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  • Exercise a Powerful Ally for Breast Cancer Survivors

    Posted: 02/24/2017

    Exercise a Powerful Ally for Breast Cancer Survivors TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For breast cancer survivors, exercise may help lower their chances of dying from the disease more than other healthy habits, a new review suggests. The Canadian researchers analyzed 67 published articles to see which habits made the most difference in reducing the risk of either breast cancer recurrence or death. Exercise came out on top, reducing the risk of breast cancer death by about 40 percent, said revi...

  • Experimental Test Can Spot Autism in Infancy

    Posted: 02/22/2017

    Experimental Test Can Spot Autism in Infancy WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In what they call a first, researchers say they can predict whether some infants under the age of 1 will actually develop autism in their second year. The new experimental technique, using standard brain screening, is designed to focus solely on newborns known to be at high risk for autism because they have an older sibling who has it. But the diagnostic breakthrough addresses a key problem that has confounded effo...

  • Eczema May Leave Some Flu Shots Less Effective, Study Finds

    Posted: 02/21/2017

    Eczema May Leave Some Flu Shots Less Effective, Study Finds MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's still flu season, and not too late to get your flu shot. But a new study suggests that people with eczema should request the vaccine be given into the muscle, rather than just under the skin. That's because the effectiveness of flu shots in people with eczema appears to vary, depending on how it's given, researchers report. The problem seems to lie with the fact that the cracked, dry skin of eczema...

  • Emflaza Approved for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    Posted: 02/17/2017

    Emflaza Approved for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) --Emflaza (deflazacort) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in people five years and older, the agency said Thursday in a news release. The corticosteroid is designed to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system in people with DMD, the most common type of muscular dystrophy. The FDA said it's the first corticosteroid approved to treat DMD. The gene...

  • E-Cigs May Be 'Bridge' to Teens' Tobacco Use

    Posted: 02/15/2017

    E-Cigs May Be 'Bridge' to Teens' Tobacco Use WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nonsmoking teens who use e-cigarettes appear to be more likely to light up regular tobacco cigarettes, a new study suggests. The research included 347 teens who were surveyed in 2014 at ages 17 to 18 and again in 2015. First, researchers looked at those who said they'd never smoked a tobacco cigarette. In this group, those who reported using an e-cigarette at least once in the past 30 days in the first survey had a ...

  • E-Cigarettes May Be Less Toxic Than Tobacco, Study Suggests

    Posted: 02/13/2017

    E-Cigarettes May Be Less Toxic Than Tobacco, Study Suggests MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who switch to e-cigarettes can substantially reduce their intake of toxic chemicals and carcinogens -- but only if they completely quit smoking tobacco, a new study reports. "Our study shows that bodily level exposure to established and important smoking-related carcinogens and toxicants is reduced by between 56 percent to 97 percent in long-term e-cigarette users who have stopped smoking complet...

  • Eye-Opening Research on Astronauts' Vision Problems

    Posted: 02/12/2017

    Eye-Opening Research on Astronauts' Vision Problems FRIDAY, Feb. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Vision deterioration is a major problem for astronauts who spend extended periods of time in space. Now researchers have identified the likely cause of the problem and a possible way to prevent it. According to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the probable cause is the lack of a day-night cycle in intracranial pressure -- pressure around the brain. The new study showed that intracranial p...

  • Even a Little Exercise Can Help With Arthritis, Study Says

    Posted: 02/07/2017

    Even a Little Exercise Can Help With Arthritis, Study Says TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just a little physical activity seems to go a long way toward helping older adults with arthritis remain able to do daily tasks, a new study finds. Older adults with arthritis-related joint pain and stiffness need to keep moving to remain functionally independent. But only 10 percent of older Americans with arthritis in their knees meet federal guidelines of at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a w...

  • Exercise May Help Black Americans Lower Blood Pressure Risk

    Posted: 02/06/2017

    Exercise May Help Black Americans Lower Blood Pressure Risk MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Regular sports or exercise may lower black Americans' risk of high blood pressure, a new study finds. The new research included more than 1,300 black people living in or near Jackson, Miss. Black Americans have a higher risk of high blood pressure than other racial groups in the United States, the researchers noted. At the start of the study, volunteers had normal blood pressure and their average age wa...

  • ER Doctor Offers Tips for Safer Snow Shoveling

    Posted: 02/06/2017

    ER Doctor Offers Tips for Safer Snow Shoveling MONDAY, Jan. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a middle-aged couch potato, shoveling snow could put you at risk for a heart attack. While shoveling isn't dangerous for many people, certain people are at higher risk. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that people should check with a doctor first if they don't get regular exercise, have a medical condition or are middle-aged or older. If you must shovel, know the symptoms of a heart attack. ...