Too Few Older, Hospitalized Patients Getting Flu Tests

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As a nasty flu season rages throughout the United States, new research finds that one particularly vulnerable population often misses out on tests for the illness. Among hospitalized people, older patients are much less likely to be tested for flu than younger patients, the new study found. That’s…

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Turn Your Commute Into a Daily Workout

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Commuting by car doesn’t just try your patience. An Australian study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that it can also lead to weight gain, even if you’re active on the weekends. One answer is to turn at least part of your commute into a…

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Tobacco's Harms May Come Sooner Than Smokers Think

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Smokers often think their habit won’t have health consequences until far into the future, a small survey suggests. Researchers found that compared with nonsmokers, those who smoke generally believe that any health problems — from yellow teeth to lung cancer — would strike later in life. It’s a…

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Lack of Vitamin D Can Sideline College Football Players

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 60 percent of college football players have low levels of vitamin D, a new study suggests. That means they face a significantly higher risk for muscle strain and injury, the researchers said. “We were interested in vitamin D in this population because it’s been shown to play…

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Essure Female Sterilization Device Appears Safe: Study

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Essure implants used in female sterilization have come under fire in recent years, with women reporting a wide array of problems to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A new study from France shows the implants are relatively safe and do not raise the risk of side effects…

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E-Cigarettes: Both Good and Bad, Expert Panel Says

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Potential harms and benefits of e-cigarettes may depend on your age, according to a report mandated by the U.S. Congress. The devices can lead young people to smoke conventional tobacco, but they also appear to help adults quit smoking, the experts concluded. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering…

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Dirty Water Taking Toll on Americans' Health, Wallets

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Water pollution is damaging Americans’ health, and at a high financial cost, too, new research finds. Water-related recreational activities lead to more than 90 million cases a year of gastrointestinal, respiratory, ear, eye and skin-related illnesses in the United States, according to the study. The researchers calculated that…

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Is Obesity 'Contagious'?

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Living in a neighborhood with a high rate of obesity might raise the odds that you and your children will become plus-sized, too. That’s according to a new study involving more than 1,500 U.S. Army families. The researchers say their findings may help explain why high obesity rates…

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Neil Diamond Reveals Parkinson's Diagnosis

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Music legend Neil Diamond announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and will no longer be able to perform live. “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to…

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Spending More on Health Care? Here's Why

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans spent more on health care in 2016, even though their use of health care did not increase, and rising costs are the reason why, a new report shows. “It is time to have a national conversation on the role of price increases in the growth of health…

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Timing of Cardiac Arrest May Affect Survival

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Survival rates are rising for people who have cardiac arrest while in the hospital, a new study finds. But if cardiac arrest happens at night or on a weekend, you’re more likely to die than if it happens on a weekday. The odds of surviving an “off-hours” cardiac…

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