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  • Parents, Get Your Teens Their Vaccines!

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    Parents, Get Your Teens Their Vaccines! MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many American teens may not get recommended vaccinations, and their parents might bear some of the blame, a new study suggests. The national poll of 614 parents with at least one teenager found that more than one-third didn't know when their teen's next vaccine was due. And half incorrectly thought that their doctor would contact them for an appointment at the appropriate time. "When kids are little, their pediatricians us...

  • PTSD After Head Injury May Signal Brain Changes

    Posted: 07/25/2017

    PTSD After Head Injury May Signal Brain Changes THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report they have discovered biological differences in the brains of head injury patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Specifically, the area of the brain that controls emotion -- the amygdala -- is larger than normal in those who develop PTSD after a brain injury, researchers said. "Many consider PTSD to be a psychological disorder, but our study found a key physical difference in the br...

  • Pregnancy Complication Costs U.S. Billions

    Posted: 07/23/2017

    Pregnancy Complication Costs U.S. Billions TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy complication, continues to increase in the United States, exacting a significant economic toll, a new study shows. The condition involves the sudden onset of high blood pressure and high levels of protein in the urine. It threatens both mothers and babies, and accounts for $2.2 billion in health care costs nationally in the first year after birth, the new analysis found. Analyzing U.S....

  • Parkinson's Disease and Melanoma May Occur Together, Study Finds

    Posted: 07/18/2017

    Parkinson's Disease and Melanoma May Occur Together, Study Finds FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with Parkinson's disease are about four times more likely to develop melanoma skin cancer, and conversely, people with melanoma have a fourfold higher risk of getting Parkinson's, researchers report. Although doctors have known about the connection between these diseases, they still don't know why having one increases the risk of the other. "Future research should focus on identifying common ...

  • Probiotic Supplements Failed to Prevent Babies' Infections

    Posted: 07/13/2017

    Probiotic Supplements Failed to Prevent Babies' Infections MONDAY, July 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Probiotic supplements may not protect babies from catching colds or stomach bugs in day care, a new clinical trial suggests. Probiotics are bacteria and other microorganisms that dwell in the body, aiding in digestion, immunity and other vital functions. Probiotic supplements provide some of those same organisms. Most often, products contain strains of the bacteria Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium , acco...

  • Poor Sleep May Worsen Suicidal Thoughts

    Posted: 07/10/2017

    Poor Sleep May Worsen Suicidal Thoughts WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep problems may provide early clues about worsening suicidal thoughts in at-risk young adults as well as a potential way to intervene, a new study suggests. "Suicide is the tragic outcome of psychiatric illness interacting with multiple biological, psychological and social risk factors," said lead author Rebecca Bernert. She is a suicidologist and assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences from Stanfor...

  • Popular Heartburn Meds Don't Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study

    Posted: 07/10/2017

    Popular Heartburn Meds Don't Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs used to treat acid reflux and ulcers don't appear to boost the risk of dementia, as has been previously suspected, new research suggests. The study focused on widely used proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) drugs -- medicines such as Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium. Previous studies have suggested the drugs may increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in people aged 75 and older. PPIs are u...

  • Protect Your Skin From the Summer Sun

    Posted: 07/09/2017

    Protect Your Skin From the Summer Sun TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of people like that sun-kissed look on their skin, but experts caution against any tanning at all. "There's no such thing as a healthy tan. Tanning is a sign of skin damage," said Dr. Ross Levy, chief of dermatology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. He explained that "sunlight contains ultraviolet rays that trigger changes in the DNA of skin cells. Most of the time the body's immune system tracks do...

  • Persistent Stress May Hasten Death in Heart Patients

    Posted: 07/06/2017

    Persistent Stress May Hasten Death in Heart Patients MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you have heart disease, unrelenting stress might hasten your death, researchers report. Adults who suffered from persistent mental distress, including depression and anxiety, were nearly four times more likely to die from heart disease and almost three times more likely to die from any cause compared to stress-free folks, New Zealand researchers found. "The cumulative burden of psychological stress increase...

  • Posture Pointers for Computer Jockeys

    Posted: 07/02/2017

    Posture Pointers for Computer Jockeys WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Do you spend most of your day sitting at a computer? Being hunched over your keyboard for long periods can put stress and strain on your whole body. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Computer Workstations eTool, focus on sitting with neutral body positioning. That's a comfortable working posture, with your joints naturally aligned. Keep your head level or bent slightly forward, in line ...