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28 Nov

Acupuncture May Ease Back Pain During Pregnancy

A review of 10 clinical studies finds acupuncture may relieve back pain and improve physical function in pregnant women.

23 Nov

Certain Painkillers May Make Knee Arthritis Worse Over Time, New Study Finds

NSAIDS like ibuprofen and naproxen do not reduce inflammation or slow damage caused by knee osteoarthritis, researchers find.

22 Nov

Role of HDL or “Good” Cholesterol Challenged in New Study

Researchers find HDL cholesterol may not be as effective in predicting heart disease in different races and ethnicities.

Valium, Xanax Prescriptions Could Raise Overdose Risk in Youth

Valium, Xanax Prescriptions Could Raise Overdose Risk in Youth

Teenagers and young adults who use benzodiazepines to treat insomnia may be at heightened risk of overdose, a new study finds.

Benzodiazepines include anxiety medications like Ativan, Klonopin, Valium and Xanax, as well as prescription sleep aids such as estazolam (ProSom), triazolam (Halcion) and temazepam (Restoril).

In the ne...

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Second Death in Trial of Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Is Raising Concerns

Second Death in Trial of Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Is Raising Concerns

Two people have now died from brain hemorrhages that may be linked to an experimental Alzheimer’s drug, calling into question the medication’s safety.

A 65-year-old woman with early-stage Alzheimer’s recently died from a massive brain bleed that some researchers link to lecanemab, an antibody drug designed to bind to and remove amylo...

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  • November 29, 2022
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Need for Organ Transplants Surges at Big Motorcycle Rallies: Study

Need for Organ Transplants Surges at Big Motorcycle Rallies: Study

Once a year, giant motorcycle rallies ride into places like Daytona Beach, Fla., and Sturgis, S.D., bringing hundreds of thousands of people, an economic boost -- and a wave of crash-related deaths.

That means more organs available for donation and the need to be prepared, according to a new study that examined the issue.

Researcher...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 29, 2022
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AHA News: 3 Heart Surgeries and a Mini-Stroke by Age 35. This Year? 3 Marathons

AHA News: 3 Heart Surgeries and a Mini-Stroke by Age 35. This Year? 3 Marathons

For his first 29 years, Justin Cadelago thought little about his heart. The exception was even a fun memory: he got to leave school early once a year to visit his pediatric cardiologist.

Cadelago was born with an aorta narrower than usual. This congenital heart defect is called coarctation of the bicuspid aortic valve. When Cadelago was a ...

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  • November 29, 2022
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As Kids' Obesity Rises, Brain Health Declines: Study

As Kids' Obesity Rises, Brain Health Declines: Study

Kids who are overweight or obese often struggle with school work, and now new research provides clues on how excess weight may harm the developing brain.

“The main takeaway is to raise awareness about brain health consequences of obesity besides physical health consequences, especially since obesity rates are very high and continue ...

  • Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 29, 2022
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Long COVID Often Brings Another Issue: Stigma

Long COVID Often Brings Another Issue: Stigma

People with long COVID deal with months or years of punishing fatigue, mind-numbing brain fog or a frightening fight to take each and every breath.

But they can also face the skepticism of others, a new study finds -- employers and doctors questioning whether they're really sick, friends avoiding them, family losing patience.

About 9...

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 29, 2022
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How Persistent Asthma Might Harm the Heart

How Persistent Asthma Might Harm the Heart

Persistent asthma may take a toll on the heart, not just the lungs, a new study suggests.

When the respiratory condition is relentless, it appears tied to plaque in the carotid arteries, increasing the risk for heart attack and stroke, researchers say.

The carotid arteries — large arteries on the sides of the neck — carry b...

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  • November 29, 2022
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High Deductibles Keep Some Women From Follow-Up After Troubling Mammogram

High Deductibles Keep Some Women From Follow-Up After Troubling Mammogram

Out-of-pocket costs may make as many as 1 in 5 women forgo additional screening when an initial mammogram finds an abnormality, a new U.S. study finds.

The Affordable Care Act improved access to mammograms, but high-deductible insurance plans appear to keep women from important follow-ups, according to the findings.

"The ACA removed...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 29, 2022
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Relax, a Little Stress Might Be Good for You

Relax, a Little Stress Might Be Good for You

If holiday demands get you frazzled, you can take heart from a new study: When it comes to stress, a little is good.

“The bad outcomes of stress are pretty clear and not new,” said Assaf Oshri, lead author of the study and an associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

“But there...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 29, 2022
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Drinking Rates Crept Up in U.S. States Once Weed Was Made Legal

Drinking Rates Crept Up in U.S. States Once Weed Was Made Legal

Could unfettered access to marijuana fuel a rise in drinking rates?

