U.S. Deaths From Liver Disease Rising Rapidly

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The Great Recession continues to take a grim toll: Since 2009, a growing number of Americans have died from liver disease and liver cancer. The increase among 25- to 34-year-olds is especially troubling because the deaths are due to cirrhosis, a disease caused by excessive drinking, the authors…

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E-Cigarettes, Nicotine Patch During Pregnancy May Hike SIDS Risk

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Using any form of nicotine during pregnancy or while nursing may raise a baby’s risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), new animal research suggests. The findings indicate that nicotine patches or electronic cigarettes may not be a safe alternative to cigarettes during pregnancy, the study authors said.…

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Adding or Switching Diabetes Drugs Can Put Patients at Risk: Study

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Using sulfonylurea drugs with or instead of metformin to control blood sugar increases type 2 diabetics’ risk of serious complications, a new study finds. Metformin is a first-line treatment for type 2 diabetes, meaning it is the first drug that will be tried. But sulfonylureas are the most…

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Selecting a Personal Trainer

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A personal trainer can design an exercise program to meet your fitness goals, keep you motivated and adapt your training as you progress. But your first step is finding a qualified professional. While there aren’t any national standards or minimum requirements for someone to call themselves a personal…

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Supplement May Ease the Pain of Sickle Cell Disease

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An FDA-approved supplement reduces episodes of severe pain in people with sickle cell disease, a new clinical trial shows. Endari, a medicine-grade version of the dietary supplement L-glutamine, reduced sickle cell patients’ number of acute pain crises by 25 percent compared with a placebo, the researchers found. In…

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Longest Study Yet Finds Adult Kids of Lesbian Moms Are Doing Fine

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Young adults raised by lesbian moms show the same mental well-being as those who grew up with heterosexual parents, a new study suggests. The findings, published in the July 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, come from the largest, longest-running study to track development of…

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Does a Woman's Childbearing History Affect Her Alzheimer's Risk?

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A woman’s pregnancy history may predict her risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests. “We found that women who had given birth to five or more children were 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than women who gave birth to fewer children,” said study author…

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Top of Teachers' To-Do List: Focus on the Positives

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Students gain when teachers focus on positive behavior. So say British researchers who examined the impact of a program designed to train teachers to build strong social relationships with their students. They’re encouraged to ignore minor bad behavior, and acknowledge good behavior. The program resulted in improved student…

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Pain, Sleeplessness Often Precede MS: Study

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Pain, sleep problems and mental health disorders are common in the five years before someone is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a new study reveals. Knowing about these symptoms could help doctors diagnose and start treating MS earlier, possibly slowing the damage it causes to the brain and spinal…

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AHA: Vaping Tied to Blood Clots — in Mice

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) — A new study involving mice raises another concern about the danger of e-cigarettes in humans after experiments showed that short-term exposure to the device’s vapors appeared to increase the risk of clot formation. A higher risk of clots forming can lead to a greater chance of a…

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More Pregnant Women Having Heart Attacks

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Few women consider the scary possibility that they might suffer a heart attack during or right after their pregnancy, but a new report shows it has become a more common reality in recent years. Along with the fact that women are having children at an older age, rising…

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Does Dirty Air Cancel Out the Benefits of Exercise?

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Everyone knows that exercise is good for your heart, but what if your only option is to run or walk through smoggy city streets? Does it still pay off in the long run? Yes, contends a nearly 20-year study. “Air pollution isn’t an excuse to skip exercise. Even…

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