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29 Jun

Alternative Treatment for Depression

Noninvasive brain stimulation no better than medication in treating depression, study finds.

28 Jun

Cosmetics Safety

The number of adverse events reported to the FDA involving cosmetics is increasing, study finds.

27 Jun

Stress and Heart Disease

Persistent mental distress increases risk of death in heart patients, study finds.

Is Potential Human Life Span Unlimited?

Is Potential Human Life Span Unlimited?

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Have you ever thought about what it might be like to live into your hundreds?

Now, new research says there's really no evidence of a limit on how long people can live, though people might need a boost from advances in health care or technology.

A study published last year in the jou...

Slowed Walking, Shrinking Brain?

Slowed Walking, Shrinking Brain?

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It isn't unusual for older people to slow down a bit as the years go by. But for seniors, slowed walking may signal mental decline, and now a new study suggests why.

"Typically when physicians notice a slowing gait in their patients, they'll consider it a mechanical issue and refer the patien...

Antibiotics Improve Treatment of Skin Abscesses

Antibiotics Improve Treatment of Skin Abscesses

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research might change the way doctors treat skin abscesses in children and adults, medical experts say.

Giving an antibiotic when draining the infection significantly improves recovery, a new report suggests.

"The conventional wisdom has been that you don't really need antibiot...

Even at Low Levels, Dirty Air Raises Death Risk for U.S. Seniors

Even at Low Levels, Dirty Air Raises Death Risk for U.S. Seniors

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may shorten the lives of American seniors, even in areas where levels fall below national safety standards, new research indicates.

Although it's possible that factors other than air pollution are responsible for the increase in premature deaths among older adults, study co-aut...

Electric Brain Stimulation No Better Than Meds For Depression: Study

Electric Brain Stimulation No Better Than Meds For Depression: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For people who battle depression and can't find relief, stimulating the brain with electric impulses may help. But a new study by Brazilian researchers says it's still no better than antidepressant medication.

In a trial that pitted transcranial, direct-current stimulation (tDCS) against the...

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Can You Recognize the Signs of Skin Cancer?

Can You Recognize the Signs of Skin Cancer?

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With skin cancer the most common type of cancer in the United States, you should learn to spot its early signs, a cancer doctor says.

"Early detection is key. When detected early, most skin cancers may be effectively treated and are often curable," said Dr. Jeffrey Farma, a surgical oncologi...

Heavy Teens May Be Setting Themselves Up for a Stroke

Heavy Teens May Be Setting Themselves Up for a Stroke

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As more young adults are hospitalized for stroke each year in the United States, new research from Sweden hints at a reason why: Teens who become overweight during adolescence appear to face a higher stroke risk later.

"According to our results, avoiding excessive BMI increase between 8 and ...

Obamacare May Have Slashed Cardiac Arrest Rate in Oregon

Obamacare May Have Slashed Cardiac Arrest Rate in Oregon

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A dramatic decrease in often-fatal cardiac arrest has occurred among Oregon residents who gained access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a new study reports.

Cardiac arrest cases declined by 17 percent among 45- to 64-year-olds soon after full implementation of the health...

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New Microscope Scans Breast Tumors During Surgery

New Microscope Scans Breast Tumors During Surgery

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new microscope could help surgeons remove breast tumors completely, reducing the number of women who must undergo repeat surgeries to remove cancer cells that were missed the first time.

The microscope, developed by scientists and engineers at the University of Washington, effectively sca...

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Poor Sleep May Worsen Suicidal Thoughts

Poor Sleep May Worsen Suicidal Thoughts

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep problems may provide early clues about worsening suicidal thoughts in at-risk young adults as well as a potential way to intervene, a new study suggests.

"Suicide is the tragic outcome of psychiatric illness interacting with multiple biological, psychological and social risk factors," ...

Tattoo Remorse? What You Need to Know About Erasing Your Ink

Tattoo Remorse? What You Need to Know About Erasing Your Ink

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Perhaps your neon forearm tattoo with the name of your high school girlfriend wasn't your brightest move ever.

If so, you're not alone.

Forever is apparently in the eye of the beholder. One in eight tattooed Americans regret getting what is supposed to be a permanent form of creat...

Wider Smiles Aren't the Most Pleasing

Wider Smiles Aren't the Most Pleasing

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Less is probably more when it comes to a convincing smile, a new study finds.

More than 800 people were shown a series of 3D computer-animated smiles and asked to rate them. The smiles differed in features such as amount, mouth angle, symmetry and how many teeth were shown.

Bigger ...

More Summer Sun Equals More Greenland Ice Melt: Study

More Summer Sun Equals More Greenland Ice Melt: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Decreasing cloud cover in summertime over the last 20 years is causing the Greenland ice sheet to melt much more rapidly, new research shows.

British researchers analyzed data from earth-observing satellites and high-resolution climate models and found a consistent decrease in summer cloud c...

Can an Aspirin a Day Keep a Pregnancy Complication Away?

Can an Aspirin a Day Keep a Pregnancy Complication Away?

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Something as simple as taking a low-dose aspirin every day may protect pregnant women from the life-threatening condition known as preeclampsia, new research suggests.

"Preeclampsia is one of the most serious complications of pregnancy, with a high risk of death for the mother and baby," sai...

Popular Heartburn Meds Don't Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study

Popular Heartburn Meds Don't Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs used to treat acid reflux and ulcers don't appear to boost the risk of dementia, as has been previously suspected, new research suggests.

The study focused on widely used proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) drugs -- medicines such as Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium. Previous studies have sugge...

Getting Kids in the Habit of Healthy Eating

Getting Kids in the Habit of Healthy Eating

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to help your kids make healthy food choices when you're not with them? Make every meal at home a lesson in good nutrition.

Start by showing them what goes into a healthy meal, ChooseMyPlate.gov from the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests. Fill half their plate with fruits and veggi...

Community Intervention May Aid Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Community Intervention May Aid Fight Against Childhood Obesity

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It has been said it takes a village to raise a child. Now, a new study suggests that it might take a community to achieve modest reductions in obesity rates among U.S. children.

The study authors tested a new program in two low-income Massachusetts communities. The goal was to get elementar...

3 Simple Steps Might Reduce Opioid OD Deaths

3 Simple Steps Might Reduce Opioid OD Deaths

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In 2015, America's opioid epidemic took the lives of more than 33,000 people, but three simple steps might cut that number by about a third, a new study suggests.

Those steps include:

  • Not prescribing narcotic pain medicines or anti-anxiety drugs to people who are addicted to o...

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Bye-Bye Flu Shot, Hello Patch?

Bye-Bye Flu Shot, Hello Patch?

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental flu vaccine patch with dissolving microneedles appears safe and effective, a preliminary study shows.

The patch has 100 solid, water-soluble and painless microneedles that are just long enough to penetrate the skin. Researchers say it could offer a pain-free and more convenien...

Protect Your Skin From the Summer Sun

Protect Your Skin From the Summer Sun

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of people like that sun-kissed look on their skin, but experts caution against any tanning at all.

"There's no such thing as a healthy tan. Tanning is a sign of skin damage," said Dr. Ross Levy, chief of dermatology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y.

He...

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