Warming Climate, More AC — and More Unhealthy Smog Ahead

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As global warming heats up the planet, billions of people will need more air conditioning. And that could bring an uptick in serious health problems, a new study predicts. The research estimates up to 1,000 more deaths annually in the eastern United States alone by 2050 — deaths…

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Is the Pap Smear On the Way Out?

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The Pap test, used for over 50 years to spot the early signs of cervical cancer, may soon become a thing of the past, new research suggests. Its replacement? The human papillomavirus (HPV) test. Nearly all cervical cancer cases are linked to HPV infection, and HPV testing detected…

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Keep Pets Safe From July 4th's Fireworks, Summer's Sizzle

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Is your dog the type to dive under a bed at the first pop of a firecracker? Is your cat suddenly avoiding stretching out for a snooze in her favorite sunny spot? Although many humans adore the warmer weather, holidays and outside activities of summer, they can be…

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Surgeons Make the Call on Gene Tests for Breast Cancer Patients

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to genetic testing for breast cancer patients, their surgeons wield great influence on that decision, new research shows. Genetic testing can provide important information that might affect treatment choices for breast cancer, but previous research shows that only about half of women who could benefit…

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Drinking and Driving: A Deadly July 4 Cocktail

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The July Fourth holiday is one of the year’s deadliest in the United States, and drunken driving is a major reason. Last year between the evening of July 1 and the morning of July 5, 188 people nationwide were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers, according to Mothers…

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Docs' Tattoos No Longer Taboo

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Doctors need not fear that sporting a tattoo might drive patients away. That’s the finding of a small, new study that included seven doctors in the emergency department of a trauma center in a large Pennsylvania city who wore either fake body piercings or tattoos, or both, or…

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Making the Most of That Fast Food Meal

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It can happen when you’re traveling on business, running late to an appointment, or are simply running out of time to make dinner. You’re facing fast food or no food. Use these tips to make the most of this meal. Start by looking for the lowest calorie selections.…

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July 4 Fireworks Nearly Cost This Fireman His Life

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fire Capt. Jay Northup lit the fuse for the intended climax of his backyard fireworks display, a pricey 12-mortar box that would create a wondrous shower of glittering lights over his neighborhood. Three of the 12 tubes went off, and then silence. A dud. “I spent $600 on…

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Could Flea Fighters Stem Spread of Diseases Like Zika?

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Medicines that protect pets from fleas and ticks may help lower people’s risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, researchers report. “Insect-borne infectious diseases remain primary causes of severe illnesses and fatalities worldwide, and new approaches to preventing outbreaks of these diseases are critically needed,” said researcher Peter…

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Those At-Home DNA Tests Are an Imperfect Science

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’re considering at-home DNA testing, there are some things you need to know, California State University experts say. The popular tests are found in nearly every drugstore in the country, ranging in price from $60 to $100. People use them to learn more about their family heritage,…

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Preeclampsia in Pregnancy Can Mean Heart Risks After

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women who have high blood pressure or preeclampsia during pregnancy might be more prone to developing hypertension, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol afterwards, new research suggests. The emergence of these heart disease risk factors soon after pregnancy may help explain why these women have an increased risk…

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