Moms Who Smoked as Teens More Likely to Deliver Smaller Babies

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A woman’s risk of having a baby with a low birth weight is higher if she starts smoking in her teens, a new study suggests. That’s because women who start smoking as teens are far more likely to smoke during pregnancy, which increases the risk of having a…

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Access to Diabetes Drugs Improved Under Affordable Care Act: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with diabetes face a host of expenses related to their disease, but some relief may now be available in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility as part of the Affordable Care Act. A new study reports that the number of prescriptions filled rose by up to 40 percent…

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Female Heart Attack Patients Fare Better If ER Doc Is a Woman

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women are significantly more likely to survive a heart attack if their emergency physician is a woman, new research reveals. The finding comes from a study of two decades of data on almost 582,000 heart attack patients admitted to hospitals across the state of Florida between 1991 and…

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Barriers to Doctor-Nurse Communications Thwart Care

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A “power gap” between doctors and nurses contributes to poor communication that puts hospital patients at risk, a new study contends. To learn more about communication breakdowns between the two groups, researchers recorded doctor-nurse interactions at the University of Michigan Health System. Doctors and nurses were then asked…

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Just 2 Weeks' Inactivity Can Trigger Diabetes in at-Risk Seniors: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A short stretch of inactivity can unlease diabetes in older adults at risk for the blood-sugar disease, a new study finds. For the study, overweight patients with prediabetes were asked to reduce their daily steps to no more than 1,000 a day for two weeks. This short stretch…

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Better Blood Test May Spot Heart Attack Faster

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new blood test can help emergency room doctors more quickly determine whether patients with chest pain are having a heart attack, a U.S. study confirms. The test is a more sensitive version of one that emergency physicians have been using. It detects a protein called troponin, which…

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Study Forecasts Dramatic Floods in Western U.S. Due to Climate Change

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Climate change could more than double the risk of rain-on-snow flooding in parts of the western United States and Canada by the end of the century, researchers report. The risk is highest in the Sierra Nevada, the Colorado River headwaters and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Rain-on-snow events can…

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Homeless Babies Face Lasting Health Risks

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Homelessness in infancy poses long-term harms, including greater risk for poor health and development later in childhood, a new study finds. “We too often refer to ‘resiliency’ when we talk about children exposed to hardship as infants. We should not mislead ourselves about the very real long-term impacts…

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Recognizing Early Childhood Speech Problems

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You eagerly await baby’s first words and delight at his growing vocabulary. But that excitement may cause you to miss speech problems that should be corrected quickly. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), many parents don’t know common warning signs of speech problems or that they’re easier…

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Too Much Screen Time May Pile on the Pounds

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, making it more likely they’ll become overweight or obese, a new review claims. The average 8- to 18-year-old spends more than seven hours a day fixated on a screen, whether it’s a computer, smartphone, tablet, video game…

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What Makes a Better Baseball Batter?

SUNDAY, Aug. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Ace hitters like Barry Bonds and Derek Jeter probably can confirm this: Baseball players with faster hand-eye coordination are better batters, a new study finds. This is especially true when it comes to measures of “plate discipline,” like drawing walks and swinging at pitches in the strike zone,…

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How to Keep Foodborne Illness at Bay

SATURDAY, Aug. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When you’re having a barbecue or picnic, be sure you don’t invite foodborne illnesses caused by salmonella bacteria. Each year in the United States, salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses and 23,000 hospitalizations, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Salmonella contamination can occur in…

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