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  • Living Near Fast-Food Places Hurts Less-Educated Most

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    Living Near Fast-Food Places Hurts Less-Educated Most MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Living in a neighborhood full of fast-food outlets is especially unhealthy for people who are poorly educated, a new British study suggests. "Neighborhoods are clearly important in shaping what all of us eat, no matter how educated we are," said researcher Thomas Burgoine, a fellow at the University of Cambridge. "But this effect appears to be much greater for those with lower levels of education," he said in ...

  • Loss of Y Chromosome in Men Tied to Alzheimer's Risk

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    Loss of Y Chromosome in Men Tied to Alzheimer's Risk MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who lose Y chromosomes from their blood cells as they age may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. The study of more than 3,200 men found those who already had Alzheimer's were nearly three times more likely to show a loss of the Y chromosome in some of their blood cells. What's more, older men with that "loss of Y" faced a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's ove...

  • Late Dinners Won't Doom Kids to Obesity

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    Late Dinners Won't Doom Kids to Obesity MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Late suppers may not be a recipe for childhood obesity, a new study shows. Some previous research has suggested that the timing of meals could affect the risk of being overweight or obese, the investigators said. British researchers looked at data from more than 1,600 children, aged 4 to 18. They found that the risk of overweight or obesity was no higher among those who had meals between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. than among those ...

  • Lifestyle May Be Key to Improving ADHD in Kids

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    Lifestyle May Be Key to Improving ADHD in Kids MONDAY, May 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are often treated with medications, such as Adderall or Ritalin. But a new study suggests that parents can also help their kids by promoting healthy lifestyle habits. For the study, researchers looked at 184 children with ADHD and 104 without the disorder. The investigators found that those with ADHD were less likely to adhere to healthy behaviors recommen...

  • Lupus a Tough Disease to Spot, Treat

    Posted: 05/31/2016

    Lupus a Tough Disease to Spot, Treat MONDAY, May 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Lupus is difficult to diagnose and treat, but scientists are working to learn more about its genetic causes and to develop better treatments. The autoimmune disease affects between 300,000 and 1.5 million people in the United States, and as many as 24,000 are diagnosed with lupus each year, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "With treatment, the disease may quiet down, but it also may relapse eventually. Altho...

  • Lithium Beats Newer Meds for Bipolar Disorder, Study Finds

    Posted: 05/19/2016

    Lithium Beats Newer Meds for Bipolar Disorder, Study Finds THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Lithium outperforms newer mood stabilizers in the treatment of bipolar disorder, a new study has found. Patients taking lithium had lower rates of self-harm and unintentional injury compared to those taking other bipolar drugs, such as valproate (Depacon, Depakote), olanzapine (Zyprexa) or quetiapine (Seroquel), said lead researcher Joseph Hayes. He is a fellow of psychiatry at University College London...

  • Lung Cancer Surgery Worthwhile for Older Patients

    Posted: 05/12/2016

    Lung Cancer Surgery Worthwhile for Older Patients THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older lung cancer patients are surviving longer when they have lung cancer surgery, a new study suggests. "This greater than expected survival in older patients selected for operative therapy is noteworthy, especially considering that the prevalence of lung cancer is expected to increase as the population continues to grow older and more people survive into old age," said study author Dr. Felix Fernandez, from Em...

  • Link Between Money Woes, Domestic Abuse Tough to Untangle

    Posted: 05/08/2016

    Link Between Money Woes, Domestic Abuse Tough to Untangle FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Money problems and domestic violence appear to be linked, but it's not clear whether one leads to the other, researchers report. "What we don't know yet is whether financial stress makes a violent couple more violent, or is financial stress enough of a disruption in a relationship that violence begins? Both are plausible," said study corresponding author Corinne Peek-Asa. She is the director of the Injur...

  • Let Safety Bloom in Your Garden This Season

    Posted: 05/01/2016

    Let Safety Bloom in Your Garden This Season FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Gardening offers exercise and fresh food, but don't forget to protect yourself from potential hazards, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Some of those dangers include: insects, too much sun, garden tools and chemicals, according to the CDC. Wear gloves to reduce the risk of skin irritations, cuts and certain contaminants. Sun protection includes a long-sleeved shirt, a wide-brimmed hat, and sun...

  • Laser Pointers Probably Won't Damage Pilots' Eyes …

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Laser Pointers Probably Won't Damage Pilots' Eyes WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Lasers aimed at airplane cockpits likely won't damage pilots' eyes, but could lead to disaster by distracting them, eye experts warn. Reports of handheld lasers directed at aircraft are accelerating globally. Last year, more than 7,700 cases were reported to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, and the number seems to be soaring this year, according to published reports. "Obviously, if such a distraction...