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Experts Sound Warning About 'Baby Boxes'

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THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 -- Cardboard baby boxes are gaining fans, but are they as safe as cribs and bassinets? Experts say no. Without supporting evidence, "the cardboard baby box should not be promoted as a safe sleeping space, but as only a temporary substitute if nothing else is available," said Peter Blair, a professor at the University of Bristol in England, and colleagues. There's no proof... Read more

Common Drug Shows Promise Against Lymphedema

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THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 -- Lisa Hanson was first diagnosed with the leg swelling and fluid retention of lymphedema when she was just 17. Now in her 40s, she reconciled herself to a lifetime of long pants, compression hose and a nightly, hours-long bout with an electric pump to keep the swelling down. She said her lymphedema made her feel like "a freak." But now, millions of people like Hanson may... Read more

Health Highlights: Oct. 18, 2018

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Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Sharp Drop in U.S. Life Expectancy Rankings by 2040: Study The United States will have the largest drop in life expectancy rankings of all high-income countries by 2040, a new study says. The U.S. will fall from 43rd in 2016 to 64th by 2040, with an average life expectancy of 79.8, and will be... Read more

Protein-Packed Foods That Should Be Part of Your Diet

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THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 -- Protein is key to your well-being and deserves a significant place in every diet. Knowing the best sources can boost your health as well as help you feel more satisfied on fewer calories. Seafood is an excellent protein source, with dozens of types of fish and shellfish to try. Eat a 3.5-ounce serving at least twice every week, and include fish high in omega-3 fatty... Read more

Health Tip: Be Aware of Autumn Driving Hazards

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-- Autumn is a particularly dangerous time to be out driving. The days are getting shorter, the weather can be unpredictable and wet leaves frequently cover the roads. The American Association of Retired Persons suggests these Autumn driving tips: Watch for kids. They may line the streets waiting for buses, biking or walking. Drive earlier. The days are getting shorter, and as we age, our night... Read more

Health Tip: Keep Ticks Away

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-- If you want to lower your risk of getting Lyme disease, keeping ticks away is your best bet. Lymedisease.org offers these suggestions for reducing the tick population near your home: Prune trees. Clear brush. Remove litter. Mow grass short, and let it dry thoroughly between waterings. Get rid of birdfeeders and birdbaths. Clear away woodpiles and leaf piles. Remove stone walls that offer... Read more

Preeclampsia Tied to Tripling of Dementia in Later Life

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 -- High blood pressure during pregnancy can be a sign of preeclampsia -- a potentially life-threatening complication. Now, new research suggests preeclampsia might also make women more vulnerable to a specific type of dementia. Women with a history of preeclampsia were 3.4 times more likely to suffer from vascular dementia later in life, the researchers found. This form... Read more

Omega-3s in Seafood May Keep You Healthier, Longer

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 -- Tuna, salmon, mackerel, cod: Whatever your preference, eating more seafood may help you stay healthy as you age, new research suggests. In a study spanning 22 years, researchers found that higher blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood were associated with a better chance of healthy aging. The study involved more than 2,600 U.S. adults participating in... Read more

Menthol Cig Ban Didn't Spur Black Market Sales: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 -- A ban on menthol cigarettes in one Canadian province did not trigger a rise in the sales of illegal cigarettes that was predicted by the tobacco industry, a new study shows. When Nova Scotia became the first jurisdiction in the world to ban menthol cigarettes in May 2015, the tobacco industry claimed that "the primary effect of this law will be to increase the illegal... Read more

Don't Want Rosacea? Drinking Coffee Might Help

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 -- Contrary to popular belief, new research suggests that drinking coffee might be a good prescription for avoiding the unsightly skin condition known as rosacea. The finding is based on an analysis of rosacea risk and dietary habits among nearly 83,000 women who were enrolled in a national nurses' study between 1991 and 2005. And it appears to challenge longstanding... Read more

Scientists Closer to Drug That Cuts Nicotine Dependence

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 -- Researchers say they've created an enzyme that might one day reduce nicotine cravings in smokers. The scientists gave the enzyme to nicotine-dependent rats and found it broke down nicotine in the bloodstream before it could reach the brain. This quickly reduced the rats' nicotine dependence. It also prevented them from relapsing when they again had access to... Read more

AHA: Why It's So Hard to Quit Smoking

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- The science behind why it's so difficult to quit smoking is crystal clear: Nicotine is addictive -- reportedly as addictive as cocaine or heroin. Yet any adult can stroll into a drug store and buy a pack of cigarettes, no questions asked. "From a scientific standpoint, nicotine is just as hard, or harder, to quit than heroin but people... Read more

Map of Mouse Hippocampus Could Be Weapon Against Alzheimer's

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 -- A precision map of a part of the brain of the lowly mouse could be a potent new research tool against Alzheimer's, researchers say. The highly detailed look at the mouse hippocampus should provide new insight into a range of brain diseases in humans, according to the research team from the University of Southern California. That's because the mouse brain is organized... Read more

AHA: No Direct Link Between Preeclampsia and Cognitive Impairment, Study Finds

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- While preeclampsia puts women at greater risk for stroke and high blood pressure following childbirth, a new study found that the pregnancy-related condition may not predispose them to significant cognitive impairment later in life. Instead, other physical and social risk factors related to the condition may be contributing to those subtle... Read more

Take 10 for Mindfulness

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 -- Feel yourself being pulled in a million directions and losing track of what's really important? The meditative practice called mindfulness can help you get centered and re-focus on what's meaningful to you. And it doesn't take time that's already in short supply on your busy schedule. You can reap the benefits in less time than it takes for a coffee... Read more

Pounds Regained After Weight-Loss Op Can Tell Your Doc a Lot

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 -- Tracking pounds regained after weight-loss surgery can help predict a patient's risk for serious health problems like diabetes, a new study says. "Clinicians and patients want to know the extent of weight regain following bariatric surgery and how it may affect their health," said study lead author Wendy King, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University... Read more

Number of Autism Genes Now Tops 100

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 -- The number of genes known to be associated with autism now stands at 102, researchers report. They also said that they've made significant progress in distinguishing between genes associated with autism and those associated with intellectual disability and developmental delay, conditions that often overlap with autism. The analysis of more than 37,000 genetic samples... Read more

U.S. Birth Rates Continue to Drop as Age of New Moms Rises

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 -- American women are having fewer children, and they're having them later in life, a new government report shows. "Overall, we saw continuing decreasing trends in total fertility," said report author Danielle Ely, a health statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Jennifer... Read more

Health Highlights: Oct. 17, 2018

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Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Canada Recreational marijuana became legal in Canada on Wednesday and while many welcome the move, others have serious concerns. An editorial published Monday by the Canadian Medical Association Journal called legalization an "uncontrolled experiment in... Read more

Health Tip: Using a Home Fireplace

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-- Many homeowners enjoy relaxing by a hot fire at the end of a cold day. But a crackling fire can lead to a disaster, especially if there are small kids at home and some basic safety rules aren't followed, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Here are the academy's suggestions for safer use of your home fireplace: If possible, keep a window cracked open while the fire burns. Make sure... Read more

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