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  • Travelers to Europe Need Measles Protection: CDC

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    Travelers to Europe Need Measles Protection: CDC THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans traveling to Europe should take steps to protect themselves against measles, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises. Since January 2016, more than 14,000 cases of measles have been reported in Europe. And 35 people across Europe have died from the highly contagious infection in the past year, the World Health Organization says. "Most measles cases in the United States are the resul...

  • Targeting 9 Risk Factors Could Prevent 1 in 3 Dementia Cases: Study

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    Targeting 9 Risk Factors Could Prevent 1 in 3 Dementia Cases: Study THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of dementia cases worldwide might be prevented by paying attention to nine risk factors throughout life, researchers say. These measures include: staying in school until you're at least over the age of 15; reducing hearing loss, obesity and high blood pressure in mid-life (ages 45 to 65); and reducing smoking, depression, physical inactivity, social isolation and diabetes in later li...

  • The Scoop on Avoiding 'Brain Freeze'

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    The Scoop on Avoiding 'Brain Freeze' SATURDAY, July 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gulping down a cold smoothie or giant scoop of ice cream sometimes leads to a fleeting severe headache known as "brain freeze." But a neurologist says you can avoid it. "A brain freeze is what happens when cold food touches a bundle of nerves in the back of the palate," said Dr. Stephanie Vertrees, a headache specialist and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. The medical term for brain freeze ...

  • Treating ADHD May Help Curb Later Drinking, Drug Problems

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    Treating ADHD May Help Curb Later Drinking, Drug Problems MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may have a lower risk of developing an alcohol or drug problem if they take medications to treat their ADHD, a new study suggests. "This study contributes to growing evidence that ADHD medication is linked to lower risk for many types of harmful behavior, including substance abuse," said study leader Patrick Quinn. "The results also highlight ...

  • Teaching an Old Brain New Tricks

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    Teaching an Old Brain New Tricks WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You might pride yourself on your ability to multitask. But research shows that brain health may suffer when multitasking involves many gadgets, such as surfing the web or playing a video game on your phone while you're also watching TV. According to research published in the journal PLoS One , multitasking can change the structure of the brain, and not for the good. MRI scans done on study participants who reported doing highe...

  • The Couple That Lives Together Shares Skin Bacteria Together

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    The Couple That Lives Together Shares Skin Bacteria Together WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While it's often said that couples start to look alike over time, new research suggests their skin bacteria may do the same. The study, of 20 couples who were living together, found that partners showed similarities in their skin's "microbiome." In fact, those similarities were strong enough that a computer algorithm could identify couples 86 percent of the time, based on their skin microbiome alone...

  • Time to Catch Up on Reading, Writing … and Routine Shots

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    Time to Catch Up on Reading, Writing … and Routine Shots WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Of all the items on your child's back-to-school checklist, getting vaccinated is probably your kid's least favorite. But those shots are essential for keeping children healthy, pediatricians say. Vaccination requirements may vary somewhat from state to state. But all 50 states and Washington, D.C., require children to be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis), polio, measl...

  • Teens Keep Building Bone After They Stop Growing: Study

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Teens Keep Building Bone After They Stop Growing: Study MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The late teens are a key time for bone growth, even after young people reach their full height. A new study included more than 2,000 youngsters who had annual bone and growth measurements for up to seven years as they moved into their late teens and early adulthood. The findings highlight the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity during the late teen years, according to authors of the study pub...

  • Timing Is Everything With Heart Attacks

    Posted: 07/25/2017

    Timing Is Everything With Heart Attacks FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Times of high stress -- Mondays and winter holidays -- seem to be especially hard on the heart, according to new research that suggests these periods are when heart attacks are most likely to occur. On the flip side, heart attacks are least likely to occur when you're chilling out on the weekend or your summer vacation, the study found. The findings stem from an analysis of more than 156,000 heart attack cases. They were t...

  • Taking the Stairs May Soon Get Easier

    Posted: 07/24/2017

    Taking the Stairs May Soon Get Easier WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Does a long staircase leave you weak? Take heart -- researchers say they've developed stairs that "recycle" a person's energy, which could be of help to seniors and disabled people. The stairs use latched springs to store energy when someone goes down them. The energy is then released when a person climbs the stairs again. According to the researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University in Atlanta, t...