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Close Family Relationships More Important Than Friendship In Extending Seniors' Life Expectancy

Being surrounded by more family members and feeling closer to them may be key to a longer life expectancy for older adults, a new study suggests. Researchers compared the effect of family bonds with relationships with friends.

HEALTH August 22, 2016

Smallpox Epidemiologist Donald Ainslie Henderson Dies At 87

Epidemiologist Donald Ainslie Henderson, credited for vanquishing smallpox around the world, has passed away at age 87. Henderson's international war against the virus has saved millions of lives.

HEALTH August 21, 2016

More Than 100 Sickened By Parasite Present In 20 Arizona Swimming Pools

The crypto parasite found in at least 20 Arizona swimming pools has sickened more than 100. Health authorities recommended measures to prevent spreading the diarrhea-causing disease.

HEALTH August 21, 2016

This Machine Uses Your Instagram Photos To Diagnose Depression, Other Mental Illness

Researchers have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can identify depression by analyzing Instagram photos. The system can be used for early and effective depression diagnosis.

HEALTH August 20, 2016

HPV Shots Still Controversial Despite Benefits: What Do You Miss Out On When You Opt Out?

HPV shots have been shown to be effective but many parents are still apprehensive about getting their children vaccinated. What happens when you opt out of getting HPV vaccines?

HEALTH August 21, 2016

Beyond Texas: Maternal Deaths A Problem Across US

Pregnancy-related deaths have particularly spiked in Texas but the state is not the only one with the problem in the U.S. In fact, it’s the whole country that’s facing the pressing issue of rising maternal deaths.

HEALTH August 20, 2016

EpiPen Price Skyrockets: What Is EpiPen, Why Is It So Expensive And Where Can We Get A Cheaper Alternative

The skyrocketing cost of the EpiPen has made it difficult for allergy sufferers to buy them. What is behind the price increase and are there cheaper alternatives to this epinephrine injector?

HEALTH August 20, 2016

Swimming Can Relieve Widespread Body Pain And Sensitivity: Study

Swimming is just as good as walking in relieving the symptoms of fibromyalgia, a new study in Brazil suggests. The findings offer patients another alternative in treating the condition.

HEALTH August 20, 2016

E-Cigarettes Have Fewer Cancer-Causing Chemicals Than Regular Cigarettes: Study

Completely switching to electronic cigarettes can reduce exposure to toxins and cancer-causing carcinogens. Smokers though would still get the same amount of nicotine as when they use regular cigarettes.

HEALTH August 20, 2016

Parents Are Cool WIth HPV Vaccine, So Long As There's An 'Opt Out' Option: Study

A new study has found a way to make parents more receptive to a mandatory HPV vaccine. So long as the vaccine comes with an opt out provision, parents will be more open to it.

HEALTH August 20, 2016

Two Genes Identified As Indicators Of Breast Cancer Survival Rates

For every 100,000 women, 21 die every year because of breast cancer. According to researchers, there are two genes that can help in identifying death risk in women with the disease, allowing treatment adjustment for better outcomes.

HEALTH August 19, 2016

Scallops From Philippines Contaminated By Hepatitis A, FDA Laboratory Tests Reveal

Health authorities embargoed scallops from De Oro Resources. Hepatitis A were found in the products suspected to be the possible source of an outbreak of the virus in Hawaii.

HEALTH August 19, 2016

Gallstones Linked To Increased Heart Disease Risk

Researchers have found a link between a history of gallstone disease and increased risk for coronary heart disease. What could be behind this association?

HEALTH August 19, 2016

Don't Swim Or Sleep In Your Contact Lenses: Improper Use Can Lead To Serious Eye Damage

Sleeping or swimming in your contact lenses can cause eye infections that result in serious eye damage, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed. Officials advise the public to wear and care for their contacts properly.

HEALTH August 19, 2016

Researchers Looking For Volunteers Willing To Be Infected With Zika Virus To Accelerate Vaccine Development

In order to come up with a vaccine for the Zika virus, researchers are taking an unorthodox approach: find people willing to get infected with the virus and study them.

