Diabetes, Dementia Can Be Deadly Combination

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The risk of death from dangerously low blood sugar is much higher among seniors who have both diabetes and dementia than those with diabetes alone, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 20,000 people aged 65 and older with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who…

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ER Staffers Under Assault. Blame the Opioid Crisis.

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Emergency departments are becoming increasingly violent places as doctors bear the brunt of fallout from the opioid epidemic, a new survey shows. Nearly half of American emergency physicians said they have been physically assaulted at work, and three in five report those assaults happened during the past year,…

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'Southern' Diet Blamed for Black Americans' Health Woes

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Black Americans are at greater risk of high blood pressure than whites, and a new study suggests the “Southern” diet bears much of the blame. Experts have long known that blacks are more likely to die of heart disease and stroke than whites — and that rates of…

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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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For Pain Relief, Why Not Try Drug-Free Alternatives?

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Pain sends more people to the doctor than any other ailment. But if you don’t want relief from a medicine bottle — or when that relief isn’t enough — consider complementary and integrative health approaches for their emotional as well as physical benefits. Though certain types of movement…

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Insects as Food? Selling Them as 'Tasty Luxuries' Might Work

TUESDAY, Oct 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Want to get consumers hungry for a chocolate-covered ant or crunchy cricket snack? New research suggests that if you’re marketing protein-rich insects as edibles, emphasizing flavor and luxury is key. So finds an advertising experiment that aimed to get 180 Germans to embrace entomophagy, a verbal mouthful that…

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Many Americans Curious, But Wary, About Gene Testing

TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Only a small percentage of Americans have had their DNA analyzed — but many are tempted to try it, according to new research. For the study, University of Michigan researchers surveyed nearly 1,000 adults aged 50 to 64. While curious about their ancestry or health risks, the majority…

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Common Diabetes Meds May Raise Odds for Amputation

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with type 2 diabetes who are taking common drugs called diuretics may be at a significantly increased risk of losing a foot or leg, according to a new French study. Researchers found that taking a diuretic raised the odds of having an amputation, or requiring an angioplasty…

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More Evidence Video Games May Trigger Aggression in Kids

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Can violent video games push some kids to act violently in real life? A new research review suggests the answer is “yes.” The analysis combined the results of 24 past studies, involving more than 17,000 children and teenagers. Overall, researchers found, kids who played video games featuring fighting,…

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Deep Space Travel May Damage GI Tract, Animal Study Shows

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Deep space travel has been shown to harm astronauts’ eyes, muscles, hearts and immune systems. Now, new animal research suggests that venturing beyond Earth’s protective atmosphere could also damage their gastrointestinal tracts. “We have documented the effects of deep space radiation on some vital organs, but we believe…

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Viagra Linked to Trouble With Color Vision: Report

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — High doses of the impotence drug commonly known as Viagra can cause damage to the eye’s retina that results in irreversibly tinted vision, researchers contend in a case study. “People who depend on colored vision for their livelihood need to realize there could be a long-lasting impact of…

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Death Rates for Young Americans Drop, But Still Too High

MONDAY, Oct. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While death rates among infants, teens and young adults in the United States have dropped in recent decades, they’re still higher than in other developed countries, a new study finds. “Despite overall reduced mortality, striking racial disparities still exist for infant, child and youth mortality in the U.S.,…

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