Severe Diarrhea Can Send IBS Patients Over the Edge

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The agony of severe diarrhea can make some people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) wish they were dead. So claims a new survey that reveals the mental and physical fallout from the chronic disease. “IBS can be an extremely tough, emotional and difficult condition to live with and,…

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Elective Labor Induction May Cut C-Section Risk

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Contrary to what doctors have thought, women who opt to have their labor induced in the 39th week of pregnancy do not face a heightened risk of cesarean section, a new clinical trial finds. In fact, the study showed, those women were less likely to need a C-section…

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Online Daters Are Really Looking for Their Better Half

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most people seeking romantic partners online try for someone “out of their league.” That’s the conclusion of researchers who analyzed data from online dating networks in Boston, Chicago, New York and Seattle. They found most of the people contacted prospects who were considered 25 percent more desirable than…

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Parents' Religious Beliefs May Affect Kids' Suicide Risk: Study

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teens, especially girls, whose parents are religious may be less likely to die by suicide, no matter how they feel about religion themselves, new research suggests. The lower suicide risk among those raised in a religious home is independent of other common risk factors, including whether parents suffered…

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Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Genes ID'd

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More genes associated with an increased risk of triple-negative breast cancer have been identified by researchers. Until now, only mutations in the BRCA1 gene have been linked with this type of breast cancer. “Triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive type of cancer that cannot be treated using targeted…

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Catch-Up HPV Shots Work for Teen Girls

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations are effective for teen girls who didn’t get the recommended shots when they were 11 or 12, researchers report. The Kaiser Permanente study of more than 25,000 women aged 26 and younger found that those who got all three doses of the vaccinations between…

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Which Drugs Work Best for ADHD? Large Study Zeroes in on Two

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Researchers have identified what they describe as the safest, most effective short-term drug treatments for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It’s methylphenidate for kids and amphetamines for adults, according to a new study. Those conclusions are drawn from an analysis of more than 133 clinical trials that included more…

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Preschoolers' Parents May Be Unprepared to Treat Asthma

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Only about half the parents of asthmatic preschoolers had the right knowledge and medicines on hand to treat their child’s breathing condition at home, a new study found. And one-third of those children had empty inhalers, the researchers reported. “The inability to treat asthma could lead to emergency…

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For Seniors, Getting Physical Protects the Heart

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re in your early 60s, becoming more active may reduce your risk of heart disease, researchers report. That’s especially true for women, they added. “The 60 to 64 age range represents an important transition between work and retirement, when lifestyle behaviors tend to change. It may, therefore,…

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5 Special Splurges That Don't Break the Calorie Bank

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You can splurge from time to time and still lose weight when you choose foods that are lavish but also low-calorie. The meat in a steamed one-pound lobster has fewer than 100 calories. If you don’t want to fuss, order a broiled lobster tail. King crab legs are…

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Picture This — It Makes Kids Eat More Veggies

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Parents often struggle to get their kids to eat more vegetables. But could something as simple as a picture of broccoli on a plate get children to load up on the healthy stuff? Probably, at least for preschoolers, a new study reports. When the kids were served lunch…

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School Prep Includes Planning Allergy, Asthma Management

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Allergies and asthma can make the start of the new school year a challenge for kids who aren’t prepared to deal with flare-ups, an allergist warns. “Every age group is different in how much they can handle when it comes to protecting themselves from flare-ups due to allergies…

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