Bills Mount for Breast Cancer Survivors

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Surviving breast cancer is certainly its own reward, but a new study finds that many who do are saddled with thousands in out-of-pocket expenses for years. On average, breast cancer survivors get hit with an extra $1,100 in yearly out-of-pocket cancer-driven costs, researchers found. But interviews with 129…

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AHA: Bandmates in The War and Treaty Open Up About Health, Homelessness

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Michael Trotter Jr. said his mother knew the turkey sandwiches, hot dogs and cupcakes he and his siblings were constantly eating weren’t good for them. But life in homeless shelters was traumatic, and eating a nutritious meal was not high on his mother’s priority list. “When you’re…

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HPV Vaccine Doesn't Put Girls' Fertility at Risk: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — HPV vaccination does not hurt teen girls’ future fertility, a new study says. Large studies have called the HPV (human papillomavirus) shot safe, but vaccination rates in the United States are lower than for other shots recommended for teens, such as tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal conjugate. Parents’…

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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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John McCain No Longer Receiving Treatment for Terminal Brain Tumor

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Senator John McCain’s long battle with brain cancer may be nearing an end, with his family announcing Friday that he will no longer receive treatment for the condition. The 81-year-old Republican Arizona senator and hero of the Vietnam War had been undergoing treatment for an aggressive glioblastoma since…

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Is a Health Secret Hiding in Your Infant's Diapers?

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Could baby poop hold the key to a healthy gut? A new study suggests that might be the case. An analysis of fecal samples collected from the diapers of 34 healthy infants identified 10 strains of gut bacteria that may boost the body’s production of short-chain fatty acids.…

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Here's How Sleepless Nights Can Trigger Weight Gain

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — One sleepless night might tip the body’s metabolism toward storing fat while depleting muscle, new research suggests. Many studies have linked poor sleep — whether from insomnia or working the night shift — to weight gain and health conditions like type 2 diabetes. But that type of research…

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Alcohol Helps Kill 2.8 Million People Globally Each Year

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Alcohol contributes to 2.8 million deaths a year worldwide, and there is no safe level of alcohol consumption, researchers say. The new analysis of hundreds of studies conducted between 1990 and 2016 found that one in three people worldwide (2.4 billion people) drink alcohol, and that 6.8 percent…

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HPV Vaccination Rates Rising Among U.S. Teens

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — HPV vaccination rates continue to climb in the United States, jumping a full 5 percentage points between 2016 and 2017, a new government report shows. Nearly 66 percent of boys and girls aged 13 to 17 received the first dose in the vaccine series in 2017, according to…

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Did Russian Bots, Trolls Try to Sway U.S. Vaccine Debate?

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Politics weren’t their only target. New research suggests that Russian trolls and social media bots also tried to sow false information on Twitter about the supposed “dangers” of vaccines. Researchers analyzed thousands of tweets sent between July 2014 and September 2017. They identified misleading tweets about vaccines from…

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FDA Bans E-Cig Liquid Products That Look Like Snacks, Candies

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Potentially poisonous e-cigarette liquid made by 17 different manufacturers comes in packaging that strongly resembles that of candies, cookies and other snacks popular with kids. And after warnings sent to the companies in May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the products on Thursday. The agency told…

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