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  • Could Fish Oil Fatty Acids Raise a Woman's Risk for Diabetes?

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Could Fish Oil Fatty Acids Raise a Woman's Risk for Diabetes? FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who consume high amounts of meat, fish, eggs and other common foods rich in several different types of fatty acids may end up facing a greater risk for type 2 diabetes, a large and long-term French study suggests. The finding is sure to complicate traditional dietary thinking, given the highly touted health benefits often associated with this group of essential nutrients, which includes the ome...

  • Childhood Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: CDC

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Childhood Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: CDC FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. children who die from cancer has fallen 20 percent since 1999, and leukemia is no longer the top killer, a new federal government report shows. The decline continues a trend that began back in the 1970s, experts said. What's new is that leukemia -- the most common type of childhood cancer -- is no longer the leading cause of cancer deaths. Survival among children with leukemia has improved to...

  • CDC Ends Zika Travel Advisory for Miami Neighborhood

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    CDC Ends Zika Travel Advisory for Miami Neighborhood MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials on Monday lifted the Zika virus travel advisory that urged pregnant women to avoid travel to Miami's Wynwood neighborhood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to ask pregnant women and their partners to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites if they travel to or live in Wynwood. An arts district north of downtown Miami, Wynwood became the first area in the contin...

  • CDC: Too Many Antibiotics Still Being Prescribed in U.S.

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    CDC: Too Many Antibiotics Still Being Prescribed in U.S. MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite growing concerns about creating drug-resistant bacteria, overprescribing of antibiotics in U.S. hospitals didn't drop between 2006 and 2012, according to a new federal report. Over that time period, 55 percent of patients received at least one dose of antibiotics during their hospital stay, whether it was needed or not, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "An...

  • Carrot-Stick Approach: A Way to Get Folks to Eat More Veggies, Fruits

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Carrot-Stick Approach: A Way to Get Folks to Eat More Veggies, Fruits MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Giving low-income Americans discounts on fruits and vegetables while disallowing sugar-sweetened soda and treat purchases may improve their diets, a new study suggests. About one in seven people in the United States participates in the government-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. Because SNAP benefits can't be altered without a ...

  • Codeine Not Safe for Kids, Pediatricians Warn

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Codeine Not Safe for Kids, Pediatricians Warn MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Codeine is unsafe for children and should no longer be given to them, a new report from a leading pediatricians' group warns. Codeine has been used to treat kids' pain and coughs for decades "because we thought it was safer than other narcotics," said report author Dr. Joseph Tobias. But doctors have learned that the way codeine is processed in the body is very dangerous for children and can result in death, said To...

  • Canada's First Nations People Face Greater Diabetes Risk

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Canada's First Nations People Face Greater Diabetes Risk MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes is more widespread among descendants of people who lived in Canada before Europeans arrived than among the general population, a new study shows. About 8 of 10 First Nations people will develop diabetes at a young age, compared to roughly half of all Canadians, the University of Calgary researchers found. More than 2.25 million people in Canada have the blood sugar disease. Researchers hope their...

  • Can Stress Lower a Woman's Fertility?

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Can Stress Lower a Woman's Fertility? TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research seems to confirm that stress lowers a woman's chances of becoming pregnant, particularly stress that occurs around the time of ovulation. "If you are feeling more stress than you usually do [around ovulation time], you are 40 percent less likely to get pregnant that month," said study author Kira Taylor. She is an assistant professor of epidemiology and population health at the University of Louisville School ...

  • Close Bond Between Kids, Parents Has Long-Term Health Benefits

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Close Bond Between Kids, Parents Has Long-Term Health Benefits TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A strong and loving bond with parents may help protect kids' health for decades, a new study suggests. A well-off home also benefits long-term health, but only if the children also have a warm and healthy relationship with their parents, the Baylor University study found. "Previous research has associated high socioeconomic status with better childhood nutrition, sleep, neighborhood quality and opp...

  • Cat Scratch Can Sometimes Lead to Serious Illness: CDC

    Posted: 09/24/2016

    Cat Scratch Can Sometimes Lead to Serious Illness: CDC WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If Fluffy the cat gets out of sorts and scratches you, it's possible you could get a bacterial infection called cat-scratch disease that might even land you in the hospital. An estimated 12,000 Americans are infected each year with cat-scratch disease, and around 500 must go to the hospital, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The disease is spread by infected fleas. Cats pick up th...