Radiation for Childhood Brain Tumor Can Hinder Memory

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Radiation therapy for the most common childhood brain tumor can cause memory problems, new research suggests. Specifically, it can leave young survivors struggling to create memories of recent personal events, the small study found. But survivors’ ability to recall ones that happened before radiation wasn’t affected. “There are…

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When a Parent Has Cancer, Kids Suffer Long Term: Study

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children whose parents have cancer are more likely to struggle in school and to have lower incomes as adults, a new Danish study suggests. The study included more than 1 million people born in Denmark from 1978 through 1999. Before their 18th birthday, about one in 20 had…

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Kids' Play Is Healthy, Pediatricians' Group Says

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Play is a child’s most important work, preschool teachers like to say, and a new American Academy of Pediatrics report wholeheartedly agrees. Play is a crucial way for kids to develop social and mental skills, head off stress and build a healthy bond with parents, the child health…

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Newer HIV Therapies Yield Big Gains But Racial Gaps Persist

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Improved treatment has nearly tripled viral suppression rates among HIV patients in the United States over the past two decades, researchers report. But viral suppression rates remain lower among young people and black Americans, the researchers add. About 1.2 million U.S. adults have HIV, the virus that causes…

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6 Steps for Promoting Heart Health in Women

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While the total number of U.S. deaths from heart disease has declined in recent years, it has stayed the same for younger women. This prompted researchers from Harvard and Indiana universities to look for lifestyle factors that could promote heart health. They analyzed 20 years of records from…

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Gut Enzyme Could Help Solve U.S. Blood Shortages

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An enzyme found in gut bacteria could convert type A blood into universal type O blood, a scientific feat that would significantly boost blood supplies, a new study suggests. This enzyme converts A blood into O blood approximately 30 times faster than any enzyme on record, and it…

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Stressed at Work? Open Office Plan Might Help

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Maybe it’s time to retire the office cubicle. A new study suggests that open workspaces without partitions between desks encourage employees to be more active and help curb stress. “We are becoming an increasingly sedentary workforce, and anything that we can do, even passively, to nudge physical activity…

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New, Natural Pesticides Effective Against Mosquitoes: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new class of natural-based mosquito repellents appears to be effective, researchers report. Each year, nearly 700 million people worldwide contract mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, West Nile, Zika and dengue fever, resulting in more than 1 million deaths. Many mosquito species have become resistant to commonly used…

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Are More U.S. Women Using Pot to Ease Morning Sickness?

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A substantial number of pregnant women may be turning to marijuana to ease morning sickness, a new study suggests. The study of more than 220,000 pregnant women found that more than 5 percent had recently used marijuana. And it was more common among women who’d been suffering from…

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U.S. Political Climate Frightening for Teens: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Donald Trump’s America might be harming the mental health of teens, especially minority teens, a new study suggests. Fear of discrimination became more common among Los Angeles-area teenagers between the 2016 election and the months following Trump’s presidential inauguration in 2017, researchers found. Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall,…

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Good News, Bad News in U.S. Breastfeeding Report

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most new mothers in the United States start out breastfeeding, but many stop sooner than recommended, a new federal government report says. Of the nearly 4 million babies born in 2015, about 83 percent started out breastfeeding, but fewer than 36 percent were still breastfeeding at 12 months,…

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AHA: 'Bad' Cholesterol Can Be Deadly in Otherwise Healthy People

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Healthy people with a low risk of cardiovascular disease may still need to keep a close eye on their cholesterol, according to new research. A study, published recently in the journal Circulation, found that otherwise healthy people with high LDL cholesterol levels are at higher risk of…

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