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20 Feb

Common Tech-Related Injuries

Do you have swiper's thumb or text neck?

19 Feb

Are Your Sitting Habits Increasing Your Risk Of Diabetes and Heart Disease?

Older women are sitting 8.5 to 9 hours per day throwing off their insulin levels and BMI.

18 Feb

Little Night Owls May Be At Increased Risk of Obesity

Children who go to sleep after 9 gain more weight.

Gay Men Underestimate Their Risks From HPV

Gay Men Underestimate Their Risks From HPV

Young men who have sex with other men don't fully grasp their risk for human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, due to a lack of information from health care providers, researchers say.

Interviews with men in their early 20s who are gay, bisexual or who identify as straight but have sex with men found that they knew little about HPV, incl...

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  • February 20, 2020
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Who's Caring for Family Caregivers? 1 in 5 Says Health Is Poor

Who's Caring for Family Caregivers? 1 in 5 Says Health Is Poor

Caring for a loved one at home can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming and take a toll on your own health, a new study suggests.

According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 5 of the nearly 18 million Americans who provide informal, unpaid care may be in fair or poor health....

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • February 20, 2020
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Could the Weather Swings of Climate Change Make Flu Seasons Worse?

Could the Weather Swings of Climate Change Make Flu Seasons Worse?

Climate change, and the sudden weather changes it brings, could fuel future flu epidemics, researchers warn in a new report.

They used historical data to assess how major weather swings in the fall months could affect flu season in highly populated areas of the United States, mainland China, Italy and France.

Specifically, th...

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  • February 20, 2020
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Wearable 'Brain Stimulator' May Boost Stroke Recovery

Wearable 'Brain Stimulator' May Boost Stroke Recovery

A noninvasive magnetic brain stimulation device worn less than an hour a day can increase activity near stroke-injured areas of the brain, a small, preliminary study suggests.

Those improvements in brain activity might then lead to increased motor function in people who have had a stroke, the researchers said.

"We were exci...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • February 20, 2020
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Flu Vaccine Making a Strong Showing This Season

Flu Vaccine Making a Strong Showing This Season

Though a severe flu season is now in full swing in the United States, a new government report delivers a bit of good news: This year's vaccine is working well against the viruses that are circulating.

"Preliminary vaccine effectiveness estimates indicate that the 2019-20 flu vaccine is providing substantial protective benefit, particul...

  • Robin Foster
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  • February 20, 2020
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Brain Stent Could Cut Odds for a Second Stroke

Brain Stent Could Cut Odds for a Second Stroke

For decades, artery-opening stents have helped prevent heart attacks, and new research suggests they might also help prevent strokes in the brain.

In a new study, the self-expanding, intracranial Wingspan brain stent seems effective over the long term in reducing stroke patients' risk of a subsequent stroke and death.

Intracr...

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  • February 20, 2020
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Another HIV Hazard: Higher Risk for COPD

Another HIV Hazard: Higher Risk for COPD

Adults with HIV have higher rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and are diagnosed with the lung disease years earlier than those without HIV, a new study finds.

Smoking may be a major reason why, researchers suggest.

"As people with HIV live longer, it is important to understand how common other illnesses ar...

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  • February 20, 2020
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How 'Stranger Things' Widened Awareness of a Rare Disorder

How 'Stranger Things' Widened Awareness of a Rare Disorder

Teenage actor Gaten Matarazzo III was born with a rare genetic disorder that affects bone development. And ever since his Netflix series "Stranger Things" became a hit, public interest in the condition has shot up, a new study finds.

The disorder, called cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD), affects only about one in a million people, accordi...

Your Best Bet Against Heart Attack, Stroke? Lower Blood Pressure

Your Best Bet Against Heart Attack, Stroke? Lower Blood Pressure

Millions of Americans with high blood pressure are at risk of heart attack and stroke, but just a few changes might cut that risk.

"In February, American Heart Month, we encourage all Americans to take control of their heart health by better understanding and monitoring their blood pressure levels and making healthy lifestyle changes t...

  • Kayla McKiski
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  • February 20, 2020
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AHA News: Earth-Based or Star-Bound, Heed These Heart-Healthy Lessons From Space

AHA News: Earth-Based or Star-Bound, Heed These Heart-Healthy Lessons From Space

On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn made history when he became the first American to orbit the Earth.

