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  • A Little Alcohol Each Day May Cut Your Risk of Stroke

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    A Little Alcohol Each Day May Cut Your Risk of Stroke THURSDAY, Nov. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Light or moderate drinking may reduce the risk of one type of stroke but not another, while heavy drinking increases the risk of both types, a new study suggests. A research team from England and Sweden reviewed 25 studies as well as national data from Sweden. The investigators reported that consumption of up to two drinks a day was associated with a lower risk of ischemic stroke (blocked blood flow to the ...

  • Are Your Kids Thankful?

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    Are Your Kids Thankful? THURSDAY, Nov. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Thanksgiving is the perfect time for parents to teach their children about gratitude, an expert says. Research suggests grateful children are more satisfied with their lives and families, more hopeful, busier with hobbies, and do better at school, according to Giacomo Bono. He's an assistant professor of psychology in the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He studies gratitude in ...

  • Alzheimer's Protein Plaques May Also Harm the Heart

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    Alzheimer's Protein Plaques May Also Harm the Heart MONDAY, Nov. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Protein fragments that form plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's patients might also stiffen their heart muscle and increase their risk of heart failure, a new study reports. The protein fragments are called amyloid beta. Tests of heart tissue samples revealed that the hearts of Alzheimer's patients had increased levels of amyloid beta, the study showed. Sticky amyloid beta chunks create plaques between neurons...

  • ATV Accidents Can Cause Serious Chest Injuries in Kids

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    ATV Accidents Can Cause Serious Chest Injuries in Kids TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For young people who ride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) without a helmet, the risk of head trauma is an established and serious concern. New research, however, finds that these vehicles may also pose a high risk for severe chest injuries. "I believe that many parents are unaware of how serious ATV-related injuries can be," said the study's author, Dr. Kelly Hagedorn. She's a radiology resident at McGovern Med...

  • Aerobic Exercise May Help Guard Against Dementia

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    Aerobic Exercise May Help Guard Against Dementia WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Aerobic exercise may strengthen memory and thinking skills in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a small study suggests. People with mild cognitive impairment are at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease. The study included 16 people, average age 63, who did aerobic workouts such as on a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical training. They worked out four times a week for six months. There w...

  • Americans' Cholesterol Levels Keep Falling

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    Americans' Cholesterol Levels Keep Falling WEDNESDAY, Nov. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Healthier diets may be a factor in the ongoing decline in levels of unhealthy blood fats for Americans, new research suggests. According to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blood levels of total cholesterol, LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and the blood fats known as triglycerides have continued to fall among adults through 2014. All of that may be adding up to improved heart health natio...

  • A Dirty Little Secret: Hand-Washing Spotty Among Day Care Staffers

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    A Dirty Little Secret: Hand-Washing Spotty Among Day Care Staffers THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Too few child care workers follow hand-washing guidelines, a new study suggests. University of Arkansas researchers used video cameras to record the hand-washing habits of adults at an early childhood center in the state. Overall, only 22 percent of the adults followed proper hand-washing procedures before and/or after tasks such as wiping noses, emptying garbage cans, preparing food, and changi...

  • Americans Divided Over Organic, GM Foods: Poll

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    Americans Divided Over Organic, GM Foods: Poll THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are split on the value of organic foods and concerns about genetically modified (GM) foods, a new poll reveals. The Pew Research Center poll of 1,480 adults nationwide found that 55 percent said organically grown produce is healthier than conventionally grown produce, while 41 percent said there's no difference. Nearly four out of 10 respondents said GM foods are worse for health than other foods, while a...

  • After Cancer, Higher Risk of Severe Heart Attack

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    After Cancer, Higher Risk of Severe Heart Attack THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer survivors are at increased risk for the most severe type of heart attack and require close attention to their heart health, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., reviewed data on more than 2,300 patients who suffered this type of heart attack, called ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). One in 10 had a history of cancer, the investigators found. "We've watched can...

  • Attempted Suicide Rates in U.S. Remain Unchanged

    Posted: 12/04/2016

    Attempted Suicide Rates in U.S. Remain Unchanged FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans who attempted suicide and wound up in the emergency room has remained steady in the past decade, a new report finds. Females were more likely to attempt suicide, but males used more violent methods. And all attempts were most common in the late spring, the researchers found. "What stood out to us the most is that while the rate of fatal suicide has increased, the overall rate of nonfatal sui...