AHA: Smoke-Free Laws Do Seem to Help Young Adults' Hearts

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Laws and policies that prohibit smoking in workplaces and other public areas appeared to significantly lower the risk of cardiovascular disease among a group of young adults who were followed over a 20-year span. The study findings are consistent with previous studies that found health benefits as…

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More Risk of Complications If Vaginal Birth Follows Prior C-Section: Study

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The risk of complications during vaginal birth is higher for mothers and infants if the mother previously had a cesarean delivery, a new study reports. However, the researchers stressed that the overall risk of a complication for any one woman in this situation remains low. The new findings…

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If Kids Exposed to Pot, Tobacco Smoke, ER Visits Rise

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Clouds of pot and cigarette smoke in a home make it more likely a young child will visit the emergency room or have an ear infection, researchers say. Secondhand smoke from marijuana and tobacco increases a kid’s odds of going to the ER, according to preliminary findings from…

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Many Teens Switch From Hi-Cal Sodas to Hi-Cal Sports Drinks

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teens who were once hooked on sugary sodas may now be now turning to sugary sports drinks, a new study reveals. While soda’s popularity declines, the number of U.S. high school students who drank sports drinks at least once per week actually rose slightly, from 56 percent in…

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Injured Kids Can Have Lasting Mental Scars, Too

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If your child lands in the hospital with an accidental injury, new research suggests you should watch for signs they may be struggling with what happened to them. Investigators found that among children treated for serious injuries at one pediatric hospital, the odds of being diagnosed with a…

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CBD Oil: All the Rage, But Is It Really Safe and Effective?

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has become the hot new product in states that have legalized medical marijuana. The non-intoxicating marijuana extract is being credited with helping treat a host of medical problems — everything from epileptic seizures to anxiety to inflammation to sleeplessness. But experts say the evidence is…

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Using Diet to Stave Off Diabetes

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Diabetes has become a worldwide epidemic, but you can protect yourself with a healthier diet. And the same type of diet can help you manage diabetes if you already have it. According to experts at Boston’s Joslin Diabetes Center and the Harvard School of Public Health, specific foods…

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Teens, Parents Aren't on Same Page When Talk Turns to Sex

SUNDAY, May 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to having “the talk,” many teens admit they’re not communicating with their parents or their doctors about sex, new research reveals. “Teens and young adults account for more STIs [sexually transmitted infections] than all other ages combined,” said study co-author Dr. Kari Schneider, an assistant…

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Strict Gun Laws Spare Young Lives: Study

SATURDAY, May 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fewer young Americans are killed by guns in states with stricter gun laws, a new study finds. “Injuries due to firearms are the nation’s third-leading cause of pediatric death,” said study author Dr. Monika Goyal. She is director of research in the division of emergency medicine and trauma…

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Ditch the Golf Cart. Your Aging Knees Won't Mind

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Golfers with knee arthritis should park the golf cart and walk the links instead, researchers say. While using a golf cart may seem the obvious choice for golfers with knee problems, a new small study finds that walking provides much greater health benefits. Moreover, it’s not associated with…

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Racial Divide Narrows in Opioid Prescribing in U.S.

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Black Americans are no longer less likely than whites to be prescribed opioid painkillers — but that means their risk of addiction to the narcotics has increased, researchers say. “To our knowledge, this is the first evidence of a potential narrowing of the divide in opioid prescribing by…

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Sleep-Deprived Kids at Risk of Obesity

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Too little sleep can increase a child’s risk of obesity, British researchers report. “Being overweight can lead to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes which is also on the increase in children,” said study co-author Michelle Miller, of the University of Warwick in England. “The findings of the…

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