Set New Milestones for Exercise Motivation

THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A goal like having a flat stomach may give you the initial impetus to start exercising, but may not be enough to keep you on track. For that you need “intrinsic motivation” — being motivated from within by enjoying fitness and valuing it. Below are key steps to…

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Migraines Tied to Higher Heart Trouble Risk

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Migraine sufferers might have to worry about more than just dealing with debilitating headaches. Migraine patients could also face an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and irregular heart rates, a new study suggests. The risk to heart health appears to be strongest in the first…

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Procedure Beats Drugs for A-Fib With Heart Failure

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For people with both atrial fibrillation and heart failure, a procedure called ablation can be life-saving, a new clinical trial shows. Researchers found that when patients received the heart procedure, their risk of dying in the next few years was roughly half that of patients who took standard…

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MS Patients May Gain From Balance-Focused Workouts

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Problems with balance are a common hallmark of multiple sclerosis, but new research suggests a specially designed exercise program can help put patients on firmer ground. People with MS who enrolled in the 14-week program showed “greater improvements in balance, dizziness and fatigue,” compared to MS patients who…

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Cancer 'Vaccine' Rids Body of Multiple Cancer Types — in Mice

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Could a cancer “vaccine” fight more than one kind of malignancy? A new study in mice suggests it’s possible: A shot containing two compounds that stimulate the immune system was injected directly into tumors and killed those cancer cells. Not only that, it also destroyed rogue cells from…

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West Nile Virus May Pose Zika-Like Threat to Fetus

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Zika may not be the only virus that can harm a fetus, a new study in mice suggests. “We found that West Nile virus and Powassan viruses shared with Zika the ability to infect the placenta and cause fetal death,” said senior researcher Dr. Jonathan Miner, who’s with…

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Lone Star Ticks Won't Give You Lyme, But Can Still Make You Sick

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Contrary to what many people believe, the lone star tick does not spread Lyme disease, researchers report. But it can transmit other diseases. The researchers came to that conclusion after reviewing more than 60 studies published over three decades. “The media coverage of Lyme disease might make many…

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VA Health System Failing on Mental Health Care: Report

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many U.S. veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars aren’t getting needed mental health treatment for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or substance abuse, a national panel of experts says. Female vets may be at special risk of missing out on services, the report found. The…

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Smoking Habit Tougher to Break for Some Americans

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While the overall smoking rate has plummeted among Americans, some smokers still struggle with the habit, a new report shows. The overall smoking rate fell from 42 percent in 1965 to 15 percent in 2015. But rates remain high among those who are: poor; less educated; part of…

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'IV Lounges' Are the Latest Health Fad, But Are They Safe?

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — “Rent-a-drip” IV lounges are popping up across the country, promising speedy recovery for hangover sufferers, jet lag victims and others seeking an intravenous solution to modern dilemmas. But experts say these lounges are at best a waste of money and at worst potentially dangerous. “The whole thing is…

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Cancer Survival Rates Vary Across the World

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Cancer survival rates are improving worldwide, but poorer countries are seeing less improvement than wealthier ones, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from 2000 to 2014 to assess five-year cancer survival rates among 37.5 million children and adults diagnosed with one of 18 common cancers. These patients…

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Winter Weather Skin Savers

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Winter can be harsh on your skin, especially your hands and face. Try these fast, easy and inexpensive steps to avoid the chapping and flaking that comes with the season. Resist taking hot showers and long soaks, both of which remove your skin’s natural oil barrier, causing it…

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