1 in 20 Younger Women Suffers Major Depression

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Depression is a big problem in women during and after pregnancy, but it’s also a concern throughout the reproductive years. Now, new research reports that nearly 5 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 44 have struggled with major depression. And another 4 percent of women…

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Great Recession of 2008 Triggered More Than Financial Woes

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The economic downturn of a decade ago did more than shrink retirement portfolios: New research shows it also took a toll on people’s health. For instance, blood pressure and blood sugar levels went up. The study found that after the recession, people younger than 65 who were taking…

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Genetic Heart Defects Rarely the Cause of SIDS, Research Shows

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Heart diseases linked to genetic flaws cause far fewer sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases than once thought, a new study finds. In a genetic investigation of 419 SIDS cases, Mayo Clinic researchers found that genetic mutations associated with heart disease accounted for about 5 percent. Previous studies…

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Poor Sleep May Heighten Alzheimer's Risk

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Older adults who are sleepy during the day might have harmful plaque building in their brain that is a sign of impending Alzheimer’s disease, researchers report. A hallmark of Alzheimer’s is the accumulation of a protein in the brain called beta-amyloid. It’s believed that one benefit of sleep…

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Vitamin D3 May Benefit Heart Surgery Patients

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many patients have low vitamin D levels before and after open heart surgery, but those levels can be restored to normal with supplementation, a new study suggests. It included 150 patients who had elective open heart surgery. They generally had low levels of vitamin D before their operation,…

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Cutting Chemo Heart Risks for Breast Cancer Patients

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Two classes of blood pressure drugs show promise in preventing heart complications caused by chemotherapy for breast cancer, researchers report. One in four women who receives the chemo drug Herceptin develops potentially dangerous heart problems. However, the drug is highly effective at treating an aggressive form of breast…

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Certain Teens More Likely to Get Hooked on Opioids

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teenagers with any mental health problem are more prone to painkiller dependence after receiving a prescription opioid, a new study finds. The odds of progressing to long-term opioid therapy can double, triple or more, depending on the kid’s diagnosis and the other drugs prescribed to treat their disorder,…

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Fighting a Cold or Flu? Beware of Overdosing on Tylenol

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A brutal flu season has had people reaching for relief in their medicine cabinet, but a new study warns that overdosing on acetaminophen (Tylenol) is more common when bugs and viruses are circulating. It turns out that the odds of taking more than the recommended 4 grams a…

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Barbershop Pharmacists: A Good Rx for High Blood Pressure

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A trip to the barbershop could hold the key to not only looking good, but also feeling good. A new study finds that having pharmacists deliver blood pressure care in neighborhood barbershops resulted in lower blood pressure readings for many black men. The study included 319 black men…

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Odds of Surviving Anal Cancer Colored by Income

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Poorer Americans with anal cancer — a highly treatable disease — are more likely to die than wealthier patients, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed 2004-2013 data from 9,550 patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the anus. Each year, 8,200 cases are diagnosed in the United States, and…

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Dealing With an Exercise-Related Injury

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you love exercise, one of the hardest parts of suffering an injury is being sidelined. But if you take the time to heal a sprain or strain correctly, you’ll get back in the game faster. First, understand your injury to treat it appropriately. A sprain affects ligaments,…

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Magnetic Heart Pump Cuts Risk of Blood Clots, Stroke in Study

SUNDAY, March 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new heart pump cuts the risk of blood clots and stroke in patients with heart failure, research funded by the device maker shows. The study included 366 patients who received either Abbott Inc.’s HeartMate 3 left ventricular assist device or the HeartMate II. Two years after getting…

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