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  • Get to Know the Mediterranean Diet

    Posted: 04/22/2017

    Get to Know the Mediterranean Diet MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The diet followed by people who live in countries around the Mediterranean Sea has been shown to be more than just delicious. The so-called Mediterranean diet can help you limit daily calories so you can lose weight. Plus, it's a healthy long-term way of eating. The main focus of the Mediterranean diet is on eating plant-based foods. That means including fruits and vegetables in every meal, and eating them for snacks and desse...

  • Good Sleep Does Get Tougher With Age

    Posted: 04/13/2017

    Good Sleep Does Get Tougher With Age WEDNESDAY, April 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most people see their sleep habits shift as they age, but a new review suggests that some seniors lose the ability to get deep, restorative rest. And that can come with health consequences, said review author Bryce Mander, a sleep researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. Sleep "fragmentation" has been linked to a number of medical conditions, including depression and dementia, Mander said. People with fragment...

  • Global Warming Could Raise Temps to Levels Not Seen for 420M Years: Study

    Posted: 04/11/2017

    Global Warming Could Raise Temps to Levels Not Seen for 420M Years: Study TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a century or two, Earth's climate could warm to a level that last occurred hundreds of millions of years ago, some researchers predict. After studying evidence of ancient atmospheric conditions, investigators concluded that if people burn all available fossil fuels, carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere would be similar to 200 million years ago. The result: By the 23rd century,...

  • Guys, a Good Night's Sleep Might Save Your Life

    Posted: 04/11/2017

    Guys, a Good Night's Sleep Might Save Your Life MONDAY, April 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adequate sleep isn't a luxury; it's essential. And for men, it might even mean the difference between life and death, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers found that men younger than 65 who slept just three to five hours a night were 55 percent more likely to develop fatal prostate cancer than those who got the recommended seven hours of shuteye nightly. And, six hours of sleep a night was linked to a 29 perce...

  • Gene Changes May Put Childhood Cancer Survivors at Risk

    Posted: 04/11/2017

    Gene Changes May Put Childhood Cancer Survivors at Risk MONDAY, April 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many survivors of childhood cancer have mutations in cancer-associated genes, possibly increasing their risk for cancers later in life, researchers report. The new study included more than 3,000 people who survived childhood cancer for five years or more. More than 12 percent had changes in one of 156 genes linked to increased risk of cancer, the findings showed. By age 45, more than one-quarter of the peop...

  • Got the HPV Vaccine Before You Knew You Were Pregnant? Don't Worry

    Posted: 04/05/2017

    Got the HPV Vaccine Before You Knew You Were Pregnant? Don't Worry WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The cancer-preventing HPV vaccine does not appear to have any ill effect on babies unintentionally exposed to it in the womb, researchers report. Babies whose mothers were vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) during pregnancy did not have a significantly higher risk for major birth defects, low birth weight, preterm birth or stillbirth, compared with unexposed babies, according to a ...

  • Gunshot Wounds Cost U.S. Hospitals Nearly $7 Billion Over 9 Years

    Posted: 03/29/2017

    Gunshot Wounds Cost U.S. Hospitals Nearly $7 Billion Over 9 Years TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital care for gunshot wounds cost the United States about $6.6 billion over a nine-year period, and total costs are likely much higher, researchers report. "There is a high cost for these injuries, especially because they are preventable," study author Sarabeth Spitzer, a medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine, said in a university news release. Information for the study c...

  • Guidelines May Miss Need for Statins in Many U.S. Blacks

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Guidelines May Miss Need for Statins in Many U.S. Blacks SATURDAY, March 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. medical organizations have conflicting guidelines on the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs in blacks, a new study finds. Researchers say that about one in four black Americans who are recommended to take a statin under guidelines from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association would no longer qualify for such therapy under new guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services T...

  • Gene Variant From Africa Linked to Black Obesity

    Posted: 03/22/2017

    Gene Variant From Africa Linked to Black Obesity TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified an Africa-specific gene variant associated with obesity. The team found that about 1 percent of West Africans, American blacks and others of African ancestry have this variant of the semaphorin-4D (SEMA4D) gene. The researchers said people with the variant are about 6 pounds heavier than those without it. Most genetic studies on obesity focus on people of European ancestry, eve...

  • Genes Plus Erratic Sleep May Raise Odds for Obesity

    Posted: 03/20/2017

    Genes Plus Erratic Sleep May Raise Odds for Obesity FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Yet more evidence of a link between poor sleep and excess weight: A new study finds that people who are genetically prone to obesity are more likely to be overweight if they have unusual sleep habits. "These data show that in people with high genetic risk for obesity, sleeping for too short or too long a time, napping during the day, and shift work appears to have a fairly substantial adverse influence on body...