If the Eyes Don't Coordinate, Reading — and Grades — May Suffer

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For students, an undetected vision problem could be contributing to low grades, a new study suggests. That could be the case even if standard eye tests reveal no problems, the researchers said. “It’s not just about visual acuity, but about how well the eyes work together when performing…

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FDA Cracks Down on Kratom Products

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A number of kratom-containing dietary supplements are being recalled and destroyed by the manufacturer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. Kratom — a plant that grows in Asia — poses serious health risks, according to the FDA. Earlier this month, the agency declared that kratom acts…

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'Burnout' Threatens More Than a Third of Doctors

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s a good chance your doctor is in the middle of a quiet battle with professional burnout, a new study suggests. More than 1 out of 3 physicians assessed in the Cleveland Clinic Health System suffered from mental, emotional and physical exhaustion, said study author Amy Windover, a…

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Some Pain Patients Can Cut Opioid Dose and Still Get Relief

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Some potentially good news for folks taking opioids for chronic pain: It’s possible to slowly reduce the dosage without increasing discomfort, new research suggests. That’s even true for people who’ve taken the drugs for a long time. One patient in the new study had used opioids for 38…

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Blacks May Face Higher Stroke Risk From AFib

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Race may play a role in just how dangerous atrial fibrillation — the common irregular heartbeat — might be. New research finds that the risk of stroke is much higher in black Americans with afib than in whites with the condition. It’s known that atrial fibrillation, which is…

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Skipping the Gym, Ladies? Try the Stairs

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Older women don’t have to hit the gym to stay healthy, because a stair-climbing workout appears to do the trick, researchers report. Finding the right type of exercise can be difficult for postmenopausal women, according to the North American Menopause Society. For example, high-intensity resistance training reduces age-related…

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For Older Men, Even Light Exercise Helps

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Just a few minutes of exercise a day — even light workouts — can reduce an older man’s risk of early death, a new British study claims. Each additional 30 minutes a day of light activity — such as easy gardening or walking the dog — was associated…

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Drug That Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Won't Help 'Regular' Arthritis

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A malaria drug that’s also shown effectiveness against rheumatoid arthritis pain has failed to help people with the more common form of arthritis, new research shows. The drug is called Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), explained one expert who wasn’t connected to the new study. “Plaquenil was first used to treat…

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Home Routines Can Boost a Child's Readiness for School

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The first day of preschool is a milestone in a child’s life. And parents can help prepare kids for this momentous occasion with everyday family routines that create a nurturing home environment. According to researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, routines help develop…

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Mouse Study Another Step Toward 'Heroin Vaccine'

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they are one step closer to testing a heroin vaccine in humans — in what they hope will become an additional weapon in fighting America’s opioid epidemic. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, in California, have developed an experimental vaccine that appears safe and effective in…

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Could Hackers Target Heart Devices?

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your wireless heart implant suddenly goes on the fritz, either conking out completely or causing your heart to beat rapidly or irregularly. Could you be the victim of a hacking attack aimed at endangering your life by messing with your heart device? It happened on the “Homeland” TV…

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Rotating Night Shifts a Path to Diabetes, Study Suggests

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Working the night shift may play havoc with your blood sugar levels, a new study contends. For the study, researchers looked at data on more than 270,000 people in the United Kingdom and found that those who worked irregular or rotating shifts that included night shifts were 44…

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