Pot Use During Early Pregnancy on the Rise

Tweet FRIDAY, July 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Pot use and pregnancy hardly go hand-in-hand for health reasons, but more American women are using marijuana just before and right after they become pregnant, new research warns. “These findings should alert women’s health clinicians to be aware of potential increases in daily and weekly cannabis use among their patients,” said...
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Heat Bakes the Nation, Here Are Some Safety Tips

Tweet First Aid for Someone Having a Seizure By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The heat is on. Across two-thirds of the United States, over 115 million Americans live where some level of heat alert is already in effect, and 290 million will see temperatures soar past 90 degrees at some point in the next week, USA Today reported Wednesday. As...
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Residents Unaware of Cancer-Causing Toxin in Air

Tweet Velma Slaton, breast cancer survivor and mother of Ann Singley, Covington, GA. Kelly Singley, widower, Covington, GA. Tony Adams, resident, Chadsworth at Vinings Townhomes, Atlanta. Karen Hays, chief, Air Protection Branch, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, Atlanta. Richard Peltier, PhD, associate professor of environmental health sciences, University...
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Money Might Motivate Smokers to Quit Long Term

Tweet THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Financial rewards for quitting smoking do help smokers — including pregnant women — kick the habit and remain smoke-free, a new study confirms. “Rewards, such as money or vouchers, have been used to encourage smokers to quit, and to reward them if they stay stopped. Such schemes have been used in workplaces, in clinics and hospitals,...
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The ‘Bottom’ Blood Pressure Number Matters, Too

Tweet By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to blood pressure readings, the “top” number seems to grab all the attention. But a large, new study confirms that both numbers are, in fact, critical in determining the risk of heart attack and stroke. Blood pressure measurements are given as a “top” and “bottom”...
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Study Casts Doubt on Safety of Herbal Drug Kratom

Tweet Slideshow: Self-Care and Recovery After Trauma By Dennis Thompson                HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The herbal supplement kratom regularly causes serious side effects and doesn’t appear safe for use, a new study argues. Kratom, made from the leaves of a Southeast Asian plant, is usually used to treat pain and addiction....
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Menstrual Cups Safe and Effective, Study Says

Tweet Boost Your Chances of Pregnancy: 10 conception tips. By Robert Preidt                HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — They’re gaining in popularity among women, and a new study finds menstrual cups to be just as safe and as effective as disposable pads or tampons. British researchers looked at data on the cost-saving devices, gleaned...
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Harmful Germs in Ocean Water? How to Tell

Tweet Fox43: “Woman infected with flesh-eating bacteria at Virginia beach.” CNN: “Flesh-eating bacteria kills a Memphis man who visited Florida waterways.” Environmental Health: “Estimate of incidence and cost of recreational waterborne illness on United States surface waters.” CDC: “Vibrio vulnificus Infections and Disasters,” “Necrotizing Fasciitis: All You Need...
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WHO Says Congo Ebola Outbreak Is Health Emergency

Tweet WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday called the year-old outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo a global health emergency, The New York Times reported. The declaration, made by a panel of experts, follows news this week that the deadly infectious disease had spread to Goma, the largest city in eastern Congo. Earlier...
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Study: Tough State Gun Laws Help Keep Kids Safe

Tweet By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Over a five-year period, more than 21,000 Americans aged 21 and younger died from firearm-related injuries. But when states have stricter gun laws, fewer children die from gun violence, new research shows. For the study, investigators examined data on gun deaths from 2011 to 2015 and compared those statistics...
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