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  • ER Visits for These 3 Health Woes Don't Have to Happen

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    ER Visits for These 3 Health Woes Don't Have to Happen TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Each year, thousands of Americans end up in hospital emergency rooms for problems that could have been avoided, new research shows. The top causes of preventable ER visits in the United States include alcohol abuse, dental problems and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, the new study says. ER visits could be reduced if patients had better access to dental and mental health care, accord...

  • Early Onset of Pregnancy Complication May Raise Heart Risks

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Early Onset of Pregnancy Complication May Raise Heart Risks THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who develop pre-eclampsia earlier in pregnancy may be at increased risk for heart problems soon after giving birth, a new study finds. "These women should be screened for major cardiovascular risk factors and prevention strategies should be implemented as soon as possible," said study author Dr. GianLuca Colussi. He's an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Udine in Italy. Pre-e...

  • Even Teens Can Suffer Organ Damage From High Blood Pressure

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Even Teens Can Suffer Organ Damage From High Blood Pressure SUNDAY, Sept. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure can lead to organ damage -- and the risk isn't limited to adults, new research suggests. Along with a growing number of obese children in the United States, high blood pressure is on the rise -- and with it the risk of organ failure in teens, the study shows. But the study also found that damage to the heart and blood vessels can occur in teens who aren't red-flagged as having blood...

  • Exercise May Stem Kidney Damage in Lupus Patients

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Exercise May Stem Kidney Damage in Lupus Patients TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise may slow kidney damage in people with lupus while stress may prompt the opposite effect, new research suggests. The autoimmune disease causes the body to attack and damage vital organs such as the kidneys. Singer Selena Gomez put lupus in the spotlight last week when she received a kidney transplant because the disease had ravaged her own kidneys. But the new research, which included two mice t...

  • Evolution Not Over for Humans

    Posted: 09/14/2017

    Evolution Not Over for Humans TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report they have spotted signs that human DNA is still evolving. "It's a subtle signal, but we find genetic evidence that natural selection is happening in modern human populations," said study co-author Joseph Pickrell, an evolutionary geneticist at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center. Pickrell and his colleagues explored the genomes of 60,000 people of European descent from California and 150,000 from G...

  • Eating Feeds 'Feel Good' Hormones in the Brain

    Posted: 09/13/2017

    Eating Feeds 'Feel Good' Hormones in the Brain THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating prompts the brain to release "feel good" hormones, known as endorphins, a new study shows. Researchers found the regulation of these naturally occurring opioids, which can produce a sense of pleasure or euphoria, may help the body know when it's satisfied. On the flip side, overeating associated with the overstimulation of this system may contribute to obesity, the researchers noted. For the study, Finnish ...

  • E-Cigs May Help Smokers Quit, But …

    Posted: 09/12/2017

    E-Cigs May Help Smokers Quit, But … THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- E-cigarettes can help smokers quit, but only if they discard tobacco in favor of vaping nearly every day, a new study suggests. Former smokers are nearly three times more likely to abstain from cigarette smoking if they puff on an e-cigarette two out of every three days a month, according to the analysis of a federal survey on smoking. "E-cigarettes are an effective way to get cigarette smokers to quit, but you really need t...

  • Expert Tips to Avoid Accidental Poisonings at School

    Posted: 09/06/2017

    Expert Tips to Avoid Accidental Poisonings at School FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- At schools and daycares, an army of sanitizers and detergents is used to keep germs at bay. But poison-control experts warn these products contain chemicals that can be harmful to young children. "Each year, approximately 28,000 exposures occur in a school," said Stephen Kaminski, executive director of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. His organization has partnered with the National Pesticid...

  • Early Rotator Cuff Surgery Helps Return to Activity

    Posted: 09/04/2017

    Early Rotator Cuff Surgery Helps Return to Activity WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Early surgery to fix tears in a shoulder rotator cuff muscle is a good idea because it improves strength, function and other outcomes in the long term, a new study from France finds. Researchers also believe this kind of repair can prevent the rotator cuff muscle from deteriorating. This kind of repair "maintained considerable improvement in clinical and radiographic outcomes at 10 years," reported the study...

  • Ebola May Be Present in Semen for Year or More

    Posted: 09/07/2016

    Ebola May Be Present in Semen for Year or More TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Ebola virus stays present in semen longer than previously thought, and is more likely to be found in older men, researchers report. The deadly virus can be transmitted through semen. Preliminary findings from 429 male Ebola survivors taking part in a national screening program in the African nation of Liberia showed that 9 percent (38) had fragments of Ebola in their semen. Of those 38 men, 63 percent tested positi...