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  • Better Diet, Longer Life?

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Better Diet, Longer Life? WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged and older adults who start eating better also tend to live longer, a large new study shows. The findings, reported in the July 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine , might not sound surprising. Health experts said they basically reinforce messages people have been hearing for years. But the study is the first to show that sustained diet changes -- even later in life -- might extend people's lives, the researche...

  • Boxers, MMA Fighters May Face Long-Term Harm to Brain: Study

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Boxers, MMA Fighters May Face Long-Term Harm to Brain: Study THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a great deal of attention paid lately to the potential lasting damage of head blows suffered by professional football players. But what about other sports where repeated trauma to the head is also common? Do those sports lead to any long-term brain damage? Possibly, suggests a new study that found boxers and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters have higher levels of certain brain proteins t...

  • Big Baby, Heavier Kid?

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Big Baby, Heavier Kid? MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Those chubby baby cheeks that everyone loves to squeeze may signal an increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 10,000 children in the United States and found that those who were more than 10 pounds at birth were 69 percent more likely than average-weight babies to be obese by kindergarten. This risk continued at least until the second grade, when the study ended. By the second grade, about...

  • Bullying Takes Financial Toll on U.S. School Districts

    Posted: 07/17/2017

    Bullying Takes Financial Toll on U.S. School Districts THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bullying can come with a hefty hidden cost for U.S. schools, a new study finds. California loses about $276 million each year in attendance-based public school funding because bullied children are too afraid to go to school, researchers report. Data revealed that 10 percent of students missed at least one day of school in the previous month because they felt unsafe. That translates into an estimated 301,000...

  • Bye-Bye Flu Shot, Hello Patch?

    Posted: 07/10/2017

    Bye-Bye Flu Shot, Hello Patch? TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental flu vaccine patch with dissolving microneedles appears safe and effective, a preliminary study shows. The patch has 100 solid, water-soluble and painless microneedles that are just long enough to penetrate the skin. Researchers say it could offer a pain-free and more convenient alternative to flu shots. "This bandage-strip sized patch of painless and dissolvable needles can transform how we get vaccinated," said Dr...

  • Boozing Can Age You Right Down to Your Cells

    Posted: 07/07/2017

    Boozing Can Age You Right Down to Your Cells MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The more you booze it up, the more your cells age, increasing your risk for age-related health problems like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers studied 134 alcoholics between the ages of 41 and 85 and a control group of people in the same age group who weren't alcoholics. DNA samples revealed that the alcoholics had shortened telomeres. "Telomeres, the protein caps on the e...

  • Being Thin Could Boost Stress Fracture Risk in Female Runners

    Posted: 07/05/2017

    Being Thin Could Boost Stress Fracture Risk in Female Runners FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Female runners with a low body weight are more likely to have stress fractures and take longer to recover from them, according to a new study. Researchers from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center reviewed data on dozens of injuries suffered by female college runners. They found that runners with a body mass index (BMI) below 19 were more likely to suffer stress fractures than others. BMI i...

  • Breast-Feeding Tied to Lower Heart, Stroke Risk for Mom

    Posted: 07/03/2017

    Breast-Feeding Tied to Lower Heart, Stroke Risk for Mom WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who breast-feed their babies may have a slightly lower risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke decades later, a large new study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 290,000 women in China, those who breast-fed were 10 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke later in life, versus women who bottle-fed their babies. How might breast-feeding help heart health? One theory hold...

  • Big Gap in Cancer Deaths Between Rich, Poor Countries

    Posted: 07/03/2017

    Big Gap in Cancer Deaths Between Rich, Poor Countries WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past few decades, death rates linked to cancer and heart disease have declined in most developed nations, thanks to more effective prevention strategies, early detection and greater access to quality health care. But the same isn't true for poorer counties where the number of people dying from cancer has either remained unchanged or continues to rise, researchers report. The international team of ...

  • Breaking Bad (Eating Habits)

    Posted: 07/02/2017

    Breaking Bad (Eating Habits) TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breaking bad eating habits and starting good ones is one of the healthiest steps you can take. But making healthy choices second nature can take time. After all, it's hard to change a lifetime of bad habits overnight. In fact, research published in the European Journal of Psychology shows it can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to many months for a new habit to feel automatic. So how do you stay on track until your new healthy-e...