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  • Widening Waistlines May Raise Women's Cancer Risk

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Widening Waistlines May Raise Women's Cancer Risk TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Excess belly fat increases older women's risk of some cancers, new research suggests. Researchers followed nearly 5,900 Danish postmenopausal women for up to 12 years and found that abdominal fat was a bigger factor than body weight when it came to the risk of lung and gastrointestinal cancers. The study was presented Sept. 10 at a European Society for Medical Oncology meeting, in Madrid, Spain. The findings hi...

  • What You Can Do to Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    What You Can Do to Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Proper disposal of prescription painkillers and use of safe alternatives to manage pain could help combat America's opioid abuse epidemic, doctors say. "Today, we are in the midst of an opioid crisis," said Dr. David Ring, chairman of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' (AAOS) Committee on Patient Safety. In 2015, about 12.5 million Americans misused prescription opioids (such as OxyContin and Vicod...

  • Which Single Behavior Best Prevents High Blood Pressure?

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Which Single Behavior Best Prevents High Blood Pressure? THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You probably already know that certain healthy lifestyle behaviors can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure, but is any one behavior more important than the others? Maybe, as new research suggests maintaining a healthy weight is the No. 1 behavior to prevent unhealthy blood pressure levels. "Our results indicate by maintaining a healthy body weight into middle age, you can help preserve lo...

  • Weight-Loss Surgery May Leave Some Anemic

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Weight-Loss Surgery May Leave Some Anemic WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For many obese Americans, weight-loss surgery can be a path to losing lots of unhealthy pounds. But new research suggests it can also lead to a long-term loss of healthy red blood cells, otherwise known as anemia. In a study of U.S. veterans who got a common form of weight-loss (bariatric) surgery, "anemia rates are high 10 years after," conclude a team led by Dr. Dan Eisenberg, a bariatric surgeon at Stanford School...

  • Why Your Nose May Be Key to Parkinson's Risk

    Posted: 09/17/2017

    Why Your Nose May Be Key to Parkinson's Risk WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Losing your sense of smell may be an early sign of an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. Researchers say that people with a poor sense of smell may have as much as a five times greater risk of developing Parkinson's. "Unlike vision or hearing impairment, a poor sense of smell often goes unrecognized," said lead researcher Dr. Honglei Chen. He is a professor of epidemiology and b...

  • White Kids More Likely to Get Unneeded Antibiotics

    Posted: 09/16/2017

    White Kids More Likely to Get Unneeded Antibiotics TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- White children are about twice as likely as black or Hispanic kids to get unneeded antibiotics when treated in U.S. emergency rooms for viral respiratory infections, a new study finds. For years, scientists have warned that unnecessary use of antibiotics is making germs stronger and more resistant to medications. "It is encouraging that just 2.6 percent of children treated in pediatric emergency departments acr...

  • Will Climate Change Bring More Highway Deaths?

    Posted: 09/12/2017

    Will Climate Change Bring More Highway Deaths? THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- America's roads may become more dangerous as an unexpected consequence of climate change, a new study suggests. After seeing an abrupt spike in traffic fatalities in 2015, which reversed a 35-year downward trend, road safety experts assumed increased cellphone use was to blame. But when the statistics for that period showed no change in smartphone use, researchers turned to the weather. And that's where they found...

  • Women at Risk for Alzheimer's Face Critical 10-Year Window, Study Says

    Posted: 09/07/2017

    Women at Risk for Alzheimer's Face Critical 10-Year Window, Study Says MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer's disease face a 10-year window when they have far greater chances of developing the disease than men with similar genetic risks, a new analysis suggests. That window seems to occur between ages 65 and 75 -- more than 10 years after the start of menopause, say University of Southern California researchers who reviewed 27 prior studies. "Menopa...

  • What's Your Real Salmonella Risk?

    Posted: 09/06/2017

    What's Your Real Salmonella Risk? THURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Every year, roughly 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from contaminated food. That includes more than 1.2 million illnesses due to the bacteria salmonella. This nasty germ can cause a lot of unpleasant symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever, typically lasting for 4 to 7 days. And while foodborne illnesses in general have gone down in recent years, salmonella infections have increased, according to federal ...

  • Want Better Heart Health? There's an App for That

    Posted: 09/08/2016

    Want Better Heart Health? There's an App for That WEDNESDAY, Aug. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Can a smartphone app save your life? Not on its own, but an app could help you adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle that might reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease, a new evidence review suggests. People are better able to stick to a heart-healthy lifestyle when guided and encouraged by smartphone apps and Internet sites that help set goals and track progress, said lead researcher Dr. Ashkan A...