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As More Smoke Pot, Are Their Jobs at Risk?

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TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 -- As increasing numbers of Americans use marijuana, there is a rising risk of job loss among those who use the drug, a new study suggests. "Job loss may be an overlooked social cost of marijuana use," said study author Cassandra Okechukwu, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and colleagues. For the study, researchers analyzed data from tens of thousands... Read more

Mindfulness Might Ease Menopause Symptoms

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TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 -- Women who are "mindful" in their everyday activities seem to suffer fewer menopause symptoms, new research suggests. The study couldn't prove that it was the mindfulness that was keeping symptoms at bay, but it does add to evidence for a link, said lead researcher Dr. Richa Sood. She's a women's health specialist at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. "Mindfulness"... Read more

AHA: Too Much of This in the Blood Could Predict Unhealthy Aging

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TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- A hormone found in the blood that's commonly linked to heart disease also might signal when someone is more likely to grow weaker or lose their ability to balance before they're 70. People in their early 60s with higher-than-normal levels of brain natriuretic peptide, or BNP, walked slower and were less able to raise themselves from a chair... Read more

Many Addiction Centers Lack Anti-Opioid Meds: Study

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TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 -- Although the U.S. opioid epidemic dates back more than a decade, only 6 percent of treatment centers in 2016 offered the three medications approved to treat opioid addiction, new research reveals. And only about a third offered even one of the three recommended drugs, the study found. "The country is dealing with an opioid overdose death epidemic," said study lead... Read more

IVF Won't Cause Birth Complications: Study

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TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 -- "Test tube" babies are more likely to be premature and have a low birth weight, but it's unlikely that assisted reproductive technology is the reason why, researchers say. Their findings challenge the widely held belief that procedures such as freezing embryos, the delayed fertilization of eggs and hormonal treatments lead to these problems. "These findings will... Read more

Will Healthy Seniors Benefit From Daily Aspirin?

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TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 -- Daily low-dose aspirin is recommended for heart attack survivors or people at increased risk, but up to now experts have discouraged the practice for aging individuals in good health. Now, a new evidence review suggests that some healthy seniors and middle-aged adults might gain a bit of benefit from taking daily aspirin. Low-dose aspirin decreases the risk of heart... Read more

'Poop Transplants' May Help Ease Painful Colitis

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TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 -- Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease triggering pain and bloody stools, and it can raise the odds for colon cancer. But now, research suggests that fecal transplants -- basically, delivering a healthy person's stool into the colitis patient's digestive tract -- may be an effective treatment. The Australian team behind the small study said the... Read more

Eating Before Bedtime Won't Send Blood Sugar Levels Soaring

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TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 -- Avoiding food before bedtime probably won't help your blood sugar levels and health, a new study suggests. Some experts say not eating for two hours before going to bed helps prevent high blood sugar (glucose) levels and related health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. But there is no clear evidence to support this theory. In search of answers, researchers... Read more

Body Size May Influence Longevity in Women, But Not Men

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TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 -- Here's a new study finding that's bound to make tall, thin women happy: Their body size and their gender make it more likely they will reach the milestone age of 90 than either men or shorter, heavier women. If these women exercised an hour a day, the longevity benefits were even greater, the Dutch scientists reported. While exercise helped men live longer, their body... Read more

Blood Test Might Yield Early Warning of Alzheimer's

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TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 -- Leaky blood vessels in the brain may be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease, researchers say. They followed 161 older adults for five years and found that those with the most severe memory declines had the greatest leakage in their brain's blood vessels, regardless of whether the Alzheimer's-related proteins amyloid and tau were present. The findings could help with... Read more

4 Exercises for a Better Back

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TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 -- To strengthen your back -- the most commonly injured part of the body -- it's important to condition both the muscles in it and the ones that support it, notably the abs. Here are four moves to boost back fitness: For the bird dog, start on your hands and knees. Tighten your abs and simultaneously lift your right arm and your left leg until they're in line with your... Read more

How to Fight Norovirus, the 'Cruise Ship' Germ

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TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 -- Whether it's infiltrating a cruise ship, a restaurant or a college dorm, the norovirus is often in the news. It's the leading cause of illness from contaminated food in the United States. While food can be tainted at its source, food workers who acquire the infection can unintentionally cause outbreaks as well, often by touching food with bare hands before serving... Read more

HPV Vaccine Even Helps Women Who Didn't Get It: Study

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TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 -- The vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) is highly effective in young women -- and may even offer some protection to those who don't get it, a new study suggests. Researchers said the findings add to evidence that the vaccine -- which ultimately cuts the risk of several cancers -- is a boon to public health. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause... Read more

Health Highlights: Jan. 22, 2019

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Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Chinese Researcher Who Edited Babies' Genes Acted on His Own: Officials A Chinese scientist who said he edited the genes of twins to protect them against HIV acted on his own and could face punishment, according to investigators in the southern province of Guangdong. They said Dr. He Jiankui... Read more

Health Tip: Control Your Blood Pressure

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-- Uncontrolled high blood pressure is dangerous and could even lead to death, the American Heart Association says. The AHA offers these suggestions for controlling high blood pressure: Know your numbers and identity your target blood pressure range. Work with your doctor to develop a plan to lower your pressure. Make lifestyle changes -- such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating a... Read more

Health Tip: Diagnosing Alzheimer's Early

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-- If a loved one has symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, he or she should visit a doctor for a formal evaluation. It may be easier to control the disease if it's diagnosed early, the Alzheimer's Association says. Here is the association's list of other potential benefits of early diagnosis: Better access to treatment options. Possible participation in a clinical trial. More time to improve... Read more

Is Air Pollution a Downer?

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MONDAY, Jan. 21, 2019 -- Air pollution may not only make it hard to breathe, but it may also make you unhappy, a new study suggests. In China, air pollution reportedly causes an average of 1 million premature deaths each year and costs its economy $38 billion. But it also affects people's happiness, according to researchers led by Siqi Zheng. She is an associate professor in the department of... Read more

A Prescription for Feeling Young Forever

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MONDAY, Jan. 21, 2019 -- You know about the value of exercise for heart health and for staying strong and independent as you age. There's also proof that exercise keeps your body young physically as well as mentally. A British study involving cycling enthusiasts between the ages of 55 and 79 found that their physical shape and abilities rivaled those of people much younger. Being physically... Read more

Many Parents Wrong About What Prevents Colds in Kids

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MONDAY, Jan. 21, 2019 -- No parent wants to see their child catch a cold, but some take prevention measures that have little basis in science, a new survey shows. For example, 51 percent of parents said they give their child an over-the-counter vitamin or supplement to prevent colds, even though there's no evidence they work. Seventy-one percent of parents said they used "folklore" advice, such... Read more

Diet or Exercise -- or Both?

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MONDAY, Jan. 21, 2019 -- There's no doubt that an unhealthy diet and couch potato lifestyle put your health at risk, but when considering improvements, should you change one at a time or both at once? Northwestern University researchers found that it's not only doable, but also more effective, to change unhealthy behaviors simultaneously. Different groups of study participants were given a pair... Read more

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