'Deaths of Despair' May Have Helped Fuel Trump's Victory: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — U.S. voters’ despair over poor health and premature deaths might have tipped the 2016 presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor, a new analysis argues. Counties that voted Republican more heavily had a 15 percent higher age-adjusted death rate than counties that voted heavily Democratic, researchers found. In particular,…

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Why So Many Firefighters Die From Cardiac Arrest

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Firefighters who die from cardiac arrest tend to have underlying heart problems, a new study finds. Cardiac arrest accounts for more job-related deaths among firefighters than any other cause, and researchers wanted to know what ups their risk. “Firefighters face many dangers, but the greatest risk is from…

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5 Smart Ways to Prepare for Elective Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — No one looks forward to surgery, but if you’re able to have an elective procedure — meaning on your schedule — rather than an emergency operation, taking certain steps in the weeks beforehand will lead to a better outcome and easier recovery. Work on getting healthier through aerobic…

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'On-Again, Off-Again' Relationships May Be More Trouble Than They're Worth

TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Ross and Rachel from “Friends” did it. So did Carrie and Mr. Big from “Sex and the City.” But couples who break up and then make up repeatedly — in what’s known as “relationship cycling” — may be setting themselves up for a heap of emotional turmoil, new…

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Chemo for Lung Cancer May Trigger Early Menopause, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Younger women who undergo chemotherapy for lung cancer are more likely to experience early menopause, researchers have found. The new study included 182 women who were an average age of 43 when they were diagnosed with lung cancer. Within a year, 64 percent of the 85 women who…

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New Ebola Virus Found in Bats

TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new Ebola virus species discovered in bats in Sierra Leone has never been detected in sick humans or other animals, a new study shows. It’s the first finding of its type, according to the researchers. The newly identified species — called Bombali — has the potential to…

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New Hormonal Link Suspected in Type 2 Diabetes

TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Two disorders that often occur together — type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure — may have a common link in a hormone called aldosterone, researchers suggest. Aldosterone has already been implicated in the development of high blood pressure (hypertension). Now, a new study reports that people with…

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Many Who Battle Cancer Stay Strong Mentally

TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most older adults who are current or former cancer patients have good mental health, a new study finds. The study included 438 Canadian adults with cancer and 1,174 cancer survivors who took part in a 2012 survey on mental health. All were aged 50 and older. Two-thirds of…

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Severity of Alzheimer's Can Vary by Season

TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The thinking ability of people with Alzheimer’s disease changes depending on the season, researchers report. These patients are better in the late summer and early fall than in the winter and spring, according to the analysis of data on nearly 3,400 Alzheimer’s patients in the United States, Canada…

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AHA: Nutrient-Rich Diet May Help Heart Failure Patients Avoid Hospital, Death

TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 (American Heart Association) — A varied, quality diet could help prevent hospitalizations and even death among patients with heart failure, a new study suggests. Researchers investigating nutritional deficiencies found that people with heart failure who lack seven or more micronutrients had nearly double the risk of dying or being hospitalized than…

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A Vaccine to Prevent Acne? It May Be Possible One Day

TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Acne and adolescence go hand in hand. But researchers say the skin lesions might become a torment of the past if preliminary tests of an experimental vaccine pan out. So far, the vaccine has only been tried on animals and human skin samples. It uses antibodies to target…

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Working Workouts Into Your Life

TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Weekly fitness guidelines can seem like a laundry list of to-do’s that you just can’t get done — 30 minutes of cardio at least five days, resistance training two or three days, and at least two flexibility sessions … each and every week. Yet each type of exercise…

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