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Half Of US Women Are Overweight Before Getting Pregnant

CDC researchers reported that more than half of women are overweight or obese prior to becoming pregnant. Unhealthy weight poses threats of health complications to pregnant women.

Health August 5, 2016

Tinder Users May Have Lower Self-Worth Than Those Who Don’t Swipe

A new study found that Tinder users are more critical about and are less satisfied with their bodies, which can ultimately cause harm to their level of self-worth.

Health August 5, 2016

Vision Loss Is As Bad As Loss Of Hearing, Limb Or Speech For Many Americans

Many Americans consider vision loss equally bad as losing one's limb, hearing, memory or speech, a new survey revealed. The findings highlight the importance of support for eye health research.

Health August 5, 2016

Fraudsters Look To Cash In On Zika Scare With Knock-Off Products

As the Zika scare makes its way to New York, some companies are looking to cash in with a line of knock-off products.

Health August 4, 2016

Health Researchers Begin Clinical Trials For Experimental Zika Vaccine

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have launched an early-stage clinical trial for an experimental Zika virus vaccine. The testing will be conducted in different NIH sites in the United States.

Health August 4, 2016

Sickle Cell Trait May Not Increase Risk For Early Death: Study

Carriers of a single copy of the sickle cell gene variant do not have increased risk for early death. Sickle cell trait, however, is linked with exertional rhabdomyolysis, or muscle breakdown caused by intense exercise.

Health August 3, 2016

Risk Factors For Diabetes And Heart Disease In Women Rise Before Menopause

The risk factors that boost the likelihood of women to suffer from type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke increase in severity before menopause and not after. Women should pay attention to their lifestyle and make changes if needed before menopause, researchers suggest.

Health August 3, 2016

Millennial Myth: This Is Not The Hookup Generation

According to researchers, millennials should not be known as the hookup generation since they aren’t having sex as much as many would assume.

Health August 3, 2016

Americans On Average Have Gained 15 Pounds In The Last 20 Years

Americans are indeed getting heavier — 15 pounds heavier compared with 20 years ago, to be exact.

Health August 3, 2016

Higher BMI Is Linked To High Risk For Type 2 Diabetes, But Not Heart Attack: Twin Study

Past studies have found that higher BMI may be linked to higher risk of death or heart attack. However, a new report that focused on twins suggests that higher BMI is strongly linked to type 2 diabetes, but not heart attack.

Health August 3, 2016

MIT Scientists Develop Portable Device To Manufacture Biopharmaceuticals On Demand

MIT scientists developed a compact device that can produce a single dose of biopharmaceutical treatment on demand. The system is based on a strain of yeast called Pichia pastoris.

Health August 2, 2016

Seniors Rarely Go Online For Healthcare Needs, Medical Advice

There is a general belief that the advent of digital health technology could improve the health care quality of seniors. However, results of a new study reveal that elders rarely go online to address their health care needs.

Health August 2, 2016

Study Finds No Link Between Erectile Dysfunction Drugs And Prostate Cancer Risk

Can erectile dysfunction drugs lower cancer risk? Prostate cancer diagnosis is nearly the same for men who were prescribed PDE-5is and those who did not take these medicines.

Health August 2, 2016

McDonald’s Just Made A Major Change To Its Chicken McNuggets

McDonald’s announced that it is making its menu items healthy by removing artificial ingredients in its Chicken McNuggets, only serving antibiotic-free chicken and removing high-fructose corn syrup from its buns.

Health August 2, 2016

Flossing Might Not Be All It's Cracked Up To Be

After years of being told about the benefits of flossing, it turns out dental floss might not do anything at all.

Health August 2, 2016

What Makes Cocaine So Addictive? Study Uncovers Clues

Cocaine addiction affects more than 700,000 people in the United States alone. Researchers have uncovered clues as to what makes the drug so addictive, offering insight that could help develop new treatment options.

Health August 2, 2016

Scientists Spot New Genetic Variations Linked To Depression Risk

Scientists in Boston have detected 15 new DNA regions that appear to be linked with a person's risk of depression. The findings may help researchers develop better treatments.

Health August 2, 2016

High Doses Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids From Fish Oil Supplements May Help Heart Attack Survivors Heal Better

Heart attack patients who took high doses of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil supplements experienced less decline in heart function and greatest reduction in tissue scarring compared with those who took placebo.

Health August 2, 2016

Eating More Meat Increases Mortality Risk, But Plant Protein Lowers It

High intake of animal protein such as eggs, meat or dairy is bad for the health and may increase risk of death, a new study has revealed. However, eating plant protein may help reduce the risk.

Health August 1, 2016

Zika Cases Reported In Florida: How To Protect Against Zika And West Nile Virus This Summer

With Zika cases reported in Florida by mosquito bites and it being prime West Nile Virus time, here’s how to protect against the bugs for the rest of the summer.

Health August 1, 2016

Breastfeeding Newborns Within First Hour Of Life Lowers Death Risk: UNICEF

UNICEF warns that as many as 77 million newborns in the world are not breastfed by their mothers within the first hour of life. This leaves them more likely to die as they are deprived of vital nutrients and antibodies.

Health August 1, 2016

More Locally Transmitted Zika Cases Are Likely, Warns Top Health Official

Not only has an instance of locally-transmitted Zika been confirmed, but an expert now warns that more cases are likely on the way.

Health August 1, 2016

Sen. Schumer Blasts FDA Over Recall Delays

New York’s Schumer has a thing or two to say to the FDA. According to the senator, the agency acts too slowly when recalling food products, endangering the public more in the process.

