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  • The Best Place to Find Your Valentine

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    The Best Place to Find Your Valentine MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're still searching for your perfect Valentine, maybe you've been looking for love in all the wrong places. A new study contends that the best states for lovers are Mississippi, Utah and Wisconsin. Virginia -- the state with the longstanding ad campaign that claims "Virginia is for lovers" -- didn't fare as well as expected in the new research. The scores placed it in the middle of state rankings. The study included su...

  • Try Drug-Free Options First for Low Back Pain, New Guidelines Say

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Try Drug-Free Options First for Low Back Pain, New Guidelines Say MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with low back pain should try drug-free remedies -- from simple heat wraps to physical therapy -- before resorting to medication, according to new treatment guidelines. Low back pain is among the most common reasons that Americans visit the doctor, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP), which released the new guidelines on Monday. The recommendations put more emphasis on non...

  • The Motherlode of 'Mother Love' Chemicals

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    The Motherlode of 'Mother Love' Chemicals MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The feel-good brain chemical dopamine appears to play a role in the development of a healthy bond between a mother and baby, a new study suggests. Dopamine may motivate moms to do more for their children because it makes mothers feel better, researchers said. And this may not end when babies get older. "It is very likely that the processes we observed between mothers and their infants continues through the life span as t...

  • The 'Selfie' Paradox

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    The 'Selfie' Paradox MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Apparently the millions of people who take "selfies" live by a double standard, a new study suggests. Many people believe their selfies are not narcissistic, but have the opposite view of selfies posted on social media by others, German researchers report. Selfies are pictures you take of yourself -- or you with friends -- on your cellphone camera. The researchers said Google estimated that about 93 million selfies were taken each day in 201...

  • Tougher Alcohol Laws Mean Fewer Young People Killed on the Road

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Tougher Alcohol Laws Mean Fewer Young People Killed on the Road MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In U.S. states with the toughest laws to discourage drinking and driving, fewer children and teens were killed in car crashes, a new study shows. Half of motor vehicle accidents that claim the lives of children and teens in the United States are fueled by alcohol, the researchers noted. Of the nearly 85,000 kids and teens killed in car crashes in the United States between 2000 and 2013, 28 percent i...

  • Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Tiny Babies May Face Mental Health Problems Later MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely low birth weight babies may be at increased risk for mental health problems later in life, a new review suggests. Researchers examined 41 studies conducted from 1990 to 2016. The studies included more than 2,700 extremely low birth weight babies (less than 1,000 grams, or just over 2 pounds) and more than 11,000 normal birth weight babies in the United States, Canada and 10 other countries. The extremel...

  • Trump Administration Rolls Out New Obamacare Rules

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Trump Administration Rolls Out New Obamacare Rules WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seeking to calm the nerves of jittery health insurance companies, the Trump administration on Wednesday rolled out tougher enrollment rules for the health care reform program known as Obamacare. One of the biggest changes in the new rules is to shorten the enrollment period during which Americans can sign up for health insurance coverage in 2018. While the enrollment period has been three months in previous y...

  • Teens May Go Hungry as Poorest Families Struggle to Feed Kids

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Teens May Go Hungry as Poorest Families Struggle to Feed Kids WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In extremely poor American families, teens go hungry more often than younger children, a new study finds. Parents will first forgo food themselves to feed their kids. But if there still isn't enough food for everyone, younger children take priority over teens, the research showed. "If you're really poor, you try to sacrifice yourself first, but when you're forced to make some choices, these parents...

  • Too Few High-Risk Women Tested for Breast Cancer Gene: Survey

    Posted: 02/15/2017

    Too Few High-Risk Women Tested for Breast Cancer Gene: Survey TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Though testing for two genes that raise breast cancer risk has been around for decades, a new survey finds many high-risk women don't get the test, often because they aren't told to by their doctors. Among women with the highest risk, about eight of 10 said they wanted testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. But, "only about half of them actually got the testing they should get," said study author ...

  • Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette Liquid

    Posted: 02/15/2017

    Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette Liquid WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic cigarette liquids can contain high levels of toxic and potentially cancer-causing metals, a new study suggests. "We do not know if these levels are dangerous, but their presence is troubling and could mean that the metals end up in the aerosol that e-cigarette users inhale," said study leader Ana Maria Rule, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Rule is an assistant scientist in the...