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Hormone Therapy May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk
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A new study published this week in the journal Neurology showed that women who begin taking hormone therapy within five years of menopause may reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, the study also found that women who start …

Hormone Therapy Not Recommended For Chronic Disease Prevention

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) today issued a final statement on the use of hormone therapy in post-menopausal women to prevent chronic conditions, saying that it recommends against the practice. The task force also stressed that its recommendation …

Prostate Cancer Death Risks Rise With Metabolic Syndrome
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A new study shows that metabolic factors – such as high blood pressure, blood sugar, blood lipids, and body mass index – are linked to an increased risk of death from prostate cancer. Such metabolic factors are often grouped together …

SSRIs Linked to Slightly Higher Risk of Stroke
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New research shows that popular antidepressants are linked to an increased risk of some rare types of stroke that are caused by bleeding in the brain. The study, published this week in the journal Neurology, looked at 16 studies with …

Cholesterol Levels Dropping Among Americans, Study Says

While Americans continue to grow obese, a new analysis of U.S. health data shows that between 1988 and 2010, average cholesterol levels for U.S. adults have been declining. The study, published this week in The Journal of the American Medical …

Diabetes, Heart Disease Risks Rise For Those Who Sit

A new study revealed this week that sitting for long periods of time can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and death. The study, led by the Diabetes Research Group at the University of Leicester, looked at 18 different …

U.S. Life Expectancy Down For White Women With Less Education
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New research has found that, while life expectancy for Americans is rising overall, those with less than a high school education lag far behind others with more education. This disparity is most pronounced when taking race into account. “The most …

Obesity Rates Prediction: U.S. Will Get Even Fatter
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A report released today predicts that by the year 2030, 13 U.S. states could have obesity rates above 60% and 39 could have rates above 50%. The report, titled F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2012, was …

Organic Foods Are No Better For Your Health
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Growing up as a sloven computer nerd, I cared not for my health. It turns out that my health is actually pretty important. That’s why I make a conscious effort to eat healthier. This means that I spend more on …

Immunizations at Walmart to Expand Nationwide
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Walmart this week announced it will expand its immunization offerings to more than 2,700 Walmart stores across the U.S. It will work with Mollen Immunization Clinics to offer ten of the immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and …

Inactivity Health Risk Concerns Greatest For Children, Survey Says
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A survey released this week indicates that U.S. adults rate “not enough exercise” as their leading concern for children’s health. The survey, the National Poll on Children’s Health, was conducted by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of …

Depression: This Video Game Is Designed To Help, And It May Come To iPads And Android Tablets
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Can video games help teenagers deal with depression? That’s the question that a team of researchers and specialists from the University of Auckand is trying to solve. Several years ago, the game SPARX was created with funding from the Ministry …

Computer Screens Are Killing Our Eyes Because We Work Too Hard
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I think we all know the negative consequences of staring at a screen for too long. It can lead to premature blindness and other eye problems. The only problem is that almost every job today requires a significant amount of …

High Cholesterol: Doctors Debate Whether Children Should Be Tested
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High cholesterol should be a concern for everyone, including children. However, following a government-appointed panel’s recommendation that widespread screening be implemented for America’s youth, some doctors believe such practices should be frowned upon. According to thoughts published in Pediatrics on …

Hepatitis C: Hospital Worker Charged with Infecting Patients
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The Hepatitis C outbreak at a New Hampshire hospital has been linked to former worker David Matthew Kwiatkowski, who is thought to have infected at least 30 people during his employment as a medical technician in the cardiac catheterization lab. …

Obesity Drug Qsymia Approved by the FDA

Obesity drug Qsymia, which is manufactured by California pharmaceutical company Vivus, has been cleared for consumption by the masses. This marks the second weight-loss drug to get the stamp of approval from the Food and Drug Administration in just under …

If You Spend a Lot of Time Online, You Probably Have a Mental Disorder
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Never mind ruining your eyesight, alienating your friends, or developing a serious Vitamin D deficiency — apparently spending too much time in front of a computer screen could lead to serious mental health disorders. According to a recent study perpetrated …

The Snuggery: Cuddle Up with a Stranger for $60 an Hour
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Who doesn’t love a good cuddle every now and then? Unless you’re just violently opposed to human contact, a good snuggle is a fantastic way to rid yourself of stress, depression, and general anxiety. However, not everyone has a suitable …

Quit Smoking: Prepare to Gain a Few Unwanted Pounds
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Attempting to quit smoking is, according to a lot of people, one of the hardest things you’ll ever attempt to do in your entire life. Once you’re hooked, kicking the habit is harder than quitting most hardcore narcotics. Of course, …

Artificial Sweeteners Are Not a Magic Wand for Your Waistline
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Artificial sweeteners may sound like a golden pathway to the land of the slim, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on these alternatives helping you to lose weight all by themselves. For someone like me, a guy who puts away …

Sunburn: Your Body’s Way of Maintaining Balance
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Sunburns are beyond annoying, which is why I don’t spend very much time out in the sun. When your pasty white Irish blood causes you to fry like a pork sausage whenever you step out into a beautiful summer afternoon, …