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  • Slimy Frog Might Be a Flu Fighter

    Posted: 04/25/2017

    Slimy Frog Might Be a Flu Fighter TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It sounds like weird science, but the slime that coats the skin of South Indian frogs might fight some strains of the flu. A new mouse study suggests this is so, although research in animals frequently doesn't pan out in humans. What the researchers found was that certain peptides in the frogs' skin mucus can destroy the H1 variety of influenza viruses. It was known that frogs' skin can secrete peptides that protect against ba...

  • Studies Question Link Between Mom's Antidepressant Use, Autism in Kids

    Posted: 04/25/2017

    Studies Question Link Between Mom's Antidepressant Use, Autism in Kids TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking antidepressants during pregnancy doesn't appear to raise a child's risk of autism, once other factors that could influence the risk are taken into account, two new studies suggest. "For a woman who needs to take this medication for her mental health and for her psychiatric stability, these results certainly suggest she shouldn't go without treatment," said Dr. Simone Vigod, senior au...

  • Strength Training Might Help Prevent Seniors' Falls

    Posted: 04/25/2017

    Strength Training Might Help Prevent Seniors' Falls WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older people are at higher risk for fall-related injuries because bone density and muscle mass diminish over time. But regular exercise can help keep them on their feet, research suggests. More than 800 Americans break a hip each day, usually because of a fall, said Dr. Christopher Sciamanna, an internist at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Injuries incurred from a fall often require surgery, physical the...

  • Stronger Muscles May Pump Up Kids' Memory Skills

    Posted: 04/25/2017

    Stronger Muscles May Pump Up Kids' Memory Skills WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Here's yet another reason to make sure your kids are active: New research shows those with stronger muscles may have better working memory. Evaluating 79 children between the ages of 9 and 11, scientists said they found that muscle fitness was directly related to a more accurate memory. The results also reinforced established research linking kids' aerobic fitness to better thinking skills and academic perform...

  • Study Cites Factors Linked to Suicide in the Young

    Posted: 04/25/2017

    Study Cites Factors Linked to Suicide in the Young THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who come from troubled backgrounds have a greater risk of killing themselves, a new study suggests. Kids exposed to suicide in the family, parental mental health disorders and substantial parental criminal behavior had the highest suicide rates, the study found. The findings "emphasize the importance of understanding the social mechanisms of suicide and the need for effective interventi...

  • Second Cancers Deadlier for Younger People: Study

    Posted: 04/25/2017

    Second Cancers Deadlier for Younger People: Study THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When a second cancer strikes, it tends to be far more deadly in the young, a new study reveals. The findings may help explain the poor outcomes of younger cancer patients overall, the researchers added. The researchers also found that survival odds for nearly all types of cancer are better for an initial cancer than for a second, unrelated cancer. That difference is greatest among patients younger than 40, the...

  • Stop and Smell the Roses at Work

    Posted: 04/25/2017

    Stop and Smell the Roses at Work FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Colds and the flu aren't the only things you can catch at work. Research shows that rudeness can be just as contagious, quickly infecting and eroding your work atmosphere. Being overworked and rushed can leave people feeling as if they have little time for pleasantries. But even one perceived act of rudeness can set off a chain reaction of negative behavior. Being the victim of rudeness apparently flips a switch in your mind tha...

  • Should Prostate Cancer Screening Start Earlier for Black Men?

    Posted: 04/25/2017

    Should Prostate Cancer Screening Start Earlier for Black Men? MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With black men at higher risk of developing -- and dying from -- prostate cancer, some researchers believe these men merit their own race-based screening guidelines. It's known that incidence of prostate cancer is 60 percent higher among black men in the United States than among white men, said Ruth Etzioni, senior author of a new study. Moreover, their death rate from prostate cancer is more than tw...

  • Some Surprising Sources of Germs

    Posted: 04/25/2017

    Some Surprising Sources of Germs TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You might think of public restrooms as scary breeding grounds for germs, but two everyday items can spread colds and the flu as fast as a bathroom doorknob. They're your phone and your computer. More germs reside on these two items than on most any toilet seat. Most of the germs on your phone come from your own hands and mouth. But you can also pick up germs by putting down your cell phone in a public place or by sharing your c...

  • Stress Buster

    Posted: 04/24/2017

    Stress Buster MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Resilience is often defined as how quickly you recover from adversity. But resilient people have lots of other important qualities, too. They are flexible, proactive, problem solvers, good communicators, and skilled at coping with life's challenges. Here are six tips for building resilience that, simply by doing them, will help you acquire traits of resilience: Try being genuinely nice to someone who has not been very nice to you. Try agreeing to ...