Dinner Companions May Influence How Much You Eat

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When eating out, helpful tricks like sharing an entree or ordering an appetizer instead of a main dish can curb calories. But your choice of dining companions may factor into the equation, too. An experiment done at the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab confirmed the theory that…

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Americans Finally Getting a Little More Sleep

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Are bleary-eyed Americans getting a break at last? New research suggests that people are sleeping a few more minutes each night than they used to. “Over 14 years [2003 to 2016], Americans were getting 17 minutes more sleep every night, or a full four days more sleep per…

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You've Lost the Weight. How Soon Before It Comes Back?

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’ve just shed a lot of pounds, you might want to hold off on buying a new wardrobe full of “thin” clothes. That’s because new research finds that lost weight starts creeping back almost immediately after a diet stops. “We noticed that individuals transitioned from a weight…

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Will Smoking Pot Harm Your Heart? Experts Weigh In

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Anyone worried that smoking a lot of pot could lead to a heart attack or stroke will just have to keep worrying for the time being. There’s not enough scientific evidence to say one way or the other how marijuana affects heart health, a new review has concluded.…

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Carbon Monoxide Hazards Rise in Wintry Weather

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Along with other hazards, winter storms bring with them an increased risk for illness and death from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a gas known as the silent killer because you can’t see, smell or taste it, Dr. Diane Calello explained in a news release from Rutgers…

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Obamacare Helping Poor Families the Most

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Poor families have benefited the most from Obamacare, spending less on both out-of-pocket care and health insurance premiums, a new study shows. On the other hand, higher-income families have seen their out-of-pocket costs decline but their premiums increase, the researchers found. The results show that the Affordable Care…

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All That Smartphone Time May Be Making Teens Unhappy

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teens who are glued to their smartphones and other devices are unhappier than those who spend less time on digital media, new research finds. The study can’t prove cause-and-effect, so it’s not clear if teens are made unhappy by spending a long time on their devices, or whether…

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Were NYC Cancer Cases Tied to Chernobyl Disaster?

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A possible link between a cluster of cases in New York City of an extremely rare type of cancer and the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in Ukraine has been found by researchers. They began their investigation after 10 people in New York City were diagnosed with vitreoretinal…

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Workouts May Boost Life Span After Breast Cancer

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Longer survival after breast cancer may be as simple as staying fit, new research shows. In the new study, regular exercise appeared to reduce breast cancer survivors’ risk of heart disease, diabetes and possibly even the odds for breast cancer’s return. One breast cancer specialist said the findings…

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Severe Flu Season, Tough Winter a Double Whammy for Blood Banks

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A merciless flu season and lots of wintry weather are draining the U.S. blood supply, officials report. Since the beginning of the year, more than 500 American Red Cross blood drives have been canceled because of dangerous weather conditions. That means about 13,000 pints of blood and platelets…

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Opioid Epidemic Also Taking Toll on Babies

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In yet another example of how far-reaching the fallout from America’s opioid epidemic is, researchers report that babies exposed to these narcotics while in the womb run the risk of certain head and neck abnormalities. One is a twisting of the neck (torticollis) and the other is a…

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Can't Pay the Rent? Kids' Health May Suffer

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Millions of American families struggle to find and keep stable housing — and the fight to do so may end up harming kids’ health. Researchers found that when families faced various types of “housing instability,” moms had a higher risk of depression and kids were more likely to…

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