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  • Big Baby, Heavier Kid?

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Big Baby, Heavier Kid? MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Those chubby baby cheeks that everyone loves to squeeze may signal an increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 10,000 children in the United States and found that those who were more than 10 pounds at birth were 69 percent more likely than average-weight babies to be obese by kindergarten. This risk continued at least until the second grade, when the study ended. By the second grade, about...

  • Blame Diabetes: Rates of 2 Nerve Conditions on the Rise

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Blame Diabetes: Rates of 2 Nerve Conditions on the Rise FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two particular types of nerve damage -- neuropathy -- have been increasing as more and more people develop diabetes in the United States, an expert says. Autonomic and small fiber neuropathy were once rare conditions. Both occur when small blood vessels supplying the nerves are damaged by diabetes because they don't get enough oxygen and nutrients, said Dr. Divpreet Kaur, a neurologist at Penn State Health ...

  • Bacteria May Explain Why Uncircumcised Face Higher HIV Risk

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Bacteria May Explain Why Uncircumcised Face Higher HIV Risk TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time, bacteria that live under the foreskin of uncircumcised straight men have been linked to a rise in the risk for contracting HIV, new research indicates. Researchers found four specific types of bacteria tied to a higher risk of the AIDS-causing virus. These bacteria are part of the microbiome -- a collection of microorganisms found in a particular area -- of the area on the penis loc...

  • Boxers, MMA Fighters May Face Long-Term Harm to Brain: Study

    Posted: 07/25/2017

    Boxers, MMA Fighters May Face Long-Term Harm to Brain: Study THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a great deal of attention paid lately to the potential lasting damage of head blows suffered by professional football players. But what about other sports where repeated trauma to the head is also common? Do those sports lead to any long-term brain damage? Possibly, suggests a new study that found boxers and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters have higher levels of certain brain proteins t...

  • Better Diet, Longer Life?

    Posted: 07/24/2017

    Better Diet, Longer Life? WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged and older adults who start eating better also tend to live longer, a large new study shows. The findings, reported in the July 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine , might not sound surprising. Health experts said they basically reinforce messages people have been hearing for years. But the study is the first to show that sustained diet changes -- even later in life -- might extend people's lives, the researche...

  • Bullying Takes Financial Toll on U.S. School Districts

    Posted: 07/17/2017

    Bullying Takes Financial Toll on U.S. School Districts THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bullying can come with a hefty hidden cost for U.S. schools, a new study finds. California loses about $276 million each year in attendance-based public school funding because bullied children are too afraid to go to school, researchers report. Data revealed that 10 percent of students missed at least one day of school in the previous month because they felt unsafe. That translates into an estimated 301,000...

  • Bye-Bye Flu Shot, Hello Patch?

    Posted: 07/10/2017

    Bye-Bye Flu Shot, Hello Patch? TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental flu vaccine patch with dissolving microneedles appears safe and effective, a preliminary study shows. The patch has 100 solid, water-soluble and painless microneedles that are just long enough to penetrate the skin. Researchers say it could offer a pain-free and more convenient alternative to flu shots. "This bandage-strip sized patch of painless and dissolvable needles can transform how we get vaccinated," said Dr...

  • Boozing Can Age You Right Down to Your Cells

    Posted: 07/07/2017

    Boozing Can Age You Right Down to Your Cells MONDAY, June 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The more you booze it up, the more your cells age, increasing your risk for age-related health problems like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers studied 134 alcoholics between the ages of 41 and 85 and a control group of people in the same age group who weren't alcoholics. DNA samples revealed that the alcoholics had shortened telomeres. "Telomeres, the protein caps on the e...

  • Being Thin Could Boost Stress Fracture Risk in Female Runners

    Posted: 07/05/2017

    Being Thin Could Boost Stress Fracture Risk in Female Runners FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Female runners with a low body weight are more likely to have stress fractures and take longer to recover from them, according to a new study. Researchers from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center reviewed data on dozens of injuries suffered by female college runners. They found that runners with a body mass index (BMI) below 19 were more likely to suffer stress fractures than others. BMI i...

  • Breast-Feeding Tied to Lower Heart, Stroke Risk for Mom

    Posted: 07/03/2017

    Breast-Feeding Tied to Lower Heart, Stroke Risk for Mom WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who breast-feed their babies may have a slightly lower risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke decades later, a large new study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 290,000 women in China, those who breast-fed were 10 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke later in life, versus women who bottle-fed their babies. How might breast-feeding help heart health? One theory hold...