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  • Does Stress Worsen Chemical Harms in Pregnancy?

    Posted: 07/23/2017

    Does Stress Worsen Chemical Harms in Pregnancy? WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More evidence of stress's harmful effects comes from a pregnancy study. California researchers found that stress increases the risk that exposure to toxic chemicals in pregnancy will lead to a low birth weight baby. "It appears that stress may amplify the health effects of toxic chemical exposure, which means that for some people, toxic chemicals become more toxic," said senior author Tracey Woodruff, a professo...

  • Dozens of Potential Alzheimer's Meds in the Pipeline

    Posted: 07/23/2017

    Dozens of Potential Alzheimer's Meds in the Pipeline TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly three dozen new Alzheimer's drugs may reach the market in the next five years, researchers say. That includes 27 drugs in phase 3 clinical trials, which are later in the drug review process. It also includes eight drugs in phase 2 clinical trials, according to an analysis by ResearchersAgainstAlzheimer's (RA2) investigators, an UsAgainstAlzheimer's network. "The Alzheimer's disease pipeline, marred by ...

  • Donor-Sperm Kids No Different From Their Peers: Study

    Posted: 07/23/2017

    Donor-Sperm Kids No Different From Their Peers: Study FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children conceived using donor sperm are no different physically or mentally from other kids, a new Australian study says. "For prospective parents, the decision to use donor sperm can seem like a step into the unknown," said study researcher David Amor, a professor and clinical geneticist at Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Parkville, Victoria. "Our results should provide reassurance that the physica...

  • Did Grandpa's Insomnia Serve an Evolutionary Purpose?

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    Did Grandpa's Insomnia Serve an Evolutionary Purpose? TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Trouble sleeping is a common complaint among older folks, but what if their insomnia traces back to when Grandma and Grandpa were in charge of keeping the cave safe at night? A new study of modern hunter-gatherers in northern Tanzania who still live in groups found that age-related differences in sleep patterns ensure that at least one person is awake throughout the night. That would have offered the ancient...

  • Do Moms Who Smoke in Pregnancy Raise Their Odds for a Troubled Teen?

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    Do Moms Who Smoke in Pregnancy Raise Their Odds for a Troubled Teen? TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant mothers have been warned for years to avoid cigarettes. Now researchers report another reason to follow that advice: Teens and young adults whose mothers smoked during pregnancy may be more likely to break the law and be antisocial. The study included thousands of people in New England who were followed from birth into their 30s. The research wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect...

  • Docs Should Counsel Even Healthy People on Diet, Exercise, Experts Say

    Posted: 07/21/2017

    Docs Should Counsel Even Healthy People on Diet, Exercise, Experts Say TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lifestyle counseling could help protect the long-term heart health of adults who aren't yet at high risk for heart attack and stroke, a panel of medical experts says. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on Tuesday reaffirmed its 2012 recommendation that doctors consider extra counseling on diet and exercise even among their low-risk patients. "The Task Force encourages primary c...

  • Dad-to-Be's Age Can Affect Fertility Treatment Success

    Posted: 07/20/2017

    Dad-to-Be's Age Can Affect Fertility Treatment Success MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A man's age makes a difference in whether or not a couple undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) ends up having a baby, a new study suggests. The older the potential dad-to-be, the less likely the couple will have a live birth from IVF, the research showed. For the study, the investigators examined nearly 19,000 IVF cycles performed with more than 7,700 couples in Massachusetts. The women were divided into ...

  • Daily Jolt of Java May Bring Longer Life

    Posted: 07/19/2017

    Daily Jolt of Java May Bring Longer Life MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Here's news to perk up your day: Drinking coffee might help you live a little longer, two new studies suggest. Researchers found that daily coffee drinkers were up to 18 percent less likely to die over the next 10 to 16 years, versus non-drinkers. The findings -- based on over 700,000 middle-aged and older adults -- add to the growing list of benefits linked to moderate coffee drinking. Studies have already tied the habit...

  • Dying May Not Be as Awful an Experience as You Think

    Posted: 07/17/2017

    Dying May Not Be as Awful an Experience as You Think THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Does the very idea of death worry and frighten you? There may be reassurance from a new study that finds those fears might be exaggerated. In fact, the research shows, death is often described as a peaceful, "unexpectedly positive" experience by those who approach it. Death is one of life's guarantees, yet it's something people often avoid talking about, according to study author Kurt Gray. He's an assistant ...

  • Don't Let Summer Strain Your Back

    Posted: 07/13/2017

    Don't Let Summer Strain Your Back SATURDAY, July 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Summer is the time when everyone dives into yard work and takes family vacations. But all that time spent bending, lifting and traveling can strain your back, spine experts say. An estimated 3.7 million Americans sought care for back pain and injuries at doctors' offices in the summer of 2014, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). "Many back injuries occur from sudden movements during daily activitie...