What's a Bigger Threat: Wolves, Bears, Sharks … or the Family Dog?

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Dogs, farm animals and insects — not wild animals — are the cause of death for most U.S. residents killed by animals, according to a new study. The study reported that 1,610 people in the United States were killed by animals between 2008 and 2015. “Importantly, most deaths…

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Vaccines Don't Weaken Babies' Immune Systems: Study

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Another argument used by anti-vaccine groups bites the dust — research shows no evidence that routine shots somehow dampen kids’ immune systems. “Some parents are concerned that multiple vaccines in early childhood could damage their child’s immune system, making them more susceptible to future infections,” said study author…

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Opioids Not Best Option for Back Pain, Arthritis, Study Finds

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Risky opioids are no better at controlling chronic back or arthritis pain than non-opioid drugs, including Tylenol or Motrin, new research finds. With opioid overdose deaths rising in the United States, the findings suggest addictive medications like oxycodone (OxyContin) or morphine don’t have to be the first choice…

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Marijuana Doesn't Seem to Harm the Kidneys

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As marijuana use has increased in the United States in recent years, medical experts and users alike have wondered about its health effects. Now, a new study finds there’s no link between marijuana use and kidney disease — at least among younger people who use the drug in…

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Primary Care Doctors Loosen Type 2 Diabetes Goals

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued new guidance on managing type 2 diabetes — including relaxing the long-term blood sugar target called hemoglobin A1C. The A1C is a blood test that gives doctors an estimate of your blood sugar level average over the past few months.…

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Affection Trumps Aggression in Kids

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Is your toddler always kicking and screaming? There’s a reason for much of it. Physical aggression, like pushing and hitting, is part of the learning process. This typically lasts from about one-and-a-half to three-and-a-half years of age, until children learn how to ask for a toy, for instance,…

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Surgeons Safely Transplant Kidneys From Donors With Hep C

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In what could be a breakthrough in the world of organ transplants, Johns Hopkins researchers have taken kidneys from people infected with hepatitis C and safely transplanted them without transmitting the disease. The surgeries gave new kidneys to 10 donor recipients — just a handful of the more…

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If Your Mom Was Big on Dieting, Your Kids May Pay the Price

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If your parents pushed you to diet as a teen, chances are you will do the same to your own children. New research suggests that when parents focus on a teen’s diet, it creates an unhealthy cycle that can harm generations to come. “Adolescents who received encouragement to…

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Many Americans Think Docs Order Too Many Tests, Meds

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Few older Americans believe ordering more tests and drugs is the way to better health care, a new survey finds. Of the more than 2,000 respondents aged 50 to 80, just 14 percent thought that “more is better,” according to the National Poll on Healthy Aging. In fact,…

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Undernourished Kids May Face Hearing Problems Later On

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Poor nutrition in early childhood may make hearing loss more likely in adulthood, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health tested the hearing of more than 2,200 young adults in Nepal who had taken part in a nutrition study when they were…

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Smoking Bans May Not Rid Casinos of Smoke

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Toxic residue from smoking remains on surfaces inside a casino for months after smoking has been banned there, a new study has found. “Casinos are unusual environments because of the amount of smoking that takes place 24/7 over long periods of time,” said the study’s lead author, Georg…

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Look to Sports, Not Video Games, to Boost Driving Skills

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Enrolling your children in organized sports might help them when they start driving, a new study suggests. Playing video games? Not so much. For the study, researchers analyzed data from instructors at a Los Angeles driving school who rated 100 students’ driving skills. The investigators found that new…

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