Contact Sports May Alter the Brain, Scans Suggest

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There are differences in the brains of athletes who play contact sports and those who play noncontact sports, according to researchers. But they added that it isn’t clear if these differences are caused by blows to the head because the study only showed an association. The Indiana University…

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Even Organic Cotton Tampons Can Cause Toxic Shock: Study

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Although still exceedingly rare, menstrual toxic shock syndrome can be dangerous and has been tied to the use of tampons. And new research finds that the type of fibers used in manufacturing tampons doesn’t seem to matter — 100-percent cotton or synthetic-fiber varieties were each linked to toxic…

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Teens Who Cook Set the Table for Healthy Eating as Adults

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teach teens to cook, and they will eat better as adults. That’s the conclusion of a new study conducted at schools in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. Participants reported on their cooking skills in 2002-2003 when they were aged 18 to 23, and they then detailed their meal-preparation habits…

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Wrist Device Shows Promise for Hand Tremors

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A wrist device that stimulates nerves in the arm may bring some relief to people with hand tremors, a preliminary study suggests. The research involved more than 100 patients with essential tremor — a neurological condition that causes trembling in the hands, legs, head or trunk. Researchers found…

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AHA: Infections Could Trigger Stroke in Pregnant Women During Delivery

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Pregnant women who have an infection when they enter the hospital for delivery might be at higher risk of having a stroke during their stay, according to new research. The study, published Friday in the journal Stroke, tried to determine if infections contribute to stroke risk during…

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A Big Belly Bad for Your Heart

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Even if you’re not obese, too much belly fat could harm your ticker, researchers report. “People with a normal weight but a fat belly have more chance of heart problems than people without a fat belly, even if they are obese according to BMI [body mass index],” said…

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Keep Eating Veggies (and Fruits) for Better Health

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your parents’ advice to eat your vegetables has solid science behind it. Filling half your plate with non-starchy selections, as well as some fruit, provides a high volume of low-calorie food that can tame hunger as it delivers important nutrients. A study done at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve…

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When Does Online Gaming Become an Addiction?

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For most, playing online video games is largely a harmless hobby. But a new review finds that some fall prey to what experts call “internet gaming disorder.” The concept that gaming could become an addiction first gained traction in 2013 when the disorder was included in the “Diagnostic…

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U.S. Better Able to Tackle Health Emergencies: Report

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The United States is more ready for health disasters than it was five years ago, but certain regions still lag behind, a new report shows. The nation scored 7.1 on the 10-point 2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index. That’s nearly 3 percent better than last year and nearly…

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Addictive Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Doctors continue to prescribe far too many opioid painkillers to patients following surgery, a new study indicates. In fact, one of every three patients prescribed an opioid, such as Oxycontin, didn’t take a single pill during their recuperation, said lead researcher Elizabeth Habermann. She is scientific director for…

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Healthy Diet, Healthy Eyes

THURSDAY, April 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Healthy eating may help preserve your vision as you age, eye experts say. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) damages the macula (a small area near the center of the retina, located on the inside back layer of the eye), leading to a decline in central vision. There is no…

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Gene Change May Have Helped Indonesia's Deep-Sea Divers

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For members of an Indonesian group known as the Bajau, the ability to dive deeply for long periods of time appears to be in their genes. Specifically, new research suggests their extraordinary breath-holding abilities may be due to genetically enlarged spleens. For over 1,000 years, the Bajau people…

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