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Concussions Strike 1 in 3 Water Polo Players

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Add water polo to the list of sports where concussions are common.
A recent survey of more than 1,500 USA Water Polo members found 36 percent had suffered at least one concussion during games or practices. The average was just over two concussions per person, and concussions were more […]

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Dermatologists: Daily Bath OK for Kids With Eczema

WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Although some doctors advise against giving a daily bath to kids with the skin condition eczema, a new paper says a daily soak is fine as long as it’s followed by plenty of moisturizer.
Eczema occurs in adults and children, but is most common in babies. It results in […]

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Not Kidding: Childless Couples Happier

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Parents in the United States are not quite as happy as their childless peers, a new report reveals.
The analysis of 22 industrialized countries found that the largest “happiness gap” between those who have kids and those who don’t can be found in America.
That’s thanks to the dearth of […]

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The Older the Drinking Age, the Lower the Illness Rates?

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — States typically raised the minimum drinking age to lower drunk driving rates, but a new study suggests the move could have other health benefits.
Researchers say states that prevent people younger than 21 from buying alcohol may also curb deaths from chronic alcohol-related health issues, such as liver disease […]

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Arthritis Possible Side Effect of Certain Cancer Drugs: Study

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Certain cancer immunotherapy drugs may increase risk for joint and tissue disease, including arthritis, new research suggests.
“We keep having referrals coming in from our oncologists as more patients are treated with these drugs,” said Dr. Clifton Bingham, director of the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center in Baltimore.
“In particular, as […]

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Sudden Heart Death More Common in Male Minority Athletes

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — It’s always surprising and heartbreaking to hear about a young athlete dying suddenly. Now a new study finds that in many of these cases, an underlying heart problem was already present.
The researchers found that about one-third of sudden cardiac deaths were caused by the heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. […]

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Antidepressant No Help to Heart Failure Patients: Study

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The antidepressant Lexapro may not help heart failure patients suffering from depression, German researchers report.
“Depression in heart failure may not be the same depression patients without heart failure get and who respond well to antidepressants,” said lead researcher Dr. Christiane Angermann, a professor of cardiology […]

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Boston’s Subways Packed With Germs

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Boston’s subway system is swarming with microbes, and while that might send a shiver down your spine, the study’s authors said that most of these bugs are harmless and won’t make you sick.
Researchers collected and studied 100 samples from all over the subway system. Samples were taken from […]

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Zika Infection May Give Future Immunity, Monkey Study Suggests

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Infection with the Zika virus may protect against future infection, but pregnancy seems to extend how long the mosquito-borne virus stays in the body, a new study in monkeys suggests.
“We have good news for most people: If you are not pregnant and not at risk of becoming pregnant, […]

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Basketball Legend Pat Summitt’s Death Points to Ravages of Early Alzheimer’s

By Margaret SteeleHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Legendary coach Pat Summitt stared down myriad challenges as she thrust women’s college basketball onto the world stage. But her greatest foe wasn’t on the court — it was Alzheimer’s disease.
Summitt died Tuesday at age 64, after a remarkable coaching record, winning eight NCAA titles […]

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Doctors Swamped by ‘E-Medicine’ Demands

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Doctors say they’re drowning in electronic paperwork, feeling burned out and dissatisfied with their jobs thanks to countless hours spent filling out computerized medical forms, researchers report.
Electronic health records are a cornerstone in the effort to modernize medicine. But, new systems designed to chart a […]

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Success in Mice Shows Zika Vaccine ‘Feasible’

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Studies involving mice support the effectiveness of two vaccine candidates against the Zika virus, scientists say.
This “critical first step” is leading to trials in monkeys and humans, “and gives us early confidence that development of a protective Zika virus vaccine for humans is feasible,” said […]

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Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work, But Are Underused

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Programs to reduce prescription painkiller abuse are effective but underused, a new study suggests.
Misuse of prescription pain medicines such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), codeine and morphine is a major public health problem in the United States. An estimated 52 million Americans have abused a prescription drug […]

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Old Drug Boosts Brain’s Memory Centers

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A long-used drug called methylene blue may rev up activity in brain regions involved in short-term memory and attention, a small study suggests.
Methylene blue has been used in medicine for more than a century, said Timothy Duong, the senior researcher on the study and a […]

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Walking: The Cheap, Easy Workout

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Walking is a simple and inexpensive exercise that has been shown to offer numerous benefits for bones, muscles and joints.
“Sometimes the hardest part of working out is getting started,” Dr. Carolyn Hettrich, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, said in an academy news release.
“Walking requires […]

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Giving OD Antidote to Those Using Powerful Painkillers Might Save Lives

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — In the wake of the musician Prince’s death from a painkiller overdose, a new study suggests some opioid-related deaths could be prevented by routinely prescribing an antidote for certain patients who take the medications.
Researchers found that those who received prescriptions for the antidote naloxone (Evzio) […]

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Donated Blood Won’t Transmit Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People who’ve received a blood transfusion can breathe a bit easier: A new study finds no evidence that degenerative brain disorders can be transmitted via donated blood.
“This study provides reassurance to individuals who have received blood transfusions from patients with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease,” said Dr. Irving […]

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