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  • Epilepsy: Another Potential Zika Threat to Babies

    Posted: 04/24/2017

    Epilepsy: Another Potential Zika Threat to Babies MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Beyond its known links to birth defects and other problems, the Zika virus may also trigger cases of epilepsy in infants, warn experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among 48 babies from Brazil with probable congenital Zika infection, "50 percent reportedly had clinical seizures," said Dr. Daniel Pastula, Dr. Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp and Rosemarie Kobau. All three have studied Zika at...

  • Early School Start Times Tough on Teens

    Posted: 04/24/2017

    Early School Start Times Tough on Teens TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Any parent who's ever had to drag a groggy teen out of bed in the morning would likely agree with new guidelines that say kids should start school later in the morning. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (ASSM) now recommends that middle and high schools should start classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m., so that teens get enough sleep during the week. Delaying the school day would help reduce tardiness, improve attendan...

  • Exercise Benefits Aging Hearts, Even Those of the Obese

    Posted: 04/24/2017

    Exercise Benefits Aging Hearts, Even Those of the Obese MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can reduce the risk of heart damage in middle-aged adults and seniors -- even in those who are obese, according to a new study. "The protective association of physical activity against [heart] damage may have implications for heart failure risk reduction, particularly among the high-risk group of individuals with excess weight," study lead author Dr. Roberta Florido said in an American College of ...

  • Early Onset Hot Flashes May Signal Higher Heart Risks

    Posted: 04/21/2017

    Early Onset Hot Flashes May Signal Higher Heart Risks THURSDAY, April 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hot flashes may be more than a troublesome nuisance for some women during menopause -- they may be a signal for increased risk of heart disease, new research suggests. Researchers tracked the health of 272 nonsmoking women, aged 40 to 60. Among women between 40 and 53 years of age, frequent hot flashes were linked to poorer function in blood vessels, the study found. This association was independent of oth...

  • Exercisers May Have Better Shot of Surviving Heart Attack

    Posted: 04/19/2017

    Exercisers May Have Better Shot of Surviving Heart Attack WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Maybe this will be the news that finally jolts you off the couch and into an exercise program. A new study suggests that being physically active increases the chances of survival after a heart attack. Researchers compared exercise levels among 1,664 heart attack patients in Denmark, including 425 who died immediately. Those who had been physically active were less likely to die, and the risk of death ...

  • EpiPen Out-of-Pocket Costs More Than Doubled Over Decade

    Posted: 04/11/2017

    EpiPen Out-of-Pocket Costs More Than Doubled Over Decade TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Annual out-of-pocket costs for lifesaving EpiPens in the United States skyrocketed nearly 124 percent for many privately insured patients between 2007 and 2014, a new study finds. An EpiPen is the most widely used epinephrine auto-injector. The pocket-sized device is needed when someone is having a life-threatening allergic reaction. "The major concern is that these increases may lead patients to forgo fi...

  • Elite Runners, Women the First Marathoners to Lose to Father Time

    Posted: 04/07/2017

    Elite Runners, Women the First Marathoners to Lose to Father Time THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- All marathon runners eventually slow down. But a new study finds that whether a runner is average or elite, or whether they are a man or a woman, may determine at what age and how much their pace will decline. The researchers reviewed 2001-2016 data from three of the largest U.S. marathons -- Boston, Chicago and New York City. "We found that marathon performance decline begins at about 35 years...

  • Exercising 2.5 Hours a Week May Slow Parkinson's Progression

    Posted: 04/06/2017

    Exercising 2.5 Hours a Week May Slow Parkinson's Progression WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parkinson's disease can cause tremors, stiffness and trouble with walking. But a new study suggests that regular exercise can slow the progression of the disease. Even those with advanced Parkinson's can benefit from activity, the study authors said. The research included more than 3,400 patients in North America, the Netherlands and Israel who were followed for more than two years. During that tim...

  • Exercise: The Cellular 'Fountain of Youth'

    Posted: 04/04/2017

    Exercise: The Cellular 'Fountain of Youth' TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High-intensity exercise may help older adults reverse certain aspects of the "cellular" aging process, a new study suggests. It's no secret that regular exercise is healthy for young and old alike. But researchers said the new findings point to particular benefits from "high-intensity interval training" for older adults. That's the type of workout that combines brief bursts of vigorous exercise with periods of moderat...

  • Expect More Deadly Heat From Climate Change, Study Suggests

    Posted: 04/03/2017

    Expect More Deadly Heat From Climate Change, Study Suggests MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths related to extreme heat are expected to keep rising, even if most nations can contain global warming at agreed-upon levels, a new study reports. Nations supporting the 2015 Paris Agreement have pledged to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels. However, extreme heat events are expected to occur ever more often as the 2 degree Celsius l...