Blood Test in Early Pregnancy May Predict Mom's Diabetes Risk

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A blood test seems to detect signs of gestational diabetes as early as the 10th week of pregnancy, a new U.S. government study says. Gestational diabetes occurs only in pregnancy and can pose a serious health threat to mothers and babies. It increases the mother’s risk of pregnancy-related…

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AHA: Are Eggs Good for You or Not?

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) — The egg is standard breakfast fare, but many people may be wondering whether eggs are healthy. At just 78 calories each, eggs are an efficient, rich source of protein and vitamins. A large egg contains about 6 grams of protein. Eggs also are a good source of…

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Sleep in Your Contacts, Risk Serious Eye Damage: CDC

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A 59-year-old man was in the shower, wiping his eyes with a towel, when he heard a popping sound and felt pain shoot through his left eye. His cornea had developed a severe ulcer and ruptured, tearing a hole in his eye. The ulcer grew from a bacterial…

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Thinning Retina Seen as Early Warning Sign for Parkinson's

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your eyes could provide early evidence that you’re developing Parkinson’s disease, a small study out of South Korea suggests. People with early Parkinson’s appear to experience a thinning of their retinas, which are the light-sensitive nerve cells that line the back of the eye, the researchers reported. This…

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Childhood Exposure to Smoke May Raise Risk of Death From COPD

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Adults with long-term exposure to secondhand smoke as children are at increased risk of early death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research suggests. The American Cancer Society study also linked exposure to secondhand smoke in adulthood with increased risk of premature death from COPD and several…

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Here's a Part of Aging That Really Stinks

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Unpleasant phantom odors haunt many older Americans, a new study finds. Of more than 7,400 people over age 40 who took part in a federal health survey, 6.5 percent said they experience nasty odors — such as burning hair or the reek of an ashtray — from nowhere.…

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Research Links Long-Banned Insecticide DDT to Autism

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — High levels of exposure to the insecticide DDT in women seems to more than double the risk of autism in their children, new research suggests. The study looked for a link between the development of autism and two common environmental chemicals — DDT and PCBs. PCBs are chemicals…

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New Drug of Last Resort Tackles Resistant HIV

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is typically a manageable infection, but medications that keep the virus at bay don’t work for everyone. Now, researchers have developed a new medication to help them. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug — ibalizumab (Trogarzo) — in March.…

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U.S. Opioid Epidemic Fueling Life Expectancy Decline

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The opioid epidemic may be a major reason for recent declines in Americans’ life expectancy, a new study says. A second study found rising death rates among Americans ages 25 to 64, but cited a number of factors as potential causes. In the first study, researchers looked at…

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Why Friendships Matter

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your calendar might be filled with play-dates for your kids, but it’s important to ink in some get-togethers of your own. Existing friendships may take a back seat to other priorities, and making new friends might seem like mission impossible, but research suggests that friends may be more…

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Breast Cancer Drug Promising in Phase 3 Trial

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For women with advanced breast cancer who carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, an experimental drug could improve survival, a new study suggests. The BRCA mutations are linked with a greater risk for aggressive breast and ovarian cancer. The drug, talazoparib, works by blocking an enzyme called…

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Why You Should Watch Your Weight After You Stop Smoking

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s good news and bad news for smokers who worry about packing on extra pounds when they try to quit. In a new study, quitters who gained a lot of weight faced a higher short-term risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the researchers found. But the health benefits…

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