2 Out of 3 Tanning Bed Users Have Never Had a Skin Cancer Check

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Even though it’s widely known that tanning bed use greatly increases the odds for skin cancer, 70 percent of Americans who’ve used the devices have never had a doctor check them for the disease. That’s the finding from a new study of data on more than 30,000 U.S.…

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AHA: Shedding So-Called 'Protective' Thigh Fat May Help the Heart

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Although past research has shown that thigh, hip and buttocks fat might actually protect against heart disease, a new study says losing fat in those areas is linked to better cardiovascular health. The study, published in the April 4 issue of the Journal of the American Heart…

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Zika Infection After Birth May Require Long-Term Follow-Up

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Babies who contract Zika virus early in infancy should have long-term monitoring, a new animal study suggests. Researchers found that monkeys infected with the Zika virus shortly after birth developed long-term abnormalities in brain structure and function. The animals also displayed behavioral and emotional problems. There has been…

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Early Promise for Eye Implant to Fight Macular Degeneration

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new stem cell transplant might help preserve or even restore vision being lost to the dry form of age-related macular degeneration, a new pilot clinical trial has shown. In the experimental therapy, a specially engineered sheet of stem cells is transplanted into the back wall of the…

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Those With Diabetes Less Likely to See Dentist Despite Health Risks

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many adults with diabetes don’t see the dentist often enough, even though they’re at increased risk for gum disease, researchers say. In a new study, investigators analyzed data from just over 2.5 million American adults who took part in an annual federal government health survey. The survey results…

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Super Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Coming to U.S., Experts Say

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans should expect that a super-resistant form of gonorrhea like that found in the United Kingdom will soon reach these shores, health experts say. Earlier this year, doctors diagnosed a man in England with a case of gonorrhea that could not be cured with antibiotics commonly deployed against…

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Obesity Can Lead to Liver Damage by Age 8: Study

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obesity can lead to liver disease in kids as young as 8 years old, a new study warns. The long-term study of 635 children in Massachusetts found that a bigger waist size at age 3 increases the odds that a child will have a marker for liver damage…

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AHA: 'No Excuses' for 3 Heart Disease Survivors Walking to Stay Fit

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Jerry McCann, Ray Rivera and Taunya Stewart are living proof that there’s no good excuse to avoid physical activity, especially during Move More Month in April. For each of them, becoming more active was a matter of life or death. McCann had a heart transplant. Rivera was…

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Veggies a Healthy Recipe for Older Women's Hearts

WEDNESDAY, April, 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Eating lots of vegetables may help older women keep their blood vessels healthy, Australian researchers report. The biggest benefit seems to come from cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli. Eating these strong-smelling veggies was linked to less thickening of the carotid arteries, located in the…

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Blood Levels of Toxic Fire Retardants Declining in Kids

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Blood levels of a flame retardant have fallen in American children since use of the chemicals was banned in consumer products, a new study finds. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) were once widely used in household items, such as couches, mattresses, carpet padding and other upholstered items. In 2004,…

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It's Crunch Time

WEDNESDAY, April 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Toned abs don’t just look great, they’re also vital for good posture and avoiding lower back pain. But there’s a limit to how far the exercises known as crunches will go toward getting you those six-pack abs. These exercises create definition, but they won’t get rid of belly…

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Despite California's Warning Signs, Coffee Is Still Safe, Experts Say

TUESDAY, April 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Science says you can get your coffee buzz without fear of cancer, so experts say you can forget that recent controversial California law. Last Wednesday, a Los Angeles judge ruled that coffee shops such as Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts must caution customers that coffee contains acrylamide — a…

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