Tap Into the Health Powers of Garlic

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As scientists look more deeply into the effects of diet on health, they’re finding that more and more everyday foods offer benefits that go well beyond making dishes tastier. Garlic, an ingredient found in almost every type of cuisine, is emerging as one such superfood. Part of the…

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Trying to Get the New Shingles Vaccine? Join the Crowd

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For weeks, Donna Greene got the brush-off when she asked the pharmacist about getting her second dose of Shingrix, the sought-after but scarce new shingles vaccine. Check back next week. Check in two weeks. We just don’t know, she was told at last. Finally, in mid-October, Greene got…

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Teens at High-Performing Schools Less Likely to Use Pot

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The type of high school teens attend may determine whether they’ll try marijuana and other illegal drugs, a new study suggests. “We concluded that schools play an important role in influencing adolescent behavior,” said study first author Dr. Rebecca Dudovitz, an assistant professor at the University of California,…

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For Diabetics, Going Vegan May Boost Mood Along With Health

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Diabetes is a formidable foe that can tax the bodies and the spirits of people diagnosed with the blood sugar disease. But a plant-based diet may help boost the physical and the mental health of unhappy people with type 2 diabetes, a new evidence review reports. Diabetics who…

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Which Weight-Loss Surgery Is Best?

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Deciding to have weight-loss surgery is tough enough, but then you have to choose between several procedures — each with different risks and potential weight loss. So how do you decide which one is best for you? New research that compares three types of weight-loss surgery in more…

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Halloween Can Be a Tricky Time for Your Pet

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you insist on dressing your pet in a costume for Halloween, Fido will thank you for doing so in a safe and comfortable way, veterinarians suggest. “Make sure costumes are the appropriate size and fit for the pet. A costume that is too tight will be constricting…

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The Real Reasons Parents Refuse HPV Vaccination

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Safety concerns are a main reason American parents hesitate to have their children vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a new study. The finding challenges a common reason given by doctors for not recommending the vaccine more forcefully — that parents are concerned the…

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New Evidence Pot May Harm the Teen Brain

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teens who stop smoking pot can think and learn better afterward, even if they are only light users, a new study reports. Compared to teenagers and young adults who continued using marijuana, those who abstained for a month displayed a “modest but reliable improvement in their ability to…

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Ebola Vaccines Show Lasting Effect

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Three experimental Ebola vaccines trigger an immune response that lasts for more than two years against the deadly disease, researchers report. In addition to being welcome news for the Ebola outbreak that’s now spreading throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo, this success story is spurring research into the…

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AHA: How to Beat Triggers That Make You Crave a Cigarette

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) — When Rafe Poirrier smoked cigarettes, he smoked as soon as he woke, after eating, while driving, and whenever he took a break at work. “I think my favorite (part) was socializing — hanging out with smokers outside an office building, at a bar or in a park,”…

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Kids' Pedestrian Death Rate Rises on Halloween: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Trick-or-treating is a Halloween tradition that can quickly turn disastrous, with new research showing a more than 40 percent spike in pedestrian deaths on the spooky holiday. Kids wearing dark costumes, zigzagging across streets and popping out between parked cars are potentially tragic targets for drivers rushing home…

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