Why Choo-Choo is Better for Baby's Language Skills Than Train

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Baby talk may sound silly, but it speeds infants’ language development, a new study suggests. Researchers in Scotland recorded people talking to 47 infants whose language development was assessed at ages 9, 15 and 21 months. Tots who more often heard baby talk words like bunny or choo-choo…

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Why Seniors Can Struggle With Swallowing

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you have developed swallowing problems as you age, a new study may explain why. A loss of muscle mass and function in the throat helps explain why 15 percent of seniors have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), researchers have found. “Dysphagia has serious consequences for health and quality of…

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The Dark Side of Sunless Tanning

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Don’t kid yourself that using a sunless tanning product will prevent skin cancer. Unless you’re willing to stop sunbathing altogether, you’re still at risk for skin damage, researchers report. “For the most part, adults who use sunless tanning products continue to engage in risky tanning behaviors,” said study…

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Hiccups for a Month? It Can Happen

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Short-lasting hiccups are annoying enough, but some people get hiccups that last longer a month or more. The longest recorded case? An Iowa farmer had hiccups continually for 69 years and nine months, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. In most cases, persistent hiccups (two days…

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AHA: Air Pollution Exposure Linked to Enlarged Hearts

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Healthy people exposed to even low levels of air pollution over a handful of years developed enlarged heart chambers, a common precursor to heart failure, a new study indicates. While previous research has established a firm link between air pollution and higher risks of heart disease and…

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Better Sleep During Pregnancy May Cut Odds of Preemie Birth

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People often urge moms-to-be to get plenty of sleep before the baby comes. Now, researchers report that good sleep during pregnancy might also lower the risk of premature delivery. The review of published studies provides important information for pregnant women and their doctors, said lead researcher Jane Warland,…

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Scientists Trace Link Between Head Injuries and Parkinson's

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Links between brain damage and contact sports continue to emerge, with scientists now tying repetitive head impacts to a condition that can lead to Parkinson’s disease. Researchers have already tied repetitive head impacts with the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and dementia. Now, investigators who examined 694…

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Too Little Fish for Mom Linked to Higher Preemie Birth Risk

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you love fish and you’re pregnant, new research suggests eating lots of it might help you avoid delivering your baby too soon. The researchers found that women who had the lowest levels of fatty acids from fish during their first and second trimester were 10 times more…

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Home Check: Electrical Safety, Room-by-Room

FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You might not think much about it when turning on a light in your home, but faulty wiring and electrical products can lead to fire, injury and even death. That’s why it’s important to check for and fix potential problems before they happen. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety…

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Opioid Addicts Turning to Unapproved Antidepressant to Get High

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a trend that suggests opioid addicts are turning to new fixes, a government report shows that use of an unapproved antidepressant is becoming more widespread in the United States. Tianeptine is used in some European, Asian and Latin American countries for treatment of depression and anxiety. But…

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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Better

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you want to keep your kids at a healthy weight, show them, don’t tell them. That’s the advice of one expert who says simple and easy steps are better than direct discussions about weight and health. “Food is powerful. It has the potential to heal and to…

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AHA: Heart Problem Forced Her Baby to Be Delivered Early. Then Came a Steeper Challenge.

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 (American Heart Association) — One night after work, on her way up three flights of stairs to her apartment, Kayde Wolf paused on every landing to catch her breath. In her 20s, fit and healthy, she didn’t understand what was happening. The next day, Kayde felt lethargic and anxious. Her heart…

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