Even Once-a-Week Pot Smokers Have More Cough, Phlegm

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Smoking marijuana once a week can cause coughing, wheezing and phlegm, all signs of chronic bronchitis, a new evidence review reports. Pot smoking doubles a person’s risk of developing a regular hacking cough. It also triples the risk of coughing up phlegm and suffering from wheezy constricted breathing,…

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Scientists Spot Gene Linking Down Syndrome, Early Alzheimer's

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — British researchers are zeroing in on the genes that they believe are responsible for early onset Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome. The two conditions have long been strongly linked. The findings — based on research with mice — could pave the way for new medicines to…

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Treatment for Opioid Abuse Grows, but Many on Medicaid Don't Receive It

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Approval of the drug buprenorphine led to a rise in the number of Medicaid patients getting medication to treat opioid addiction. But the rates were lower among poor, black and Hispanic patients, a new study says. Methadone or buprenorphine are recommended treatments for opioid-abuse disorders. Methadone must be…

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A Bright Future Might Help Teens Steer Clear of Violence

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Offer teens the possibility of a good future, and you might help them become more peaceful people. The finding stems from a survey of 866 male teens in poor Pittsburgh neighborhoods who were asked their thoughts about the future. Those with a positive outlook were less likely to…

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AHA: Former Diving Champ Nearly Missed Signs of Heart Valve Disease

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Len Rapkins can barely remember a time when he wasn’t fit. As a teen growing up in Great Britain, he trained as a boxer, gymnast and diver, and earned a silver medal in the 1961 World Student Games, the world’s second-largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.…

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Zika Dangers During Pregnancy May Be Worse Than Thought

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The risk of miscarriage and birth defects due to Zika virus infection during pregnancy may be much higher than thought, research in monkeys suggests. Scientists analyzed the findings of a number of studies and found that 26 percent of pregnancies in monkeys infected with Zika during the first…

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Sitting Tied to Raised Risk of Death From 14 Diseases

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Get up off of the couch: Sitting too much may kill you even if you exercise regularly. If you sit for six hours a day or more, your risk of dying early jumps 19 percent, compared with people who sit fewer than three hours, an American Cancer Society…

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Beat the Heat on Your Summer Vacation

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Before you head out for a sunny summer getaway, get familiar with the signs of heat-related illnesses. Once at your destination, build in time for your body to adjust to the climate. If you’re lounging by the water and taking only short walks, your risk of a heat…

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Vacation Bliss Doesn't Linger for Tired, Stressed-Out Workers

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Taking time off reduces many workers’ stress and re-energizes them, but those benefits disappear once they’re on the job again, researchers say. Moreover, many people said they’re unable to relax and enjoy their time away from the office at all, according to a new poll of more than…

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Don't Skip Kids' Sun Protection on the Fourth

SUNDAY, July 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When planning your Fourth of July outing, remember sun protection for youngsters. “It is imperative for parents to protect their children from the harmful effects of extreme sun exposure,” said Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the Solid Tumor Division at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.…

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With Summer Here, Check for Signs of Skin Cancer

SATURDAY, June 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — During the summer when people trade in their jackets and jeans for flip flops and bathing suits, more skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Dr. Katherine Gordon, assistant professor of dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said summer is the perfect time for…

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