Want to Keep the Weight Off? Eat More Slowly

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Instead of gulping your food, try eating more slowly. It may help you drop those unwanted pounds, a new study by Japanese researchers suggests. Also helpful: Avoiding after-dinner snacks and eating anything in the two hours before you go to bed, the researchers said. The study linked those…

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Kidney Stones on the Rise Among Women

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Kidney stones are becoming more common, especially in women, new research has found. Better diagnostic tools could be part of the reason for the steady rise in diagnoses, according to Mayo Clinic researchers. By using CT scans, “we are now diagnosing symptomatic kidney stones that previously would have…

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No Proof At-Home 'Cranial Stimulation' Eases Depression

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Devices that send electrical pulses to the brain — in the comfort of your own home — are a treatment option for depression and certain other conditions. But a new research review finds little evidence they work. The therapy — known as cranial electrical stimulation (CES) — involves…

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Another Downside to Opioid Use: Pneumonia?

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The bad news on opioids just keeps coming. Not only are these painkillers implicated in millions of cases of addiction and tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States, new research now suggests that taking opioids can increase your risk of getting a pneumococcal infection by…

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Valentine's Day Coping Tips When Loved One Is Gone

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While many will be showered with flowers and candy on Valentine’s Day, those who have lost loved ones may find the holiday hard to bear. “Valentine’s Day is one of the days that might be stressful for some people if they have lost someone special to them. There…

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Ick! Oregon Woman Is First-Ever Case of Human 'Eye Worm'

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Imagine going to the mirror and finding a small translucent worm crawling across the surface of your eye. The first of many. That’s what happened to an avid 26-year-old outdoorswoman from Oregon, who recently became the first human ever infected by a type of eye worm previously seen…

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Think Extermination Ends Your Bedbug Woes? Think Again

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Long after you rid your home of unwelcome bedbugs, chemicals they leave behind in their droppings may continue to haunt you, a new study shows. In people, the immune system releases histamines to protect the body. These chemicals help other immune system chemicals to repair damaged cells or…

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Unsafe Water Found in Faucets Across the U.S.

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Flint, Mich., isn’t the only American city where the water hasn’t been safe to drink, new research suggests. Almost 8 percent of community water systems are plagued by health-based violations of water quality standards in any given year, the study found. That meant up to a quarter of…

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Preemies Get a Slow Start on Friendships

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As if preemies didn’t face enough struggles, a new study finds they have more difficulty making friends, though things improve once they start school. “Having friends, playing with them and being accepted is important for social support and personal well-being,” said study leader Dieter Wolke. He’s a psychology…

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Driving May Be Risky Business on 4/20 Pot Holiday

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — America’s highways are decidedly less safe on April 20, a day when stoners publicly celebrate marijuana use. Why? Researchers report there’s an uptick in fatal traffic crashes on that evening, which for decades has been a counterculture holiday revolving around pot use. Your risk of dying in a…

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Babies Face Higher SIDS Risk in Certain States

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) claims the lives of some 3,500 babies in the United States each year, but its toll is far heavier in some states than others, health officials report. “Despite continued updates and refinements to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ safe sleep recommendations, declines in…

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