As Menopause Symptoms Get Worse, Heart May Pay a Price

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There could be a link between the severity of a woman’s menopausal symptoms and her risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. While the research couldn’t prove cause-and-effect, it’s “yet another important study which highlights gender-specific risk factors for heart disease,” said Dr. Rachel Bond. She directs…

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Did 2016 Election Unleash OCD in the USA?

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s little doubt that the last presidential election sparked a host of emotions among Americans. But new research suggests it might also have triggered obsessive-compulsive behaviors in Democrats and Republicans alike. “The idea for our study came about while I was taking a break from a group project.…

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Another Wildfire Danger: Heart Attacks

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Wildfire smoke may trigger a heart complication or stroke in vulnerable people, a new U.S. study suggests. Looking at the impact of the widespread California wildfires of 2015, researchers found a spike in emergency department visits for heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular complications. The risk was largely…

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Brain Injuries Linked With Dementia Risk

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A traumatic brain injury (TBI), even a mild one such as a concussion, may raise your risk for dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed 36 years of data from 2.8 million people and found that those who sustained TBIs were 24 percent more likely to be diagnosed…

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Got Osteoarthritis? Get Moving

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Is arthritis pain getting in the way of your fitness plans? That need not be the case. In fact, physical activity can be vital to your continued mobility. Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that affects about 27 million Americans — most often in the knees and hips, but…

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Tiny Juul Device Getting U.S. Teens Hooked on Vaping

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Tiny e-cigarette devices that look like USB drives are making it tough for parents and educators to keep their kids from vaping. And these devices are producing a new generation of nicotine-addicted Americans, experts say. “The way these products are able to be used without any sort of…

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FDA Approves Contact Lenses That Shade the Sun

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The lives of contact lens wearers just got a whole lot easier. On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first contact lenses that can act like sunglasses. A special additive automatically darkens the lenses when exposed to bright light, while they become clear again in…

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Many Parents Unsure of Talking About Sex With LGBT Kids

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens feel uneasy and uninformed when it comes to talking to them about sex and dating, a new study shows. The study included 44 parents of LGBT teens between the ages of 13 and 17. The parents cited many…

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Common Gynecologic Condition Linked to Mental Health Issues

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Could women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) be at increased risk for mental health problems? And are their children more likely to have autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? That’s the suggestion of a new British study that hints at a connection between the gynecologic condition and…

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Eyebrow-Raising Finding on How Human Communication Evolved

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Highly expressive eyebrows likely played a big role in humans’ evolutionary success, researchers report. Early ancestors of humans had a large, bulging brow ridge — a permanent signal of dominance and aggression, according to the team at the University of York in England. But over the past 100,000…

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Study Highlights Vast Health Differences Between States

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — How long you might live may depend on where you live. New research suggests that if you spend your days on a sunny Hawaiian island, your life expectancy is more than 81 years. Halfway across the country in Mississippi, however, you can count yourself lucky if you make…

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Sugar-Craving Gene Helps Lower Body Fat, But Has Downside

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A common version of a gene that makes you eat more sugar also plays a role in reducing body fat, surprised researchers report. “This goes against the current perception that eating sugar is bad for health,” said study first author Timothy Frayling. The gene may reduce body fat…

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