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  • A Dangerous New Twist on Cyberbullying

    Posted: 11/18/2017

    A Dangerous New Twist on Cyberbullying WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As if the idea of teen cyberbullying isn't harrowing enough, a new study warns of a strange twist in which kids anonymously post hurtful messages -- to themselves . The worry is that this digital self-harm -- like traditional self-harm -- may be a harbinger for suicide down the road, the study authors said. In the first survey of its kind, the nationally representative group of nearly 5,600 U.S. high school students was a...

  • An Aging Heart May Weaken Memory

    Posted: 11/18/2017

    An Aging Heart May Weaken Memory WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A decline in the pumping ability of an older person's heart can lower blood flow to their brain's memory center, new research has found. The study involved 314 people, who averaged 73 years old and did not have heart failure, stroke or dementia. Nearly 40 percent of them had mild cognitive impairment, which increases the risk for dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. All participants underwent tests to determine how much blo...

  • America's Love Affair With Sugary Sodas Is Fading

    Posted: 11/18/2017

    America's Love Affair With Sugary Sodas Is Fading TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Consumption of sodas and other sweet drinks -- a big source of sugar in Americans' diets -- has dropped in the past decade among both kids and adults, researchers find. Overall, the number of adults who said they drank a sugary beverage on a daily basis dropped by 12 percentage points between 2003 and 2014, Harvard researchers said, and by 19 percentage points among kids. "People's preferences are shifting," Ble...

  • Abusing Pot, Booze Lowers Teens' Chances for Success in Life

    Posted: 11/17/2017

    Abusing Pot, Booze Lowers Teens' Chances for Success in Life MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American dream of success is a lot harder to attain for teenagers who use pot and alcohol, especially if they become substance abusers, a new study reports. Teen pot smokers and drinkers struggle to achieve some of the hallmarks of adult success, including obtaining a college degree, getting married, holding down a full-time job and earning a good living, the researchers found. "Parents should try t...

  • Are Artery-Opening Stents for Chest Pain a Waste of Time?

    Posted: 11/14/2017

    Are Artery-Opening Stents for Chest Pain a Waste of Time? THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With findings that some experts believe could change cardiovascular care, a new study suggests that the placebo effect of stents in heart patients with chest pain may be far more pronounced than thought. That could mean that drug therapy alone, rather than the pricey, artery-opening devices, is all that's needed for certain patients, the researchers said. "The most important reason we give patients a ste...

  • Are You Sure That's What the Doctor Said About Your Leukemia?

    Posted: 11/13/2017

    Are You Sure That's What the Doctor Said About Your Leukemia? THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The stress of a frightening leukemia diagnosis may impede clear doctor-patient communication, a new study suggests. Patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) tend to view their illness and prognosis through a different lens from their doctors, researchers say. Investigators found that patients are inclined to overestimate their risk of dying due to treatment and, at ...

  • Alcoholic Parent May Sow Seeds for Teen Dating Violence

    Posted: 11/11/2017

    Alcoholic Parent May Sow Seeds for Teen Dating Violence TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having an alcoholic parent may increase the risk that a teen will commit dating violence, researchers say. Their new study also found that the root causes of teen dating violence may be planted as early as infancy. "Although teen dating violence is typically viewed as a problem related specifically to adolescent development, our findings indicate that the risk for aggressive behavior and involvement in dat...

  • Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD Risk in Kids

    Posted: 11/09/2017

    Acetaminophen in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD Risk in Kids MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen is considered the go-to pain medication during pregnancy. But a new study adds to evidence linking the drug to an increased risk of behavioral issues in kids. Researchers in Norway found that among nearly 113,000 children, those whose mothers used acetaminophen during pregnancy were slightly more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The link was, however, c...

  • Are Some Heartburn Meds Tied to Stomach Cancer?

    Posted: 11/09/2017

    Are Some Heartburn Meds Tied to Stomach Cancer? TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Popping certain heartburn drugs like they're candy might up your odds for stomach cancer, new research suggests. The risk was proportionate to how long and how often these drugs, called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), were taken. That risk increased anywhere from two to eight times, the study authors said. Although the relative risk seems high, the absolute risk was small. But it was statistically significant, espe...

  • Almost 4 in 10 Tanning Salons Flout State Laws

    Posted: 11/06/2017

    Almost 4 in 10 Tanning Salons Flout State Laws WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 40 percent of indoor tanning facilities ignore state laws that curb teen tanning, a new survey finds. To protect teens, most states have laws that prevent or create obstacles to using tanning salons, but nearly 2 million high school kids still get indoor tans, said the researchers who conducted the survey. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has classified tanning beds as cancer causing," said the surve...