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  • Moms-to-Be Are Heeding Store Warnings About Alcohol

    Posted: 04/29/2017

    Moms-to-Be Are Heeding Store Warnings About Alcohol FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Signs in stores warning about the harms of drinking during pregnancy appear to work: New research shows boozing by mothers-to-be has declined 11 percent in states that require such postings. Those states have also seen a drop in extremely premature births (less than 32 weeks' gestation) and very-low-birth-weight babies (less than 3.5 pounds), the study found. The largest impact of the signs has been among wome...

  • Most Patients Not Shy About Revealing Sexual Orientation

    Posted: 04/29/2017

    Most Patients Not Shy About Revealing Sexual Orientation MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Far more patients than expected are willing to reveal their sexual orientation when they visit the emergency room, a new study finds. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Academy of Medicine recommend routine collection of sexual orientation information in health care settings. In 2015, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ordered electronic health record companies ...

  • Mid-Life Exercise Could Jog Your Memory

    Posted: 04/29/2017

    Mid-Life Exercise Could Jog Your Memory MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Can a new exercise regimen boost your brain health if you're over 50? Possibly, suggests a new research review that found middle-age folks can improve their thinking and memory skills by adopting regular moderate-to-vigorous routines involving aerobic and resistance exercise. "When we combined the available data from [39 previous] studies, we were able to show that undertaking physical exercise was able to improve the bra...

  • Money Pressures Mount When a Spouse Gets Cancer

    Posted: 04/29/2017

    Money Pressures Mount When a Spouse Gets Cancer THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Family income can take a big hit when a wife or husband cares for a spouse with cancer, researchers report. Based on data from working-age couples in Canada, average household income declined between 5 percent and 9 percent, the researchers found. "The average annual household income for the working-age couples we studied was about $100,000, so the loss of income per family is about $5,000 to $9,000, which is a ...

  • Most Seniors Use Cellphones While Behind the Wheel

    Posted: 04/29/2017

    Most Seniors Use Cellphones While Behind the Wheel FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When you think of cellphones and driving, you probably picture a chatty teen behind the wheel. But new research suggests that seniors are often guilty of this dangerous practice, too. And that's true even if they have children in the car, a new survey found. "Of those senior drivers who have a cellphone, 60 percent of them speak on the phone while behind the wheel. And seniors with a skewed sense of their multi...

  • Many Students Reluctant to Use Asthma Inhalers at School

    Posted: 04/29/2017

    Many Students Reluctant to Use Asthma Inhalers at School FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The thought of having to pull out an inhaler in the middle of school might stop some kids with asthma from breathing better, a study of British schoolchildren suggests. An online survey of almost 700 students with asthma showed that nearly 50 percent reported poor asthma control. With asthma, the lungs and airways become inflamed when exposed to triggers that can include pollen, catching a cold or having ...

  • Money Spent on Teen Health a Good Global Investment

    Posted: 04/27/2017

    Money Spent on Teen Health a Good Global Investment THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Worldwide investments in teen health could yield significant economic returns, a new study contends. "Investing in young people is in everyone's interest," said Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund. "A small investment in empowering and protecting the world's over a billion adolescents can bring a 10-fold return, or sometimes even more." Improving the physical, menta...

  • Many Heart Attack Patients Fail to Stick With Statins

    Posted: 04/26/2017

    Many Heart Attack Patients Fail to Stick With Statins WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of powerful statin drugs have been shown to avert future heart problems, including heart attack and stroke. Yet many heart attack patients stop taking these medicines as recommended, a new study reveals. Researchers examined data for heart attack patients who had a prescription for a "high-intensity" statin filled within 30 days of being discharged from the hospital. Two years later, only 42 pe...

  • Many Kids Still Being Injured on ATVs

    Posted: 04/26/2017

    Many Kids Still Being Injured on ATVs WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- They may look like tons of fun, but all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are actually tons of trouble for kids. And efforts to reduce ATV-related injuries among children in the United States haven't had much impact, a new study said. "The injuries children sustain from ATV-related accidents are frequently more severe than injuries received from motor vehicle crashes," said study lead author Dr. Thomas Pranikoff. He is a professor...

  • Marriage Could Bring Health Bonus to Older Same-Sex Couples

    Posted: 04/25/2017

    Marriage Could Bring Health Bonus to Older Same-Sex Couples TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The health benefits of tying the knot may extend to couples of all sexual orientations. A new study shows that older same-sex couples who have married are healthier and happier than their single counterparts. More than 1,800 LGBT adults, aged 50 and older, were surveyed in 2014 in U.S. states where gay marriage was already legal. It became legal nationwide nearly two years ago. "In the nearly 50 years...