Even ‘Weekend Warriors’ Get a Boost To Life Span

Tweet By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Daily exercise may be the ideal, but even weekend workouts might prolong your life, a new study suggests. In a study of more than 3,400 men and women over age 40, researchers found those who exercised one or two days a week had the same low death rates as those who exercised more...
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Buyer Beware When Purchasing Medical Test Strips

Tweet WEDNESDAY, April 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Test strips help millions monitor their health at home, but people should avoid buying strips that are pre-owned or not approved for sale in the United States. Using such strips could lead to incorrect test results that could put people at risk for serious problems and even death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. What are some examples...
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Gulf War Legacy: Higher Risk of Birth Defects

Tweet WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Here’s bad news for some women in the military: An increased risk of minor birth defects was found among U.S. female veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War. Researchers examined data on minor and major birth defects among 788 children born to 522 Gulf War-era female and male veterans who were and were not deployed during the war. Women accounted...
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More TV, Tablets, More Attention Issues at Age 5

Tweet By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Five-year-olds who spend more than two hours a day in front of a smartphone or tablet may be at risk of attention problems, a new study suggests. Excessive “screen time” among children has been the subject of much research — particularly now that even the youngest...
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Gene Therapy Restores Immunity for ‘Bubble Boys’

Tweet James R. Downing, MD, president and CEO, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. Howard Lederman, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics; director, immunodeficiency clinic, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore. Kristen Simpson, mother of trial patient Omarion Jordan, Fort Wayne, IN. Manuel Litchman, president and CEO, Mustang Bio, Worchester MA. Paul Richards, public affairs specialist,...
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A Media Avalanche is Burying Our Attention Spans

Tweet April 16, 2019 — Pop art guru Andy Warhol once predicted that in the future, everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. He may have been too generous. The vast and growing volume of diversions that pepper our modern world appears to be taking a toll on our attention spans as people hop to the next trending topic faster and faster, European researchers report this week. “We’re confirming...
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FDA Halts All Sales of Vaginal Mesh Products

Tweet TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced a ban on the sale of all pelvic mesh products. The surgical mesh is typically used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and incontinence, but reported side effects have included permanent incontinence, severe discomfort and an inability to have sex. “In order for these mesh devices...
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Common Sleep Myths Endanger Public Health

Tweet TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Mistaken beliefs about sleep are common and pose a significant health threat, a new study warns. Among these myths: some people only need five hours of sleep; snoring is harmless; a drink before bedtime helps you fall asleep. “Sleep is a vital part of life that affects our productivity, mood, and general health and well-being,” said...
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Celebrity ‘Fat-Shaming’ Affects All Women: Study

Tweet By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — You’ve probably seen headlines screaming that a favorite star is packing on the pounds. Tyra Banks, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lawrence — no matter how thin, no celebrity seems immune from “fat-shaming.” Now, research shows the trend could have a ripple effect,...
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Terminally Ill in New Jersey May Soon End Lives

Tweet Terminally ill adults in New Jersey will soon be allowed to seek medical help to end their lives. The new law takes effect, Aug. 1 and allows adults with a prognosis of six months or less to live to get a prescription for life-ending, self-administered pills that can be taken at home, CNN reported. Before a prescription is given, a psychiatrist or psychologist must confirm that the patient has...
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