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Good diet, exercise while pregnant could cut C-section risk

Eating a healthy diet and exercising during pregnancy isn't just good for the developing baby.

Healthy heart in 20s, better brain in 40s?

Folks with heart-healthy habits in their 20s tend to have larger, healthier brains in their 40s -- brains that may be better prepared to withstand the ravages of aging, a new study reports.

More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes: CDC

More than 100 million U.S. adults have diabetes or prediabetes, health officials say.

Easing opioid dose may improve pain and quality of life

Sometimes less really is more. New research suggests that when it comes to long-term use of opioid painkillers, cutting back on the dose of the drugs might improve pain and function, as well as boost quality of life.

Health bill flatlining as 2 more GOP senators defect

Two more Republican senators announced Monday night their opposition to the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Many Americans unaware of this year's heavy tick season: poll

Most Americans know that ticks can make them sick, and many take steps to avoid them. But few know that this summer could be a particularly bad one for tick bites, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows.

Lower back injuries plague many athletes

Back injuries are common, especially among competitive athletes.

One social hour a week can help someone with dementia

Just a slight increase in social interaction benefits older adults with dementia and lowers health care costs, a new British study suggests.

Despite warnings, kids are still dying in hot cars

On July 2, a 7-week-old baby boy died after being left in his grandmother's van for almost eight hours on a hot summer day in Mary Esther, Fla.

New diabetes treatment teaches rogue immune cells to behave

A treatment targeting wayward immune cells in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes may help even years later, a new study finds.

Boxers, MMA fighters may face long-term harm to brain: study

There's been a great deal of attention paid lately to the potential lasting damage of head blows suffered by professional football players. But what about other sports where repeated trauma to the head is also common?

White collar workers at higher odds of death from ALS, Parkinson's

Typically, better-paying jobs and those that require higher education are thought more desirable, but a new study suggests white collar workers have a higher risk of death from two neurodegenerative diseases.

FDA panel OKs what may soon be first gene therapy approved in U.S.

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to what could soon be the first gene therapy to be marketed in the United States.

Better diet, longer life?

Middle-aged and older adults who start eating better also tend to live longer, a large new study shows.

Do moms who smoke in pregnancy raise their odds for a troubled teen?

Expectant mothers have been warned for years to avoid cigarettes. Now researchers report another reason to follow that advice: Teens and young adults whose mothers smoked during pregnancy may be more likely to break the law and be antisocial.

Docs should counsel even healthy people on diet, exercise, experts say

Lifestyle counseling could help protect the long-term heart health of adults who aren't yet at high risk for heart attack and stroke, a panel of medical experts says.

Viagra might make for a safer, more effective stent

It's worked wonders for men battling erectile dysfunction, and now early research suggests that Viagra -- when added to artery-opening stents -- might cut a patient's odds for clots.

Probiotic supplements failed to prevent babies' infections

Probiotic supplements may not protect babies from catching colds or stomach bugs in day care, a new clinical trial suggests.

Don't let summer strain your back

Summer is the time when everyone dives into yard work and takes family vacations. But all that time spent bending, lifting and traveling can strain your back, spine experts say.

Daily jolt of java may bring longer life

Here's news to perk up your day: Drinking coffee might help you live a little longer, two new studies suggest.

2 of 3 Americans don't have 'advance directive' for end of life

Most people don't like talking about dying, especially their own death. But it's important to let your loved ones know how you'd like your medical care handled when your "time" comes.

FDA approves new drug for sickle cell disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first new drug for sickle cell disease in nearly two decades.

Health tip: When summer heat gets intense

Intense summer heat can be downright dangerous.

Is shingles tied to heart, stroke risk?

Shingles may be tied to an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.

How to keep your kids out of the ER this summer

Make sure safety is part of kids' summer fun.

Eye docs debunk 5 fireworks myths

Firecrackers, sparklers and bottle rockets may seem harmless enough, but there's really no such thing as safe fireworks for consumers, eye doctors warn.

Is your child's 'penicillin allergy' real?

Many children suspected of being allergic to the inexpensive, first-line antibiotic penicillin actually aren't, new research indicates.

Health tip: Are my toddler's eating habits normal?

Parents may be worried that toddlers aren't getting enough calories or nutrients.

Health tip: Reap the benefits of intense exercise

High intensity interval training involves cardiovascular exercise in short intervals at high intensity.

