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Cutting salt a health boost for kidney patients

Encouraging people with kidney disease to reduce their salt intake may help improve blood pressure and cut excess fluid retention, at least for a while, a new study suggests.

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Hey fellas, depression can strike new dads, too

(HealthDay News) -- Depression in and just after pregnancy is most often associated with moms-to-be, but a new study shows expectant dads can have similar symptoms.

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Geneticists get to the roots of hair loss in men

Gene research may offer a glimmer of hope for men challenged by that bane of aging -- male-pattern baldness.

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Dealing with diabetes distress

People with diabetes have to think about their condition and make treatment decisions constantly -- and all that extra work and worry can lead to psychological distress at times.

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Imaging study confirms brain differences in people with adhd

Researchers who pinpointed brain differences in people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) say their findings show the condition should be considered a brain disorder.

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Trump administration rolls out new obamacare rules

Seeking to calm the nerves of jittery health insurance companies, the Trump administration on Wednesday rolled out tougher enrollment rules for the health care reform program known as Obamacare.

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Immunotherapy not a quick fix for hay fever

Immunotherapy -- often in the form of allergy shots -- can combat the runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure of persistent hay fever. 

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Screen time and teen time

A new study challenges the widely held belief that spending a lot of time playing video games, using the computer or watching TV is harmful for teens.

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Some partners need extra loving this valentine's day

The best gift you can give a stressed or depressed partner this Valentine's Day is extra love and support, researchers say.

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The best place to find your valentine

If you're still searching for your perfect Valentine, maybe you've been looking for love in all the wrong places.

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Be your child's valentine

Valentine's Day is two days away, and it's a great day to show your kids a little extra loving, child health experts say.

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Eczema may leave some flu shots less effective, study finds

It's still flu season, and not too late to get your flu shot. But a new study suggests that people with eczema should request the vaccine be given into the muscle, rather than just under the skin.

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What's next for the obamacare insurance exchanges?

Americans who buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces could have fewer health plan choices and face new enrollment hurdles and cost pressures in 2018, health policy analysts say.

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Do older guys always prefer younger women? Maybe not

The stereotype that older men are usually attracted to much younger women may not fully reflect reality, a new study suggests.

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Winning the veggie wars with kids

For every parent who's ever pleaded with their young child to eat "just one more bite," a nutrition expert says there are ways to get kids to eat and even enjoy vegetables.

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Naps may sharpen a preschooler's language skills

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Learning new words can be a challenge for any preschooler, but kids who take naps may have an advantage when it comes to developing language skills, a new study suggests.

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Whole-grain foods may help you stay slim

Switching to whole-grain foods might help keep your weight in check as much as a brisk 30-minute daily walk would, a new study suggests.

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Could night shifts, heavy lifting impair a woman's fertility?

Women who work night shifts or do heavy physical labor may be somewhat less fertile than other women, new research suggests.

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A plug instead of a snip for male birth control?

A new gel-based vasectomy has proven effective in a group of monkeys, raising hopes it could one day provide a permanent but easily reversible male contraceptive option in humans.

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Terminally ill obese people less likely to get hospice care

Obesity affects many facets of life, and now a new study suggests that carrying a great deal of extra weight also may affect the way a person dies.

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U.S. doctors trained overseas have slightly better patient outcomes

Death rates are lower for older Americans treated by doctors trained in other countries than by those who went to a U.S. medical school, a new study reports.

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2.5 million U.S. women have condition that can cause infertility

About 2.5 million American women have had pelvic inflammatory disease, an often-symptomless infection of the reproductive tract that can cause infertility and lasting abdominal pain, a new U.S. government report shows.

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U.S. high school kids abandoning sweetened sodas

There's good news when it comes to American teens' diets, with more high school kids saying no to sodas and other sweetened beverages, researchers say.

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Laundry detergent pods linked to eye burn danger in kids

Liquid laundry detergent pods may be convenient, but young children are suffering vision-threatening burns from the chemicals inside them in increasing numbers, a new study finds.

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10,000 U.S. seniors die within week of er discharge every year: Study

Each year, about 10,000 generally healthy U.S. Medicare patients die within seven days of discharge from a hospital emergency department, a new study contends.

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Sleepless nights linked to asthma later in life

Insomnia may increase adults' risk of asthma, a new study suggests.

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Brain scans let 'locked-in' als patients communicate

Brain imaging enabled four severely "locked-in" patients -- all conscious and aware but unable to communicate -- to answer yes-and-no questions, researchers report.

