Pregnancy-Linked High Blood Pressure May Mean Similar Trouble After Delivery

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many women who develop severe pre-eclampsia during pregnancy have undetected high blood pressure in the year after they give birth, a Dutch study contends. Pre-eclampsia, which is the development of high blood pressure and elevated protein in the urine during pregnancy, occurs in 3 to 5 percent of…

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If You Suspect a Child Is Being Abused or Neglected, Report It

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You should alert authorities if you suspect a child is being hurt or is in danger, a child abuse expert says. The issue is in the spotlight with the recent arrest of David and Louise Turpin, the California couple accused of abusing their 13 children for years. Members…

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How to Protect Against Heart Disease

SUNDAY, Feb. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, but there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself, a cardiologist says. “Heart disease kills hundreds of thousands of Americans each year, but many of these conditions are preventable,” said researcher Dr.…

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Good Deeds Soothe Stress

SATURDAY, Feb. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If the constant stream of bad news from around the world gets to you, one psychiatrist suggests that helping others might make you feel better. “The sheer volume of stressful events occurring on a near-daily basis can make people feel pessimistic or fearful,” said researcher Emanuel Maidenberg, a…

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In Ohio's Capital City, 1 in 3 Lacks Access to Healthy Food

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new study finds that nearly one-third of households in Columbus, Ohio have difficulty getting enough food or obtaining healthy food. The findings suggest that food insecurity in the United States is worse than thought, according to Ohio State University researchers. Families that are food insecure have limited…

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Weak Vaccine Making Flu Season Even Tougher, CDC Says

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — This flu season continues to be one of the nastiest in years. And it isn’t helping that the flu vaccine may be less than 20 percent effective against the season’s dominant strain, according to a new Canadian report. In the meantime, thousands of Americans are clogging hospital ERs…

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Malaria-Causing Parasite Mutating to Resist Multiple Drugs

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An outbreak of multidrug-resistant malaria in southeast Asia likely stems from two mutations of the malaria-causing parasite that combined a decade ago, according to new research. The parasite and mutations, carried by mosquitoes, spread rapidly in the region for five years before the malaria outbreak became apparent, the…

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Exercise May Help Lung Cancer Surgery Go More Smoothly

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Lung cancer patients can halve their risk of postop complications by taking up an exercise program before their surgery, a new report suggests. For the study, researchers analyzed reports on 13 clinical trials that included a total of over 800 people who had surgery for cancer. The patients…

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Dog Bites More Common for Anxious People

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Maybe there’s some truth in the long-standing belief that dogs can sense fear in a human. According to a new British study, anxious people may be at increased risk for dog bites. The finding came from a survey of nearly 700 people in northern England, done by researchers…

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Just How Bad Is This Flu Season? Experts Weigh In

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The United States is in the grip of a tough flu season, no doubt. It might seem as if every other person you know has fallen prey to influenza. Actually, though, health experts say this flu season is pretty much on par with other severe seasons. Here’s what…

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What Works Best to Keep Drivers With Dementia Off the Road

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Don’t count on physicians to keep drivers with dementia off the roads, a new study cautions. In-person license renewal and driver vision testing laws are more effective than mandatory doctor reporting of patients with dementia, researchers found. “The results of our study point to age-based licensing requirements as…

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Super Bowl Snacks That Don't Put Health on the Sidelines

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Super Bowl Sunday is synonymous with greasy chicken wings, calorie-laden chili, salty potato chips and sugary brownies — but experts say there’s no reason you can’t enjoy tasty fare without sending your body into a nutritional tailspin. “On any given day, you normally consume 7 percent to 10…

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