Teen Drinking Ups Risk for Liver Diseases Later

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Men who started drinking in their teens are at increased risk for liver disease, Swedish researchers report. “Our study showed that how much you drink in your late teens can predict the risk of developing cirrhosis later in life,” said lead investigator Dr. Hannes Hagstrom, with the Center…

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Want to Avoid Winter Weight Gain? Exercise

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Don’t let cold weather keep you from being active — that’s a surefire route to winter weight gain. Exercise keeps you healthy, trim and happy, and it’s a great antidote to the gray-weather doldrums. With the right layers of clothing, walking in a winter wonderland can be fun.…

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Winter Temps Raise Health Risks for Seniors

SUNDAY, Jan. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Older adults are at increased risk for hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature, the U.S. National Institute on Aging warns. This can be due to chronic health conditions or the use of certain medicines, including over-the-counter cold remedies. Hypothermia occurs when your core body temperature drops to…

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How to Stay Safe on the Mountain

SATURDAY, Jan. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The growing popularity of snowboarding and skiing has meant more injuries on the slopes, a new review shows. In 2015, more than 140,000 people were treated in U.S. hospitals, doctors’ offices and emergency rooms for skiing and snowboarding-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Snowboarders…

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Quick Test Could Spot Precursor to Esophageal Cancer

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A pill-sized device that you swallow might help detect a change in the esophagus that can lead to a deadly form of cancer, researchers are reporting. The esophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. And the change that occurs in the esophagus,…

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Why Evenings May Be a Dangerous Time for Dieters

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The hours after sunset may be toughest for folks trying to stay slim, new research shows. The small study suggests that you’re more likely to overeat in the evening — especially if you’re feeling stressed. “The good news is that having this knowledge, people could take steps to…

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Severe Flu Cases Just Keep Rising: CDC

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An already bad U.S. flu season hasn’t peaked yet, with the numbers of related hospitalizations and deaths cotinuing to rise, health officials said Friday. Influenza – including the virulent H3N2 strain – remains widespread across every state except Hawaii, according to a weekly update released by the U.S.…

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Former NFL Pros Push for End to Kids' Tackle Football

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A group of former National Football League greats — including Hall of Famers Harry Carson of the New York Giants and Nick Buoniconti of the Miami Dolphins — is urging parents not to let their children play tackle football until they’re at least 14 years old. The group…

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'Hot' Yoga Is No Better for Your Heart: Study

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s called “hot” yoga because it’s practiced in sweltering temperatures, and some research has hinted that it might improve heart health more than traditional yoga. But a new study suggests that adding heat to your Half Moon pose doesn’t boost its cardiac benefits. “We were surprised by the…

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Flu May Be Spread By Just Breathing

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In the midst of an especially tough flu season, here’s more bad news: Researchers say it may be possible to spread the virus simply by breathing. Until now, it was thought that people picked up a flu virus when they touched contaminated surfaces or inhaled droplets in the…

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For Supersized Cities, the More Trees the Better

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Increasing the number of trees in extremely large cities can lead to significant health and financial benefits, a new study claims. The researchers focused on 10 so-called mega-cities — those with at least 10 million people — on five continents. They included New York City, London and Mexico…

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1 in 4 U.S. Stillbirths Might Be Prevented

FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — About 1 in every 160 pregnancies in the United States ends in stillbirth. Now, a new study suggests many of these tragedies are “potentially” avoidable. With better prenatal and obstetric care, that stillbirth rate might improve, researchers say. “We found that about 25 percent of U.S. stillbirths were…

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