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25 Jul

Sunscreen Safety Check

How many sunscreens meet recommendations from the American Academy of Dermatology?

24 Jul

Childhood Obesity and Colon Cancer

Being overweight or obese in adolescence may increase the risk of colon cancer in adulthood, study finds

21 Jul

Diet and Exercise During Pregnancy

Healthy eating and exercise may lower a pregnant woman's risk of C-section, new study finds

HIV Treatment Protects Uninfected Partner From the Virus

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- HIV treatment prevented transmission of the virus in gay couples when only one partner had the virus, a new study shows.

The research included 358 such gay couples in Australia, Brazil and Thailand. The HIV-positive partners received treatment that reduced the amount of virus in the blood to u...

New Surgery May Fix Tough-to-Treat Rotator Cuff Tears

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new surgical procedure can help people with shoulder injuries once considered beyond repair, a small new study suggests.

Out of 100 patients who had the surgery in the study, all 26 of those who had played sports before the surgery were able to play sports again afterwards. Thirty-two patien...

More U.S. Airports Offer Hands-Only CPR Training

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hands-only CPR training is now available at kiosks in three more major U.S. airports, bringing the total number to seven.

The three airports are Cleveland Hopkins International, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, and Orlando International, according to the American Heart Association (...

With Pence as Tie-breaker, Senate Votes to Debate Obamacare Overhaul

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote, the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to begin debate on a bill to overhaul Obamacare.

Only two Republicans -- Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both centrists -- voted against the measure.

The 51-50 vote...

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$100 Sweetens the Pot for a Colonoscopy

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It appears that $100 might go a long way toward convincing someone to get a colonoscopy.

New research found that such a cash incentive doubled the chances that older adults were screened for colon cancer.

"Colonoscopy is challenging for patients, requiring a day off from work, a bowe...

Sperm Counts Continue to Decline in Western Nations: Review

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sperm counts in Western countries have decreased by half in recent years, suggesting a continuing and significant decline in male reproductive health, a new evidence review reports.

Sperm concentration decreased an average 52 percent between 1973 and 2011, while total sperm count declined by 5...

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Bacteria May Explain Why Uncircumcised Face Higher HIV Risk

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time, bacteria that live under the foreskin of uncircumcised straight men have been linked to a rise in the risk for contracting HIV, new research indicates.

Researchers found four specific types of bacteria tied to a higher risk of the AIDS-causing virus. These bacteria are part...

Senate Prepares for Health Care Vote

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With Republican Sen. John McCain making a dramatic return to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, the Senate is preparing to vote on a proposal that could begin -- or end -- the GOP's seven-year quest to dismantle Obamacare.

The 80-year-old McCain has been home in Arizona since last week when he star...

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Nearly All Autopsied NFL Players Show Trauma-Linked Brain Disease

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ninety-nine percent of former NFL players who donated their brain to science turned out to have the devastating disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to a new report.

Researchers found evidence of the degenerative brain disease in 110 out of 111 deceased National Football...

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  • July 25, 2017
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U.S. Kids Overdosing on Dietary Supplements

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A curious toddler opens a bottle of melatonin found on the kitchen counter, and accidentally overdoses on a supplement typically used by adults to help with sleep.

In that case, the doctor who treated the child only had to deal with a very tired 3-year-old, but it might have been a far more se...

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Walking the Dog, All the Way to Better Health

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your dog may be more than your furry companion -- new research suggests it may also be an effective personal trainer.

The study found that dog walking gives a significant boost to older adults' exercise levels year-round.

Researchers looked at more than 3,000 older adults in England...

Noise Pollution a Problem in Black Urban Neighborhoods

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Noise pollution levels are highest in black neighborhoods in segregated cities in the United States, a new study shows.

Researchers looked at 13 years of information gathered from across the United States. They found as percentages of Asian, black or Hispanic residents rose, so did noise level...

'Diet Foods' to Skip

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Certain packaged foods marketed as "lite" or "diet" versions may not be helping your weight-loss efforts or your goal to eat healthier.

Here are 5 to cross off your shopping list.

  • Rethink your drink and skip the diet soda. Research done at Purdue University shows that drinki...

Is the 'Anti-Statin' Trend Threatening Lives?

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A wave of anti-science skepticism may put people with high cholesterol at risk if they're convinced to quit life-saving statin medications, heart experts warn.

An "internet-driven cult" is attacking the safety and effectiveness of cholesterol-lowering statins, despite mounds of clinical trial d...

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Many Primary Care Docs May Miss Prediabetes

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most primary care doctors can't identify all 11 risk factors for prediabetes, a small new survey finds.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University said their findings should prompt doctors to learn more about this condition that affects an estimated 86 million adults in the United States and cou...

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Even a One-Minute Run Might Help a Woman's Bones

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just a minute or two of running every day could strengthen your bones, new research suggests.

British scientists found that women who engage in "brief bursts" of any high-intensity, weight-bearing physical activity had 4 percent better bone health than their less active peers.

"We don...

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Is Kissing Etiquette 'Hardwired?'

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The long-awaited kiss is coming. Do you tilt your head to the left or the right?

New research says most people are "hardwired" to turn their head to the right before locking lips with a romantic partner.

"We as humans make lots of behaviors while interacting with others every day, but...

Does Your Child Really Have a Food Allergy?

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people misunderstand what food allergies are, and even doctors can be confused about how to best diagnose them, suggests a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

It's common for people to think they have a food allergy, but the reality may be different, said Dr. Scott Sicherer...

Videotaping Sleepers Raises CPAP Use

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A video may be worth a thousand words for someone with sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea patients are more likely to use their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines after they see a video of themselves fighting to breathe at night, a new study says.

People with sleep apnea have p...

Just a Few Vaccine Refusers Could Endanger Many

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With a small percentage of U.S. parents not vaccinating their children for "non-medical" reasons, a new study warns that even a few such families can trigger a big jump in local measles cases.

Based on data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the analysis projects ...

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