Want a Meaningful Conversation? Cut the Small Talk

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you want to be happier, try having meaningful conversations. A new study finds that quality conversation is associated with greater happiness, while small talk has no effect on mental state. The results were true for both introverts and extroverts. The findings from the study of 486 people…

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Mind-Over-Matter to Curtail Calories

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your surroundings can play a big role when it comes to overeating. Learning how you respond in various circumstances can help you curb the calories. One study showed that people eat and drink less when their dinnerware is red — and more when it’s blue — because red…

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Teens Focused on Social Media May Be at Cyberbullying Risk

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If your teen spends a lot of time on social media, you might want to get them to cut back due to the risk of cyberbullying, new research suggests. Researchers surveyed more than 12,000 teens in Germany, Poland and Romania and found those who used social network sites…

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More Evidence That Supplements Won't Help Your Heart

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s another study suggesting that the vitamin and mineral supplements bought by millions of Americans do nothing to stave off heart disease. This time, the finding stems from an analysis of 18 studies conducted between 1970 and 2016. Each one looked at how vitamins and mineral supplements —…

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This Protein Makes Armpits Reek, and Scientists Want to Stop It

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Afraid to raise your hand because of embarrassing body odor? Here’s some good news for you: Scientists say they’re one step closer to conquering smelly armpits. Researchers in England say they’ve identified a protein that enables bacteria in your armpits to take up odorless compounds in sweat and…

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Hepatitis-Infected Kidneys May Be Safe New Option for Transplant

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If they’re already infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), patients in need of a kidney transplant might safely receive an organ from an HCV-infected donor, a new study maintains. Using hepatitis C-infected kidneys for this group of patients would cut costs and waiting times, thereby saving lives, said…

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Diabetes Diagnosis 'Silver Lining'? Other Family Members' Health May Improve

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, other family members seem more likely to adopt health lifestyle changes, too. A new study found that partners of people newly diagnosed with diabetes were 50 percent more likely to attend weight management classes and 25 percent more likely to get medication…

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End-of-Life Care Depends on Doctor

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The amount spent on end-of-life care for cancer patients varies widely across the United States, and is largely influenced by doctor preferences, new research finds. “Numerous studies have shown that greater spending and more care at the end of life do not contribute to better outcomes,” said study…

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Blacks Have Shorter Life Spans After Surviving Heart Stoppage: Study

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Black patients who survive cardiac arrest during a U.S. hospital stay have poorer long-term survival odds than their white peers, new research suggests. The study included data from patients aged 65 and older who survived at least until they were discharged from the hospital. The investigators found that,…

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Red Cross Issues Nationwide Call for Blood Donations

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Following a blood shortage triggered by the Fourth of July holiday week, the American Red Cross on Monday called for donations of all blood types, but especially type O. There were at least 550 fewer blood drives last week than during an average week, officials explained. “Blood donations…

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Scientists Target Cellular 'Fountain of Youth' to Extend Mouse Life Span

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Interested in turning back the hands of time and living a longer, healthier life? Scientists say their work with aged mice might have gotten a small step closer to that goal. The study focused on so-called senescent cells — cells that no longer function, accumulate as humans age,…

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Parent's Tough Childhood Can Cast Shadow Across Generations

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When a parent has suffered abuse or other adversities as a child, their children may be more prone to mood and behavior problems, a new study suggests. Their kids were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And they were four times as likely…

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