HEALTH August 19, 2016

Anemia Ups Risks Of Death After Strokes In Older Adults

Strokes are already grave, but researchers have discovered that older adults with anemia have worse outcomes after suffering hemorrhagic or ischemic strokes. With their low hemoglobin levels, stroke patients have higher death risks.

HEALTH August 18, 2016

Children With Asthma Can Safely Take Tylenol: Study

Findings of a new study may help pacify fears about giving acetaminophen to asthmatic children. A study finds the drug does not worsen symptoms of childhood asthma.

HEALTH August 18, 2016

Calcium Supplements Linked To Increased Dementia Risk In Older Women Who Had Stroke

Calcium supplements may help ward off bone damage such as osteoporosis but these may also increase dementia risk in older women who had stroke. Will this change prescribing practices?

HEALTH August 18, 2016

McDonald's Latest Attempt To Make Happy Meals Seem Healthy Has Backfired

McDonald's has removed fitness trackers from Happy Meals, marking yet another setback as the burger chain tries to brand itself as a healthy fast-food joint.

HEALTH August 18, 2016

New Drug Relieves Pain Like Morphine But Does Not Cause Addiction, Other Side Effects Linked To Opioid Use

The compound PZM21 does not cause side effects associated with use of opioid painkillers. In a study on mice, the drug did not cause respiratory suppression, constipation or addictive behaviors.

HEALTH August 17, 2016

Police Respond To 26 Heroin Overdose Cases In 4 Hours In West Virginia

Emergency workers in West Virginia responded to 26 cases of heroin overdose in just four hours on Monday, Aug. 15. Officials said the victims used a heroin variant that was laced with a particularly potent yet still unidentified substance.

HEALTH August 17, 2016

Prenatal Exposure To BPA Ups Chances Of Developing Depression And Anxiety In Boys

Prenatal BPA exposure has been found to increase risks of depression and anxiety symptoms in boys. This is on top of other adverse effects that have been associated with the chemical so far, like preterm births and lung complications.

HEALTH August 17, 2016

Women's Risk For Cancer Increases With Years Spent Being Overweight

The longer women spend being obese or overweight, the greater their risk of developing certain types of cancers, such as breast and endometrial, a new study says. For every 10 years they spend overweight, their cancer risk increases by 7 percent.

HEALTH August 17, 2016

Strollers, Carriers Cause 2 Injuries Per Hour In US Children

Strollers and carriers have been deemed safe ways of transporting babies and young children. Unfortunately, they have also been found to be a cause for emergency room visits for children in the United States.

HEALTH August 17, 2016

Use Of Pain Reliever Acetaminophen During Pregnancy Linked To Behavioral Problems In Kids

Women who took acetaminophen, or paracetamol, during pregnancy are more likely to bear children with behavioral issues such as hyperactivity and conduct problems. Should pregnant women stop taking this painkiller?

HEALTH August 17, 2016

Cost Of Life-Saving EpiPen Becoming Too Expensive For Families With Food Allergies

The rising cost of EpiPen becomes too prohibitive for families in the United States with allergies. Some who can no longer afford the device turn to risky alternatives.

HEALTH August 16, 2016

Viruses Are Most Dangerous During The Morning, Study Finds

Rejoice late-risers, you can now quote science as an excuse for sleeping in: human bodies are more susceptible to viruses in the morning.

HEALTH August 16, 2016

Schizophrenia Did Not Exist Until Humans Diverged From Neanderthals

Schizophrenia, characterized by a reduction in the volume of brain tissue, has long existed. According to researchers, however, the condition did not develop until humans diverged from Neanderthals.

HEALTH August 16, 2016

Substituting One Sugary Drink With Water Per Day Can Help Improve Health: Study

Swapping a sugar-filled beverage with water every day is enough to reduce the body's intake of calories, a new study says. This could lead to a significant improvement in overall health and lower excess body weight.

HEALTH August 16, 2016

Walking Long Distances To Buy Cigarettes Can Push People To Quit Smoking: Study

Researchers in Finland have discovered that the distance between a tobacco store and a smoker's home can significantly impact smoking habits. Those who have to walk farther to reach a store are more likely to quit smoking.

