How Common Is Dementia Among LGBT Seniors?

SUNDAY, July 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Dementia strikes about one in 13 lesbian, gay or bisexual seniors in the United States, a new study finds. “Current estimates suggest that more than 200,000 sexual minorities in the U.S. are living with dementia, but — before our study — almost nothing was known about the prevalence…

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For Breast-feeding Working Moms, Co-Workers' Support Is Key

SATURDAY, July 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The support of co-workers is crucial for new mothers who want to continue breast-feeding after returning to work, a new study finds. Study author Joanne Goldbort, an assistant professor at Michigan State University College of Nursing, said co-worker support is critical for several reasons. In the workplace, a…

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AHA: ER Visits, Hospitalizations for AFib on the Rise

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Emergency room visits for atrial fibrillation are soaring. Added to the number of people admitted to the hospital for the condition, it’s contributing to “an alarming growth” in its economic burden to the country, according to a new study. Annual visits to the emergency department for this…

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Ebola Antibodies Show Protection Potential in Animal Studies

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Two types of antibodies from the blood of Ebola survivors protected animals against strains of the virus that cause deadly infections in people, researchers report. It may be possible to use these antibodies to create a treatment for Ebola, the researchers said. The team, led by Dr. James…

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Bayer Stops U.S. Sale of Essure Birth Control Implant

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Amid lawsuits and plummeting sales for its Essure birth control device, drug giant Bayer announced Friday that it would cease U.S. sales of the product by the end of 2018. “This decision is based on a decline in U.S. sales of Essure in recent years and the conclusion…

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Green Spaces a Mental Balm for City Dwellers

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A splash of green in an urban landscape can lift the spirits of city residents, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed the mental health of people who lived within a quarter-mile of vacant lots in Philadelphia before and after those lots were converted into green spaces, as well…

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'Fat-Freeze' Complication May Be More Common Than Thought

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fat-freezing is touted as a noninvasive way to shed “love handles,” but it’s riskier than previously believed, Florida plastic surgeons warn. After the procedure, about one in 138 patients develops hardened lumps of fat at the treatment site, according to a small, new study. The fat accumulation —…

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When 'Good' Cholesterol Is Bad for Older Women

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — HDL cholesterol may be known as the “good” kind, but a new study suggests high levels of it are not always a good thing for women after menopause. The study, of nearly 1,400 postmenopausal women, found that those with higher HDL levels were more likely to show “plaques”…

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FDA Warns of Deaths Tied to Tainted Synthetic Pot

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Synthetic marijuana products contaminated with an ingredient found in rat poison have caused several deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations in the United States recently, federal health officials report. The contaminant — a blood thinner called brodifacoum — can cause severe bleeding and has been found in synthetic marijuana…

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Could Diet Soda Help Curb Colon Cancer's Return?

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests that colon cancer patients who regularly drink diet sodas have a much lower risk of their tumor coming back, or of dying from the cancer. In a study funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute, researchers tracked outcomes for more than 1,000 colon cancer…

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Study Confirms Added Cancer Risk for Diabetics, Especially Women

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The increased risk of cancer in people with diabetes is higher for women than men, a new study finds. Previous research identified the link between diabetes and cancer risk, but this study looked at whether that risk differs between men and women. The takeaway: Among people with diabetes,…

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Daily Low-Dose Aspirin May Be Weapon Against Ovarian Cancer

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) — One low-dose aspirin a day could help women avoid ovarian cancer or boost their survival should it develop, two new studies suggest. In fact, daily low-dose aspirin — the type many older women already take to help their hearts — was tied to a 10 percent reduction in…

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