Kids of Gay Parents Don't Struggle More Socially

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children of same-sex parents are not more likely to suffer behavioral or social problems, Italian researchers say. The new study included children, aged 3 to 11, of 195 gay or lesbian parents and 195 heterosexual parents in Italy. Children of same-sex parents had fewer reported difficulties than children…

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AHA: Soccer is Healthy for More Than World Cup Pros

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (American Heart Association) — As both a soccer mom and fanatic, Dr. Mercedes Carnethon knows why soccer is the world’s favorite sport. It’s super easy to play. “All it takes is a ball and a little bit of space,” said Carnethon, an epidemiologist. With fervor rising as World Cup contenders knock…

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Anti-seizure Meds Won't Ease Low Back Pain

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Doctors and pain specialists have been turning to anticonvulsive drugs for treatment of lower back pain more often over the past decade. There’s just one problem — these drugs don’t really help. A series of clinical trials have shown that anticonvulsants are no good at easing either lower…

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How to Maximize Your Gym Membership

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — So, you’ve made the decision to get healthier and join a gym, a great way to reach the U.S. national guideline of 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. But don’t let your good intentions or your membership fee go to waste. Whether your gym is near home…

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Infertility, Not Fertility Drugs, Linked to Raised Risk of Ovarian Cancer

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fertility drugs do not increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer, a new study suggests. It did find that infertility itself is associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The researchers examined data from more than 58,000 women in Denmark who had infertility treatments (ART, or assisted…

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850 Million People Worldwide Have Kidney Disease

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Kidney disease is a “hidden epidemic” affecting more than 850 million people worldwide, renal experts say. That’s twice the number of diabetics (422 million) and more than 20 times the number of people with cancer (42 million) or HIV/AIDS (36.7 million). But most people don’t realize that kidney…

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As Temperatures Soar, Study Warns of Fatal Heat Stroke at Work

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Much of the United States has been sweltering in triple-digit heat this week, but new research finds outdoor workers can suffer fatal heat stroke from temperatures that only reach the high 80s. In fact, six of 14 cases of fatal heat stroke investigated in the new study “occurred…

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Even When Insured, Heart Disease Can Bankrupt Poor Families

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In the United States, heart disease can ruin a poor family financially even if they have health insurance, a new study finds. One in four low-income families with someone suffering from coronary artery disease had out-of-pocket costs that were far beyond their means, researchers found. And these families…

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The Disappearance of a Dog Line

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a tragic twist of canine fate, researchers report that dogs that lived in the Americas for thousands of years were wiped out after Europeans arrived on the continent. “This study demonstrates that the history of humans is mirrored in our domestic animals. People in Europe and the…

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AHA: At 88, Heart Disease Won't Slow This Glam Texan Philanthropist

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) — It’s been said that one can never be too overdressed, and Betty Thrasher needs no convincing. Every day, the 88-year-old resident of Temple, Texas, applies makeup, coifs her locks and selects a fashionable garment for the day. Black is her favorite. “The way we look affects how…

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Medical Marijuana a Hit With Seniors

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Seniors are giving rave reviews for medical marijuana. In a new survey, those who turned to it for treating chronic pain reported it reduced pain and decreased the need for opioid painkillers. Nine out of 10 liked it so much they said they’d recommend medical pot to others.…

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Could Aspirin Help Keep Alzheimer's Away?

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If new research in mice bears out in humans, that daily low-dose aspirin many people take to keep heart trouble at bay might also protect their brains against Alzheimer’s. Scientists report aspirin appeared to help clear out plaques of waste material called amyloid beta in the brain. Those…

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