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  • Brain Beats Brawn in Quest for Energy

    Posted: 11/17/2017

    Brain Beats Brawn in Quest for Energy WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The brain gets priority over muscles when both are competing for energy, a new study finds. Tests with 62 elite rowers at a British university, who averaged 21 years old, revealed that when they had to think fast and exert themselves at the same time, the brain was first in line to receive energy-providing glucose. This is likely an evolutionary trait because quick thinking rather than fast moving may have helped human anc...

  • Bad Hot Flashes, Sleep Apnea Often Go Together

    Posted: 11/13/2017

    Bad Hot Flashes, Sleep Apnea Often Go Together WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As if severe hot flashes alone weren't enough of a problem for menopausal women, a new study finds these symptoms may also be tied to a greater risk for sleep apnea and related heart issues. The study included nearly 1,700 middle-aged women, about 25 percent of whom were at intermediate or high risk for obstructive sleep apnea -- for instance, they generally were older, had higher levels of body fat and had high b...

  • Breast-Feeding Bond Lingers for Mom

    Posted: 11/12/2017

    Breast-Feeding Bond Lingers for Mom TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The longer a new mom breast-feeds, the stronger her maternal bond may be with her child years later, a new study suggests. The 10-year study of nearly 1,300 families in the United States found that women who breast-fed their children longer had more maternal sensitivity well past their children's infant and toddler years. New moms in the study breast-fed for an average of 17 weeks. Fewer than 1 percent breast-fed for 2 years ...

  • Brain Scans May Have Spotted People Thinking About Suicide

    Posted: 11/09/2017

    Brain Scans May Have Spotted People Thinking About Suicide TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans may be able to identify when people are having suicidal thoughts, researchers report. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults in the United States, but suicidal risk is difficult to assess and predict. This study included 17 people with known suicidal tendencies and a control group of 17 people without such tendencies. While in a brain scanner, the participants were p...

  • Botox May Offer New Hope for Young Migraine Sufferers

    Posted: 11/08/2017

    Botox May Offer New Hope for Young Migraine Sufferers FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Botox injections may help bring relief to children suffering from migraines, a small study suggests. Botox (botulinum toxin) appears to reduce the frequency of migraines and shorten the length of episodes when they do occur, while also diminishing migraine pain. At the moment, Botox is only approved as an adult migraine treatment. And the new findings are based on testing among just nine children, aged 8 to 1...

  • Belly Fat Widens Odds of Emergency Surgery Troubles

    Posted: 11/08/2017

    Belly Fat Widens Odds of Emergency Surgery Troubles MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Excess belly fat dramatically increases the risk of complications and death after emergency surgery, a new study finds. The research included more than 600 patients who had emergency surgery and underwent CT scans of the abdomen and pelvis before surgery. These scans were used to calculate waist-to-hip ratios, a measure of belly fat. A healthy ratio should not exceed .90 in men and .85 in women, according to th...

  • Blood Thinners May Also Protect Brains of A-Fib Patients

    Posted: 11/06/2017

    Blood Thinners May Also Protect Brains of A-Fib Patients THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blood thinners may pull double duty for people with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation: New research suggests they help prevent dementia as well as stroke. Because atrial fibrillation increases the risk for stroke, people with the condition are often prescribed blood thinners (also known as anticoagulants) to prevent blood clots that can cause a stroke. Atrial fibrillation also increases the r...

  • Bat Left, Throw Right: Baseball Stardom?

    Posted: 11/05/2017

    Bat Left, Throw Right: Baseball Stardom? WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Every little kid who loves baseball dreams of making it to "the show" -- the major leagues. Now, a new analysis offers a few signposts that might make it easier for that dream to come true: Players who throw right-handed but bat left-handed appear to have a better chance of succeeding in the big leagues. The analysis found that players with this specific combination of skills are seven to nine times more likely to play...

  • Breast Milk May Arrive Late for Obese New Moms

    Posted: 11/03/2017

    Breast Milk May Arrive Late for Obese New Moms TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While obesity in pregnancy has long been linked to a higher risk for complications during childbirth, there's now another reason to avoid it: a late start to breast milk production. That's the finding from a new study of more than 200 women with newborns who planned to breast-feed. The researchers found that delays in "lactogenesis" -- the production of breast milk within three days of delivery -- "occurred more fr...

  • Black Women Face Double the Risk of Pregnancy-Related Heart Failure

    Posted: 10/26/2017

    Black Women Face Double the Risk of Pregnancy-Related Heart Failure FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black American women are twice as likely as women in other racial/ethnic groups to develop a form of pregnancy-related heart failure, a new study finds. Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur in the last month of pregnancy or up to five months following delivery. With this disorder the heart chambers enlarge and heart muscle weakens, leading t...