Is the U.S. Throwing Away Too Many Donor Kidneys?

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When deciding which donated kidneys can help desperate patients on waiting lists, the United States might want to follow France’s lead and lower the bar, a new study argues. There’s a worldwide shortage of donor kidneys available for transplantation, but France appears to have been more aggressive than…

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Firsthand 9/11 Exposure Fueling Alcohol- and Drug-Related Deaths: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People directly exposed to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks appear at increased risk of drug- and alcohol-related death, a new study finds. “Following a major disaster, alcohol- and drug-related mortality may be increased,” said Dr. Jim Cone and colleagues of the New York City Department of Health…

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An Action Plan When You Regain That Lost Weight

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s the most frustrating part of dieting: Regaining the weight you worked so hard to lose. It helps to understand why this happens so you won’t blame yourself as you get back on track. Many hormones that regulate body weight and rule your appetite seem to go haywire…

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In California, Some Doctors Sell 'Medical Exemptions' for Kids' Vaccinations

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A handful of California doctors are making hay off anti-vaccine parents, charging hundreds of dollars to issue medical exemptions for required childhood vaccinations, a new study claims. In 2015, California passed a law eliminating personal belief exemptions for vaccinations that kids must receive before they can attend public…

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Roll Up Your Sleeves to Avoid the Flu

SUNDAY, Oct. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With flu season looming, don’t wait too long to get your flu shot, a health expert advises. “The best way to avoid the flu is to get vaccinated,” said Cindy Weston, an assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing. “When it comes to you and your…

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Decorative Contact Lenses a Danger at Halloween, Any Time

SATURDAY, Oct. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Colorful or unusual-looking contact lenses are popular at Halloween, but they could harm your eyes, vision experts warn. “Decorative contact lenses may seem like a fun costume accessory, but if you’re not careful, they can cause serious eye and vision problems,” said Samuel Pierce, president of the American…

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Does Dyslexia Gene Protect Against Concussions?

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Athletes may be less likely to suffer concussions if they carry a gene linked to the learning disorder dyslexia, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at the concussion history of 87 football players at Penn State University. They also checked the players for certain genes. The findings suggest…

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Getting Flu Shot Annually Won't Undermine Its Effectiveness in Kids

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Does getting a flu shot every year diminish its power to protect children? Absolutely not, say researchers, who found that last year’s shot will not in any way reduce the flu-fighting strength of this year’s shot. The conclusion follows three years spent monitoring flu vaccine effectiveness among nearly…

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Parents, Don't Be So Quick to Jump to an ADHD Diagnosis

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A growing number of U.S. children are being diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. But parents shouldn’t be too quick to get their child checked for ADHD, a child expert says. “The key to determining if your child has the disorder is the consistent demonstration of at least six specific…

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A New Challenger to Medical Marijuana?

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A moss-like plant grown only in a few countries may offer better pain relief than medical marijuana, animal research suggests. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) from marijuana is used to treat conditions such as pain, muscle cramps, dizziness and loss of appetite. However, while medical marijuana is increasingly accepted in the…

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In Massachusetts, Almost 1 in 20 Adults and Older Kids Abuse Opioids

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In another distressing snapshot of the opioid epidemic gripping America, a new study reports that nearly 5 percent of older children and adults in Massachusetts have an opioid use disorder. The study found that 4.6 percent of people over the age of 11, or more than 275,000 in…

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Got Unused Prescription Meds? Saturday Is National Drug Take-Back Day

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s a twice-a-year ritual now: A day when Americans with unused prescription meds can safely dispose of them as part of National Drug Take-Back Day. Saturday, Oct. 27, is the latest Take-Back Day, according to the program’s sponsor, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). From 10 a.m. to…

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