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People-Oriented Jobs May Help Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, July 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Brain-challenging jobs — especially ones focused on people — may help shield a person’s mind against the ravages of age-related dementia, a new study finds.
People who work in jobs that task the intellect are better able to withstand the effects of brain lesions commonly associated […]

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Women May Be More Resilient to Effects of Alzheimer’s Genes

SUNDAY, July 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Certain gene variants are known to raise a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease. But a new study finds that even in people carrying this DNA, factors such as gender and physical or mental activity can affect that risk.
The study tracked dementia rates for 642 people aged 53 to […]

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How to Keep Bug Bites at Bay

SATURDAY, July 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Bug bites can make you more than itchy. Ticks, mosquitoes and certain flies are known to spread some nasty diseases. But U.S. health experts say there are ways to keep pesky insects in their place.
One of the best ways to prevent bug bites is to use an insect […]

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Could New ‘Talk Therapy’ Cut Cost of Treating Depression?

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A simpler and less expensive form of talk therapy is as effective as the gold-standard treatment — cognitive behavioral therapy — for treating depression in adults, a new study suggests.
The researchers found that so-called behavioral activation therapy treats depression just as well as cognitive behavioral […]

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Don’t Let Your Campfire Become a Wildfire

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Campfires can provide the backdrop for lots of outdoor fun. But, if people are careless, those campfires can spark a damaging wildfire, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation says.
So, how can you safely have a campfire?
First, use existing campfire rings whenever you can. Or, if you’re in […]

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Detected in Sewage Spill

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Sewer line breaks can release antibiotic-resistant bacteria that pose a public health threat, a new study says.
Consider the 2014 sewer line break in St. Petersburg, Fla., that released 500,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into neighborhoods and Boca Ciega Bay.
University of South Florida researchers who did follow-up testing of […]

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Your Beer Label Will Soon Include Calorie Counts, Carbs Info, and More

Beer labels will soon provide calorie, carbohydrate, protein, fat and alcohol-by-volume or alcohol-by-weight information.

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Omega-3s in Fish Linked to Better Odds of Survival for Colon Cancer Patients

Colon cancer patients who take in higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, mainly from oily fish, may have better odds of survival, a new study finds.

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Face-Saving Devices: Seat Belts and Air Bags

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Seat belts and air bags significantly reduce the risk of facial fractures in car crashes, a new study finds.
“Based on our analysis, we found that use of an air bag alone reduced the likelihood of a facial fracture by 18 percent while use of a seat belt alone […]

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‘Walking Meetings’ May Boost Employee Health, Productivity

By Don RaufHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Here’s an idea that might make staff meetings less boring and more healthful: New research suggests you walk while you talk business.
The small study found that converting a single weekly meeting to a “walking meeting” may raise work-related physical activity levels of white-collar workers by […]

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FDA Renews Call to Reduce Salt in Processed Foods

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Americans eat way too much salt, and one reason why is that processed and prepared foods have a lot of hidden salt, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
But proposed new guidelines for food manufacturers and restaurants — first announced early in June — may change that. The […]

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Some Pregnant Women Still Travel to Zika-Affected Areas

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Despite warnings, an increasing number of pregnant women from New York City are traveling to Zika-affected areas and then getting tested when they come home, the city’s health department says.
The Zika virus can cause miscarriage and serious birth defects, such as microcephaly, which leads to babies born with […]

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Florida Investigates 2nd Possible Local Transmission of Zika Virus

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Florida health officials say they’re investigating a second possible case of locally transmitted Zika infection.
On Tuesday, the first possible case of local infection in the continental United States was reported by the state’s health department. The first case involves a woman in Miami-Dade County, while the second involves […]

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Smoke Less, Drink Less?

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Smokers who try to give up tobacco drink less alcohol than other smokers, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed survey data from nearly 6,300 smokers in England, including 144 who said they had attempted to quit smoking the week before they were surveyed.
Those who tried to quit cigarettes drank […]

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Pain Raises Risk of Opioid Addiction

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The more pain they have, the more likely people are to become addicted to powerful prescription opioid painkillers, a new study suggests.
“In light of the national opioid abuse epidemic, these new results underscore the importance of developing effective … approaches to managing common painful medical conditions,” said senior […]

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‘Heat Dome’ Heats Up United States

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — As a massive “heat dome” stretches across the United States this week, sending temperatures and humidity levels soaring, experts offer advice on how to keep cool as the mercury rises to possibly record levels.
The Midwest bore the brunt of the dome’s oppressive influence Thursday, but the Mid-Atlantic […]

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Menopause: Not All Hot Flashes Are Created Equal

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The hot flashes and night sweats of menopause don’t play out the same for all women, new research shows.
Almost 80 percent of women do get hot flashes, night sweats or both during menopause, the researchers found. But the timing of these symptoms and how long […]

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