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  • More Hardcore Smokers Trying to Kick the Habit

    Posted: 10/22/2017

    More Hardcore Smokers Trying to Kick the Habit WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More "hardcore" smokers than ever are trying to extinguish their bad habit, new research suggests. "Even though they smoke more than the general population, smokers with high psychological distress have been smoking less and trying to quit more, as the overall level of smoking has decreased," said study author Margarete Kulik. She's a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco's Center for...

  • Men Often Happier With Their 'Bromance' Than Their Romance

    Posted: 10/22/2017

    Men Often Happier With Their 'Bromance' Than Their Romance FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a decidedly male take on the BFF, new research shows that the emotional safety of a bromance might beat romance for some men. A series of in-depth interviews with a small group of young, straight men revealed that the guys felt more comfortable sharing feelings and resolving conflicts with their male best friend than with their lover. "The key differences we found is that romances are the sexual partn...

  • More Young Kids Spending Lots of Time on Phones, Tablets

    Posted: 10/22/2017

    More Young Kids Spending Lots of Time on Phones, Tablets THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In recent years, young American children have gone from spending 5 minutes a day on some sort of mobile device to spending 48 minutes a day doing so, new research shows. And while just 1 percent of kids aged 8 and under had their own tablet device six years ago, 42 percent of them now have one, according to the study from the nonprofit group Common Sense Media. "Over the last six years, we have seen mass...

  • Migraine Matters

    Posted: 10/21/2017

    Migraine Matters WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most headaches quickly respond to over-the-counter medications. But if you're among the millions of Americans with migraines, you struggle with a severe pounding that can make you nauseous and sensitive to light and sound. Women are three times more likely to get migraines than men, according to the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, but when one strikes, it's debilitating for anyone. If painkillers don't help, or m...

  • Making Halloween a Treat for Kids With Diabetes

    Posted: 10/18/2017

    Making Halloween a Treat for Kids With Diabetes SATURDAY, Oct. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A child with diabetes can still experience the fun of Halloween, one expert says. Dr. Steven Mittelman is chief of pediatric endocrinology at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. He suggests that parents of a child with type 1 or type 2 diabetes set the same rules for all the children in the house, regardless of diabetes status. Those rules, he said, should be discussed with children in advance, so they...

  • Measles Making a Comeback in the United States

    Posted: 10/15/2017

    Measles Making a Comeback in the United States TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 20 years ago, health experts thought it was only a matter of time before measles was completely eradicated in the United States. But over the past 15 years, the disease has gained a new foothold in the United States, likely due to parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, a new study suggests. From 2001 to 2015 measles cases in the United States remained very low (less than 1 case per million peopl...

  • Measuring 30-Day Death Risk in Heart Failure Patients

    Posted: 10/15/2017

    Measuring 30-Day Death Risk in Heart Failure Patients TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've developed a simple tool that predicts the 30-day risk of death for acute heart failure patients treated in the emergency department. Heart failure means that the heart isn't pumping as effectively as it should. Acute episodes of heart failure account for more than 1 million hospitalizations each in the United States and Europe a year. Spanish Ministry of Health researchers led by Oscar...

  • Moving Just 1 Hour a Week May Curb Depression Risk

    Posted: 10/13/2017

    Moving Just 1 Hour a Week May Curb Depression Risk TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Career couch potatoes, take heart: Just one hour a week of any kind of exercise may lower your long-term risk for depression, new research suggests. The finding comes from a fresh analysis of a Norwegian survey that tracked exercise habits, along with depression and anxiety risk, among nearly 34,000 adults. After a closer look at the data, a team of British, Australian and Norwegian analysts determined that peop...

  • Many With Work-Related Asthma Not Getting Key Vaccine

    Posted: 10/09/2017

    Many With Work-Related Asthma Not Getting Key Vaccine WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Only half of American adults with work-related asthma get the recommended vaccination against pneumococcal disease, a new study finds. Adults with asthma are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all adults aged 19 to 64 get the pneumococcal vaccine. However, an analysis of 2012-13 national data found that only 54 percent of adu...

  • Mastectomy Study Confirms 'Jolie Effect'

    Posted: 10/05/2017

    Mastectomy Study Confirms 'Jolie Effect' MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo breast removal to reduce her risk of breast cancer has led other women to do so, a new study shows. The findings show that celebrities can influence the health care decisions of the general public, said study author Art Sedrakyan, a professor at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. In early 2013, Jolie announced her decision to have the preventive surgery to have both brea...