Weight-Loss Surgery Alone Won't Keep the Pounds Off

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you think your battle against obesity ends on the operating table, you’re mistaken. “Exercise and eating smaller portions have to be part of your lifestyle change in order to be successful” after weight-loss surgery, said Dr. Ann Rogers, director of Surgical Weight Loss at Penn State Medical…

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Choosing the Right Home Weight Machine

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Still looking for a New Year’s resolution? Consider strength training. It’s important for everyone, regardless of age, gender and how developed you do and don’t want to get. Strong muscles make everyday activities easier and allow you to maintain your independence throughout life. But you don’t have to…

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Memory Loss Hitting Some Fentanyl Abusers

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Using fentanyl or other opioids alongside other illicit drugs could trigger possibly permanent amnesia caused by brain damage, doctors warn. Over a dozen cases have emerged in which drug abusers have developed severe short-term memory loss, possibly after experiencing an overdose, said Marc Haut. He’s chair of West…

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Kidney Donors Could Face Some Long-Term Health Risks

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While donating a kidney isn’t likely to shorten your life or increase your odds of heart disease or diabetes, you might face a higher chance of some other health risks, new research suggests. Reviewing prior studies encompassing more than 100,000 living kidney donors, scientists found that donors appear…

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Can Just 5 Therapy Sessions Work for Those With PTSD?

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A mere five sessions of specialized therapy could help people struggling from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), new research suggests. The findings could help address time constraints that sometimes prevent people from getting the treatment they need, the researchers noted. Exposure to physical or psychological trauma can cause PTSD.…

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Trusting a Stranger May Be a Case of Deja Vu

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Whether you trust a stranger may depend on how much they look like an old friend, a new study suggests. In a series of experiments, New York University researchers found that study participants were more likely to pick photos of strangers who resembled honest people they had met…

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Talk Therapy May Be Worth It for Teen Depression

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Talk therapy can be a cost-effective way to treat teens with depression who don’t take or stop using antidepressants, a new study finds. Antidepressants are typically used to treat depression, but up to half of families with a depressed child decide against using these medications, according to the…

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Nicotine in E-Cigarettes Might Cause Cancers, Mouse Study Suggests

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The nicotine in e-cigarettes seems to damage DNA in ways that may increase cancer risk, a new study in mice suggests. The damage was seen both to DNA and its ability to repair itself, making cells more likely to mutate and develop into cancer, said lead researcher Moon-shong…

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A New Way to Thwart Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It sounds like science fiction, but researchers say they have taken the first step toward creating female mosquitoes that don’t bite and spread disease. They identified 902 genes related to blood feeding and 478 genes linked to non-blood feeding from the mosquito species Wyeomyia smithii. Found in swamps…

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Fainting Rarely Tied to Blood Clot, Study Finds

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A fainting spell is rarely caused by a blood clot in the lungs, and usually doesn’t warrant extensive testing, new research suggests. A study of more than 1.6 million adults treated in the emergency department after fainting — medically known as a “syncope” — found less than 1…

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Positive Attitude Adds Up to Better Math Grades

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s said that a positive attitude can help kids do better in math. Now, a new study shows how that connection adds up in the brain. “Attitude is really important,” said lead author Lang Chen, a postdoctoral scholar in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University. “Based on…

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America's Dogs Have Their Own Flu Battles

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While a brutal flu season is felling humans by the score, veterinarians warn that there have also been outbreaks of canine flu in some parts of the United States. Which dog owners need to worry? According to Dr. Amy Glaser, director of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell…

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