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  • Just Thinking You're Less Active May Shorten Your Life

    Posted: 08/09/2017

    Just Thinking You're Less Active May Shorten Your Life FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Thinking that you're less active than others may increase your risk of dying at a younger age, a new study claims. "Our findings fall in line with a growing body of research suggesting that our mindsets -- in this case, beliefs about how much exercise we are getting relative to others -- can play a crucial role in our health," said study co-author Alia Crum, an assistant professor of psychology at Stanford U...

  • Just a Few Vaccine Refusers Could Endanger Many

    Posted: 08/04/2017

    Just a Few Vaccine Refusers Could Endanger Many MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With a small percentage of U.S. parents not vaccinating their children for "non-medical" reasons, a new study warns that even a few such families can trigger a big jump in local measles cases. Based on data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the analysis projects that just a 5 percent drop in MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine coverage would triple the number of American kids ag...

  • Just 10 Cigarettes During Pregnancy Can Harm Kids

    Posted: 06/15/2017

    Just 10 Cigarettes During Pregnancy Can Harm Kids TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to women who smoked as few as 10 cigarettes are more apt to have thinking and learning problems later, a new study suggests. Studies have long shown that babies born to smokers are likely to be premature, small and have behavior problems early on. The new research found that the negative health effects of tobacco exposure in the womb can last for years, taking a toll on teens' executive function -- le...

  • Just 2 Weeks on the Couch Can Trigger Body's Decline

    Posted: 05/24/2017

    Just 2 Weeks on the Couch Can Trigger Body's Decline WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a short break from an active lifestyle may do more harm than most people might think, a new study warns. Just two weeks of sedentary behavior can cause healthy, young people to start losing muscle and develop fat around their organs. And this can increase their risk for conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes that could eventually lead to a premature death, British researchers report. "Wh...

  • Just 5 Percent of Daily Salt Gets Added at the Table

    Posted: 05/15/2017

    Just 5 Percent of Daily Salt Gets Added at the Table MONDAY, May 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tossing out the salt shaker may not be enough for your heart health. Most of the salt that Americans consume comes from processed foods and restaurant meals, a new study finds. In a sampling of 450 U.S. adults, only 10 percent of salt, or sodium, in their diet came from food prepared at home. About half of that was added at the table. Instead, restaurant meals and store-bought foods -- including crackers, breads...

  • Just a 'Social Smoker'? Toll on Your Health Still High

    Posted: 05/14/2017

    Just a 'Social Smoker'? Toll on Your Health Still High FRIDAY, May 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you think that having an occasional cigarette in social settings is less dangerous for your heart than smoking a pack a day, think again. New research shows that social smokers have the same risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol as regular smokers do. "Not smoking at all is the best way to go. Even smoking in a social situation is detrimental to your cardiovascular health," said study author Kat...

  • Just 1 in 5 Mentally Ill Women Gets Cervical Cancer Screenings

    Posted: 04/25/2017

    Just 1 in 5 Mentally Ill Women Gets Cervical Cancer Screenings MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cervical cancer screening rates are much lower among women with severe mental illness than among other women, a new study finds. "The results of this very large study indicate that we need to better prioritize cervical cancer screening for these high-risk women with severe mental illnesses," said study senior author Dr. Christina Mangurian. She's an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the ...

  • Just 17 U.S. States Require Defibrillators in Some Schools

    Posted: 04/03/2017

    Just 17 U.S. States Require Defibrillators in Some Schools MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Automated external defibrillators in schools save lives, but only about one-third of U.S. states require the devices in at least some schools, a new study reveals. As of February 2016, researchers found that 33 states had no legislation requiring automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools. The portable devices treat sudden cardiac arrest -- the abrupt, unexpected loss of heart function. They de...

  • Joints That Make Those Popping or Cracking Sounds

    Posted: 02/06/2017

    Joints That Make Those Popping or Cracking Sounds FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you've ever heard a loud pop as you bent down to pick something up, you'll be relieved to know that it's normal for your joints to make popping and cracking noises. These sounds can be caused by a number of things, including when soft tissues -- such as tendons and ligaments -- rub or snap over other tissues and bones, explained Dr. Aman Dhawan. He is an orthopedic sports medicine specialist at Penn State Heal...

  • Jury Still Out on Whether to Screen All Adults for Sleep Apnea

    Posted: 02/01/2017

    Jury Still Out on Whether to Screen All Adults for Sleep Apnea TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's not yet clear if there's any benefit to screening adults for sleep apnea when they don't have signs or symptoms of the condition, according to a U.S. government advisory panel of health experts. This is the first time that the panel, known as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), "has reviewed the evidence on screening for obstructive sleep apnea," panelist Dr. Alex Krist said in a ...