Wounded Combat Vets Face Increased Risk for High Blood Pressure

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — U.S. war veterans who sustained severe combat wounds and have chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at increased risk for high blood pressure, a new study says. The study included nearly 3,900 military veterans who had been severely wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan from February 2002 to February…

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1 in 3 Young Adults Ride With Impaired Drivers

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — One-third of young adults in the United States have been in a vehicle with a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs, a new study finds. Riding with a marijuana-impaired driver was more common than riding with an alcohol-impaired driver, researchers found. “We’ve put a lot of emphasis on…

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That Ocean Swim May Come With Infection Risks

SUNDAY, March 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Frolicking in the sea may torpedo your health, new research suggests. It found a twofold increased risk for general ear problems, a 77 percent increased risk for earaches and a 29 percent increased risk for diarrhea and other gastrointestinal illnesses among people who swam in the sea. The…

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Now's the Time to Tackle Springtime Allergies

SATURDAY, March 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With spring allergy season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how to deal with your symptoms, experts say. “Bottom line, very few people suffer from the same allergies or symptoms,” Dr. Bradley Chipps, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI),…

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Survival Odds Improving for Severe Burn Victims

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The odds of surviving severe burns have steadily increased in recent decades, researchers report. “Remarkably, a patient up to the age of 40 who has sustained a 95 percent body burn now survives half the time, whereas in earlier times a 50 percent body burn killed that same…

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Flu Season Finally Slowing Down

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As winter nears its end so too does a tough flu season, with new data showing a decline in doctor visits and less severe strains of influenza beginning to dominate. But hospitalizations for the flu remained a problem, and there have been additional pediatric deaths. For the fifth…

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Abortion Services Vary Widely Across the U.S.

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The quality of abortion services in the United States can hinge on where a woman lives, a new report shows. The report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that while legal abortions in the United States are considered safe, many states have rules that…

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Study Debunks Link Between Tamiflu and Teen Suicide

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Finally, there’s a bit of positive news in this brutal flu season. A new study suggests that Tamiflu (oseltamivir), the only commercially available prescription medicine approved to treat the flu, does not boost suicide risk among children and teens. Since 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has…

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Binge Drinking Rampant Among Americans

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans are on a binge drinking binge. More than 17 billion binge drinks were consumed by American adults in 2015, a new federal government study shows. That works out to an average of 470 drinks per binge drinker. The study also found that 1 in 6 (37 million)…

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Violence Trailed Trump's Campaign

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Violence followed Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed police data for 31 Trump rallies in 22 cities and 38 Hillary Clinton rallies in 21 cities in 2016. All of the cities had populations of more than 200,000. On days when Trump rallies…

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'March Madness' a Peak Time for Vasectomies

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Thinking about a vasectomy? Now — as March Madness begins — might be just the time for the procedure. The NCAA basketball tournament and other major “sporting events are a popular time for men to schedule a vasectomy because we advise them to take it easy for two…

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Can You Be Obese But Heart-Healthy? Study Says No

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new British study of nearly 300,000 people dismantles the “obesity paradox,” a theory that claims being obese does not necessarily raise heart risks. Instead, the researchers found, obesity increases the risk for heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure, and the risk increases the more fat one…

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