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07 May

Eating A Mediterranean Diet Helps Prevent The Loss Of Brain Function, Study Finds

Following a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and olive oil may protect your brain against protein build-up and shrinkage related to Alzheimer's disease, researchers say.

06 May

HealthDay Now: ACP Meeting on Health Wearables and Privacy

Dr. Jacqueline Fincher, president of the American College of Physicians and an internist in rural Georgia, spoke to HealthDay's Mabel Jong about the ACP's focus on privacy concerns at their annual meeting

05 May

ADHD Meds Do Help Preschoolers Control Symptoms, New Study Finds

But one type of ADHD medication appears to have fewer adverse side effects, researchers say

How Summer Camps Can Shield Your Kids from Allergies, Asthma & COVID

May 9, 2021

How Summer Camps Can Shield Your Kids from Allergies, Asthma & COVID

As kids get ready for summer camp, parents might be fretting about exposure to COVID-19, but a doctors' group says they also need to make sure their campers will be protected from allergy and asthma triggers.

"The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] has issued guidelines for keeping campers and staff protected from COVID-19. At t... Full Page

Could Your Child Have a Heart Defect? Know the Warning Signs

May 8, 2021

Could Your Child Have a Heart Defect? Know the Warning Signs

Heart defects are often – but not always – detected at birth, so it's important to pay attention when a child gets dizzy, passes out or says her heart is "beeping."

These and other warning signs, such as an apparent change in fitness, shouldn't be overlooked, an expert says.

Evaluating a child who has these symptoms is impo... Full Page

Lots of Sugary Drinks Doubles Younger Women's Colon Cancer Risk: Study

Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter May 7, 2021

Lots of Sugary Drinks Doubles Younger Women's Colon Cancer Risk: Study

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of colon cancer among young Americans are on the rise, and a new study suggests that drinking too many sugary beverages may be to blame -- at least for women.

Women who drank two or more sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda, fruity drinks or sports and energy drinks per da... Full Page

Gene Tied to Balding May Also Raise COVID Risks for Men

Ernie Mundell May 7, 2021

Gene Tied to Balding May Also Raise COVID Risks for Men

It's long been known that COVID-19 is more fatal for men than women, and new research links some of that excess risk to a gene known to cause a form of hair loss in males.

A U.S. team of researchers first suspected the link when they noticed that men with a common form of hormone-sensitive hair loss, known as androgenetic alopecia, were al... Full Page

Are You Taking a Med That's Raising Your Blood Pressure?

Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter May 7, 2021

Are You Taking a Med That's Raising Your Blood Pressure?

FRIDAY, May 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in five Americans with high blood pressure use medications that can cause blood pressure to spike, a preliminary study shows.

The researchers said the findings are concerning, given how many people have difficulty controlling their high blood pressure.

"A large num... Full Page

AHA News: How Social Isolation Can Harm Health as You Age – and How to Prevent It

American Heart Association News May 7, 2021

AHA News: How Social Isolation Can Harm Health as You Age – and How to Prevent It

Barbara Stopfer hasn't had much of a social life since her husband died six years ago. She stopped seeing coworkers, too, after her heart condition required her to cut back her hours and work remotely.

But the 79-year-old stayed connected to people at her residential community for older adults, through activities like mahjong and the occas... Full Page

Poll Finds Many Parents Hesitant to Get Younger Kids Vaccinated

Ernie Mundell and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters May 7, 2021

Poll Finds Many Parents Hesitant to Get Younger Kids Vaccinated

As U.S. health officials prepare to authorize Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for emergency use in younger children, a new poll shows that less than a third of parents would get their child vaccinated as soon as the shots are approved for kids.

Only 29% of parents of children under age 18 said they would get their child vaccinated "right... Full Page

Air Pollution Can Harm Kids' Hearts for a Lifetime

Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter May 7, 2021

Air Pollution Can Harm Kids' Hearts for a Lifetime

Air pollution isn't hard on the hearts of adults only, suggests a new analysis that found it can raise blood pressure in kids as young as 5.

Children experienced increases in blood pressure if they had short-term exposure to air polluted with coarser particles or long-term exposure to finer airborne particles, and that also happened with l... Full Page

Failing Kidneys Could Bring Higher Dementia Risk

Robert Preidt May 7, 2021

Failing Kidneys Could Bring Higher Dementia Risk

Chronic kidney disease may carry an increased risk of dementia, according to a Swedish study.

In people with chronic kidney disease, the bean-shaped organs gradually lose their ability to filter waste from the blood and eliminate fluids.

"Even a mild reduction in kidney function has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular ... Full Page

State of Mind Matters for Survival After Heart Attack

Robert Preidt May 7, 2021

State of Mind Matters for Survival After Heart Attack

Poor mental health after a heart attack may increase young and middle-aged adults' risk of another heart attack or death a few years later, a new study suggests.