Heat deaths in U.S. cities could jump 10-fold if climate change isn't slowed

America's exit from the Paris climate change agreement will lead to more punishing summer heat waves and thousands of additional heat-related deaths each year in major U.S. cities, a new report claims.

Health tip: when adults offer kids food

Well-meaning family and friends may push your children to clean the plate or offer dessert as a reward, but those aren't the messages you want to send.

Many women mistaken on 'side effects' of breast cancer drug

Many women at high risk for breast cancer do not take the drug tamoxifen to prevent the disease, often because they confuse naturally occurring symptoms with side effects from the drug.

Antibiotics improve treatment of skin abscesses

New research might change the way doctors treat skin abscesses in children and adults, medical experts say.

Is potential human life span unlimited?

Have you ever thought about what it might be like to live into your hundreds?

Bye-bye flu shot, hello patch?

An experimental flu vaccine patch with dissolving microneedles appears safe and effective, a preliminary study shows.

Fewer Americans hospitalized for heart failure

The number of Americans hospitalized for heart failure has dropped substantially since 2002, but blacks still face higher risks, a new study finds.

Persistent stress may hasten death in heart patients

If you have heart disease, unrelenting stress might hasten your death, researchers report.

Senate health bill would leave 22 million more uninsured by 2026: CBO

The Senate Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Monday.

Immunizations for high flyin' travelers

Nothing spoils a trip faster than getting sick. And a good way to protect yourself is by getting certain vaccinations before you leave home.

When is an opioid safe to take?

Many people in pain are apprehensive about taking an opioid painkiller to ease their suffering, and rightfully so.

Can smartphone use bring on carpal tunnel syndrome?

People who spend lots of time on their smartphones may be scrolling, tapping and swiping their way to carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful wrist and hand disorder.

Mammogram decision hinges on patient-doc talk, OB-GYN group says

As the debate continues about the best time for mammograms, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is asking women to add their voice to the discussion.

Senate Republicans reveal their replacement for Obamacare

Attempting to thread a very tight needle, Senate Republicans on Thursday released a health-care reform bill intended to undo major parts of the Affordable Care Act while still supporting the public's access to healthcare

Big gap in cancer deaths between rich, poor countries

Over the past few decades, death rates linked to cancer and heart disease have declined in most developed nations, thanks to more effective prevention strategies, early detection and greater access to quality health care.

Many doctors silent on cost of cancer care

Cancer doctors are often mute when a patient asks about the cost of treatment, a new study shows.

Could you raise a 'no-diaper' baby?

Environmentally conscious parents have long struggled with the fact that their baby's dirty diapers wind up in landfills, but what option do they have?

Could certain hair dyes, relaxers raise breast cancer risk?

The safety of hair products has been debated for years. Now, new research suggests that black women who use dark hair dyes face a higher risk of breast cancer, while chemical relaxers and straighteners boost the odds in white women

Americans want to be fit, but most don't put in the effort

Most Americans want to be in better shape, but few are putting in the work to get there, a new survey shows.

Yoga soothes back pain in study

If you suffer from chronic low back pain, yoga might bring you as much relief as physical therapy, a new trial shows.

High-intensity exercise may be bad for the bowels

When it comes to stomach discomfort during exercise, forget that old adage "no pain, no gain." New research suggests that excessive strenuous exercise may lead to gut damage.

Lifesaving drugs from Pfizer in short supply: FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it's working with the drug company Pfizer to remedy a shortage of important injectable medications, including emergency syringes of epinephrine.

Mission to Mars would double astronauts' cancer risk

Once astronauts leave the Earth's protective magnetic field, their cancer risk would soar while traveling to Mars, new research indicates.

Leading U.S. doctors' group takes aim at rising drug prices

The American Medical Association is calling for more transparency in drug pricing amid skyrocketing costs that are putting some lifesaving medications out of reach for patients and communities.

Horse therapy could rein in stroke's damage years later

It may not be for everyone, but a new study suggests that the smooth stride of a gentle horse may help stroke survivors regain lost mobility and balance years after their brain attack.

First decline seen in 'vaping' among U.S. teens: CDC

For the first time since the U.S. government began tracking e-cigarette use among American youth, a new report shows fewer teens are vaping.

A sufferer's guide to easin' sneezin' season

When seasonal allergies strike, what remedy is right for you? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has some answers.

Broccoli extract shows promise for type 2 diabetes

Your Mom may have been right about broccoli's goodness. A small study hints that a substance in the crunchy veggy may help some with diabetes get better control of their blood sugar.

