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  • Deaths From Colon Cancer Up Among Younger White Americans

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Deaths From Colon Cancer Up Among Younger White Americans TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer is claiming the lives of more younger, white Americans, a troubling new report shows. "It's quite perplexing. It's not understood why this is happening, and that makes it even more concerning," said lead author Rebecca Siegel, strategic director of surveillance information services for the American Cancer Society. Also alarming is that this hike in colon cancer incidence and deaths doesn't se...

  • Does Early Puberty Affect a Girl's Academic Achievement?

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Does Early Puberty Affect a Girl's Academic Achievement? WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who begin puberty at an earlier age may spend fewer years in school, a new study suggests. On the other hand, starting menstruation later was associated with staying in school longer, British researchers found. For every one year increase in age before starting menstruation, a girl spent an additional 53 days in school, on average, according to the report. "It's well established that the length of ...

  • Do Pets Really Boost Kids' Health?

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Do Pets Really Boost Kids' Health? MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids and pets go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? Maybe not, a new study contends. The research finding, called the largest of its kind, challenges the common belief that having a dog or cat in the home can benefit children's mental and physical health. RAND Corp. researchers looked at data from thousands of children in pet-owning and pet-free homes in California. They considered more than 100 variables in adjustin...

  • Date Nights for Overbooked Parents

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Date Nights for Overbooked Parents TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You might not think it's possible to squeeze a date night into your hectic schedule, especially if your family includes young children. But "The Date Night Opportunity" report from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia states that making time for just the two of you is a must for a healthy relationship. Couples who are able to carve out together time at least once a week are much more likely to enjoy a hi...

  • Decline in Kids' Ear Infections Linked to Pneumococcal Vaccine

    Posted: 08/16/2017

    Decline in Kids' Ear Infections Linked to Pneumococcal Vaccine MONDAY, Aug. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- American kids' ear infections dropped threefold over 10 years, compared to the 1980s, largely due to pneumococcal vaccines that protect against one type of bacteria that causes them, a new study suggests. However, the study, which tracked more than 600 children from 2006 to 2016, also found a shift in the bacteria now triggering greater numbers of ear infections. The investigators also found that thes...

  • Does Less Sleep Make You Less Healthy?

    Posted: 08/16/2017

    Does Less Sleep Make You Less Healthy? FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Something else to fret over as you lie awake at night: Poor sleep may increase the risk of being overweight and obese, a new study contends. "Because we found that adults who reported sleeping less than their peers were more likely to be overweight or obese, our findings highlight the importance of getting enough sleep," said the study's senior investigator, Laura Hardie, of the University of Leeds in England. "How much slee...

  • Doctors Who 'Fat-Shame' Patients Can Cause Real Harm

    Posted: 08/15/2017

    Doctors Who 'Fat-Shame' Patients Can Cause Real Harm THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who "fat shame" patients do more harm than good, new research suggests. "Disrespectful treatment and medical fat shaming, in an attempt to motivate people to change their behavior, is stressful and can cause patients to delay health care-seeking or avoid interacting with providers," Joan Chrisler, a professor of psychology at Connecticut College, said in an American Psychological Association (APA) new...

  • Drug for Kidney Disease Tied to Infection Risk

    Posted: 08/13/2017

    Drug for Kidney Disease Tied to Infection Risk TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used for some cases of kidney disease can raise the risk of serious infections, researchers say. A clinical trial was stopped early when researchers discovered that patients on the drug -- a corticosteroid called methylprednisolone -- suffered a concerning number of serious side effects. Most often, that meant severe infections, including pneumonia and meningitis. Overall, nearly 15 percent of patients on the...

  • Do Your Pearly Whites Sometimes Cause You Pain?

    Posted: 08/13/2017

    Do Your Pearly Whites Sometimes Cause You Pain? TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Do you feel a sharp pain when you eat or drink something cold or hot? You may have sensitive teeth, a common problem caused by a number of factors. Gum recession is the most common cause. When the gum starts to recede, the tooth's root becomes exposed, resulting in sensitivity, explained Jane Cotter, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Dentistry. Other causes include toothbrush abrasion, tooth decay...

  • Drowning Can Occur Hours After Swimming

    Posted: 08/10/2017

    Drowning Can Occur Hours After Swimming MONDAY, July 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While it happens rarely, a person can drown on dry land hours after having been in the water. There are two types of such drowning, dry drowning and secondary drowning, explained Dr. Jessica Lanerie, an associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine. "These are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are very different," she said in a school news release. "Dry drowning typically happens minutes after submers...