Why It's Great to Learn a Second Language

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Is learning a second language on your bucket list? Here’s compelling evidence to get started right away. Numerous studies at institutions, including Penn State, have found that learning a new language is great for brain health. It can strengthen your brain just as exercise strengthens your muscles. And…

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'Anti-Vaxxers' Are Often Conspiracy Theorists, Too

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Think vaccines aren’t safe? If so, you might also believe that Princess Diana was murdered. That’s the finding of new research into the relationship between conspiracy theory beliefs and anti-vaccination attitudes. A survey of more than 5,300 people in 24 countries on five continents found that people who…

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Cow, Soy or Almond: Which 'Milk' Is Best for You?

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Almond milk, soy milk, rice milk and coconut milk may all offer lactose-free alternatives to cow’s milk, but new research suggests that the dairy version remains the most nutritious option. The finding stems from a Canadian analysis that assessed the nutritional value of a single serving of the…

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Fish Oil Supplements May Not Help Your Heart: Study

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Claims that fish oil supplements help prevent death from heart disease, heart attacks and stroke may be unfounded, British research suggests. Millions of people take fish oil supplements, hoping to benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids they contain. And the American Heart Association recommends omega-3 fatty acids supplements…

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'Bug Bomb' Foggers Still Making People Sick

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Improperly used “bug bombs” are making Americans sick — and improved labeling isn’t helping, government health officials say. Pesticide foggers are often used indoors to combat insects, such as fleas, cockroaches and bed bugs. But directions must be followed carefully because breathing the spray mist can cause respiratory…

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Dieter's Weight Loss May Have 'Ripple Effect' on Partner

THURSDAY, Feb.1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re determined to shed excess pounds, your partner may end up losing a few, too, new research shows. The six-month study involved 130 cohabitating couples in which one partner was actively trying to lose weight. In about one-third of cases (32 percent), the other partner also lost 3…

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California May Slap Cancer Warning on Coffee, But Should Java Lovers Panic?

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A lawsuit working its way through California’s courts could mean that the Golden State’s coffee shops might have to post cancer warnings for the beloved beverage. But cancer and toxicology experts say that’s no reason to avoid your morning cup of Joe. The lawsuit, first filed in the…

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Do NFL Players Face a Higher Risk of Early Death?

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl may have already taken a hidden hit before setting foot on the field, a new study suggests. The new research says career NFL players have a slightly higher risk of early death than a group of…

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Breast Cancer Treatment Can Be Tough on the Heart

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Certain breast cancer treatments may take a toll on the heart, but women can take steps to minimize the risks, according to a new report from the American Heart Association. It’s well-known that treatments such as chest radiation and certain drugs can damage the heart, sometimes leading to…

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Patients, Doctors Often Differ About Scars After Surgery

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Current methods to assess scarring after surgery often lead to disagreements between doctors and patients, researchers say. Patients were more likely to be concerned about the depth of the scar, while doctors were more likely to give coloration and texture more weight, the study found. The investigators’ review…

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Fit Kids Have Healthier Lungs as Adults: Study

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Yet another reason to get your child off the couch: Fit children have healthier lungs later, new research suggests. “This study shows that children who are physically fit go on to have better lung function as young adults,” said lead researcher Bob Hancox. “We think that this could…

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Take a Stand on Getting Slimmer, Healthier

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You may not want to sit down for this. New research finds the mere act of standing burns more calories over time compared to sitting, and anyone bent on weight loss may want to remain upright a few more hours each day. In fact, standing for six hours…

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