Stroke Takes Greater Toll on One Group of Americans

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Asian-Americans are more likely than whites to suffer a severe ischemic stroke. They also face a tougher recovery, researchers report. An ischemic stroke — the most common type — is caused by blocked blood flow to the brain. The study “highlights the need for more focused research, improved…

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A Sleepy Child Is More Likely to Pile on Pounds

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Poor sleep may make your children more than just grumpy, a new study suggests. Kids who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be obese later on, researchers report. And that might even boost their odds for cancer decades later. The study of 120 U.S. children, average…

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Keep Working to Protect Your Brain After a Mild Stroke

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Work may be good medicine for the brains of people who suffer mild strokes, a new study out of Israel suggests. The study included 252 working-age adults whose mental functioning was evaluated one and two years after a mild stroke. Those who had jobs before and after their…

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Will Certain Foods Bolster Brain Health After Stroke?

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Stroke survivors who eat plenty of leafy greens, fish and other healthy foods may help preserve their brain function as time goes on, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers found the benefits among stroke survivors who most closely followed the principles of the so-called “MIND” diet. It pulls together…

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Parents, Giving Kids Alcohol Does More Harm Than Good

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Parents are mistaken if they think giving their teens alcohol removes drinking-related risks, a groundbreaking Australian study finds. In many countries, parents provide alcohol to their underage kids as a way to introduce them to drinking carefully, and believe it will protect them from the harms of heavy…

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FDA Panel Rejects Some Claims for 'Heat-not-Burn' Tobacco Device

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Controversial “heat-not-burn” tobacco devices might only get limited marketing in the United States, based on recommendations issued Thursday by an influential government panel. These devices are different than e-cigarettes, in that instead of heating a nicotine-infused liquid, they warm up tobacco to about 500 degrees Fahrenheit, producing an…

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Sleepy U.S. Teens Are Running on Empty

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most American teenagers are plagued by too little sleep, which can hurt their health and their school performance, federal health officials said Thursday. Nearly 58 percent of middle school students in nine states and almost 73 percent of high school students across the country don’t get the recommended…

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Pill Combo May Do More to Reduce Stroke Risk

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A special combination of cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering pills may be best at cutting the odds of stroke for people at high risk, new research shows. Taking daily doses of two blood pressure medications and a cholesterol-lowering drug reduced first-time strokes by 44 percent among people at risk…

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Zika Tied to Rise in U.S. Birth Defects: CDC

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There was a significant rise in Zika-related birth defects in areas of the United States with local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus, a new report shows. “Babies with Zika-related birth defects need all the help they can get, as soon as possible, and for as long as they…

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Another Alzheimer's Drug Fails: What Makes This Disease So Tough to Fight?

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As more experimental drugs fail to stop Alzheimer’s from destroying human memory, experts now wonder whether research into the devastating brain disease has been marching in the wrong direction. In recent weeks, a pair of high-profile disappointments have been reported, including one just announced on a trial of…

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Expanded Use of Clot-Removing Procedure Could Change Stroke Care

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A procedure that plucks stroke-causing clots from blood vessels in the brain may be useful in many more patients than previously thought, new research shows. In the emergency procedure, called thrombectomy, doctors snake a catheter device through blood vessels to grab and remove the blockage. Now, a major…

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Swatting Teaches Mosquitoes a Lesson They Won't Forget

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Those pesky mosquitoes may be smarter than you thought: Turns out that swatting them away may actually teach them to leave you alone. Researchers found mosquitoes can be taught to associate the odor of a person or animal to a mechanical shock similar to being swatted. Once the…

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