Key Heart Risks Decline for Older Americans

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Older Americans dramatically reduced their risks for heart attack and stroke over a recent 20-year period, a new analysis finds. The likely reason: greater use of drugs to control cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as a decline in smoking, according to researchers from the University of Southern…

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Testicular Cancer Survivors May Face Heart Trouble Later

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Young men who survive testicular cancer may need to worry about more than a return of their disease: A new study suggests they also face greater heart risks down the road. “The overarching goal of our study is to implement early interventions in order to reduce the risk…

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After Cancer, Accelerated Aging?

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Even decades after treatment, cancer survivors tire more easily than people with no history of the disease, according to new research. The findings hint at a pattern of “accelerated aging” for people with a cancer history. “The main goal of cancer treatment has been survival, but studies like…

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Babies Given Certain Meds May Have Higher Odds for Allergies Later

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Babies who are given antacids or antibiotics during their first 6 months of life may have a sharply higher risk for allergies or asthma, a large new study warns. The finding is based on an analysis of health records of more than 792,000 children born between 2001 and…

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Why More Teens Aren't Getting Protection Against Common STD

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Less than half of American teens are vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), and parents’ reluctance is a big reason why, a child health expert says. Guidelines recommend that all children get a two-shot vaccine against HPV at their 11-year-old checkup. HPV can cause genital warts and cancers of…

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Could Medical Pot Help Curb the Opioid Abuse Crisis?

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Medical marijuana could help quell the ongoing opioid epidemic, a pair of new studies contends. Opioid prescriptions tend to decrease in U.S. states that adopt medical marijuana laws or legalize recreational use of pot, two different research teams have concluded. The studies couldn’t prove cause and effect. But…

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Early Periods May Heighten Obesity Risk Later

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women who began puberty early are more likely to be overweight, a new study reports. Specifically, the earlier they had their first period, the more apt women were to have a higher body mass index (BMI), which is an estimate of body fat based on weight and height.…

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Baby Sitters, Relatives Often Unaware of SIDS Risk

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A baby’s risk of death from being placed in an unsafe sleeping position or location is higher when they’re under the care of a baby sitter, relative or friend, a new study found. The finding shows the need for parents to educate anyone who cares for their infants…

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Living Near Green Space May Make for a Healthier You

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Planning a move in the future? You might want to make sure there are parks nearby. Research suggests that people who live near parks and green space are happier and healthier. For instance, one study in the journal Health & Place looked at the relationship between parks and…

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Cardiac Defects in Baby Tied to Later Heart Trouble in Moms

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women who have a baby with a congenital heart defect may face a heightened risk of heart disease years later, a large study suggests. Researchers found that among more than 1 million women, those who’d given birth to a baby with a heart defect were up to 43…

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Raised Blood Pressure Before Pregnancy Linked to Miscarriage

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Young women with elevated blood pressure before pregnancy appear to have a greater risk of miscarriage, even if they haven’t been diagnosed with full-blown high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Risk of pregnancy loss increases about 18 percent for every 10-point increase in a young woman’s diastolic…

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Abandoning Your Workouts May Bring on the Blues

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Before you give up on your exercise program, know that new research suggests the decision may put more than your fitness at risk. It might also make you vulnerable to depression, according to a review of studies. The research included 152 adults who stopped exercising after doing at…

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