ARCHIVE: September 2017

Risk Assessments Can Help Prevent Falls

SATURDAY, Sept. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Falls are a serious problem for many American seniors, but there are a number of ways to reduce the risk, a senior health expert says. The millions of...

State Policies Can Reduce Alcohol-Related Murders

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taxes, sales restrictions and other policies aimed at alcohol control appear to reduce the likelihood that murders and other violent crimes will be alcohol-...

Carbon Monoxide a Potential Threat From Gas-Powered Generators

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People left without power by storms or power outages may be at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning if they use portable generators, gas-powered appliances or...

Your Sociability May Hinge on 'Love Hormone'

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you like to hang out with friends, it might be due to the "love hormone" oxytocin, a new mouse study suggests. Oxytocin promotes socialization by...

Looking at Laughter for Clues to Anti-Social Behavior

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A child's inability to laugh with others could point to psychopathic behavior later, a new study suggests. Most people find it natural to join in when they...

A More Accurate Predictor for Alzheimer's?

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new test that checks for multiple gene variants linked with Alzheimer's disease may be more effective than testing for a single genetic variant, a new...

Dialysis Patients Often End Up Back in the Hospital

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-quarter of kidney dialysis patients admitted to the hospital are readmitted within 30 days after discharge, a new study finds. In many cases,...

Tasty Ways to Get More Fiber

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You probably know that it's a good idea to eat more fiber. But do you know why? Fiber is found in plant-based foods. It adds volume to your diet, but...

Researchers Learn More About Gender's Role in Autism Risk

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having a daughter with autism is linked to an increased risk that younger siblings will also have the disorder, new research suggests. And that's...

Failing Sense of Smell Tied to Dementia Risk

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who've lost their sense of smell appear to have an increased risk of dementia, a new study suggests. The long-term study included nearly 3,000...

Is Gluten-Free Such a Good Idea?

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gluten-free diets are increasingly popular but not a good idea for everyone, doctors say. Gluten is a type of protein found in grains such as wheat, rye...

Respiratory Disease Death Rates Have Soared

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans who die from chronic respiratory diseases has skyrocketed over the past 35 years, led in large part by deaths from COPD, a new...

Study Questions Practice of Placenta Eating by New Moms

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You may have heard that some new mothers choose to eat their own placenta after childbirth. But there's no indication the trendy practice offers any health...

Genetic Tweaks in Mosquitoes Might Curb Malaria Transmission

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two new methods of genetic modification may reduce the risk of mosquitoes spreading the infectious disease malaria to people, researchers report. Malaria...

Whooping Cough Shot Works, But Many Moms-to-Be Skip It: CDC

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tdap vaccination during pregnancy prevents whooping cough in about three-quarters of newborns -- but only about half of mothers-to-be get the shot, a new...

Can You 'Om' Your Way to a Healthy Heart?

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Meditation may help reduce some risk factors for heart disease, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association. The statement, released...

How Zika Virus Went From Mild to Devastating

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A single genetic mutation just a few years back gave the Zika virus the ability to cause severe neurological birth defects like microcephaly, a new study...

It's Time to Get Your Flu Shot Again

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Flu season is fast approaching, and U.S. health officials are worried that this season could be a bad one. That's why the U.S. Centers for Disease...

FDA Approves New Continuous Glucose Monitor for Diabetes

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The first fingerstick-free blood sugar monitoring system for adults with diabetes has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The...

Nearly Half of the World's Abortions Are Unsafe

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than 25 million unsafe abortions are performed worldwide each year, a new study says. That means nearly half of the 55.7 million abortions that take...

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