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14 Percent of Toddlers May Be Drinking Coffee

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Although they may just be learning how to say the word coffee, about one in seven 2-year-olds in Boston drinks the caffeinated beverage, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed information from 315 mothers and their babies. They discovered that 14 percent of 2-year-olds were given coffee by their parents […]

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Medical Bills Another Burden for Eczema Patients: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Eczema isn’t just a painful, chronic problem for many — it’s a big drain on the pocketbook, too, a new study finds.
Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago report that adults with eczema have higher health costs and more health care-related problems than those without […]

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What You Should Know About Long-Term Use of Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen may not be as safe as previously thought, with larger doses and long-term use linked to increased risk of health problems, a new report contends.

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The Surprising Link Between Painkiller Abuse and the Rise in Heroin Overdoses

Heroin overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years, quadrupling since 2000, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

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Many Transplant Surgeons Suffer Burnout

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many transplant surgeons in the United States suffer burnout, a new study reveals.
Researchers at the Henry Ford Transplant Institute in Detroit surveyed 218 male and female transplant surgeons, aged 31 to 79. Almost half said they had a low sense of personal accomplishment, and 40 percent reported high […]

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Kids May Be More Likely to Exercise When Friends Do

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Friends play a major role in youngsters’ levels of physical activity, new research indicates.
“Clinically, much of the focus on increasing physical activity involves engaging the family and encouraging the patient to be more active, but this study suggests that encouragement may not be sufficient,” said study author Jessica […]

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Fried Foods Tied to Raised Heart Failure Risk

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The more fried food you eat, the greater your risk for heart failure, a new study says.
“This study suggests that it might be wise to reduce the frequency and quantity of fried foods consumed weekly in order to prevent heart failure and other chronic conditions,” […]

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Surgery Patients Might Not Need Sedative Before Anesthesia

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new French study questions the need for giving a sedative to surgical patients to calm them down before anesthesia is administered.
The investigators found that the sedative lorazepam (Ativan) did not improve patients’ experience, and was tied to a lower rate of early mental recovery.
“I […]

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Crashes Cause Majority of Deaths for Truck Drivers

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Crashes cause 65 percent of on-the-job deaths of truck drivers in the United States, making it the top cause of work-related deaths in that occupation, a federal government report shows.
There are about 2.6 million people in the United States who drive trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds. The […]

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Typical Adult Over 30 Gets Flu Twice Every 10 Years: Study

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Most people dread the flu, and many work hard to avoid it. However, a new British study finds that the typical person over 30 only gets the illness about twice every decade.
“For adults, we found that influenza infection is actually much less common than some people think,” said […]

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Typical Adult Over 30 Gets Flu Twice Every 10 Years: Study

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Most people dread the flu, and many work hard to avoid it. However, a new British study finds that the typical person over 30 only gets the illness about twice every decade.
“For adults, we found that influenza infection is actually much less common than some people think,” said […]

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Brain Protein Tied to Alzheimer’s Spotted in Young Adults

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Brain plaque buildup, long linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, has been identified in the brains of men and women as young as 20, researchers say.
“One thing this means is that the resource, the machinery, for making the clumps of plaque we see among […]

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Common Class of Drugs May Be Linked to Pneumonia Risk

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Drugs used to treat a wide range of health problems may be associated with an increased risk of pneumonia, a new study suggests.
Anticholinergic medications include those used for conditions such as allergies (for example, Benadryl), overactive bladder (including Ditropan), depression (for example, doxepin) and insomnia (Sominex, etc.).
“Our […]

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Study Questions Close Monitoring of Thyroid Growths

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Harmless growths in the thyroid gland are common, and a new study suggests they don’t need to be monitored as closely as current guidelines recommend.
The thyroid is a gland in the neck that secretes hormones involved in metabolism. According to the American Thyroid Association, by […]

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About 7 Percent of Kids Worldwide Have ADHD: Study

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — About 7 percent of children worldwide have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research concludes.
This estimate — which differs significantly from other recent appraisals — is based on data from 175 prior studies conducted over nearly four decades.
The approximation could help public health officials determine whether ADHD […]

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Eating Peanuts and Peanut Butter Could Be a Cheap Way to Boost Heart Health

Researchers looked at the diets of more than 200,000 people in both the United States and China, and found nut consumption was linked with a lower risk of premature death from heart disease and other causes.

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Here’s How Big an Average Penis Is, According to Science

Many guys worry about their penis size, even when there’s no cause for concern. But until now, there’s been no formal review of research into penis size and no attempt to develop a system to show the range of sizes, researchers say.

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