Kids Are Naturally as Fit as an 'Iron Man'

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Confirming what many exhausted parents likely already know, scientists say a typical young boy is a sort of super athlete. Compared with adults, preadolescent boys have a near matchless ability to endure and bounce back from high-intensity play, researchers report. When it comes to post-exercise recovery, for example,…

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New Hope Against Disease That Prematurely Ages Children

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In April 2011, at the age of just 10 months, Ohio native Carly Kudzia was diagnosed with the rare and fatal premature aging disease known as progeria. “There was an average life span quoted to me that I shall not repeat,” said Carly’s mom, Heather Unsinger. “No parent…

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Heavy Drinking Could Raise Your Gum Disease Risk

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who drink more than the recommended daily limit of alcohol may harbor an unhealthy mix of bacteria in their mouths, a new study suggests. Researchers found that compared with nondrinkers, those who drank relatively heavily had fewer “good” bacteria in their mouths. They were also hosting more…

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For Soccer Players, Heading May Pose Bigger Risk Than Collisions

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Heading the ball — not player collisions — may lead to temporary thinking declines in soccer players, a new study finds. “Unintentional head impacts are generally considered the most common cause of diagnosed concussions in soccer, so it’s understandable that current prevention efforts aim at minimizing those collisions,”…

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Meditation Can Soothe the Anxious Soul in Just One Session

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A single session of meditation can lower your anxiety levels, a small new study finds. “Our results show a clear reduction in anxiety in the first hour after the meditation session, and our preliminary results suggest that anxiety was significantly lower one week after the meditation session,” said…

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Avoid 'Text Neck' From Your Cellphone

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your cellphone puts the world at your fingertips, but it can wreak havoc with your neck. There’s even a name for the pain you get when looking down at your screen — “text neck” — and it can cause problems along the entire length of your spine. Bending…

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Extreme Exercisers May Have Higher Odds for ALS

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fitness buffs who push themselves to the limit during workouts might slightly increase their risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study suggests. The same may hold true for working stiffs whose jobs place extreme physical demands upon them, the European researchers said. But the study…

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Could Caffeine During Pregnancy Spur Weight Gain in Kids?

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s new evidence that even moderate amounts of caffeine consumed by a mom-to-be might affect her child’s weight years later. The overall effect was small — an average of an extra pound by age 8. But children of women who consumed the most caffeine during pregnancy were 66…

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Too Much Drinking May Be Tied to PMS: Study

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — How much a woman indulges in alcohol may have ties to her premenstrual syndrome symptoms, a new global research review suggests. “We estimate that 11 percent of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) cases may be associated to alcohol intake worldwide,” according to a team led by Bahi Takkouche, of the…

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Electric Cars Don't Jolt Implanted Heart Devices: Study

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who have implanted devices to keep their hearts running smoothly can safely drive an electric car if they wish to do so, new research confirms. The study from Germany found that the technology used to power the cars won’t interfere with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators. “Currently there…

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Don't Wait to Take MS Drugs

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most multiple sclerosis patients shouldn’t wait to start taking medication in the early stages of the disease, new guidelines say. “The treatment landscape for people with MS has changed dramatically over the last decade,” said lead guidelines author Dr. Alexander Rae-Grant, who’s with the Cleveland Clinic. “We now…

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Injured U.S. Vet Receives World's First Penis/Scrotum Transplant

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The world’s first total penis and scrotum transplant was performed about a month ago on a U.S. veteran who was injured in Afghanistan, doctors say. “We are hopeful that this transplant will help restore near-normal urinary and sexual functions for this young man,” said surgical team member Dr.…

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