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23 May

Preventing Breast Cancer

Major, new report on lifestyle habits and breast cancer prevention.

22 May

Fruit Juice in Infancy

Should babies be drinking fruit juice? What about older kids?

19 May

Check-Up for the Kitchen

Would your kitchen pass an inspection test? New research says most likely not!

Could Chocolate Guard Against an Irregular Heartbeat?

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's delicious news for chocolate lovers: New research suggests the sweet might help keep a common and dangerous form of irregular heartbeat at bay.

The study of more than 55,000 people in Denmark found that those who favored chocolate tended to have a lower risk of atrial fibrillation, an i...

Studies Spotlight Diet, Supplements for Knee Pain

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fiber helps lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels and keep the bowels running smoothly, but a new study suggests it can also reduce knee pain from arthritis.

Researchers found that people who ate the most fiber reported reduced osteoarthritis knee pain by up to 60 percent. However, X...

Chances of Successful CPR Dwindle as Seniors Age

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that older Americans have little CPR training, and they are less likely to get CPR when they suffer cardiac arrest at home.

"The new data affirms the need for targeted training in the older population," said senior study author Dr. Benjamin Abella, an associate professor of em...

Suicide Risk Quadruples After Lung Cancer Diagnosis

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with lung cancer have a strikingly higher-than-normal risk of suicide, a new study finds.

While a cancer diagnosis on its own significantly raises the risk of suicide, the study found that a lung cancer diagnosis raised the odds of suicide by over four times compared to people in the ge...

Sleep Apnea May Boost Odds of Irregular Heartbeat

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with sleep apnea may be more likely to develop the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation, especially if the oxygen level in their blood drops below normal, Canadian researchers report.

Sleep apnea, which obstructs breathing, causes people to wake many times during the night to start ...

Checking Patient's Drug History May Help Curb Opioid Abuse

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors can help stem the U.S. opioid epidemic by checking their patients' drug history before prescribing powerful painkillers, a new study suggests.

Addicts frequently "doctor-shop" in an attempt to obtain opioids such as OxyContin (oxycodone), Percocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen) and Vicodin ...

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New FDA Head Outlines 'Forceful Steps' Against Opioid Crisis

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The new U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner has called on senior agency officers to develop "more forceful steps" to control the U.S. opioid epidemic.

On Tuesday, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Trump's pick for the agency, announced the formation of an opioid policy steering committe...

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Helping Ease Kids' Fears After Manchester Terror Attack

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As reports of the carnage at Monday's Ariana Grande show in Manchester, England, continue to pour in, many teens with tickets to concerts during the coming summer music season may be reluctant to attend an event.

But child and adolescent psychiatrists say it's important that parents let their t...

At Major Teaching Hospitals, Lower Death Rates

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Major U.S. teaching hospitals are often considered more expensive than the competition, but a new study suggests they may have an important quality advantage.

Older adults treated at major teaching facilities are less likely to die in the weeks and months following their discharge than patient...

You're Less Apt to Fact-Check 'Fake News' When It's on Social Media: Study

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Talk of "fake news" is everywhere this year. Now a new study suggests that people may be less apt to fact-check reports they see on social media, compared to other settings.

Why? The researchers believe that simply knowing that information is being consumed by others online dampens fact-checkin...

Taking Opioids Before Knee Surgery Could Raise Pain Later

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're planning on having knee replacement surgery at some point in the future, it's a good idea to start talking to your doctor now about your options for controlling pain.

That's because new research found that when people had taken powerful opioid painkillers before knee replacement surg...

City Life Tough on Teens' Mental Health

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- City life seems to take a toll on the adolescent mind, new research suggests.

The study included more than 2,000 18-year-olds in England and Wales who were interviewed about psychotic experiences (such as hearing voices and feeling extremely paranoid) since age 12.

The research team ...

3 Key Lifestyle Factors Can Lower Breast Cancer Odds

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Things that keep you healthy overall, also appear to help lower a woman's risk of breast cancer, a new review says.

The review found that exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and limiting alcohol could all reduce breast cancer odds.

The report, from the American Institut...

Ways to Track Weight Loss Success

TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Self-monitoring is part of virtually every weight loss plan, and weighing yourself is a key part of self-monitoring. After all, the one thing every dieter wants to see is results.

But how can you really tell if you're making progress? The most common method is to step on the scale. Yet a big ...

Blacks More Prone to Colon Cancers That Arise Between Colonoscopies: Study

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer guidelines now recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50 for people at average risk for the disease.

But a new study finds that older black Americans are far more likely than whites to develop a colon cancer in the decade-long gap between these screenings.

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1 in 4 Americans Knows Someone Hooked on Opioids: Poll

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than a quarter of Americans -- and 1 in 3 millennials -- say they know someone addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers, according to a new survey from the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Also, most respondents from the poll of more than 1,000 adults believe treatment is a ...

Anabolic Steroids May Tax the Heart

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of muscle-building anabolic steroids may take a toll on the heart, researchers say.

Bodybuilders who take these drugs to bulk up should take note: prolonged use of anabolic steroids makes it harder for the heart to function properly. The steroids might also contribute to artery-clo...

Study Casts Doubt on Need for Statins in the 'Healthy Old'

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Senior citizens with no history of heart problems appear to gain no health benefit from cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, a new study suggests.

People 65 and older treated with pravastatin (Pravachol) as part of a major clinical trial had about the same risk of death as people in a placebo grou...

Americans Skeptical of Corporate-Backed Health Research

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most people don't trust health research when industry is involved, a new study finds.

"People have a hard time seeing research related to health risks as legitimate if done with a corporate partner," said lead author John Besley. He's an associate professor at Michigan State University's College...

Could 'Safer' Filtered Cigarettes Be More Deadly?

MONDAY, May 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Filtered cigarettes might be even more lethal than unfiltered ones, and a new review suggests that they have been boosting rates of a cancer that takes root deep in the lungs.

The findings have prompted the review authors to call for federal regulators to ban the use of ventilation holes in cig...

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