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‘Fist Bump’ May Beat Handshake for Cleanliness

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — British researchers report that an alternative to the traditional handshake might spread far fewer germs around.
In their experiments, the scientists found that clasping hands transferred 10 times more germs from one person to the other than what is known as a fist bump. They suggest the more casual [...]

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Healthy ‘Brown Fat’ May Cut Odds for Obesity, Diabetes

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People with higher levels of brown fat have a reduced risk for obesity and diabetes, a new study suggests.
Unlike white fat, which lowers insulin sensitivity, researchers found that brown fat actually improves insulin sensitivity, blood sugar control and fat-burning metabolism.
“This is good news for overweight and obese people,” [...]

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Inflammatory Muscle Disorder May Raise Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A common inflammatory muscle disorder that causes pain and stiffness in older people may increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, new research suggests.
A British study found that patients with polymyalgia rheumatica are more likely to develop vascular disease — conditions that affect the blood vessels. [...]

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Doctors Urge Meningitis Shots for Vulnerable Infants, Children

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Infants and children who are at risk of contracting meningitis because of specific health problems should be vaccinated against the infection, according to updated recommendations from the largest pediatrician group in the United States.
And routine vaccinations for the potentially deadly infection should continue for [...]

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Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea May Trigger Weight Gain

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Tonsillectomies are commonly done to relieve sleep apnea in children, but a new study confirms that the treatment can speed kids’ weight gain — especially if they’re already overweight.
The researchers said that’s a concern, because obesity is a risk factor for a range of health [...]

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Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Babies born prematurely appear to have a slightly increased risk of potentially fatal blood clots that they will carry into adulthood, Swedish researchers report.
Doctors have previously suspected that babies born earlier than 37 weeks’ gestation have a raised risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary [...]

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Healthy Habits May Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Avoid Chronic Ills

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Following a healthy lifestyle may help childhood cancer survivors reduce their risk for chronic health issues, a new study indicates.
Researchers suggested that children with cancer and adults who survived childhood cancer should be educated about how their diet and certain behaviors could affect their health in [...]

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Wives’ Higher Education May Not Affect Divorce Rate

SUNDAY, July 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Couples aren’t more likely to get divorced if the wife has more education than the husband, new research finds.
The study only looks at trends in marriage, it doesn’t prove that education levels play a direct role in affecting whether couples stay together or get divorced.
Still, “our results [...]

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Don’t Let Kids Drink Pool Water

SATURDAY, July 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Pools can provide much-needed relief from the summer heat, but kids can make themselves sick if they swallow too much chlorinated water, experts warn.
Amid the splashing and excitement, it’s common for little ones to get water in their mouth. Some kids may even take a drink from a [...]

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Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Seniors are more easily distracted during thinking and memory tasks than younger people, a new study finds.
“Almost any type of memory test administered reveals a decline in memory from the age of 25 on,” study co-author Randi Martin, professor of psychology at Rice University, said in a university [...]

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Human Brain Has Coping Mechanism for Dehydration

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The human brain can preserve oxygen to protect itself from the effects of dehydration, a new study finds.
Although dehydration significantly reduces blood flow to the brain, researchers in England have found that the brain compensates by increasing the amount of oxygen it extracts from the blood.
“This research has [...]

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IRS Caps Fines on Uninsured Americans at $12K for Family of 5

By Karen PallaritoHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — U.S. taxpayers who go without health insurance this year will face fines of up to $2,448 per individual or $12,240 for a family of five, the Internal Revenue Service says.
The Obama administration on Thursday announced an upper limit on the federal tax penalties that some [...]

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Lymphoma Treatment May Harm, Halt Men’s Sperm Production

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay –
Treatment for lymphoma may lower men’s fertility, new research indicates.
Both Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which are cancers of the body’s white blood cells, often affect young people who are still in their reproductive years. For men, treatment for these cancers can harm or halt sperm production. Although most [...]

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Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Babies seem to learn even before they’re born, a new study suggests.
By the time women are 34 weeks pregnant, their unborn babies can respond to the sound of their mother’s voice reciting a familiar nursery rhyme, the researchers report.
“The mother’s voice is the predominant source of sensory stimulation [...]

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Most Adults Are Members of ‘Clean Plate Club’

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Unlike children, the vast majority of adults finish all of the food they put on their plate at mealtime, according to a new study.
This is true for adults from much of the world — not just Americans, researchers from Cornell University revealed.
They noted their findings could help those [...]

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Anal, Throat Cancers on the Rise Among Young Adults, Study Finds

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although cervical cancers are declining in the United States and Canada, other cancers linked to human papillomavirus (HPV) are increasing, a new study indicates.
HPV-related cancers of the anus and the base of the tongue and tonsils have increased over the past 35 years, especially among men and women [...]

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Genes May Be Key to Language Delay in Kids

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Twins’ genes may play a greater role in language delay than their environment, according to a new study.
Researchers found more evidence that language traits, such as vocabulary, putting words together and grammar, were largely inherited.
The study involving 473 sets of twins revealed that the “twinning effect” (a [...]

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