Later Breakfast, Earlier Dinner Might Help You Shed Body Fat

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Could the timing of your breakfast and dinner help you eat less and lose body fat? A small, preliminary study suggests it’s possible. People cut their daily calorie intake by about 25 percent when they held off on breakfast for 90 minutes and then had dinner 90 minutes…

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Babies of Opioid-Addicted Moms May Struggle in School

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The consequences of the opioid epidemic may be more far-reaching than thought. New research suggests that children who experience drug withdrawal after birth may be at risk of educational disabilities between the ages of 3 and 8. Additionally, the Tennessee study reported that children with neonatal abstinence syndrome…

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Pediatricians Make Change to Child Car Seat Guidelines

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Kids should ride in rear-facing car safety seats until they reach the highest height and weight their seat can hold, a leading pediatricians’ group now says. The previous advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics was to stop using a rear-facing seat when a child was 2 years…

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Sleep Apnea Might Raise Odds for Painful Gout

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with sleep apnea have higher chances of developing gout, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data on nearly 16,000 people with sleep apnea and more than 63,000 people without apnea who were followed for a median of nearly six years. (Half were followed longer, half for less…

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Even at Low Levels, Toxic Metals Put Heart at Serious Risk: Study

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to toxic metals such as arsenic, lead, copper and cadmium is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and heart disease, researchers report. Their analysis of 37 studies that included nearly 350,000 people linked arsenic exposure to a 23 percent increased risk of coronary heart disease and…

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Low Back Pain? These Exercises May Help

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Low back pain is a common health complaint. And if it sidelines you for too long, it can lead to weight gain, a loss in your fitness level and keep you from doing things you love. But not moving isn’t the answer — specific exercises can help you…

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Drug Slows Brain Shrinkage in Progressive MS

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A drug that has long been used in Japan for asthma may slow down brain shrinkage in people with progressive multiple sclerosis, a preliminary trial has found. The study, published Aug. 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine, tested an oral drug called ibudilast. It is not…

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Monitoring System for Underage Tobacco Sales Falls Short: Study

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The way that U.S. regulators try to find stores that illegally sell tobacco products to minors doesn’t work, a new study contends. The approach involves an undercover minor trying to make a single attempt at a store to buy tobacco products. In this study, researchers hired minors and…

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Drug for Spinal Muscular Atrophy May Help Older Children: Study

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A drug used to treat a rare and deadly muscle-wasting disease in children still improves muscle control even if treatment begins at a later age, a new study found. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a leading genetic cause of death in infants worldwide. It attacks nerve cells in…

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Ancient Treatment May Help Fight 'Superbugs'

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A certain type of clay appears effective against disease-causing bacteria in wounds, including some that are antibiotic-resistant, researchers say. In some cultures, wet clay or mud is used as a skin treatment or poultice, and the use of mud as medicine stretches far back in human history. “We…

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AHA: It Takes More Than a Bribe to Get Some People to Exercise

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Getting people to exercise isn’t as easy as dangling money in front of them like a carrot in front of a hungry horse. It turns out it’s better to show them the money, and then threaten to take it away. As obesity rates rise and physical activity…

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Obamacare Enrollee Numbers Aren't Falling: Report

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Health insurance coverage rates have held steady in the United States, despite continued commotion over the future of the Affordable Care Act, a new government report shows. About 28.3 million Americans were uninsured during the first quarter of 2018 — not significantly different than 2017, and 20.3 million…

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