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Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report.
Depression accounts for only a little more than half the antidepressant prescriptions issued by Quebec physicians during the past decade, the Canadian […]

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No Welcome Mats for Diabetes, Obesity in ‘Walkable’ Neighborhoods

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — If you live in a neighborhood where it’s easy to walk to shops, schools and jobs, a new study says all that hoofing about appears to stave off excess weight and diabetes.
The research found the rate of overweight and obesity increased in Ontario, Canada neighborhoods […]

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Balloon-in-a-Pill May Be New Weight-Loss Tool

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new ingestible and inflatable balloon system seems to be a noninvasive way to fill up the stomach and curb appetite, researchers report.
The balloon system, known as Obalon, helped obese people lose nearly 7 percent of their body weight, the investigators added.
So, how exactly does […]

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Hormone May Be Linked to Teenage Obesity

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Obese teens may have lower levels of a weight-regulating hormone than normal-weight teens, a new study says.
“Our study is the first to look at levels of spexin in the pediatric population,” said Dr. Seema Kumar, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Previous studies in adults concluded that spexin […]

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Time to Drop the ‘No-Eating Rule’ Before Colonoscopy?

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests that the grueling process of preparing for a colonoscopy may not have to be endured on an empty stomach.
Colonoscopy patients typically have to forgo all solid foods and go on a clear-liquid diet while taking laxatives the day before their procedure. However, […]

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What Really Works to Help Baby Sleep

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Common techniques for helping babies — and parents — sleep at night seem to carry no long-term harms, a small trial finds.
The study tested two methods: “graduated extinction” (also known as “controlled crying”) and “bedtime fading.”
The former strategy is aimed at letting babies “self-soothe” on […]

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Loss of Y Chromosome in Men Tied to Alzheimer’s Risk

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Men who lose Y chromosomes from their blood cells as they age may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.
The study of more than 3,200 men found those who already had Alzheimer’s were nearly three times more likely to show […]

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Living Near Fast-Food Places Hurts Less-Educated Most

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Living in a neighborhood full of fast-food outlets is especially unhealthy for people who are poorly educated, a new British study suggests.
“Neighborhoods are clearly important in shaping what all of us eat, no matter how educated we are,” said researcher Thomas Burgoine, a fellow at the University […]

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Whooping Cough Shot Safe for Pregnant Women

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The whooping cough vaccine is safe for pregnant women, a new study indicates.
The researchers also found the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, which protects against whooping cough, is critical for the health of newborns that are particularly vulnerable to the illness.
“Our study adds to the growing body of evidence […]

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Too Many Advanced Cancer Patients Lack Info About Their Disease

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Many patients battling advanced cancer lack basic information about their prognosis or treatment, meaning they can’t make informed decisions about their care, a small new study suggests.
“These were people with highly lethal metastatic cancers that had progressed after at least one prior line of chemotherapy; their life expectancy […]

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Stool Transplant Soothes Tough-to-Treat Colitis in Study

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Stool transplants helped ease debilitating symptoms and heal the colons of tough-to-treat ulcerative colitis patients, new research shows.
Australian scientists said the findings could pave the way for such transplants to be used on a more widespread basis. Transferring fecal matter from healthy donors into these […]

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Blood Pressure Swings Linked to Faster Decline in Mental Skills

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Fluctuations in blood pressure may be linked to faster declines in thinking skills among seniors, a new study suggests.
Among older patients, those whose systolic blood pressure — the top number in a blood pressure reading — varied between doctor’s visits showed more rapid […]

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Home Remedy For Skin Cancer May Cause Damage, Mask New Growth

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Despite the promise of an “easy and natural” treatment for skin cancer, home remedies such as black salve can actually make things worse, new research shows.
People use black salve with the hope that it will remove skin cancers. But, this purported therapy contains corrosive ingredients that can destroy […]

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Late Dinners Won’t Doom Kids to Obesity

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Late suppers may not be a recipe for childhood obesity, a new study shows.
Some previous research has suggested that the timing of meals could affect the risk of being overweight or obese, the investigators said.
British researchers looked at data from more than 1,600 children, aged 4 to 18. […]

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At Least 1 Full-Time Nurse Per School, Pediatric Group Recommends

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Every school should have at least one full-time registered nurse, a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement says.
“School nursing is one of the most effective ways to keep children healthy and in school and to prevent chronic absenteeism,” Dr. Breena Welch Holmes, a lead author of […]

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Extreme ‘Preemies’ Often Have Lifelong Challenges

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Extremely premature infants often face lifelong challenges, enduring more physical, emotional and social difficulties as adults than their peers born full-term, researchers report.
In general, however, these tiny babies grow up to contribute to society and live independently, a study of nearly 200 adults in […]

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Could ‘Star Trek’-Like ‘Tricorder’ for Health Be Near?

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — “Beam us up, Scotty!”
U.S. researchers say they’ve developed a small, wearable health monitor they’re likening to the “Star Trek” tricorder.
The flexible Chem-Phys patch can be worn on the chest and tracks biochemical and electrical signals in the human body. It then communicates all that wirelessly to a laptop, […]

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