FDA Approves AI Device to Spot Diabetic Eye Disease

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Artificial intelligence software that can detect diabetes-related damage to the retina — called diabetic retinopathy — has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The IDx-DR program analyzes images of a patient’s retinas taken with a special camera. The digital images are uploaded to a cloud…

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Who Lives Longer — Night Owls or Early Birds?

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — “Night owls” might pay a price when it comes to their health and longevity, a new study reports. Folks who stay up late and struggle to wake in the morning have a 10 percent higher risk of dying sooner than so-called “morning larks” who are early to bed…

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The Bad Habits That Lead to Weight Gain

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s no secret that weight gain results from consuming too many calories. But at its core is an imbalance of healthy and unhealthy habits. On one side of the scale — the healthy side — are foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean protein and plant-based…

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Control Blood Pressure to Keep Dementia at Bay: Study

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Bringing high blood pressure under control can reduce older black Americans’ risk of dementia, a new study finds. Black people are at high risk for high blood pressure and dementia, the researchers noted. The study included more than 1,200 black Americans, aged 65 and older, with high blood…

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Cigarette Tax Hike Could Ease Poverty for Millions Worldwide: Study

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A big boost in cigarette prices could lead to fewer health problems and less poverty for millions of people worldwide, according to a new study. The researchers from the Global Tobacco Economics Consortium used a computer model to predict how a 50 percent cigarette tax increase would affect…

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Even When You Think You're Not Sleepy, Your Car Crash Risk Rises

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You might be a drowsy driver without knowing it, and new research finds that can make you more dangerous on the road. People who suffer from chronic sleep apnea are more likely to crash, the study showed: For those with severe apnea, the increased risk hit 123 percent,…

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Zika May Linger in Semen for Shorter Period Than Thought: Study

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Guidelines in place for protecting against the sexual transmission of Zika virus need to be re-evaluated, based on a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC currently recommends that men who have traveled to a Zika-active region either use condoms or abstain…

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Could Earlier Menopause Mean Poorer Memory in Senior Years?

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women who are older when they enter menopause may have a slight advantage when it comes to keeping key memory skills as they age, British researchers report. The study was decades long and tracked outcomes for more than 1,300 women. The research showed that a woman entering menopause…

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U.S. Heart Disease Rates Falling, But Gains Vary by State

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The overall rate of heart disease in the United States has declined 38 percent since 1990, a new report shows. Not every state has benefited equally, however. Between 2010 and 2016, 12 states actually saw their heart disease rates begin to creep up again, the data showed. And…

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Cataract Surgery on Ebola Survivors Safe for Docs

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Doctors needn’t worry when they perform cataract surgery on Ebola survivors with eye problems caused by the highly contagious virus, a new study finds. Between 13 percent and 34 percent of Ebola survivors develop eye inflammation (uveitis) that causes problems ranging from mild disease to blindness. It was…

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AHA: Four-Legged Friends Can Have Heart Issues, Too

WEDNESDAY, April 11 (American Heart Association) — Many Americans spend their lives with their pets — sharing habits, walks and sometimes even the bed. To help celebrate National Pet Day on April 11 — yes, it’s an actual holiday — here are seven heart-health facts about dogs, cats and the humans who love them: Nearly…

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Peanut Allergy Vaccine Works — in Mice

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An experimental peanut-allergy vaccine proved effective in mice, researchers say. The vaccine protected allergic mice from reactions such as itchy skin and breathing problems when they were exposed to peanuts two weeks after their final vaccine dose, according to the University of Michigan researchers. The vaccine is administered…

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