'Moderate' Drinking May Help the Heart, But Only If You Stick With It: Study

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Could a habit of consistent “moderate” drinking — a little more than two drinks a day for men, and slightly less for women — actually help your heart? That’s the suggestion from a new study of more than 35,000 British and French adults whose health and drinking habits…

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Why Fewer Blacks and Hispanics Survive Some Childhood Cancers

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Poverty is a major reason black and Hispanic children with some types of cancer have lower survival rates than white patients, a new study finds. Researchers examined U.S. government data on nearly 32,000 black, Hispanic and white children who were diagnosed with cancer between 2000 and 2011. For…

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How to Prevent Your Child From Getting Bullied — or Being a Bully

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With the start of a new school year, bullying will become an issue for many children and their parents. Parents should teach their children to respond to bullying by staying calm; looking the bully in the eye; saying in a firm voice, “I don’t like what you are…

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When Kids Focus on 1 Sport, Overuse Injuries Rise

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Young athletes specializing in one sport may hope it’s a ticket to an athletic scholarship in college, but a new analysis suggests the practice might also doom them to overuse injuries. Pulling data from five prior studies, scientists found that athletes aged 18 and younger who concentrated on…

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Spine Stimulation May Help Paralyzed Patients Regain Bladder Control

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many people with spinal cord injuries suffer the loss of bladder control, but a small new study shows that stimulation of the lower spine might help them regain some of that control. The study included five male patients. For four months, they received 15 minutes a week of…

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Taking a Stand at Work

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many studies have pointed to the serious health threats of long periods of uninterrupted sitting at home or at work. Even if you get in a 30-minute exercise session a day, that may not be enough to undo all the damage of sitting. An overall sedentary lifestyle has…

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Study Explores New Way to Stop Cancer's Spread

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Scientists say they’re researching a way to destroy cancer cells that travel to other parts of the body. Many cancers become especially dangerous only when they spread (metastasize) from the initial location to other tissues such as the lungs, brain or bone, the University of Colorado Cancer Center…

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Blood Test Gives Quick Prognosis for Lymphoma Treatment: Study

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A blood test can predict which lymphoma patients will respond well to normal treatment and which may need a more aggressive approach, researchers report. Their study included 217 patients with diffuse large B cell lymphoma, the most common type of the blood cancer non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The blood test…

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Are High-Tech Baby Monitors Worth It? Or Even Safe?

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — That wearable oxygen monitor you bought for your baby could be feeding you bad information, researchers report. Tests of two infant oxygen monitors sold directly to consumers have raised serious concerns about the accuracy of these devices, which are meant to keep an eye on a baby’s heart…

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Read Any Good Books Lately? No, Teens Say, We're Too Busy Texting and Online

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — One of every three American teens has not read a book just for the fun of it in a year, a new study finds. That’s because they’re busy texting, checking social media and playing video games four to six hours a day. The insight into their media habits…

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HPV Test May Replace Pap for Some Women, New Guidelines Say

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The Pap smear has long been the gold standard for cervical cancer screening, but an expert panel now says the HPV (human papillomavirus) test is also an option for women over 30. These women now have three choices under new recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task…

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New Lab Test Spots Heart Attack, Risk of Future Heart Woes

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new method of diagnosing heart attack patients in the emergency department is more accurate and faster than current methods, researchers say. The laboratory score can also identify patients at risk of more heart problems after they leave the hospital, according to the study published Aug. 20 in…

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