High Cholesterol Tied to Better Brain Health in Those Over 85

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a seemingly counterintuitive finding, new research suggests that high cholesterol is associated with a reduced risk of mental decline in the elderly. People aged 85 to 94 with good brain function whose cholesterol was above normal had a 32 percent lower risk for mental decline over the…

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Hip-Hop Music Blamed for Encouraging Drug Use

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Hip-hop music may be influencing black Americans to try the street drug molly, a new study suggests. Molly — the powder or crystal form of ecstasy — is a stimulant and hallucinogenic. University of South Florida researchers surveyed young black adults who said they’d tried molly. The investigators…

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Don't Count on Healthy Foods to Blunt Salt's Harm

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An otherwise healthy diet isn’t going to offset damage to your heart from too much salt, a new study suggests. “Our latest findings show that the adverse relation of salt intake to blood pressure is not counteracted or reduced by other nutrients consumed, including about 80 that we…

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Tough Gun Laws Keep More Hands Off the Trigger: Study

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Debate over the value of tough state gun control laws has reached a fever pitch following last month’s deadly shooting of 17 people at a Florida high school. Now, results from a new study indicate that such laws are potentially so effective they can prevent firearm-related murders on…

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As Years Spent Obese Rise, So Do Heart Dangers

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The longer people are obese, the greater their chances of developing heart disease, a new study suggests. The researchers analyzed data from more than 9,000 American adults who had started participating in a study when they were in their early 60s. That study included periodic assessments of their…

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Social Media Friends Can Bruise Your Body Image

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Seeing too many social media posts from friends about their fitness activity can harm your body image, a new study contends. “When people received more posts about exercise, it made them more concerned about their weight — more self-conscious — and that’s not a good thing,” said study…

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More U.S. Kids Landing in ICU From Opioids

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A growing number of U.S. kids are ending up in the intensive care unit after overdosing on prescription painkillers or other opioids, a new study finds. Researchers found that between 2004 and 2015, the number of children and teens admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit for an…

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What Younger Women Need to Know About Heart Disease

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Heart disease used to be thought of as a man’s issue, but women are unfortunately catching up. And though it’s still also thought of as an older person’s disease, lifestyle factors in your younger years can make you more susceptible. So it’s never too soon to protect heart…

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Kids Who Vape Face Toxin Dangers, Study Finds

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teenagers who use e-cigarettes expose themselves to cancer-causing toxins, particularly if they choose fruit-flavored products, a new study reports. Urine tests revealed elevated levels of five different toxins in the bodies of teens who use e-cigarettes (often called vaping). And all of the toxins are known or suspected…

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Trying a New Sport? Remember, You're Not (Yet) an Olympian

SUNDAY, March 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If watching the Winter Olympics made you want to try some new sports, go slow and ease into them, sports medicine experts caution. “The biggest issue we see are people who push too hard when trying something for the first time, and it gets out of control,” said…

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Boosting Steroid Dose May Not Reduce Kids' Asthma Flare-Ups

SATURDAY, March 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Temporarily boosting the dose of inhaled steroids may not do much to reduce the frequency of severe asthma flare-ups in children, according to two new studies. Short-term increases in inhaled steroids might even be tied to slightly slowed growth in kids, one of the studies suggested. Asthma flare-ups…

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Friends' Experiences Sway Women's Choices on Breast Cancer Care

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women who’ve had a friend or relative die of breast cancer say they’re likely to opt for aggressive prevention measures if they develop the cancer, according to new research. “The cancer of someone you care about is a lens through which you interpret your own risk,” study lead…

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