About half an hour after launch, somewhere over Zanzibar, he made a bit of lesser-known history by becoming the first person to use workout equipment in space.

"It was called the MA-6 In-flight Exercise Device," said fellow space...

AHA News: Research Opens New Avenues to Reduce Foot, Toe Amputations

AHA News: Research Opens New Avenues to Reduce Foot, Toe Amputations

Emerging research may help doctors devise better ways to prevent some of the tens of thousands of amputations unrelated to traumatic injury that occur in the U.S. each year.

Diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic lower limb amputations, including of the toe and foot. That's partly because diabetes increases risk of peripheral a...

New China Coronavirus Cases Decline, 2 Passengers From Affected Cruise Ship Die

New China Coronavirus Cases Decline, 2 Passengers From Affected Cruise Ship Die

The number of new COVID-19 coronavirus cases in China dropped Thursday, but the decline might just be due to new methods in how case numbers are tallied.

Also on Thursday, two infected passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that had been quarantined in Japan died.

The decline in Chinese cases was due in part to Chin...

  • E.J. Mundell and Robin Foster
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  • February 20, 2020
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Skiers Study Suggests Fitness May Stave Off Parkinson's

Skiers Study Suggests Fitness May Stave Off Parkinson's

Love to cross-country ski? Well, all those days spent striding across the snow-covered wilderness may do more than keep you in great physical shape.

Swedish researchers report that very fit long-distance skiers were about 30% less likely to develop Parkinson's disease during their 20-year study.

The research suggests tha...

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  • February 20, 2020
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Lung Diseases on the Rise Worldwide

Lung Diseases on the Rise Worldwide

Lung diseases have been striking more people around the world in the past 30 years, new research shows.

And being from poor regions is the most important risk factor for respiratory trouble, the scientists added.

Aging and risk factors such as smoking, pollution and overweight/obesity are among the other major risk factors f...

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  • February 20, 2020
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Many Americans Lack Knowledge, Not Desire, to Eat Plant-Based Diets

Many Americans Lack Knowledge, Not Desire, to Eat Plant-Based Diets

A new poll suggests that education is all that stops most Americans from embracing plant-based diets that are better for the planet.

The poll, of just over 1,000 adults nationwide, found that 51% said they would eat more plant-based foods if they knew more about the environmental impacts of their eating habits, but 70% said the...

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  • February 20, 2020
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The Power of a Number: How Your Birthday Could Influence Your Care

The Power of a Number: How Your Birthday Could Influence Your Care

There may be something about a patient's age of 80 that makes doctors alter their heart attack treatment decisions -- consciously or not, new research suggests.

In a study of U.S. heart attack patients, researchers found that just one month in age made a difference in whether doctors performed bypass surgery -- one of the treatments fo...

Exercise Surprise: Lifting Less Gets Better Results

Exercise Surprise: Lifting Less Gets Better Results

Changing up the amount of weight they lift could help weightlifters get stronger with less effort, a new study suggests.

In traditional weight training -- called one rep max -- the maximum weight an athlete can lift dictates the weight load for all sessions.

This study compared one rep max with an approach called load velocit...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 19, 2020
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As Prices Rise for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Meds, Patients Go Without

As Prices Rise for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Meds, Patients Go Without

Rising drug costs are hampering the care of patients with debilitating neurological disorders like Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's, a new study finds.

Patients are less likely to fill necessary prescriptions as out-of-pocket costs increase, said senior researcher Dr. Brian Callaghan, a neurologist with the University of Michigan, i...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • February 19, 2020
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Does Sexual Orientation Play a Role in Skin Cancer Risk?

Does Sexual Orientation Play a Role in Skin Cancer Risk?

Gay and bisexual men in the United States have higher skin cancer rates than heterosexual men, while bisexual women have lower rates than heterosexual women, according to a new study.

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston analyzed data culled from national surveys conducted from 2014 to 2018 and found that skin cancer...

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  • February 19, 2020
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U.S. Scientists Take Key Step Towards Towards Coronavirus Vaccine

U.S. Scientists Take Key Step Towards Towards Coronavirus Vaccine

There's been a crucial move forward in efforts to develop vaccines and treatments against the new COVID-19 coronavirus, U.S. researchers say.

As of Wednesday, cases of infection with the virus have topped 74,000 (the vast majority in China), including more than 2,000 deaths. Therefore, a quick path to a vaccine and effective antiviral ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 19, 2020
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