Are You a Risk-Taker? It Might Lie in Your Genes

Tweet FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Do you shy away from risky business or cast caution aside and go for it? Either way, your answer could come from your DNA. Scientists have identified more than 100 genetic variants linked with risk-taking, according to a groundbreaking new study. “Genetic variants that are associated with overall risk tolerance — a measure based on...
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Study: Movie Violence Doesn’t Make Kids Violent

Tweet By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Parents often worry that violent movies can trigger violence in their kids, but a new study suggests PG-13-rated movies won’t turn your kids into criminals. Researchers found that as PG-13 movies became more violent between 1985 and 2015, overall rates of murder and violence...
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Plague: What to Know in 2019

Tweet Karl Musgrave, DVM, state public health veterinarian, Wyoming Department of Health. Amesh Adalja, MD, senior scholar, Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security; spokesperson, Infectious Diseases Society of America. CDC: “Plague,” “Protect yourself from plague,” “Plague in the United States.” News release, Wyoming Department of Health: “Plague...
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Money Woes May Damage Black Americans’ Hearts

Tweet By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Money worries may contribute to heart disease in black Americans, a new study suggests. “Stress is known to contribute to disease risk, but the data from our study suggest a possible relationship between financial stress and heart disease that clinicians should be aware of as...
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Experimental Drug Could Help In Type 2 Diabetes

Tweet 6 Tips to Help if You’re Tired of Your Diabetes By Amy Norton                  HealthDay Reporter         THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — An experimental drug may help people with type 2 diabetes curb their blood sugar without causing it to drop to dangerously low levels. Researchers found that the compound — dubbed TTP399 for now —...
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Opioid Use in Pregnancy Linked to Birth Defects?

Tweet Slideshow: Self-Care and Recovery After Trauma By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — More American infants are being born with their intestines outside of their bodies, and the disturbing trend might be linked to the opioid crisis, health officials reported Thursday. The condition, called gastroschisis, is caused...
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Experts: People Must Change Diets to Save Earth

Tweet By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The average person’s daily diet will need to change drastically during the next three decades to make sure everyone is fed without depleting the planet, a panel of experts has concluded. Global consumption of foods such as red meat and sugar will have to decrease by about...
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Study: 1 in 4 Antibiotic Prescriptions Not Needed

Tweet By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 25 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the United States are given for conditions they aren’t meant to treat, a new study finds. Antibiotics are miracle drugs that can cure deadly bacterial infections. But too often they are given to treat viral infections, such as...
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WHO Says Anti-Vaxxers Are Global Health Threat

Tweet Anti-vaxxers are among the top 10 health threats facing the world in 2019, the World Health Organization says. The movement against vaccinations has taken hold in a number of countries, including the United States. The percentage of American children aged 19 to 35 months who have not been vaccinated has quadrupled since 2001, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data,...
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Study: Many Poor Women Can’t Afford Tampons, Pads

Tweet Boost Your Chances of Pregnancy: 10 conception tips. By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A study of nearly 200 poor women living in the St. Louis area found that two out of three had to go without feminine hygiene products at least once over the prior year, due to cost. About one-fifth — 21 percent —...
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