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  • A Healthy Diet May Help Ward Off Dementia

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    A Healthy Diet May Help Ward Off Dementia MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating right may help protect your brain health in old age, a group of new studies show, according to four new studies. In particular, the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet lowered people's risk of dementia, two studies concluded. The MIND diet is a hybrid of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, both of which were originally designed to...

  • As Your Weight Creeps Up, So Does Your Risk of Heart Failure

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    As Your Weight Creeps Up, So Does Your Risk of Heart Failure WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gaining even a little weight can increase your chances of developing heart failure, a new study finds. Adding pounds can change the structure of your heart and its ability to pump blood. But losing weight can reverse this potentially deadly process, the researchers said. "People who gain weight, even as little as 5 percent, are more likely to have thickening of the left side of their heart, which is...

  • Antidepressants in Pregnancy Tied to Slight Increase in Autism

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    Antidepressants in Pregnancy Tied to Slight Increase in Autism THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In the long-standing debate over whether antidepressants are safe to take during pregnancy, a new study suggests that exposure to the drugs in the womb might bump up a child's risk of autism. The risk of autism was 45 percent higher for kids whose moms took antidepressants compared to kids born to mothers with psychiatric disorders who weren't prescribed antidepressants, the study found. "We found ...

  • An 'Active' Workstation Won't Lower Your Job Performance

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    An 'Active' Workstation Won't Lower Your Job Performance FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Companies needn't worry that job performance will suffer when employees use "active" workstations that come with potentially distracting treadmills, bikes or ellipticals. New research shows that most of the thinking skills needed to get through a typical workday are "not impaired while working on the active workstation," said study author Brandon Alderman. The evidence on active desks has been mixed, he sa...

  • After Couples Fight, Making Up Differs for Him and Her

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    After Couples Fight, Making Up Differs for Him and Her FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When couples hit a rough patch, men and women want different things from their partner before they make up, new research suggests. Women seem to prefer heart-felt apologies and quality time. But men appear to prefer a kind gesture, particularly sexual favors. For the study, researchers conducted two online surveys. The first included 74 people aged 18 to 54. Thirty-eight of the volunteers were women. The sur...

  • Asthma Control Essential in Pregnancy, Study Suggests

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Asthma Control Essential in Pregnancy, Study Suggests FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose mothers had uncontrolled asthma during pregnancy are at increased risk of developing the disease at a young age, a new study finds. The findings suggest that "maintaining asthma control during pregnancy is an area for possible prevention of asthma in future generations," lead author Xiaoqin Liu said. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 7,200 children in Denmark who were born to mothers with a...

  • Are Big Men More Prone to Aggressive Prostate Cancer?

    Posted: 07/25/2017

    Are Big Men More Prone to Aggressive Prostate Cancer? THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The larger a man, the greater his risk of getting and dying from aggressive prostate cancer, a new study suggests. Every additional 4 inches of height increased a man's chances of being diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancer by 21 percent, and their odds of dying from prostate cancer by 17 percent, researchers found. The same held true regarding the size of a man's waist. Every 4-inch increase in waist ci...

  • Are Doctors Discarding Donor Kidneys That Could Save Lives?

    Posted: 07/18/2017

    Are Doctors Discarding Donor Kidneys That Could Save Lives? THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. doctors are discarding donated kidneys that could keep people alive for years, simply because the organs are not top-quality, a new study claims. "Suboptimal" kidneys from older donors with health problems perform much better than expected, and would preserve a patient's life much longer than dialysis, said lead researcher Dr. Sumit Mohan. He is an associate professor for medicine & epidemiolo...

  • Arm Yourself Against Insect Sting Allergies

    Posted: 07/11/2017

    Arm Yourself Against Insect Sting Allergies THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For most of us, an insect bite means an annoying itch and some minor discomfort. But more and more people are having serious -- and even potentially deadly -- reactions to bites and stings, researchers report. Up to 7 percent of the adult U.S. population now appears to be allergic to insect stings. Reactions can vary from a large, long-lasting swelling just at the site of the bite to a body-wide response that can eve...

  • Antibiotics Improve Treatment of Skin Abscesses

    Posted: 07/10/2017

    Antibiotics Improve Treatment of Skin Abscesses WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research might change the way doctors treat skin abscesses in children and adults, medical experts say. Giving an antibiotic when draining the infection significantly improves recovery, a new report suggests. "The conventional wisdom has been that you don't really need antibiotics," said Dr. Marc Siegel, a clinical professor of medicine with NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. "But this moves the ne...