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  • Why Heavy Drinking Seems to Boost Desire to Smoke More

    Posted: 05/25/2016

    Why Heavy Drinking Seems to Boost Desire to Smoke More WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The reason alcoholics struggle to stop smoking may be because their heavy drinking speeds up how quickly their body breaks down nicotine, a new study suggests. "Our study showed that chronic heavy alcohol consumption may lead to an increase in the rate of nicotine metabolism, which could be one contributing factor to the poor smoking cessation rates in smokers addicted to alcohol," said senior study author...

  • Why Pleasant Mealtimes Could Be Key to Alzheimer's Care

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Why Pleasant Mealtimes Could Be Key to Alzheimer's Care TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Making meals more enjoyable for people with dementia might reduce their risk of malnutrition and dehydration, researchers report. Family-style meals and music, in particular, showed promise for improving eating and drinking habits, British researchers found. "It is probably not just what people with dementia eat and drink that is important for their nutritional well-being and quality of life -- but a holist...

  • When New Moms Work Longer Hours, Breast-Feeding Takes a Back Seat

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    When New Moms Work Longer Hours, Breast-Feeding Takes a Back Seat MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Every working mom knows how hard it can be to juggle the demands of her job with the needs of her new baby, particularly when it comes to breast-feeding. Now, a new study has concluded that the more hours a new mom works, the tougher it is for her to continue breast-feeding. Mothers working 19 or fewer hours a week were much more likely to maintain breast-feeding through their babies' sixth month o...

  • Wearable Monitor Helps Spot 'Masked' High Blood Pressure

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    Wearable Monitor Helps Spot 'Masked' High Blood Pressure MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Constant blood pressure monitoring could help doctors spot black people with "masked," or undetected, high blood pressure, a new study suggests. "Masked" high blood pressure can be difficult to diagnose. People with masked high blood pressure may have normal blood pressure in their doctor's office, but then intermittently develop high blood pressure at other times. Wearing a blood pressure-monitoring device...

  • What Works -- And Doesn't -- to Manage Your Tot's Screen Time

    Posted: 05/23/2016

    What Works -- And Doesn't -- to Manage Your Tot's Screen Time FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As any parent of a preschooler knows, media management can be a minefield of do's, don'ts -- and tantrums. Tablets and other electronic gizmos can provide a child with learning and entertainment, but what works when it's time to sign off? A new study into the issue holds some surprises, including the fact that giving a preschooler a "two minute" warning for media downtime may backfire. Even though the ...

  • Why Texting While Driving Can Be So Hazardous

    Posted: 05/19/2016

    Why Texting While Driving Can Be So Hazardous THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Texting while driving is riskier than driving while upset or mentally distracted, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Houston and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute said that drivers have a sixth sense that offsets absent-minded or emotional driving. But this extra sense doesn't kick in among drivers who are texting because their eye-hand coordination loop is broken, the researchers expl...

  • Watch Walking to Gauge Health After Heart Surgery

    Posted: 05/18/2016

    Watch Walking to Gauge Health After Heart Surgery WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Assessing the prognosis of a loved one who's scheduled for heart surgery may be as easy as watching them walk, a new study suggests. Patients who aren't able to walk a short distance at a comfortable pace before heart surgery are at greater risk for death following heart procedures, says a team of Canadian researchers. One U.S. doctor wasn't surprised by the finding. "We knew people with a slower gait speed wou...

  • What a Change in DEA's Pot Rules Might Mean for Medical Research

    Posted: 05/18/2016

    What a Change in DEA's Pot Rules Might Mean for Medical Research TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most doctors approach medical marijuana with a great deal of uncertainty, because drug laws have hindered researchers' ability to figure out what pot can and can't do for sick patients. That could soon change. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is weighing whether to loosen its classification of marijuana, which would remove many restrictions on its use in medical research. If that occu...

  • What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

    Posted: 05/17/2016

    What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus What is Zika? Zika is a virus first discovered in 1947 and named after the Zika forest in Uganda. The first human cases of Zika were detected in 1952, but until last year there had been only isolated outbreaks occurring mainly in tropical locales. How is it transmitted? Zika is spread primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected by drinking the blood of a person infected with Zika, and then spr...

  • With Zika at the Doorstep, U.S. Health Officials Brace for Battle

    Posted: 05/17/2016

    With Zika at the Doorstep, U.S. Health Officials Brace for Battle MONDAY, May 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With mosquito season arriving in the Gulf Coast states, U.S. public health officials have begun deploying a three-pronged battle plan to combat Zika virus, which has caused thousands of birth defects in Latin America in the last year. Zika is the first mosquito-borne illness known to cause birth defects, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden has reported. While the...