Herbal Drug Kratom Contains Opioids, FDA Says

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The popular botanical drug kratom essentially is an opioid, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared Tuesday. Nearly all of kratom’s major compounds bind to opioid receptors in the human brain, and two of the top five most prevalent compounds activate those receptors, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said…

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Exergaming: Workouts That Work for All Ages

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — “Exergaming” — playing video games that get you off the sofa and into the action — has positive fitness benefits that span the generations. It can be a way to introduce sedentary kids to exercise and even keep seniors fit. Because it engages the mind, it also may…

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It's a Century Since the 1918 Flu Pandemic – Could It Happen Again?

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — One hundred years ago, the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time made a ravaging march across the globe. The “Spanish” flu of 1918-19 infected an estimated one-third of the world’s population and killed between 50 million and 100 million people, modern epidemiologists estimate. That raises the inevitable question…

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Fewer Americans Are Getting Herpes

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Herpes infection rates are dropping among young Americans, and safer sex practices may be one reason why. Roughly 12 percent of adults were infected with genital herpes (HSV-2) in 2015-2016, down from 18 percent in 1999-2000, a new government report found. The same promising trend was seen with…

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Losing Weight Eases Obesity-Related Pain. But How Much Is Enough?

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Losing 10 percent of your body weight appears to reduce pain related to obesity, even in non-weight-bearing areas, a new study finds. “It’s been known for some time that people who are obese tend to have higher levels of pain, generally speaking,” said investigator Andrew Schrepf. “But the…

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Do Over-the-Counter Painkillers Alter Emotions, Reasoning?

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Sure, an over-the-counter painkiller like Tylenol or Advil can help ease aches and pains, but could it mess with your thoughts and emotions, too? That’s the finding from a new review of recently published studies. The studies focused on how nonprescription painkillers might temporarily alter emotions such as…

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Asthma Attacks on the Decline Among U.S. Kids

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fewer U.S. children are having to deal with asthma attacks in recent years, federal health officials reported Tuesday. That also translates into fewer missed school days and hospital visits, the researchers noted. In fact, the number of kids with asthma who had one or more asthma attacks in…

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Crash Diets Might Derail Your Heart Health

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Everyone wants a beach-ready body, and many are willing to starve themselves to achieve it quickly. But new research suggests that fat lost on crash diets may clog the heart and reduce its function. The good news is that this effect appears temporary. And for healthy people, there…

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A Hidden Source of 'Superbugs' in Hospitals?

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Hospital wastewater systems may play a role in antibiotic resistance, a new study suggests. U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers collected samples from pipes beneath a hospital’s intensive care unit and from manholes covering sewers draining hospital wastewater. Most of the samples tested positive for bacterial plasmids (ring-shaped…

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As Newborn Syphilis Cases Rise, Maternal Screening Urged

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Newborn syphilis cases have shot up in the United States in recent years, so an expert panel is reaffirming the need to screen all pregnant women for the infection. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can be passed from pregnant women to their babies — in what…

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'Hole in Heart' Defect May Raise Stroke Risk After Surgery

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People born with a hole in their heart face an increased risk for stroke after surgery, a new study finds. This common type of birth defect — known as patent foramen ovale (PFO) — is a hole between the upper chambers of the heart that does not close…

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Fetal Alcohol Cases More Common Than Thought: Study

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More U.S. children may be living with brain damage from prenatal drinking than experts have thought, a new study suggests. The study of four U.S. communities found that at least 1 percent to 5 percent of first-graders had a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. The prevalence ranged…

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