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  • Medical Experts Alarmed at Trump's Reported Support of Vaccine Skeptic

    Posted: 01/19/2017

    Medical Experts Alarmed at Trump's Reported Support of Vaccine Skeptic WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. medical community is responding with reactions ranging from apprehension to dismay at reports that President-elect Donald Trump reportedly asked a renowned vaccine skeptic to head a new commission on vaccine safety. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has written articles and books claiming a link between childhood vaccines and autism, said Tuesday that Trump had offered him the post durin...

  • Most of Canada's Packaged Foods, Drinks Have Added Sugars

    Posted: 01/19/2017

    Most of Canada's Packaged Foods, Drinks Have Added Sugars THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two-thirds of packaged foods and beverages in Canada contain at least one added sugar, a new study shows. "People may be surprised to learn how many packaged foods and beverages have sugars added to them, especially foods that most would consider 'healthier,' " said study co-author Erin Hobin. A number of health organizations recommend limiting added sugars to a maximum of 5 to 10 percent of daily calor...

  • Many College Women Ignore Indoor Tanning's Risks

    Posted: 01/19/2017

    Many College Women Ignore Indoor Tanning's Risks FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the known dangers, many white female college students continue to tan indoors, a new study finds. Indoor tanning can lead to premature skin aging and skin cancers, including potentially deadly melanoma. It's particularly risky for younger people and frequent users, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For this study, researchers at Indiana University surveyed 629 white female u...

  • Medical Groups Raise Blood Pressure Rx Threshold for Healthy Adults Over 60

    Posted: 01/19/2017

    Medical Groups Raise Blood Pressure Rx Threshold for Healthy Adults Over 60 MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two leading medical organizations are recommending a less aggressive target for the treatment of high blood pressure in adults 60 and older who are otherwise healthy. Traditionally, the threshold for high blood pressure has been set at 140 mmHg systolic blood pressure (the top number in a reading). But the new guideline says doctors should now begin treatment when adults 60 and older hav...

  • Most Smokers With Mental Illness Want to Kick the Habit

    Posted: 01/19/2017

    Most Smokers With Mental Illness Want to Kick the Habit MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly six in 10 Americans with severe mental illness smoke, and a new study suggests that many of them want to quit. The problem is that many of these patients don't get help from their psychiatrists and caseworkers, researchers report. "Patients with serious mental illness die an average of 25 years younger than people who don't have these problems, and smoking is a big factor," said study author Dr. Li-S...

  • Monkey Study Boosts Theory That Fewer Calories Can Extend Life

    Posted: 01/19/2017

    Monkey Study Boosts Theory That Fewer Calories Can Extend Life TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A calorie-restricted diet helps monkeys live longer, healthier lives, a new study suggests. Previously, research teams from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA) conducted separate calorie-restricted diet studies on rhesus monkeys. But the two teams had different findings. In 2009, the UW-Madison study team concluded that a calorie-restricted diet led to ...

  • Men: Here Are Ways to Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin

    Posted: 01/19/2017

    Men: Here Are Ways to Healthier, Younger-Looking Skin WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many men don't think about skin care but they should, a dermatologist says. The first step is to understand your skin type, according to Dr. Anthony Rossi. Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use. Normal skin is clear and not sensitive. Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough. Oily skin is shiny and greasy, and combination skin is dry in some places and oily in others, Rossi explained. "Understanding ...

  • MRIs Might Help Guide Preemies' Neurological Care

    Posted: 01/19/2017

    MRIs Might Help Guide Preemies' Neurological Care WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- MRI scans shortly after birth might help determine which premature babies have sustained a brain injury that will affect their development, a new study reports. It appears that doctors can predict which premature infants will suffer from future motor, thinking and language problems by using MRI scans to identify specific injuries to the white matter in their brain, said senior researcher Dr. Steven Miller. Mil...

  • Many With Mental Illness Miss Out on HIV Tests

    Posted: 01/19/2017

    Many With Mental Illness Miss Out on HIV Tests THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with severe mental illness are only slightly more likely to be screened for HIV than those in the general population, a new study finds. And that's true even though they're at higher risk for infection with the AIDS-causing virus, the researchers added. The study included nearly 57,000 Medicaid patients in California. They were between the ages of 18 and 67. They were all taking medications to treat bipolar...

  • Most Cow's Milk Baby Formulas Don't Up Risk of Type 1 Diabetes

    Posted: 01/19/2017

    Most Cow's Milk Baby Formulas Don't Up Risk of Type 1 Diabetes THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Although breast milk is still considered the best nutrition for babies, a new study suggests that most cow's milk formulas don't increase the risk of developing type 1 diabetes. However, the German researchers who did the study did find that giving highly hydrolyzed formulas -- sometimes recommended for babies with food allergies -- in the first week of life may increase the chances of type 1 diabe...