Spinal Implant Could Be Breakthrough for Paralyzed Patients

MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A paraplegic man has regained the ability to move his legs and walk with assistance, thanks to an implanted electrode stimulating his spinal cord, Mayo Clinic researchers say. Surgeons implanted the electrode below the level of 29-year-old Jered Chinnock’s spinal cord injury. A 2013 snowmobile crash left Chinnock…

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Booster Shots Safe for Most Kids Who Have Vaccine Reaction: Study

MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most children who have mild to moderate reactions to a vaccine can safely receive booster shots, new research suggests. Canadian scientists found there is a low rate of recurring reactions following subsequent vaccinations. They said their findings should help inform doctors and parents about the safety of immunizations.…

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Shorter People May Duck Risk of Varicose Veins

MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — How tall you are might play a part in whether you are unlucky enough to develop varicose veins, a new study suggests. Every additional 4 inches in height increases your risk of varicose veins by about 25 percent, said researcher Dr. Erik Ingelsson, a professor of cardiovascular medicine…

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Bells, Whistles and Home Exercise Equipment

MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Exercising on a budget can be as simple as buying a good pair of walking shoes. But when you want to make an investment in fitness equipment, new options can make your workouts interactive as well as high-energy. Look for exercise bikes, treadmills and ellipticals that offer pre-set…

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More Needs to be Done to Keep Teen Drivers Safe, Pediatricians Say

MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Following years of decline, fatal car accidents involving teen drivers have accelerated in the United States, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians warns. New research also reveals that teenage drivers are more likely to be involved in a serious or deadly crash than any other age group, notes…

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If Mom Smokes Pot, Kids May Try It Sooner

MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If Mom partakes of pot, her kids may be more likely to try it themselves at an earlier age. That’s the contention of a new study, though it doesn’t prove that one causes the other. Still, “early initiation is one of the strongest predictors of the likelihood of…

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Milk Straight From Breast Best for Baby's Weight

MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Breast milk from the bottle may not have as many benefits for a baby’s weight as feeding straight from the breast, a new study suggests. The researchers found what many others have: Overall, breastfed babies tended to have a healthier weight than those who were formula-fed. However, babies…

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Thinking of Others Makes Healthy Choices Easier

MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Reminding people to eat less or exercise usually gets their back up. That’s one reason why public health messages fall on deaf ears, researchers say. But investigators think they’ve found a better way. They suggest leaving your ego behind because it might open your mind to healthy activities…

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Don't Pop That Pimple, Expert Says

SUNDAY, Sept. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It may be tempting to squeeze a large pimple, but doing so could make the zit worse, skin doctors say. Up to 50 million Americans struggle with various forms of acne, particularly red, swollen, painful bumps that develop deep in the skin, according to the American Academy of…

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5 Tips to Manage Your Child's Asthma

SATURDAY, Sept. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For many children with asthma, coughing is an early warning sign of a flare-up, an expert says. Understanding asthma and knowing what to expect can help parents prevent or lessen the severity of asthma attacks, said Dr. Ronald Ferdman, a pediatric allergist-immunologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He…

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New Compounds Might Help Stop Spread of Malaria

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes carrying malaria parasites, but scientists report they have discovered compounds that might keep mosquitoes from spreading the sometimes deadly disease. “Current anti-malarial drugs can cure a person of the disease, but that person is still infectious to mosquitoes, and can therefore still cause…

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Parents Fret Over Fussy Eaters – but What Works?

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The nightly dinner battles many parents have with picky toddlers can be exhausting. Now, research suggests that either pressuring or rewarding kids to eat healthier may backfire. “These practices can reinforce fussy eating, increase preferences for unhealthy foods, and lead to excessive weight gain,” study author Holly Harris,…

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