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The Latest Trends In Marijuana Use

More baby boomers are smoking marijuana. Women, too.

24 Feb

These Foods May Significantly Lower Your Risk Of Stroke

Fiber, fruits and veggies could cut your odds of the most common type of stroke.

Drug Shows Promise Against Aggressive Breast Cancer

Drug Shows Promise Against Aggressive Breast Cancer

The immunotherapy drug Keytruda might offer a new treatment option to women with an aggressive form of breast cancer, a clinical trial suggests.

The study found that for women with "triple-negative" breast cancer, adding Keytruda to standard chemotherapy improved their odds of responding.

And in the months afterward, women tr...

Want Your Kids to Eat Veggies? Both Parents Must Set Example

Want Your Kids to Eat Veggies? Both Parents Must Set Example

Mom and Dad, if you want your little ones to eat their fruit and vegetables, both of you must set an example, Finnish researchers say.

They noted that early childhood is a critical time for encouraging healthy eating habits that continue into adulthood.

Researchers surveyed 100 parents to see how they influenced their 3- to 5...

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  • February 26, 2020
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For a Longer Life, Stay in School, Study Suggests

For a Longer Life, Stay in School, Study Suggests

U.S. life expectancy hasn't kept up with other wealthy nations and experts have cited health care, drug addiction and mental health woes as possible causes.

But maybe the key to longevity can be found in the classroom, new research suggests.

In the new study, a team from Yale and the University of Alabama-Birmingham sought ...

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  • February 26, 2020
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Years of Endurance Exercise May Change Heart Structure

Years of Endurance Exercise May Change Heart Structure

Triathlons, rowing, mountaineering, cross-country skiing: Tough exercise like this done over decades appears to reshape the heart, new research shows.

In older adults, long-term endurance exercise seems tied to an enlargement of the aorta -- the large artery that carries oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. But whet...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 26, 2020
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Weight Gain Is No Friend to Aging Lungs

Weight Gain Is No Friend to Aging Lungs

Piling on extra pounds speeds up the decline of lung function in older adults, a new study suggests.

While lung function decreases naturally as people age, researchers linked moderate or significant weight gain to an even sharper decline.

The study included 3,700 people in Europe and Australia who were recruited between the a...

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  • February 26, 2020
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Study Casts Doubt on Need for Adult Boosters for Tetanus, Diphtheria

Study Casts Doubt on Need for Adult Boosters for Tetanus, Diphtheria

Countering a U.S. government advisory, a new study suggests that adults may not need regular booster shots for tetanus and diphtheria if they received a complete vaccination series as children.

Researchers compared data gathered from millions of people in 31 countries in North America and Europe between 2001 and 2016. They found no si...

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  • February 26, 2020
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Losing a Spouse Could Speed Brain's Decline

Losing a Spouse Could Speed Brain's Decline

Losing a spouse can be a heartbreaker, and new research suggests it's also tough on the brain.

The study found that when a husband or wife dies, the surviving mate's mental acuity could start to decline.

In fact, people who are widowed and have high levels of beta-amyloid plaque, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, appear to e...

  • Steven Reinberg
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  • February 26, 2020
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Another Vaping Hazard: Less-Healthy Mouths

Another Vaping Hazard: Less-Healthy Mouths

Your lungs might not be your only concern if you're trying electronic cigarettes -- your mouth may pay the price, too.

Vaping alters the natural bacteria found in the mouth, leaving you more vulnerable to oral infections and inflammation, a new study reports.

The researchers said this study is the first to show that vaping c...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • February 26, 2020
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Drug Offers Hope Against Tough-to-Treat Chronic Cough

Drug Offers Hope Against Tough-to-Treat Chronic Cough

Anywhere from 4% to 10% of adults have troublesome chronic cough, defined as an unexplained cough lasting more than eight weeks. But a new drug may offer some long-sought relief.

Reporting Feb. 25 in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, British researchers said the experimental drug, called gefapixant, blocks a cellular rec...

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  • February 26, 2020
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AHA News: After Heart Attack, Mini-Stroke and Stroke, Survivor Has Some Advice

AHA News: After Heart Attack, Mini-Stroke and Stroke, Survivor Has Some Advice

Andy Beal woke up at 4 a.m. and went to the bathroom as he'd done hundreds of times before. This time, though, the 44-year-old North Carolina man had trouble getting back into bed.

"I collapsed. I had to like roll into bed," Andy said. "The entire right side of my body was paralyzed."

