Phone-Using Drivers Knowingly Ignore the Danger

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Even though they know it’s dangerous, many American drivers still talk on a cellphone or text while behind the wheel, a new survey finds. In fact, the number of drivers who say they talk regularly or fairly often on their cellphone while driving has actually risen 46 percent…

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Poll: Americans Fear Crippling Medical Bills More Than Illness

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Medical care costs in the United States can be so overwhelming that Americans fear the cost of treatment more than the illness itself, a new poll shows. “It’s shocking and unacceptable that medical bills strike more fear in the hearts of Americans than serious illness,” said Shelley Lyford.…

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Turn Down the Music. Here's Why.

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Parents annoyed by the loud music that their teens listen to might have good reason to worry. About 20 percent of American kids aged 12 to 19 have some degree of hearing loss, a national survey found. And, according to the World Health Organization, 50 percent of people…

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Researchers Making Inroads Against Ovarian Cancer

THURSDAY, March 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Ovarian cancer can be tough to beat, particularly if it returns after initial treatment, but new research offers a glimmer of hope. One study found that a new targeted “immunotherapy” to treat ovarian cancer that has come back looked promising in a small, early trial. Meanwhile, a second…

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Terrorist Nuke Attack Could Overwhelm U.S. Medical System: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The United States is ill-prepared to handle the myriad medical emergencies that would be unleashed by a nuclear attack by terrorists, a special report warns. Instead, the absolute best strategy is to prevent such an attack from happening in the first place, said report author Dr. Robert Gale.…

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A 'Chipped' Tooth Reveals What You Eat and Drink

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Tempted to cheat on your diet? You might want to think twice. Tiny tooth-mounted sensors can now provide real-time information about what you eat and drink. The technology could prove important in health care and clinical studies, according to the Tufts University School of Engineering team that developed…

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Stroke's Impact May Go Far Beyond the Physical, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Even after a relatively milder stroke, people can be left with challenges that go beyond the physical, researchers say. Their study, of nearly 1,200 stroke survivors, found that physical limitations were the most common issue patients reported. But many patients also said they had difficulty with essential thinking…

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A Light Breakfast Might Cut Cost of Pricey Prostate Cancer Drug

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Here’s one way to cut the cost of a $10,000-a-month prostate cancer drug: Take it with food, some researchers suggest. Investigators said they found that taking Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) with a low-fat breakfast boosts its efficiency. That could make it more convenient and significantly cheaper, the new study…

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Immigrants Have Healthier Hearts Than Native-Born Americans

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who immigrate to the United States tend to suffer less heart disease and stroke than those who are born in America, a new study shows. However, that’s not necessarily because U.S. residents have rotten lifestyle habits that ruin their heart health, the researchers added. Instead, “people who…

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Detecting Ebola Before Symptoms Show Up

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An immune system response may reveal presence of the deadly Ebola virus before symptoms appear, researchers report. Currently, there’s no way to diagnose Ebola until symptoms show up, which can occur anytime between 2 and 21 days after exposure to the virus, the researchers explained. But by the…

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As Pot Smoking Rises, Users Might Also Turn to Cigarettes

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A smoke is a smoke is a smoke: New research suggests that folks who smoke pot may be more prone to taking up — or returning to — the cigarette habit. One tobacco-cessation expert said the findings aren’t surprising. “Among individuals that I have treated, the majority of…

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Big Weight Loss May Bring Big Relationship Changes

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Weight-loss surgery may turn your love life upside down, new research suggests. In one of two new Swedish studies, major weight loss after bariatric surgery was associated with more divorces. In the other study, singles were more likely to form new relationships or marry after a weight-loss operation.…

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