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26 May

Gender Influences on Fatherhood

Fathers' brains respond differently to daughters than sons, new study finds.

25 May

Sleep and Heart Disease

Too little sleep may increase the risk of death in people with certain heart disease risk factors, study finds.

24 May

Apnea and A-Fib

Sleep apnea may increase atrial fibrillation risk, new study says

One Man's Trash Is Another's Fiber

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Wasted food results in a huge loss of important nutrients for Americans, new research contends.

"Huge quantities of nutritious foods end up in landfills instead of meeting Americans' dietary needs," said study lead author Marie Spiker, a fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future in...

5 Food Groups to Jump-Start Nutrition

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans still don't eat enough nutrient-rich foods from key groups including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy, according to federal health statistics.

And they take in too many refined grains, saturated fats, added sugars and salt.

What to do? Here are 5 types ...

Scientists Report Progress on Genetic Test for Anal Cancer

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new genetic test may detect anal cancer, a disease that's become more common in women, gay and bisexual men, and people with HIV.

"If other studies confirm and build upon these findings, this promising research could be used to develop a less invasive method to help doctors identify people who...

Hospital 'Baby Boxes' May Help Prevent SIDS in Newborns

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Child care experts say it's dangerous for infants to sleep in the same bed with their parents. Now, researchers report that "baby boxes" and parent education can help reduce the unsafe practice.

Bed-sharing is linked with sleep-related deaths in babies, including sudden infant death syndrome (SI...

Adults Who Love Exercise May Gain 9 'Biological' Years

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could regular, strenuous exercise be a "fountain of youth"? New research suggests it could be -- for your cells, at least.

"Just because you're 40 doesn't mean you're 40 years old biologically," said Larry Tucker, a professor of exercise science at Brigham Young University in Utah.

"We...

Kidneys From Deceased Diabetics Might Ease Organ Shortage: Study

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kidneys from deceased diabetic donors can save the lives of patients on the transplant wait-list, researchers say.

For the study, investigators compared U.S. data from more than 8,100 recipients of kidneys from deceased diabetic donors with data from people on the kidney transplant wait-list. ...

Alzheimer's Deaths Jump 55 Percent: CDC

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As more baby boomers age, deaths from Alzheimer's disease have jumped 55 percent, and in a quarter of those cases the heavy burden of caregiving has fallen on loved ones, U.S. health officials report.

"Alzheimer's disease is a public health problem that affects not only people with Alzheimer'...

New Cholesterol Fighting Meds Target Key Gene

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New gene-based therapies appear to significantly decrease cholesterol levels in people, and could even cut down on arterial plaque, according to results from two early drug trials.

Both treatments improve the body's ability to break down cholesterol by targeting a specific gene that inhibits t...

Stroke Risk Can Rise With Pregnancy-Linked High Blood Pressure

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Several factors raise the risk of pregnancy-related stroke in women with preeclampsia, a new study suggests.

Preeclampsia is a condition marked by high blood pressure and protein in a pregnant woman's urine. It affects between 3 percent and 8 percent of pregnancies. Women with preeclampsia are...

Special Diets, Supplements for Autism Still a Question Mark

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of children with autism often try diet changes or supplements to ease symptoms of the disorder, but a new review concludes there's no solid evidence that any work.

After analyzing 19 clinical trials, researchers found little proof that dietary tactics -- from gluten-free foods to fish ...

Eye Problems May Be Tied to Zika, Lab Study Suggests

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists exploring how the Zika virus passes from pregnant monkeys to their fetuses believe the infection may be more dangerous to human pregnancies than previously believed.

"The results we're seeing in monkey pregnancies make us think that, as they grow, more human babies might develop Zi...

Autism's 'Worryingly' High Suicide Rates Spur Conference

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High rates of suicide among people with autism are drawing specialists to a conference this week in England.

"What relatively little we know about suicidality in autism points to a worryingly high prevalence of people with the condition contemplating and attempting to take their own life," sai...

U.S. Moms-to-Be Often Victims of Assault

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Violence is common in pregnancy, with mothers-to-be in the United States at greater risk for assault-related injuries and death than women who aren't expecting, a new study finds.

"The striking results of our study suggest that widespread screening for violence and trauma during pregnancy may ...

Teasing Teens About Weight May Do Lasting Harm

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who are taunted about their weight may be more likely to become obese adults who struggle with poor body image, a new study finds.

Researchers also found that teens who are bullied about their weight are more likely to become emotional eaters. Teen bullies often target peers' weight, but...

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Do Daughters Bring Out a Dad's 'Softer Side'?

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mom, it's not all in your head: Dad does respond to toddler daughters and sons differently. Brain scans and random recordings of their times together prove it.

Fathers are not only more attentive to little girls, a new study finds, they're also more accepting of their feelings. Dads sin...

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Haywire Immune Cells May Help Cause Baldness

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Faulty immune cells may play a role in hair loss, a new study suggests.

In experiments with mice, researchers found that regulatory T-cells ("Tregs") -- a type of immune cell that helps control inflammation -- trigger stem cells in the skin to promote hair growth.

If Tregs are missin...

Are All Those 'Fidget Spinners' Really Helping Kids?

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fidget spinners may be the latest must-have kids' toy, but claims that the gizmos help students pay attention aren't backed by science, experts say.

Some retailers market the devices as a way to help kids with anxiety, autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) keep themselves c...

Supercharging Exercise With Interval Training

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If your exercise routine isn't producing lower numbers on the scale, consider kicking it up a notch with high-intensity interval training.

The concept is simple: alternate bursts of high-intensity activity with intervals of less strenuous movement.

Doing high-intensity exercise, eve...

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Hospitals Vary in Moving Stroke Patients to Comfort or Hospice Care

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. hospitals differ greatly in how often they move new stroke patients from treatment to comfort or hospice care, researchers report.

Comfort care refers to medical care designed to ease suffering for a patient near death.

"End-of-life and palliative care plays an important role wi...

CBO: 23 Million Would Lose Health Insurance Under House Health Care Bill

WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Republican-led bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that passed the House this month would result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance coverage, according to a much-anticipated report released Wednesday.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that a to...

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