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  • Lying Down After an Epidural: A Smart Idea?

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Lying Down After an Epidural: A Smart Idea? THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lying down after an epidural increases a first-time mother's chances of having a normal birth, a new study suggests. With an epidural, a tube is inserted into a space below the spinal cord, and small doses of painkillers can be given during childbirth. More than 50 percent of U.S. women in labor have an epidural for pain relief, according to the American Pregnancy Association. But having an epidural increases the ris...

  • Like Your Skin, Your Hair? Thank Your Neanderthal Ancestors

    Posted: 10/17/2017

    Like Your Skin, Your Hair? Thank Your Neanderthal Ancestors THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Neanderthals are long gone, but bits of their genetic code help shape the bodies and minds of people today, researchers report. These ancient genes still appear to play a role in determining people's skin tone and hair color, plus characteristics as varied as mood, tendency to smoke, and sleep/wake patterns ("circadian rhythms"), the scientists said. The key to these traits in today's humans may lie in...

  • Limiting 'Cold Time' Could Make More Organs Available for Transplant

    Posted: 10/17/2017

    Limiting 'Cold Time' Could Make More Organs Available for Transplant THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By improving the way certain donated organs are handled before a transplant, more organs could end up being used, new research suggests. The concern centers on organs donated following "circulatory death" (DCD). That means a patient's heart, breathing and circulation stop functioning. Most donated organs come from people who are brain dead, but their circulation is continued with machines. Org...

  • Looking at Laughter for Clues to Anti-Social Behavior

    Posted: 10/12/2017

    Looking at Laughter for Clues to Anti-Social Behavior FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A child's inability to laugh with others could point to psychopathic behavior later, a new study suggests. Most people find it natural to join in when they see or hear others laughing, the researchers noted. But laughter isn't contagious for boys at risk of developing psychopathy later in life, the researchers found. "Those social cues that automatically give us pleasure or alert us to someone's distress do ...

  • Lady Gaga's Fibromyalgia Puts Illness in the Spotlight

    Posted: 10/03/2017

    Lady Gaga's Fibromyalgia Puts Illness in the Spotlight THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Earlier this month, superstar Lady Gaga took to social media to announce that she has long struggled with fibromyalgia. The news has put the painful and poorly understood illness center stage. Just this week, the singer announced on Twitter that she's postponing the European leg of her 2017 "Joanne" concert tour due to what she described as fibromyalgia-related "trauma and chronic pain." Gaga hasn't offer...

  • Lifestyle Tips for Better Diabetes Control

    Posted: 09/24/2017

    Lifestyle Tips for Better Diabetes Control WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Managing diabetes is more than just taking medication. Some adjustments in your daily lifestyle can have a huge impact on your overall well-being. In fact, for some people, this can be enough to control blood sugar without medication. But it's true that old habits die hard. Here are easy ways to make meaningful changes. Regular exercise helps you lower blood glucose (sugar) as well as lose weight, according to the A...

  • Later School Bell Could Boost U.S. Economy by $83 Billion Over Decade

    Posted: 09/17/2017

    Later School Bell Could Boost U.S. Economy by $83 Billion Over Decade TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Delaying the start of the school day until 8:30 a.m. and letting students sleep a little longer would contribute $83 billion to the U.S. economy within 10 years, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation. It's estimated that 82 percent of middle and high schools begin earlier than 8:30 a.m., with an average start time of 8:03 a.m., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control an...

  • Long-Acting Inhaler May Help in Early Stage COPD, Too

    Posted: 09/17/2017

    Long-Acting Inhaler May Help in Early Stage COPD, Too WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The inhaler medication Spiriva (tiotropium bromide) may help slow the progression of COPD if given in the early stages of the disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that the drug helped patients preserve more lung function over two years. It also cut down on symptom flare-ups and boosted patients' quality of life, on average. All of the study patients were in the early stages of chronic obstructi...

  • Land Mines Being Replaced by More Deadly Explosive Devices: Study

    Posted: 09/05/2017

    Land Mines Being Replaced by More Deadly Explosive Devices: Study THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Land mines have maimed thousands and been condemned in 162 countries, but new research shows they have been supplanted by a far more dangerous explosive device. Scientists compared the injuries from both land mines and what are known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs). They found these newer devices, which are often perceived as crude or primitive, are actually sophisticated and highly destr...

  • Laser Pointers Can Cause Serious Eye Damage in Kids

    Posted: 09/10/2016

    Laser Pointers Can Cause Serious Eye Damage in Kids THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Laser pointers may look harmless enough, but when children play with them kids can end up with blurry vision, blind spots or potentially permanent vision loss, eye experts report. A new study details the cases of four children, aged 9 through 16, whose horseplay with laser pointers caused dramatic injury to the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that is essential to seeing clearly. The ...