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Tamer version of youth football looks to address safety concerns

In a bid to stem declining participation in youth tackle football leagues, USA Football said it plans to introduce a much tamer version of the game for young players.

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Even a little exercise can help with arthritis, study says

Just a little physical activity seems to go a long way toward helping older adults with arthritis remain able to do daily tasks, a new study finds.

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Flu hospitalizations, Deaths increasing: CDC

Although this year's flu season appears to be an average one so far, more hospitalizations are being reported and deaths are increasing, federal health officials reported Friday.

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Ways to stay active in winter

Adults should get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day -- even in the depths of winter, a leading group of dietary and nutrition professionals advises.

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1 in 4 u.s. adults, 1 in 10 teens use tobacco

Despite the dangers, many American adults and teens still use tobacco products, a new study finds.

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Slim but sedentary: Risk of prediabetes may rise

Here's yet another reason to get off the couch: Inactivity is associated with greater risk of prediabetes, even for healthy-weight adults, a new study finds.

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Joints that make those popping or cracking sounds

If you've ever heard a loud pop as you bent down to pick something up, you'll be relieved to know that it's normal for your joints to make popping and cracking noises.

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Lack of exercise might invite dementia

Parking yourself in front of the TV may make you as likely to develop dementia as people genetically predisposed to the condition, a Canadian study suggests.

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Majority of primary care docs oppose repeal of Obamacare: Survey

A majority of primary care doctors oppose full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Fitter seniors may have healthier brains

Good heart and lung fitness can benefit older adults' brains, researchers report.

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High-tech blood sugar monitors may help people with type 1 diabetes

A continuous glucose monitor helps people with type 1 diabetes who need insulin shots every day manage their blood sugar levels safely, two new studies suggest.

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Gestational diabetes a risk factor for postpartum depression: Study

Gestational diabetes and a previous bout of depression can increase a first-time mother's risk of postpartum depression, a new study suggests.

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U.S. deaths from cervical cancer may be underestimated

The number of women who die from cervical cancer in the United States may be higher than previously believed, and the risk is greatest among older and black women, a new study finds.

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Childhood asthma may encourage obesity, study suggests

A young child with asthma has a greater risk of obesity than one without the chronic respiratory condition, a new study suggests.

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Skin cancer cream linked to 5 dog deaths:FDA

Five dogs have died from exposure to a skin cancer cream prescribed for people, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Study ties inflammation, gut bacteria to type 1 diabetes

People with type 1 diabetes show changes in their digestive system that aren't seen in people who don't have the autoimmune disease, a new Italian study finds.

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Screen time may not be so bad for teens after all

Teens who log hours of screen time every day -- on video games, smartphones, computers, TV and the like -- may not be doing themselves any harm, a new study suggests.

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MRIs might help guide preemies' neurological care

MRI scans shortly after birth might help determine which premature babies have sustained a brain injury that will affect their development, a new study reports.

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Incentives may spur poor families to buy more fruits, veggies

A quick chat with low-income families about financial incentives to eat more fruits and vegetables increased consumption of these items, U.S. researchers say.

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Postpartum depression affects new dads, too

Men can also suffer from postpartum depression after their baby is born.

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Why winter weather brings more flu

Winter's first chill may bring an unwelcome guest: flu outbreaks, a new study says.

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Irs reminds millions about fines for not signing up for obamacare

Even as Republicans in Congress race to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the IRS is reminding millions of Americans they still need to sign up soon for health insurance if they don't want to pay fines.

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Watching others 'vape' may trigger urge to smoke

A type of e-cigarette called a vape pen can trigger the urge to smoke among young adults as much as seeing someone smoke cigarettes, a new study contends.

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House joins senate in bid to repeal obamacare

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday afternoon to join the Senate in passing a measure to protect efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act from a possible Senate filibuster.

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Flu tightens its hold on the nation

The pace of flu activity continues to quicken across the United States, and probably hasn't peaked yet.

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Common viruses a deadly threat at nursing homes

Common viruses pose a serious threat in nursing homes, often sabotaging standard infection control measures, a new case study suggests.

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Cold-weather foot care key for diabetics

Poor circulation and nerve damage leave people with diabetes at increased risk for potentially serious foot problems, especially during the cold weather, a foot and ankle specialist warns.

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How to spot a common, potentially dangerous, childhood illness

Nearly all children get respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) by age 2. But just because the infection is common doesn't mean it should be taken lightly, one nursing specialist warns.

