Empathy May Reside in Your DNA

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your ability to “feel” the emotions of others lies partly in your genes, new research suggests. The British study, of nearly 47,000 adults, found that genes seemed to explain 10 percent of the variance in empathy from one person to another. And some of those genes are also…

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Poor, Minority Moms Face Tough Judgments Over Kids' Weight

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Poor mothers who get food assistance face close scrutiny over their kids’ weight, researchers say. Their study of 138 families in low-income communities in North Carolina found that poor mothers whose kids were overweight or underweight were more likely to be accused by doctors, nutritionists and social workers…

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Three-in-One Pill Shows Promise in Beating High Blood Pressure

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A pill that combines three blood pressure-lowering drugs improves people’s chances of lowering their high blood pressure, researchers report. The pill contains low doses of the three medications — telmisartan, amlodipine and chlorthalidone. The finding stems from a study of 700 people, who averaged 56 years old. All…

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Why Does America Spend More on Health Care?

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s well-known that the United States spends a lot more for its health care than other industrialized nations do. But a new study claims that some of the purported explanations for why America’s health care bill is so huge simply do not wash. The United States does not…

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Opioid ODs Outpacing Other 'Deaths of Despair'

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Though fewer Americans are dying from alcohol abuse, suicide and murder, opioid overdose deaths have risen dramatically in recent decades, a new report finds. And some regions of the United States are bearing the brunt of these “deaths of despair,” the researchers discovered. “Unless more effective policies are…

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People Aren't as Safe From Lead as Thought, Study Suggests

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Long-term, low-level lead exposure may be linked with more than 256,000 premature deaths from heart disease in middle-aged and older Americans each year, according to a new study. The researchers analyzed data from 14,300 people in the United States, covering nearly 20 years. All participants had a medical…

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Heart Attack Survival Better When Specialists Are Out of Town

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Believe it or not, new research suggests that people hospitalized for a heart attack are more likely to survive when certain heart specialists are out of town. The study of more than 34,000 U.S. heart attack patients found survival rates were higher when interventional cardiologists were attending their…

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Poison Prevention at Home

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Every day, more than 300 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for accidental poisoning, and two children die from it. Reports of youngsters getting sick after eating colorful laundry and dishwasher detergent pods that they thought were candy have renewed warnings about keeping all cleaning products both…

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Defibrillator-in-a-Vest May Help Heart Attack Survivors

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A wearable heart defibrillator reduces the overall risk of early death for heart attack survivors, but not the risk of sudden cardiac death, a new study finds. The defibrillator — housed in a lightweight vest worn directly against the skin — continuously monitors the wearer’s heart. It sounds…

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Presidential Panel Says High-Priced Cancer Drugs Harm Patient Care

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — “Financial toxicity” caused by high cancer drug prices is harming people’s ability to fight the dreaded disease, a new report from the President’s Cancer Panel warns. The report, released Tuesday, argues that urgent action is needed to stem the growing price tags associated with new cancer drugs, particularly…

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Genetic Testing Underused in Breast Cancer Patients: Study

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Nearly half of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who should have genetic testing don’t receive it, a new study finds. Genetic testing can play an important part in deciding the best course of treatment, the University of Michigan researchers noted. The study included just over 1,700 women with…

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A New Hip May Mean a Longer, Better Life

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A hip replacement may help seniors live longer — for at least a decade anyway, a new study from Sweden suggests. “Our study suggests that hip replacement can add years to life as well as adding ‘life to years’ — increasing the chances of longer survival as well…

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