IVF May Put Children at Risk for High Blood Pressure

TUESDAY, Sept. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In vitro fertilization gives couples struggling to conceive the chance to have children, but a new study suggests these kids are at increased risk for high blood pressure. The study, of 54 teens conceived through assisted reproduction, found that eight — or 15 percent — had high blood…

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Even 'Good' Levels of Air Pollution Are Bad for Smokers

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Even low levels of air pollution can pose a threat to the lungs of cigarette smokers, researchers say. They tested 29 nonsmokers, 71 smokers without lung disease, and 58 smokers with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study found that the lungs of both groups…

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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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Opium Poppy Genome Research May Aid Painkiller Production

MONDAY, Sept. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Scientists who decoded the opium poppy genome say the breakthrough might improve production of the plant to provide a cheap, reliable supply of pain relievers and other medications. The opium poppy is used to make the cough suppressant noscapine, and the painkillers morphine and codeine. “Biochemists have been…

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All Children Should Receive Flu Vaccine ASAP, Doctors Advise

MONDAY, Sept. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — All children 6 months of age and older should have a flu shot, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. A flu shot significantly reduces a child’s risk of severe illness and flu-related death, according to the policy statement published online Sept. 3 in the journal Pediatrics. “The…

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Homelessness Takes Toll on Kids' Health Even Before They're Born

MONDAY, Sept. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Homelessness threatens young children’s health, even if it occurs while they’re still in the womb, a new study shows. “These findings back up what we already knew about how the stress of homelessness affects children’s heath, but this helps us determine which children are at greatest risk, and…

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Losing Weight the Online Way

MONDAY, Sept. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Not being able to attend face-to-face meetings doesn’t mean you can’t get the benefits of joining an organized diet group. All you need is an internet connection. Online diet programs let you sign in for information and motivation at any hour of the day or night. Participating in…

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What Every Woman Needs to Know About Ovarian Cancer

SUNDAY, Sept. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women need to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer and see a doctor if they have them, an ob-gyn expert says. Ovarian cancer is the fifth-leading cause of death in American women, claiming more lives than any other cancer of the female reproductive system, according to the American…

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Early Eye Checks for Kids a Smart Move

SATURDAY, Sept. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The earlier the better when it comes to having your child’s vision checked, eye experts say. “Babies must have a vision screening by a health care professional soon after they are born, which must include an evaluation of the ‘red reflex’ of the eyes,” said Marcela Frazier. She’s…

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Undescended Testes Tied to Higher Risk of Cancer, Infertility

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Young boys with undescended testes are at increased risk for testicular cancer and infertility in adulthood, new research suggests. Undescended testes are the most common birth defect in infant boys, affecting one in 100. Corrective surgery is required. For the new study, researchers examined data on nearly 351,000…

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Obamacare May Have Boosted Access to Birth Control

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, may close a big gap in women’s access to reproductive health care, a new study suggests. In a survey of nearly 1,200 women of childbearing age enrolled in Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid for low-income adults, one in three…

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FDA Warns of Dangers of Liquid Nitrogen in Food, Drinks

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You risk serious injury if you consume or handle food and drink products where liquid nitrogen is added just before consumption, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Friday. These products — which have names such as “Dragon’s Breath,” “Heaven’s Breath” and “nitro puff” — are available in…

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