Don't Believe the Hype on 'Vaginal Rejuvenation,' FDA Says

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Despite their growing popularity, there’s no evidence that so-called “vaginal rejuvenation” procedures are either safe or effective, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The procedures, which use lasers and other energy-based devices to remove or reshape vaginal tissue, claim to treat conditions and symptoms related to menopause,…

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HIV Doubles Heart Disease Risk

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with HIV are twice as likely to develop heart disease than those without the AIDS-causing virus, British researchers report. Their review of studies from 153 countries also found that HIV-associated heart disease has more than tripled in the past 20 years, as more people with HIV live…

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Here's What Happened When 1 Unvaccinated NYC Kid Got Measles

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new report details how a measles outbreak tore through two Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2013, ignited by an unvaccinated teen who brought the highly contagious disease home from a trip to London. Before it was over, 58 people came down with the measles, out…

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AHA: Limit Diet Sodas and Drinks, Stick to Water Instead

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) — People are drinking fewer diet drinks these days, and a panel of health experts agrees that’s a good idea. A science advisory from the American Heart Association (AHA) counsels against regular and long-term consumption of diet beverages, particularly in children. Instead, the group of leading nutritionists, doctors…

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LGBQ Youth More Prone to Obesity

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Rates of obesity and inactivity are higher among lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning (LGBQ) youth than among their heterosexual peers, a new study reports. “Lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning youth may not only be at risk for worse mental health, but also worse physical health outcomes compared to…

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Sun's Harms Rise After Organ Transplant

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Organ transplant recipients are at increased risk for skin cancer and need to protect themselves, a dermatologist warns. “Individuals who receive organ transplants need to take immunosuppressive medications for the rest of their lives, and this makes it more difficult for their bodies to fight disease, including skin…

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Obesity Warps the Shape, Function of Young Hearts

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Doctors have long known that obesity raises the risk for heart disease later in life, but new research reveals it can damage even young hearts. British scientists found that young adults who had a higher body mass index (BMI) — an estimate of body fat based on height…

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Yes, There Is Room for Chocolate in Your Diet

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Dark chocolate is soothing and satisfying, and it may have health benefits, including some for heart health. But can it fit into a weight-loss diet? Yes … if you control portions. Unsweetened cocoa — the cacao bean product with tons of healthy flavonoids — has only about 12…

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New Drug Reverses Hair Loss in Mice

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An experimental drug reversed hair loss, hair whitening and skin inflammation in mice that were first fed a diet high in fat and cholesterol. Previous research has suggested a link between fatty diets and hair/skin issues in people. The researchers emphasized that it’s not known if the drug…

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Media Reports of Celeb Suicides May Trigger 'Copycat' Tragedies

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — News reports on suicides may be quickly followed by a bump in suicide rates — especially if they contain details that sensationalize the tragedy, a new study finds. The research adds to evidence of a phenomenon known as “suicide contagion.” It happens when vulnerable people identify with a…

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Drinking While Breast-Feeding May Dampen Child's Brain Development

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Sorry, new moms, although you’ve already waited at least nine months, it’s not time for a glass of wine just yet: New research suggests it might be best for baby’s brain to wait until you’ve stopped breast-feeding. That’s because exposure to alcohol in breast milk was linked to…

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Majority in U.S. Support Medical Pot, Think It Could Fight Opioid Crisis

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans strongly support medical marijuana, and a majority also believe that pot should be legal for recreational purposes, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll has found. Nearly nine out of every 10 adults — 85 percent — believe that marijuana should be legalized for medical use, the poll reports. And…

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