Sugary Sodas Linked Again to Increased Heart Risks

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Would that ice cold soda be as tempting if you knew that it might shorten your life? New research found that adults over 45 who drank an average of 24 ounces or more of sugar-sweetened beverages every day had more than double the risk of dying from heart…

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Well-Done Meat May Not Be Good for Your Blood Pressure

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You might think twice about how you want that steak cooked. People who like their steak well-done instead of rare might face a slightly increased risk of high blood pressure, a preliminary study suggests. The study, of more than 100,000 U.S. adults, found the odds of high blood…

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Waning Vaccine Protection May Be Driving Rise in U.S. Mumps Cases

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A resurgence of mumps among young American adults is likely as the protection provided by childhood vaccinations weakens, researchers warn. “Vaccination is the centerpiece of current public health strategy against mumps,” said study co-author Joseph Lewnard, a postdoctoral research fellow with the Harvard School of Public Health’s Center…

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Could a Pap Test Spot More Than Just Cervical Cancer?

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Pap tests have helped drive down rates of cervical cancer, and a new study suggests they also could be used to detect other gynecologic cancers early. According to the study authors, tissue and fluid collected during a Pap test can detect endometrial and ovarian cancer in women when…

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Millions Get Wrong Treatment for Back Pain: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Low back pain affects 540 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability, but it’s often treated improperly, researchers report. Their review of evidence from around the world suggests low back pain should be managed in primary care and that the first step should be education…

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Smartwatch App Might Help Detect A-Fib

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Smartwatches already can help you track your heart rate. Someday they may also help detect a serious heart rhythm irregularity known as atrial fibrillation, new research suggests. “Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disturbance in the world,” said study lead author Dr. Gregory Marcus. With atrial…

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Nightmares Common Among U.S. Troops, But Seldom Reported

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many U.S. military personnel are plagued by nightmares that put them at increased risk for mental health and sleep disorders, but few let doctors know, a new study shows. The study included 493 active duty personnel who were referred to doctors for evaluation of sleep disorders. About 3…

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Ice Cream That Melts in Your Mouth … Not on Your Hand

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Want smoother ice cream that’s also slower to melt? Scientists might have found a way to make that happen. The secret, they say: adding extract from the banana plant. “Our findings suggest that cellulose nanofibers extracted from banana waste could help improve ice cream in several ways,” Robin…

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Climate Change Will Bring Hotter Summers to U.S.

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Get ready for extreme heat. Researchers warn that climate change will soon trigger more severe summers across the United States. Heat waves — the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States — have increased in number and severity in recent decades. The new analysis of heat…

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AHA: Lesbian and Gay Adults Should Take Heed of Their Heart Health

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely than heterosexuals to have poor cardiovascular health, according to preliminary findings from a new study. The study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Lifestyle conference in New Orleans, analyzed data collected from 2,445 adults participating in…

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Just How Safe Is Your Pet's Food?

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Pet owners care deeply about what their furry family members eat. So should they worry about a new study that finds chemical preservatives known as parabens are often in dog and cat food, as well as in urine samples from the animals? Maybe, researchers say, though there’s no…

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