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  • Why the Teen Years May Not Be Lean Years

    Posted: 09/29/2016

    Why the Teen Years May Not Be Lean Years WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that children's metabolism temporarily slows during puberty -- a pattern that might help explain the current teen obesity problem. The study found that kids' resting energy expenditure typically dropped during puberty. That refers to the number of calories the body burns at rest. On average, the researchers found, 15-year-olds used about 450 fewer calories at rest each day, compared to when they w...

  • What New Moms Need to Know About Pumping Breast Milk

    Posted: 09/19/2016

    What New Moms Need to Know About Pumping Breast Milk SUNDAY, Sept. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Breast pumps can be a big help to new mothers, but women who use them need to keep safety in mind, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Unless breast pumps are designed for multiple users, renting or sharing them can be dangerous -- even with family and friends, the agency warns. "Contaminated breast pumps could cause you and your baby to develop an infection," H. Paige Lewter said in an FDA news relea...

  • Why Some Women Find Good Sleep Tough to Get

    Posted: 09/19/2016

    Why Some Women Find Good Sleep Tough to Get MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some women have trouble staying asleep, and a new small study may shed light on why. Women's internal, or circadian, body clocks run at a faster pace than men's, according to the research. It's as if women operate in a different "internal time zone," said study lead author Dr. Diane Boivin, professor of psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal. "They go to bed at a later biological time because their clock is shift...

  • Will Worsening 'Smoke Waves' Threaten Western U.S.?

    Posted: 09/19/2016

    Will Worsening 'Smoke Waves' Threaten Western U.S.? FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change, and the warmer summers it will bring, could blanket much of the western United States with persistent "smoke waves" -- consecutive days of air pollution from wildfires, a new study warns. "More people in the western U.S. are likely to experience high-pollution episodes from wildfires, and the pollution episodes are likely to be more frequent, last longer and be more intense," said study author J...

  • What's Regular Exercise Worth? Maybe $2,500 Per Year

    Posted: 09/15/2016

    What's Regular Exercise Worth? Maybe $2,500 Per Year THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Trying to decide whether you can afford the time and money to start an exercise routine? Maybe this will help: A new study finds that the average adult with heart disease who exercises regularly can save $2,500 annually in health care costs. Even healthy people without heart troubles can expect to save about $500 per year by working out regularly, the report found. "The message to the patient is clear: There...

  • Want Better Heart Health? There's an App for That

    Posted: 09/08/2016

    Want Better Heart Health? There's an App for That WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Can a smartphone app save your life? Not on its own, but an app could help you adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle that might reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease, a new evidence review suggests. People are better able to stick to a heart-healthy lifestyle when guided and encouraged by smartphone apps and Internet sites that help set goals and track progress, said lead researcher Dr. Ashkan A...

  • Weight-Loss Surgery Sheds Pounds Long Term

    Posted: 09/08/2016

    Weight-Loss Surgery Sheds Pounds Long Term WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery helps people drop a significant amount of weight, and now a new study confirms that much of the weight appears to stay off for at least 10 years. "This study suggests that patients interested in bariatric surgery, especially gastric bypass surgery, should be able to lose a significant amount of weight and keep that weight off for a very long time," said study researcher Matt Maciejewski. He's a pr...

  • Who Drinks More -- Couples or Singles?

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Who Drinks More -- Couples or Singles? THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who are married or live together drink less than single people, according to a new study. The findings show that "once you're in a committed relationship, your drinking frequency declines permanently, whereas quantity goes back up if you exit that relationship," said lead author Diana Dinescu, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. The researchers looked at more than 2,400 twin p...

  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome What is Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome? Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) is a type of heart condition you are born with (congenital). It causes a rapid heart rate. If you have WPW, you may have episodes of palpitations or rapid heartbeats. WPW affects between 1 and 3 of every 1,000 people worldwide. Normally, electrical signals travel through your heart in an organized way to control your heartbeat. This allows blood to pass from the upper chambers of your heart (the a...

  • Wilson Disease

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Wilson Disease What is Wilson disease? Wilson disease is a rare genetic disorder that is passed from parents to children (inherited). It prevents your body from getting rid of extra copper in your system. Your body needs small amounts of copper from food to stay healthy. But too much copper is poisonous. Normally, your liver gets rid of extra copper by sending it out in bile. Bile is the digestive juice your liver makes. It carries toxins and waste out of your body through your GI tract (gastrointestina...