AHA: No Direct Link Between Preeclampsia and Cognitive Impairment, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) — While preeclampsia puts women at greater risk for stroke and high blood pressure following childbirth, a new study found that the pregnancy-related condition may not predispose them to significant cognitive impairment later in life. Instead, other physical and social risk factors related to the condition may be…

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AHA: Why It's So Hard to Quit Smoking

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) — The science behind why it’s so difficult to quit smoking is crystal clear: Nicotine is addictive — reportedly as addictive as cocaine or heroin. Yet any adult can stroll into a drug store and buy a pack of cigarettes, no questions asked. “From a scientific standpoint, nicotine…

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Map of Mouse Hippocampus Could Be Weapon Against Alzheimer's

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A precision map of a part of the brain of the lowly mouse could be a potent new research tool against Alzheimer’s, researchers say. The highly detailed look at the mouse hippocampus should provide new insight into a range of brain diseases in humans, according to the research…

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Pounds Regained After Weight-Loss Op Can Tell Your Doc a Lot

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Tracking pounds regained after weight-loss surgery can help predict a patient’s risk for serious health problems like diabetes, a new study says. “Clinicians and patients want to know the extent of weight regain following bariatric surgery and how it may affect their health,” said study lead author Wendy…

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Number of Autism Genes Now Tops 100

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The number of genes known to be associated with autism now stands at 102, researchers report. They also said that they’ve made significant progress in distinguishing between genes associated with autism and those associated with intellectual disability and developmental delay, conditions that often overlap with autism. The analysis…

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Take 10 for Mindfulness

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Feel yourself being pulled in a million directions and losing track of what’s really important? The meditative practice called mindfulness can help you get centered and re-focus on what’s meaningful to you. And it doesn’t take time that’s already in short supply on your busy schedule. You can…

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U.S. Birth Rates Continue to Drop as Age of New Moms Rises

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — American women are having fewer children, and they’re having them later in life, a new government report shows. “Overall, we saw continuing decreasing trends in total fertility,” said report author Danielle Ely, a health statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is part of the…

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N. Carolina Sees Alarming Spike in Heart Infections Among Opioid Users

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Adding to growing alarm about America’s opioid crisis, cases of a potentially deadly heart infection have jumped 10-fold among North Carolina’s injection drug users, new research shows. The infection is endocarditis, which strikes one or more of the heart’s four valves. Usually a byproduct of aging, it can…

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Cataract Surgery, Hearing Aid May Boost the Aging Brain

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You won’t jump for joy when you’re told you need hearing aids or cataract surgery. But get this: Both appear to slow mental decline in older adults. That’s what researchers concluded after studying more than 2,000 people in England who had cataract surgery and more than 2,000 Americans…

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Bigger Family, Lower Cancer Risk?

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you come from a large family, you may have a lower risk of cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 178 countries and found that people from larger families were less likely to get cancer than those from smaller families. The link between family size…

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CDC Warns of Polio-Like Virus Striking More U.S. Kids

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A rare but devastating polio-like virus appears to have made itself at home in the United States, partially paralyzing hundreds of children. There have been 127 cases reported in 22 states so far this year, with 62 confirmed as acute flaccid myelitis, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, head of…

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Obesity Surgery May Cut Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obesity surgery may help prevent heart attacks and strokes in people who are severely overweight and have diabetes, a new large study suggests. It’s already known that obesity surgery can help people shed pounds and better control health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. But it has…

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