Hey Kids, Just Say No to Energy Drinks

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Highly caffeinated energy drinks aren’t safe for children and teens, and should not be marketed to them, a leading sports medicine organization warns. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on Friday released an official statement about the beverages. “Energy drinks are extremely popular, and concerns about their…

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Head Injuries Hit 1 in 14 Kids, CDC Reports

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Given the news of the devastating effects of head injuries among professional football players, parents may wonder if their mini athletes are at risk, too. Some very well might be, new research suggests. About 7 percent of children 3 to 17 years old have experienced a head injury,…

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Making Food Less Important in Your Life

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Does it seem as though the second you try to cut back on calories all you can think about is food? It’s even harder to minimize the role of food in your life if you’re using tasty treats to manage emotions, according to a Finnish study published in…

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Two Drugs Offer Hope Against a Tough-to-Treat Prostate Cancer

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Two cancer drugs can stall the progression of a particularly hard-to-treat form of prostate cancer, a pair of new trials shows. Both a newly developed drug called apalutamide and an already approved drug called enzalutamide (Xtandi) kept prostate cancer from spreading for two years in men whose disease…

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Low Blood Sodium Tied to Impaired Thinking in Older Men

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Lower sodium levels in the blood are associated with mental impairment and decline in older men, a new study finds. The findings may be of concern, especially because certain drugs often used by the elderly can lower blood sodium levels, experts said. Still, “at this point I do…

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More Norovirus Infections at Olympics in South Korea

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With the Winter Olympics set to start Friday, South Korean officials are scrambling to find the source of a nasty stomach infection called norovirus that has sickened 128 people so far. South Korean health officials said Thursday that the new cases included members of the Pyeongchang Olympics Organizing…

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Many With Depression Delay, Avoid Treatment

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Only one-third of people newly diagnosed with depression start treatment quickly, and seniors and minorities are the least likely to get help in a timely fashion, a new study finds. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 240,000 people in the United States who received a…

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Autism, Bipolar and Schizophrenia Share Genetic Similarities

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — By examining brain tissue, researchers say they’ve found similarities in certain mental illnesses, including autism and schizophrenia. Specifically, some similar patterns of gene expression were found in people with autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the researchers say. Gene expression refers to cells’ conversion of genetic instructions into proteins.…

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FDA Says U.S. Will Now Produce Critical MRI Component

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A long-feared shortage of a substance used in millions of medical imaging procedures each year in the United States appears to have been avoided, federal officials report. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has approved a new technology to produce the country’s own supply…

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MS Drug Poses Hard Choices for Women Wanting Children

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A powerful multiple sclerosis drug presents women with a tough dilemma if they would like to have children, a pair of new studies suggests. Those who take Tysabri (natalizumab) to manage their MS are more likely to suffer a relapse during pregnancy if they stop taking the drug…

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Women Fare Worse Than Men After a Stroke

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women tend to have a tougher time recovering from a stroke than men do, though the reasons aren’t completely clear, researchers say. On average, female stroke survivors reported more limitations in their day-to-day activities than male survivors did, according to a review of 22 studies. Female survivors also…

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Are Germs Falling From the Sky?

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As if you weren’t worried enough about the germs on surfaces around you, new research suggests that viruses and bacteria are literally dropping down on your head. Scientists report that large numbers of all manner of germs circulate in, and fall from, the Earth’s atmosphere. Not only that,…

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