AHA: Personal Trainer Is Half the Woman She Used to Be

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Annabelle Jimenez’s knees ached constantly. Her back, too. She knew why. Having long struggled to control the quality and quantity of her diet, her weight had ballooned to 380 pounds. “I couldn’t walk a block without feeling extremely tired and in pain,” she said. Jimenez grappled with…

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Illicit Use of ADHD Meds Won't Boost Grades: Study

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many college students turn to ADHD medications during exam week, treating the prescription stimulants as “smart drugs” that will enhance their academic performance. But a new study shows that drugs like Adderall do not improve, and can actually impair, brain function in healthy students who take the drug…

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3-Pronged Approach to Cancer Prevention

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Need another reason to improve your diet and start exercising? Doing so could help ward off cancer, a new study finds. “Keep in mind that every lifestyle factor counts and it is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle,” said study co-author Bernard Srour, of the French…

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Too Few Americans Getting Screened for Cancer: CDC

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Routine checks for breast, prostate, cervical and colon cancer save lives, but screening rates for all but colon cancer have stalled in recent years, U.S. health officials report. According to the new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, the number of Americans getting recommended cancer screening…

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Alzheimer's Drug Trial Offers New Hope, But Uncertainty, Too

THURSDAY, July 26 (HealthDay News) — There have been many setbacks on the long road to finding a treatment that might slow or stop Alzheimer’s disease, but a new trial offers a glimmer of hope. Researchers report that an experimental drug called BAN2401 slowed mental decline by as much as 30 percent in Alzheimer’s patients.…

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Science-Based Diet Tips That Really Work

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s no shortage of good diet advice, but the following tips have scientific research to support them. For starters, take the advice to never go shopping hungry one step further by eating a piece of fruit before you go. Researchers found this encouraged people to buy 25 percent…

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Could Psoriasis Patients Eat Their Way to Fewer Symptoms?

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A study of more than 3,500 French psoriasis patients found that the healthier their diet, the less severe their symptoms. Specifically, the closer an individual adhered to the nutritious “Mediterranean” diet, the less onerous their psoriasis became. This was true regardless of whether or not the patient was…

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Sprained Ankle? Opioid Rx More Likely in Some States Than Others

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you wind up in the emergency room with a minor injury, the likelihood you will be prescribed unnecessary opioids may depend on where the hospital is located, new research suggests. For example, such prescriptions were much less likely to be offered in hospitals in Michigan, Minnesota, New…

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Do Men Really Hook Up More Than Women?

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new study reveals why sex surveys tend to find that men have had far more sexual partners than women. Researchers in Scotland analyzed the responses of more than 15,000 men and women in a survey that found the average number of lifetime sexual partners among men was…

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Yes, Fingernail Cancer Is a Thing — Just Ask This Beauty Queen

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Karolina Jasko was a high school senior when a nail salon worker pointed out the black vertical line on her right thumbnail. Because she typically painted her nails, the black line had gone unnoticed and unheeded, but then it started to show signs of infection. At that point,…

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Giving Plasma During Air Transport May Save Trauma Patients

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Giving blood plasma to seriously injured patients en route by helicopter to the hospital can improve their chances of survival, a new study suggests. The study, led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, included 500 trauma patients with severe bleeding. “These results have the power to…

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Why Are Doctors Removing Too Many Thyroids?

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — More Americans than ever are being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and most are having the entire gland removed in response. But that is an overreaction to a cancer that likely will not kill most people who are diagnosed with it, two doctors argue in a new report. Most…

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