Soda During Pregnancy May Not Help Baby's Brain

FRIDAY, April 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Pregnant women may want to skip all soft drinks while they’re expecting if they want their child’s learning and memory skills to be sharper, new research suggests. The study found that when moms-to-be had more sugar, especially from sugar-sweetened sodas, their children had poorer nonverbal problem-solving abilities and…

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Rock Bands Soar When Some Members Are Married

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Die-hard fans often hate to hear that their favorite musician is getting married because they fear it will break up the band. But instead, new research suggests that rock bands with married and unmarried members have the right mix for success. The same is true for businesses, which…

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AHA: How Black Cardiologists Are Combating a Problem Affecting Millions

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Doctors and African-American communities are obligated to learn more about heart valve disease and the lifesaving procedures available to treat it, according to a report from the Association of Black Cardiologists. “It is incumbent upon us as health care providers [to] do a better job educating our…

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Another Opioid Epidemic Downside: More Heart Infections

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Here’s yet another consequence of the U.S. opioid crisis: a rise in serious heart infections in a state hard-hit by the drug epidemic. A new study, done at West Virginia’s largest medical center, found that admissions for endocarditis related to drug abuse more than doubled between 2008 and…

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More U.S. Kids Being Diagnosed With Autism

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Autism rates continue to climb in the United States. About 1.7 percent of children — one in 59 — are now believed to have autism spectrum disorder, up from an estimated rate of 1.5 percent in 2016, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and…

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Breast Cancer Genes a Real Risk for Men, Too

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Few American men are screened for gene mutations that can greatly increase their risk of breast and other types of cancers, a new study reveals. BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations put women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancers, but these mutations also increase men’s risk for…

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Many Ground Zero Rescue Workers Battling Cancer Years Later

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many of the rescue workers who flooded the ruins of the World Trade Center after 9/11 now face their own private battles for survival, a pair of new studies shows. New York City Fire Department employees who worked at Ground Zero are expected to develop cancer at a…

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A Bit of Dark Chocolate Might Sweeten Your Vision

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It may not replace prescription glasses, but a few bites of dark chocolate might offer a slight and temporary bump up in vision quality, new research suggests. Heart-healthy compounds in chocolate called flavanols appeared to sharpen eyesight for a group of 30 healthy young adults in the new…

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Hearing Aids May Help Keep Seniors Out of the Hospital

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Hearing aids may mean fewer visits to the hospital for seniors, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 1,300 adults aged 65 to 85 with severe hearing loss, and found that only 45 percent of them used a hearing aid. Those who did use a…

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Hit-and-Run Deaths on the Rise

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Hit-and-run deaths in the United States reached a record high in 2016, a new report shows. “Hit-and-run crashes in the United States are trending in the wrong direction,” said David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our analysis shows that hit-and-run crashes are a…

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The Paleo Diet: Fad or Not So Fad?

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The so-called “Paleo” diet, which cuts out a number of food groups to bring about weight loss, has been around for several years now and at first blush may sound like just another fad. But some recent scientific studies since the diet became popular have found that the…

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Unused Meds? Saturday Is National Drug Take Back Day

THURSDAY, April 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Want to keep your unused medicines out of the hands of others? You can safely dispose of dangerous expired and unwanted prescription drugs on Take Back Day, this Saturday, April 28. Americans are in the midst of an epidemic of opioid drug abuse, and “medicines that languish in…

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