Ozone Hole Smaller Thanks to Decades-Old Chemical Ban: Study

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — NASA scientists say they have satellite evidence that the international ban on chlorine-containing chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has helped heal the massive hole that was chewed in the Earth’s protective ozone layer. There now is roughly 20 percent less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter than in 2005,…

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Severe Flu Season Tightens Its Grip on U.S.

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans are being hit with one of the worst flu seasons in years, with misery now widespread across 46 states, health officials say. In the West, emergency rooms in California and Arizona are packed with people struck by the flu, and drugs that ease the illness are in…

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Too Many Babies Still Die Needlessly of SIDS, CDC Says

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many parents still regularly risk their babies’ lives as they put them to bed, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Analyzing data from the states, the CDC found that parents continue to practice unsafe habits that have been associated with…

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Coming Soon: A Once-Weekly Pill to Fight HIV?

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Goodbye, daily HIV meds? Researchers say a once-a-week, slow-release pill may keep HIV infections under control and help prevent new HIV infections altogether. The pill in question is still early in development. But it contains the same highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) — the drug combination that revolutionized…

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Conceiving Despite IUD Use Is Tied to Higher Odds for Pregnancy Complications

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Millions of women use an IUD as a safe, reliable means of birth control. But a new study finds that in rare cases where conception occurs despite IUD use, the rate of obstetric complications may rise. “Because of the elevated risks of severe, adverse short-term perinatal complications, we…

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Screening, Treatment Cut Breast Cancer Deaths in Half

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Breakthroughs in breast cancer screening and treatment have slashed the percentage of women dying from the disease, a new analysis reveals. “Advances in screening and treatment are saving lives,” said lead researcher Sylvia Plevritis, a professor of radiology and biomedical data science at the Stanford University School of…

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Scientists Turn Skin Cells Into Muscle Cells, a Potential Boon for Research

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a potential advance for medical research, scientists say they’ve created the first functioning human muscle from skin cells. The breakthrough could lead to better genetic or cell-based therapies, as well as furthering investigations into the causes and treatment of muscular disorders, the Duke University team said. “The…

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Is Your Child Ready for a Smartphone?

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When is it appropriate to give kids a cellphone? That depends on factors like their maturity level, their ability to follow rules at home and school, and your family’s circumstances, including health and safety issues. For instance, if both parents work outside the home, it’s easier to check…

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Stressed? Try Sniffing Your Partner's T- Shirt

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Need to travel for work? Have an important job interview coming up? Consider tucking a shirt from your partner into your bag. Sniffing it just might help you relax. It seems that the scent of a romantic partner can help ease stress, particularly when couples are temporarily separated…

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Blood Banks Need January Donors

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Want to make a difference right now? Consider donating some blood. That’s the suggestion of experts from Penn State Health’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Blood bank supplies tend to be low in January because the holidays and the season’s typically inclement weather often keep people from going…

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Life in Poor Neighborhoods Is Hard on the Heart

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Where you live could influence how likely you are to develop heart failure, a new U.S. study suggests. In addition to people’s income and education level, the neighborhood in which they lived helped predict their risk, according to the researchers. People living in the poorest areas were at…

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Life in Poor Neighborhoods Is Hard on the Heart

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Where you live could influence how likely you are to develop heart failure, a new U.S. study suggests. In addition to people’s income and education level, the neighborhood in which they lived helped predict their risk, according to the researchers. People living in the poorest areas were at…

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