Spike Seen in Kids' Eye Injuries From BB, Paintball Guns

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While BB and paintball guns may seem like harmless child’s play, new research shows eye injuries among kids using them have shot up nearly 170 percent since 1990. “These injuries happen in an instant, and can have significant lifelong effects,” said study author Dr. Gary Smith. The rise…

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Spike Seen in Kids' Eye Injuries From BB, Paintball Guns

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While BB and paintball guns may seem like harmless child’s play, new research shows eye injuries among kids using them have shot up nearly 170 percent since 1990. “These injuries happen in an instant, and can have significant lifelong effects,” said study author Dr. Gary Smith. The rise…

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Working Night Shift May Raise Women's Odds for Cancer

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women who pull the night shift regularly might be at greater risk for a number of cancers, new research suggests. “Our study indicates that night-shift work serves as a risk factor for common cancers in women,” said study author Xuelei Ma. He is an oncologist in the State…

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Annual Flu Shots Help Keep Seniors Out of the Hospital

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The current flu season is shaping up to be a nasty one, but there’s good news for American seniors who’ve gotten their flu shot. New research shows that for older adults, faithfully getting the vaccine each year greatly reduces the odds of catching a flu so severe that…

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Poor Credit Scores, Poor Health

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You know that poor lifestyle choices today can affect your health tomorrow. But according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, there’s another surprising predictor of future illness: your financial health. Scientists looked at the health records of 1,000 people from birth to…

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Weight-Loss Surgery Is Good for Obese Teens' Hearts

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Severely obese teens who undergo bariatric surgery to lose weight end up lowering their heart disease risk down the road, new research indicates. For the study, researchers tracked 242 adolescents for three years after they had weight-loss surgery. “This is the first large-scale analysis of predictors of change…

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For Poorer Americans, Stress Brings Worse Health

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a finding that will surprise few, new research shows that minorities and the poor suffer more stress than their wealthy, white peers. That additional psychic burden may translate into poorer mental and physical well-being, and longevity is ultimately affected, the American Psychological Association report suggests. “Good health…

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Respiratory Virus Lurks as Wintertime Worry

SUNDAY, Jan. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A common respiratory virus that circulates in winter can pose a serious threat to children, an expert warns. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) “is the most important respiratory virus of infants and young children,” said Dr. Pedro Piedra, a professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology at the…

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How to Get Your Health on Track for 2018

SATURDAY, Jan. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For those still open to adding to their list of New Year’s resolutions, the American Medical Association (AMA) is offering its top 10 healthy suggestions. First, Americans should make an effort to cut back on sugary drinks, medical experts advise. Diabetes screening is also a good proactive step…

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Beware Carbon Monoxide Dangers When Cold Weather Strikes

FRIDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As temperatures plummet across the northern half of the United States this weekend, gas heating use goes up. So does the risk for accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. That’s because carbon monoxide exposure is both highly toxic and very hard to detect. The gas is colorless, tasteless and odorless.…

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Best Ways to Quit Smoking, Cut Your Lung Cancer Risk

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While there is no sure way to avoid lung cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Smoking contributes to 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths, according to the American Lung Association. Men who smoke have a 23 times increased risk of lung…

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Stress Is Tough on Medical 'Surrogates' When a Loved One Is Ill

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When seriously ill hospital patients can’t express their wishes about their medical care, decision-making often falls to emotionally drained family members. Anxiety and depression are common for these surrogate decision members, say researchers from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute. But they concluded…

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