Some Blood Pressure Meds Tied to Pancreatic Cancer Risk in Women

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Certain drugs prescribed to treat high blood pressure may boost a woman’s risk for developing pancreatic cancer after menopause, new research suggests. In a large study of postmenopausal women, those who had ever taken a short-acting calcium channel blocker (CCB) saw their pancreatic cancer risk shoot up by…

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Skin Sensor Might Someday Track Alcoholics' Booze Intake

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An injectable sensor that could provide ongoing monitoring of the alcohol intake of people receiving addiction treatment is in development. The miniature biosensor would be placed just beneath the skin surface and be powered wirelessly by a wearable device, such as a smartwatch or patch, the University of…

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Ketamine Nasal Spray Shows Promise Against Depression, Suicide

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a small, early study, a nasal spray containing the club drug ketamine appears to quickly help ease depression and even curb thoughts of suicide. Psychiatrists were cautiously optimistic about the anesthetic’s potential for treating the mood disorder. “This study only had 68 people enrolled, which is a…

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States Should Help Struggling Teen Moms, Poll Finds

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Pregnant teens should receive some state support as long as they meet certain conditions, such as taking parenting classes, many American adults believe. That’s the finding of a poll of more than 2,000 adults nationwide with children under age 18. “Teen pregnancy can lead to unexpected challenges that…

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AHA: Fire Fighters Save One of Their Own After Heart Attack

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Firefighter Tony Spagnoletti was on overnight duty when he woke up with chest pains. He sloughed it off as “gas.” “We’d been doing a rope rescue training earlier and I’d spent the day climbing up and down ladders,” Spagnoletti recalled of the night in 2012. “I was…

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Exercise In, Vitamin D Out for Preventing Falls: U.S. Panel

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With aging often comes worry about falls and the bone fractures they cause. Now, a panel of U.S. experts has new advice on what helps and what doesn’t when it comes to staying upright. For starters, get off the sofa. And don’t rely on vitamin D to keep…

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The Poop on House Mice: They Carry 'Superbugs'

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — House mice are ubiquitous in New York City, and those uninvited guests may harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study finds. Researchers found that mice had taken up residence in all of the city neighborhoods they studied — from the wealthiest to the poorest. And some of the animals…

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Can Mom-to Be's' Weight Affect Daughters' Risk for Early Puberty?

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Girls whose moms were overweight or had high blood sugar during pregnancy may be more likely to enter puberty early, a large new study suggests. The Kaiser Permanente researchers said their findings could lead to new strategies to curb early puberty, which can have adverse long-term health effects…

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Go Nuts for Heart Health

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The crunchy goodness of peanuts, walnuts, cashews and other nuts may be just what the cardiologist ordered, new research suggests. The study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect. However, the analysis of health data on more than 61,000 Swedes aged 45 and older found regularly eating nuts was tied to lower…

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Organs From Opioid OD Victims Are Saving Lives: Study

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Organ donations from Americans who have died from an opioid overdose have risen dramatically in the past two decades, new research reveals. And investigators say that such transplants are just as successful and safe as those involving organs obtained from trauma victims or individuals who die of natural…

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'Flexitarian' Eating: Part Vegetarian, Part Not

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you want to eat more vegetables and less meat, but don’t want to give up meat altogether, there’s an alternative. It’s called flexitarian — for flexible vegetarian. You primarily eat a vegetarian diet, but you eat meat on certain days of the week or when the urge…

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Safety Info for Opioids Found Lacking

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Information about safe storage and disposal of opioid painkillers on the drugs’ package inserts is inconsistent, and even missing from some products, researchers report. Incorrect storage or disposal of unused opioid painkillers is common and a major source of illegal opioid medication use, the new study found. The…

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