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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Contact Lenses May Harbor Serious, Blinding Infection

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Contact lens wearers everywhere need to be on the lookout for a rare, but potentially blinding, eye infection, British researchers warn. In southeast England, cases of the infection, called Acanthamoeba keratitis, have tripled since 2011, a new study found. The illness is typically tied to poor contact lens…

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AHA: Stiffening of Blood Vessels May Point to Dementia Risk

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Arterial stiffness among people with mild cognitive impairments could put them at higher risk for progressing to dementia, which may include Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study exploring the connection between the brain and vascular health. The French study, published Friday in the American Heart Association…

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FDA Issues Warning on Pet Reactions to Common Flea Medicine

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Flea medicines protect your pet, but some animals can have serious side effects from products containing isoxazoline, U.S. health officials warn. Although most dogs and cats handle this powerful pesticide just fine, others can have severe reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. Isoxazoline products have…

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Fewer American Teens Having Sex, Most Using Birth Control

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a finding that should ease parents’ minds, new research shows that fewer American teens are having sex and most of those who do are using some form of birth control. But scientists also found that sexual violence has become more common among high school students and condom…

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More Americans Are Recording Their Doctor Visits

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Have you ever left a doctor’s appointment with only a vague idea of what was said? You’re not alone: A new survey finds many Americans, and their doctors, are turning to recordings for help. Researchers found that almost 30 percent of the doctors they surveyed had ever recorded…

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'Fitcations' Are a Great Way to Shape Up

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — From a three-day bike race to raise awareness of a charitable cause, to adventure travel abroad, you can take exercise to a brand new level on a fitness trip. With no shortage of “fitcation” options available any time of year, start with some research, either by destination or…

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Opioid Overdose Crisis May Have Begun Decades Ago

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The opioid epidemic has been front-page news for a few years now, with rising overdose deaths driving an overall decrease in Americans’ average life expectancy. But a new study suggests that the opioid epidemic is, in fact, nothing new. Death rates from drug overdoses in the United States…

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Your Puppy Can Make You Very Sick: CDC

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Puppies can be cute and cuddly, but they also carry germs that might make you very sick, a new government report warns. An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter infections in 2017 and 2018 that sickened 118 people in 18 states was traced to pet store puppies, according to the…

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Heart Defects, Sleep Apnea a Deadly Mix for Infants

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Infants who are born with heart defects are four times more likely to die in the hospital if they also have sleep apnea, new research indicates. Scientists at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson found this potentially deadly combination is also linked to longer and…

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Easing Sleep Apnea May Be Key to Stroke Recovery

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Sleep apnea is a known risk factor for stroke, and new research suggests that curbing the condition might also aid the recovery of people who’ve suffered a stroke or mini-stroke. Patients in the study typically used the CPAP mask — “continuous positive airway pressure” — to ease their…

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