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  • Early Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Continue to Fall in U.S.: Study

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Early Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Continue to Fall in U.S.: Study THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Diagnoses of early prostate cancer continue to decline in the United States, following the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation against routine screening for the disease, researchers report. The screening involves a blood test that identifies levels of PSA (prostate specific antigen), a protein produced by the prostate gland. That test can determine when cancer exists, but it often w...

  • Early to Bed, Early to Rise a Back-to-School Challenge

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Early to Bed, Early to Rise a Back-to-School Challenge FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's time to start getting children and teens into their school-year sleep routine, an expert says. School-aged children need nine to 12 hours of sleep a night, according to sleep specialist Dr. Susan Manganaro. And teens need eight to 10 hours. "It may take a few weeks for your child to get adjusted to an earlier bedtime," said Manganaro, an assistant professor of pediatric neurology at Stony Brook Universi...

  • Exercise Not an 'Antidote' to Too Much Sitting, Heart Experts Say

    Posted: 08/22/2016

    Exercise Not an 'Antidote' to Too Much Sitting, Heart Experts Say MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you exercise regularly, too much sitting can still be bad for your heart, a leading cardiologists' group warns. The American Heart Association (AHA) also says that too many people are spending far too much time on chairs and sofas, period. "Based on existing evidence, we found that U.S. adults are sedentary for about six to eight hours a day," said Deborah Rohm Young, chair of the AHA pane...

  • Even Poorer Nations Not Immune to High Blood Pressure

    Posted: 08/15/2016

    Even Poorer Nations Not Immune to High Blood Pressure MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time ever, high blood pressure rates are higher in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries, researchers say. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, and the leading preventable cause of premature death and disability worldwide. This study of 2010 data from 90 countries found that 31 percent of adults worldwide (1.39 billion) had high blood p...

  • Eczema's Effects More Than Skin Deep

    Posted: 08/10/2016

    Eczema's Effects More Than Skin Deep FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People dealing with the itchy skin condition known as eczema may have other medical conditions to cope with as well, including heart disease, a dermatologist says. Eczema, which causes dry, red patches of skin and intense itchiness, affects an estimated one-quarter of children in the United States. And, as many as seven million adults also have eczema, Dr. Jonathan Silverberg said in an American Academy of Dermatology news re...

  • E-Cig Liquid Nicotine Containers Often Mislabeled

    Posted: 08/08/2016

    E-Cig Liquid Nicotine Containers Often Mislabeled WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Containers that hold liquid nicotine for electronic cigarettes may not be labeled with the correct amount of nicotine, a new study says. And as many as two-thirds of these containers may not be child-resistant, the researchers found. Consuming even small amounts of liquid nicotine can harm a child, the scientists said. "Mislabeling of nicotine in e-liquids exposes the user to the harmful effects of nicotine," ...

  • E-Cigarettes Emit Toxic Vapors: Study

    Posted: 08/08/2016

    E-Cigarettes Emit Toxic Vapors: Study WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- All electronic cigarettes emit harmful chemicals, and levels of those toxic compounds are affected by factors such as temperature, type and age of the device, a new study finds. The findings could be important to both makers of e-cigarettes and regulators who want to reduce the health threat posed by the devices, according to researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. "Advocates of e-cigarette...

  • Exercise May Keep Diabetes in Check During Pregnancy

    Posted: 08/07/2016

    Exercise May Keep Diabetes in Check During Pregnancy WEDNESDAY, July 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obese pregnant women can reduce their risk of gestational diabetes -- diabetes during pregnancy -- and lower their blood pressure by exercising as little as three times a week, a new study finds. "It's important to reduce obesity-related pregnancy complications because they can have long-term consequences for both the mother and her child," study leader Dr. Trine Moholdt, from the Norwegian University of Sc...

  • Even a Little Exercise May Help Younger Women's Hearts

    Posted: 08/04/2016

    Even a Little Exercise May Help Younger Women's Hearts MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Younger women who exercise just 2.5 hours a week may cut their risk for heart disease by up to 25 percent, a new study suggests. "The habits and the choices we make in the first half of our life determine our well-being and freedom from chronic disease in the second half of our lives," said Dr. Erin Michos, an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. ...

  • Edible Pot Sends Toddlers to Colorado ERs

    Posted: 08/04/2016

    Edible Pot Sends Toddlers to Colorado ERs MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young children in Colorado are winding up in the emergency room after ingesting pot-laced goodies left out in the open by adults, doctors report. In 2014, Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana. Shortly after, a sharp increase occurred in the number of Colorado kids younger than 10 who fell ill after being exposed to pot, researchers found. Edible products -- cannabis-laced...