ARCHIVE: October 2018

Does Dyslexia Gene Protect Against Concussions?

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Athletes may be less likely to suffer concussions if they carry a gene linked to the learning disorder dyslexia, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at...

Parents, Don't Be So Quick to Jump to an ADHD Diagnosis

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of U.S. children are being diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. But parents shouldn't be too quick to get their child...

Getting Flu Shot Annually Won't Undermine Its Effectiveness...

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Does getting a flu shot every year diminish its power to protect children? Absolutely not, say researchers, who found that last year's shot will not in any...

AHA: Can Daylight Saving Time Hurt the Heart? Prepare Now for...

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Autumn temperatures may have just arrived, but it's already time to "fall back" an hour. For people who have heart-related problems, they may...

A New Challenger to Medical Marijuana?

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A moss-like plant grown only in a few countries may offer better pain relief than medical marijuana, animal research suggests. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)...

In Massachusetts, Almost 1 in 20 Adults and Older Kids Abuse...

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In another distressing snapshot of the opioid epidemic gripping America, a new study reports that nearly 5 percent of older children and adults in...

Got Unused Prescription Meds? Saturday Is National Drug Take-...

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's a twice-a-year ritual now: A day when Americans with unused prescription meds can safely dispose of them as part of National Drug Take-Back Day....

Fueling Up With Functional Foods

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Though the term "functional foods" currently has no legal definition, it's more than just a clever marketing catchphrase. According to health organizations...

Family Leave Boosts Breastfeeding Rates, But Mostly for Affluent...

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Paid leave for new mothers may increase breastfeeding rates, but mainly among women with higher incomes, a new study contends. The United States is the only...

Vaginal Ring That Targets Pregnancy, HIV Seems Safe: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaginal ring meant to prevent pregnancy and HIV looks safe, according to an early stage study. The dual-purpose ring releases the...

Obese Patients Often Denied Kidney Transplants. Should They Be?

FRIDAY, Oct. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obese patients in need of a kidney transplant may find themselves denied one because of their weight, but a new study says that shouldn't happen in all cases...

Is Pot Addictive? Study Shows Withdrawal Symptoms Can Occur

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The wave of marijuana legalization that's swept across the United States in recent years has been fueled in part by the popular belief that pot is...

Flu Activity Is Low -- For Now

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Although this flu season is off to a slow start, U.S. health officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated now. Why? Last year was one of the worst flu...

An Expert's Guide to Avoiding Back Pain

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Back pain is a common problem in the United States, but there are ways to protect yourself, an expert says. "The back is a complex structure with many...

AHA: This Halloween, Pumpkin Seeds Pack a Healthy Punch

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- You can get your hands on pumpkin seeds on about any store's snack aisle, but your healthiest option may be the old-fashioned way: scooping...

New Research Offers Insights Into Football-Related Concussions

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Repeated hits to the head, rather than one severe blow, may determine whether football players suffer a concussion, a new study suggests. The findings...

Need Your Botox Working Faster? Make a Face

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Have a big social event tomorrow night and need "emergency Botox"? A new study finds that if you get the wrinkle-relaxing shots today, you can speed up the...

Gene Therapy for Parkinson's Symptoms Shows Promise

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new gene therapy might help improve motor symptoms in people with Parkinson's disease who aren't responding to other therapies, an early study has found...

Some Choice Carb Choices

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Carbohydrates supply glucose, which your body converts to energy. But not all carbs are created equal, and some experts believe that the type of carbs you...

When Love Goes Wrong, Why Some Stay

THURSDAY, Oct. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that might come as a surprise, a new study suggests that people may stay in unfulfilling relationships because they feel they're doing their...

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