What Americans Fear Most

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Government corruption is Americans’ biggest concern, a new survey contends, but worries about the environment are also a dominant fear. The 5th annual Survey of American Fears from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., was based on a nationally representative sample of 1,190 U.S. adults and conducted in June-July…

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AHA: Hospital Exec Saved at Very Facility Where He's Worked for Decades

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Gerard Blaney figured his excruciating headache was simply due to a combination of too much stress and too little food. It was budget season at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, and as the network’s chief financial officer, his entire lunch that day in April 2016 consisted of…

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Stroke Rates Higher Among Pot Users

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As the use of marijuana is growing, with Canada legalizing the drug just this week, a new study that ties pot to a raised risk for stroke might give users pause. The risk for any stroke could increase by 15 percent and it could jump 29 percent for…

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Juul Drawing Lots of Teen Followers on Twitter

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Though the maker of Juul e-cigarettes has claimed its product is aimed at adult smokers trying to quit, almost a quarter of the company’s Twitter followers are under 18, a new study finds. And many of these young fans are retweeting the company’s messages, investigators added. The findings…

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Hormonal Changes Might Lead to Hernias in Aging Men, Mouse Study Suggests

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Age-related increases in estrogen may be the reason why inguinal hernias are common among older men, new research with rodents suggests. Inguinal hernias occur when soft tissue — often part of the intestines — protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall near the groin. These hernias…

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Try Small 'Bites' to Get Kids to Exercise

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Kids take their cues from mom and dad, so it only makes sense to participate with them when teaching them the merits of exercise. Couch potato kids are a real concern. The College of New Jersey exercise science professor Avery Faigenbaum defined the term exercise-deficit disorder — or…

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Could Herpes Virus Help Cause Alzheimer's?

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s growing evidence that the herpes virus responsible for cold sores also may cause Alzheimer’s disease, a new research paper contends. It’s been long known that herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) can been found in the brains of elderly people with Alzheimer’s disease, and research has shown that…

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Does Your Dog Really Understand You?

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many dogs perk up at certain words, like “treat” or “squirrel.” But does Buddy really understand what you’re saying, or is he simply reacting to the excitement in your voice? Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta might have some answers. In a study of 12 dogs, the investigators…

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Did Leonardo da Vinci's Genius Stem From a 'Lazy Eye'?

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Leonardo da Vinci gave the world the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Now, a British researcher suggests an untreated eye ailment may have helped the Renaissance genius perfect these and other masterpieces. After analyzing a series of paintings and sculptures that are thought to depict the likeness…

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Test Strips for Fentanyl May Help Prevent ODs

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fast-acting test strips for fentanyl could reduce drug overdose deaths, a new study suggests. “Test strips could be a lifesaving intervention for many young adults who use drugs,” said study leader Brandon Marshall, of Brown University in Rhode Island. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid often used to…

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Antiviral Med Fuels Rapid Decline in New HIV Infections in Gay Men: Study

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Giving antiviral medications to gay men without HIV led to a 25 percent reduction in new infections of the AIDS-causing virus, a new study shows. Researchers followed 3,700 gay men who were given what’s known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) under a program in New South Wales, Australia. The…

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E-Cigarettes Slowed Wound Healing in Animal Study

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Smoking electronic cigarettes could slow the healing of skin wounds as much as regular cigarettes, according to a new study on rats. “Based on our findings, e-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes as it relates to timely wound healing,” said study corresponding author Dr. Jeffrey…

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