Depression Striking More Young People Than Ever

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans are fast becoming a very depressed lot. New research shows there’s been a sharp spike in cases of major depression in the United States in recent years, especially among teens and millennials. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association analysis of medical claims data showed that the overall…

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Antibiotics Tied to Higher Kidney Stone Risk

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you or your child is taking an antibiotic, new research suggests you might want to watch closely for signs that kidney stones might be developing. “We found that five classes of commonly prescribed antibiotics were associated with an increased risk of kidney stones,” explained study author Dr.…

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Deadly Falls On the Rise Among U.S. Seniors

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The number of seniors dying from falls has increased dramatically over the past decade, U.S. health officials reported Friday. Across the nation, the rate of deaths from falls among those 65 and older increased 31 percent from 2007 to 2016 — from about 18,000 to nearly 30,000, researchers…

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Alcohol, Tobacco Cause More Health Harm Than Illegal Drugs

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol — and not taking illegal drugs — that pose the greatest risks to people’s health, a new international study contends. Researchers found that alcohol and tobacco use combined cost more than a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life-years worldwide, while illegal drugs…

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Arsenic and Rice: What You Need to Know

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s a danger lurking in rice and you won’t find it by reading labels. It’s the chemical arsenic. And the threat isn’t about immediate poisoning but rather that long-term exposure to small amounts can increase the risk of bladder, lung and skin cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Arsenic…

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Hit Hard by Opioid Crisis, Appalachian States Expand Clean-Needle Programs

FRIDAY, May 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In 2013, there was just one clean-needle program in all of West Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina, and the latter two states had laws banning such programs. Fast-forward four years: All of those laws have now been overturned and the number of “syringe services programs” available to help…

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Hostile Teachers Take the Joy Out of Learning

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teacher hostility can dampen students’ desire to learn and harm their grades. That’s the suggestion of a new study that included nearly 500 undergraduate students who watched either a lecture presented in a normal fashion or one in which the teacher was antagonistic, such as belittling students, showing…

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Cancer Docs: We Need More Research on Medical Marijuana

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most cancer doctors say they don’t know enough about medical marijuana to provide an informed opinion to patients. Nevertheless, many go ahead and give its use their blessing, a national survey reveals. Seven out of 10 oncologists surveyed in the United States said they aren’t informed enough about…

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Little 'Quit-Smoking' Help at U.S. Mental Health Centers

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many mental health and addiction treatment centers in the United States don’t help patients quit smoking, a new government study finds. People with mental illness and/or drug or alcohol addiction are far more likely than others to smoke cigarettes. And they are more likely to die from a…

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Making Life With Dementia More Bearable

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When loved ones develop dementia, it’s hard to know how to make their lives better. But now researchers have pinpointed ways to help these folks live as well as possible. “While many investigations focus on prevention and better treatments, it’s equally vital that we understand how we can…

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More Doubt Cast on Surgery for Spinal Compression Fractures

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a new study, a widely used form of spinal surgery was no more effective than placebo in treating spinal fracture pain for people with osteoporosis. Researchers and experts now say that the technique — called vertebroplasty — should not be a standard pain treatment for these patients.…

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Add Heart Check to Annual Ob-Gyn Visit, Experts Say

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A “well” visit to her ob-gyn can benefit a woman’s heart, two leading U.S. medical groups say. “As the leading health care providers for women, ob-gyns provide care that goes far beyond reproductive health and are in a unique position to screen, counsel and educate patients on heart…

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