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  • Post-Menopausal? Give Exercise a Try

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Post-Menopausal? Give Exercise a Try THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After menopause, moderate exercise can help women manage hot flashes, become more fit and feel better, a new study suggests. Researchers found that a 20-week exercise program helped women boost their fitness levels, lose a little weight and give higher ratings to their physical and mental well-being. That included a reduction in hot flashes and night sweats -- two of the most bothersome symptoms of menopause. Researchers le...

  • Possible Drawback to Gluten-Free: Toxic Metals

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Possible Drawback to Gluten-Free: Toxic Metals THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- America's love affair with gluten-free foods may come at a cost: greater intake of the toxic metals arsenic and mercury, a new study contends. "These results indicate that there could be unintended consequences of eating a gluten-free diet," said study author Maria Argos of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Gluten-free products often contain rice flour as a substitute for wheat, rye and barley. And rice...

  • Pregnancy-Linked Diabetes Poses Risks for Mom, Baby

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Pregnancy-Linked Diabetes Poses Risks for Mom, Baby THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes that develops during pregnancy -- known as gestational diabetes -- carries health risks for both the mom-to-be and her baby, new research confirms. A team of French researchers analyzed data from more than 700,000 births in France occurring after 28 weeks of pregnancy in 2012. Compared to other pregnant women, those with gestational diabetes were 30 percent more likely to experience preterm birth, 40...

  • Pop! Goes That Balloon, and Maybe Your Hearing

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Pop! Goes That Balloon, and Maybe Your Hearing FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blowing up your kid's birthday balloons could end in a bang -- and hearing loss, new research suggests. The Canadian study found that a bursting balloon can create sound that's louder than a shotgun and might damage hearing. "Hearing loss is insidious -- every loud noise that occurs has a potential lifelong impact," said study lead author Bill Hodgetts, an associate professor of audiology at the University of Albert...

  • Preemies Bombarded With Noise in First Weeks of Life

    Posted: 02/17/2017

    Preemies Bombarded With Noise in First Weeks of Life THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals are noisy -- maybe too noisy for the tiniest patients, a new study suggests. Researchers found that premature infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are exposed to potentially harmful noise levels -- sometimes twice the maximum levels recommended by a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. "Often the noise we measured was coming from medical equipment that is essential to the baby's survival...

  • Pet Meds Sending Kids to the ER

    Posted: 02/14/2017

    Pet Meds Sending Kids to the ER MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The flea medications and heartworm pills that millions of Americans give to their beloved pets pose poisoning risks to any children in the home, new research warns. The study authors said just one poison center in Ohio received more than 1,400 calls for poisoning from pet medications over the course of 15 years, with 87 percent of those calls involving children under the age of 5. "We realize that pets are common and an important p...

  • Poverty Takes 2 Years Off Your Life: Study

    Posted: 02/09/2017

    Poverty Takes 2 Years Off Your Life: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Poverty significantly shortens life expectancy and should be regarded as a major health risk factor, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed 48 studies that included more than 1.7 million people in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Italy, Portugal and Switzerland. They found that poor people were 46 percent more likely than wealthier people to die before age 85. Among poor people, about 15 p...

  • Parents of Kids With Heart Defects Face PTSD Risk: Study

    Posted: 02/09/2017

    Parents of Kids With Heart Defects Face PTSD Risk: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of children born with serious heart defects may be at high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems, a new study suggests. PTSD refers to anxiety and fear triggered by a past stressful event. Mental health issues in parents can put their children at risk for long-term health and behavioral problems, the researchers added. "The parents need extra support and ...

  • Premature or Early Menopause More Likely in Women Without Kids: Study

    Posted: 02/02/2017

    Premature or Early Menopause More Likely in Women Without Kids: Study WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of premature or early menopause is higher among women who began having menstrual periods at a young age and did not have children, a new report contends. Premature menopause is when periods naturally stop before the age of 40. Early menopause is when periods naturally stop when a woman is between 40 and 44 years old, the study authors said. The new research included more than 51,00...

  • Pediatricians Say No to Wearable Smartphone Baby Monitors

    Posted: 02/01/2017

    Pediatricians Say No to Wearable Smartphone Baby Monitors TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parents should think twice before buying "smart" clothing with vital signs monitors to keep tabs on their baby's health, pediatricians recommend. A new class of home baby monitor has come to the market. Electronic sensors attached to socks, onesies, buttons and such continually check "vitals" like breathing, pulse rate and oxygen levels. They notify parents of any abnormalities via smartphone. But repeat...