More Than 1 Day of First-Trimester Bleeding Ups Odds for Smaller Baby

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Some first-trimester bleeding occurs in up to 1 in every 4 pregnancies. Now, new research suggests that if bleeding extends beyond a day there could be implications for baby’s birth weight. The study involved more than 2,300 healthy, non-obese pregnant women. Babies born at term to women who…

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After-School Programs a Blessing for Kids With ADHD

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — After-school activities might be just what the doctor ordered for kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers suggest. After analyzing records on more than 4,000 children with ADHD, the investigators found that nearly 72 percent of them took part in one or more after-school activities. And if they did,…

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Exercises for Chronic Health Conditions

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Exercise can help prevent many chronic illnesses as well as make it easier to manage health conditions, from diabetes to joint pain. In terms of prevention, aim for the recommended 150 minutes of exercise, like brisk walking or cycling, each week. Along with eating a healthy diet, this…

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Is Testing for Zika in U.S. Blood Supply Worth the Cost?

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Since 2016, every blood donation in the United States has been individually tested for the Zika virus. A new study suggests it’s not worth it. Researchers at the American Red Cross found that of roughly 4 million donor blood samples tested over 15 months, only eight were positive…

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Depression May Dampen Memory

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Depression may do more than darken your mood, with new research suggesting it might also sap your memory. “Since symptoms of depression can be treated, it may be possible that treatment may also reduce thinking and memory problems,” said study author Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, from the University…

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Affected by the EpiPen Shortage? Here's What to Do

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Production issues have made EpiPens hard to find in some areas of the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. The devices give a shot of epinephrine to people who are hit by severe allergic reactions. “Epinephrine is lifesaving, tightening the vessels to increase blood…

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Almost 150 Now Sickened By E. Coli-Tainted Lettuce

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Twenty-eight more illnesses caused by an E. coli outbreak tied to tainted romaine lettuce were reported by U.S. health officials on Wednesday. So far, a total of 149 cases caused by a particularly virulent strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported. There has also been one death…

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Obesity Might Raise Your Risk for A-fib

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obese people are at increased risk for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, which can cause complications such as heart failure and stroke. That’s the finding of a study that included more than 67,000 U.S. adults. Their average age was about 44, and half of them were obese.…

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Women's Pelvic Floor Surgery Not Always Long-Term Fix

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Surgery to repair so-called pelvic floor disorder often fails within five years — but many women still say the procedure improved their quality of life, a new study finds. “We may be at the point where we need to think of treating prolapse as treating a chronic disease…

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'Smoke-Free' Rooms Still Loaded With Smoke Residues, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Harmful cigarette smoke residue may be lurking in rooms where no one has ever lit up, researchers report. In a new study, scientists from Drexel University in Philadelphia found that in an empty, nonsmoking classroom, nearly 30 percent of the tiny particles in the air were linked with…

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Many Parents Miss Speech Disorders in Young Kids

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many parents don’t recognize the signs of speech and language problems in children, or don’t know that early treatment is important, a new survey finds. “Communication disorders are among the most common childhood disabilities — and they are highly treatable in most cases,” said Elise Davis-McFarland, president of…

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AHA: Mother of the Bride Survives Heart Attack on Mother's Day

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Belinda Waggoner is the type of person who gives her all to everything she does. She devoted so much to the human resources company she founded that she wound up with high blood pressure. So her focus became getting healthy. She started by walking, then upped her…

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