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Flu-like illness raises the risk of stroke

Flu-like illness raises the risk of stroke

Two new research studies show that the chance of experiencing a stroke are significantly higher after flu or flu-like illness. Researchers are looking for a link between flu-like illness and the risk of stroke. Each year, nearly 800,000 people in the United States experience a stroke. The risk factors include weight, smoking status, age, and […]

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Could Gut Bacteria Be Linked to Dementia Risk?

Could Gut Bacteria Be Linked to Dementia Risk?

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimer’s News THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) — People with dementia show a different makeup in the bacteria dwelling in their guts, a preliminary study finds — raising questions about whether the “bugs” play some role in the brain disease. Researchers in Japan found that compared with dementia-free older […]

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Hair Styles That Can Lead to Hair Loss

Hair Styles That Can Lead to Hair Loss

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Skin News FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Hairstyles are a defining feature for many people, but some ‘dos can also damage hair follicles. A Johns Hopkins review of 19 studies has found that many hairstyles can lead to a condition known as traction alopecia. That’s the gradual loss […]

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Blood Donors Needed as Cold Weather Freezes U.S. Supply

Blood Donors Needed as Cold Weather Freezes U.S. Supply

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Prevention & Wellness News THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. blood supply is expected to drop to dangerously low levels as sub-zero weather in many parts of the country forces cancellation of crucial blood drives, American Red Cross officials warn. Severe winter weather has already led to […]

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FDA Fast-Tracks OTC Naloxone for Opioid Overdose

FDA Fast-Tracks OTC Naloxone for Opioid Overdose

By Megan BrooksWebMD Health News Jan. 31, 2019 — The FDA has announced “unprecedented” steps to help companies develop over-the-counter (OTC) naloxone to cut opioid overdose deaths. Latest Mental Health News “With the number of overdose deaths involving prescription and illicit opioids more than doubling over the last 7 years to nearly 48,000 in 2017, […]

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Staying Off Facebook Brings Benefits: Study

Staying Off Facebook Brings Benefits: Study

Turning away from Facebook could benefit you in a number of ways, according to a new study. You’d have more in-person time with family and friends, be less politically partisan, have a slight improvement in daily moods and life satisfaction, and have an extra hour a day of downtime if you’re an average Facebook user, […]

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Health Tip: Signs of Vision Problems in Infants

Health Tip: Signs of Vision Problems in Infants

(HealthDay News) — A newborn‘s vision isn’t as developed as an older child’s, although significant progress is made during the initial months of life, the American Optometric Association says. Latest Healthy Kids News Although rare at this early age, signs of vision problems among newborns and young infants include: Excessive tearing – this may indicate […]

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Breastfeeding Is Still Best

Breastfeeding Is Still Best

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Healthy Kids News FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The benefits of breastfeeding are wide-ranging. For baby, they include protection against infections and illnesses, including asthma, as well as reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Babies breastfed for six months are also less likely to become […]

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Nearly Half of American Adults Have Unhealthy Hearts: Report

Nearly Half of American Adults Have Unhealthy Hearts: Report

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Almost half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, heart disease or a history of stroke, a new report shows. That figure is up sharply from what the American Heart Association (AHA) reported last year — largely because of changes in […]

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An Upbeat Attitude Might Help Prevent 2nd Stroke

An Upbeat Attitude Might Help Prevent 2nd Stroke

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If you’ve had a stroke, a positive outlook might just help prevent another one, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when people felt they could protect themselves from a second stroke, they had lower blood pressure. High blood pressure is […]