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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Putting Faith in Blood Pressure Control for Black Patients

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For black Americans striving for lower blood pressure, churches may provide the answer to their prayers. “African-Americans have a significantly greater burden of hypertension and heart disease, and our findings prove that people with uncontrolled hypertension can, indeed, better manage their blood pressure through programs administered in places…

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Could Impotence Be in Your Genes?

MONDAY, Oct. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Scientists report they have uncovered the first evidence that erectile dysfunction may have genetic underpinnings. In the study, the researchers analyzed data from hundreds of thousands of men. The investigators found gene variations in a specific spot in the human genome near the SIM1 gene that are significantly…

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Study Sees No Link Between Gout Drug, Kidney Disease

MONDAY, Oct. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The gout drug allopurinol may offer some protection from kidney disease, according to a new study that upends traditional beliefs. Some doctors hesitate to prescribe the drug to patients because of concerns it may raise their risk for chronic kidney disease, even though there is a lack of…

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One-Third of 'Gluten-Free' Restaurant Foods in U.S. Are Not: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re gluten-sensitive, watch out: One-third of the “gluten-free” foods sold in U.S. restaurants actually contain trace levels of the substance, new research suggests. The finding will be of particular concern to the 1 percent of Americans with the autoimmune disorder known as celiac disease. For them, even…

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Tips for Enhancing the Spa Experience

MONDAY, Oct. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While a weekend (or longer) retreat can be very rejuvenating, day spas have made it possible for almost everyone to enjoy a short escape from life’s stresses. Take these simple steps to make the most of the experience. Identify all the day spas within a comfortable driving distance…

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Breast Cancer Screening Just May Save Your Life

SUNDAY, Oct. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Breast cancer screening is the most reliable way to detect the disease when it’s at an early stage and is most treatable, experts advise. “Today, there is greater awareness of the disease, and breast cancer is being detected earlier through screening,” said Dr. Kathryn Evers, senior radiologist and…

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Clinical Trials Need More Volunteers

SATURDAY, Oct. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Although clinical trials are the only way to test the mettle of new drugs and medical devices, just 1 percent of Americans participate in such trials, research experts say. “Participating as a healthy volunteer is one way that individuals can actually contribute to the development of new medications,…

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Drowsy Driving as Risky as Drunk Driving

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Getting too little sleep at night? If so, your odds for a car crash are rising, new research suggests. Crash risk is highest if you get fewer than four hours of shuteye a night, scientists found. That’s like driving with a blood alcohol concentration roughly 1.5 times the…

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Today's Go-Go World Too Much for Too Many Hearts

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Weekday mornings are no longer the most common time for cardiac arrest, as an ever stressful world means hearts are stopping suddenly at all times of the day, new research shows. “While there are likely several reasons to explain why more cardiac arrests happen outside of previously identified…

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Half of Antibiotics Given Without Infection Diagnosis

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — After years of public health warnings about antibiotic misuse, a new study suggests the problem is far from being solved. Researchers found that of more than 500,000 antibiotic prescriptions they analyzed, nearly half were written without an infection-related diagnosis. And about 20 percent were given without an office…

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Getting Your Medical Records Might Not Be Easy

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — U.S. patients face numerous roadblocks when trying to access their medical records at the nation’s top hospitals, a new study finds. Federal law says patients must be given access to their medical records in a timely manner, in their preferred format and at a reasonable cost. But Yale…

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