Researchers Probe Mystery of Illnesses in U.S. Cuba Embassy Personnel

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — They described hearing loud, unusual noises in either their homes or hotel rooms. Afterwards, they experienced concussion-like symptoms such as memory and thinking problems, headaches, dizziness and balance issues. But the exact nature of what harmed more than 20 U.S. government personnel stationed in Havana, Cuba, last year…

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Highly Processed Foods Tied to Higher Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you worry about ever getting cancer, you might want to pass on the processed foods at your supermarket. Every 10 percent dietary increase in packaged snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals and other highly processed foods boosts the risk for cancer by 12 percent, new research suggests. Breast…

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Being a Single Dad Can Take a Big Toll on Health

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Single dads have been played for laughs in countless TV sitcoms, from “The Andy Griffith Show” and “My Three Sons” up to modern takes such as “Arrested Development” and “Louie.” But in real life, being a single dad is tough — so much so that it can lead…

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FDA Approves Drug to Help Curb a Tough-to-Treat Prostate Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new drug that can stall the progression of a particularly hard-to-treat form of prostate cancer has been approved for use by U.S. health officials. In a recent study, the drug called Erleada (apalutamide) has shown breakthrough effectiveness in keeping prostate cancer from spreading for two years in…

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It's Not Your Imagination: You're Hungrier After Losing Weight

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you find yourself famished after you’ve managed to diet away a sizable number of pounds, you’re not alone. Cutting back on calorie consumption is likely to spark changes that permanently boost appetite among obese men and women, Norwegian researchers report. Blame it on the hunger hormone ghrelin,…

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More Wild Weather to Come If Climate Change Goals Not Met

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Extreme weather such as severe flooding and droughts will become much more common if the targets in the Paris Agreement on climate change aren’t reached, researchers warn. The agreement seeks to limit global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. However,…

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FDA Approves First Blood Test to Detect Concussions

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The first blood test to help diagnose a concussion has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Known as the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, it could help reduce the need for CT scans and thus decrease radiation exposure to patients, according to the FDA. The blood…

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Obamacare Helped More Young Women Get Prenatal Care: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — One of the main features of Obamacare — providing insurance for adults under age 26 through their parents’ health plan — allowed many pregnant young women to obtain prenatal care, new research shows. The study looked at nearly 1.4 million births for 24- and 25-year-old women in the…

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Parents Find Kids' Weight Report Cards Hard to Swallow

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Schools across the country are issuing special report cards that assess a student’s weight and health — but parents often don’t believe what they’re seeing, a small study shows. Known as BMI report cards, they contain information about a child’s body mass index — an estimate of body…

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Shedding Pounds Before Weight-Loss Surgery a Smart Move

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — By the time you’ve decided to have weight-loss surgery, you’ve probably given up on dieting altogether. But a new study suggests that if you can drop some weight in the month before your procedure, you might have a smoother surgery and recovery — and you could ultimately lose…

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One Hidden Culprit Behind Weight Gain: Fruit Juice

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fruit juice isn’t doing any favors for your waistline, a new study reports. People who drink a small glass of fruit juice daily can expect to steadily gain a bit of weight over the years, according to data from a long-term study of women’s health. It’s about the…

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Money Can Buy You Happiness, But Only So Much

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — They say you can’t put a price tag on happiness, but new research suggests that you can. In a study designed to see if more money might make people more content, researchers found there was a limit on what amount could improve one’s mental state. “That might be…

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