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  • Does Marriage Help Preserve Your Brain?

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Does Marriage Help Preserve Your Brain? WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tie the knot, save the brain? A new research review suggests there's something about marriage -- or people who get and stay married -- that significantly lowers the risk of mental decline in old age. "We were surprised by the strength of our findings," said review lead author Dr. Andrew Sommerlad, a psychiatrist in England. The new analysis found that lifelong single people have a 42 percent higher likelihood of develop...

  • Do Receding Hairlines Mean Receding Heart Health in Men?

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Do Receding Hairlines Mean Receding Heart Health in Men? THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research hints -- but cannot prove -- that men who lose their hair relatively early in life might be at heightened heart risk. The study involved about 2,000 Indian men under 40 years of age. The researchers said that men who went prematurely gray and experienced male-pattern baldness at a young age had greatly increased odds for heart disease. After adjusting for age and other cardiovascular...

  • Does 'Smartphone Addiction' Show Up in Teens' Brains?

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Does 'Smartphone Addiction' Show Up in Teens' Brains? THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens fixated on their smartphones experience changes to their brain chemistry that mirror those prompted by addiction, a new study suggests. Kids who compulsively used the internet or fiddled with their phones tended to have increased neurotransmitter activity in the anterior cingulate cortex, a region tied to the brain's systems of behavior reward, control of inhibition and mood regulation, a team of Sout...

  • Do Heat Waves Shave Dollars Off a Baby's Future Earnings?

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Do Heat Waves Shave Dollars Off a Baby's Future Earnings? TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Being pregnant during a heat wave may be more than uncomfortable: New research suggests it can shave dollars off your child's potential income. The study of over 12 million Americans found that the more often fetuses or infants were exposed to days topping 90 degrees, the less they earned as adults. Experts said the findings offer a new factor to consider in debates over climate change: More sweltering da...

  • Diet May Help Fight Epilepsy When Meds Fail

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Diet May Help Fight Epilepsy When Meds Fail TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For children with epilepsy who don't find relief from their seizures with medication, a tightly controlled nutrition plan might help, a pair of new studies suggests. Called the ketogenic diet, the therapy provides a carefully balanced high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that causes the body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates for fuel. This changes the way brain cells use energy and helps to reduce seizures, according to ...

  • Dating Violence Tied to Spankings in Childhood

    Posted: 12/11/2017

    Dating Violence Tied to Spankings in Childhood TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Spanking your child may have unintended consequences as he or she forges adult romantic relationships years later, a new study suggests. The study found that spanked kids tended to have higher odds of being violent toward their dating partners, researchers said. "While we can't say that spanking causes later violence, it follows that if a kid learns that physical punishment is a way to solve conflict, he/she may car...

  • Don't Be a Dumbbell: Work Out With Weights

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    Don't Be a Dumbbell: Work Out With Weights WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Strength training needs to be part of every exercise plan, but you don't have to join a health club to reap its benefits. You can create a state-of-the-art home gym, but an inexpensive approach will work just as well. First, pick out a 10-by-10-foot space where you can exercise without tripping over or bumping into anything. It doesn't have to be a dedicated area as long as you can move any furniture out of the way w...

  • Don't Delay Hip Fracture Surgery. Here's Why

    Posted: 12/08/2017

    Don't Delay Hip Fracture Surgery. Here's Why TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors with a fractured hip need surgery as soon as possible or they could suffer life-threatening complications, a new Canadian study concludes. Having surgery within 24 hours decreases the risk of hip fracture-related death. It also lowers odds of problems such as pneumonia, heart attack and blocked arteries, the researchers found. "We found that there appears to be a safe window, within the first 24 hours," said ...

  • Deer Hunters: Put Safety First

    Posted: 12/02/2017

    Deer Hunters: Put Safety First SATURDAY, Nov. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Deer hunting this season? As you head to the woods, make safety your priority, two experts say. Joe Hess, of the pediatric trauma program at Penn State Children's Hospital, reminds hunters to treat every firearm as if it were loaded: Never point it at anyone and never place a finger on the trigger until ready to fire. Hess said it's important to remember that hunting is often a multigenerational activity. The youngest hunters hav...

  • Dr. Tommy John Hopes Fewer Young Athletes Need Dad's Namesake Surgery

    Posted: 11/30/2017

    Dr. Tommy John Hopes Fewer Young Athletes Need Dad's Namesake Surgery FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a long and illustrious pro baseball career, Tommy John is more famous as the source of the name for a surgical procedure than for the nearly 300 games the left-handed pitcher won. But Dr. Tommy John -- who shares his dad's name and played pro ball himself -- is determined to change that. He's a performance and healing specialist and a chiropractor in San Diego. Dr. John would prefer th...