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High blood pressure often undiagnosed, untreated

Half of people tested at mobile clinics were unaware they had a condition that's often referred to as a "silent killer" -- high blood pressure, a new Canadian study reveals.

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Government-backed salt reduction efforts could deliver big health pay day

Government-supported policies to reduce people's salt consumption are highly cost-effective worldwide, a new study reports.

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Can teeth repair themselves without fillings?

Teeth might someday repair themselves using their own stem cells -- eliminating the need for conventional fillings, researchers report.

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Exercise: An antidote for behavioral issues in students?

Children with serious behavioral disorders might fare better at school if they get some exercise during the day, a new study suggests.

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More americans questioning safety of e-cigarettes

Fewer people now view e-cigarettes, which convert a nicotine liquid into vapor that's inhaled, as a less dangerous or healthier alternative to cigarettes, new research finds.

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Flu season starting to peak

Flu season is in full swing and it's starting to look like a severe one, U.S. health officials said Friday.

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How to exfoliate safely and give your skin a healthy glow

Many skin care products promise to improve appearance by exfoliating -- or removing dead cells -- from the skin's outer layer.

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Want a sharper brain as you age? Volunteer!

People who are active in local community groups may have slightly sharper mental skills at the age of 50, a new study suggests.

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New guidelines urge early intro to peanut in high-risk infants

Babies at increased risk for peanut allergy should have peanut-containing foods added to their diets as early as 4 months of age, new U.S. guidelines suggest.

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Immune system reboots during sleep

Researchers say they've gained new insight into how the immune system restores itself during sleep.

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New parkinson's drug may combat movement difficulties

New research suggests that people with Parkinson's disease may achieve better and more reliable motor control by taking an experimental drug called opicapone alongside the standard medication levodopa.

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Study ties alcohol abuse to increased heart risks

A new study suggests that people who abuse alcohol also boost their risk of three cardiac conditions: atrial fibrillation, heart attack and congestive heart failure.

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'Emotional hangover' is real and affects future experiences

Experiences that tug at our feelings create emotional "hangovers" that affect future events and make them easier to remember.

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Why acne can strike women after the teen years

Why does acne still plague some women into adulthood? A new study offers some hints.

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Debbie reynold's death puts spotlight on 'broken heart syndrome'

A stroke claimed the life of actress Debbie Reynolds, 84, -- just a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died from a heart attack.

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Diabetes takes biggest bite out of u.s. health care spending

Diabetes leads a list of just 20 diseases and conditions that account for more than half of all spending on health care in the United States, according to a new comprehensive financial analysis.

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Does legalizing pot spur kids to try it?

States that legalize recreational marijuana use may be sending a message to teens that pot is harmless, a new study suggests.

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U.S. families spend 1.5 billion hours yearly on kids with special health needs

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Families in the United States spend 1.5 billion hours each year providing home health care to their chronically ill or disabled children, a new study shows.

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Bird flu strain may have jumped from cat to human

A veterinarian appears to have been infected with a strain of avian flu known as H7N2 that spread among more than 100 cats housed at New York City animal shelters. 

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When a child is sick

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The common cold and a mild flu don't usually require a trip to the doctor. But parents should look for warning signs that your child needs a checkup.

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Health tip: 3 steps to eating healthier

Focus on three basic changes to your diet to start eating better.

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Women chasing holiday perfection may miss signs of heart trouble

Holiday pressure can stress anybody out, but some women get so anxious about making everything perfect that they miss the signs of serious heart problems.

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Ebola vaccine appears very effective in trial

An experimental Ebola vaccine was highly effective against the deadly virus in a large trial conducted in Guinea, researchers say.

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Chemo drug may combat serious brain tumor after all

Some patients with a deadly brain tumor may respond to drugs previously believed to be ineffective against the cancer, a new study says.

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Uninsured rate hits new low due to Obamacare: report

Following full implementation of the ACA's health coverage provisions in 2014, every state experienced a decline in the percentage of uninsured working-age adults and low-income adults, the report stated.

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Baby crib ads show unsafe practices, study says

Baby crib advertisements and store displays often demonstrate unsafe sleep environments that increase an infant's risk of sudden infant death syndrome, a new study reports.

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Used safely, donor breast milk can help preemie babies

Tiny preemies can benefit from donated breast milk -- if it's given in the hospital with proper safety measures, a leading pediatricians' group says.

