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  • Preterm Birth Risk Spikes in Mothers With Sleep Disorders

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Preterm Birth Risk Spikes in Mothers With Sleep Disorders TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep disorders during pregnancy may increase the risk of preterm birth, a new study finds. The California research looked at 2,265 pregnant women who were diagnosed with a sleep disorder, such as insomnia or sleep apnea. They were compared to a control group of pregnant women without a sleep disorder diagnosis but with similar maternal risk factors for preterm birth, such as a previous preterm birth, smo...

  • Parents of Preemies End Up Just Fine: Study

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Parents of Preemies End Up Just Fine: Study FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The early life of a very premature baby can be a hectic and stressful time for parents. But once the child is grown, parents are as satisfied with life as those whose babies were born at full term, new European research finds. "Parents of very premature or very low birth-weight children did not differ in quality of life 27 years later compared to parents who had children born healthy and at term," said the study's lead...

  • Pot Compound Alters Levels of Seizure Drug in Epilepsy Patients

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Pot Compound Alters Levels of Seizure Drug in Epilepsy Patients FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists experimenting with the marijuana compound cannabidiol as an epilepsy treatment must evaluate any interactions with other anti-seizure drugs patients are taking, researchers report. The new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests cannabidiol affects blood levels of several anti-seizure drugs, especially clobazam. Cannabidiol (CBD) has shown promise as a potential ant...

  • Pricey Wines Can Trick Your Brain

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Pricey Wines Can Trick Your Brain WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you enjoy expensive wines, keep the findings of new brain research in mind: Your pleasure may have more to do with the price of the vino than its quality. "The reward and motivation system is activated more significantly with higher prices, and apparently increases the taste experience in this way," said researcher Bernd Weber. Weber is acting director of the University of Bonn's Center for Economics and Neuroscience in Ge...

  • Powerful New Cholesterol Med Won't Harm Memory, Easing Concerns

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Powerful New Cholesterol Med Won't Harm Memory, Easing Concerns WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite some early concerns, a new study suggests the powerful cholesterol drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors may not cause memory problems or other mental symptoms. The drugs, which include evolocumab (Repatha) and alirocumab (Praluent), were approved in the United States in 2015. That came after trials showed they can dramatically slash LDL cholesterol (the "bad" kind), including in people with a ...

  • Picky Eater? It Might Just Be Your Child's Personality

    Posted: 08/16/2017

    Picky Eater? It Might Just Be Your Child's Personality FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For some parents, introducing new items to their baby's diet seems like a losing battle. But the food itself might not be the problem. Personality may predict which infants will become picky eaters, a new study contends. Being more inhibited increases the chances that an infant will resist new foods, researchers found. "From the time they're very young, some infants are more 'approaching' and react positively...

  • Prenatal Exposure to Certain Flame Retardants Linked to Lower IQs

    Posted: 08/16/2017

    Prenatal Exposure to Certain Flame Retardants Linked to Lower IQs FRIDAY, Aug. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to certain flame-retardant chemicals in pregnancy may be linked to lower intelligence in children, a new research review suggests. The synthetic chemicals are known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs. Although phased out in manufacturing in the United States, they remain in many products, including old couches and other household items, building materials and electronics, the resea...

  • Protein at All 3 Meals May Help Preserve Seniors' Strength

    Posted: 08/15/2017

    Protein at All 3 Meals May Help Preserve Seniors' Strength THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating protein at all three daily meals, instead of just at dinner, might help seniors preserve physical strength as they age, new research suggests. The Canadian study found that protein-rich meals evenly spread throughout the day staved off muscle decline, but did not increase mobility, in older people. Study co-author Stephanie Chevalier said, for seniors, "The important point is to create three meal...

  • Protein Deposits Seem to Play Role in Type 2 Diabetes

    Posted: 08/11/2017

    Protein Deposits Seem to Play Role in Type 2 Diabetes TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Protein deposits in the pancreas may lead scientists to a better understanding of type 2 diabetes. The protein -- called amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) -- collects in the pancreas in people with type 2 diabetes. But whether these deposits cause the disease or appear after the disease begins hasn't been clear. Researchers from McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston inje...

  • Parents, Get Your Teens Their Vaccines!

    Posted: 07/27/2017

    Parents, Get Your Teens Their Vaccines! MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many American teens may not get recommended vaccinations, and their parents might bear some of the blame, a new study suggests. The national poll of 614 parents with at least one teenager found that more than one-third didn't know when their teen's next vaccine was due. And half incorrectly thought that their doctor would contact them for an appointment at the appropriate time. "When kids are little, their pediatricians us...