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  • Skimp on Sleep and You Just May Wind Up Sick

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Skimp on Sleep and You Just May Wind Up Sick THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ever noticed that when you try to "do it all," the one thing you can count on is getting sick? Now, a new study suggests why: if you don't get enough sleep, your immune system seems to suffer. The finding comes from a study of 11 pairs of twin adults. Each pair of twins had significantly different sleeping routines. The researchers found that the twin who regularly slept less also turned out to be the one with the le...

  • Senate Confirms Rep. Tom Price as Health Secretary

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Senate Confirms Rep. Tom Price as Health Secretary FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rep. Tom Price was confirmed by the U.S. Senate early Friday morning to head up the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As chief of that agency, the Republican from Georgia will oversee the planned dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, the controversial health care reform law also known as Obamacare. He will also be responsible for implementing any substitute health care reform package that Republica...

  • Stress Buster

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Stress Buster (HealthDay News) -- The same system that activates the stress response in your body -- the autonomic nervous system -- also regulates other functions, including heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate. But unlike most autonomic functions, which are hard or impossible to control, you can easily take control of your breathing. When you're stressed, your breathing tends to become quick and shallow. So reminding yourself to breathe slowly and deeply makes this the perfect tool for self-r...

  • Some Partners Need Extra Loving This Valentine's Day

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Some Partners Need Extra Loving This Valentine's Day TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The best gift you can give a stressed or depressed partner this Valentine's Day is extra love and support, researchers say. They surveyed more than 1,400 couples on self-esteem, levels of depression and mutual support. The study revealed that when one partner was feeling stressed, support from their mate was associated with improved self-esteem and lower risk of depression in the future. "Efforts from a partn...

  • Screen Time and Teen Time

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Screen Time and Teen Time TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study challenges the widely held belief that spending a lot of time playing video games, using the computer or watching TV is harmful for teens. The study analyzed data from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey on Florida teens, average age 16. The findings showed only a small association between high amounts of so-called screen time and increased risk of depression, delinquency and poor school performance. Specifically, screen ti...

  • Student-Athletes Don't Have to Be Hit By Injuries

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Student-Athletes Don't Have to Be Hit By Injuries WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most injuries to student-athletes occur during routine practices, but only about a third of public high schools have a full-time trainer, according to the U.S.-based National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). "It's important to have the right sports safety protocols in place to ensure the health and welfare of student athletes," said Larry Cooper, chairman of NATA's secondary school committee. "By properl...

  • Some Docs May Help Fuel Opioid Abuse Epidemic

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Some Docs May Help Fuel Opioid Abuse Epidemic WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You may be more likely to wind up a long-term user of opioid painkillers if you're treated by a doctor who frequently prescribes those drugs, a new study reports. Emergency room patients are at greater risk for long-term opioid use even after a single prescription from an ER doctor who regularly prescribes the painkillers, researchers found. "If a patient happened to see a high opioid-prescribing doctor, their cha...

  • Small Study Uncovers Brain Disease in Former Soccer Players

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Small Study Uncovers Brain Disease in Former Soccer Players WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time, researchers have confirmed evidence of the devastating brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in retired soccer players. Investigators in the United Kingdom examined the brains of six former soccer players with dementia who had died. All six had signs of Alzheimer's disease and four also had signs of CTE, the degenerative brain condition that has been linked to repet...

  • Shocks From Implanted Defibrillators Trigger Health Costs of Their Own

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Shocks From Implanted Defibrillators Trigger Health Costs of Their Own WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While implanted defibrillators can deliver a potentially lifesaving shock to a heart that's beating erratically, patients often wind up in the emergency room or the hospital needing medical procedures afterwards, a new study shows. That was the case whether the shock was needed or not, and in 38 percent of cases it wasn't, the researchers added. "I see two implications," said study co-auth...

  • Siliq Approved for Plaque Psoriasis

    Posted: 02/19/2017

    Siliq Approved for Plaque Psoriasis THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The injected drug Siliq (brodalumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in adults. Siliq is approved for patients who've already failed to respond to other systemic therapies, the agency noted. The autoimmune disease -- so-called because the immune system produces antibodies that attack the body's own tissues -- causes thick, scaly patches of red skin. The ...