Antibiotics During Infancy May Up Childhood Obesity Risk

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Babies who are prescribed antibiotics before they’re 2 years old may be more likely to become obese children, new research suggests. Acid reflux medications may also up the risk, though that connection was not as strong. The findings come from the tracking of infant medication histories and childhood…

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Could Diabetes Drugs Help Curb Alzheimer's?

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Alzheimer’s patients taking diabetes drugs may have fewer signs of dementia in their brains than similar patients not taking the drugs, new research finds. Specifically, the post-mortem study found that people who’d taken diabetes meds had fewer abnormalities in tiny blood vessels in their brains, and less abnormal…

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Gut Reaction: Immigration May Help Explain Expanding Waistlines

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For newcomers to the United States, the downside of immigration may be a rapid change in gut bacteria, researchers say. Microbes in the digestive tract have a direct influence on digestion and overall health. This new finding could help explain health issues — such as obesity and diabetes…

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AHA: What's the Blood Pressure Connection to Alzheimer's Disease?

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Look after your heart to be kind to the mind. That’s the primary message emerging from research into Alzheimer’s, a disease of the brain that appears to be deeply driven by what happens to the heart and blood vessels. The link between high blood pressure and Alzheimer’s…

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First U.S. Drug Containing Marijuana-Derived Ingredient Goes on Sale

THURSDAY, Nov.1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The first Food and Drug Administration-approved drug containing an ingredient derived from the marijuana plant went on sale Thursday in the United States. Epidiolex is a twice-daily oral solution — a cannabidiol, or CBD liquid — made by Britain-based GW Pharmaceuticals. It is approved for use in patients 2…

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Dad's Age May Play Role in Pregnancy Outcomes

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More men are delaying fatherhood, and new research suggests that might raise the risk of both birth complications and infant health problems. When new fathers are aged 45 or older, there’s an increased chance of preterm birth, infant seizures and even gestational diabetes in the mother, the study…

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Anti-Seizure Drug May Be New Weapon Against Depression

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A drug used to control seizures may be a potent weapon against depression in patients who don’t find relief with antidepressants, a small pilot study suggests. Some of the 18 patients taking ezogabine (Potiga) experienced a 45 percent reduction in depression and an increase in their ability to…

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Cellphone Radiation Tied to Upped Odds for Cancer — in Rats

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Rats developed cancer after being exposed to high levels of cellphone radiation, but those levels were much higher than what people are exposed to when using their cellphones, a new government report says. When exposed to radio frequency radiation like that used in 2G and 3G cellphones, male…

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One Man's Journey Back From Stroke at 52

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Price Woodward was the picture of health at age 52. He lived an active lifestyle and ran marathons. He was definitely not the type of person you’d expect to have a stroke. But one night, his wife, Tammy, heard a strange noise coming from the other side of…

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Half of Older Women Suffer Incontinence, Many Don't Tell Their Doc

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Nearly half of older American women have urinary incontinence, but many have not talked to a doctor about it, a new national poll shows. More than 1,000 women, aged 50 to 80, were asked questions about their bladder control. The poll found that 43 percent of those in…

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Keeping Track of Healthy Calories

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Even when eating nutritiously, healthy aging depends on moderating the number of calories you take in. Surprisingly, studies show that if you follow a healthy diet, but eat more than an average number of calories, you won’t fare any better in terms of healthy aging than people who…

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Hospital Infections in Stroke Patients Raise Other Risks

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When stroke patients get an infection while in the hospital, that may raise the chances they will wind up back in the hospital later, new research suggests. Researchers examined data on more than 319,000 U.S. patients who had an ischemic stroke (blocked blood flow to the brain) who…

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