Flu shot falls short more often for obese people: study

A flu shot is the best way to avoid getting sick, but new research reveals the vaccine doesn't work as well for people who are obese.

FDA puts brakes on rule requiring new 'nutrition facts' label

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced that the launch of an updated "nutrition facts" panel on foods, developed during the Obama administration, will now be delayed.

'Beans' or 'sizzlin' beans:' words get people eating healthier

When is a carrot not just a carrot? When it's a "twisted citrus-glazed carrot."

Nearly 10 million U.S. adults suffer from mental illness

Nearly 10 million American adults have a serious mental illness, and a similar number have considered suicide during the past year, according to a new government report on the nation's behavioral ills.

Can folks with type 2 diabetes forgo the finger stick?

People with type 2 diabetes who aren't taking insulin don't necessarily need to check their blood sugar levels, a new study contends.

With summer sun comes heightened skin cancer risk

Summer beckons, and with those sunny skies comes a warning to protect yourself from skin cancer.

Babies' fascination with faces may start in the womb

An infant's fascination with faces is already evident in the womb, a new study contends.

Opioids over-prescribed after c-sections: studies

Women are routinely prescribed more opioid painkillers than they need after Cesarean sections, creating a high risk for misuse, a trio of new studies suggests.

1 in 20 pregnant women infected with Zika have babies with birth defects: CDC

One in 20 women in the U.S. territories who were infected with Zika during pregnancy had babies with serious birth defects, officials reported Thursday.

Migraine warning signs may differ in kids, adults

Fatigue and mood changes are the most common symptoms that occur before children develop migraines, a new study finds.

Guard against this little-known swimming danger

An electric shock is an often overlooked threat to swimmers, a safety expert warns.

Even moderate drinking may dull the aging brain

People who drink at even moderate levels may see some of their mental skills slip faster as they age, a new study suggests.

Overweight kids pay a heavy social price

Overweight kids are excluded and ostracized by classmates in school more often than their thinner peers, new research indicates.

Legionnaires' hiding in hospital, nursing home plumbing systems: CDC

Deadly Legionnaires' disease is lurking in the water systems of hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, putting the most vulnerable patients at risk, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.

When a divorce turns bitter, kids' immune systems may pay a price

An unfriendly divorce can raise a child's risk of colds in adulthood, a new study suggests.

Implantable defibrillator may not mean end to sports

Competitive sports may be safe for many athletes who have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), new research suggests.

Reporting symptoms online to docs helps cancer patients live longer

When people with advanced cancer report their symptoms to health care providers using an online program, they may live longer, a new study suggests.

Can sharing your bedroom with older baby come with risks?

It's healthiest to evict infants from their parents' bedroom at 6 months of age, suggests new research that runs counter to national guidelines.

Marijuana may make your gums go to pot

Frequent pot smokers might be dooming themselves to diseased gums, a new study suggests.

Compression tights won't trim running times

If you're an avid runner and you think compression tights might shave a few seconds off your time, a new study begs to differ.

Zika's set to return to mainland U.S., but budget cuts threaten response

The Zika virus will strike the continental United States again this summer, and looming federal budget cuts will make it hard for local officials to curb its spread, public health experts said Wednesday.

'Making the best of it': Families face the heavy burden of Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association has just completed a new survey that asked more than 1,500 adults to share their fears and concerns about getting older, getting sick and/or caring for a family member struggling with dementia.

New combo pill offers hope to Hepatitis C patients who fail other treatment

A pill that contains three powerful antiviral drugs might offer a cure for many hepatitis C patients who have failed other treatments, researchers report.

Nearly 4 percent of Americans suffer from food allergies

Millions of Americans have had to swear off shellfish, eggs, peanuts or soy to avoid allergic reactions that can range from stomach cramps to life-threatening swelling of the airways, new research shows.

1 in 4 nursing home residents has antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Multidrug-resistant bacteria, such as E. coli, can be found in more than one-quarter of people living in nursing homes, a research review finds.

Does dad time with infants boost babies' IQ?

If you're a new father, spending plenty of time with your baby could boost his or her mental development, a new study suggests.

Meth addicts' hearts may improve if they quit

Methamphetamine users who quit the drug may get a break: New research suggests it's possible to reverse heart damage with proper medical treatment.

Brush up on swim safety for summer

Before your family pulls out their swimsuits this Memorial Day, brush up on water safety, for your kids' sake.

Scientists report progress on genetic test for anal cancer

A new genetic test may detect anal cancer, a disease that's become more common in women, gay and bisexual men, and people with HIV.