The study included 283 heart attack survivors, aged 18 to 61 with an average age of 51, who completed questionnaires that assessed depression, anxiety, anger, stress and post-trau... Full Page

How a Little Alcohol Might Help the Heart

Robert Preidt May 7, 2021

How a Little Alcohol Might Help the Heart

A bit of booze may help protect your heart by reducing stress-related brain activity, a new study suggests.

"The thought is that moderate amounts of alcohol may have effects on the brain that can help you relax, reduce stress levels and, perhaps through these mechanisms, lower the incidence of cardiovascular disease," said lead author Dr. ... Full Page

Fear of Losing Health Insurance Keeps 1 in 6 U.S. Workers in Their Jobs

Robert Preidt May 7, 2021

Fear of Losing Health Insurance Keeps 1 in 6 U.S. Workers in Their Jobs

Many American workers remain in jobs they'd rather leave -- simply because they don't want to lose their health insurance, a new Gallup poll reveals.

That's the situation for 16% of respondents in a nationwide poll of more than 3,800 adults conducted March 15-21.

The fear is strongest among Black workers. Pollsters found they are mor... Full Page

Why Do Dogs Bark & Bite? Fear May Be Key

Robert Preidt May 7, 2021

Why Do Dogs Bark & Bite? Fear May Be Key

That growling dog may actually be terrified of you.

Fear and age-related pain are among the reasons why dogs are aggressive toward people, a new study suggests.

The findings could help two-legged folks better understand and prevent aggressive behavior, such as growling, barking, snapping and biting, according to Finnish researchers.<... Full Page

Time Spent in ICU Linked to Higher Odds for Suicide Later

Robert Preidt May 7, 2021

Time Spent in ICU Linked to Higher Odds for Suicide Later

Survivors of the intensive care unit (ICU) have a higher risk of self-harm and suicide after discharge than other hospital patients, a Canadian study shows.

Researchers compared the health records of 423,000 ICU survivors in the province of Ontario with those of with 3 million patients who were hospitalized but not in intensive care betwee... Full Page

'BPA-Free' Bottles Might Need a Run Through Your Dishwasher First

Robert Preidt May 7, 2021

'BPA-Free' Bottles Might Need a Run Through Your Dishwasher First

It's a good idea to run drinking bottles you think are BPA-free through the dishwasher several times before using them, a new study suggests.

University of Cincinnati researchers found that some supposedly BPA-free water bottles contain traces of the chemical, which is believed to pose a health risk.

For the study, they analyzed wate... Full Page

Heart Risk Factors Show Up Earlier in U.S. Black Women

Robert Preidt May 6, 2021

Heart Risk Factors Show Up Earlier in U.S. Black Women

Young Black American women have high rates of lifestyle-related risk factors for heart disease, a new study indicates.

The findings show the need to help them adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits, as well as make it easier for them to access health care, the researchers said.

"Young people should be the healthiest membe... Full Page

Race, Neighborhood Affects How Long You'll Live After Heart Attack

Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter May 6, 2021

Race, Neighborhood Affects How Long You'll Live After Heart Attack

THURSDAY, May 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of dying within five years of a heart attack is notably higher among poor Americans than their wealthier peers, but race also plays a role, a new study reveals.

While Black residents of poor neighborhoods appear to face a higher risk of death than their counterparts in w... Full Page

Eat Smart: Mediterranean Diet Could Ward Off Dementia

Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter May 6, 2021

Eat Smart: Mediterranean Diet Could Ward Off Dementia

THURSDAY, May 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, olive oil and fish -- the so-called Mediterranean diet -- may protect the brain from plaque buildup and shrinkage, a new study suggests.

Researchers in Germany looked at the link between diet and the proteins amyloid and tau, which are a hallmar... Full Page

When Drug Companies Raise Prices, Patients' Out-of-Pocket Costs Rise

Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter May 6, 2021

When Drug Companies Raise Prices, Patients' Out-of-Pocket Costs Rise

THURSDAY, May 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- When prescription drug "list" prices go up, patients often take a hit in the wallet, a new study shows.

Researchers found that while some people are buffered against drug price hikes by their health insurance plan, many are not.

Those in plans that require co-insurance or a... Full Page

1 in 4 Heart Attacks Arrive With 'Atypical' Symptoms

Robert Preidt May 6, 2021

1 in 4 Heart Attacks Arrive With 'Atypical' Symptoms

A quarter of heart attack patients have atypical symptoms and are less likely to receive emergency care, Danish research reveals.

These patients are also more likely to die within 30 days than those with chest pain.

Atypical heart attack symptoms include breathing problems, extreme exhaustion and abdominal pain.

"Atypical sympt... Full Page

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