Why Some Americans Seek Abortion Pills Online

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Restrictive abortion laws may drive some Americans to look for abortion medications online, a new study reports. “Though it may be surprising to consider, people in the United States are looking for ways to end their pregnancies at home using abortion pills they can get online,” said study…

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Immune-Based Therapy May Help When Melanoma Spreads to Brain

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A type of therapy that harnesses the immune system is giving new hope to people battling a once hopeless cancer — melanoma that’s spread to the brain. New research involving more than 2,700 U.S. patients is confirming what specialists in the field have long known — that “checkpoint…

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Free Weights or Machines?

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Resistance or strength training isn’t just for bodybuilders — it’s for everyone, and it’s essential to combat the natural tendency to lose muscle mass with age. It also helps prevent bone loss and lowers body fat, blood pressure and cholesterol. You can strengthen muscles with everything from resistance…

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Half of Americans Trying to Slim Down

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a country where four out of 10 adults are obese, it’s probably good news that half of U.S. adults say they’ve recently tried to shed some pounds. They did this most often through exercise, cutting calories and eating their fruits and veggies, according to a new government…

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Green Space: A Gateway to Better Health?

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Maybe there’s good reason why open, unspoiled stretches of land are often referred to as God’s country. New research from Britain suggests that getting close to nature is beneficial to your health. The researchers analyzed more than 140 studies that included more than 290 million people in 20…

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'Heading' Soccer Balls May Be Bad for Balance

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Balance problems may be more common in soccer players who “head” the ball more often than their fellow athletes, a small study found. The study included 20 soccer players, average age 22, who were given a balance test. The players also provided information about how often they headed…

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High Blood Pressure Threatens Aging Brain, Study Says

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Here’s yet another reason to get your blood pressure under control: High blood pressure later in life may contribute to blood vessel blockages and tangles linked to Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests. Tracking nearly 1,300 older people until they died, scientists found markedly higher risks of one or…

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Report Warns of Dog Illness That Can Spread to Owners

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A bacteria carried by dogs that haven’t been neutered can produce flu symptoms in humans and potentially jeopardize a pregnancy, a new study suggests. Brucellosis infection is most commonly spread by livestock like sheep, cattle, goats and pigs. But a strain of the bacterium carried by dogs —…

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Yet Another Reason Why It's Hard to Stop Smoking

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Could losing their sense of identity be one reason why so many smokers find it hard to kick the habit? That’s the conclusion of new research out of Britain. “When people attempt to quit smoking, what they are really doing is attempting to bury part of their old…

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Neurological Fallout From Ebola Infection Worse Than Thought

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Ebola virus survivors may suffer greater long-term neurological consequences than doctors have believed, a small study suggests. In some cases, the problems were so severe that survivors could no longer care for themselves. The issues ranged from debilitating migraines to strokes to nerve damage. “We knew that a…

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FDA Slaps Stronger Warnings on Potent Class of Antibiotics

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A powerful class of antibiotics will now come with stronger safety warnings about dangerous drops in blood sugar and neurological side effects that can include delirium and memory problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. Called fluoroquinolones, these drugs include levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ciprofloxacin extended-release…

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Seniors, Feeling Young Is a State of Mind

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For seniors who feel years younger than they really are, a new study suggests it might not be their imagination. “We found that people who feel younger have the structural characteristics of a younger brain,” explained lead author Jeanyung Chey. She is a professor in the department of…

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