What's the Dollar Cost of Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer's?

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Almost $200,000 over the course of two years. That is the cost of the care that a family member typically gives a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s according to a new study that attempted to put a price tag on the burden of the day-to-day help that…

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Women Who Breastfeed Longer More Likely to Have More Kids

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Moms who breastfeed their first child for at least five months are likely to have more kids than women who stop sooner or bottle-feed, a new study suggests. The finding comes from an analysis of data on nearly 3,700 mothers collected between 1979 and 2012. Cornell University researchers…

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AHA: 8-Year-Old Beats the Odds Against Heart and Brain Birth Defects

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) — The day after Maggie Maine was born, doctors told her parents there was a 70 percent chance she’d never walk, talk or be able to feed or bathe herself. An MRI had found severe defects in both her heart and her brain. Relying on their faith, Jeff…

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AHA: Years After Pregnancy, Heart Risks Track From Mother to Child

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) — A mother can pass down a lot of physical traits to her child, such as her smile, eye color, or the shape of her nose. According to new research, she may also be passing along something not as obvious — a vulnerability for developing heart disease. A…

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Don't Turn a Blind Eye to Vision Problems

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your eyes are subject to a wide variety of health conditions, from minor annoyances to serious chronic diseases and even cancer. While it’s never a good idea to ignore any change in your vision or in the appearance of your eyes, call your doctor right away if you…

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Most People Don't Know if They Have Genetic Risk for Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most people carrying genes that put them at risk for cancer don’t realize it, new research suggests. Genetic screenings of more than 50,000 people found that more than 80 percent of those who carry a known gene variant for breast, ovarian, prostate or pancreatic cancer were unaware of…

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Are Household Chemicals Harming Your Cat's Thyroid?

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Maybe your cat is scratching up that sofa for a good reason: New research suggests that chemicals found in upholstery and carpeting may harm feline thyroids. The chemicals are called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). They were in common use until about 2000 in furniture, floor coverings and…

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Breast Cancer Treatment Adherence Rates Vary by Race

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Black women are more likely than white women to skip important hormonal breast cancer treatments, new research indicates. Endocrine therapy is used to add, block or get rid of naturally occurring hormones like estrogen and progesterone that trigger certain types of breast cancer, the study authors explained. Previous…

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AHA: Bystander CPR Rates Rising, But Survival Chances Worse for Women

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) — More people are stepping in to help give CPR when someone’s heart stops, and first responders are intervening at higher levels — but survival rates are higher for men who have cardiac arrests than for women, a recent study suggests. Based on data for 8,100 people in…

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Health Insurance Companies Are Prime Targets for Hackers

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Hackers are targeting medical record data more than ever, and their most rewarding prey appears to be health insurance companies, a new study suggests. Data breaches involving health plans accounted for 63 percent of all breached records that occurred between 2010 and 2017, said lead researcher Dr. Thomas…

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AHA: Missouri Woman Puts Health First After AFib Diagnosis

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Alice Hinrichs woke up feeling miserable. She was exhausted, nauseated and her left arm hurt. She thought she was sick, so she called her doctor’s office for an appointment. Instead, her doctor urged her to go to a hospital in case her symptoms were warnings for a…

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Genes May Control How Tough It Is to Stop Drinking

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When they give up booze, some alcoholics have more severe withdrawal symptoms than others. This discrepancy may come down to genetics, researchers say. The Yale University team hopes its findings ultimately lead to treatments that ease the discomfort of “detox.” Heavy drinkers can develop shakes, nausea, headaches, anxiety…

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