Deportation Fears Putting Mental Strain on Hispanic Families

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Recent U.S. immigration policy changes are causing significant mental distress for many Hispanic parents in the country, a new study finds. A “substantial proportion” of Hispanic parents surveyed reported that “they are avoiding authorities, warning their children to change their routines and worrying about the future due to…

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Lasers, Freezes: Non-Surgical Fat Reducers Gaining Popularity

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fat can be easy to put on, but much tougher to remove. Now, the latest data shows Americans are increasingly turning to non-surgical means of fat reduction. The annual report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) finds big jumps in the popularity of noninvasive “body shaping”…

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Do Women Really Need to Starve Themselves During Labor?

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — After hours of grueling labor, mothers-to-be are often thirsty and hungry. But hospital nurses usually restrict them to ice chips. For about 1,200 women in a new study, however, access to food and drink during labor appeared to be safe. Not only were there no additional complications in…

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Socializing Is More Fun Without This Distraction

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re out for a good time, think twice about pulling out your smartphone. Smartphones can making dining out less appetizing, a recent study revealed. And a second experiment found that people get less pleasure from face-to-face socializing if they are using their mobile device. The findings add…

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Daily Aspirin Can Bring Heart Benefits, But Risks Too

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For people who have both type 2 diabetes and heart failure, new research offers a mixed message on taking a daily low-dose aspirin. The study found the daily pill can reduce the risk for heart failure-related hospitalization and death in people who have both conditions. However, it also…

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Optimism Might Help You Handle Angina

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Optimism can benefit angina patients, according to researchers who suggest doctors can help these folks feel more hopeful. Angina is chest pain that occurs when the heart isn’t getting enough oxygen. The pain can be severe, and it’s a common reason for emergency department visits. Angina can have…

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Skipping CPAP May Mean Return to the Hospital for Apnea Patients

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If people with sleep apnea who’ve been hospitalized for any reason don’t use their breathing treatments when they return home, they’re much more likely to end up back in the hospital. They were 3.5 times more likely to be readmitted for any reason within 30 days, a new…

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Step Up Your Strength Training

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Strength training is an essential part of a complete workout program. But whether you use free weights, machines or resistance bands, keep challenging your muscles by stepping up your routine as you progress. Training with eight to 10 exercises that target all muscle groups should be done two…

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U.S. Gun Injuries Dip During NRA Conventions

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With the debate over U.S. gun policy heating up, a new study uncovers an interesting connection: Fewer Americans fall victim to firearm injuries during the annual meetings hosted by the National Rifle Association (NRA). Researchers found that between 2007 and 2015, U.S. firearm injuries declined by 20 percent…

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Cutting Out Gluten May Help Some Battle Nerve Pain

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A sensitivity to gluten in the diet has been tied to the nerve damage known as neuropathy, and a new study seems to strengthen that link. The research showed that a gluten-free diet may help reduce nerve pain in some people with gluten sensitivity. “These findings are exciting…

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Have Smartphones, Pot Become Deadly for Pedestrians?

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For the second year in a row, U.S. pedestrian deaths hit highs not seen in decades, new data shows. Greater use of marijuana and smartphones may be the reason why, the research suggests. The annual pedestrian death tolls in 2016 (5,987) and 2017 (5,984) should serve as a…

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Years of Football Could Harm the Heart

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A lifetime spent playing football has been linked to brain damage, but the game also may lead to serious heart problems, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers found that former National Football League players have a five-times greater chance of developing heart rhythm problems, such as atrial…

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