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  • Moms' Soda Habit in Pregnancy May Boost Kids' Odds for Asthma

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    Moms' Soda Habit in Pregnancy May Boost Kids' Odds for Asthma FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids are more likely to develop asthma if their moms chug sugary drinks during pregnancy, a new study suggests. Expectant mothers who drank an average of two sugar-sweetened beverages a day were over 60 percent more likely to have kids diagnosed with asthma when they were 7 to 9 years old than were women who drank no sugary beverages while pregnant, Harvard researchers found. Too much sugar in the diet...

  • Memo to Motorcyclists: Beware the Full Moon

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    Memo to Motorcyclists: Beware the Full Moon TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A full moon may spell extra danger for motorcyclists, a new study suggests. Momentary distractions are a common cause of crashes. Because a full moon can be a major distraction and occurs about 12 times a year, researchers decided to investigate whether full moons might be linked to more motorcyclists' deaths. "Glancing at the full moon takes the motorcyclist's gaze off the road, which could result in a loss of contro...

  • Modern Times May Mean Weaker Biceps for Women

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Modern Times May Mean Weaker Biceps for Women WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A life of hard farm work apparently gave ancient women stronger arm bones than modern women, even today's elite rowers. That's the finding of British researchers who compared the bones of a wide range of present-day women with the bones of women who lived in Central Europe during the first 6,000 years of agriculture. Women from 7,400 to 7,000 years ago had similar leg bone strength as modern-day women who are high...

  • Many NFL Players Found to Have Enlarged Aortas

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    Many NFL Players Found to Have Enlarged Aortas WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Former professional football players are at increased risk for an enlarged aorta, which can lead to a life-threatening bulge in the artery, a new study reports. The aorta, the largest artery in the body, carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The short part of the aorta is called the ascending aorta. It rises from the left ventricle -- the bottom left chamber of the heart -- and supplies the corona...

  • Mom's Childhood Trauma May Affect Daughter, Too

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    Mom's Childhood Trauma May Affect Daughter, Too WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mental illness caused by traumatic experiences in early childhood may be passed from mothers to their daughters, new research suggests. The study involved adults whose parents had been evacuated from Finland during World War II, when they were children. Many of the approximately 49,000 children evacuated from Finland from 1941 to 1945 were preschoolers. They were placed with foster families in Sweden. Besides be...

  • Memo to Doctors: Spit Out the Bad News

    Posted: 12/08/2017

    Memo to Doctors: Spit Out the Bad News MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors, don't be afraid to deliver bad news. Telling cancer patients the truth about their chances of survival does not harm a physician's relationship with those people. It could even make it better, according to a new study. "We hope this information will reassure clinicians about any negative impacts of these discussions on their relationships with patients," said study lead author Joshua Fenton. "Discussing prognosis d...

  • Male Triathletes May Be Harming Their Hearts

    Posted: 12/04/2017

    Male Triathletes May Be Harming Their Hearts TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men who compete in triathlons could be putting their hearts at risk, a new study contends. The finding results from an examination of 55 male triathletes who averaged 44 years old, and 30 female triathletes, with an average age of 43. All participated in triathlons, which involve sequential endurance competitions of swimming, cycling and running. The researchers found that 18 percent of the men had evidence of scarri...

  • Motorcycle Crashes Far More Deadly Than Car Crashes

    Posted: 12/02/2017

    Motorcycle Crashes Far More Deadly Than Car Crashes MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Motorcycle crashes are far costlier than car accidents, both in lives lost and in medical expenses, a new study shows. Canadian researchers found that the death rate from motorcycle crashes was five times greater than from car crashes, and the rate of severe injury was 10 times greater. That came with a six times greater cost to the health care system. Though the findings stem from an analysis of traffic accide...

  • More Patients Are Having a Say in Their Medical Care

    Posted: 11/29/2017

    More Patients Are Having a Say in Their Medical Care FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. doctors and patients are making more decisions together, which looks like a win-win for both, researchers say. A new analysis of national survey data found that shared decision-making between doctors and patients rose 14 percent between 2002 and 2014. Patients said doctors have become more likely to: ask them to help make medical decisions; listen to them carefully; show respect for what they said; spend ...

  • Many Hospice Workers Lack Their Own End-of-Life Directives

    Posted: 11/28/2017

    Many Hospice Workers Lack Their Own End-of-Life Directives THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- They deal with death and dying every day, but many hospice care workers haven't outlined their own end-of-life wishes for medical care, researchers say. For the study, investigators analyzed survey responses from about 900 hospice care providers. Only 44 percent had completed an advance directive outlining their wishes for medical care if they're unable to communicate those wishes themselves. The findi...