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  • America's 'Beautiful People' Are Changing

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    America's 'Beautiful People' Are Changing WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It strikes no one as surprising when someone like Beyonce graces the cover of a magazine as an icon of beauty, but a new study suggests that was far more rare three decades ago. If People magazine is any indication, America's definition of who's "beautiful" has broadened to include more races and a wider span of ages. "This study analyzed photographs of celebrities who were deemed 'beautiful' by People magazine in 199...

  • A-Fib Hits Men Earlier Than Women

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    A-Fib Hits Men Earlier Than Women MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men develop a dangerous type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation a decade earlier than women, a new study suggests. And while being overweight increased odds for the condition in both sexes, those extra pounds were more troublesome for males, the German researchers found. "It's crucial to better understand modifiable risk factors of atrial fibrillation," said study author Dr. Christina Magnussen. "If prevention str...

  • A 3x10 Exercise Plan That'll Work for You

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    A 3x10 Exercise Plan That'll Work for You MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes it's hard to fit 30 minutes of exercise into your day. But did you know you can break up daily workouts into shorter segments and get the same health benefits? Exercising for just 10 minutes at a time, three times a day, counts toward the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. The trick is that you have to work hard enough to get your heart rate up. And you have to do the activity for the full 10 ...

  • Arthritis Can Strike Children

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Arthritis Can Strike Children TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While arthritis is typically thought of as an older person's disease, more than 300,000 American children have chronic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), an expert says. Unlike age-related arthritis caused by cartilage and bone wear and tear, JIA has more to do with joint inflammation, but it's not clear what triggers this inflammation, said Dr. Barbara Ostrov, a pediatric and adult rheumatologist at Penn State Health in Hershey,...

  • Avoiding Alcohol Helps the Heart Beat Better

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Avoiding Alcohol Helps the Heart Beat Better WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The longer you refrain from drinking, the lower your risk of a common heart rhythm disorder. That's the message of a new long-range study examining alcohol use and atrial fibrillation, or Afib. This is when electrical impulses in the upper chambers of the heart are chaotic and cause an irregular heartbeat, which increases the risk of blood clots that can cause stroke or heart attacks. One in four adults older than ...

  • A Man's Health May Rely on Health of His Marriage

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    A Man's Health May Rely on Health of His Marriage MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As marriage ebbs and flows, so might the health of your heart, at least for men. A new British study of married fathers found real -- if small -- effects on such cardiovascular risk factors as cholesterol levels, body weight and blood pressure that corresponded to improvement or deterioration in the men's marriages. Those whose marriages seemed to be improving fared better, while the reverse was true for men in wo...

  • Are Women Surgeons Better Than Men?

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    Are Women Surgeons Better Than Men? TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The gender of a surgeon appears to have little to do with the outcome of an operation. A Canadian study found that patients operated on by women had no more complications or problems after surgery than did patients whose surgeons were men. "Our findings have important implications for supporting sex equality and diversity in a traditionally male-dominated profession," the study authors wrote. The researchers, led by Dr. Raj S...

  • Another Downside to College Boozing: Poorer Job Prospects

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    Another Downside to College Boozing: Poorer Job Prospects MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Frequent college binge drinking markedly lowers the chances of landing a full-time job upon graduation, a new study suggests. Examining alcohol consumption's effect on first-time employment, researchers found drinking heavily six times a month cut the chances a new graduate would find a job by 10 percent. And each episode of binge-drinking in a given month lowered those odds by 1.4 percent. "The study is i...

  • Are You an 'Anti-Vaxxer'? Your Friends Are on Twitter

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    Are You an 'Anti-Vaxxer'? Your Friends Are on Twitter MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- American parents who oppose childhood vaccines often take to Twitter to vent, share and seek reinforcement for the widely disproven notion that these shots can trigger autism, new research shows. But the phenomenon is unevenly spread, the researchers noted, with states such as California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania leading the pack when it comes to the highest prevalence of Twitter-b...

  • Allergy Relief Do's and Don'ts

    Posted: 10/17/2017

    Allergy Relief Do's and Don'ts THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As the seasons change, more and more people are sneezing because of allergies. And the numbers are rising, with those in urban areas particularly affected, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Symptoms in the fall are most likely caused by ragweed. Summer sneezes? Blame grass and weed pollens. Symptoms in the spring? You're probably allergic to tree pollen. Climate change is making things wors...