Asthma-Obesity Link May Cut Both Ways

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Doctors have long known that obesity increases the risk for developing asthma, but new research suggests the opposite also may be true. Scientists in Spain found that people with asthma are at greater risk for obesity, particularly those who develop the condition as adults and those diagnosed with…

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Household Chemicals Tied to Kidney Problems

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Widely used household and industrial chemicals may harm the kidneys, researchers say. These manufactured chemicals, called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are not biodegradable. People are exposed to them through contaminated soil, food, water and air. “The kidneys are very sensitive organs, particularly when it comes to environmental…

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FDA Finds Another Carcinogen in Certain Valsartan Heart Meds

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s more bad news for Americans who took certain brands of the common blood pressure medication valsartan. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned that it has found a second impurity in three lots of Torrent Pharmaceuticals’ valsartan drug products, which are used to treat both…

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1 in 12 Americans Lives With Debilitating Chronic Pain

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Of the 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, the pain is so bad for 20 million that it keeps them from doing the daily activities of life, researchers say. According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain and high-impact chronic…

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Mumps Spread Quickly at Texas Cheerleading Meets: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Mumps is a highly infectious disease, as Texas cheerleaders and their supporters found out in one recent outbreak. Researchers looked over data on a mumps outbreak that began in December 2016 among those attending three cheerleading events in North Texas. “In all, 12 mumps cases (five confirmed and…

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AHA: 5 Reasons You Could Develop Heart Disease Before 50

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, yet people generally associate it with an older, aging population. But heart attacks, strokes and other types of heart disease can be blind to age — particularly when certain factors are in play. Here are…

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Flooding One of Florence's Big Dangers

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As Florence unleashes her full fury on the Carolinas, residents who stayed put need to know that flooding will be even more dangerous than the high winds of this hurricane. Making landfall near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., around 7 a.m. Friday, the category 1 hurricane was pounding the historic…

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Calorie Counts on Menus May Be Trimming Americans' Waistlines

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With roughly 40 percent of Americans now obese, new research finds that one strategy may be helping Americans stay slim: calorie counts on restaurant menus. Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, chain restaurants with 20 or more franchises must now list a meal’s calorie…

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Picky Eating May Mask Larger Issues

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many children are picky eaters, making every meal a challenge. But for some, the problem goes deeper than not liking vegetables or whole-wheat bread. According to a study in the journal Pediatrics, more than one in five kids between the ages of 2 and 6 are considered “selective…

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AHA: Low Literacy Levels Can Be a Silent Health Threat

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (American Heart Association) — He kept it from family members, friends and employers. Some of Walter Washington’s children still don’t know their father struggles to read and write. But his doctors knew. The 64-year-old Dallas man told them because he didn’t want to risk taking the wrong dose of his diabetes…

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Coffee May Have Another Perk for Kidney Patients

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Could that morning cup of joe bring a health boost to people battling kidney disease? According to new research involving nearly 5,000 people with chronic kidney disease, a hike in daily caffeine intake appeared to lower their odds of an early death. The benefit remained “even after considering…

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Folic Acid Won't Curb Dangerous Pregnancy Complication

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — High doses of folic acid do not protect pregnant women against a sometimes deadly complication called preeclampsia, a large trial suggests. The finding frustrates the search for an effective way to prevent preeclampsia, or dangerously high blood pressure in pregnancy, in women who are at high risk for…

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