AHA: More Work Needed to Curb Smoking Among Certain Groups

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Melvin Stubbs knows smoking cigarettes could give him heart disease, lung cancer or kill him. He said his habit hurts his wife and parents, who often urge him to quit. “That’s one thing I struggle with on a daily basis,” said Stubbs, 38, a smoker for almost…

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More Water, Mom? H2O Is Top Kids' Beverage in U.S.

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — U.S. kids are drinking far more water than sodas and fruit drinks, health officials say. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that water accounts for almost half of kids’ total beverage consumption. And together, water and milk comprised about two-thirds of…

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AHA: Apple's Smartwatch Has a Heart Monitor Now

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) — There will soon be another way to monitor your heart — from your wrist. The Apple Watch 4 that was unveiled Wednesday will include electrocardiogram testing. Often referred to as an EKG or ECG, this is how health care providers check the electrical signals in a patient’s…

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As Earth Warms, Heat-Related Deaths Will Multiply

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Climate change could become very deadly, as heat-related deaths rise with increases in global temperatures, a new report shows. “Currently, we are on a trajectory to reach over 3 degrees Celsius of warming, and if this trend continues there would be serious consequences for health in many parts…

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ALS Affects the Mind, Not Just the Body

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The minds of patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are damaged by the disease, despite the longstanding belief that this was not the case, a new study reveals. In fact, in the later stages of ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, patients experience a decline in their…

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No Short-Term Cancer Risk From Recalled Heart Med Valsartan: Study

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who took recalled blood pressure drugs containing a carcinogen do not appear to have a markedly increased short-term risk of cancer, a new study reports. Doctors are reluctant to say they’re fully in the clear, however. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July recalled valsartan medicines…

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1 in 3 College Freshmen Faces Mental Health Woes

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More than one in three first-year college students around the world struggle with a mental health disorder, new research suggests. “The number of students who need treatment for these disorders far exceeds the resources of most counseling centers, resulting in a substantial unmet need,” said study author Randy…

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How to Reassure Kids When Florence Strikes

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Adults have spent a lifetime hearing about or experiencing natural disasters such as Hurricane Florence, which is targeting the Carolinas this week. But how to explain to kids the dangers of these events, without unduly scaring them? The key, said child psychiatrist Dr. Victor Fornari, is to lead…

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Hospitals May Overprescribe Blood Pressure Meds, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — One in seven older veterans are sent home from the hospital with doses of blood pressure medications so high they can leave them feeling dizzy and at risk for falls, a new study finds. Prescribing higher doses of these drugs occurs even though half of the patients had…

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Staying a Happy Couple During a Home Reno

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Spending to make your home nicer, safer and more efficient can save you money in the long run, but it could cause stress in your relationship in the here-and-now. In a survey done by the home design site Houzz, 46 percent of couples found that remodeling could lead…

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To Help Beat Heart Disease, Stay Upbeat

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Optimism and a sense of purpose can improve your heart health, new research suggests. Psychological well-being has cardiovascular benefits because people with a positive outlook are more inclined to lead a healthy lifestyle, the researchers concluded. Upbeat people are more likely to eat well, engage in physical activity,…

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Internal Body Clocks May Affect Timing of Epileptic Seizures

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Circadian rhythms, the 24-hour body clocks that regulate a person’s sleep-wake cycle, may affect the timing of seizures in roughly 80 percent of epilepsy patients, researchers report. These findings, which shed new light on seizure patterns, could help doctors treat the disease more effectively, the researchers said. “Understanding…

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