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  • As U.S. Heroin Use Reaches 20-Year High, Cost to Society Soars

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    As U.S. Heroin Use Reaches 20-Year High, Cost to Society Soars WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heroin use cost the United States more than $51 billion in 2015, a new study shows. The financial toll includes heroin-related crime and imprisonment. It also includes treatment for addiction as well as chronic infectious diseases contracted through heroin abuse (such as HIV, hepatitis B and C, and tuberculosis), according to researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The total also i...

  • Are You at Risk for Metabolic Syndrome?

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Are You at Risk for Metabolic Syndrome? THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have identified a group of specific factors that increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, all of which are severe health threats. The name for these risk factors is metabolic syndrome. Think of them as a wake-up call for getting healthier. The first risk factor is a large waistline, or excess fat in the belly area, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This is the ...

  • Addicts Try to Avoid Deadly Fentanyl, But Many Tragically Fail

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Addicts Try to Avoid Deadly Fentanyl, But Many Tragically Fail FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that more than half of all drug overdose deaths may be caused by the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl. But most opioid addicts are not actively seeking out the potentially lethal painkiller. Instead, they're terrified by the increasing contamination of the illicit drug supply by fentanyl, investigators said. "I never found the idea that fentanyl was some sort of honeypot that pe...

  • Are U.S. Teens Now as Inactive as 60-Year-Olds?

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Are U.S. Teens Now as Inactive as 60-Year-Olds? FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Here's some compelling evidence that Americans have become a sedentary bunch: Research suggests that the average teen is no more active than the average 60-year-old. Researchers analyzed data from more than 12,500 people of various ages who wore activity tracking devices for seven straight days as part of national health surveys conducted between 2003 and 2006. The study found that physical activity levels among ch...

  • Americans Want to Be Fit, But Most Don't Put in the Effort

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Americans Want to Be Fit, But Most Don't Put in the Effort MONDAY, June 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans want to be in better shape, but few are putting in the work to get there, a new survey shows. More than three-quarters of U.S. adults said that being in shape and looking good were "very important" to them, the survey found. A similar number wanted to change something about their body appearance. Many people judged themselves as "too fat," or worried that they were not physically strong en...

  • Acupuncture May Be Effective Painkiller in the ER

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Acupuncture May Be Effective Painkiller in the ER MONDAY, June 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to pain medications for some emergency room patients, a new study reports. "While acupuncture is widely used by practitioners in community settings for treating pain, it is rarely used in hospital emergency departments," said study lead investigator Marc Cohen. He is a professor in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT University in Melbourne, Austral...

  • A Baby's Skin No Match for the Sun

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    A Baby's Skin No Match for the Sun FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to help protect your children from skin cancer as they get older? Make sure they never get a serious sunburn in childhood. Just one blistering burn as a child or teen nearly doubles the risk of getting melanoma, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. "Sun protection is important at every stage of life, including infancy. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma," said ...

  • Adding in Prescription for Partner Boosts STD Care

    Posted: 06/22/2017

    Adding in Prescription for Partner Boosts STD Care TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- States that let doctors prescribe drugs to treat chlamydia or gonorrhea in both partners when only one makes an office visit have lower rates of the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a new U.S. study finds. The approach, called expedited partner therapy (EPT), is allowed in 38 states. University of Michigan researchers analyzed reported chlamydia cases from 2000 to 2013. In states where EPT is barred, the a...

  • A Monkey's 'Smile' May Not Be Sweet

    Posted: 06/21/2017

    A Monkey's 'Smile' May Not Be Sweet MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you mistake a wild monkey's aggressive facial expressions for smiles and kisses, you could end up getting bitten, researchers warn. "There is a growing interest in wildlife tourism, and in particular primate tourism. People travel to encounter wild animals, many of them attempting to closely interact with monkeys, even though this is often prohibited," said Laetitia Marechal, from the University of Lincoln's School of Psych...

  • Abused Women Prone to Unnecessary Ovary Removal: Study

    Posted: 06/19/2017

    Abused Women Prone to Unnecessary Ovary Removal: Study THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are victims of abuse may be at increased risk for unnecessary ovary removal, a new study suggests. "Our current findings suggest that physical, emotional or sexual abuse predisposes women to seek medical attention for multiple gynecological symptoms, such as abdominal pain or excessive bleeding," said study co-author Dr. Liliana Gazzuola-Rocca. She is a health sciences researcher and psychiatrist ...