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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Hospital Privacy Curtains May Be Home to Dangerous Germs

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Privacy curtains in hospital rooms can collect dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers report. In a new study, investigators assessed the rate of bacterial contamination on 10 freshly laundered privacy curtains in the Regional Burns/Plastics Unit of the Health Services Center in Winnipeg, Canada. Four curtains were placed in a…

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Storing Insulin in Home Fridges May Lower Effectiveness

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many diabetes patients store their insulin at the wrong temperature in their fridge and that could reduce its effectiveness, a new study says. Insulin should be stored in a refrigerator at between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit (2 to 8 degrees Celsius), and at 30 to 86 degrees…

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AHA: Stroke Care Gains in Puerto Rico Falter After Hurricane Maria

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) — A project aimed at improving the inequalities in stroke care between Puerto Rico and the mainland did just that — until Hurricane Maria roared ashore last September and further hobbled the territory’s already inadequate health care system, experts say. Researchers at the University of Miami started the…

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Type 1 Diabetes Often Misdiagnosed in Adults

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s not always easy — even for doctors — to tell if someone has type 1 or type 2 diabetes when they’re diagnosed as an adult. And a new study finds mistakes are common. That’s what happened to British Prime Minister Theresa May when she was diagnosed with…

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AHA: Some Gut Germs May Help Recovery After Heart Attack

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) — The tiny microbes located inside the intestines could play a critical role in heart attack recovery, according to a new study that found gut bacteria helpful in repairing the damage after a heart attack. But the study was conducted in laboratory mice and scientists say far more…

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Seniors, Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Falling

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — One in four Americans 65 and older falls each year, with some ending up in hospitals or even dying. But new research suggests that it’s possible to avoid some of these serious injuries. When seniors who are at risk of falling have a prevention plan, they’re less likely…

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Early Pushing in Childbirth Won't Hurt Mom or Baby, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Expectant moms will want to read this. Pushing sooner during childbirth is just as safe for most women and babies as pushing later, researchers report. The best time to start pushing during labor has been a matter of debate. Many U.S. hospitals recommend delaying pushing, but evidence has…

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Don't Overlook Heart Care After Cancer Diagnosis

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation are less likely to see a cardiologist or fill prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs if they’ve had cancer, a new study finds. A-fib is an irregular, often rapid heart rate. Failure to take anti-clotting drugs can put these patients at increased…

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Hey Home Exercisers, Sometimes Gym Classes Offer Added Benefits

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s nothing like the convenience of working out at home or going for a walk on your schedule. But taking classes at a gym or fitness center could hold some motivational magic for you. And you don’t have to give up your home gym or on-your-own workouts. Think…

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Four Myths About Breast Cancer Debunked

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There are four common myths about breast cancer that can affect prevention and treatment of the most common type of cancer in American women, an oncologist says. The first is believing you’re not at risk because no one in your family has cancer. “Less than 10 percent of…

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Gallstone Risk: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The quick weight loss that occurs after bariatric surgery seems to have an unintended consequence — a greater risk of gallstones, a new study suggests. The rapid loss of pounds was linked to a 10-fold increase in the hospital admissions for pancreatitis, gallstones and other gallbladder conditions. “Gallstones…

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