Why You Should Unwind After a Tough Day at Work

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — After dealing with nasty co-workers or a rude boss all day, try doing something to unwind. It can help you sleep better, a new study suggests. “Sleep quality is crucial because sleep plays a major role in how employees perform and behave at work,” said study lead author…

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U.S. Illnesses Tied to Ticks, Mosquitoes Are Soaring

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Diseases transmitted by biting insects — ticks and mosquitoes in particular — have more than tripled in the United States over the past decade, a new federal government report shows. These pests caused more than 96,000 cases of illness in 2016, up from roughly 27,388 in 2004 and…

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AHA: Blood Test Could Offer Life-and-Death Clues for Black Diabetics

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Testing blood for a biological marker called suPAR could help better assess the risk of death among black Americans with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. SuPAR, or soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor, is a protein marker that indicates inflammation in the blood. Scientists have…

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Speed of Heart Attack Treatment Can Vary by State

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Heart attack patients get their blocked heart arteries opened faster if they live in states where they can be taken directly to hospitals that perform the specialized procedure, a new study shows. Not all hospitals can provide the treatment, called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). So some states permit…

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AHA: Blood Pressure Readings Often Higher Outside Doctor's Office

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Blood pressure readings taken outside of the doctor’s office often read higher than those in the office, a new study says. Spanish researchers found that 39 percent of people who had normal blood pressure readings at the doctor registered high blood pressure readings out of the office…

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FDA Cracks Down on Dangerous E-Cig Liquids That Resemble Cookies, Candy

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned the makers of e-cigarette liquids that are packaged to look like juice boxes, candies and cookies to stop selling their products. The action, taken in concert with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, also cited some of these companies for…

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Fentanyl Now Drives Drug Overdose Deaths in U.S.

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Overdose deaths involving dangerous synthetic opioids like fentanyl have skyrocketed in recent years, surpassing deaths from prescription painkillers, a new U.S. study reveals. Synthetic opioids — primarily fentanyl — were involved in more than 30 percent of fatal overdoses in 2016, up from roughly 8 percent in 2010,…

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U.S. Air Quality Improvements Are Lagging

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — After decades of progress, the United States has seen a slowdown in reductions of two major air pollutants, a new study finds. Researchers found that levels of nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide — which contribute to the formation of ozone pollution and smog — have not continued the…

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Nearby Lightning Shut Down a Woman's Brain Implant

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A European woman who needed an implanted brain device got an unwelcome side effect during a storm: Nearby lightning switched the device off. Experts say the phenomenon is likely rare, and the deep brain stimulator device worked fine again once it was turned back on by doctors. Still,…

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Rock Climbing Goes Mainstream for Exercise Buffs

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Rock climbing is no longer just for extreme sports athletes and thrill-seeking daredevils. With hundreds of indoor climbing facilities across the United States — plus climbing walls in local athletic clubs, sporting goods stores and even cruise ships — this fun activity continues to grow in popularity. Climbing…

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Even Living Near a Farm Might Help Prevent Allergies

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While allergists have long known that farm life helps prevent allergies in kids, new research shows the benefit might even extend to adults who live near a farm. The findings “are indicative of potentially beneficial health effects of living in close proximity to farms,” said a team led…

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What Foods Can Hasten, or Delay, Menopause?

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — What women eat might determine when they enter menopause, new research suggests. After tracking more than 35,000 British women for four years, investigators found that menopause tended to start earlier among those whose diets were heavy in refined carbs. In contrast, menopause tended to begin later among those…

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