New Research Suggests Glaucoma May Be an Autoimmune Disease

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The eye disease glaucoma may be an autoimmune disorder, a new study suggests. Glaucoma affects nearly 70 million people worldwide. It damages the retina and optic nerve and can lead to blindness. In research with mice, scientists found that immune system T-cells cause the retinal damage that occurs…

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Dining Out With Smartphones Isn't Appetizing

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Keeping that smartphone handy while out with friends may backfire: The pull of digital technology is distracting and drains enjoyment out of face-to-face interactions, new research suggests. A pair of studies focused on cellphone use showed those who keep their phones easily accessible while eating out feel more…

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AHA: With Hurricane Season Underway, Health Experts Urge More Support for the Vulnerable

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) — When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last fall, José Maldonado was heartbroken. Although he now lives in Maryland, he has strong ties to the island where he was born. But when his sisters tried to convince him to help with disaster relief, he was skeptical. “In the…

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Global Aid Programs Shortchange Teen Health Needs: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teen health in developing countries is vastly underfunded, researchers report. While teens represent 26 percent of people in developing countries, teen health received just 1.6 percent of global development aid for health between 2003 and 2016, the study found. And very little of that money was directed to…

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Early Onset Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Heart Disease, Shorter Life

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with type 1 diabetes have a much greater risk of serious heart problems and early death, especially if they were diagnosed before age 10, new research suggests. But the study only found an association, and didn’t prove cause and effect. More than 27,000 type 1 diabetics in…

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American Heart Association Turns Dietary Advice on Its Head

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Eating a wide variety of foods might not be good for you after all, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). “Eating a more diverse diet might be associated with eating a greater variety of both healthy and unhealthy foods. Combined, such an…

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Frequent Sexting Can Weaken Committed Relationships

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Sexting can lead to dissing. That appears to be one takeaway from a small survey of North American adults in committed relationships who share explicit visuals and/or texts via mobile phones with each other. While the survey suggests that some couples who engage in sexting do see improvements…

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Here's What Makes Seniors Feel and Act Younger

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A pair of new studies points towards two potential paths to the fountain of youth. When older adults feel more control of their lives and get more exercise, they feel younger — and that improves their thinking, overall quality of life and longevity, the studies say. One study…

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Women With Asthma More Likely to Develop COPD

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More than 4 in 10 women with asthma developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and heavy smoking and obesity were among the significant risk factors, a new study found. The research involved more than 4,000 women with asthma in Canada who were followed for about 14 years after…

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Working Out After Baby

FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Losing weight about 6 months after giving birth lowers a woman’s risk of being overweight in the future. The best strategy to get back to pre-baby weight is a combination of diet and exercise, rather than diet alone. That’s because exercise boosts heart health and helps preserve muscle…

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Doctors Write Fewer Opioid Scripts After Learning of Overdose Death

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Doctors prescribed fewer opioid pain medications after receiving letters from a medical examiner informing them of a patient’s fatal overdose, a new study says. Many people who die of opioid overdoses got addicted to the drugs after they were prescribed for common problems. This study included 861 doctors…

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New Dads Can Get the Baby Blues, Too

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Postpartum depression isn’t limited to moms. Rates of depression among new fathers are similar to those among new mothers, and more needs to be done to help these men, two psychologists say. “Recent research has shown that roughly 10 percent of new dads experience postpartum depression, and up…

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