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  • When Stress Hormone Falters, Your Health May Suffer

    Posted: 08/20/2017

    When Stress Hormone Falters, Your Health May Suffer FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Steady daytime levels of the stress hormone cortisol are associated with serious health problems, such as inflammation, obesity and cancer, researchers say. Normally, cortisol levels should vary throughout the day. "Cortisol is naturally high in the morning to help perk you up, and it decreases into the evening," said study lead author Emma Adam. She is a professor of human development and social policy at Nort...

  • When You're the Only One on a Diet

    Posted: 08/20/2017

    When You're the Only One on a Diet MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Dieting is tough enough. But when you're the only one at home cutting back on calories, you might face temptation every time you open the fridge. Try these diet strategies designed to satisfy everyone at the table. Talk to your family about your goals and ask for their support so that their habits don't trigger the urge to eat for you. Make it a rule that all snacks are to be eaten in the kitchen -- no more munching mindlessly ...

  • Which Heart Bypass Surgery Works Best?

    Posted: 08/20/2017

    Which Heart Bypass Surgery Works Best? THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Five years after heart bypass surgery, patients whose operation was done using a heart-lung pump lived longer than those whose surgeons didn't use the device, a new study finds. Since the 1990s, two different approaches have been commonly used by heart surgeons to perform coronary artery bypass graft operations. Coronary artery bypass creates new routes for blood to flow to the heart because old routes are blocked by plaq...

  • Women Who Gain Weight Between Babies at Higher Risk for Diabetes

    Posted: 08/11/2017

    Women Who Gain Weight Between Babies at Higher Risk for Diabetes TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who gain weight after having a baby may be more likely to develop diabetes during their next pregnancy, a new study suggests. Women's weight before conception and how much they gain during pregnancy are known risk factors for gestational diabetes, the study authors explained. Gestational diabetes is a form of high blood sugar diagnosed during pregnancy. It can cause complications for both mot...

  • When Disaster Strikes, Don't Forget Your Pets

    Posted: 08/09/2017

    When Disaster Strikes, Don't Forget Your Pets SUNDAY, July 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People are urged to prepare for disasters by having an emergency plan, and animal experts say that your plan needs to include your pets. Hurricanes, tornadoes or floods can be unpredictable, and although no one can control the weather, people can control how prepared they are for these threats. If an evacuation order is given, it is best if you are ready to leave right away, said Angela Clendenin. She is a public inf...

  • When Is It Nail Fungus?

    Posted: 08/08/2017

    When Is It Nail Fungus? THURSDAY, July 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you think you have nail fungus, you might be tempted to hide your problem with nail polish or self-treat with over-the-counter antifungal products. But you should visit a doctor instead, a dermatologist suggests. "Nail fungus can be an embarrassing problem, but you shouldn't be embarrassed to discuss it with a board-certified dermatologist, who can help you manage this condition," said Dr. Shari Lipner. She is an assistant professor ...

  • Walking the Dog, All the Way to Better Health

    Posted: 08/05/2017

    Walking the Dog, All the Way to Better Health TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your dog may be more than your furry companion -- new research suggests it may also be an effective personal trainer. The study found that dog walking gives a significant boost to older adults' exercise levels year-round. Researchers looked at more than 3,000 older adults in England. Dog owners who walked their pooch got an average of 30 minutes more physical activity a day than other participants. The dog walking-l...

  • Wider Access to Meds Cuts Global AIDS Deaths in Half

    Posted: 08/01/2017

    Wider Access to Meds Cuts Global AIDS Deaths in Half THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- AIDS-related deaths worldwide have been halved since 2005 as more people were able to get lifesaving drugs, UNAIDS (a United Nations Program) says in a new report. In 2016, 19.5 million (53 percent) of the almost 37 million people living with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) had access to HIV treatment. AIDS-related deaths fell from 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million in 2016. If the treatment trend continues, ...

  • Women Driven to Be Thinner When Husband Is Hot

    Posted: 07/28/2017

    Women Driven to Be Thinner When Husband Is Hot TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having a handsome husband often motivates plain Jane types to diet, a new study finds. But the same isn't true of wives who are good-looking themselves. And men displayed little motivation to diet regardless of their own or their wife's attractiveness, investigators found. "The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not part...

  • Working Too Much Might Tip Heart Into Irregular Rhythm

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Working Too Much Might Tip Heart Into Irregular Rhythm FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Working long hours might do more than exhaust you -- it could also raise your risk of a common and potentially dangerous heart rhythm disorder, a new British study finds. "These findings show that long working hours are associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia," said study leader Mika Kivimaki, a professor of epidemiology at University College London. Becau...