Resetting E-Prescriptions for Opioids Helps Curb Use: Study

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Lowering the default number of opioid painkillers in electronic prescription systems reduced overall use of the drugs, a new study finds. In electronic medical-record systems, prescriptions have a default number of pills. It’s been suggested that reducing this number may help curb the use of addictive opioids, such…

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Could an Early Supper Lower Breast, Prostate Cancer Risk?

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Having a late dinner and heading straight to bed may boost your risk of breast or prostate cancer, a new study suggests. Spanish researchers analyzed data from 621 prostate cancer patients and 1,205 breast cancer patients, as well as 872 men and 1,321 women without these cancers. People…

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Nitrates in Meat May Be Tied to Mania: Study

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Chemicals used to cure meats like salami and hot dogs may be linked to a mood disorder called mania, researchers report. Those chemicals, known as nitrates, are frequently added to processed meats to prevent bacteria growth. “There’s growing evidence that germs in the intestines can influence the brain,”…

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The Latest on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Illnesses that lack exact testing methods can be difficult to diagnose, treat and live with, both physically and emotionally. Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is one such disease. Until recently, it was very poorly understood or even acknowledged. But after 9,000 studies, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and…

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It's Called Kombucha. But Is It Good for You?

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fizzy, fermented kombucha tea is the hot new health drink. But experts say it’s not clear whether the bacteria-laden beverage lives up to all of its health claims. Proponents say kombucha’s powerful probiotics can help improve digestion, promote your immune response and reduce inflammation in your body by…

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Food Allergies Less Severe in Infants: Study

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A severe allergic reaction to food is much less serious in infants than in toddlers and older children, a new study concludes. “We found that infants, unlike older children, have a low-severity food-induced anaphylaxis, which should come as reassuring news to parents who are about to introduce their…

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If It Isn't Real Meat, Say So: Survey

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most Americans believe lab-grown meat should be labeled as different from conventional meat, a new survey finds. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a public meeting last week on the safety of such products, also called synthetic or cultured meat. The results of the national phone survey…

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Ancient Bread Remnants Predate Early Agriculture

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Recently discovered remains of 14,400-year-old bread are the oldest ever found and predate the dawn of agriculture by at least 4,000 years, researchers report. Charred remnants of a flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers were found at an archaeological site in northeastern Jordan known as Shubayqa 1. The discovery suggests…

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AHA: Protect Your Heart and Health During 'Dog Days' of Summer

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Summer is a time for barbecues and other outdoor fun, but it’s also a time for sweltering heat. And experts say everyone, especially the elderly and very young, need to know how to limit the potentially deadly effects of high temperatures. The ancient Greeks and Romans called…

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Jury Still Out on Probiotics

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Probiotics have become a trendy dietary supplement, with more and more people popping bacteria-laden capsules to try to improve their gut health. But these supplements could harm some patients, and researchers have done a poor job tracking their safety, a new review argues. Reporting of side effects is…

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Can Smartphones Trigger ADHD Symptoms in Teens?

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teenagers who constantly use their smartphones may have a heightened risk of developing symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a new study suggests. The findings offer a look at a question many parents may have: Can those ubiquitous digital devices — and their constant pull on kids’ attention — cause…

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New MRI Test May Predict Severity of MS

TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often live with uncertainty because it’s hard to predict how quickly the disease will progress and how disabling it might become. But researchers hope a new MRI test that tracks iron levels in the brain will help answer those questions. The test —…

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