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Facebook Posts May Hint at Depression

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 -- People may rely on social media such as Facebook to showcase the highlights of their lives, like vacations. But new research suggests the language they use in posts might also help predict depression. Using sophisticated software, researchers were able to scan social media posts and detect depression months before it was apparent on clinical screening tests. "Social... Read more

Push-Button Pain Meds Curb Need for Opioids After C-Section: Study

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 -- Letting women who've had a cesarean section dispense and control pain medication through a catheter reduces their use of addictive oral opioid painkillers, researchers report. Their study included 576 women who had planned C-sections. In such cases, it's common to inject a local anesthetic and a small dose of morphine into the spinal fluid. The morphine provides about 18... Read more

White House Wants Prices in Drug Ads, But Big Pharma Fights Back

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 -- In an attempt to head off federal regulation, America's pharmaceutical manufacturers announced Monday that they would take voluntary action to make drug prices more transparent. Under the industry's plan, all TV drug advertisements would include information directing consumers to online resources that provide the drug's list price, estimated out-of-pocket costs for... Read more

Your Gut May Be to Blame for Your Bloodstream Infection

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 -- Bloodstream infections contracted during a hospital stay are usually caused by a patient's own digestive tract, not a doctor's dirty hands or another patient's cough, a small new study suggests. Stanford University researchers used new computer software to quickly identify the source of bloodstream infections among 30 patients. The findings showed that the infections... Read more

Preteens' HPV Shot Won't Encourage Early Sex, Study Says

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 -- Despite some parents' fears, girls who get vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) do not see it as permission to have sex, a new study finds. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause genital warts and cancers of the cervix, vagina, penis, anus and throat. Experts recommend that all kids ages 11 and 12 be immunized. "We already know this vaccine is... Read more

Hip-Hop Loaded With Pot, Cigarette References

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 -- Hip-hop music videos are rife with use of marijuana, e-cigarettes and traditional smokes, perhaps enticing young viewers to light up, researchers say. "While there is no doubt that hip-hop artists have made many positive contributions to social change -- speaking out on issues like police violence against minorities -- there's also a history of showing regulated... Read more

Despite Opioid Crisis, Most Patients Want the Drugs for Post-Op Pain

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 -- Despite a flood of news reports on the opioid crisis, many people still want the potentially addictive painkillers after surgery, a new survey suggests. The survey, of more than 500 patients scheduled for surgery, found that more than three-quarters expected to get opioids afterward. Most also thought opioids were the most effective treatment for post-surgery pain. But... Read more

Michael's Lingering Threat: Mold

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 -- In the flooding and devastation left by Hurricane Michael, Americans faced with the clean-up are facing a new health threat: mold. Mold-related illnesses are a serious concern following severe flooding in the path of the storm, say experts from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. "Where there's dampness and water, there's mold," said Paula Schenck, of the... Read more

Health Highlights: Oct. 15, 2018

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Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Resistance From Residents Hampering Efforts to Contain Congo Ebola Outbreak Attempts to thwart safe burials of Ebola victims in the Congo are among the types of opposition from local residents making it difficult for health officials to contain an outbreak of the deadly infectious disease in... Read more

What Kids -- and Parents -- Fear Most at the Doctor's Office

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 -- Fear of doctors is common among American preschoolers, and a trip to the pediatrician's office can cause equal anxiety for Mom and Dad. Half of 2- to 5-year-olds are afraid of going to the doctor, according to a new survey of 726 parents. And some kids get so upset that 1 in 5 parents say they find it hard to concentrate on what the doctor or nurse is saying. Some also... Read more

5 Salad Killers to Skip

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 -- A huge bowl of greens can be filling and chock full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. But what you top it with can turn it from diet delight to diet disaster. Whether you're at home or facing a tempting all-you-can-eat salad bar at a restaurant, these tips will keep fat and calories in check. Creamy dressings can have more than 130 calories per serving, nearly all of... Read more

Kids' Concussion Symptoms May Persist for a Year

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 -- A year after a concussion, up to one-third of kids still have symptoms such as headache and irritability that may affect school performance, a new study finds. "Children with all types of injuries may show post-concussion symptoms," said lead researcher Linda Ewing-Cobbs, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School in... Read more

Health Tip: Know the Risks of Chicken Pox

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-- Chicken pox used to be a rite of passage for young children. But with the development of the chicken pox vaccine, the vast majority of kids avoid this itchy and painful illness. While most people who develop chicken pox will recover completely without issue, it can be serious -- and even deadly -- for babies, teens, even adults, as well as pregnant women, and people with weak immune systems,... Read more

Health Tip: Protect Your Food From Hurricane Threats

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-- Lengthy power outages are often unwanted headaches left in the wake of hurricanes and other severe storms. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers the following ways to prepare for unpredictable weather by having key supplies available: Containers of ice to keep food cold, or to melt if water supply is contaminated or unavailable. Coolers, frozen gel packs and dry ice to keep... Read more

Diabetes Can Make Weight-Loss Harder. Here's Help

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SUNDAY, Oct. 14, 2018 -- Because of the medications they take, losing weight can be difficult for people with diabetes. Diabetes medications are a major roadblock to weight loss, according to a paper from the American Association of Diabetes Educators. "Diabetes medications are vital in helping manage blood sugar, so you shouldn't stop taking them. Instead, ask (your doctor) about alternative... Read more

Eczema? Ask Your Doctor About a Bleach Bath

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SATURDAY, Oct. 13, 2018 -- Bleach baths can ease symptoms of moderate to severe eczema and reduce the risk of skin infections, a dermatologist says. Eczema causes itchy, red, scaly skin. It's often triggered by cold weather or allergens, and can be a chronic source of discomfort. "Bleach is antibacterial, and studies have shown that a diluted bleach bath may reduce eczema symptoms by reducing... Read more

Add Asthma to List of Possible Causes of Childhood Obesity

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FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 -- Children with asthma are at increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study suggests. Obesity is widely regarded as a risk factor for asthma, but these new findings suggest the reverse is true, too, according to the researchers. The study authors analyzed data from more than 21,000 children in nine European countries who were diagnosed with asthma at ages 3 to 4 years... Read more

Bug Behind Stomach Cancer Also Linked to Colon Cancer

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FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 -- The same type of bacteria that causes stomach cancer may also increase colon cancer risk, especially in black Americans, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 4,000 colon or rectal cancer cases in the United States. They found a significant association between rates of these cancers and infection with a virulent strain of H. pylori bacteria that's... Read more

Many Supplements Contain Unapproved, Dangerous Ingredients: Study

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FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 -- U.S. health officials have issued more than 700 warnings during the last decade about the sale of dietary supplements that contain unapproved and potentially dangerous drug ingredients, new research reveals. In nearly all cases (98 percent), the presence of such ingredients was not noted anywhere on supplement labeling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found. From... Read more

Medical Marijuana Might Help MS Patients, But Uncertainty Remains

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FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 -- Medical products derived from marijuana might have a mild benefit in treating symptoms of multiple sclerosis, based on reports from patients. Drugs containing the major chemical compounds in cannabis are associated with a limited and mild reduction in muscle contractions, bladder dysfunction and pain, based on patient self-assessments from clinical trials included in a... Read more

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