Adults who love exercise may gain 9 'biological' years

Could regular, strenuous exercise be a "fountain of youth"? New research suggests it could be -- for your cells, at least.

5 food groups to jump-start nutrition

Most Americans still don't eat enough nutrient-rich foods from key groups including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy, according to federal health statistics.

Hospital 'baby boxes' may help prevent SIDS in newborns

Child care experts say it's dangerous for infants to sleep in the same bed with their parents. Now, researchers report that "baby boxes" and parent education can help reduce the unsafe practice.

New cholesterol fighting meds target key gene

New gene-based therapies appear to significantly decrease cholesterol levels in people, and could even cut down on arterial plaque, according to results from two early drug trials.

Alzheimer's deaths jump 55 percent: CDC

As more baby boomers age, deaths from Alzheimer's disease have jumped 55 percent, and in a quarter of those cases the heavy burden of caregiving has fallen on loved ones, U.S. health officials report.

CBO: 23 million would lose health insurance under house health care bill

The Republican-led bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that passed the House last month would result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance coverage, according to a much-anticipated report released Wednesday.

Compound in pot eases severe form of epilepsy

A landmark clinical trial has shown that a compound in marijuana can ease life-threatening seizures in children with a rare and devastating form of epilepsy.

Could chocolate guard against an irregular heartbeat?

There's delicious news for chocolate lovers: New research suggests the sweet might help keep a common and dangerous form of irregular heartbeat at bay.

Helping ease kids' fears after Manchester terror attack

As reports of the carnage at Monday's Ariana Grande show in Manchester, England, continue to pour in, many teens with tickets to concerts during the coming summer music season may be reluctant to attend an event.

City life tough on teens' mental health

City life seems to take a toll on the adolescent mind, new research suggests.

1 in 4 Americans knows someone hooked on opioids: poll

More than a quarter of Americans -- and 1 in 3 millennials -- say they know someone addicted to opioids or prescription painkillers, according to a new survey from the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

First-try antibiotics now fail in 1 in 4 adult pneumonia cases

The first prescription of an antibiotic that the average U.S. adult with pneumonia receives is now ineffective in about a quarter of cases, a new study finds.

Fewer U.S. teens are boozing it up

American teens are hitting the bottle less often than they did 25 years ago, new research reveals.

The water's not fine: U.S. pool-linked infection doubles in 2 years

Families seeking to cool off don't expect to pick up a nasty infection. Yet, outbreaks of a diarrhea-causing parasitic infection have doubled in recent years at swimming pools and water playgrounds in the United States

Are you addicted to your smartphone?

As great as smartphones are, you can get too attached to the gadgets.

Century-old technique may help infertile couples conceive without IVF

A 100-year-old medical treatment could help infertile women get pregnant without undergoing pricey in vitro fertilization (IVF), a new study suggests.

Suicide by insulin?

Insulin typically saves the lives of those with diabetes, but it can also be a way for some people to kill themselves, a new review warns.

Nuts! Good medicine for colon cancer survivors?

Colon cancer patients might improve their chances of survival if they eat nuts along with an overall healthy diet and regular exercise, two new studies report.

Could a weight-loss surgery lead to alcohol abuse?

After a popular type of weight-loss surgery, nearly 21 percent of patients develop a drinking problem, sometimes years later, researchers report.

Your doctor's age might affect your care

Contrary to popular wisdom, an older, more experienced doctor may not always be the best choice.

Think you're a 'fun drunk?' a 'mean drunk?' think again

Maybe you think you're the life of the party after your third gin and tonic. Or maybe you worry you'll drink too much and turn into a "mean" drunk.

Is your child's day care center ready for pandemic flu?

The vast majority of U.S. child care centers are not fully prepared to handle the risks posed by a possible influenza pandemic, a new investigation warns.

Many under 40 may not need regular cholesterol checks: study

Many adults under 40 may not need to have routine cholesterol screenings, a new study suggests.

'Female viagra' may lift a younger woman's libido

If a woman's sex drive has waned to the point where she's distressed about it, or the issue is causing relationship problems, the medication dubbed "female Viagra" may help, a review of several studies suggests.

Blood thinners may prevent dementia in atrial fibrillation patients

A new study suggests blood thinners may also help keep dementia at bay.

People with pre-existing health issues fear repeal-and-replace bill

Millions of Americans fear the worst as they face so much to lose if Republicans in Congress pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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