Could Diet Affect Breast Cancer Risk?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Like the human gut, the breast gland has a “microbiome” that’s influenced by diet, new animal research suggests. Although the findings are preliminary, scientists hope their work might someday improve the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. “Being able to shift the breast microbiome through diet may offer…

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Sexual Assault Has Long-Term Mental, Physical Impact

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Decades-old allegations of sexual assault have consumed the nation for the past two weeks, as the Senate, the FBI and the public wrestle with what it all may mean for both the U.S. Supreme Court and American society at large in the age of #MeToo. The high-stakes debate…

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Study Casts Doubt on Light Drinking's Benefits

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you think your nightly glass of vino is doing good things for your health, think again. A new study suggests that folks who like to tip back a drink or two every day are more likely to die prematurely. “At any given age, if you drink daily…

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Does Less-Invasive Surgery Make Sense for You?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Among the most significant advances in surgery has been the development of laparoscopic — or minimally invasive — procedures. These are new ways to perform many standard operations, with a few, very small incisions, often barely a half-inch long, compared to traditional so-called open surgery with one incision…

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What Did Americans Eat Today? A Third Would Say Fast Food

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans’ love affair with fast food continues, with 1 in every 3 adults chowing down on the fare on any given day. That’s the finding from a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When asked by researchers, 37 percent of adults said they’d…

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Pregnancy Complications Tied to More Menopausal Hot Flashes

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Tough pregnancies might translate into tough times during menopause, new research suggests. Women who developed complications during pregnancy — including dangerously high blood pressure (“preeclampsia”) and gestational diabetes — were more likely to experience more hot flashes during menopause, the researchers found. “This study further underscores the importance…

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Type 2 Diabetes Tied to Raised Risk of Tumors, Cancer Deaths

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Type 2 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of developing cancer and dying from certain forms of the disease, a new study suggests. However, the researchers noted, the absolute increased risk is low. “Our findings do not suggest that everyone who has diabetes will go on to…

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Severe Infections Rising Among Americans With Diabetes

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The number of Americans with diabetes who wind up in hospitals with serious infections, or who develop them while in the hospital, is on the rise. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of diabetics hospitalized for infections rose 52 percent (from 16 per 1,000 people to 24 per…

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Sales of Juul E-Cigarettes Skyrocket

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In just a year, sales of Juul electronic cigarettes jumped 641 percent, a new U.S. government study shows. The slim devices are especially popular among youth, and in recent months the Food and Drug Administration has taken steps to curb their use. But Juul sales rose from 2.2…

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Smoking Seems to Weaken the Immune System: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The list of health risks linked to smoking continues to grow. A small study reports that, aside from lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease, cigarette smokers also have weakened immune systems affecting their dental health. Scientists from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine found that smoking…

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AHA: Lung Scans of COPD Patients Can Reveal Heart Disease — and Death Risk

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (American Heart Association) — People with the chronic lung disease known as COPD often get chest CT scans so that doctors can look inside their lungs. A new study is advising physicians to also take a careful look at the heart while they’re at it. Patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary…

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One Football Rule Change Might Lower Concussion Risk

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The most dangerous play in football can be rendered safer through a simple rule change, a new study out of the Ivy League suggests. Moving the kickoff line forward by just five yards — from the 35- to the 40-yard line — reduced the average annual concussion rate…

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