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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U.S. Alzheimer's Cases to Nearly Triple by 2060

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — By 2060, almost 14 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, a number that’s nearly three times as high as today, a new report projects. “This study shows that as the U.S. population increases, the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will rise, especially…

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Mediterranean Diet May Cut Stroke Risk for Women, But Not Men

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The Mediterranean diet may do more than help you reach and maintain a healthy weight: New research suggests that women who follow it also lower their stroke risk. But men did not reap the same benefit from the diet, which concentrates on fish, fruits, nuts, vegetables and beans,…

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Sharing May Be Contagious

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your tendency to share may depend less on your own nature and more on the surrounding culture, a new study suggests. If you’re among people who share, you will likely share, too. But if the group doesn’t practice giving, you probably won’t either, researchers say. This finding is…

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We All Carry a Personal Cloud of Germs, Chemicals

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You might feel squeaky clean after that morning shower, but you carry an invisible cloud of bacteria, viruses, fungi and chemicals every day. That’s one of the lessons from the first study to take a deep dive into the human “exposome” — the collection of microbes, plant particles…

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Florence's Lingering Threat: Mold

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, residents of the Carolinas are facing a new health threat: mold. Mold-related illnesses are a serious concern following severe flooding in North and South Carolina, say experts from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. “Where there’s dampness and water, there’s mold,”…

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Opioid Crisis Driving Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy: CDC

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Life expectancy in the United States has declined for two years in a row, fueled by increasing death rates from opioid drug overdoses, suicides and chronic liver disease, a new government report shows. “It’s really the first time we’ve seen this multi-year drop” in decades, said Renee Gindi,…

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Exercising With Rheumatoid Arthritis

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Different from osteoarthritis, which is the wear-and-tear breakdown of joint cartilage experienced over time, rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune disease that causes both pain and intense fatigue. When you’re in the throes of a flare, exercise may seem like mission impossible and you might be advised…

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Boys Lag Behind Girls in Reading by 4th Grade

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — By fourth grade, girls in the United States read and write better than boys, a new study reveals. Australian researchers found this gender achievement gap appears in standardized tests and worsens over time. “The common thinking is that boys and girls in grade school start with the same…

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Mom-to-Be's High-Gluten Diet Linked to Type 1 Diabetes in Baby

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If a pregnant woman eats a lot of high-gluten foods, the odds that her child will have type 1 diabetes rise significantly, new research suggests. In the study, pregnant women who had the highest consumption of gluten had double the risk of having a child with type 1…

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Ovary Removal Linked to Kidney Disease

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women who have their ovaries removed before menopause may find themselves at higher risk for chronic kidney disease, a new study suggests. Researchers believe the reason behind it is the drop in estrogen levels that follows the procedure. “This is the first study that has shown an important…

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1 in 6 Americans Over 40 Has Been Knocked Unconscious: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Brain injury research typically focuses on football players and military veterans, but a new study suggests head injuries are far more widespread than estimated. About 1 in every 6 U.S. adults — roughly 23 million people aged 40 or older — have been knocked out by a head…

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