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  • Breathing Trouble May Follow Preemies to Adulthood

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Breathing Trouble May Follow Preemies to Adulthood FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who were born prematurely may have smaller-than-normal airways in adulthood, which can cause respiratory problems, researchers say. Premature birth is associated with poorer heart and lung function, but the reasons why have not been fully understood. In a new study, investigators compared adults who were born eight weeks or more early with people who were born at full-term. Both groups were the same age an...

  • Better Balance at Every Age

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Better Balance at Every Age MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You probably take balance for granted, but it's a motor skill that benefits from training throughout life. Working on your balance is key to staying active and injury-free today and in the future. Balance is part of some exercise disciplines, and there are also specific exercises you can do. Get started with heel-to-toe walking. Place the heel of your right foot just in front of the toes of the left foot. Heel and toes should just bare...

  • Boy's Double Hand Transplant Changed His Brain

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Boy's Double Hand Transplant Changed His Brain WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two years ago, Zion Harvey was the first child to undergo a successful double hand transplant. Now he's gaining notoriety for another milestone: the way his brain reorganized itself in response to the amputation and transplantation. Harvey, now 10, lost both hands because of a severe infection in infancy. The brain rewired itself after the amputations -- but reversed those changes after he received his transplante...

  • Brush Up on Fall Allergies Before Tackling the Leaves

    Posted: 12/06/2017

    Brush Up on Fall Allergies Before Tackling the Leaves SUNDAY, Nov. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fall yardwork can stir up allergies, but there are ways to reduce the risk of flare-ups, an ear, nose and throat specialist says. "Know your triggers and avoid those triggers," said Dr. Do-Yeon Cho, an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "First, find out if you're allergic to any seasonal pollens," Cho said in a university news release. "Your ENT [ear, nose and th...

  • Babies Start Connecting Words Early On

    Posted: 12/03/2017

    Babies Start Connecting Words Early On MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies apparently have a better understanding of adults' language than you might think. New research reveals that they can identify the meanings of some words and even recognize that some words are more connected to certain words than to others. The finding is based on an analysis that used eye-tracking software to see how approximately 40 babies reacted when certain words -- and word pairs -- were uttered in their presence...

  • Bullied Teens More Likely to Take Weapons to School

    Posted: 12/02/2017

    Bullied Teens More Likely to Take Weapons to School MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bullied teens are twice as likely to take weapons such as guns or knives to school, a new study reveals. Three factors were linked to greater odds of high school students carrying a weapon during school hours: fighting at school; being threatened or injured at school; and skipping school out of fear for their safety. "If kids were being bullied, but not in fear of their physical safety, then there was not an in...

  • Brain Beats Brawn in Quest for Energy

    Posted: 11/19/2017

    Brain Beats Brawn in Quest for Energy WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The brain gets priority over muscles when both are competing for energy, a new study finds. Tests with 62 elite rowers at a British university, who averaged 21 years old, revealed that when they had to think fast and exert themselves at the same time, the brain was first in line to receive energy-providing glucose. This is likely an evolutionary trait because quick thinking rather than fast moving may have helped human anc...

  • Bad Hot Flashes, Sleep Apnea Often Go Together

    Posted: 11/13/2017

    Bad Hot Flashes, Sleep Apnea Often Go Together WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As if severe hot flashes alone weren't enough of a problem for menopausal women, a new study finds these symptoms may also be tied to a greater risk for sleep apnea and related heart issues. The study included nearly 1,700 middle-aged women, about 25 percent of whom were at intermediate or high risk for obstructive sleep apnea -- for instance, they generally were older, had higher levels of body fat and had high b...

  • Breast-Feeding Bond Lingers for Mom

    Posted: 11/12/2017

    Breast-Feeding Bond Lingers for Mom TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The longer a new mom breast-feeds, the stronger her maternal bond may be with her child years later, a new study suggests. The 10-year study of nearly 1,300 families in the United States found that women who breast-fed their children longer had more maternal sensitivity well past their children's infant and toddler years. New moms in the study breast-fed for an average of 17 weeks. Fewer than 1 percent breast-fed for 2 years ...

  • Brain Scans May Have Spotted People Thinking About Suicide

    Posted: 11/09/2017

    Brain Scans May Have Spotted People Thinking About Suicide TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans may be able to identify when people are having suicidal thoughts, researchers report. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults in the United States, but suicidal risk is difficult to assess and predict. This study included 17 people with known suicidal tendencies and a control group of 17 people without such tendencies. While in a brain scanner, the participants were p...