Dad Can Pass on Ovarian Cancer Genes, Too

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A gene mutation that’s passed down from a father is associated with earlier onset of ovarian cancer in daughters and prostate cancer in the father and his sons, a new study suggests. Previous research had shown that sisters of women with ovarian cancer have a higher risk for…

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Could a Blood Thinner Actually Raise Stroke Risk for Some?

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Taking blood-thinning drugs is typically thought to ward off stroke in people with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation. However, new research out of Britain hints — but cannot prove — that the drugs might actually raise the odds of stroke in seniors with a-fib who also have…

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When One Teen Vapes, Others Often Follow

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teenagers are impressionable when it comes to e-cigarettes, new research suggests. Nearly four out of 10 U.S. teens who use e-cigarettes said seeing others vape led them to try the devices themselves, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the…

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1 in 10 Worldwide Gets Wound Infection After Abdominal Surgery

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Globally, more than one in 10 patients develops a surgical-site infection after a gastrointestinal operation, a new study finds. Rates vary widely, with overuse of antibiotics in poorer countries likely contributing to higher prevalence, the researchers said. “Worldwide, large amounts of antibiotics were consumed to prevent and treat…

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CDC Says Flu Vaccine Just 25 Percent Effective Against Leading Strain

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Flu continues to ravage the United States in one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. And the ineffectiveness of this year’s flu vaccine is partly to blame. According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the vaccine is only 25…

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Household Products May Pollute the Air as Much as Your Car Does: Study

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Everyday products such as perfume, skin lotion, hair spray, deodorant, household cleaners and lawn pesticides are a top source of air pollution, as damaging to air quality as the exhaust from cars and trucks, a new report shows. Consumer products containing compounds refined from petroleum all release small…

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Another Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise In Mice

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In what researchers call a first step toward personalized vaccines for a multitude of cancers, a vaccine made from stem cells protected mice from tumors. The vaccine was composed of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) — which are adult cells that have been reverted back into stem…

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Your Tax Dollars Fund Research on Hundreds of New Meds

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. National Institutes of Health spent more than $100 billion on research that led to 210 new medicines gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval over six years, a new study shows. Nearly $64 billion of that spending was for the development of 84 first-in-class drugs that…

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Booze Beats Pot at Being Unhealthy: Oregon Poll

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many believe alcohol poses a greater danger to health than marijuana, a new study out of Oregon suggests. Researchers surveyed more than 1,900 adults in Oregon before that state legalized recreational marijuana use in 2015. The study found that 52.5 percent thought alcohol was more harmful to health…

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Short as a Child, Stroke Risk as an Adult?

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Researchers from Denmark are suggesting a potential — and unusual — risk factor for stroke: Being short as a kid. The investigators found that men and women who had been about 2 inches taller than average at age 7 had, as adults, up to an 11 percent lower…

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Obesity May Give Men With Melanoma a Survival Advantage

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obese men with advanced melanoma skin cancer seem to have a survival benefit over their slimmer peers, a new study suggests. Among men who received treatment for the potentially deadly cancer, obese patients lived an average of 47 percent longer than those with a healthy body weight, researchers…

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Here's to a Healthy Pregnancy

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Take good prenatal care of yourself and not only will you have a healthier baby, you’ll also lower his or her risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease later in life. First, you’ll want to monitor your weight while pregnant. A baby’s future diabetes risk, for…

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