'No Documented Reason' for 1 in 3 Outpatient Opioid Rxs: Study

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The United States is in the grip of an epidemic of opioid painkiller addiction. But now, research shows that in nearly a third of cases there’s no medical reason documented for opioids prescribed in an outpatient setting. The findings show the need for stricter rules on recording patients’…

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Want to Avoid Type 2 Diabetes? Eat More Whole Grains

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It may seem counterintuitive, but eating bread, pasta and cereal may actually help prevent type 2 diabetes, as long as those foods are made from whole grains, new research suggests. The study found that each serving of whole-grain foods per day was linked to as much as an…

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Chronic Pain May Drive Some to Suicide

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Suffering debilitating pain every day may be so unbearable that some decide to take their own lives, new research suggests. More than 25 million U.S. adults have some level of daily pain, and 10.5 million have considerable pain every day. In this study, researchers led by Dr. Emiko…

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Can Teen Drivers Be Scared Into Safe Driving?

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Is it possible that showing teenagers the real-life consequences of risky driving might make them safer drivers? Maybe, a small study suggests. Taking teens to the emergency room, intensive care unit and morgue increased their awareness of the results of unsafe driving. But the researchers couldn’t prove that…

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An Ancient Art May Work Best to Prevent Falls in Old Age

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The ancient practice of tai chi may beat strength training and aerobics for preventing falls among seniors, a new trial shows. A modified senior-centered tai chi program reduced falls nearly a third better in a head-to-head comparison with an exercise regimen that combined aerobics, strength training and balance…

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AHA: Many With Supposed Drug-Resistant Blood Pressure Aren't Taking Meds

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) — For about one in five people with what appears to be hard-to-treat, or resistant, high blood pressure, they simply aren’t taking prescribed medications, new research suggests. Drug-resistant hypertension appears to be on the rise and occurs when blood pressure remains above normal even after the patient has…

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AHA: What's a Dangerous Level of Blood Pressure in Pregnancy?

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) — High blood pressure rates could nearly double in women of childbearing age if the latest guidelines are used, according to a new study. But researchers say more investigation is needed to see if those lower blood pressure targets in pregnant women are safe — or effective. The…

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Talking to Baby Might Boost Middle School Success

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Time spent reading to toddlers or having “conversations” with them helps boost their intelligence and thinking skills, even a decade later, new research shows. The study found that the more “conversational turns” that occurred in a toddler’s day, the better children performed on tests that measure IQ, language…

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1 in 4 Seniors Who Take Xanax, Valium Use Them Long Term

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When older people use drugs like Valium or Xanax to calm anxiety or help them sleep, they run a high risk of becoming drug-dependent, new research suggests. In the study of almost 600 adults averaging 78 years of age, about one in four who were prescribed these types…

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Blood Infection Sepsis Tied to Heart Attack, Stroke

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Survivors of serious bloodstream infections called sepsis are at increased risk for stroke and heart attack for four weeks after leaving the hospital, a new study finds. The study included roughly 42,300 sepsis patients in Taiwan. Of those, 22 percent died within 30 days of hospital admission. Among…

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1 in 5 College Students So Stressed They Consider Suicide

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — College can be so stressful that many students think about killing themselves, and some even try, a new study suggests. Among more than 67,000 students surveyed, over 20 percent said they experienced stressful events in the last year that were strongly associated with mental health problems, including harming…

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4 Habits That Lead to Better Food Choices

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The choices you make every day, both big and small, influence your weight and your health. For instance, do you grab coffee and a donut for breakfast or opt for yogurt with fresh fruit? Understanding why you make the choices you do and how to improve those choices…

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