Number of Opioid-Addicted Women Giving Birth Quadruples

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The number of pregnant women addicted to opioids as they give birth has more than quadrupled since 1999, a disturbing new report shows. In 2014, for every 1,000 hospital deliveries, 6.5 were mothers who arrived at the hospital with opioid use disorder, up from 1.5 per 1,000 in…

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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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'Fat' Mouse Test Failure Yields New Obesity Clue

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A failed attempt to create extremely obese mice have led researchers to discover a possible new way to treat obesity. Instead of an extremely obese mouse, the Yale University team “created a mouse that eats fat but doesn’t get fat,” Anne Eichmann, a professor of cellular and molecular…

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AHA: Obesity May Increase Risk for Peripheral Artery Disease

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) — People with obesity are known to be at increased risk for coronary heart disease, the most common type of heart disease. Now, a new study shows obesity may also increase the chance of developing peripheral artery disease. Coronary artery disease develops when the arteries that supply blood…

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Is Evolution of the Human Brain to Blame for Some Mental Disorders?

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Evolutionary changes in the human brain may be responsible for psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, new research suggests. The researchers identified long, noncoding stretches of DNA (called “repeat arrays”) in a gene that governs calcium transport in the brain. Their findings were published Aug. 9…

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Prenatal Vitamin D Pills Won't Boost Babies' Growth: Study

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For pregnant women who are vitamin D-deficient, vitamin supplements won’t improve the growth of their fetus or infant, Canadian researchers report. The study was done in Bangladesh, where vitamin D deficiency is common among women of reproductive age, and where 30 percent of newborns are small and the…

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For Pennies a Drink, Higher Taxes Would Help Counter Alcohol's Toll: Study

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As a tool to reduce the public health toll of drinking, higher taxes on alcohol get the most bang for the buck, a new study finds. Worldwide, more than 4 percent of diseases and 5 percent of deaths are directly linked with alcohol, previous research suggests. In this…

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Improve Diet Quality to Boost Weight Loss

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Eating fewer calories is essential when you want to lose weight, but there’s growing evidence that the quality of those calories matters, too. Eating high-quality foods not only boosts weight loss, but also reduces your risk for chronic diseases. High-quality foods are fresh or minimally processed. Think vegetables…

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Frequent Skin Cancers May Signal Risk of Other Cancers, Too

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who have frequent recurrences of a common skin cancer may be at increased risk of a range of other cancers, a new study suggests. Researchers found the heightened risk among patients who’d had many bouts of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) — a highly treatable form of skin…

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Exercise Really Can Chase Away the Blues … to a Point

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Exercise is good for your mental health, as long as you don’t overdo it, researchers say. An analysis of data from 1.2 million people in the United States found they reported 3.4 days a month of poor mental health on average. But those who were physically active had…

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U.S. Trauma Doctors Push for Stricter Gun Controls

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Strict regulation of semi-automatic guns, accessories and ammunition is needed to stop “senseless” gun violence in the United States, an association of trauma surgeons contends. Guns are involved in more than 38,000 deaths and at least 85,000 non-fatal injuries every year in the United States, the American Association…

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Boxers vs. Briefs and Your Chances of Becoming a Dad

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Attention guys: Your tighty whities may not be doing your sperm any favors. Men who wear tight-fitting briefs have sperm counts that suffer in comparison to men who wear boxers, according to results from the largest study to date on the controversial topic. “Men who wore tighter underwear…

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