Exercise, sleep, screens: New guidelines for children under 5

(Jacqueline Howard, CNN) — For the greatest health benefits, how much play time, screen time and sleep should your baby or young child have in a given day? The World Health Organization has some answers. On Wednesday, the United Nations’ public health agency released its first guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep for […]

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Yo-Yo dieting harmful to women’s hearts

(Healthday) — A lot of people struggle to maintain their ideal weight, but repeatedly losing and regaining pounds — known as yo-yo dieting — probably won’t do your heart any favors. A new study found that women who lost at least 10 pounds, but then put that weight back on within a year, were more […]

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Measles: Why it’s so deadly, and why vaccination is so vital

(Paul Duprex/ The Conversation) — On the darkest day of 2018, the winter solstice, we at the Center for Vaccine Research at the University of Pittsburgh tweeted, with despair, a report in the Guardian that measles cases in Europe reached the highest number in 20 years. Why was this a cause for concern? Europe is […]

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Stress, sadness really can break your heart

(Kathleen Doheny/ WebMD) — The loss of a spouse. The loss of a pet. Researchers have confirmed in recent years what people long suspected: Extreme stress can literally break your heart. And as they learn more about the relatively rare condition, they are finding that it’s not only caused by the loss of a loved one. […]

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The vast majority of people fib to the doctor. Why?

(Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan/ Futurity) — Between 60 and 80 percent of people surveyed have not been forthcoming with their doctors about information that could be relevant to their health, according to a new study. Besides fibbing about diet and exercise, more than a third of respondents didn’t speak up when they disagreed with their doctor’s […]

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Once you lack folate, the damage can’t be fixed

(Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen/ Futurity) — Folate deficiency creates more problems in connection with cell division and DNA replication than previously thought, a study shows. Once a person lacks folate, the resulting damage is irreversible. The researchers therefore encourage people to be more aware of the level of folate in the blood. Folate is a type of vitamin […]

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Smoking, diabetes extra risky for women’s hearts

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure: all bad for the heart, but perhaps worse for women’s hearts than men’s, new research shows. Looking at data on 472,000 Britons ages 40 to 69, researchers found that all three of these heart disease risk factors increased the odds of heart attack for both sexes. But […]

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What to know about common thyroid disorders

(Tim Huzar/ Medical News Today) — The thyroid is a small gland that helps regulate a person’s metabolism by producing hormones. Problems can occur if the thyroid overproduces hormones, when it is known as hyperthyroidism, or underproduces hormones, which is called hypothyroidism. These issues may also result in the growth of the thyroid, which is called […]

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More Canadian clinics are offering unproven stem cell therapies, study finds

(Canadian Press) — Dozens of unlicensed clinics offering stem cell treatments for a wide variety of medical conditions have sprung up in Canada, marketing their services through direct-to-consumer online advertising, a study has found. Canadian-born researcher Leigh Turner, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Centre for Bioethics, identified 30 businesses marketing stem cell therapies […]

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There’s a promising new way to treat appendicitis that doesn’t involve surgery

(Lindsey Tanner/Associated Press) — When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen’s abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she’d be quickly wheeled into surgery. But doctors offered her the option of antibiotics instead. A new study from Finland shows her choice is a reasonable alternative for most patients with appendicitis. Five years after treatment […]

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