Yes, report researchers who found alcohol consumption increased at times and in places where marijuana was made legal for certain groups.

The increase in drinking was mostly driven by young adults and men, according to University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 29, 2022
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Healthy Plant-Based Diets Lower Men's Odds for Colon Cancer

Healthy Plant-Based Diets Lower Men's Odds for Colon Cancer

Are you an older man worried about your risk for colon cancer? Eating whole grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes may improve your odds of dodging the disease, new research shows.

“Although previous research has suggested that plant-based diets may play a role in preventing colorectal cancer, the impact of plant foods’ nutritional qua...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 29, 2022
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Climate Change May Bring More Fungal Lung Infections

Climate Change May Bring More Fungal Lung Infections

Fungal lung infections are spreading to parts of the United States where they were once never seen — likely a result of climate change, experts say.

To the average person, the term fungal infection may conjure up thoughts of athlete's foot or toenail problems. But some fungus species cause potentially severe respiratory infections, ...

  • Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 28, 2022
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Monkeypox Renamed MPox Amid Racism Concerns

Monkeypox Renamed MPox Amid Racism Concerns

Monkeypox still exists, but its name is being phased out over racism concerns.

For the next year, the terms monkeypox and the new name mpox will be used interchangeably before the virus is permanently renamed mpox, the World Health Organization announced Monday.

"Racist and stigmatizing language" arose after the virus spread to more ...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 28, 2022
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Lead Toxin Concerns Spur Recall of Toddler Sippy Cups

Lead Toxin Concerns Spur Recall of Toddler Sippy Cups

Parents whose toddlers use certain Green Sprouts bottles or cups need to discard them immediately because of a risk of lead exposure, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns.

When the base of the cups come apart, it exposes a solder dot that contains lead, according to a CPSC news release.

“Lead is toxic if ingeste...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 28, 2022
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Advent of 'Bloodless Medicine' Is Helping Some Patients Avoid Transfusions

Advent of 'Bloodless Medicine' Is Helping Some Patients Avoid Transfusions

Before Andrea Acerra, 45, had a hysterectomy due to heavy periods in November, she received an iron infusion to boost her red blood cell count and stave off the need for a transfusion.

"I was just worried about side effects from the iron, but there were none," said Acerra, a senior medical assistant in Bay Shore, N.Y.

South Shore Uni...

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  • November 28, 2022
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A Purpose in Life Might Lengthen Your Life

A Purpose in Life Might Lengthen Your Life

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Having a clear purpose in life could reduce your risk for premature death.

That's the conclusion of researchers who spent eight years tracking about 13,000 Americans over age 50.

Those who considered their life particularly purposeful were found to have about a 15% risk of ...

  • Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 28, 2022
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Berry Good for You: Some Foods Can Strengthen Your Brain

Berry Good for You: Some Foods Can Strengthen Your Brain

Eating more berries and drinking tea may help slow mental decline as you age, new research suggests.

In a study of more than 900 adults, researchers found that foods like these -- containing antioxidant flavonols -- delivered brain benefits to older adults. Flavonols are found in fruits like berries, green leafy vegetables, tea and w...

  • Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 28, 2022
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A Beloved Pet's Death Can Trigger Deep Grief. Finding Support Can Be Tough

A Beloved Pet's Death Can Trigger Deep Grief. Finding Support Can Be Tough

Anyone who's ever loved a pet like a member of the family knows that the grief when that dog, cat or other furry friend dies can be devastating.

But too often, finding others who truly understand and support that sense of loss can be challenging.

Michelle Crossley, a mental health counselor, and Colleen Rolland, a pet loss gri...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 28, 2022
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New COVID Variant XBB Is Gaining Ground Among Americans

New COVID Variant XBB Is Gaining Ground Among Americans

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) – U.S. health officials are tracking a new COVID variant that's a combination of two earlier Omicron subvariants.

Known as XBB, this latest subvariant now represents 3.1% of new COVID cases throughout the U.S. and 5% of cases in the Northeast.

Based on preliminary estimates from the U.S. Cent...

  • Cara Murez and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters
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  • November 28, 2022
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Skipping Meals Could Shave Years Off Your Life

Skipping Meals Could Shave Years Off Your Life

MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Intermittent fasting -- limiting eating to a small part of the day -- is very popular these days. But that doesn't mean it's healthy.

A new study published online in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that people who skipped meals, fasted or at...

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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