Nasty Flu Season Shows More Signs of Slowing

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The brutal flu season continues to ease its grip on the United States, with the latest government data showing that doctor visits are still dropping and less severe strains of the flu are starting to account for more infections. But hospitalizations for flu are still rising, as are…

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U.S. Gun Injuries Getting More Severe

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Nonfatal gun injuries in the United States are becoming more severe, increasing pressure on the health care system, researchers say. Since the 1990s, the severity of nonfatal gun injuries treated in U.S. hospitals has risen 1.4 percent a year, the new study found. “Both males and females and…

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For Female Soldiers, Deployment May Up Risk for Premature Birth

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — American soldiers who have babies after a recent deployment are at increased risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests. The finding comes from the analysis of data on nearly 12,900 births to U.S. soldiers from 2011 to 2014. Overall, just over 6 percent of the births were…

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Global Gains in Life Expectancy Slow to a Creep

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People’s chances of living longer have been increasing dramatically for decades. But, that seems to have slowed recently, a new worldwide study has found. The sharpest decline has come in countries that already had the shortest life expectancy, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of…

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Helping Your Child Navigate the High School Years

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — High school is a major milestone in a teen’s life. And, while kids want their independence, it’s important to stay involved at this crucial juncture, say experts from the University of Pittsburgh. The reason: good parenting has academic, behavioral and emotional benefits for teens. But what might need…

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Calcium Supplements Tied to Higher Odds of Colon Polyps

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Could the calcium supplement you take to help your bones be harming your colon? That’s the suggestion from a new study that finds a link between the daily supplement and an increased risk for polyps in the colon. Polyps are not cancerous, but some can eventually turn into…

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Is Herbal Drug Kratom a Health Friend or Foe?

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — What’s the truth about the herbal drug kratom? Is it a potentially dangerous opioid that needs to be tightly regulated, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has argued in recent months? Or is it a misunderstood natural product that provides people in pain an alternative to opioids,…

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Most Exercise, Hot Baths Should Be Safe During Pregnancy, Study Finds

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re pregnant and want to exercise in warm weather or take hot baths or short saunas, that’s safe, according to new research. Australian researchers said that doing so — within limits — should not raise your body temperature to a point that would put your baby at…

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Obesity to Blame for Jump in Health Care Costs

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obesity is costing the American health care system plenty, a new study finds. Researchers report that the percentage of U.S. health spending on treatment of obesity-related illnesses in adults climbed from just over 6 percent in 2001 to almost 8 percent in 2015 — an increase of 29…

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Think Your Nose Is Too Big? Selfies Might Be to Blame

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you think that selfie you just took makes your nose look big, you’re not alone. In fact, new research suggests that selfies might be giving Americans a distorted image of their own schnozzes — potentially leading to more requests for nose jobs. That could add up to…

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Eating Fish Might Guard Against MS

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who eat fish regularly seem to have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis, researchers report. How much fish makes a difference? In this study, people who ate fish at least once a week — or who ate fish one to three times a month and took…

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Big Outdoor Temperature Swings Tied to Heart Attack Risk

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many people know that extreme cold can raise your chances of having a heart attack, but a new study suggests that wild swings in temperature may do the same. The greater the temperature change during the course of a single day, the more people show up at the…

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