Say No to Yo-Yo Dieting

FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — New to weight loss or tired of yo-yo dieting? Learning “stability skills” first may lead to greater long-term weight loss success. Many dieters regain up to 50 percent of the weight they lose within a year because they abandon the healthy lifestyle changes they made to lose the…

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Kids Without Access to Good Food Face High Blood Pressure Risk

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Poor nutrition increases a child’s risk of high blood pressure, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed national health survey data for 2007 to 2014 from more than 7,200 U.S. kids between 8 and 17 years of age. More than one-fifth lacked good access to nutritious foods, and more…

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Probiotics: Don't Believe the Hype?

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — They’re sold everywhere, but can probiotics — the good bacteria found in some foods like yogurt and in supplements — really help restore digestive health? Maybe, but only for some people, new research suggests. The Israeli researchers found that some people’s digestive systems held on to the probiotics…

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AHA: Are Die-Hard Sports Fans Putting Their Hearts at Risk?

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Tailgate parties are kicking off the National Football League’s regular season, and if the brats and burgers, cheese dips and chili bowls aren’t enough to give passionate sports fans heart problems, all the close calls and tense final moments of upcoming games just might. Football fans aren’t…

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Exercise May Boost Brain Power in Alzheimer's, Mouse Study Suggests

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There are plenty of reasons to work out, and this may be another: Exercise promotes the growth of new brain cells that improve thinking in mice with a form of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study finds. Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers reported that it may be possible to…

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'Million Hearts' Project Aims to Prevent 1 Million Cardiac Crises

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Millions of Americans aren’t taking simple steps that could ward off a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke, a new government report shows. Heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related conditions caused 2.2 million hospitalizations in 2016, new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.…

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AHA: WNBA Stars Take Their Shot at Heart Health Awareness

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Achieving victory in a high-stakes competitive sport like professional women’s basketball takes a lot of heart — in every sense of the word. So, as the WNBA championship finals begin Friday, it makes sense that maintaining good health, cardiovascular and otherwise, has been a top priority for…

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New One-Dose Flu Drug Shows Promise

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An experimental single-dose flu drug shows promise as a new way to alleviate the misery of influenza, researchers say. The drug — called baloxavir — worked better than no treatment in one phase of a new study. The study also found it as effective as the current standard…

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More Aging Boomers Are Embracing Pot

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Have those weed-loving hippies taken their habit into the new millennium? Maybe so: New research shows pot isn’t the drug of choice for just the young anymore. More middle-aged folks, and even seniors, are lighting up nowadays, researchers say. In fact, federal survey data show that 9 percent…

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Online History Gives Clues to Heart Ills

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Online searches about heart disease peak in the winter, a new study says. That’s when deaths from heart disease top out, too. Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and more than 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States every year. Researchers wondered…

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Surgeons Recommend Fewer Opioid Pills After Nose Jobs

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many patients who have nose surgery use far fewer opioid painkillers than they’re given, evidence that doctors are overprescribing the highly addictive drugs, a new study suggests. For the study, researchers reviewed 173 nose surgery (rhinoplasty) cases performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Of those, 168 patients…

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Evidence Doesn't Support Statin Use in Healthy Seniors

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There is no evidence to support the widespread use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to prevent heart disease and stroke in old and very old people, Spanish researchers say. For the new study, the investigators analyzed data from nearly 47,000 people aged 75 and older with no history of…

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