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  • Most Americans Turn to Prayer for Healing, Survey Finds

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Most Americans Turn to Prayer for Healing, Survey Finds FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to dealing with illness, most Americans turn to a higher power for help, a new study suggests. "Outside of belief in God, there may be no more ubiquitous religious expression in the U.S. than use of healing prayer," study author Jeff Levin said in a Baylor University news release. Levin is the director of the program on religion and population health at Baylor University in Texas. About 87 pe...

  • Music Might Give Babies' Language Skills a Boost

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Music Might Give Babies' Language Skills a Boost MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Can listening to music boost your baby's brainpower? Maybe, at least in specific ways. A new study suggests that listening to music with a waltz-like rhythm -- a difficult form of rhythm for infants to comprehend -- and tapping out the beats with their parents improved babies' processing of music patterns and speech sounds. "Actively participating in music may be another important experience that can influence in...

  • More Kids Being Poisoned by Detergent Pods: Study

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    More Kids Being Poisoned by Detergent Pods: Study MONDAY, April 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of small children are getting their hands and mouths on colorful detergent pods, with serious and sometimes fatal consequences, a new study finds. Among more than 62,000 calls made to emergency departments for poisoning from any kind of laundry or dishwashing detergent from 2013 to 2014, 17 children were in a coma, six stopped breathing, four had fluid in their lungs and difficulty breathing, an...

  • Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Help Predict Child's Size

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Mom's Pre-Pregnancy Weight May Help Predict Child's Size WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers whose mothers were overweight or obese before pregnancy may be more likely to be overweight, a new study suggests. The study also found that mothers who gain too much weight during pregnancy may be more prone to having overweight toddlers. The study had a bit of good news -- breast-feeding for at least six months could reduce a toddler's risk of being overweight. "Childhood obesity is linked w...

  • Mindfulness Therapy May Help Ease Recurrent Depression

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Mindfulness Therapy May Help Ease Recurrent Depression WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mindfulness therapy may help reduce the risk of repeated bouts of depression, researchers report. One expert not connected to the study explained the mindfulness approach. "Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy enhances awareness of thoughts and emotions being experienced, and enables development of skills to better cope with them," said Dr. Ami Baxi, a psychiatrist who directs adult inpatient services at ...

  • Mild Air Pollution of Concern in Pregnancy

    Posted: 04/28/2016

    Mild Air Pollution of Concern in Pregnancy THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Being exposed to just a small amount of air pollution during pregnancy ups the risk of a pregnancy complication that can cause long-term health problems in children, a new study warns. "This study raises the concern that even current standards for air pollution may not be strict enough to protect the fetus, which may be particularly sensitive to environmental factors," said study author Rebecca Massa Nachman. She is ...

  • Mixing Lab Mice With Pet Store Peers Might Boost Research

    Posted: 04/27/2016

    Mixing Lab Mice With Pet Store Peers Might Boost Research WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Placing pet store mice in the same cages as laboratory mice could help improve mouse-based research into human diseases, a new study suggests. Laboratory mice are used in many areas of medical research, but their immune systems are more similar to the immature immune systems of newborn humans than adult immune systems, according to researchers led by David Masopust at the University of Minnesota. That...

  • Metformin Safer for Heart Than Other Common Type 2 Diabetes Drugs: Study

    Posted: 04/26/2016

    Metformin Safer for Heart Than Other Common Type 2 Diabetes Drugs: Study MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Metformin, the most frequently prescribed standalone drug for type 2 diabetes, is better for the heart than its closest competitors, a large analysis suggests. Metformin reduced the risk of dying from heart attack and stroke by about 30 percent to 40 percent compared with other commonly used drugs called sulfonylureas, such as glibenclamide, glimepiride, glipizide and tolbutamide, research...

  • More Evidence Gay Parents Raise Well-Adjusted Kids

    Posted: 04/26/2016

    More Evidence Gay Parents Raise Well-Adjusted Kids TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Straight parents or same-sex parents -- what's the difference to kids' well-being? Nothing, as long as the parents have a stable relationship, new research finds. Matching 95 same-sex and 95 different-sex parent households, researchers found that children raised by homosexual parents showed no differences in general health, emotional difficulties, coping or learning behavior compared to children of heterosexua...

  • Many Breast Cancer Patients May Not Need Chemo: Study

    Posted: 04/26/2016

    Many Breast Cancer Patients May Not Need Chemo: Study MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many breast cancer patients receive chemotherapy they don't need, according to the results of a long-awaited clinical trial. A genetic test called MammaPrint determined that nearly half the women slated for chemotherapy based on standard clinical assessments didn't really need to undergo the challenging treatment. Researchers planned to announce the findings Monday at the American Association for Cancer Rese...