Parents' Shift Work Can Be Good — or Bad — for Kids

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many parents no longer work traditional “9-to-5” jobs. And their nonstandard shifts do affect their child’s behavior, new research suggests. The impact varies according to age, gender and which parent works when, according to researchers from the University of Washington. Millions of Americans work evening or night shifts,…

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Will the Future Be Needle-Free for Diabetics?

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For many diabetics, one of the most dreaded aspects of managing their condition is the need to inject insulin multiple times a day. But Harvard researchers have discovered a way to deliver insulin in a pill, and it appears to work well — at least in rats. A…

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Risky Prescribing Boosts Opioid Death Risk

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When opioid pain medications, such as OxyContin, are prescribed in a risky manner, that increases a patient’s chances of death. That’s the conclusion of a new study by RAND Corporation researchers who analyzed prescribing data in Massachusetts from 2011 to 2015, and found that half of adults received…

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Mom's Diabetes May Be Tied to Baby's Autism Risk: Study

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Pregnant women who have any form of diabetes may face higher odds that their child could develop autism, a new study suggests. Whether it’s type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, which specifically affects pregnant women, having the blood sugar disease might be linked to an increased autism…

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Race Can Affect Many Skin Conditions

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Skin conditions are significantly impacted by your skin color, a dermatologist says. “Ethnicity and skin tone can make a big difference in terms of diagnosis and treatment options with a number of different skin conditions,” said Dr. Amy McMichael, chair of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center…

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FDA OKs First Drug Containing Marijuana-Derived Ingredient

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a regulatory first, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday said it had approved a drug with an ingredient derived from the marijuana plant. In a statement, the agency said it had “approved Epidiolex [cannabidiol, or CBD] oral solution for the treatment of seizures associated with…

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Vitamin D Deficiency Could Be Lung Disease Risk

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Low levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased risk of a disease that causes lung inflammation and scarring, researchers say. About 200,000 cases of interstitial lung disease (ILD) are diagnosed each year in the United States. Most cases are caused by environmental toxins such as asbestos…

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AHA: Can a Daily Cup of Tea Do a Heart Good?

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) — The latest study on the coffee alternative suggests at least a cup a day may help your body cling to heart-helping “good cholesterol” as you age. Previous research has suggested more tea may significantly lower the risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing low-density lipoprotein, or…

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Heavy Teens Are Less Likely Now to Try and Lose Weight

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The obesity epidemic among American teens is being fed by a waning desire to lose weight, a new report suggests. Among many adolescents, being overweight or obese may increasingly seem “normal,” so they don’t feel the urgency to shed pounds, some researchers believe. “The findings are very worrisome,…

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Tongue Piercings May Bring Harm to Teeth and Gums

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You might think a tongue piercing is sexy and cool, but these hip accessories do your oral health no good at all, researchers say. People with a tongue piercing appear more likely to suffer from gum disease more often than those with a lip piercing, a Swiss study…

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Kids Are Overdosing on Med Meant to Fight Opioid Addiction

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Young American children are being sickened — and even dying — after being poisoned by a drug used to fight opioid addiction, a new report contends. Investigators reported that between 2007 and 2016, more than 11,000 emergency calls were made to U.S. poison control centers after a child…

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Many Childhood Cancer Survivors in Denial About Future Health Risks

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many adult survivors of childhood cancer don’t worry about their future health and may skip crucial screenings and lifestyle changes, a new study shows. “Some of the increased health risks faced by survivors of childhood cancer can be minimized through early detection and intervention, as well as adoption…

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