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  • Unhealthy Habits May Cost Canadians 6 Years of Life

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Unhealthy Habits May Cost Canadians 6 Years of Life TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Poor habits that take a toll on health are also costing Canadians an average of six fewer years of life, new research suggests. And the researchers contended the reverse was true -- folks with the healthiest lifestyles lived nearly 18 years longer than those with the poorest health-related lifestyles. Smoking, an unhealthy diet, a lack of physical activity and excess alcohol use were the likely causes of about...

  • U.S. College Kids Drink More, Smoke Less Than Others Their Age

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    U.S. College Kids Drink More, Smoke Less Than Others Their Age TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news and bad news on America's college kids: They smoke less than other young adults, but they drink more. So finds data from a 2014 -- the latest year available -- federal government survey of more than 10,000 people aged 18 to 22, about 4,000 of whom were in college. The poll found that compared to others their age, about 60 percent of full-time college students are current drinkers c...

  • Unhappy at Work in Your 20s, Unhealthy in Your 40s?

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Unhappy at Work in Your 20s, Unhealthy in Your 40s? MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Millennials, take heed: Job dissatisfaction in your 20s or 30s can undermine your health by mid-life, new research suggests. But really rewarding work may pay health dividends. "Those who are, on average, very satisfied versus satisfied tend to have better health in their 40s," said study lead author Jonathan Dirlam. He is a doctoral candidate in the department of sociology at Ohio State University. By their 40...

  • Use of Cancer-Linked Fibroid Device Declines After FDA Warning

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Use of Cancer-Linked Fibroid Device Declines After FDA Warning TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The use of power morcellators -- cutting tools used in minimally invasive gynecological procedures -- has dropped significantly for hysterectomies since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against their use two years ago, a new study finds. Power morcellators have small blades that rotate rapidly. When used in minimally invasive hysterectomies or for the removal of noncancerous growths on t...

  • U.S. Kids Don't Make the Grade on Heart Health

    Posted: 08/18/2016

    U.S. Kids Don't Make the Grade on Heart Health THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most American children fall short of ideal heart health, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. An analysis of 2007-08 federal government survey results found that about 91 percent of youngsters did not have healthy diets. Those between the ages of 2 and 19 get most of their calories from simple carbohydrates such as sugary drinks and desserts. "A primary reason for so few children having idea...

  • U.S. DEA Denies Request to Ease Federal Pot Rules

    Posted: 08/18/2016

    U.S. DEA Denies Request to Ease Federal Pot Rules THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has refused the request of two former state governors to ease marijuana's restrictive classification under current drug laws. The DEA said it based its decision largely on information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA previously concluded that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," according to National Publ...

  • U.S. Maternal Death Rate Is Rising

    Posted: 08/15/2016

    U.S. Maternal Death Rate Is Rising MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. women who die during or soon after pregnancy may be higher than previously thought -- and it's on the rise, according to a new study. Between 2000 and 2014, the nation's maternal death rate rose by almost 27 percent, researchers found. However, over that time, reporting methods changed, the study authors noted. For every 100,000 live births, nearly 24 women died during, or within 42 days after pregnancy in 201...

  • Underweight Seniors May Have Added Alzheimer's Risk

    Posted: 08/14/2016

    Underweight Seniors May Have Added Alzheimer's Risk FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Having a lower weight may increase older adults' risk of the memory-robbing disorder Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. The study included 280 healthy people aged 62 to 90 with normal mental function. The participants underwent physical exams, genetic testing and brain scans. According to the researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, there was a link bet...

  • U.S. Panel Says Evidence 'Insufficient' to Recommend Skin Cancer Screenings

    Posted: 08/05/2016

    U.S. Panel Says Evidence 'Insufficient' to Recommend Skin Cancer Screenings TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There currently isn't enough scientific proof to recommend regular full-body exams for skin cancer as a means of preventing deaths from these cancers, a leading panel of U.S. preventive health experts has concluded. An updated evidence review found scant evidence on either the benefits or harms of a health care professional performing a skin exam as part of a patient's regular check-up,...

  • Urine Protein (Dipstick)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Urine Protein (Dipstick) Does this test have other names? Reagent strip urinalysis, urine albumin What is this test? This test checks the amount of protein in your urine. Your urine normally has a small amount of protein. Much of this protein is the type called albumin, but more than 200 other types of protein may be found in urine. When your body loses large amounts of protein in the urine, it can be because of dehydration, strenuous exercise, fever, or exposure to cold temperatures. Extra protein in t...