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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Aspirin, Fish Oil May Not Prevent Heart Trouble in Those Already at Risk

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Aspirin or fish oil probably won’t help prevent heart attacks or strokes in folks who are already at risk for cardiovascular issues, three new studies show. In the first study, taking a daily, low-dose aspirin did little to ward off first strokes or heart attacks in people who…

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As U.S. Kids Take More Meds, Dangerous Drug Mixes Could Rise

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Everyone worries about drug abuse among children, but a hidden danger for some kids rests in prescription medicines intended to help them, a new study warns. Some children and teenagers who are prescribed multiple medications are at risk of drug interactions that could literally stop their heart, according…

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Study Finds Some Patients With A-Fib Have Hidden Brain Damage

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a new study of patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation (a-fib), 4 in 10 had previously undetected brain damage, though none had a history of stroke or mini-stroke. This brain damage could put them at risk for mental decline and dementia, researchers said. Their study…

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Pediatricians Warn of Rising Use of Pot While Pregnant, Breastfeeding

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More and more pregnant or breastfeeding women are using marijuana, and U.S. pediatricians are pushing back against the notion that the drug is “safe.” There’s evidence that exposure to marijuana compounds might harm the fetus, and these compounds might also find their way into breast milk, the American…

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School Kids Need Supervision After Classes End

SUNDAY, Aug. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As parents send their kids back to school, they need to remember the school day includes the hours before and after classes, a leading pediatrician’s group says. Children in grade school and middle school require supervision, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). An adult should be…

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Here's Food for Thought — and School Success

SATURDAY, Aug. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Want to help your kids succeed at school? Watch what they eat. Research shows that children who have a nutritious breakfast have better concentration, more energy and do better in school, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Some schools provide breakfast. If your kids’ school does…

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Put Good Health on Your Child's Back-to-School Checklist

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Parents should include medical checkups, updated health records and safety training on kids’ back-to-school checklists, a group of emergency physicians advises. “We all know about reading, writing and arithmetic. Let’s consider adding a fourth ‘R’ for parents — establishing routine healthy behaviors,” Dr. Paul Kivela, president of the…

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College Grades Low? Try a Different Seat in the Classroom

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Students headed off to college will soon be spending many hours in cavernous lecture halls, and new research suggests that where they sit may help predict their final grade. British researchers examined students’ reasons for choosing certain seats during a lecture and found that many preferred sitting with…

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Newborns' Immune Systems Ramp Up After Birth

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A baby’s immune system kicks into high gear immediately after birth, a new study finds. Changes in a newborn’s immune system have been difficult to assess because doing so has relied on samples taken from the umbilical cord immediately after birth. In this study, researchers used a new…

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