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  • Medical Costs Soar for U.S. Babies Born Addicted to Opioids

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Medical Costs Soar for U.S. Babies Born Addicted to Opioids THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. newborns hospitalized for opiate withdrawal has spiked sharply in recent years -- and so has the cost of treating them, a new study shows. In fact, the national bill for caring for these fragile newborns now runs in the hundreds of millions of dollars, the study found. Researchers have known that the U.S. epidemic of painkiller abuse is extending to infants. Recent studies have char...

  • Mission to Mars Would Double Astronauts' Cancer Risk

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Mission to Mars Would Double Astronauts' Cancer Risk THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Once astronauts leave the Earth's protective magnetic field, their cancer risk would soar while traveling to Mars, new research indicates. Scientists said radiation exposure during a long-term deep-space mission would not only affect already damaged cells but also healthy ones nearby, doubling cancer risk. Cosmic rays cause significant cell damage due from exposure to radiation, protons and heavy ions, the a...

  • Major Heart Group Says Doctor-Patient Talks Are Key

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Major Heart Group Says Doctor-Patient Talks Are Key MONDAY, June 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with heart problems should receive personalized education to help them manage their conditions, according to a new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement. The AHA also called for a multi-pronged approach and recommended that health information be tailored to a patient's ability to understand it. "As hospital stays and clinic visits get shorter, the responsibility for patient management h...

  • Most Mothers Have Been Victims of 'Mommy-Shaming,' Poll Finds

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Most Mothers Have Been Victims of 'Mommy-Shaming,' Poll Finds MONDAY, June 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- "You're doing that wrong!" Sound familiar, Moms? It should: A new poll finds that six out of 10 American mothers say they've been criticized for their parenting skills. It's called mommy-shaming, and it goes viral when it happens to the famous. Actress Reese Witherspoon was shamed for giving her toddler cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and model Coco Rocho was judged for giving her baby formula. But a na...

  • Many Chronic Illnesses Linked to Suicide Risk

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Many Chronic Illnesses Linked to Suicide Risk TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic health problems seem to have a higher risk of suicide, a new study suggests. And, for certain conditions -- such as traumatic brain injury -- the risk is much higher, the study authors said. Researchers looked at nearly 2,700 people in the United States who died by suicide between 2000 and 2013. The investigators identified 17 medical conditions linked to increased odds of suicide. These included...

  • Many Americans May Be Taking Too Much Vitamin D

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Many Americans May Be Taking Too Much Vitamin D TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to vitamin D supplements, it's possible that Americans may be getting too much of a good thing, new research suggests. In 2014, just over 3 percent of U.S. adults took more than 4,000 international units (IUs) of the vitamin daily, exceeding the upper limits of what is considered safe, the researchers said. In 2007-2008, only 0.2 percent did that. For perspective, the recommended daily amount of vita...

  • Many Preemies Don't Struggle in School

    Posted: 06/21/2017

    Many Preemies Don't Struggle in School MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of premature babies may find reassurance in a new study that says most will do just fine later in school. "What excites me about this study is that it changes the focus for the clinician and families at the bedside from just focusing on the medical outcomes of the child to what the future educational outcomes might be for a child born early," said study first author Dr. Craig Garfield. He's an associate professor of...

  • Marathon Runs Won't Harm Your Arteries

    Posted: 06/19/2017

    Marathon Runs Won't Harm Your Arteries THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research may allay concerns that long-distance running could harm the heart. Marathoners are not at increased risk for narrowing or hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), a German study says. Researchers tested the arteries of 97 runners who had competed in an average of 11 long races, such as half marathons, marathons and ultramarathons. They ran 36 miles weekly and 1,018 miles annually, on average. There was no...

  • Migraine Warning Signs May Differ in Kids, Adults

    Posted: 06/19/2017

    Migraine Warning Signs May Differ in Kids, Adults THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fatigue and mood changes are the most common symptoms that occur before children develop migraines, a new study finds. These symptoms were seen in 41 percent of 185 children, aged 5 to 18, diagnosed with migraines. The two symptoms are also common in adults with migraines. But four other common pre-migraine symptoms in adults were insignificant in children: yawning, neck stiffness, food cravings and urinary chan...

  • More Cancers Caught in Wealthy People

    Posted: 06/17/2017

    More Cancers Caught in Wealthy People WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Wealthy Americans are more likely to be diagnosed with some types of cancer than poor people, a new study finds. The reason: It's not because affluent people are more likely to get cancer, but rather because they undergo more medical tests, the researchers explained. The study authors analyzed data on four types of cancers (breast, prostate, melanoma and thyroid) in high-income counties (median annual income above $75,000)...