Eyes May Be Window Into Future Memory Loss

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — By looking deeply into your eyes, doctors might be able to predict your future risk for dementia and memory loss. Unhealthy changes to the blood vessels of the retina could mirror changes taking place in the brain’s blood vessels, and that could contribute to a decline in mental…

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No 'Obesity Paradox'? The Overweight May Not Live Longer

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s a myth that people with heart disease who are overweight or obese live longer than those who are normal weight, researchers report. Rather than living longer than normal-weight people, those who are obese are just diagnosed at a younger age, the study found. They spend more of…

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Defense Against Skin Cancer May Live on Your Skin

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Bacteria that commonly live on your skin’s surface just might be protecting you from cancer. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, said that one particular strain of bacteria appears to help ward off skin cancer by suppressing the spread of tumor cells triggered by over-exposure to…

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Flu Shot a Lifesaver for Heart Failure Patients

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re a heart failure patient, new research suggests you would be wise to get a flu shot every year. After reviewing six studies that included more than 78,000 heart failure patients in the United States, Asia and Europe, researchers found that an annual flu vaccine reduced patients’…

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Transgender Surgeries on the Rise

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The number of transgender people in the United States who’ve had gender-affirming surgery has risen with the expansion of insurance coverage for the procedures, a new study finds. There are an estimated 1.4 million transgender adults in the United States. Their gender identity differs from their biological sex,…

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This Body Shape Can Raise Women's Heart Attack Risk

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Excess belly weight — a so-called apple shape — raises a woman’s risk for heart attack even more than overall obesity, researchers report. While obesity raises heart attack risk in both sexes, women with bigger waists and waist-to-hip ratios have greater odds for a heart attack than men…

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To Tell the Truth: Kids' Edition

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teaching kids about telling the truth is a critical life lesson. And your approach can determine how motivated your kids are to be honest. Younger children are more likely to tell the truth because they want to please you; older ones understand that it’s the right thing to…

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1 in 14 Pregnant Women Still Smokes

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Though the dangers of smoking during pregnancy to both mother and baby are well-known, just over 7 percent of women still light up while pregnant, a new government report shows. Younger and less educated moms-to-be were the most likely to continue puffing on cigarettes while pregnant, according to…

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'Moderate' Precancerous Cervical Lesions May Not Need Treatment: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new study calls for regular monitoring of “moderate” cervical lesions that might point to the potential for cancer later on, rather than immediate treatment. Moderate cervical lesions — formally known as cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia grade 2 (CIN2) — are abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix.…

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Diesel Exhaust Might Raise Truckers' Odds for ALS

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Truckers and others who are routinely exposed to diesel fumes while on the job might face a greater chance of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study suggests. The increased risk hit a high of 40 percent when compared against men with no such exposure, said study…

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As Grass Replaces Trash in Vacant Lots, Crime Goes Down

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Cleaning and greening vacant lots in a city’s poor neighborhoods can put a damper on gun violence and other types of crime, a new study has found. Abandoned lots account for about 15 percent of land in U.S. cities, according to the researchers. For the study, the researchers…

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Tackling Menopausal Sleep Problems From Other Angles

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Menopause can bring on a host of complaints, including sleep disruptions. Now, researchers say that hot flashes and depression are strongly tied to sleep woes. Treating those two problems may help improve sleep for menopausal women, the new study findings suggest. “Poor sleep is one of the major…

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