AHA: Heart-Stopping Condition Could Come With Warning Signs

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 (American Heart Association) — A heart-stopping condition that causes about half of all cardiovascular-related deaths seems to happen in an instant, with no symptoms. But several recent studies show that, sometimes, people who experience sudden cardiac arrest have warning signs hours and even weeks ahead of time. Experts say that’s why…

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What Drives Millennials to Tan, Knowing the Risks?

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many millennials and young people continue to tan, despite warnings about the link between excess sun exposure and skin cancer, new research warns. Some are poorly informed about the potential harms of bronzed or burned skin. Others overlook safety concerns, often driven by low self-esteem or narcissism, said…

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Kids of Youngest, Oldest Moms at Risk of Developmental Issues: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children with the youngest and oldest mothers may be at increased risk for developmental vulnerabilities, a new study reports. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 100,000 children and found that overall, 21 percent of them had at least one developmental vulnerability at age 5. The rate was highest (40…

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Helping Hand: Men's Grip Strength May Up Marriage Prospects

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Men looking for a wife might need to get a grip — a strong hand grip, that is. Researchers examined data from more than 5,000 adults in Norway to study the association between their marital status and grip strength. They were between ages 59 and 71. Although the…

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The Other Opioid Crisis: Shortages at U.S. Hospitals

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — U.S. hospitals are running short of the injectable opioids and anesthesia drugs that most surgery patients need during and after their procedures, a new survey shows. More than 98 percent of anesthesiologists responding to the survey said they regularly experience shortages of these drugs. And recent efforts by…

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Some Reasons to Work With a Dietitian

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Want customized diet advice to make your weight or health goals attainable? Consider working with an RD — a registered dietitian. Not just a luxury for the rich, a registered dietitian has the know-how to create a diet plan for your specific needs — one that will help…

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Opioid Crisis Means More Newborns With Hepatitis C, But Few Get Tested

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Due to the U.S. opioid epidemic, hepatitis C is up among pregnant women, raising the risk for mother-to-child transmission of the virus, a new study reveals. Hepatitis C can be contracted via dirty needles used by opioid addicts. But just a fraction of newborns exposed to hepatitis C…

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Blood Type May Play Role in Death Risk After Trauma

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with the most common blood type, type O, may be at higher risk of death after suffering severe injuries because they’re more likely to have major bleeding, a new study suggests. While the study is preliminary, Japanese researcher Dr. Wataru Takayama said the “results also raise questions…

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Teens Willing to 'Cash In' on Curbing Cellphone Use While Driving

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teens love their cellphones, but that love affair can turn deadly when they climb behind the wheel of a car. But new research suggests that financial incentives and other measures might help to dissuade young drivers from texting while driving. Many teens who admit to texting while driving…

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Ecstasy May Help Some PTSD Sufferers, but Safety Issues Remain

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) might find some relief by using the popular party drug ecstasy, a small study suggests. Technically, this synthetic drug is called 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) and it alters mood and perception. When tried with 26 veterans and first responders with PTSD, it helped…

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Tobacco Companies Must Put New Warnings on Packaging, Court Says

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Tobacco companies have been given deadlines to come clean on their cigarette packaging and websites about the health dangers of their products and their efforts to mislead the public about those risks, a new court order says. These new statements must be published on corporate websites by June…

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Most U.S. Adults Support More Mental Health Services for Kids

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A vast majority of U.S. adults believe children should receive more mental health support, new research reveals. Nearly nine out of 10 adults favor more mental health treatment and prevention programs for children and teens in their communities, according to a poll commissioned by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in…

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