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  • Remaining 'In the Closet' at Work Stresses Gay Couples

    Posted: 10/18/2017

    Remaining 'In the Closet' at Work Stresses Gay Couples MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Work and home life suffer when people in same-sex relationships try to hide their sexual orientation from co-workers, a new study finds. "Hiding your sexual orientation can be thought of as a demand of the job, in that you're having to hide it and devise strategies, from using different pronouns, not mentioning your spouse, or not including your spouse in work-related parties or other functions," said study f...

  • Rapid Test for Meth Abuse May Be Near

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Rapid Test for Meth Abuse May Be Near MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Attempting to speed up drug detection, scientists from Korea say they have developed a portable, rapid urine test for amphetamines. The experimental test features a wireless sensor and smartphone app. It can detect amphetamines, or speed, in a drop of urine within seconds, its developers said. The prototype device is small enough to be worn as a bracelet, is highly sensitive with a low risk for false-positive results, and cos...

  • Respiratory Disease Death Rates Have Soared

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Respiratory Disease Death Rates Have Soared FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans who die from chronic respiratory diseases has skyrocketed over the past 35 years, led in large part by deaths from COPD, a new report indicates. From 1980 through 2014, more than 4.6 million Americans died from a range of chronic respiratory illnesses, the researchers reported. While the risk was pegged at 41 deaths for every 100,000 people back in 1980, it rose to nearly 53 out of every 100,00...

  • Researchers Learn More About Gender's Role in Autism Risk

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Researchers Learn More About Gender's Role in Autism Risk FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having a daughter with autism is linked to an increased risk that younger siblings will also have the disorder, new research suggests. And that's especially true if the younger siblings are boys, the study authors said. It had been known that having one child with autism raised the chances of having another child with autism, but the role of gender in that risk was unclear. Having this information can he...

  • Risk Assessments Can Help Prevent Falls

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Risk Assessments Can Help Prevent Falls SATURDAY, Sept. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Falls are a serious problem for many American seniors, but there are a number of ways to reduce the risk, a senior health expert says. The millions of falls that occur each year threaten seniors' health, independence and lives, and account for $31 billion in medical costs annually. "The best medical treatment for injuries from falls is to prevent them from happening in the first place," said Dr. Sonja Rosen, chief of ge...

  • Radiation and Chemotherapy Together Boost Lung Cancer Survival

    Posted: 10/08/2017

    Radiation and Chemotherapy Together Boost Lung Cancer Survival TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Combining radiation therapy with chemotherapy has substantially extended survival for many people with lung cancer, two new studies report. About 32 percent of non-small cell lung cancer patients who received chemoradiation therapy were still alive five years following treatment, a survival rate double that of previous estimates, according to results from a long-term clinical trial. Further, a smal...

  • Restaurant Rules for Weight Loss

    Posted: 10/01/2017

    Restaurant Rules for Weight Loss TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Is eating out your diet downfall? Getting together with friends is fun, but a tempting menu can quickly derail your weight loss efforts. Try these restaurant rules to stay on the calorie track. First, choose a restaurant that offers healthier fare. Japanese, Thai and other Asian cuisines are usually vegetable-based with little saturated fat in the other ingredients. Greek and Spanish restaurants serve foods from the healthy Med...

  • Regular Weigh-Ins May Help Prevent College Weight Gain

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Regular Weigh-Ins May Help Prevent College Weight Gain MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- No one likes looking at their weight on a scale every day, but that may be just the trick that college students need to ward off the dreaded "Freshman 15," a new study suggests. Researchers at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania found that female freshman students lost more weight when they weighed themselves at least once a day, while those who didn't failed to shed any pounds at all. An e...

  • Remember This: A Healthy Body Keeps the Mind Sharp, Too

    Posted: 09/19/2017

    Remember This: A Healthy Body Keeps the Mind Sharp, Too THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to stay sharp as you age? A healthy lifestyle can help, according to a new American Heart Association/American Stroke Association advisory. In many people, blood vessels become narrowed or blocked over time. This is called atherosclerosis. And this condition increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. But a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. Collected data "convincingly demo...

  • Recession Took Toll on Health of Rural Young Blacks

    Posted: 09/18/2017

    Recession Took Toll on Health of Rural Young Blacks WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Great Recession of 2007-2009 may have hit black American teens in poor rural communities particularly hard, a new study suggests. What the researchers discovered was that these young people now appear to be at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes. The recession was the largest in the United States since the Great Depression in the 1930s, the study authors noted. And many in rural black communiti...