Looks-Conscious Teens Trying Risky Supplements

Tweet Looks-Conscious Teens Trying Risky Supplements By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Many teens are turning to risky, unregulated supplements to boost their looks, warns a leading group of U.S. pediatricians. These products — including protein powders, steroids and diet pills — are often useless at best, toxic at worst,...
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Health Risks Higher for LGBT Community

Tweet Health Risks Higher for LGBT Community By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — In yet another sign that lesbian, gay and bisexual people face additional health risks, a new study finds they’re more likely to drink heavily and smoke. Gay men and bisexuals of both genders are also more likely to report moderate-to-severe “psychological...
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Even ‘Good’ Insurance Comes With Hidden Hospital Bills

Tweet MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Quality private health insurance is no protection against large out-of-pocket bills following routine hospital stays, a new study warns. “Hidden” costs of hospitalization for privately insured adults rose more than 37 percent over five years, with patients paying more than $1,000 on average by 2013, researchers found. These hikes came...
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Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans

Tweet Alternative Medicine Taking Hold Among Americans By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Americans spend a good chunk of their health care dollars on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, a new government report shows. In fact, they paid more than $30 billion out of pocket in...
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Zika Can Also Strike Eyes of Adults: Report

Tweet Zika Can Also Strike Eyes of Adults: Report By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Doctors in Brazil report that a man infected with Zika developed a potentially severe eye condition, in another sign that the dreaded virus can harm vision in both babies and adults. “Zika patients should report every single symptom to their...
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This at Bedtime Could Temporarily Rob Your Sight

Tweet This at Bedtime Could Temporarily Rob Your Sight By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A short-lived optical sensation can lead some smartphone users to mistakenly believe they’ve lost sight in one eye, British doctors report. The temporary vision loss can affect people who read their smartphone in the dark while lying...
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Author Michael Herr Dies at 76

Tweet The ‘Dispatches’ author also co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and helped write voiceover narration for Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Apocalypse Now.’ NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Herr, the author and Oscar-nominated screenplay writer who viscerally documented the ravages of the Vietnam War through...
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Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven’t Eased Misuse

Tweet Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven’t Eased Misuse By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — U.S. laws designed to curb abuse of opioid painkillers haven’t reduced misuse or overdoses by disabled Medicare beneficiaries, a new study suggests. Between 2006 and 2012, states enacted 81 laws to control use of powerful opioids...
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Scans May Spare These Patients From Chemo

Tweet Scans May Spare These Patients From Chemo By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A certain type of medical scan can be used to help spare some Hodgkin lymphoma patients from the severe side effects of chemotherapy, a new study suggests. Researchers found that PET imaging can identify patients whose Hodgkin lymphoma will likely respond...
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Southern States Lagging in Tough Smoking Bans

Tweet Southern States Lagging in Tough Smoking Bans By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Smokers in southern states can still find plenty of places to spread secondhand smoke to others, a new report finds. In fact, no states in the U.S. Southeast have comprehensive smoke-free laws to protect nonsmokers from tobacco fumes, a federal government...
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