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Minority women less likely to get breast cancer screening

Black and Hispanic women are less likely than white women to be screened for breast cancer, a large review finds.

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Polar vortex tightens grip on U.S.

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A polar vortex is bringing extreme cold and winds to the central and eastern United States this week, and millions of Americans are being warned to guard against frostbite and hypothermia.

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Birth defects from zika more far-reaching than thought

Zika's ability to damage the infant brain may be even more far-reaching and insidious than previously thought, two new studies suggest.

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Prices skyrocket on drugs widely used by seniors

The prices of brand-name drugs used by many older Americans rose nearly 130 times faster than inflation last year, a new study reports.

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Health Tip: Who needs a flu shot?

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Debating whether to get a flu shot? With few exceptions, most people will benefit and a few in particular really need the vaccine.

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Child abuse cases in army families may be under-reported

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Child abuse within U.S. Army families may be significantly under-reported, a new study suggests.

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The happy get lucky in their older years

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"Don't worry, be happy" is not only a motto for enjoying life, it might actually help older folks live longer, researchers report.

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Smartphones, tablets and weight gain in teens

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Teens glued to their tablet, smartphone or computer for hours on end may be more likely to become obese, a new study suggests.

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Where you live may determine how you die

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People along the southern stretch of the Mississippi River are more likely to die from heart problems than anywhere else in the United States.

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Health Tip: Enjoy an active holiday season

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You can enjoy the holidays without skipping exercise, overdoing it at the buffet and gaining weight.

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Drug use by U.S. teens drops to all-time low

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Drug use among U.S. teens is at an all-time low.

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'Kangaroo mother care' may improve preemies' lives into adulthood

Now, a new study suggests "kangaroo mother care" -- a more intense version involving nearly round-the-clock skin-to-skin contact and exclusive or near-exclusive breast-feeding -- may extend and enhance the lives of these vulnerable infants well into adulthood.

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Tennis anyone? It may prolong your life

If you want to try to extend your life, a new study suggests that taking up racquet sports might help.

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For people with mental health woes, pets can be invaluable

Cats, dogs, birds and other pets can help people manage their mental disorders, a new study says.

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As Obama's term winds down, resistance to Obamacare diminishes

Public support for full repeal of Obamacare is softening, with most Americans saying they'd rather leave the law as is or have it improved by changing some parts of it, according to the latest HealthDay/Harris Poll.

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Yoga called good medicine for high blood pressure

Yoga may help reduce blood pressure in people who are at risk for developing hypertension, a new study finds.

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Missing just 1 hour of sleep may double drivers' crash risk

Missing just an hour or two of sleep at night nearly doubles your chances of a car crash the next day, a new report suggests.

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Taking breast cancer prevention drug beyond 5 years may not raise survival

Many breast cancer survivors take anti-estrogen drugs for at least five years to help lessen their risk of recurrence.

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Many Americans skip the dentist due to cost

Americans are more likely to skip needed dental care because of cost than any other type of health care, researchers report.

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Cooking a holiday ham

If you're cooking a holiday ham, make sure it's properly prepared to prevent foodborne illness.

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Study finds more men are likely to use marijuana than women

Researchers suggest 2007 recession may have spurred rise in pot use among men with low incomes.

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Worldwide cancer rates up more than one-third in past decade

Cancer cases rose 33 percent worldwide in the past 10 years, a new study shows.

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Just 1 cigarette a day can be deadly

Think smoking just one cigarette a day is harmless? Think again, a new study says.

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Demi Lovato wants to change the face of mental illness

Since 2015, Lovato has served as the public face of the "Be Vocal" initiative.

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2 out of 3 depressed teens gain lasting benefits from therapy

For teens, depression can affect more than their relationships and educational achievement -- it can harm their future prospects.

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U.S. to ban smoking in public housing

Smoking will be banned in public housing residences starting next year, U.S. officials announced Wednesday.

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Vegetarian diets called good for people and the planet

Vegetarian diets are healthy for people of all ages, as well as the environment, according to a new update of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' (AND) position on vegetarian diets.

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A dirty little secret: Hand-washing spotty among day care staffers

Too few child care workers follow hand-washing guidelines, a new study suggests.

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Use of needle exchange programs up dramatically in 10 years

Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at data from injection drug users in 22 cities with high rates of HIV. In 2015, 54 percent of injection drug users said they used a needle exchange program in the past year.

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Fewer Americans struggle with medical bills

Fewer Americans are struggling to pay medical bills now than five years ago, a new government report shows.

