Majority of U.S. Adults Have Poor Heart Health: Study

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — America’s heart health went from bad to worse between 1988 and 2014, a new report warns. That means roughly 60 percent of whites, 75 percent of Mexican Americans and 85 percent of black Americans are going through life today with subpar heart health. At first glance, the study…

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Booze Boosts Your Heart Rate

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You might think that glass of wine or beer helps you relax at the end of a long day, but researchers report that it actually makes your heart race. And the more you drink, the faster your heart beats. To come to that conclusion, German doctors monitored the…

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When Is a Sick Fellow Flier a Health Risk to You?

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you worry about catching a nasty infection when you fly, a new study suggests your risk boils down to exactly how close you are to that sick passenger. A row in front, a row in back, a couple of seats to the side, and your chances of…

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AHA: Amid World Series Celebration, Teacher Saved by a Stranger

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Lee Matzeder’s heart was racing and his chest felt tight during the Kansas City Royals’ World Series victory parade in downtown Kansas City in 2015. But it wasn’t from the excitement of being surrounded by 800,000 likeminded fans celebrating a world championship. The 55-year-old elementary school physical…

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Range of Vaginal Dryness Products Can Help Postmenopausal Women: Study

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For many women in or past menopause, vaginal dryness is a recurring symptom. But a new report finds that several treatments work equally well — regardless of their price tag. “The fact that all three treatments [tested] — vaginal estradiol tablets, a vaginal moisturizer and the lubricating gel…

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Kids With Severe Brain Injuries May Develop ADHD: Study

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Young children who sustain a severe head injury may struggle with attention problems as they grow older, researchers say. A new study reports that kids who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury around ages 3 to 7 are three and a half times more likely to develop attention…

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Male Birth Control Pill Shows Early Promise

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An attempt to develop a safe and effective “male pill” is making headway, according to preliminary results of a small study. In a four-week trial of men under 50, an experimental hormone-based birth control pill was found to be “well-tolerated.” And participants’ testosterone levels dropped significantly along with…

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Facebook May Be 'Safe' Social Space for Adults With Autism

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Moderate use of Facebook may help make adults with autism happier, a new study suggests. Researchers found that happiness among adults with autism increased with Facebook use, but only up to a certain point. The researchers also said their results can’t be generalized to overall use of social…

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Insurance Company Hurdles Burden Doctors, May Harm Patients

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The scenario may sound familiar: Your doctor sends your prescription electronically to the pharmacy, and you go to pick it up. Only you can’t, because the insurance company requires “prior authorization” for that particular medication. Now you’re caught in the middle, as your insurance company requests paperwork from…

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'Cutting,' Self-Harm Greatly Raise Suicide Risk for Teens

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Young people treated for self-inflicted injuries face a far higher-than-average risk of suicide in the next year, a new study finds. Among teenagers and young adults diagnosed with a “self-harm” injury, the risk of suicide in the next year was nearly 27 times higher than the U.S. norm,…

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Diet Groups Can Spell Diet Success

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For some people, dieting is easier with emotional support. In fact, research done at the University of Pennsylvania concluded that participating in diet programs focused on behavior modification may be more effective than going it alone when the sessions provide information, support and the accountability of weigh-ins. Other…

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Low Sperm Count May Signal Serious Health Risks for Men

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A low sperm count may do more than affect a man’s ability to have children. It also may be linked to a number of health problems, new research suggests. A study of nearly 5,200 Italian men found that those with low sperm counts were 1.2 times more likely…

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