ARCHIVE: December 2019

As Manufacturing Jobs End, Opioid OD Deaths May Rise

MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's a connection that health officials might miss, but an alarming new study shows that when factories close, deaths from opioid overdoses soar. "There's...

Americans Need to Tackle Youth Obesity: U.S. Task Force

MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood obesity is such a crisis in America that officials have been updating recommendations for how early intervention should begin. Obesity now affects...

Better Choices for a Fast, Healthy Lunch

MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Rushed for lunch? Yes, that nearby fast-food chain is convenient, but by tweaking your choices you can cut unwanted salt, fat and calories. When the U.S....

Some Solid Advice on New Year's Resolutions That Might Stick

MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you plan to make a New Year's resolution about improving your health, the American Medical Association (AMA) has some good suggestions. "With too many...

Obesity May Boost Effectiveness of a Lung Cancer Therapy

MONDAY, Dec. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is seldom a friend to health, but in one medical context it might give patients a slight advantage, new research suggests. Specifically, when...

Festive Foods Can Leave Those on Restricted Diets Out in the Cold

SUNDAY, Dec. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Elaborate feasts are a centerpiece of the holidays, but all that food can make people with restricted diets feel left out, a new study suggests. People...

Get Ready for the Sleepiest Day of the Year

SATURDAY, Dec. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- What's the sleepiest day of the year? For a majority of Americans, that would be New Year's Day, according to a survey of 2,003 adults by the American...

Genes, Family Are Key Predictors of School Success

FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It may be possible to predict a child's chances of academic success at birth, a new study suggests. Researchers found that kids' genes and their parents'...

Acupuncture May Ease a Common Side Effect of Cancer Treatment

FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Dry mouth can be a troubling side effect of radiation therapy, but acupuncture may ease its symptoms, a new study suggests. Of 339 patients getting...

Your TV, Smartphone Screens May Send Toxins Into Your Home

FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Your smartphone, television and computer screens may be contaminating your home with potentially toxic chemicals, a new study suggests. An international...

Could 1 Dose of HPV Vaccine Be Enough?

FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that might make the HPV vaccine more palatable to many, new research suggests a single dose may provide just as much protection from cervical...

Recipes for Healthy Holiday Appetizers

FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Finger foods are delicious, but they can pack on the calories even when you just nibble. Here are two appetizer makeovers with plenty of flavor and a lot...

How You Can Be Overfat Without Being Overweight

FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You know that you need to watch your weight to lower your risk for heart disease, but that is far from the whole story. It is possible to be overfat...

Do Your Heart a Favor: Bike, Walk to Work

FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Leave your car in the garage if you can: A new study suggests that walking or biking to work could cut your risk of a heart attack. The researchers...

Sleep Disturbances May Trigger Migraine

THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep disturbances appear to be a trigger for migraine headaches, according to a new study. "We found that low sleep efficiency, which is the amount of...

Regular Exercise Cuts Odds for 7 Major Cancers

THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise may reduce the odds you'll develop any of seven types of cancer -- and a new study suggests the more you exercise, the lower your risk. That's...

Older Blood Safe as New Blood for Transfusions

THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Transfusions with fresh red blood cells are not any better than older red blood cells at reducing the risk of organ failure or death in critically ill...

Could Brain Scans Spot Children's Mood, Attention Problems...

THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Children's mental health issues are hard to predict until they're causing problems, but researchers may have found a way to use brain scans to spot which...

Heavy Drinking Plus Xanax, Valium: A Dangerous Mix

THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People who regularly drink to excess are also likely to use benzodiazepines, a new study finds. These drugs -- like Valium (diazepam), Xanax (alprazolam...

A Medical Insight in Michelangelo's David, 'Hiding in...

THURSDAY, Dec. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Michelangelo's David is perhaps the world's most famous statue, gazed upon by millions over centuries. And yet it's only this year that an American doctor...

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