Trump in 'Excellent' Physical, Cognitive Health, Doctor Says

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — President Donald Trump is in excellent physical health and also shows no signs of age-related cognitive decline, according to a detailed briefing Tuesday following his annual check-up. “All clinical data indicates that the president is currently very healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of…

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Weight-Loss Surgery's Benefits Wane Over Time for Diabetics

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In the relative short-run, weight-loss surgery helped obese people struggling with type 2 diabetes experience marked improvement in diabetes-related health issues, new research reports. But, their ability to control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels diminished over time, the study found. That raises questions as to how…

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Fluids May Buy Dying Cancer Patients a Day or Two

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Giving fluids to dying cancer patients may help them live a bit longer, a new British study finds. “Hydration plays a key role in delaying the dying process,” said Dr. Agnieszka Michael, medical director of clinical trials at the University of Surrey in England. However, “why this is…

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Brain Zaps May Help Curb Tics of Tourette Syndrome

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Electric zaps can help rewire the brains of Tourette syndrome patients, effectively reducing their uncontrollable vocal and motor tics, a new study shows. The procedure, called deep brain stimulation (DBS), improved tic severity by nearly half in 171 patients with uncontrolled Tourette symptoms at 31 hospitals in 10…

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Breast-Feed Now, Stave Off Diabetes Later

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s often said breast-feeding is best for babies, but new research suggests it also might have a significant long-term benefit for moms — preventing type 2 diabetes. “We found that a longer duration of breast-feeding was associated with a substantially lower risk of type 2 diabetes in women,”…

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To-Do List Before Bedtime Prompts Better Sleep

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It sounds counterintuitive, but researchers report that writing a to-do list just before you hit the pillow might send you off to sleep more quickly. The lab study included 57 university students who took five minutes before going to bed to either write down what they needed to…

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Rats May Not Have Driven the Black Death Plague After All

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s thought to have killed between 30 and 60 percent of Europe’s population, but the Black Death plague may not have been spread by flea-infested rats, Norwegian scientists report. Between its first devastating outbreak in the 14th century, and finally fading away by the 1800s, the plague caused…

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From Birth On, One Sex Is Hardier

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women are known to outlive men. And that advantage may start early, according to researchers who’ve found baby girls more likely to survive famines, epidemics and other misfortunes. The fact that females have this advantage in infancy — when there are few behavioral differences between the sexes —…

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Is Obesity Slowing Gains in U.S. Life Spans?

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The death rate in the United States isn’t decreasing as it has in years past, and some experts blame the opioid epidemic. But a new study suggests America’s increasing girth is what’s really behind the slowdown. Excess weight led to nearly 200,000 excess deaths in 2011. And overall,…

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Sauna Sessions May Be as Good as Exercise for the Heart

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Relaxing in a hot sauna may not only feel good — it might affect your heart and blood vessels in ways that are similar to moderate exercise. That’s the finding of a new study that tested the effects of a 30-minute sauna session. The researchers say their results…

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Early Periods, Higher Heart Risks?

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women whose periods started before age 12 may face an increased risk for heart disease and stroke, a new British study suggests. Early menopause, pregnancy complications and hysterectomy are also associated with a higher risk for heart disease and stroke, according to the research. “More frequent cardiovascular screening…

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