HEALTH August 16, 2016

Texas Man Tests Positive For Zika After Traveling To Florida

A man in El Paso County, Texas tested positive for Zika infection after a recent trip to Miami, Florida. Health officials say this is the first confirmed case of interstate transmission of the virus in the United States.

HEALTH August 16, 2016

Sit Less, Move More: Sedentary Behavior Is Bad For Your Heart

Too much time spent on sedentary behavior is bad for your heart, a new advisory revealed. The American Heart Association says the best solution is to sit less and move more.

HEALTH August 16, 2016

Study Says Parents Are Still Making These Major Mistakes When It Comes To Babies' Sleep Safety

A new study found that parents are placing babies in unsafe sleeping environments by having them sleep in cribs with potentially harmful bedding and accessories, as well as not placing them on their backs.

HEALTH August 15, 2016

Cancer Overtakes Heart Disease As Top Killer In 12 European Countries

Researchers from Oxford have found that cancer has overtaken heart disease as the top killer in 12 European countries. Curiously, most of these countries lie in Western Europe.

HEALTH August 15, 2016

86-Year-Old Woman Rescued After Being Left Behind In Dialysis Clinic

An 86-year-old grandmother was left behind in a dialysis center in Massachusetts on Saturday, Aug. 13, after the clinic closed for the day. The elderly woman was later rescued by firefighters after staying in a dark room for three hours.

HEALTH August 15, 2016

Amusement Park Safety Under Scrutiny After Recent String Of Accidents

A recent string of theme park ride-related accidents over the past five days has renewed calls for better safety regulations. Experts urge the government to provide more oversight for amusement and water parks in the country.

HEALTH August 15, 2016

Combating Zika: Floridians Plan Protest At Bug Board Over Release Of GMO Mosquitoes

Florida Keys residents are planning to conduct a demonstration at the Florida Keys Mosquito Control Board office on Tuesday, Aug. 16, to protest a move to introduce millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in their community. The aim for the GMO mosquitoes is to combat Zika.

HEALTH August 15, 2016

Eating Mediterranean Diet Is Linked To Better Memory, Cognitive Function

Here's another reason why the Mediterranean diet is good for your health: a new study suggests following this diet can lead to better memory and cognitive function.

HEALTH August 15, 2016

Ohio Declares Crypto Outbreak: Swimming Pools Could Be Contaminated By Parasite That Causes Diarrhea

Health officials declared an outbreak following an increase in cases of cryptosporidiosis. The crypto parasite, which causes gastrointestinal disease can survive in chlorinated pool waters.

HEALTH August 14, 2016

Many US Children Do Not Have Ideal Heart Health Because Of Poor Diet And Sedentary Lifestyle

Many U.S. children have poor cardiovascular health based on standards set by the American Heart Association. How do children achieve ideal heart health?

HEALTH August 13, 2016

Hispanic, Black Students Less Likely To Receive Help For Mental Health Problems

A new study has found disparities based on race and ethnicity in the mental health care received by Black and Hispanic students when compared to their white counterparts. Researchers urge officials to look closely at how the health care system treats minorities.

HEALTH August 13, 2016

Menstrual Pain Reliever Drug Mefenamic Acid Shows Promise As Alzheimer's Disease Treatment

Mefenamic acid, which is used to relieve menstrual pain, has shown promise as treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Additional studies are still needed to determine the drug's effectiveness and side effects in patients with dementia.

HEALTH August 12, 2016

The Diet Of An Olympian: Here’s What Michael Phelps Really Eats To Stay In Shape

Swimming champion Michael Phelps has changed his calorie-rich diet. He is doing more clean eating this time around to be able to perform to his best ability at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

HEALTH August 12, 2016

New Government Study Finds Gay, Lesbian Students Susceptible To High Levels Of Violence

A government study has found that gay, lesbian and bisexual students in the United States are far more susceptible to violence than their heterosexual counterparts. However, without the reasons why this is so, it will be difficult to come up with intervention measures to combat it.

HEALTH August 12, 2016

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