'Superbugs' Found in Vast Majority of U.S. Supermarket Meat

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 80 percent of meat in U.S. supermarkets contains antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental research organization. The bacteria — often called “superbugs” — were resistant to at least one of 14 antibiotics tested for in 2015 by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring…

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'Walk & Think' Test Could Be Key to Concussion Care

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Can you spell words backwards while you’re walking? Successfully performing that simple test of cognition could help decide whether a concussed athlete is safe to return to play, new research shows. If the athlete can’t simultaneously walk and think in this way, they may not be fully recovered…

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Does Human Life Span Really Have a Limit?

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The limits of human existence might not be as limited as we have long thought. A person’s risk of death slows and even plateaus above age 105, a new study reports, challenging previous research saying there’s a cutoff point past which the human life span cannot extend. Longevity…

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Just 1 in 4 Americans Gets Enough Exercise

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Three-quarters of Americans are falling far short when it comes to exercise, and the South and Midwest bear the dubious distinction of having the most couch potatoes, a new government report shows. Only about one in four adults (23 percent) meets minimum federal guidelines for physical activity, according…

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Cataract Surgery Tied to Fewer Car Crashes for Seniors

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Data on more than half a million Canadian seniors shows that traffic accident rates fall after drivers undergo a needed cataract surgery. The effect was relatively modest — about a 9 percent decline — but suggest that “improvements in visual function from cataract surgery are associated with decreased…

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AHA: An Uncommon Form of Heart Attack Needs a Second Look

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (American Heart Association) — One in 10 heart attacks in younger patients aren’t caused by blocked coronary arteries, but a new study found survivors have similar outcomes as those whose heart attack was triggered by the most common source — a blockage. Scientists refer to heart attacks not caused by blocked…

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Focus on Just One Sport Risks Burnout for Teens

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Student athletes who specialize in one sport year-round could lose out in academics and other fields, a new study finds. “Today’s students have so many responsibilities and when you add specializing in a sport — with participation in school and club teams, practices, tournaments and lots of travel…

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How Did A Wolf-Like Animal Become Man's Best Friend?

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The genes that make Fido your best friend are being uncovered by researchers. The investigators compared the DNA of modern dogs, ancient dogs and wolves. That comparison found something odd: Sometimes, the DNA of modern dogs didn’t match that from ancient canines. “We convinced ourselves that previous studies…

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Robots May Soon Join Ranks of Alzheimer's Caregivers

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Robots work on assembly lines and assist doctors in the operating room. They manage inventory in warehouses and vacuum floors in homes. And one day soon, they could help care for Alzheimer’s patients. Several teams of scientists from around the world are investigating ways in which robots might…

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Make Exercise a Family Affair. Your Kids Will Thank You.

THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While recommendations call for adults to exercise for 30 minutes a day, kids need double that amount — yes, 60 minutes of physical play a day. And being active as a family can make it easier for kids to reach this goal. For starters, make it a point…

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Testing for Penicillin Allergy May Cut 'Superbug' Infection Risk

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People believed to have a penicillin allergy are often prescribed much stronger antibiotics that can raise their risk for dangerous infections, a new study suggests. But testing folks to make sure they really are allergic to penicillin could lower that danger, the researchers added. “We know that more…

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Could More Vitamin D Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — High levels of vitamin D may reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 5,000 women, 55 and older, and found that those with vitamin D blood levels of 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) or more had an 80 percent…

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