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  • Opioid Dependence Can Start in Just a Few Days

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Opioid Dependence Can Start in Just a Few Days THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to three days or less may help patients avoid the dangers of dependence and addiction, a new study suggests. Among patients without cancer, a single day's supply of a narcotic painkiller can result in 6 percent of patients being on an opioid a year later, the researchers said. The odds of long-term opioid use increased most sharply in the first days of therap...

  • Obesity in Youth Tied to Higher Odds for Liver Cancer in Men

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Obesity in Youth Tied to Higher Odds for Liver Cancer in Men TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight and obese young men are at increased risk for serious liver disease or liver cancer later in life, and those with diabetes have an even higher risk, a new study warns. Efforts to reduce obesity, "should be implemented from an early age to reduce the future burden of severe liver disease on individuals and society," say Swedish researchers led by Hannes Hagstrom, of the Center for Digestive...

  • Older Mothers May Raise Better-Behaved Kids, Study Suggests

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Older Mothers May Raise Better-Behaved Kids, Study Suggests THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older mothers are less likely to scold or punish their young children, and those children tend to have fewer behavioral, social and emotional problems, a new study suggests. According to researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark, older moms tend to have more stable relationships, are more educated, and have more wealth and resources. "We know that people become more mentally flexible with age, ar...

  • Opioid Painkillers and Xanax or Valium a Deadly Mix: Study

    Posted: 03/23/2017

    Opioid Painkillers and Xanax or Valium a Deadly Mix: Study WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing opioid painkillers with common anxiety and sleep medications is a prescription for a deadly overdose, a new U.S. study shows. Of all fatal overdoses from narcotic medications, nearly 30 percent also involved benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, Klonopin and Valium, the researchers said. "It's not news that this combination is not a good one, but despite being well known, it's gone up over time, and...

  • Osteoporosis Fractures May Be Deadlier for Men

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Osteoporosis Fractures May Be Deadlier for Men WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men are more likely than women to die after suffering an osteoporosis-related fracture, researchers report. Osteoporosis, a disease where bones become weak and brittle, affects more than 44 million Americans. It contributes to about 2 million fractures a year, with women suffering more of these broken bones than men. "Although women are more likely to sustain an initial, osteoporosis-related 'fragility fracture,...

  • Obese Moms May Fail to Spot Obesity in Their Own Kids

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Obese Moms May Fail to Spot Obesity in Their Own Kids TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many overweight and obese mothers may underestimate the weight of their obese children, a new study finds. The researchers looked at 230 overweight and obese mothers with preschool children. Among the mothers with overweight or obese children, only 20 percent correctly assessed their child's weight, while 40 percent underestimated their child's weight. "This study included only mothers who were overweight o...

  • Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Cut Medical Bill Worries, Study Finds

    Posted: 03/16/2017

    Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Cut Medical Bill Worries, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People living in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are less likely to be uninsured or struggling with the strain of unpaid medical bills, a new study finds. The study is the latest to examine the impact of expanding Medicaid, the public health insurance program for low-income Americans. To date, 31 states plus the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid un...

  • Obesity in Pregnancy Tied to Cerebral Palsy Risk in Kids

    Posted: 03/14/2017

    Obesity in Pregnancy Tied to Cerebral Palsy Risk in Kids TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are overweight or obese during pregnancy may be increasing the chances that their baby could be born with cerebral palsy, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at information on more than 1 million children born to Swedish women who were followed for nearly eight years. "The overall risk of cerebral palsy was about 2 cases per 1,000 babies born," said lead researcher Dr. Eduardo Villamor, a p...

  • Obesity May Raise Girls' Risk of Asthma, Allergies

    Posted: 03/13/2017

    Obesity May Raise Girls' Risk of Asthma, Allergies MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obese girls may face a significantly higher risk for developing allergies, a new study suggests. But the researchers found the opposite was true for obese boys: They may actually face a slightly diminished risk for asthma, food allergies and eczema when compared to normal-weight boys. "We found a direct increase in the number of atopic [allergic] diseases associated with obesity in urban female children and teen...

  • Older Bones Benefit From Dairy Plus Vitamin D

    Posted: 03/08/2017

    Older Bones Benefit From Dairy Plus Vitamin D WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of vitamin D supplements and certain dairy foods may protect against age-related bone loss, a new study indicates. Consumption of milk, yogurt and cheese was associated with higher bone mineral density in the spine and less bone loss in the hip among older adults -- but only if they also took vitamin D supplements, researchers said. Vitamin D stimulates calcium absorption, which aids in bone building...