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Hate Hangovers? Then Don’t Drink Too Much

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Since people first started drinking alcohol, the search has been on for a way to go heavy on the pour but light on the hangover.
Unfortunately, two new drinking surveys suggest that search is probably futile.
One poll, conducted in Canada, concluded that if you drink to […]

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FDA Warns of Joint Pain Tied to Common Type 2 Diabetes Drugs

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Use of a class of widely prescribed medications for type 2 diabetes is tied to severe joint pain in some patients, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Friday.
The drugs — sitagliptin (Januvia), saxagliptin (Onglyza), linagliptin (Tradjenta) and alogliptin (Nesina) — come from a newer class of […]

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The Birth Control Pill Might Help Rheumatoid Arthritis

Oral contraceptives — also known as birth control pills — may ease pain and improve functioning in women with rheumatoid arthritis, a small German study suggests.

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‘Goth’ Teens Really Are More Likely to Be Depressed

The dark look associated with Goths may not be all show: Teens in this subculture appear more prone to depression and self-harm than their peers, researchers report.

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What You Need to Know If You Had High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

Women with high blood pressure during pregnancy are more likely to face the same health problem later in life, a new study suggests.

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As Tropical Storm Erika Eyes Southeastern U.S., Residents Need to Prepare

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — With tropical storm Erika motoring toward the southeastern United States, hurricane season is clearly under way and people who live in the paths of these dangerous storms need to be prepared.
On Friday, Florida Gov. Rick Scotta declared a state of emergency, as Erika is expected to hit that […]

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Many Seniors With Cancer Use Alternative Medicines: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many elderly cancer patients use alternative medicines, including some that could interfere with their treatment, a new study shows.
Even though alternative medicines are marketed as “natural,” many contain active ingredients that can react with other therapies, the researchers explained.
The study authors also found that many of these patients […]

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Guidelines for Preventing Catheter Infections in ICU Often Ignored: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many health-care providers don’t follow guidelines meant to reduce the risk of infection from catheters placed in the arteries of intensive care unit patients, a new study finds.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says health-care providers should wear sterile gloves, a surgical cap and mask, and […]

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Settling the Back-to-School Jitters

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Starting or returning to school can trigger anxiety in some children, but parents can help ease worried young minds, a mental health expert says.
“Anxiety is one of the most common mental health challenges for children. Uncertainty fuels the fears, especially during times of transition, like starting a new […]

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How Parents Add to Math Anxiety

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Parents can spur math anxiety and poor math performance in children, a new study suggests.
“We often don’t think about how important parents’ own attitudes are in determining their children’s academic achievement. But our work suggests that if a parent is walking around saying ‘Oh, I don’t like math’ […]

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Women Soldiers No More Likely to Develop PTSD, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women in the U.S. military are no more likely than men to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a government study shows.
“This is the first study to prospectively investigate the development of PTSD in male and female service members who were matched on multiple important characteristics that could explain […]

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Obesity May Be Linked to Greater Risk of Stillbirth

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Obese pregnant women may have a nearly twofold increased risk of stillbirth, a new study says.
The leading reasons for that higher risk appear to be high blood pressure and placental disorders, the researchers suggested.
“We’ve known for some time that obese women are more likely to have stillbirths, but […]

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Many Parents Unaware of Dangers E-Cigarettes Pose to Little Kids: Survey

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many parents don’t understand that the liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes poses a serious danger to young children, a new survey indicates.
The liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes is often fruit-flavored, which makes it appealing to youngsters. Consuming a teaspoon of this liquid can be deadly to a […]

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FDA Approves Second Drug in New Class of Cholesterol-Lowering Medications

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a second drug that’s part of a potent new class of medications that sharply cut levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Repatha (evolocumab), an injectable drug, works by blocking a protein that interferes with the liver’s ability to […]

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Why People Are Living Longer All Over the World

Average life expectancy among people worldwide has risen by more than six years since 1990, and healthy life expectancy has climbed by more than five years, a new report shows.

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Taking Antibiotics Might Up Risk for Diabetes

Taking antibiotics might increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.

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Healthier School Meals Offered Across U.S., Feds Find

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Most U.S. schools are offering healthier meals that feature more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and less salt, a new government study reports.
“School meals are healthier now than ever before. We’ve made real progress, but there is much more to do to help American children make food […]

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