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  • Growth Spurts Can Throw Off Teen Boys' Strut

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    Growth Spurts Can Throw Off Teen Boys' Strut FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Growth spurts can affect teen boys' coordination and knock the swagger right out of their stride, a new study reveals. "A sudden increase in height affects the body's ability to control established motor skills, such as walking," said lead author Maria Cristina, of the University of Bologna, Italy. The study included 88 boys who were 15 years old. Those with growth spurts -- defined as a height increase of more than 3 ...

  • Genetic Insights May Help Kids Battling Developmental Delays

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    Genetic Insights May Help Kids Battling Developmental Delays WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's new hope for children stricken by mysterious developmental delays, with a new study showing that extensive genetic analysis may help determine the cause of their disability. Canadian researchers found a precise genetic cause for seven out of every 10 children suffering from a previously undiagnosed condition that caused developmental delays. In many cases, the genetic analysis led to groundbr...

  • Global Recession May Have Contributed to Cancer Deaths

    Posted: 05/28/2016

    Global Recession May Have Contributed to Cancer Deaths THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The 2008 global economic crisis has been linked to a sharp rise in deaths from cancer, a new study reports. Unemployment and cuts in public health-care spending were associated with more than 260,000 additional cancer deaths by 2010. Most of those deaths -- 160,000 -- were in the European Union, the researchers said. The study included 70 countries and a total of more than 2 billion people, according to the...

  • Giving Certain Foods Early May Cut Allergy Risk

    Posted: 05/26/2016

    Giving Certain Foods Early May Cut Allergy Risk WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have long warned parents to delay introducing certain foods to babies to decrease the risk of a potential allergic reaction, but a new study suggests that strategy probably doesn't help. The study of about 1,400 children found that when babies were given peanuts, eggs or cow's milk during their first year, they were less likely to become "sensitized" to those common allergy-causing foods. Being sensitized...

  • Giving the 'Green Light' to Migraine Relief

    Posted: 05/25/2016

    Giving the 'Green Light' to Migraine Relief TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study sheds light -- literally -- on a potential means of easing migraine pain. Researchers in Boston exposed 69 migraine patients to different colors of light. They found that while blue light exacerbated headache pain, a narrow spectrum of low-intensity green light significantly reduced light sensitivity. In some cases, this green light also reduced migraine pain by about 20 percent, the researchers found. They...

  • Genetically Modified Crops Are Safe: Review

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Genetically Modified Crops Are Safe: Review TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Genetically modified crops pose no apparent risk to human health, an extensive study released Tuesday by a U.S. science advisory board has concluded. Crops created through genetic engineering are as safe to eat as crops developed through traditional plant-breeding methods, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine panel. The panel could find no link between consumption of genetically mod...

  • Gestational Diabetes May Lead to More Body Fat on Babies

    Posted: 05/19/2016

    Gestational Diabetes May Lead to More Body Fat on Babies THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to mothers who had gestational diabetes may be more likely to carry excess fat in early life, new research suggests. At 2 months of age, the babies of mothers with gestational diabetes had 16 percent more body fat than babies of mothers without the disorder. This finding is in contrast to their body fat at birth, when fat levels in both groups were about the same overall, the researchers said....

  • Got Unused Meds? Here's What to Do

    Posted: 05/10/2016

    Got Unused Meds? Here's What to Do TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While doing your spring cleaning, don't just toss out expired or unused prescription medications. Unwanted drugs need to be properly disposed of to reduce the risk of abuse or accidental use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Follow disposal instructions on the drug label or patient information that came with the medicine. Don't put medicines down the sink or flush them down the toilet unless this information specifica...

  • Got Unwanted Pills? Drug Take-Back Day Is April 30

    Posted: 05/05/2016

    Got Unwanted Pills? Drug Take-Back Day Is April 30 THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Have you ever wondered how to get rid of an unfinished bottle of prescription drugs? Don't throw it in the trash or flush it down the toilet, advises the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Those methods of dumping your pills can actually be a safety hazard, the DEA says. Instead, Americans with expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs can bring them for disposal at drop-off centers nationwide ...

  • Gotta Minute? Get a Good Workout

    Posted: 05/04/2016

    Gotta Minute? Get a Good Workout WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Couch potatoes, there are no more excuses. New research from Canada contends that just one minute of high-intensity exercise can boost your health as much as 45 minutes of a moderate workout. That means you can't claim that you don't have enough time to get in shape. "Most people cite 'lack of time' as the main reason for not being active," said study author Martin Gibala, a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in ...