Smoking May Boost Irregular Heart Beat Risk

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The more you smoke, the greater your chances of developing a common heart rhythm disorder that increases your risk of stroke and early death, researchers say. “If you smoke, stop smoking, and if you don’t smoke, don’t start,” said study author Dagfinn Aune, a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial…

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When Does Your Child's Headache Call for a Doctor Visit?

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Headaches are common in children and teens, but many parents aren’t sure when to seek professional help for their child, a new survey finds. The survey of parents with children aged 6 to 18 found that two-thirds said their child has had a headache not caused by a…

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On-the-Job Stress Relief

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You’ve probably heard the health warning: Sitting is the new smoking. The importance of getting up and walking to prevent serious health issues when you sit at a desk all day long has gotten a lot of attention recently. Those health risks include increased blood pressure, high blood…

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To Fend Off Migraines, Try Keeping a Headache Diary

SATURDAY, July 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A migraine diary may help you pinpoint — and avoid — headache triggers, a neurologist says. About 12 percent of people in the United States suffer from migraines, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. “A migraine can be debilitating and can impact daily activities, your family and social…

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Did Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Yield a Health Benefit?

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While the legalization of same-sex marriage improved gay men’s chances of having both health insurance and access to health care, it didn’t translate into better health, a new study suggests. “We found that lesbian, gay or bisexual adults were more likely to get married after having access to…

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Many Young Kids Not Screened for Developmental Delays

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Doctors are supposed to screen young children to see if they’re learning basic skills. But only 17 percent of kids get this critical testing in some places in the United States, a new study finds. Overall, fewer than one-third of U.S. children under 3 years old receive recommended…

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Is Depression During Pregnancy on the Rise?

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Today’s young mothers-to-be may be more likely to develop depression while pregnant than their own mothers were, a new study suggests. British researchers found that, compared with their mothers’ generation, young women who became pregnant between 2012 and 2016 were at greater risk of having “high” scores when…

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AHA: Soccer Is Called the Beautiful Game, But Injuries Can Make It a Dangerous One

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) — With the final World Cup showdown this Sunday, frenzied fans have seen the best soccer has to offer. They’ve also seen some of the worst injuries the sport can inflict. While chasing down a ball during a game last month against Iran, Moroccan midfielder Noureddine Amrabat knocked…

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100 Now Sickened by Salmonella-Tainted Honey Smacks Cereal

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — One hundred people across 33 states have now fallen ill with salmonella after eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. For the time being, the “CDC advises consumers and retailers not to eat, serve or sell Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal,”…

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1 in 9 U.S. Adults Over 45 Reports Memory Problems

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re middle-aged and you think you’re losing your memory, you’re not alone, a new U.S. government report shows. In fact, one in nine Americans aged 45 and older say they are experiencing thinking declines. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, noticing a decline…

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Brains May Be as Unique as Fingerprints

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests that no two brains are alike, as genetics and experience make their mark on your mind. “With our study, we were able to confirm that the structure of people’s brains is very individual,” said study author Lutz Jancke. He is a professor of neuropsychology at…

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