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  • Are Today's Teens Putting the Brakes on Adulthood?

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Are Today's Teens Putting the Brakes on Adulthood? TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parents may still marvel at how fast their kids grow up, but a new study finds that U.S. teenagers are maturing more slowly than past generations. In some ways, the trend appears positive: High school kids today are less likely to be drinking or having sex, versus their counterparts in the 1980s and 1990s. But they are also less likely to go on dates, have a part-time job or drive -- traditional milestones alo...

  • As Men's Weight Rises, Sperm Health May Fall

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    As Men's Weight Rises, Sperm Health May Fall WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A widening waistline may make for shrinking numbers of sperm, new research suggests. Indian scientists studied more than 1,200 men and found that too much extra weight was linked to a lower volume of semen, a lower sperm count and lower sperm concentration. In addition, sperm motility (the ability to move quickly through the female reproductive tract) was poor. The sperm had other defects as well, the researchers ...

  • Asthma Drug Tied to Nightmares, Depression

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Asthma Drug Tied to Nightmares, Depression THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The asthma medication Singulair (montelukast) appears linked to neuropsychiatric side effects, such as depression, aggression, nightmares and headaches, according to a new review by Dutch researchers. But experts aren't yet ready to pull the plug on this class of medication. "In our study, we give prescribing physicians the advice to be alert for signs and symptoms for allergic granulomatous angiitis [a rare complica...

  • As Irma Aims for Florida, Residents Prepare for the Worst

    Posted: 09/18/2017

    Florida Braces for Irma's Onslaught FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As Hurricane Irma continues its rampage through the Caribbean, Florida residents are fleeing -- or bracing for -- the monster storm that will strike their state this weekend. The most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, Irma was downgraded to a Category 4 storm on Friday morning, but still packed winds approaching 150 mph. Meteorologists said the killer hurricane -- blamed for at least 20 deaths so far -- w...

  • Acid Reflux? Try Going Vegetarian

    Posted: 09/18/2017

    Acid Reflux? Try Going Vegetarian THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A mostly vegetarian diet may provide relief similar to widely used medications for people with acid reflux, a new study suggests. The study looked at close to 200 patients at one medical center who had been diagnosed with laryngopharyngeal reflux. It's a condition where stomach acids habitually back up into the throat, and it's distinct from the much better-known gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) -- or what most people ca...

  • Antibacterial Scrubs for Nurses No Match for Germs

    Posted: 09/14/2017

    Antibacterial Scrubs for Nurses No Match for Germs MONDAY, Sept. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Special antibacterial scrubs for nurses don't fend off germs any better than traditional nursing garb, a new study finds. "Health care providers must understand that they can become contaminated by their patients and the environment near patients. Although not effective, we looked to eliminate this risk for contamination by changing the material of nurses' scrubs," said lead study author Dr. Deverick Anderson. A...

  • America's New Dads Are Older Than Ever

    Posted: 09/11/2017

    America's New Dads Are Older Than Ever WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New dads may sport a few more gray hairs than in years past, a U.S. study finds. The average age of new fathers has risen in recent decades, research shows, raising questions about the possible social and public health impact. The study, which analyzed federal birth records, found that fathers of newborns are now 3.5 years older, on average, than their counterparts in the early 1970s. And the percentage of births to fath...

  • As Temperatures Fall, Heart Attacks May Rise

    Posted: 09/11/2017

    As Temperatures Fall, Heart Attacks May Rise TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If the cold weather makes you shiver, your blood vessels and heart may be quivering, too -- and that may be enough to trigger a heart attack in some people, new research suggests. The study found that more heart attacks occur when temperatures drop below freezing, suggesting people with plaques in their coronary arteries may not cope well with the body's response to cold. "There is seasonal variation in the occurrenc...

  • Are Her Chocolate Cravings a Product of the Culture?

    Posted: 09/06/2017

    Are Her Chocolate Cravings a Product of the Culture? FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While some U.S. women believe they need a dose of chocolate because their period is near, the culture they live in may be key to that impulse, new research suggests. Chocolate cravings are common among premenstrual American women -- but unusual elsewhere in the world, the new study finds. "Menstrual chocolate cravings may be a culture-bound construct," said study lead author Julia Hormes. She is a psychologist...

  • Awake for Aneurysm Brain Surgery, Better Results?

    Posted: 09/05/2017

    Awake for Aneurysm Brain Surgery, Better Results? THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- "Awake" brain surgery may improve treatment of brain aneurysms, researchers say. A brain aneurysm is a weak area in a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain. It's commonly treated with a surgical technique known as "clipping" while the patient is under general anesthesia. But a team of researchers at Saint Louis University in Missouri found that "awake brain surgery," using what's called conscious sedati...