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Fast-food calorie labeling not working

Does it help to know that a double quarter-pounder with cheese delivers 740 calories? Probably not, a new study suggests.

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Insulin prices skyrocket, putting many diabetics in a bind

Insulin, a life-saving medication used to treat diabetes, was discovered nearly 100 years ago, yet the price of the drug has now spiked by 700 percent in just two decades.

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Hitting the slopes? Keep these safety tips in mind

These added steps will help you stay injury-free.

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A little alcohol each day may cut your risk of stroke

Light or moderate drinking may reduce the risk of one type of stroke but not another, while heavy drinking increases the risk of both types, a new study suggests.

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Your recipe for a healthy, delicious holiday season

The holidays can become one big pig out, but experts say it's possible to maintain healthy eating habits while you celebrate.

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Exploding some turkey myths

A nutrition expert is talking turkey to dispel some common myths about the focus of most Thanksgiving meals.

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Survival tips for holiday road trips

If you're among the millions of Americans planning to hit the highway over the Thanksgiving holiday, it's important to anticipate bumps in the road, according to a group dedicated to public education and advocacy.

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1 in 7 young teens is a stalking victim

About one out of seven children in 6th and 9th grades has been a victim of stalking, potentially boosting their risk of substance abuse, dating violence and other dangers, a new U.S. survey finds.

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Smoking plus diabetes a very deadly mix

While smoking is tough enough on health, adding in diabetes boosts the risk of an early death even more, new research confirms.

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How to prepare that holiday turkey safely

The traditional turkey centerpiece on Thanksgiving tables may come out looking scrumptious, but cooks in the kitchen need to be concerned about preparing the bird safely to prevent the spread of foodborne illness.

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Heart attacks up in New Orleans post-Katrina

A major New Orleans hospital has seen a sharp spike in the rate of heart attacks in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, a new study reports.

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Are you ready for flu season?

With flu season right around the corner, U.S. health officials are urging everyone to get their flu shot now so they'll be protected from the potentially serious complications of influenza.

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Migraine and stroke risk linked again

Women who experience migraines have more than double the risk of suffering a stroke, new research shows. The finding adds evidence to the suspected link between these two conditions.

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More than half of Americans have chronic health problem

More than half of Americans have at least one chronic disease, mental illness or problem with drugs or alcohol, according to a new study.

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Pessimism may take unwelcome toll on the heart

Always seeing the cup as half empty, rather than half full, may increase the likelihood of dying from heart disease, Finnish researchers say.

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Hi-tech skin patch might someday track your health

A new type of acoustic sensor that resembles a small Band-Aid on the skin can monitor your heartbeat and other health measures, researchers say.

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'Yo-yo dieting' hard on older women's hearts

Millions of Americans have a lifelong struggle with their waistlines -- dieting, losing weight, but then gaining it back again.

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Women at greater risk than men for Zika infection

Women are at greater risk for Zika infection than men, new research in mice suggests.

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U.S. heart disease rates fell 20 percent since 1980s

New research shows that cases of heart disease have dropped 20 percent in the United States in the last four decades. Experts credit the trend to better detection and prevention of risk factors that endanger heart health.

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Too few U.S. adults have CPR training

   

Fewer than one in five American adults has current training in CPR, and that rate is even lower among older adults, a new study finds.

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Could C-section birth raise child's risk of obesity?

Babies delivered via C-section might be at increased risk for childhood obesity, researchers contend.

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Depression on the rise among U.S. teens, especially girls

Depression is on the rise among American teens and young adults, with adolescent girls showing the greatest vulnerability, a new national survey reveals.

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Craving salt? Your genes may be the reason

Some people carry a genetically driven "salt tooth" that could affect how heavily they season their food, potentially endangering their heart, a new study suggests.

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Fossils suggest gradual, not sudden, rise of dinosaurs

The rise of dinosaurs may have been more gradual than previously known, according to a new study.

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Trump victory won't derail Obamacare open enrollment for 2017

Although President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration says it will forge ahead with health insurance sign-ups for 2017.

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E-cigs tied to more frequent, heavier teen tobacco use

Teens who regularly "vape" e-cigarettes are more likely to become frequent and heavy cigarette smokers, new research finds.

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How to introduce your baby to food containing peanuts

For parents who are unsure when and how to introduce their babies to food containing peanuts, new guidelines are on the way.

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Sugary, caffeinated drinks could cost you sleep

People who get little sleep are likely to drink significantly more sugar-sweetened and caffeinated beverages, a new study finds.

