Recycled Toilet Water Aces Its Taste Test

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Think you could taste the difference between recycled toilet water, bottled water or tap water? It’s unlikely, results of a blind taste test suggest. Years of drought in California have given momentum to household use of recycled wastewater. Six water agencies in the state already use wastewater that’s…

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5 Ways Out of an Exercise Rut

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Do you feel like you’re stuck in second gear when it comes to exercise? Maybe you just don’t experience the initial thrill of getting in shape anymore. Just as with dieting, it’s possible to hit a fitness plateau. Here are five ways to re-engage. To rekindle your enthusiasm…

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Tonsillectomy May Carry More Risks in Kids Age 3 and Under

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When a child’s tonsils become inflamed, surgical removal — a tonsillectomy — is often ordered. But new research suggests more caution may be needed in patients aged 3 or younger. The study of more than 1,800 cases involving children under the age of 6 found that the rate…

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More U.S. Teens Seeing Ads for E-Cigarettes

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new report finds the number of American teens who view ads extolling the pleasures of e-cigarettes is on the rise. Since studies show that ads for tobacco products are tied to upticks in use, the trend is worrisome, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease…

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Coffee May Have Bigger Effect on Your Body Than Thought: Study

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Coffee has been tied to many health benefits. Now, a small study suggests a daily java habit may affect the body’s metabolism more extensively than thought. The study, of 47 adults, found that heavy coffee consumption — four to eight cups a day — altered blood levels of…

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Neanderthals Just Part of the Evolutionary Puzzle

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Modern humans interbred at least twice in history with an extinct species of humans called Denisovans, new research shows. It was already known that modern humans interbred with Neanderthals, and that they interbred at least once in history with Denisovans. The new findings suggest a more diverse genetic…

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Teens Often Think E-Cigs, Hookah Pipes Harmless: CDC

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teenagers who use tobacco products other than cigarettes often see their habit as harmless, a new U.S. government survey finds. The report, from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asked teenagers whether they considered themselves tobacco users. It turned out that kids who favored…

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FDA Considers Lowering Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it plans to cut the amount of addictive nicotine in the nation’s cigarettes. The goal is to lower the amount of nicotine to minimally or non-addictive levels, the agency said. “We see a historic opportunity…

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Dirty Air May Harm Blacks More Than Whites

THURSDAY, March, 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Air pollution takes a greater toll on the hearts of black Americans than whites, in part because they often live in poorer areas with more pollution, a new study suggests. “The greater risk of death from heart disease among blacks, compared with whites, is partially explained by higher…

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Hearing Loss Joins Long List of Smoking Harms

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You can add hearing loss to the many health risks of smoking, new research suggests. For the study, researchers analyzed eight years of health data on more than 50,000 people in Japan. After accounting for work-related noise exposure and other hearing loss risk factors, the investigators found that…

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The Dynamic Duo: Calcium and Vitamin D

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your need for calcium gets a lot of attention, but your body can’t use it without its partner, vitamin D, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Most adults need 1,000 milligrams of calcium each day. Recommendations for vitamin D range from the current recommended daily allowance…

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