Americans’ Risk of Dying From Cancer Is Falling, CDC Finds

July 2, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The risk that any one American will die from cancer — the cancer death rate — is going down, regardless of sex or race, a new government study reports.
However, because the United States has a growing aging population, the overall number of people dying from […]

Mass Killings, School Shootings in U.S. May Be ‘Contagious’

July 2, 2015

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Mass killings and school shootings in the United States may be “contagious,” inspiring similar killing sprees, new research suggests.
“The hallmark of contagion is observing patterns of many events that are bunched in time, rather than occurring randomly in time,” study author Sherry Towers, a research professor at […]

Are Too Many Young Americans Getting Antipsychotics for ADHD?

July 1, 2015

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A growing number of teens and young adults are being prescribed powerful antipsychotics, even though the medications aren’t approved to treat two disorders — ADHD and depression — they are commonly used for, a new study shows.
Researchers found that antipsychotic use rose among children aged 13 […]

Do Cholesterol Drugs Affect Aggression?

July 1, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might influence a person’s aggressive behaviors, increasing or decreasing their irritability and violent tendencies, a new clinical trial suggests.
Men taking statins typically become less aggressive, while women on statins tend to become more aggressive, according to findings published July 1 in the […]

Beats Common to All Music May Bring People Together

June 30, 2015

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — From African drums to Viennese waltzes, people from around the world tune into common beats, a new study suggests.
The research also supports the notion of music as a means of unifying people socially, the researchers said.
“Our findings help explain why humans make music,” study co-author Thomas Currie, of […]

Scans Suggest Recurrent Depression May Take Toll on the Brain

June 30, 2015

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The area of the brain involved in forming new memories, known as the hippocampus, seems to shrink in people with recurring depression, a new study shows.
Australian researchers say the findings highlight the need to spot and treat depression when it first develops, particularly among young people.
Ian Hickie, who […]

‘Novice Driver’ Car Decals Don’t Cut Crash Rates: Study

June 29, 2015

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Adding decals to the license plates of drivers with learner permits doesn’t reduce their rate of crashes, a new study finds.
The experimental safety strategy was implemented in New Jersey in 2010 as part of its graduated driver-licensing policy for drivers under 21.
Red reflective decals were placed on the […]

1 in 3 American Adults Owns a Gun, Survey Finds

June 29, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Guns are owned by nearly one in three Americans. And many of those people are part of a “social gun culture” that includes hunters and gun club members, a new survey finds.
“We were not surprised by the degree of gun ownership,” said study lead author […]

Trauma, PTSD May Raise Women’s Odds of Heart Attack, Stroke: Study

June 29, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who have been through a traumatic event or developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) face an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, a new large study suggests.
For women with severe PTSD, the study found a 60 percent higher risk of heart attack or stroke […]

Diabetes Rates Fall in Neighborhoods With Healthy Food, Parks and Gyms

June 29, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Neighborhoods with easy access to healthy foods and safe places to exercise may help residents reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.
The study found that the risk of developing diabetes was 12 percent lower in neighborhoods with access to healthy […]

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