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  • Pot Plus Booze: A Deadly Mix Behind the Wheel

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Pot Plus Booze: A Deadly Mix Behind the Wheel THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana and alcohol make a terrible mix on the road, significantly increasing a driver's chances of causing a deadly crash, a new study warns. The risk of being the person to start a crash if you've used both pot and alcohol "increases by more than fivefold when compared with drivers who used neither of the substances," study author Dr. Guohua Li, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman Schoo...

  • Posture Pointers for Computer Jockeys

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Posture Pointers for Computer Jockeys WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Do you spend most of your day sitting at a computer? Being hunched over your keyboard for long periods can put stress and strain on your whole body. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Computer Workstations eTool, focus on sitting with neutral body positioning. That's a comfortable working posture, with your joints naturally aligned. Keep your head level or bent slightly forward, in line ...

  • Protein Powerhouses

    Posted: 06/23/2017

    Protein Powerhouses TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting out fatty and fried sources of protein makes sense when you're trying to cut calories and eat healthy. But you still need nutritious forms of protein in your diet, according to Nutrition.gov. Here are five great protein sources you'll love when you want to add protein without adding a lot of calories. The first is fish. Besides being low in calories, fish is low in saturated fat. Though varieties like sole, flounder and cod are lower...

  • Patient's Education Level May Be Key to Heart Risk

    Posted: 06/21/2017

    Patient's Education Level May Be Key to Heart Risk MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- How far people go in school seems to be linked to their odds for heart disease, new research suggests. A team led by Dr. Yasuhiko Kubota, of the University of Minnesota, tracked data from nearly 14,000 white and black Americans, followed from 1987 through 2013. For men, the risk of cardiovascular disease -- coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke -- between ages 45 to 85 ranged from 59 percent for those...

  • Poor Sleep Habits = Poor Grades

    Posted: 06/21/2017

    Poor Sleep Habits = Poor Grades MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With late-night study sessions and plenty of opportunities to socialize, college life seems geared toward an erratic sleep schedule. But new research suggests that an unpredictable sleep pattern may take a toll on students' grades. "Our results indicate that going to sleep and waking up at approximately the same time is as important as the number of hours one sleeps," said study lead author Andrew Phillips. A biophysicist in the d...

  • Pregnancy Weight Gain: Too Much or Too Little Is Unhealthy

    Posted: 06/15/2017

    Pregnancy Weight Gain: Too Much or Too Little Is Unhealthy TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gaining too much or too little weight during pregnancy can harm both baby and mom, researchers say. In a review of more than 1.3 million pregnancies, investigators found that 47 percent of women gained too much weight. And, 23 percent did not gain enough weight to meet recommended levels. "Healthy recommended pregnancy weight gain depends on a mother's starting weight, with women with a higher weight rec...

  • Persistent Pain May Lead to Memory Troubles

    Posted: 06/15/2017

    Persistent Pain May Lead to Memory Troubles TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pain that continues, day in and day out, may trigger an unexpected and unwanted side effect -- a bigger risk of mental decline and dementia, a new study suggests. The findings suggest that chronic pain may be related to changes in the brain that contribute to memory problems. The findings may also point to new ways to protect age-related mental decline, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) researchers sai...

  • Publicly Funded Cancer Trials Gained Americans 3 Million More Years

    Posted: 06/15/2017

    Publicly Funded Cancer Trials Gained Americans 3 Million More Years TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Public-funded trials have significantly extended the lives of people diagnosed with cancer, according to new research. SWOG, the clinical trials network funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI), has involved more than 200,000 patient volunteers. These trials have led to approval of 14 new cancer drugs and more than 100 changes to cancer care standards. All told, the clinical trials stu...

  • Pregnancy Doesn't Raise Odds for Breast Cancer's Return

    Posted: 06/13/2017

    Pregnancy Doesn't Raise Odds for Breast Cancer's Return SATURDAY, June 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news for younger breast cancer survivors: Pregnancy does not seem to increase the chances that their disease will return, researchers report. "Our findings confirm that pregnancy after breast cancer should not be discouraged, even for women with ER-positive [estrogen-sensitive] cancer," said study author Dr. Matteo Lambertini, a medical oncologist at the Institut Jules Bordet, in Brussels. Lam...

  • Put the Brakes on Mindless Eating

    Posted: 06/09/2017

    Put the Brakes on Mindless Eating TUESDAY, May 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- We've all come up with excuses for eating when we're really not hungry, like dealing with a difficult boss or a bad breakup. But what's worse is pigging out because you've got nothing better to do. Sure, eating when you're bored can light up the pleasure center in your brain, giving you a temporary high. But, it can also add some unwanted -- even permanent -- pounds on the scale. What's the cure for boredom eating? Rachel Begun,...