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  • Lawn Mowers Are Risky Business for Kids

    Posted: 05/29/2017

    Lawn Mowers Are Risky Business for Kids MONDAY, May 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Though mowing lawns has long been a source of income for young people, experts warn that lawn mowers pose a major safety risk to children. "We need to remind people that these are dangerous machines, and the consequences are devastating," Mariano Garay, a fourth year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine, said in a school news release. Garay has studied lawn mower injuries in children. About 13,000 children were...

  • Life Expectancy With HIV Nears Normal With Treatment

    Posted: 05/17/2017

    Life Expectancy With HIV Nears Normal With Treatment WEDNESDAY, May 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults with HIV who get treatment are living longer in North America and Europe, a new study finds. In fact, a 20-year-old with HIV who began antiretroviral treatment in 2008 or later and had a low viral load after a year of treatment has a life expectancy that's close to that of the general population -- around 78 years old, the study found. But life expectancy for people with HIV mostly remains lower...

  • Longevity in the U.S.: Location, Location, Location

    Posted: 05/15/2017

    Longevity in the U.S.: Location, Location, Location MONDAY, May 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- How long you will live depends a lot on where you live in the United States, a new study of federal health data reveals. Overall, life expectancy increased for American men and women by slightly more than five years between 1980 and 2014, researchers report. But life span can differ by as much as two decades between various U.S. counties, said lead researcher Ali Mokdad, a professor of global health with the Univ...

  • Life Expectancy Goes Up for Black Americans

    Posted: 05/09/2017

    Life Expectancy Goes Up for Black Americans TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans are living longer, but they still aren't living as long as whites are, federal health officials reported Tuesday. While the overall death rate among black people dropped 25 percent between 1999 and 2015, the average life expectancy among black Americans still lags behind whites by almost four years, a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. "We are seeing declines in three l...

  • Loving, Supportive Kids May Help Lower Seniors' Dementia Risk

    Posted: 05/09/2017

    Loving, Supportive Kids May Help Lower Seniors' Dementia Risk TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The quality of your relationships with your adult children and spouse might influence your chances of developing dementia, new research suggests. While having supportive adult children appeared to be protective, having unsupportive relatives of all ilk seemed to have an opposite -- and more dramatic -- effect, the British scientists reported. The finding "suggests older adults who experienced a reliabl...

  • Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Risk for Common Breast Cancer by 20 Percent

    Posted: 05/08/2017

    Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Risk for Common Breast Cancer by 20 Percent MONDAY, May 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Score yet another point for low-dose aspirin: Regularly taking "baby" aspirin appears to protect women from the most common type of breast cancer, new research suggests. Use of low-dose aspirin at least three times a week was linked to a 20 percent risk reduction for cancers known as hormone-receptor positive, HER2 negative -- the most common breast cancer subtype, said study senior author Lesl...

  • Love Chocolate? Potato Chips? Your Genes Might Be to Blame

    Posted: 05/01/2017

    Love Chocolate? Potato Chips? Your Genes Might Be to Blame SUNDAY, April 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your tendency to indulge in chocolate, go heavy on salt, or eat veggies may be tied to certain gene variants, a new study suggests. The study, of more than 800 adults, found links between several genes and people's food likes and dislikes. The gene variants were already known. One, for example, is linked to obesity risk; others are involved in hormone regulation. It's not yet clear what the new findings...

  • Leading Medical Groups Join March for Science on April 22

    Posted: 04/24/2017

    Leading Medical Groups Join March for Science on April 22 MONDAY, April 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than two dozen U.S. medical groups say they will join the March for Science on Earth Day. Organizers say the April 22 march, planned as a protest against the Trump administration's policies towards federal health and environmental agencies, will include more than 170 groups. The main march will be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., with additional marches scheduled in 425 other locations...

  • Lead Exposure as Child, Lower IQ as Adult?

    Posted: 04/04/2017

    Lead Exposure as Child, Lower IQ as Adult? TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who had high levels of lead exposure during childhood may have lower IQs and poorer-paying jobs as adults, a new study suggests. Researchers followed more than 500 New Zealanders from birth in the 1970s to adulthood. When the study began, New Zealand had some of the highest gasoline lead levels in the world. Breathing in leaded gas fumes, or playing with soil near busy roads, could heighten lead exposure since ...

  • Less Salt, Fewer Nighttime Bathroom Trips?

    Posted: 04/03/2017

    Less Salt, Fewer Nighttime Bathroom Trips? SUNDAY, March 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lowering your salt intake could mean fewer trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night, a new study suggests. Most people over age 60, and many even younger, wake up to pee one or more times a night. This is called nocturia. This interruption of sleep can lead to problems such as stress, irritability or tiredness, which can affect quality of life. There are several possible causes of nocturia, including -- as this...