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  • Sleep Is Key to College Success

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Sleep Is Key to College Success WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It can be hard for college students to get enough sleep, and that can affect their physical and mental well-being, a sleep expert says. "A bad night's sleep or chronically not getting enough sleep can affect every aspect of our lives," said Dr. Aneesa Das, assistant director of the sleep medicine program at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center. "It can affect how we perform in school, our immunity and our emotions. Whe...

  • Smoking Bans in Affordable Housing Benefit All: Study

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Smoking Bans in Affordable Housing Benefit All: Study THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Making affordable housing smoke-free lowers residents' exposure to secondhand smoke and may even help smokers quit, a new study finds. "Although more research is needed to investigate strategies to address compliance and enforcement issues, implementing smoke-free multi-unit housing policies in affordable housing may be a promising step toward eliminating tobacco-related disparities," the researchers wrote....

  • Steroid Treatments May Boost Preemies' Risk of Eye Problems

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Steroid Treatments May Boost Preemies' Risk of Eye Problems FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Steroids used to help premature babies' lungs work may increase their risk of eye problems, a new study suggests. Doctors often give corticosteroids to babies whose birth weight is very low to improve lung function, but it's long been suspected that the drugs may have harmful side effects. "Clinicians need to use their best judgment to balance the positive effects from steroids on developing lungs with ...

  • Survey Finds Support for Limits on Indoor Tanning

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Survey Finds Support for Limits on Indoor Tanning FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While supporting new rules to make indoor tanning salons safer, most young women who frequent the salons oppose a total ban, a new study finds. The study included 356 white women between ages 18 and 30 in Washington, D.C., who had indoor-tanned at least once in the past year. They completed an online survey about proposals to regulate the indoor tanning industry. Seventy-four percent supported policies to prevent...

  • Scans Show Range of Zika-Linked Infant Brain Defects

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Scans Show Range of Zika-Linked Infant Brain Defects TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- High-tech imaging is revealing a wide variety of brain defects in newborns whose mothers were infected with the Zika virus. The virus has been most closely linked to a birth defect called microcephaly -- an abnormally small head and an underdeveloped brain, the authors of a new study said. But along with microcephaly, other brain abnormalities can also occur in fetuses exposed to Zika. These include gray and ...

  • Study Finds Links Between Chronic Pain, Depression in Couples

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Study Finds Links Between Chronic Pain, Depression in Couples TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If your significant other is depressed, you are at increased risk for chronic pain, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 100,000 people in the U.K. They found that chronic pain is caused partly by genetics and partly by still-unknown risk factors shared by partners or spouses. They also found that chronic pain and depression share common causes. Some are genetic and some ste...

  • Surviving Freshman Year 101

    Posted: 08/22/2016

    Surviving Freshman Year 101 SUNDAY, Aug. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- College freshmen face many new experiences and academic demands, but there are a number ways to ease into campus life. To help with the transition, My College Guide offers the following tips: Instead of loading up on difficult classes, it's a good idea to schedule an easy or unusual class. Doing so will give you a break from the heavy workload in other classes. Explore the college library. It's a quiet place to study, and many lend ou...

  • Sky-High Temperatures Inside 'Bounce Houses'

    Posted: 08/21/2016

    Sky-High Temperatures Inside 'Bounce Houses' FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Inflatable bounce houses are a hit with kids at birthday parties and fairs. But, jumping around in these structures in hot weather can lead to serious heat-related illness, researchers say. Bounce houses can create microclimates similar to closed cars. During hot summer weather, temperatures inside these play structures may climb to levels that pose health risks related to overheating, a new study finds. "Many parents...

  • Scientists Zero in on Brain Area Linked to 'Parkinson's Gait'

    Posted: 08/21/2016

    Scientists Zero in on Brain Area Linked to 'Parkinson's Gait' FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The brain's prefrontal cortex may play a role in walking difficulties that afflict Parkinson's disease patients, new research suggests. The prefrontal cortex is involved in cognitive function, which includes thinking, reasoning and remembering. This new finding is a new approach in understanding these walking problems and may lead to new treatments, according to the researchers from Tel Aviv Universit...

  • Sending Kids Off to College Doesn't Have to Be Tearful

    Posted: 08/20/2016

    Sending Kids Off to College Doesn't Have to Be Tearful FRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As new college students prepare to leave home, it can be a difficult time for parents. While parents may be excited about the opportunities awaiting their child, there can also be concerns and a sense of loss. Talking to others who are going through the same thing may be helpful, according to advice from the University of Wisconsin. The university offers the following suggestions for parents as they walk tha...