Government Rules Aimed at Curbing Opioid Prescriptions May Have Backfired

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic widened, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) placed the prescription painkillers in a tougher-to-refill category. Many states also mandated monitoring programs to spot overprescribing by doctors. But two new studies suggest these steps, while well-intentioned, may have led to more opioids —…

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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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AHA: CPR Training at School Now Required in 38 States

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (American Heart Association) — An ordinary afternoon became extraordinary when Anthony Rosa Compres saved a man’s life. As he and two friends walked through their Bronx, NY, neighborhood after school last fall, they saw a man lying on the ground surrounded by a crowd of people. Compres, a high school senior…

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Eyes Could Be Window to Predicting Alzheimer's

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An eye exam might spot people with Alzheimer’s disease before they show any symptoms, researchers report. “All of us have a small area devoid of blood vessels in the center of our retinas that is responsible for our most precise vision. We found that this zone lacking blood…

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Doctors Discover New Type of Multiple Sclerosis

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new subtype of multiple sclerosis (MS) has been identified by researchers, and the discovery changes understanding of the disease. MS has long been considered a disease of the brain’s white matter, where immune cells destroy the fatty protective covering (myelin) on nerve cells. The destruction of myelin…

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Exercising on an Empty Stomach: Good Idea or Not?

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s an age-old question, whether it’s better to exercise before or after eating. Research done in the United Kingdom might provide the impetus for some people: According to a small study, exercise burns more body fat when you do it on an empty stomach. The research compared the…

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Drug Combo Fights Melanoma That Has Spread to Brain

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A combination of two drugs that work with the immune system can help beat back melanoma that has moved to the brain, an early clinical trial has found. The study included 94 patients with advanced melanoma that had invaded the brain. All were treated with two “immunotherapy” drugs…

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Store Tobacco Ads Help Get Kids Vaping

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Tobacco displays and advertising in convenience stores make teens more willing to try electronic cigarettes, researchers say. E-cigarettes are the most commonly used smoking products among young people in the United States. The study, which included 160 middle and high school students between 11 and 17 years of…

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AHA: Losing Loved Ones to Heart Disease Moves Woman to Fight for Her Health

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Three days after Christmas, Yolanda Thompson was at work when she got the call she hoped she would never receive. Her husband, Aaron, had suffered a massive heart attack. “He was a large man and had already had one heart attack,” she said. “We knew that if…

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Kids With Autism Learn, Grow With the 'Social Robot'

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Robots may hold the keys to social success for kids with autism. That’s the takeaway from an experimental home-based therapy in which autonomous “social” robots modeled and encouraged behaviors like maintaining eye contact and paying attention while playing with 12 children with autism spectrum disorder. The kids were…

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Your Kid's New Reading Buddy Could Be a Robot

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An interactive robot named Minnie could help make your child an active and happy reader, a new study claims. Minnie is programmed to respond with thoughtful comments as kids read to it. The robot also makes human-like eye contact and engages in idle movements, creating the illusion of…

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Breastfeeding Bonus: Lower Stroke Risk for Mom Years Later

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There are a host of health benefits that breastfeeding brings to a baby, but a new study suggests it may also lower a mom’s stroke risk later in life. The research found that women who breastfeed have a 23 percent lower risk of stroke after menopause. The link…

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