Even at 'Safe' Levels, Air Pollution May Boost Diabetes Risk

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Add another health harm to air pollution: New research suggests it might increase the risk of diabetes, even at levels considered safe. Cutting air pollution could reduce diabetes rates in countries with both higher and lower levels of air pollution, the researchers said. “Our research shows a significant…

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Human Insulin as Good as Costly Synthetic Versions

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Human insulin is as safe and effective as newer, more expensive insulin analog drugs for people with type 2 diabetes, researchers report. The new study included people with type 2 diabetes who were followed for an average of 1.7 years after they started using insulin. “We found that…

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Close Siblings Can Ease the Pain of Family Conflict

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Good relationships between siblings can help them cope with conflicts between their parents, a new study finds. The research included 236 families with a mother, father and at least two children who weren’t twins. The children were between ages 12 and 14, and most of the families were…

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AHA: Using Electricity to Test Your Risk for Heart Failure

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Imagine stepping onto a scale — not to measure your weight, but the chance of your heart failing. That’s the potential scenario envisioned by researchers who may have discovered a new risk factor for heart failure: leg bioimpedance. More frequently used to calculate body fat, bioimpedance uses…

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Some Salads Are Healthier Than Others

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Not all salads are created equal. When you’re choosing your bowl of greens this summer, you should know that three types contain more calories, sodium and fat than you may want, one dietitian says. So, if you want to eat the healthiest salads possible, steer clear of taco…

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Hot Cars, Drowning: Keep Your Family Safe This Summer

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Along with sun and fun, there’s unexpected danger lurking during the summer. More accidental deaths occur in the United States during July and August than during any other two-month period of the year, according to the National Safety Council. “Unfortunately, when we look at accidental deaths, summer is…

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Staying With 1 Doctor May Prolong Your Life: Study

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Sticking with one primary care doctor may help you stay healthy and extend your life, according to a new British study. Researchers reviewed 22 studies from nine countries with different cultures and health systems. Of those, 18 concluded that staying with the same doctor over time significantly reduced…

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Don't Turn Into a July 4 Highway Statistic

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The National Safety Council has a sobering forecast for this Fourth of July. It estimates that 18,600 people could be seriously injured on U.S. roads and 164 could be killed — nearly 4 percent more than the number of deaths (157) that occurred in 2012, the last time…

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Pantry Items That Stay Fresher in the Fridge

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You may know to keep tomatoes out of the fridge to preserve their taste, but did you know which pantry staples actually do better under refrigeration? While many of the following foods may stay fresh for up to six months under “ideal” conditions — in a cool, dark…

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As the Eyes Go, So May the Mind

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A new study sheds light on how vision loss is linked to mental decline in seniors. For the study, University of Miami researchers analyzed health data from more than 2,500 adults, aged 65 to 84, who were followed from about 1993 to 2001. The investigators found that the…

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Weight Loss May Reverse Course of Atrial Fibrillation

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Weight loss might help reverse progression of a common heart arrhythmia in obese adults, a new study shows. Researchers found that when obese adults with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) shed at least 10 percent of their starting weight, most saw the course of their condition reverse. More than half…

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July Is Peak Time for Illness From Poop in Pools: CDC

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Is it safe to go in the water this summer? Not if microscopic germs like E. coli or cryptosporidium are swimming in the pool with you, U.S. health officials warn. “These germs make people sick when they swallow water contaminated with poop,” the U.S. Centers for Disease Control…

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