'Mountain Madness' Found to Be a Real Psychosis

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The “madness” mountain climbers often experience isn’t a type of altitude sickness, as once thought, but rather an actual psychotic disorder, a new study suggests. The study authors explained that mountaineers can suddenly lose touch with reality. Some believe they’re being chased. Others start talking to an imaginary…

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Hair Loss, Fibroids May Have Links in Black Women

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Black women with a relatively common form of hair loss may also face a high risk for developing fibroids, a new study suggests. Fibroids are fibrous growths that develop in the lining of the womb. About 80 to 90 percent of black women (and 70 percent of white…

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'Facial Stretches' Could Trim Years Off Your Look

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Could facial “yoga” be a new fountain of youth? A new, small study suggests it’s possible. Investigators asked 27 middle-aged women (between 40 and 65) to embark on a 20-week facial exercise regimen. For the first half of the study, the women were asked to perform 32 specific…

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Mom-to-Be's Immune Response May Trigger Zika Birth Defects

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Zika might not directly cause the miscarriages and birth defects that have been associated with the notorious virus, a new study in mice suggests. Instead, the ravaging effects of Zika infection on a developing fetus appear to stem from the immune response of the expecting mother, researchers said.…

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Big Strides Made in Diabetes Care

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — This past year was a busy, productive one for diabetes research and care. “2017 was a year of progress in our understanding of diabetes and its complications, the tools available to help people manage their diabetes, and attention to the economic and accessibility challenges faced by people with…

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Medicinal Cream May Help Stop Skin Cancer's Return

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For people who’ve battled certain common forms of skin cancer, use of a generic cream called 5-FU may greatly reduce the odds that the disease will come back, new research shows. The study tracked outcomes for just over 930 U.S. veterans who averaged 70 years of age. All…

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Exercise Boosts Kids' Brain Health, Too

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A lack of exercise puts kids at risk for very adult problems, like obesity and diabetes. Now there’s also research that links exercise to their cognitive development and achievement in school. Turns out that physical activity gives the young brain needed boosts, according to a study published in…

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Clean Air Act May Be Saving More Lives Than Thought

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The number of Americans who die each year from inhaling fine-particle pollutants has dropped dramatically since 1970, thanks to laws that originated from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That finding stems from an investigation, led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers, into the impact of EPA rules…

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Childbirth Deaths Declining in U.S., New Report Finds

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Improved management of excessive bleeding and high blood pressure during labor and delivery are helping to reduce the number of childbirth-related deaths in the United States, maternal health experts say. A new report, from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), reflected initial findings from a national…

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Childbirth Deaths Declining in U.S., New Report Finds

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Improved management of excessive bleeding and high blood pressure during labor and delivery are helping to reduce the number of childbirth-related deaths in the United States, maternal health experts say. A new report, from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), reflected initial findings from a national…

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Good News for Parents: Teens Are Delaying Having Sex

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fewer U.S. teens are sexually active these days, as many wait until later in high school to try sex for the first time, a new report reveals. The proportion of high school students who’ve ever had sex decreased to 41 percent in 2015, continuing a downward trend from…

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Good News for Parents: Teens Are Delaying Having Sex

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fewer U.S. teens are sexually active these days, as many wait until later in high school to try sex for the first time, a new report reveals. The proportion of high school students who’ve ever had sex decreased to 41 percent in 2015, continuing a downward trend from…

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