Health August 1, 2016

Trampoline Park-Related Injuries Soar 12-Fold In The US

As the number of trampoline parks in the U.S. increases, so do the cases of park-related injuries, a new study has revealed. Injuries range from broken legs, neck sprains, concussions and many more.

Health August 1, 2016

Lesson From General Mills Flour Recall? Don't Eat Raw Cookie Dough Or Batter

American food company General Mills is expecting the recall of roughly 45 million pounds of flour over cases of E.coli contamination. Experts say the biggest takeaway from the incident is this: don't eat raw cookie dough or batter.

Health July 31, 2016

Obama Signs GMO Labeling Law

U.S. President Barack Obama signed a new law that would require food companies to indicate whether their products have been made using genetically modified ingredients.

Health August 1, 2016

Scientists Find New Antibiotic In Nose Gunk That Can Kill MRSA

Bacteria in the human nose can create the new generation antibiotic that could kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. Findings could lead to new treatments or preventive medicine.

Health July 28, 2016

Lack Of Exercise, Sedentary Behavior Cost The World 5 Million Lives And $67.5 Billion Every Year

Physical inactivity costs the world $67.5 billion annually in healthcare expenses and also accounts for 5 million deaths every year. Findings suggest that lack of exercise is an economic burden but could also be the key in lowering chronic diseases.

Health July 28, 2016

How Safe Are Herbal Supplements? Reports Found 15 Dangerous Ingredients That Could Make You Sick

Are herbal and natural supplements really safe? Consumer Reports just published 15 dangerous ingredients found in these supplements that could actually make you sick and even lead to death.

Health July 28, 2016

The Ice Bucket Challenge Has Just Funded An ALS Breakthrough

The Ice Bucket Challenge has proven that it worked. The campaign has helped fund a major breakthrough in ALS research that can help develop a way to treat the neurological disorder.

Health July 27, 2016

Opioid Overdose Antidote Naloxone Saving Lives But Critics Say Not Without Consequences

Naloxone saves lives by reversing opioid overdoses. Critics, however, are unconvinced it’s doing any good, seeing the drug as actually paving the way for worse addictions.

Health July 27, 2016

Binge-Watching TV Is Great For Entertainment But Bad For Your Health, Study Suggests

We already know that watching excessive amounts of TV is bad. Now, a new study has shown just how bad spending hours binge-watching shows really is.

Health July 26, 2016

CDC Updates Zika Guidance, Says Any Kind Of Sexual Contact Spreads The Virus

The CDC has released an update on its Zika guidance, warning that any kind of sexual contact can spread the virus. In the U.S., 15 cases of sexually transmitted Zika infections have been reported.

Health July 26, 2016

First Zika-Related Microcephaly Birth In Europe Seen In Spain

Spain records first microcephaly birth related to the Zika virus. Doctors at the Vall d'Hebron hospital in Barcelona say the baby's status is 'normal and stable' and the mother is doing well after giving birth via C-section.

Health July 26, 2016

Medicare Proposes Fixed Payments To Hospitals For Heart Attack Treatments

Medicare proposed to pay bundled or fixed payments to hospitals for heart attack treatments. The new payment scheme could help lower costs and improve health care services through the federal program.

Health July 26, 2016

Sports Helps Protect Teen Athletes From Heroin And Opioid Addiction

Sports is a protective factor that can steer young athletes away from getting addicted to prescription drugs. How do sports help against heroin and opioid addiction?

Health July 26, 2016

Patients With Bipolar Disorder Wait Six Years Before Seeking Treatment

Patients with bipolar disorder already show disruptive and distressing symptoms years before they get proper treatment for their psychiatric condition. What causes the delay in diagnosis?

Health July 27, 2016

Legalized Marijuana Sending More Colorado Children To The Hospital

Colorado saw a sharp rise in the number of young children who were hospitalized after ingesting pot-laced goodies. Cannabis-related hospitalizations increased after the state legalized recreational marijuana.

Health July 25, 2016

Flu Vaccine Lowers Heart Failure And Stroke-Related Hospitalization Rates In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes patients who were vaccinated with flu vaccine are less likely to be admitted to the hospital because of stroke and heart failure. They also have lower risk of death during the flu season.

Health July 26, 2016

These Bacterium-Mimicking Microbots May Be The Future Of Medicine

Researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (EPFL) and the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ) have made a momentous breakthrough that could revolutionize medicine — microbots that can mimic bacterium to transport drugs throughout a patient's body.

Health July 25, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary Acclarent Settles Medical Device-Related Allegations For $18 Million

J&J's subsidiary Acclarent pays $18 million in U.S. court settlement to resolve accusations related to an unapproved medical device. The marketing and distribution of said device resulted in false claims submitted to Medicare and other federal health programs.

Health July 25, 2016

Brain Games, Training Programs Could Lower Alzheimer's Risk

Computerized brain-training programs or 'brain games' can help lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's among healthy individuals. The analysis of a 10-year study could lead to new preventive measures against neurodegenerative diseases.

Health July 25, 2016

Suspected West Nile Virus Reported In Monmouth County, New Jersey

Monmouth County in New Jersey announced a suspected case of West Nile virus and scheduled ground spraying activities on Tuesday morning. The arbovirus is commonly spread by infected mosquito bites and can cause meningitis and encephalitis.

Health July 25, 2016

Changes In Personality, Behavior Might Be Harbinger Of Dementia

Sudden and long-time changes in mood, personality or behavior may be an early sign of dementia or Alzheimer's disease, a new report suggests. Researchers in Canada created a questionnaire that may indicate risks of early progression.

Health July 24, 2016

Ways To Stop Jet Lag Once And For All

Jet lag is a common complaint among long-distance travelers. Here are some ways on how you can stop jet lag from keeping you up (and down) once and for all.

Health July 24, 2016

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