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  • Could Diet in Pregnancy Raise Child's Odds for ADHD?

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Could Diet in Pregnancy Raise Child's Odds for ADHD? THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An unhealthy diet during pregnancy could influence a child's risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study warns. Researchers found that a high-fat, high-sugar diet can affect the function of a gene called IGF2 that helps steer fetal development of brain regions previously linked to ADHD. "These results suggest that promoting a healthy prenatal diet may ultimately lower ADHD symptoms a...

  • Calcium Supplements Might Raise Older Women's Dementia Risk

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Calcium Supplements Might Raise Older Women's Dementia Risk WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking calcium supplements with the hope of keeping osteoporosis at bay may raise an older woman's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. And that seems particularly true if a woman has already sustained an event causing poor blood flow to the brain (cerebrovascular disease), such as from a stroke, researchers said. The study can't prove cause-and-effect. However, dementia risk was seven times highe...

  • Couples At Risk During 'Divorce Season'

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Couples At Risk During 'Divorce Season' SUNDAY, Aug. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Are certain times of the year harder on a marriage? Maybe, suggests new research that found Americans are more likely to file for divorce after winter and summer holidays. And, that's true even though many couples view the holidays as a time when things might get better, the researchers said. "People tend to face the holidays with rising expectations, despite what disappointments they might have had in years past. They rep...

  • Clinton Edges Trump on Health Care, Survey Finds

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Clinton Edges Trump on Health Care, Survey Finds MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans trust Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to do a good job on health care issues than Republican rival Donald Trump, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll reports. However, neither candidate has earned the confidence of a majority of U.S. adults when it comes to health care, the poll found. Forty-six percent of adults think Clinton will do an overall good job with health care policy, compared to...

  • Climate Change May Prolong Smog Season in Southeast U.S.

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Climate Change May Prolong Smog Season in Southeast U.S. TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The southeastern United States may have high levels of ozone air pollution for a longer time each year due to climate change, a new study suggests. July and August have traditionally been peak months for the health-threatening pollutant. But those peaks could extend well into fall as weather becomes warmer and drier, the Georgia Institute of Technology researchers said. That's because extreme weather asso...

  • Cheap Face Masks Little Help Against Air Pollutants

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Cheap Face Masks Little Help Against Air Pollutants WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Inexpensive cloth masks offer little protection against air pollution, a new study suggests. Many people in Asia wear disposable surgical masks or washable cloth masks to protect against small air pollution particles. But tests on different types of masks showed that "the most commonly used cloth mask products perform poorly when compared to alternative options available on the market," according to health s...

  • Cancer on Course to Become Top Killer of Americans

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Cancer on Course to Become Top Killer of Americans WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer is on track to become the leading cause of death in the United States, closing in on heart disease as America's number one killer, a new government study shows. Heart disease has consistently been the leading cause of death for decades, and remained so in 2014, according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the gap...

  • Could Weight-Loss Surgery Boost Odds of Preemie Birth?

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Could Weight-Loss Surgery Boost Odds of Preemie Birth? WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers-to-be who've had weight-loss surgery may have increased odds for premature delivery, researchers report. "Women and their doctors should be aware of this risk increase, and women with previous bariatric [weight-loss] surgery should be carefully monitored during pregnancy," said Dr. Olof Stephansson, lead researcher on a new study from Sweden. The current findings contradict results from a smaller ...

  • Coffee Cravings May Spring From Your DNA

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Coffee Cravings May Spring From Your DNA THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Anybody up for a steaming cup of Joe? Turns out your DNA may hold the answer. New research suggests that your genes influence how much coffee you drink. Researchers analyzed genetic data from more than 1,200 people in Italy, who were asked how much coffee they drank each day. Those with a gene variant called PDSS2 drank one cup less a day on average than those without the variation, the investigators found. Research inv...

  • Congenital Aortic Stenosis Surgery: Ross Procedure

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Congenital Aortic Stenosis Surgery: Ross Procedure What is a Ross procedure? A Ross procedure is a type of surgery. It fixes a birth defect in the heart that involves the aortic valve. The heart has four chambers. The two lower chambers are the ventricles. The left ventricle pumps blood rich in oxygen to the body. It connects to the aorta, the main blood vessel leading to the body. Between the left ventricle and the aorta lies the aortic valve, one of the heart’s four valves. These valves help blood flo...