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Extroverts Happier Regardless of Culture, Study Finds

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Being outgoing makes you happier no matter where you live, a new international study says.
Researchers looked at mood and behavior among college students in the United States, China, Japan, the Philippines and Venezuela. Overall, those who felt or acted more extroverted in daily situations were happier.
The investigators also [...]

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Restaurants in Poor Areas Push Unhealthy Foods, Study Finds

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Restaurants near public housing developments tend to offer unhealthy meals, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed menus from 61 fast-food and 72 table-service restaurants within a half mile of 13 housing developments and four residential neighborhoods in the Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., areas.
The housing developments and [...]

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How to Make ‘Low-Cal’ Menu Options More Palatable

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many people ignore restaurant foods labeled “low-calorie” because they think they’ll be unsatisfying, a new study shows.
“People have come to expect low-calorie food to taste bad or not fill them up,” wrote Jeffrey Parker, of Georgia State University, and Donald Lehmann, of Columbia University.
The findings suggest a [...]

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Nurses’ Experience Key to Better Patient Care, Study Says

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Patients may get the best care when treated in hospital units staffed by highly experienced nurses, a new study shows.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 900,000 patients admitted over four years to U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals and found that for each one-year increase in the average tenure of [...]

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Stress Tied to Worse Allergy Symptoms

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Stress may trigger symptom flare-ups in people with seasonal allergies, a new study suggests.
Researchers followed 179 people with hay fever for 12 weeks, and found that 39 percent of them had more than one flare-up. Those patients had higher levels of stress than those who didn’t have allergy [...]

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Most Medical Devices for Kids Only Tested on Adults

Most medical devices approved for use in children are not tested on pediatric patients before they are marketed, a new Harvard study finds.

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Low Birth Weight, Lack of Breast-Feeding Tied to Inflammation Later On

Years later, people who were underweight at birth, and those who were breast-fed only a short time or not at all, could be at increased risk for chronic inflammation and related health problems, a new study suggests.

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Certain Sedatives Tied to Breathing Problems in Older COPD Patients

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A group of widely used sedatives increases the risk of serious breathing problems in older people with the lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study says.
Benzodiazepines such as lorazepam (Ativan) or alprazolam (Xanax) are commonly prescribed to treat insomnia and anxiety, the study author [...]

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More People Worldwide Eating ‘Healthy’ Fats, Study Finds

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Levels of healthy fats in people’s diets worldwide increased over the past two decades, while their intake of harmful fats stayed about the same, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed data on consumption of fats and oils in 266 countries between 1990 and 2010. During that time, overall intake [...]

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So-Called ‘Apple Shape’ Not a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer: Study

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Body shape — whether a woman is wide at the waistline — is not in itself a risk factor for breast cancer, according to a large new study.
But overall body weight is a factor, the researchers added.
Previous studies have suggested that being “apple-shaped” or having excess fat around [...]

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Happy Couples Nestle Together at Night, Survey Finds

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Your sleeping position with your significant other offers clues about the quality of your relationship, according to a new study.
Researchers asked more than 1,000 people about their preferred position at night and to rate their relationship quality.
“One of the most important differences involved touching,” study author Richard Wiseman, [...]

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Appetite, Taste Changes Reported After Weight-Loss Surgery

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — After weight-loss surgery, many patients report changes in appetite, taste and smell, a new study says.
One positive aspect of these changes is that they may lead patients to lose even more weight, the researchers suggested.
The study included 103 British patients who underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, in which [...]

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Scientists Probe What Makes People Get Their Groove On

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Whether you bust a move, get jiggy with it or just tap a toe or two, something about certain types of popular music makes you want to set your body in motion.
Now, a new study suggests that a medium amount of offbeat rhythm — often [...]

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17-Day Leech Treatment Helps Save Woman’s Ear After Dog Attack

A savage dog attack results in the total dismembering of a teenage girl’s ear. And though the ear remains fully intact, complications during the initial reattachment process raise the real risk she could lose her ear forever. So a Rhode Island doctor turned to leeches.

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Why Spending Time on Hobbies Makes You a Better Person

Creative activities outside of work may help boost your job performance, a new study suggests.

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Oil-Swishing Craze: Snake Oil or All-Purpose Remedy?

By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Allison Bennett of Palm City, Fla., plans to swish daily. Sloshing coconut oil around her mouth for a quarter of an hour every day will make her teeth whiter, she believes.
Like Bennett, plenty of consumers are discovering an ancient practice called oil pulling, or [...]

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Suddenly Health Insurance Is Not for Sale

By Karen PallaritoHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Darlene Tucker, an independent insurance broker in Scotts Hill, Tenn., says health insurers in her area aren’t selling policies year-round anymore.
People who didn’t try to sign up for health insurance by March 31 may now have to wait until the end of the year [...]

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