Blood Pressure Check? There May Soon Be an App for That

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Someday soon, a simple touch of a finger to a smartphone case might be enough to provide instant, accurate blood pressure readings. That’s the promise of new technology detailed by developers in the March 7 issue of Science Translational Medicine. Researchers say they’ve invented a special phone case,…

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Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines May Miss Minorities

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Breast cancer screening guidelines are based mainly on scientific data from white women, and that bias could cause delayed detection of the disease in minorities, researchers report. “While a lot of attention has been focused on improving the ‘cultural competency’ of clinical care — caring for patients in…

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Ban Menthols to Help Some Smokers Quit

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — After the Canadian province of Ontario banned menthol cigarettes, many smokers responded by trying to kick the habit, a new study finds. Some experts suspect such a ban might help cut down smoking in the United States, too. The Ontario ban was implemented January 2017. Researchers found that…

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Partner's Heart Pump Can Burden Their Caregiver

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A heart pump for someone with heart failure may come with a tradeoff: benefits for the patient, but more stress for the caregiver. Researchers looked at 50 heart failure patients and their caregivers after the patients received a heart pump, called a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). In…

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Make Losing Weight a Family Affair

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Is your family struggling with overweight or obesity? To lose weight, take a team approach. Studies show that when overweight parents shed pounds, so do their overweight kids. Parents hold the keys to positive behaviors that encourage a healthy weight, from doing the food shopping and cooking to…

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Stem Cell Clinics Pitch Pricey, Bogus 'Cures' for Knee Pain

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Stem cell clinics are charging big money for knee arthritis “cures” and making extravagant claims about their therapies, a new study contends. A same-day injection for one knee costs thousands of dollars at these centers, according to a consumer survey taken of clinics across the United States. People…

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Keep a Spring in Your Step With Sunday's Time Change

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Come Sunday morning, the clocks will jump ahead one hour, but experts say there are ways to take the sting out of that lost hour of sleep. “Setting the clock ahead in the spring is harder than sleeping an extra hour in the fall,” said Dr. Steven Feinsilver,…

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Broken, Sprained Necks: These Sports Pose the Most Risk

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While football is frequently blamed for concussions, a new study shows that it’s also the sport in which athletes are most likely to suffer neck injuries. A neck fracture, commonly referred to as a broken neck, is a break in one or more vertebrae in the upper part…

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FDA Approves First Home Test for Breast Cancer Genes

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The first consumer test for three BRCA gene mutations associated with breast, ovarian and prostate cancer risk has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The three gene mutations are most common in people of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish descent, but are not the most common…

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Mom's Immune System May Affect Baby's Brain

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If a pregnant woman’s immune system is activated, it can affect her child’s brain development, new research suggests. A number of triggers — infections, stress, illness and allergies — can activate the immune system. This causes proteins to be released as part of an inflammatory response. Previous research…

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There's a Health Dividend for Some Babies Who Look Like Dad

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Looking like a “chip off the old block” may help improve the health of infants being raised by single mothers, a new study suggests. Why? Because the fathers are more likely to spend time with the babies, the researchers said. The study included 715 single mothers and their…

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ER Visits for Opioid Overdoses Soaring: CDC

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — America’s opioid epidemic is escalating at breakneck speed, with tens of thousands of overdose victims spilling into the nation’s emergency rooms seeking lifesaving treatment, a new government report shows. Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses increased nationwide and across all demographic groups between July 2016 and September 2017,…

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