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  • Thinking of Going Organic?

    Posted: 04/24/2017

    Thinking of Going Organic? WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For many people, eating healthy means eating organic whenever possible. But choosing only organic foods can take effort and be costly. So when does it make the most sense? Experts from the University of Texas suggest feeding young children organic foods whenever possible to limit their exposure to pesticides. Adults should make their primary goal to eat healthy in general. In other words, make sure you're getting enough fruits and ...

  • Timing of Lunch, Recess May Determine What Kids Eat

    Posted: 04/24/2017

    Timing of Lunch, Recess May Determine What Kids Eat SUNDAY, April 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ask kids what their favorite part of the school day is and most will say lunch and recess. But the timing of these events matters when it comes to what children eat and how much physical activity they get, researchers report. The new findings could help schools develop policies to promote healthy eating and exercise habits for kids, the study authors said. "Overall, our findings suggest that recess and lunch b...

  • Travelers Bring Malaria Back to U.S., With High Costs

    Posted: 04/24/2017

    Travelers Bring Malaria Back to U.S., With High Costs MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Malaria sickens thousands of Americans and leads to millions of dollars in health care costs each year, a new study finds. Transmission of the mosquito-borne disease in the United States was stamped out decades ago. But it still affects Americans who travel to regions where it remains common, such as Africa, Asia and Latin America, and then bring it back home. Between 2000 and 2014, about 22,000 people were ...

  • The Top 5 Conditions That Shorten Americans' Lives -- And Are Preventable

    Posted: 04/24/2017

    The Top 5 Conditions That Shorten Americans' Lives -- And Are Preventable MONDAY, April 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More bad news for plus-sized Americans: Obesity is the leading cause of preventable life-years lost in the nation, a new study finds. Obesity steals more years than diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol -- the other top preventable health problems that cut Americans' lives short, according to researchers who analyzed 2014 data. "Modifiable behavioral risk factors pos...

  • Trump Blocks Some Funding to Abortion Providers

    Posted: 04/23/2017

    Trump Blocks Some Funding to Abortion Providers FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday that allows states to withhold family planning funds to clinics that provide abortion, including Planned Parenthood. The order overturns a regulation put into effect by President Barack Obama that said states couldn't stop money meant for family planning services, the Associated Press reported. Democrats and abortion rights advocates consider the new law a blow to...

  • Trump Rolls Out First Set of Obamacare Fixes

    Posted: 04/23/2017

    Trump Rolls Out First Set of Obamacare Fixes FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Limited fixes to the shaky health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act were rolled out by the Trump administration on Thursday. But the changes coming from the Department of Health and Human Services may not be enough to stabilize coverage for millions of Americans, health insurance industry experts told the Associated Press . The fixes include: An open-enrollment window that is roughly half as l...

  • Trans Fat Bans May Have Cut Heart Attack, Stroke Rate

    Posted: 04/20/2017

    Trans Fat Bans May Have Cut Heart Attack, Stroke Rate WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could the contents of your cupcake affect your heart attack risk? It seems so, according to a new study that found lower rates of heart attack and stroke in communities that restrict trans fats in foods. Trans fats, which are found in products such as baked goods, chips, crackers and fried foods, have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. In response, some U.S. cities have implemented policie...

  • These 5 Life Skills Can Boost Your Odds of Well-Being

    Posted: 04/18/2017

    These 5 Life Skills Can Boost Your Odds of Well-Being MONDAY, April 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Emotional stability, determination, control, optimism and conscientiousness: all important "life skills" that can raise your prospects for a happy, healthy life. That's the finding from a new study of more than 8,000 people, aged 52 and older, in the United Kingdom. Researchers found a link between those five life skills and better health, fewer chronic diseases, less depression, less social isolation, and g...

  • Taller, Bigger Women May Face Irregular Heartbeat Risk

    Posted: 04/18/2017

    Taller, Bigger Women May Face Irregular Heartbeat Risk MONDAY, April 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Big or tall women are nearly three times as likely to develop the dangerous irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation as smaller women, a preliminary study says. The larger a woman's body size as a young adult, the more likely she is to develop the heart disorder later in life, according to the researchers. "There was a stepwise elevation in risk with increasing body size," said study author Dr. A...

  • The Grayer His Hair, the Higher His Heart Risk?

    Posted: 04/18/2017

    The Grayer His Hair, the Higher His Heart Risk? MONDAY, April 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Beyond signaling the march of time, gray hair may also point to a higher risk of heart disease for men, new research suggests. But don't panic if you sport silvery locks -- the study only showed an association, not a cause-and-effect link, between hair color and heart risks. The finding stems from an analysis that looked at 545 adult men for signs of heart trouble, and then cross-referenced the results with hair c...