Common Meds May Help Spur Antibiotic Resistance, Study Finds

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More than one-quarter of non-antibiotic medicines inhibit the growth of bacteria in the human gut and may contribute to antibiotic resistance, new research suggests. Many species of bacteria live in the human gut — collectively known as the gut microbiome — and antibiotics can affect the balance. But…

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AHA: The Heart-Healthy Way to Dye Those Easter Eggs

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Put a twist on making colorful eggs this season that is to dye for. Add pigment to eggshells this Easter holiday in an old-fashioned, natural way by using fruits and vegetables. Plus, if you offer up the produce to eat while you’re at it, it will be…

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Obesity Rates Keep Rising for U.S. Adults

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obesity rates have continued to climb significantly among American adults, but the same hasn’t held true for children, a new government report finds. Obesity among adults increased to about 40 percent in 2015-2016, up from 34 percent in 2007-2008, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and…

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AHA: Weight-Loss Surgery Helps the Hearts of Very Obese Teens, Too

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Bariatric surgery in severely obese teenagers could lower their risk of heart attack and stroke by about 40 to 50 percent — and could maintain that lower risk for at least five years, a new study shows. Researchers found the benefits of the stomach-reduction surgery could overcome…

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Why Some 'Preemies' Grow Up to Have Weaker Hearts

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The hearts of adults who were premature babies pump less blood during exercise than adults who were full-term babies, a small study finds. That might help explain why some people born prematurely are at greater risk for heart failure later in life, the study authors said. The study…

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Another Downside of Weight Gain: Toenail Fungus

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Piling on pounds is bad for your health from head to toe. So say Korean researchers, who report that unhealthy weight gain ups a person’s odds for disfiguring toenail fungal infections. In fact, people who are statistically obese have more than double the rate of the infection, known…

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Unchecked Air Pollution a Death Sentence for Millions: Study

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Quicker action to cut fossil fuel emissions and slow climate change could prevent as many as 153 million premature deaths worldwide this century, new research contends. That’s how many lives could be saved in 154 of the world’s largest cities through immediate action to reduce emissions and limit…

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The Benefits of Moving More

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In the battle of the bulge, it’s not just getting exercise that matters — what you do when you’re not formally working out counts, too. Research shows that even getting 30 minutes of focused exercise a day may not be enough to ward off health woes if most…

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Even Short Bursts of Activity Can Boost Long-Term Health

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Simply climbing a single set of stairs, walking around the block or taking a three-minute jog can improve a middle-aged person’s health, even when such activity is spread across the day, new research suggests. After tracking the activity habits and health of more than 4,800 adults 40 years…

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Depression Could Be a Risk Factor for A-Fib: Study

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Depression can raise your risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm that’s been linked to stroke and heart failure, a new study suggests. A person’s risk of atrial fibrillation increased by about a third if they either reported symptoms of depression or had been prescribed antidepressants, the investigators…

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Study Weighs Heart Danger of Antibiotics for Older Women

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — New research finds that, for women over 60, there’s a link between long-term use of antibiotics and heightened odds for heart-linked death. But the study of more than 37,000 U.S. women couldn’t prove that the bacteria-fighting meds were the cause of the troubling trend, or whether the culprits…

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Hearing Loss Might Leave You Accident-Prone

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You may think your poor hearing just means you miss parts of conversations, but a new report suggests it also might make accidental injuries more likely. “Many adults believe that hearing loss, particularly due to aging, is ‘normal’ and therefore of little consequence other than, perhaps, social difficulties,”…

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