spent in the ICU or the hospital, a new study finds. Despite widespread use of haloperidol or ziprasidone, “we found, after extensive investigation with medical centers all…

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Love Organic Foods? Your Odds for Some Cancers May Fall

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Paying extra for those pricey organic fruits and vegetables might pay off: New research suggests eating them might help you dodge a cancer diagnosis. People who consumed the most organic foods had a 25 percent lower cancer risk compared with those who ate the least, the study found.…

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Many Supplements Still Contain Dangerous Stimulants: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Drug and Food Administration has repeatedly warned manufacturers that many dietary supplements contain dangerous, experimental stimulants. But according to a new report, 75 percent of supplements tested still contain the compounds. “Consumers turn to supplements for safe, natural ways to increase energy, improve workouts or lose…

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AHA: The Heart Problem This Stroke, Bypass Surgery Survivor Wasn't Expecting

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (American Heart Association) — When Tom Broussard came out of quadruple heart bypass surgery, the then-59-year-old was just glad to have avoided a heart attack. So he didn’t give much thought to the heart valve that surgeons replaced at the same time. “I figured everything was fixed and didn’t need to…

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