ARCHIVE: January 2018

Rats May Not Have Driven the Black Death Plague After All

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's thought to have killed between 30 and 60 percent of Europe's population, but the Black Death plague may not have been spread by flea-infested rats,...

Is Obesity Slowing Gains in U.S. Life Spans?

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The death rate in the United States isn't decreasing as it has in years past, and some experts blame the opioid epidemic. But a new study suggests America's...

Breast-Feed Now, Stave Off Diabetes Later

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's often said breast-feeding is best for babies, but new research suggests it also might have a significant long-term benefit for moms -- preventing type...

Workplace Workouts … and Why They Work

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Workplace wellness programs are great ways to get in shape, but what if your employer doesn't offer one? Here's how to get the (exercise) ball rolling....

Early Periods, Higher Heart Risks?

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women whose periods started before age 12 may face an increased risk for heart disease and stroke, a new British study suggests. Early menopause,...

Hold That Sneeze? Maybe Not

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Holding your nose and closing your mouth when you feel a sneeze coming on just might lead to serious trouble. The journal BMJ Case Reports includes the...

Sauna Sessions May Be as Good as Exercise for the Heart

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Relaxing in a hot sauna may not only feel good -- it might affect your heart and blood vessels in ways that are similar to moderate exercise. That's the...

For Kids, Chronic Illness May Trigger Mental Health Issues

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When children learn they have a long-term illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, they're likely to suffer emotionally, too, a small study finds. These...

Women Seem More Prone to Winter Blues

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The increase in depressive symptoms brought on by winter seems to occur more often in women than men, a new study finds. Low mood, tiredness and the...

Take Your Houseplant to Work Day

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Do you often feel grumpy at work? Sometimes a small change in your surroundings can have a big effect on your mood. According to a study in the Journal of...

Severe Bullying Tied to Mental Health Woes in Teens

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who were severely bullied as children are at increased risk for mental health problems and suicide attempts, a Canadian study finds. The study...

Running in the Cold: How to Survive and Thrive

SUNDAY, Jan. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you're training for a marathon or just logging miles, cold-weather running requires some special health and safety precautions, according to a sports...

Grandparents Help Shape Kids' Views on Aging

SATURDAY, Jan. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who have a good relationship with their grandparents are less likely to become prejudiced against old people, a new study has found. That prejudice...

Wildfires Can Affect Air Quality Far From the Flames

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Wildfires like those that recently burned wide swaths of California to the ground can cause air quality problems that pose a threat to human health far from...

Fewer Hospitals Closed After Obamacare Expanded Medicaid

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) had fewer hospital closures, especially in rural areas, a new study finds. The...

Flu season expected to be rough this year

The headlines appear like a dreaded annual alarm just after the New Year: Influenza is hitting hard, as holiday travel and kids headed back to school help spread the virus around the country. And...

Your Dishwasher Is Not as Sterile as You Think

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your dishwasher may get those plates spotless, but it is also probably teeming with bacteria and fungus, a new study suggests. Microbes -- from bacteria...

Severe Flu Season Slams All But One State: CDC

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The worst flu season in years is only getting worse, with 49 states now seeing widespread misery, U.S. health officials report. "Flu is everywhere in the...

Pregnant Women Still Getting UTI Meds Linked to Birth Defects

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be problematic for pregnant women and their babies, but so can two antibiotics used to treat these infections, U.S....

BRCA Breast Cancer Gene Doesn't Affect Patient Survival:...

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Young breast cancer patients with a BRCA gene mutation have the same chances of survival after treatment as those without the mutation, a new study finds...

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