Prenatal Vitamins Tied to Lower Autism Risk in Kids, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Taking folic acid and multivitamins during pregnancy could reduce your child’s risk of autism, a new study suggests. Kids were less likely to be diagnosed with autism if their moms took supplements before pregnancy and while they were expecting, according to a study of just over 45,000 Israeli…

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New Hope for 'Ringing' in the Ears

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For people with tinnitus, the persistent sense of ringing in the ears is mildly annoying at best and disabling at worst. But a new device may help ease the phantom noises, researchers report. The experimental device uses precisely timed sound and skin stimulation to target nerve activity in…

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New Hope for 'Ringing' in the Ears

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For people with tinnitus, the persistent sense of ringing in the ears is mildly annoying at best and disabling at worst. But a new device may help ease the phantom noises, researchers report. The experimental device uses precisely timed sound and skin stimulation to target nerve activity in…

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Could Gene Therapy Someday Eliminate HIV?

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Gene therapy may have the potential to eradicate HIV in people infected with the virus, new animal research suggests. The science centers around the use of “chimeric antigen receptor” (CAR) genes. In laboratory work with monkeys, these engineered cells have destroyed HIV-infected cells for more than two years,…

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Risky Teen Behavior May Up Odds for HIV in Adulthood

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Drug use, mental distress and exposure to violence in the teen years appears to raise the odds for later HIV infection, a new study suggests. Teens who engage in risky behaviors are more likely to have unsafe sex — and that may put them at increased risk for…

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What's Your Best Diet for 2018? Experts Rate Them

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your New Year’s resolution diet should be based on a well-balanced eating plan that fits your lifestyle, rather than a weird fad replete with food restrictions. That’s according to U.S. News & World Report’s best diet rankings for 2018. The two diets that tied for the top spot…

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What's Your Best Diet for 2018? Experts Rate Them

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your New Year’s resolution diet should be based on a well-balanced eating plan that fits your lifestyle, rather than a weird fad replete with food restrictions. That’s according to U.S. News & World Report’s best diet rankings for 2018. The two diets that tied for the top spot…

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Don't Let Baby Weight Linger Between Pregnancies

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Gaining too much baby weight is an issue for many pregnant women. What’s more, if you don’t lose those pounds, they could pose a problem during your next pregnancy, according to a study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers looked at nearly 8,000 women who had…

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Most Seniors Think Flu Shot a Must for Nursing Home Staff

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With the flu season in full swing, a new poll shows that almost three-quarters of Americans over the age of 50 think all nursing home employees should get a flu vaccine every year. “We’ve finally gotten to the point in the last few years where most inpatient hospitals…

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Layer Up When Temperatures Plummet

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Two-thirds of the United States is grappling with bitterly cold temperatures as an Arctic front slides across the country, so one emergency doctor offers practical advice for those caught in the frigid weather. Dr. Robert Glatter, a physician from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, puts a…

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Protect Your Heart in Frigid Weather

TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As an Arctic front envelops much of the United States, the American Heart Association wants folks to know that shoveling snow in sub-freezing temperatures can be hard on the heart, especially for those with heart disease. Here are some shoveling safety tips from the association: When shoveling, take…

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Keep Fido Warm During Arctic Blast

TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As an Arctic front brings frigid temperatures to every region of the United States but the Southwest this week, a veterinarian stresses that your canine companion is also at risk in the extreme cold and snow. The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories and freeze warnings on…

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