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  • Most Parents Don't Think They're Meeting Their Kids' Nutritional Needs

    Posted: 02/26/2017

    Most Parents Don't Think They're Meeting Kids' Nutritional Needs MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even though most American parents believe good nutrition is important for their children, only one-third think they're doing a good job teaching their kids healthy eating habits, a new survey shows. "Most parents understand that they should provide healthy food for their children, but the reality of work schedules, children's activities and different food preferences can make meal preparation a hec...

  • Many Younger Cancer Survivors Can't Afford Their Meds

    Posted: 02/26/2017

    Many Younger Cancer Survivors Can't Afford Their Meds TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs has many U.S. cancer survivors skipping needed medications or seeking cheaper alternatives, putting their health at risk, a new study finds. Younger, privately insured patients are particularly likely to cut corners when it comes to medications, a team of U.S. researchers found. The study looked at medical records of thousands of adult cancer survivors and others w...

  • MRIs Can Be Safe for People With Heart Devices …

    Posted: 02/26/2017

    MRIs Can Be Safe for People With Heart Devices … WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators have long been told they can't undergo MRI scans. But a new study suggests that it can be safely done -- under the right conditions. The study, published in the Feb. 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine , focused on patients with standard heart devices not designed to be MRI-compatible. The study found that even for them, an MRI can be safely perfo...

  • Many Opioid Addicts in Treatment Take Narcotics on the Side

    Posted: 02/26/2017

    Many Opioid Addicts in Treatment Take Narcotics on the Side THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid addicts who undergo "medication-assisted treatment" are often using other narcotics before long, a new study cautions. Doctors frequently give addicts buprenorphine, a low-dose opioid, to minimize withdrawal symptoms while they try to get off opiates like oxycodone (Oxycontin) or heroin. The drug produces a weaker effect than those deadlier drugs. But researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Sc...

  • More Evidence Ties Gum Health to Stroke Risk

    Posted: 02/26/2017

    More Evidence Ties Gum Health to Stroke Risk THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with gum disease may be twice as likely as people with healthy gums to suffer a stroke, new research suggests. It's not the first study to link gum disease and brain attacks caused by blood clots. However, the new findings expand on that knowledge by demonstrating a "dose-response" relationship. "The higher the level of gum disease, the worse the risk," explained study author Dr. Souvik Sen, chair of neurolog...

  • More Booze Won't Beat Back That Hangover

    Posted: 02/26/2017

    More Booze Won't Beat Back That Hangover FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to what you might want to believe, a hair of the dog isn't the best remedy after a night of heavy drinking, a substance abuse expert warns. "There's no scientific evidence that having an alcoholic drink will cure a hangover," said Laura Veach. "It will, at best, postpone one." Veach is director of screening and counseling intervention services and training at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N...

  • More 'Extreme Preemies' Are Surviving

    Posted: 02/22/2017

    More 'Extreme Preemies' Are Surviving WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born very early -- between 22 and 24 weeks of pregnancy -- are more likely to survive now than a decade or so ago, new research shows. These extremely premature infants are also slightly more likely to avoid serious health complications now. But it's still a rough road for these infants, who often weigh in at less than 2 pounds at birth. Just one in three survive, and many face challenges. In a study that looked at...

  • Marriage: A Way to Divorce Yourself From Stress?

    Posted: 02/21/2017

    Marriage: A Way to Divorce Yourself From Stress? TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that married people have less of a stress hormone called cortisol, which may explain why they tend to be healthier than people without partners. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh measured cortisol levels in saliva samples of 572 healthy adults. Those participants who were married had consistently lower levels of the stress hormone than those who were never wed or were previ...

  • Many Seniors Take Multiple Meds That Can Affect the Brain

    Posted: 02/21/2017

    Many Seniors Take Multiple Meds That Can Affect the Brain MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There has been a sharp rise in the number of American seniors who take three or more medications that affect their brains, a new study reveals. The study looked at seniors' use of opioid painkillers, antidepressants, tranquilizers and antipsychotic drugs. A review of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showed that the use of these drugs in people over 65 more than doubled from 2004 to 201...

  • Mediterranean Diet Plus Olive Oil a Boost to Heart Health?

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Mediterranean Diet Plus Olive Oil a Boost to Heart Health? MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A Mediterranean diet high in virgin olive oil may boost the protective effects of "good" cholesterol, a new study suggests. The study included 296 people, average age 66, at high risk for heart disease. They were randomly assigned to follow one of three diets for a year. The diets were: a traditional Mediterranean diet enriched with virgin olive oil (about 4 tablespoons) each day; a traditional Mediterra...