Kratom-Linked Salmonella Outbreak Widens: CDC

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Salmonella infections linked to the use of the popular botanical drug kratom now number 132 people in 38 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. Since the last outbreak update on March 15, 45 more cases and 19 additional states have been added to…

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AHA: Summer Sun Might Bring Fewer Heart Attacks, Study Finds

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (American Heart Association) — The sun’s radiation could be a factor in seasonal patterns of a deadly type of heart attack, according to new research that tracked a “summer shift” in their occurrence across seven countries. Previous research has examined how these attacks called ST-elevation myocardial infarctions, or STEMIs seem to…

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Why Americans' Life Expectancy Is Getting Longer

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans appear to be aging slower than they used to, which may help explain recent gains in life expectancy, researchers say. The researchers compared how biological age changed in the United States compared to age in years (chronological age). For the study, the investigators looked at national health…

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Heart Disease Carries Huge Cost for Some Families

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Having a chronic heart condition is stressful enough, but new research suggests the cost of caring for the condition is also a huge financial burden for poorer families in the United States. One in four low-income families carry a significant financial load from out-of-pocket expenses for chronic heart…

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Sometimes, Headaches Can Be an Emergency. Here's When.

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Nearly everyone has a headache now and then. Most of the time, relief is just an over-the-counter pill away. Other times, learning ways to relax and relieve tension, or getting treatment for sinus infections can get rid of your headaches. Sometimes, though, headaches can warn of a serious…

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COPD Is an Adult Killer, But Its Origins May Lie in Childhood

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — COPD may seem like an adult disease, often tied to smoking. But two new studies suggest it could have roots in life’s earliest years. Kids with issues such as asthma or those exposed to secondhand smoke may be more susceptible to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) decades later…

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Kids in Tough Neighborhoods Head to ER More Often

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Growing up in a disadvantaged neighborhood may mean more visits to the emergency room, a new study suggests. When children came from areas of “low opportunity,” they were about one-third more likely to have been treated at an urgent care center or an emergency room than kids from…

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New Hope Against Disease That Brings a Colorless World

FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Imagine a world in black and white. That’s the plight of people with an extremely rare condition called blue cone monochromacy, an inherited eye disease that renders people unable to see color. But there’s a glimmer of hope for the one in every 100,000 people with the condition:…

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Loopholes May Lead Young Facebook Users to Tobacco Products

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Facebook needs to close loopholes on its measures to keep kids away from tobacco, a new study suggests. Although the social media giant doesn’t allow paid ads for tobacco products, researchers found cigars, e-cigarettes and other smoking products are marketed and sold through unpaid content. Much of this…

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Why More People Don't Walk or Bike to Work

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Walking or cycling to work doesn’t take as long as you probably think, a new study finds. A major reason people favor a car for their daily commute is that they believe they don’t have time to walk or cycle, Pennsylvania State University researchers noted. But their study…

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Older Brains Replenish Cells Just Like Young Brains: Study

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Contrary to popular thought, older adults’ brains can churn out just as many new cells as younger brains do, a new study suggests. Using autopsied brain tissue, researchers found that healthy older adults had the same capacity to create new cells in the brain’s hippocampus region as young…

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Addicts Should Be Trained to Give OD Antidote, Study Finds

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Frequent opioid users may be the best candidates for training to reverse overdoses in other users, researchers say. The U.S. opioid crisis has led many public health departments and community groups to begin training users on the use of the opioid-blocker naloxone. In a new study, a team…

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