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  • Eating for Two Often Doesn't Translate Into a Healthier Diet

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Eating for Two Often Doesn't Translate Into a Healthier Diet FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the well-known wisdom of eating a healthy diet while pregnant, new research shows that most American women don't. This was especially true among black, Hispanic and less-educated women, the study authors said. For pregnant women, a healthy diet reduces the risk of obesity, preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction and preterm birth, the researchers noted. "Unlike many other pregnancy and birth ri...

  • Exercise a Great Prescription to Help Older Hearts

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Exercise a Great Prescription to Help Older Hearts THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise is potent medicine for older adults with heart disease, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. Physical activity should be a key part of care for older adults with heart disease who want to reduce their symptoms and build their stamina, said geriatric cardiologist Dr. Daniel Forman. He's chair of the panel that wrote the new statement. "Many health-care providers are focu...

  • Early Allergies -- Payback for a Mild Winter?

    Posted: 03/16/2017

    Early Allergies -- Payback for a Mild Winter? THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The mild winter in many parts of the United States looks like it could mean an early and severe allergy season, a physician says. "For weeks, I've had patients arrive in my office with complaints of allergy symptoms," said Dr. Jennifer Caudle, a family physician with Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, in Stratford, N.J. During spring, tree pollen and mold are the primary allergens. With the mild winte...

  • Eye Exam Might Help Spot Poor Circulation in Legs

    Posted: 03/15/2017

    Eye Exam Might Help Spot Poor Circulation in Legs WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could a routine eye exam some day point to trouble with circulation in the legs? New research suggests it might be possible. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore said changes in the eye's retina may help spot people at risk for a narrowing of the large blood vessels in the legs -- a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD). "PAD is estimated to affect approximately 8.5 million Americans...

  • Exercise Helps Counter Cancer-Linked Fatigue

    Posted: 03/09/2017

    Exercise Helps Counter Cancer-Linked Fatigue THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Whether from the disease itself or the treatment, cancer can be exhausting, but a new review says there are ways to beat back cancer-related fatigue. The review included a look at 113 past studies that included more than 11,000 adult cancer patients. The researchers found that exercise and/or behavioral and educational therapy seemed to be more effective than prescription drugs for dealing with fatigue. "Exercise an...

  • Exercise Beats Weight Loss at Helping Seniors' Hearts

    Posted: 03/08/2017

    Exercise Beats Weight Loss at Helping Seniors' Hearts WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who want to give their hearts a healthy boost may want to focus on exercise first, a new study suggests. The research found that getting active may do more for cardiovascular health in older adults than losing weight does. "Any physical activity is positive for cardiovascular health, and in elderly people of all weights, walking, biking and housework are good ways to keep moving," study author Dr. ...

  • Exercise a Powerful Ally for Breast Cancer Survivors

    Posted: 02/28/2017

    Exercise a Powerful Ally for Breast Cancer Survivors TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For breast cancer survivors, exercise may help lower their chances of dying from the disease more than other healthy habits, a new review suggests. The Canadian researchers analyzed 67 published articles to see which habits made the most difference in reducing the risk of either breast cancer recurrence or death. Exercise came out on top, reducing the risk of breast cancer death by about 40 percent, said revi...

  • Experimental Test Can Spot Autism in Infancy

    Posted: 02/22/2017

    Experimental Test Can Spot Autism in Infancy WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In what they call a first, researchers say they can predict whether some infants under the age of 1 will actually develop autism in their second year. The new experimental technique, using standard brain screening, is designed to focus solely on newborns known to be at high risk for autism because they have an older sibling who has it. But the diagnostic breakthrough addresses a key problem that has confounded effo...

  • Eczema May Leave Some Flu Shots Less Effective, Study Finds

    Posted: 02/21/2017

    Eczema May Leave Some Flu Shots Less Effective, Study Finds MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's still flu season, and not too late to get your flu shot. But a new study suggests that people with eczema should request the vaccine be given into the muscle, rather than just under the skin. That's because the effectiveness of flu shots in people with eczema appears to vary, depending on how it's given, researchers report. The problem seems to lie with the fact that the cracked, dry skin of eczema...

  • Emflaza Approved for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    Posted: 02/17/2017

    Emflaza Approved for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) --Emflaza (deflazacort) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in people five years and older, the agency said Thursday in a news release. The corticosteroid is designed to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system in people with DMD, the most common type of muscular dystrophy. The FDA said it's the first corticosteroid approved to treat DMD. The gene...