Hospitals Should, and Could, Avoid IV Opioids: Study

MONDAY, May 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to pain management for hospital patients, opioid pills or injections are less dangerous and just as effective as giving the drug intravenously, a new study shows. The results “have the potential to be practice-changing,” study author Dr. Adam Ackerman, clinical instructor in internal medicine at…

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Parents More Lenient If PG-13 Movie Violence 'Justified'

MONDAY, May 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Parents are more likely to let their kids see violent PG-13 movies if they feel the mayhem is “justified,” a new study suggests. The study, of 610 U.S. parents, found that moms and dads were less disturbed by gun violence in PG-13 movies when they deemed it justified.…

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More U.S. Parents Smoking Pot Around Kids

MONDAY, May 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Progress made in limiting kids’ exposure to secondhand smoke could be undermined by the increasing popularity of pot, a new study suggests. “As we are removing cigarette smoke — and that’s a major public policy achievement — that success will be attenuated by increasing exposure to secondhand marijuana…

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Shield Your Kids From the Sun's Damaging Rays

SUNDAY, May 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Sun damage puts children and teens at risk for deadly melanoma, so parents need to protect their youngsters from the sun and teach them about sun safety, oncologists say. “Don’t assume children cannot get skin cancer because of their age,” said Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the solid…

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What You Need to Know About Strokes

SATURDAY, May 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Stroke is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, but a lack of awareness and resources hinder efforts to change that, the American Stroke Association says. “We must aggressively continue our efforts to reduce stroke, especially in multicultural communities, and to reach people at younger…

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Sun's UV Rays a Threat to Your Eyes, Too

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s not just your skin that needs protection from ultraviolet rays, health experts warn. UV rays from the sun can cause corneal sunburn (photokeratitis) and UV damage that has been linked to macular degeneration, cataracts, cancer and pterygium (a growth on the white part of the eye), according…

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7 Mistakes That Can Boost Your Blood Pressure Reading

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Mum’s the word the next time you have your blood pressure checked. Talking while the cuff is on can boost your blood pressure reading. So can a full bladder or crossing your legs, the American Heart Association (AHA) says. “These simple things can make a difference in whether…

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AHA: Take It From an Olympian, The Healthiest Mother's Day Gift Is Self-Care

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Motherhood. Career. Fitness. For many women, it doesn’t always feel like all of these can coexist, much less find balance. But this Mother’s Day, putting another word at the top of that list could make all the difference: self-care. Experts agree nutritious foods, physical activity, regular checkups…

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Hair Care Products for Black Women May Disrupt Hormones

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many black women use a plethora of hair care products that contain chemicals that can interfere with their hormones, researchers warn. They noted these chemicals could be a reason why black women have higher rates of certain hormone-related health conditions than other women in the United States. For…

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Bone Drug 'Holiday' May Raise Fracture Risk

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Osteoporosis patients who take “holidays” from bisphosphonate drugs are at increased risk for fractures, a new study finds. A six-year follow-up of patients who took a break from the bone-building drugs found 15 percent of them suffered fractures, according to researchers at Loyola University in Maywood, Ill. “Fracture…

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