Racial Bias Can Take Toll on Minority Medical Residents

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Minority medical residents routinely face bias and comments that can subtly reveal racial, ethnic or religious slights or preconceptions, a new study suggests. In the United States, black, Hispanic and Native Americans make up one-third of the population but only 9 percent of practicing doctors. For the new…

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AHA: Is Coffee Good for You?

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (American Heart Association) — At just a couple of calories a cup, good old black coffee packs quite a punch. It wakes you up, boosts your metabolic rate and decreases the risk of some diseases. Not that habitual coffee drinkers need convincing, but evidence of its health benefits stacks up quickly:…

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Parents Teach Firstborns About Sex, But Not Their Later Kids

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Younger siblings are less likely than firstborns to hear about the birds and the bees from their parents, a new study suggests. Instead, they may learn what’s what from their older brothers and sisters, British researchers report. “Although there has been much research into how the order in…

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Growing Up Poor May Permanently Damage Thinking Skills

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Poverty may scar kids’ mental abilities for the rest of their lives, a new study suggests. Children who grow up poor or otherwise disadvantaged are more likely to score lower on tests of thinking, learning, reasoning, remembering and problem-solving in old age, according to researchers. “Just like the…

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Diet Tips That Go Beyond Calorie Cutting

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Calories in must be less than calories out — that’s the basic rule of dieting. But there’s more to losing weight because more than hunger often motivates people to eat. So how can you find effective motivation to change your eating habits and lose weight? Try these five…

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'Hangry' May Be More Than Just a State of Mind

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When you’re hungry, everything’s annoying and tempers can get short. Now, animal research might help explain why. Researchers working with rats found that the sudden drops in blood sugar that occur with hunger make people “hangry.” That drop in blood sugar — and the ensuing mood changes —…

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For Many With MS, Well-Being Increases With Age

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Living with a potentially disabling condition like multiple sclerosis (MS) can be difficult, but new research suggests patients get better at dealing with it over time. “There’s an aging paradox in healthy adults. We expect people who are older to be more depressed and anxious because of aging…

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Common Heartburn Drugs Linked to Broken Hips in Dialysis Patients

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Drugs commonly used to treat heartburn and acid reflux may raise the risk for hip fractures among dialysis patients by nearly 20 percent, a new study suggests. Many people with kidney failure take medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which curb production of stomach acid. “Proton pump inhibitors…

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With 80,000 Flu Deaths Last Season, Experts Urge Vaccination

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Influenza killed an estimated 80,000 Americans during last winter’s flu season, making it the deadliest season in more than four decades, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. A particularly virulent flu strain, H3N2, rampaged across the United States during the 2017-2018 season, causing a record number of deaths and…

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AHA: New Report Explores Genes Behind Congenital Heart Disease

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Genetics are at the core of some congenital heart defects, and a just-released scientific statement could help guide doctors in new information and testing techniques that not only could help patients but also their families. The report from the American Heart Association, published Sept. 27 in the…

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Beware the Vampire Bat, and Not for the Reason You Think

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If the thought of vampire bats sucking your blood for their meals isn’t enough to scare you, new research shows they also carry dangerous bacteria that can cause a potentially deadly infection of the heart’s inner lining and valves. Researchers at Montana State University said they found Bartonella…

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AHA: Spotting a Severe Circulation Problem Early Can Prevent Amputations

THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Having a limb amputated can be traumatic, yet experts say not enough is being done to prevent a common disease that can lead to limb loss. Critical limb ischemia, or CLI, is a severe form of peripheral artery disease, a narrowing of the arteries of the extremities…

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