ARCHIVE: February 2018

Americans Still Not Safely Storing Their Guns

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With the deadly mass shooting at a Florida school once again putting U.S. gun violence in the spotlight, a new survey finds that more than half of American...

When It Comes to Art, Don't Call Them Neanderthals

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The ancient Neanderthals created the earliest known cave paintings in the world and likely had artistic senses similar to their more contemporary cousins,...

Too Much TV Could Boost Your Odds for a Blood Clot

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hours spent binge-watching that hot new series might feel great, but it's doing no favors for your blood vessels, new research shows. The study found...

Xanax, Valium Looking Like America's Next Drug Crisis

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- America is well aware of its opioid epidemic, but there's a hidden crisis brewing with prescription sedatives such as Xanax and Valium, a new review warns...

New Research Debunks Two Medical Marijuana Myths

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Mention legalizing medical marijuana, and people often think two things: This will prompt teens to think marijuana use is OK, and more will start using...

New Version of Nasal Flu Vaccine to Return for Next Season

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors can offer patients a new version of the nasal spray flu vaccine FluMist next winter, a U.S. government advisory panel says. Two years ago, the...

Putting the Brakes on 'Emotional Eating'

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many of us make choices about whether to eat healthy or not-so-healthy foods based on whether we're in a good or not-so-good mood. When a bad mood strikes...

Heavy Drinkers Put Themselves at Risk for Dementia

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The ills that are linked to heavy drinking now include dementia, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed data from more than a million adults in France...

Take Early Clinical Trials With a Grain of Salt

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of early clinical trials exaggerate positive findings and may give patients false hope, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed...

More Americans Pushed Into High-Deductible Health Plans

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of uninsured American adults held steady at about 13 percent in 2017, but many more insured Americans are being presented with high deductibles...

Antidepressants Do Work, Some Better Than Others: Study

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Antidepressant drugs actually do help ease depression, countering debate over whether the medications do what they're supposed to, a large research review...

Aspirin as Good a Clot Buster as Pricey Drugs After Joint...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Good old aspirin is just as effective as newer, expensive drugs at preventing blood clots after hip or knee replacement, a new clinical trial suggests....

Even Hidden Flu May Trigger Trouble After Heart Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The flu virus -- even if it doesn't cause symptoms -- can lead to serious complications after heart surgery, a new study by Dutch researchers suggests....

If the Eyes Don't Coordinate, Reading -- and Grades -- May...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For students, an undetected vision problem could be contributing to low grades, a new study suggests. That could be the case even if standard eye tests...

Guns Still Found in Homes With Unstable Kids

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the aftermath of last week's deadly shooting rampage at a Florida high school, a new survey shows that parents are loath to remove guns from their home...

FDA Cracks Down on Kratom Products

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A number of kratom-containing dietary supplements are being recalled and destroyed by the manufacturer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced...

Skipping the Gym, Ladies? Try the Stairs

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Older women don't have to hit the gym to stay healthy, because a stair-climbing workout appears to do the trick, researchers report. Finding the right...

Blacks May Face Higher Stroke Risk From AFib

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Race may play a role in just how dangerous atrial fibrillation -- the common irregular heartbeat -- might be. New research finds that the risk of stroke...

Some Pain Patients Can Cut Opioid Dose and Still Get Relief

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some potentially good news for folks taking opioids for chronic pain: It's possible to slowly reduce the dosage without increasing discomfort, new...

'Burnout' Threatens More Than a Third of Doctors

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's a good chance your doctor is in the middle of a quiet battle with professional burnout, a new study suggests. More than 1 out of 3 physicians...

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