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Can a community's 'well-being' help you live longer?

The level of "well-being" in a community -- including people's emotional health and life satisfaction -- may help explain some of the disparities in life expectancy across the United States, a new study finds.

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Friendly competition on social media may get you to the gym

Social media can be a powerful motivating tool. But if your goal is to get to the gym more often, competition beats friendly support on social networking sites, a new study contends.

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Some primates have vision troubles as they age

Just like humans, some primates start having difficulty seeing things up close as they age.

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Can't get that song out of your head? Here's why

It happens to nearly everyone: You hear a bit of a pop song on your way to work and it gets "stuck" in your head all day.

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Antibody treatment shields fetus from Zika -- in mice

An antibody derived from the blood of Zika-infected people may have the potential to protect developing fetuses from the ravages of the virus, a new study with mice suggests.

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Flavored e-cigarettes may entice teens to smoke

Fruit- or candy-flavored electronic cigarettes may entice American teens to start smoking tobacco, a new study suggests.

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Hypochondriacs may worry themselves into heart trouble

Constantly worrying about having a heart attack may make it more likely you'll have one, Norwegian researchers report.

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Genes may dictate your love -- or hate -- of exercise

Whether you get pumped up for gym time or you'd rather crawl back into bed if someone mentions exercise, your genes might be to blame, a new study suggests.

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Sunday's time change offers a mixed bag

When the clocks are turned back one hour on Sunday morning, many will welcome the extra sleep.

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Water: Can it be too much of a good thing?

Did you know that drinking too much water can be potentially fatal, particularly if not treated properly?

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Got a moody teen? Lack of sleep may not be the culprit

It's not a lack of sleep that makes many teens cranky, ill-mannered and muddled during the day, a new study contends.

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Big money spent marketing not-so-healthy baby, toddler foods

Ads for baby and toddler foods often go against the nutritional advice of health experts, a new study shows.

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Scented rooms, products? Many health-conscious Americans say 'no thanks'

Lavender, lemon or lilac: Whatever the artificial aroma, more Americans are avoiding scented spaces and products, a new survey shows.

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U.S. premature births rise for 1st time in 8 years

The rate of premature births in the United States increased in 2015 for the first time in eight years, and rates are especially high among certain racial and ethnic groups, a March of Dimes report says.

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Obamacare 2017: Higher prices, fewer choices

Just days before the next enrollment period for health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act, many Americans were jolted by the Obama administration's announcement of a 25 percent price hike, on average, for coverage in 2017.

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Stressed-out mate bad for your waistline

Is your spouse feeling stressed? Then you may want to watch your waistline, a new study suggests.

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Stressful jobs with little control/shorter life spans?

It can be very frustrating to be in a high-demand job where your boss allows you little control, and a new study suggests such constant stress might even shorten your life.

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Coffee's impact a matter of genes?

Why can some people enjoy a cup of coffee just before bed and sleep peacefully, while others lie awake for hours?

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Skin patch may help with peanut allergy

A skin patch that delivers small amounts of peanut protein may help treat children and young adults with peanut allergy, researchers report.

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Docs: Infants should share parents' room to help prevent SIDS

Infants should sleep in the same room as their parents -- but not in the same bed -- to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics advise.

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Dental cleanings may help keep lungs clean, too

Regular dental checkups not only keep your smile bright, they may also keep your lungs healthy.

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Americans fed up with soaring drug prices

Americans are dismayed by sharp hikes in pharmaceutical prices, with more and more declaring their support for price caps on prescription drugs, according to the latest HealthDay/Harris Poll.

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Childhood PTSD may leave imprint on brain

The brains of children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have structural differences not seen in the brains of typical kids, a new study finds.

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Surfing through selfies tied to low self-esteem?

Almost everyone has looked at selfies posted on social media where the people in the photo look deliriously happy and wildly popular.

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Sharp rise in Obamacare premiums for 2017

Prices of health plans sold under the Affordable Care Act are rising by double-digit rates, and the number of choices available to consumers in many markets is shrinking for 2017, the Obama administration has confirmed.

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Women reaching equality in dubious habit: Drinking

Women have made major strides towards equality with men, but new research shows there's one way in which they are catching up that could be harmful -- drinking.

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Many adults unaware that using e-cigarettes can hurt kids

Many Americans don't know that indoor use of electronic cigarettes exposes children to nicotine and leaves nicotine deposits on surfaces, a new survey shows.

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