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  • Women's Cancer Risk Rises With Years Spent Overweight

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Women's Cancer Risk Rises With Years Spent Overweight TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The longer a woman is overweight, the higher her risk of several cancers, researchers report. The study, which followed nearly 74,000 U.S. women, found that the longer a woman carried excess poundage, the greater her risk of breast, endometrial, colon and kidney cancers. "We've known for a long time that excess weight is important in cancer risk," said Susan Gapstur, vice president of epidemiology for the Am...

  • Who Drinks More -- Couples or Singles?

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Who Drinks More -- Couples or Singles? THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who are married or live together drink less than single people, according to a new study. The findings show that "once you're in a committed relationship, your drinking frequency declines permanently, whereas quantity goes back up if you exit that relationship," said lead author Diana Dinescu, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. The researchers looked at more than 2,400 twin p...

  • Where Do Americans Buy Most of Their Junk Food?

    Posted: 08/21/2016

    Where Do Americans Buy Most of Their Junk Food? FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans buy most of their junk food at grocery stores and supermarkets, a new study shows. The finding challenges the "food desert" theory, which suggests that a lack of these stores in some neighborhoods puts people at increased risk of obesity by limiting their access to healthy foods. "More than half of the sugar-sweetened beverages and two-thirds of discretionary [junk] foods are purchased in supermarkets and...

  • Will 'Unloading' Shoes Help Your Arthritic Knees?

    Posted: 08/20/2016

    Will 'Unloading' Shoes Help Your Arthritic Knees? FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For reducing pain from arthritic knees, "unloading" shoes don't offer a leg up over conventional walking shoes, new research indicates. With their modified midsoles, unloading shoes aim to reduce the force (or "load") placed on an affected knee joint, according to their manufacturer. But after focusing on one brand -- the "Gel Melbourne OA" shoe by Asics -- the Australian researchers concluded the special shoes w...

  • Would Weaker Beer Help Reduce Alcohol's Harms?

    Posted: 08/19/2016

    Would Weaker Beer Help Reduce Alcohol's Harms? THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Lowering the alcohol content in beer and other drinks may help reduce their harmful health effects, researchers say. Alcohol causes substantial disability and death worldwide. Nearly a quarter of deaths among people between the ages of 20 and 39 are alcohol-related, according to the World Health Organization. "The idea is that a small reduction in alcohol -- such as beer with four percent ethanol content versus si...

  • White House Transfers $81B to Continue Zika Vaccine Research

    Posted: 08/18/2016

    White House Transfers $81M to Continue Zika Vaccine Research THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration said Thursday that it will transfer $81 million from existing federal health programs so there's enough money to continue trials of a Zika vaccine. Money for the Zika vaccine research was to run out at the end of the month, USA Today reported. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said she will transfer $34 million from her agency to the National Institut...

  • What Mom-to-Be Eats Determines Bugs in Baby's Gut: Study

    Posted: 08/16/2016

    What Mom-to-Be Eats Determines Bugs in Baby's Gut: Study TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The amount of fat in a pregnant woman's diet may influence the mix of microbes in her baby's gut, a new study suggests. The community of gut microbes -- known as the microbiome -- can affect the development of a baby's immune system and the ability to extract energy from food, the researchers said. The study included more than 150 women who provided a record of their eating habits during pregnancy. The amo...

  • Why Teens Choose E-Cigarettes

    Posted: 08/16/2016

    Why Teens Choose E-Cigarettes MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers try e-cigarettes the first time for very teen-related reasons -- they're curious, friends use them, and there are lots of different flavors that taste good. But the teens most likely to keep using e-cigarettes do so for very practical reasons, a new study suggests. The low cost of the devices and the promise they can help teens quit smoking tobacco are the two strong predictors of continued use, said senior researcher Suchi...

  • When It Comes to West Nile, Robins Do It, Cardinals Don't

    Posted: 08/15/2016

    When It Comes to West Nile, Robins Do It, Cardinals Don't MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cardinals, common backyard birds in parts of the United States, may help protect people against West Nile virus, a new study indicates. Researchers wanted to learn why the infection rate for the mosquito-borne virus in Georgia has remained low even though about one-third of birds in the Atlanta area have been exposed to the virus. A similar pattern is evident throughout the Southeast, but the situation is ...

  • When Diabetes Strikes, Get Moving to Lower Risk to Eyes

    Posted: 08/11/2016

    When Diabetes Strikes, Get Moving to Lower Risk to Eyes THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with diabetes who remain inactive may have higher odds for a vision-robbing eye condition, new research suggests. While the study couldn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship, researchers say a "couch potato" lifestyle does seem to raise the risk for diabetic retinopathy. According to the U.S. National Eye Institute, the condition "involves changes to retinal blood vessels that can cause them to b...