When his wife, Sheila, asked if he was OK, al...

More Countries Report Coronavirus Cases, as Outbreak in U.S. Looks Certain

More Countries Report Coronavirus Cases, as Outbreak in U.S. Looks Certain

More cases of coronavirus cropped up in countries throughout the world on Wednesday, one day after top U.S. health officials warned that a coronavirus outbreak on American soil is now all but a certainty.

The World Health Organization announced Wednesday that new coronavirus cases outside China eclipsed those inside China for the first...

  • E.J. Mundell and Robin Foster
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  • February 26, 2020
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Sugary Sodas Wreak Havoc With Cholesterol Levels, Harming the Heart

Sugary Sodas Wreak Havoc With Cholesterol Levels, Harming the Heart

Sugar-sweetened drinks can play havoc with your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, a new study finds.

Specifically, drinking more than 12 ounces (1 standard can) of sugary sodas or fruit drinks a day may not bode well for your cardiovascular health, researchers say.

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  • February 26, 2020
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Paddles Against Parkinson's: Ping Pong Might Ease Symptoms

Paddles Against Parkinson's: Ping Pong Might Ease Symptoms

A spirited game of ping pong may be more than just fun: New research suggests it could quell symptoms in Parkinson's patients.

The small study found that patients with the movement disorder had significant improvements in a wide range of symptoms after taking part in a six-month ping pong exercise program.

"Ping pong, which i...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 26, 2020
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Big Breakfast May Be the Most Slimming Meal of the Day

Big Breakfast May Be the Most Slimming Meal of the Day

Starting the day with a big breakfast and keeping dinner light may help you burn more calories and keep you trimmer, new research suggests.

Eating this way may also keep your blood sugar levels from going too high, the small study found.

"Extensive breakfasting should be preferred over large dinner meals," said study lead a...

  • Serena Gordon
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  • February 26, 2020
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Female Firefighters Face Higher Exposure to Carcinogens

Female Firefighters Face Higher Exposure to Carcinogens

Female firefighters are exposed to chemicals that may be linked with breast and other types of cancer, researchers say.

Compared to women working in offices, female firefighters in San Francisco are exposed to higher levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These chemicals are used in firefighting foam and uniforms, grease...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 26, 2020
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Is Your Smartphone or Tablet an Injury Risk?

Is Your Smartphone or Tablet an Injury Risk?

Here's a good reason to put your electronic devices down whenever you can: Experts say that using them incorrectly or too often can put you at risk for a range of injuries.

"When people position their hand, arm or neck in uncomfortable positions for a prolonged period of time, it can lead to strains and overuse injuries," said Dr. Mich...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 25, 2020
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Heading to Work on a Bike? You Might Live Longer

Heading to Work on a Bike? You Might Live Longer

Do you ride your bike to work? If you don't, maybe you should.

Why? People who commute by bicycle are at lower risk of dying early, a new study from New Zealand finds.

Researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington, the University of Melbourne and the University of Auckland found that those who cycled to work had a 13&...

  • Kayla McKiski
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  • February 25, 2020
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New Moms Need to Watch Out for High Blood Pressure

New Moms Need to Watch Out for High Blood Pressure

All new mothers should know the signs and symptoms of high blood pressure, even if they don't have a history of the condition, researchers say.

It's not uncommon for high blood pressure to occur after childbirth. If the high blood pressure isn't treated, women can be at risk for stroke and other serious problems. In some cases, it can ...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 25, 2020
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U.S. Veterans With Blocked Leg Arteries Seeing Better Results

U.S. Veterans With Blocked Leg Arteries Seeing Better Results

Fewer U.S. veterans are having leg amputations or dying due to serious blockages in leg arteries, a new study finds.

These blockages are called critical limb ischemia (CLI). They can cause severe leg pain, wounds that don't heal and poor quality of life, according to the study published recently in the journal Circulation: Cardiovas...

  • Robert Preidt
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  • February 25, 2020
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What Works Best to Ease Flare-Ups of COPD?

What Works Best to Ease Flare-Ups of COPD?

The best available drugs to treat sudden COPD flare-ups are the medications already widely in use, antibiotics and corticosteroids, a new evidence review has concluded.

There's not enough evidence to recommend newer treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), said lead researcher Dr. Claudia Dobler, a visiting scholar ...

  • Dennis Thompson
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  • February 25, 2020
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