Take a Vacation, Your Heart Will Thank You

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’ve been enjoying a lot of time off this summer, a new analysis has good news: All that vacationing might lengthen your life. The finding comes from an updated review of data in a 1970s Finnish heart health study that followed roughly 1,200 middle-aged men in their…

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What You Need to Know About Autism Spectrum Disorder

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Autism spectrum disorder — or ASD — is a developmental disability now diagnosed in about one in 37 boys and one in 151 girls in the United States. Researchers are learning more about why differences in the brain develop and result in autism spectrum disorder, which includes autism…

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Traffic Noise Is (Bad) for the Birds

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — City birds age faster than their country cousins and traffic noise may be the reason why, a new study suggests. The research focused on telomeres — caps on the ends of chromosomes that protect genes from damage. Shortening of telomeres indicates faster aging. At 120 days of age,…

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More Evidence Ties Stress to Heart Trouble

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Depression, anxiety or other forms of mental distress may significantly boost the risk of heart disease among older adults, new research from Australia suggests. The finding is from a four-year study that tracked psychological distress among nearly 222,000 seemingly healthy men and women, aged 45 years and older,…

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For a Healthier Heart, Stick to 6 to 8 Hours of Sleep

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to sleep, people seem to have different needs. But how much sleep is best for your heart? A new analysis of 11 studies that included a total of more than 1 million adults without heart disease suggests the sweet spot is six to eight hours…

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U.S. Deaths From Suicide, Drugs Surpass Diabetes

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More Americans are now dying from suicide and drug overdoses combined than from diabetes, a new report reveals. In 2016, there were 29 deaths from suicide or drug overdose per 100,000 Americans, compared to just under 25 deaths per 100,000 from diabetes. That was up from just two…

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Expert Advice for a Safe Trip Back to School

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Whether your kids walk to school, take the bus or ride in a carpool, teaching them some common-sense practices will make for a safer trip, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Children who take a school bus should be reminded to wait for it to stop before approaching…

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New Wrinkle in Heart Health: Furrowed Brows May Bode Ill

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A furrowed brow could be a red flag for your heart health, a new French study suggests. People who have more deep forehead wrinkles than is typical for their age might have a higher risk of dying from heart disease, researchers found. Those with the deepest wrinkles on…

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Could Too Much 'Good' HDL Cholesterol Be Bad for Your Heart?

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to protecting one’s heart, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol — or HDL — has long had a reputation of being the “good” cholesterol, compared to the “bad” cholesterol — LDL (low-density lipoprotein). But new research suggests that there could be too much of a “good” thing. Very…

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Weight-Loss Drug Belviq Is First to Show No Harm to Heart

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The weight-loss drug Belviq (lorcaserin) appears to help people shed pounds without adversely affecting the heart in those already at higher heart risk, new research shows. That’s a first — and a major hurdle overcome — for medicines specifically aimed at weight loss, experts say. In the 1990s,…

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Pot May Stay in Breast Milk for 6 Days

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a finding that should give any new mom pause, researchers report that marijuana can linger in breast milk for almost a week. Researchers tested breast milk samples from 50 women who used marijuana either daily, weekly or occasionally, and detected THC — the active component of the…

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Is Climate Change Draining Nutrients From Crops?

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Rising levels of carbon dioxide caused by air pollution are making crops less nutritious, a new study warns. That could put hundreds of millions of people worldwide at risk for protein, zinc and iron deficiencies and related health problems, the researchers said, with people in poor countries at…

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