Here's Another Good Reason to Not Pick Your Nose

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your Mom told you not to do it, and new research confirms that nose-picking isn’t healthy for you or those around you. In a study involving 40 adults, British researchers found that the bacteria behind potentially lethal pneumonia could be spread by picking and rubbing the nose. It…

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Is Kidney Dialysis Always Needed When Septic Shock Strikes?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When serious infection gives rise to septic shock, the resulting plunge in blood pressure can cripple kidney function, necessitating immediate dialysis. But clinicians know that not all patients need it, because in the first two days after septic shock strikes, a significant number who are treated with antibiotics…

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Major Childbirth Complications More Likely for Black Women

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Black women have the highest risk of life-threatening birth complications in the United States, a new study finds. Compared to whites, black women had a 70 percent higher rate of major birth problems, the University of Michigan researchers reported. “Celebrities like Serena Williams who have shared their birth-related…

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A-Fib Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A common heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation, may speed up mental decline in older adults, new research suggests. If you have atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, your heart beats irregularly. This means blood can pool and form clots that go to the brain, causing a stroke. The good news…

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Weight-Loss Surgery Linked to Fewer Delivery Complications

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Obesity makes pregnancy complications more likely. But new research suggests that women who’ve undergone weight-loss surgery might have a safer delivery. “We know that obesity and overweight are dangerous in connection with childbirth,” said study author Dr. Olof Stephansson, of Karolinska Institute in Solna, Sweden. Weight-loss [bariatric] surgery…

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Smoggy Air Tied to Higher Odds for Mouth Cancers

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Living in urban areas with heavy air pollution could increase your risk for mouth cancer, a new study says. Middle-aged men living in 64 municipalities throughout Taiwan were more likely to develop oral cancer if they lived in places with high levels of air pollutants, the researchers report.…

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Therapy Dogs Can Spread MRSA, But Antibacterials Help Prevent the Danger

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While therapy dogs can help ease anxiety for kids with cancer, they may also carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can put patients at risk for serious infections. Cleaning the dogs with antibacterial shampoo and wipes reduces that risk, according to researchers. The new study included therapy dogs that visit…

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AHA: The Study and Town That Changed the Health of a Generation

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) — It’s been 70 years since a small, middle-class community 23 miles west of Boston became the linchpin in helping to solve the mysteries of heart disease. Smoking. Cholesterol. Blood pressure. Obesity. It’s common knowledge today that these all can lead to heart trouble. But in the 1940s,…

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An Eczema Drug Helped Regrow a Girl's Hair — Could It Help Others?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A 13-year-old girl who has been without hair on her scalp since the age of 2 has seen significant regrowth ever since taking a drug meant to help ease her eczema, doctors say. Dr. Maryanne Makredes Senna of Massachusetts General Hospital and her colleagues in the department of…

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As Hurricane Michael Nears, Expert Warns of Gas-Powered Generator Dangers

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Hurricane Michael, now a powerful category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall in northern Florida Wednesday. And as with every such storm, power outages will occur, along with the risk of deadly carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from gas-powered generators. “Unfortunately, poison control centers continue to see surges…

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E-Cigs Continue to Spark Debate Over Health Risks/Benefits

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With sales of electronic cigarettes skyrocketing, Americans remain divided on whether the devices are a boon or a threat to public health. That’s the main finding of a new HealthDay/Harris Poll that surveyed over 2,000 adults on their e-cigarette views. Vaping has long been promoted as a way…

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The Ideal Weight Makes for a Healthier Pregnancy

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re overweight and thinking of starting a family, there’s compelling evidence that you should lose the excess pounds before you get pregnant. For starters, some health conditions associated with being overweight, like polycystic ovary syndrome (or PCOS), can make it harder for you to conceive. Once you…

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