Dim the Lights to Help Your Child Fall Asleep

SUNDAY, July 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to bright light in the hour before bedtime can make it difficult for kids to fall asleep, family health experts warn. As day changes to night, the body increases production of a sleep-inducing hormone called melatonin. But exposure to artificial light from light bulbs or electronic devices…

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Shield Yourself From the Summer Sun

SATURDAY, July 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When you’re out having fun in the sun this summer, remember to take steps to prevent sunburn. Along with being painful, sunburns can cause lasting damage that can lead to a number of skin problems, including skin cancer, warned Dr. Suzanne Olbricht, chief of dermatology at Beth Israel…

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Gyms With Tanning Beds Send Mixed Message

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Gym rats are trying to get healthy. So why do so many U.S. gyms have tanning beds, researchers want to know. Since indoor tanning raises the risk of skin cancer, this common combo sends a conflicting message to gym users, University of Connecticut researchers say. “By pairing exercise…

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Summers Less Smoggy Now, But Winter Air Hasn't Improved

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Air quality improvements in the United States have been significant but largely limited to summer. Now, researchers say they know why. For decades, summer air was the worst of the year, replete with haze-containing particles that cause asthma, lung cancer and other illnesses. But overall lower levels of…

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AHA: For Protein & Your Heart, Pick Quality Over Quantity

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 (American Heart Association) — High-protein diets are everywhere, but not all protein is created equal. For heart health, experts say the key is moderation and choosing wisely. “Very high intake of meat, especially processed red meat, is not good for overall health,” said Dr. Jyrki Virtanen, author of a recent study…

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Americans Say Editing Baby's Genes OK, Up to a Point: Poll

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Gene editing is no longer just fodder for sci-fi movies. Most Americans believe it’s OK to tweak a baby’s DNA under certain circumstances, a new poll finds. The Pew Research Center, based in Washington, D.C., found almost three-quarters of Americans approve of gene editing to prevent serious health…

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It's Hot Outside: How to Stay Safe When Thermometers Rise

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As much of the United States continues to swelter through 90-plus temperatures and high humidity, one emergency physician is offering advice on keeping safe. First, Dr. Robert Glatter said, it’s important to know that anyone can be a victim of heat stroke, but some people are at particular…

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Using Smartphones During Lectures = Lower Grades

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — College students might want to leave their smartphones and tablets behind when they head to a lecture, new research suggests. Otherwise, the distraction might translate into a lower grade on the final exam. For the study, researchers followed 118 cognitive psychology students at Rutgers University in New Jersey.…

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Tap Into the Health Powers of Garlic

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As scientists look 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 cuisine, has emerged as one such superfood. Part of the allium family, which includes…

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Vaping Medical Pot May Not Ease COPD Symptoms: Study

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A feeling of breathlessness is the hallmark of the respiratory ailment known as COPD. Now, Canadian researchers say vaping marijuana failed to ease that symptom for most people in their study. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a progressive respiratory ailment, often tied to smoking, with characteristics of…

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Scuba Diving May Be Risky for Older Hearts

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Scuba diving might sound like a great adventure, but a new report warns that if you are older and overweight, you have a higher chance of having a heart attack while underwater. These divers need to address any health problems that might increase their risk of heart attack…

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Whey Powder Blamed for Salmonella Tied to Ritz Crackers, Goldfish: FDA

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Ritz and Goldfish crackers, Swiss Rolls — they’ve all been tied to possible salmonella contamination through a common ingredient, dry whey powder, U.S. officials say. “There are no confirmed illnesses related to these products,” commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb stressed in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration news release…

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