Foul Play: More Baseball Fans Getting Hit By the Ball

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Headed to a Major League Baseball game? Be prepared to duck and cover. As the 2018 season gets underway, a new study finds that fans’ risk of being struck by a foul ball or flying bat at Major League Baseball (MLB) games is on the rise. Each year,…

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Why Whooping Cough Has Made a Comeback

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Flaws in current whooping cough vaccines aren’t to blame for rising rates of the disease in the United States, a new study contends. Researchers attribute a resurgence of the disease since the 1970s to factors that arose long before the latest vaccines were introduced in the late 1990s.…

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Protect Your Child From Opioid Poisoning

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — America’s opioid epidemic is taking a mounting toll on the nation’s children — some as young as toddlers. The number of youngsters hospitalized for opioid poisoning tripled between 1997 and 2012, and the largest overall increase was among toddlers and preschoolers, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.…

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Fentanyl Fuels Latest Spike in Opioid OD Deaths

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Drug overdose deaths continue to pile up in the United States, driven largely by the opioid epidemic and the emergence of dangerously potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl, a new government report shows. Overdose deaths increased by 21.5 percent in 2016, a much sharper spike than the 11.4 percent…

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AHA: Healthy Teeth Can Mean a Lot More Than a Pretty Smile

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (American Heart Association) — How your teeth are faring as you age can also indicate how your heart is doing. The idea of oral and heart health being connected has been proposed for more than a century. Numerous studies have looked at how oral health affects overall health, and some have…

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Firearm Trauma May Linger Longest for Men

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Men hospitalized with gunshot wounds are far more likely than women to wind up in the hospital again, a new study finds. In the six months after their first hospital stay, men were three times more likely than women to be readmitted for kidney failure and heart-related problems,…

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Diabetes Now Affects 23 Million U.S. Adults

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The latest tally of Americans adults affected by diabetes finds more than 23 million struggle with the blood sugar disease. Of those, the vast majority — 21 million cases — are caused by type 2 diabetes, which is often linked to overweight or obesity, according to the report…

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Childhood Obesity May Be Driving More Cancers in Young Adults

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obesity rates in children have been rising for years, and the consequences of that extra weight may be showing up in cancer cases. A new review found that certain cancers associated with people over 50 now affect people at younger ages more frequently. And obesity may be to…

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Heart Penalty? Hockey Fans' Cardiac Risk Rises When Home Team Wins

THURSDAY, March, 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Hey guys, you might want to watch out when the home team wins. The thrill of victory may trigger a heart attack among younger male hockey fans, a new study suggests. Researchers in Canada studied heart attacks the day after a Montreal Canadiens’ win. Using data from the…

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Unhealthy Phthalate Chemicals Found in Restaurant Food

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who like to dine out may unwittingly order a side of potentially harmful chemicals, new research suggests. The study, involving more than 10,000 Americans, found that those who’d dined out the day before generally had higher urine levels of chemicals called phthalates, versus people who’d had all…

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Too Few Baby Boomers Get Hepatitis C Screening

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Despite recommendations, only about one in 10 U.S. baby boomers has been screened for hepatitis C virus (HCV), a new study reveals. Hepatitis C is a contagious virus that causes nearly half of the cases of liver cancer in the United States. Health officials estimate that about one…

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