ARCHIVE: February 2019

Cervical 'Microbiome' Could Help Predict Cancer Risk

TUESDAY, Feb. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The community of bacteria or "microbiome" in a woman's cervix might be a harbinger of her risk for cervical cancer, a new study suggests. For the study,...

Obesity a Heartbreaker for Kids

TUESDAY, Feb. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity and severe obesity have been added to the list of conditions that put children and teens at increased risk for early heart disease. So says a new...

Is At-Home Stool Test a Viable Alternative to Colonoscopy?

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Simple at-home stool tests are a reliable way to screen for colon cancer -- and a good alternative to invasive colonoscopies, a new research review confirms...

Smokers May Fare Worse Against the Deadliest Skin Cancer

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Melanoma patients who are recent and current smokers have lower survival rates than nonsmokers, suggesting that smoking may weaken immune response to the...

Blood Donation by Teen Girls May Raise Anemia Risk

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Giving blood can be a way to help your community, but teenaged girls face special risks when donating, a new study shows. Specifically, they face a higher...

Green Space Good for Your Child's Mental Health

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Living near a park, forest or other green space may protect your children's mental health later in life, a new Danish study suggests. Children who grow up...

Don't Be Fooled: Thermography No Substitute for Mammograms...

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women should not be misled into thinking that thermography is an effective alternative to mammography for breast cancer screening, the U.S. Food and Drug...

Insomnia May Be in Your Genes

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Can't sleep at night? Perhaps genetics is to blame. In a new study, dozens of gene regions linked to insomnia have been pinpointed, and researchers also...

AHA News: Cancers of the Heart Are Rare -- and Here's Why

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- For years, Jan H. Mitchell felt terrible. "The fatigue I was experiencing was unreal," said Mitchell, 62, of Paris, Tennessee. "It was...

After Peanut Allergy Rx, Eating Small Bits of Peanut Might Help...

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Immunotherapy for peanut allergy, where patients are fed tiny bits of peanut to help curb the allergy, might work better if patients continue to eat small...

Evening Exercise Won't Wreck Your Sleep

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes, it's just not possible to fit in a workout in the morning or afternoon. But if you hit the gym in the evening, will you be up half the night? New...

Adding Breakfast to Classrooms May Have a Health Downside

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Some schools offer breakfast in the classroom to ensure that hungry children start the day with a full stomach so they're ready to learn. But this may have...

Taking a Bite Out of Food Ads Targeted to Kids

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Kids can be as strongly influenced by TV commercials as by the shows themselves, and many studies have found that tempting food ads have a particularly...

Supermarket Smarts: How to Save Money and Eat Better

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If supermarket circulars influence your grocery shopping, you could be saving money at the expense of your health. That's because studies show the offerings...

Nurses' Long Hours, Moonlighting Could Pose Patient Safety...

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many new nurses work long hours, put in overtime and hold down second jobs, all factors that could jeopardize patient safety and their own well-being, a new...

Too Often, Opioid Abuse Runs in the Family, Study Shows

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When parents abuse prescription painkillers, their teenagers may follow their example, a new study finds. The study of thousands of U.S. teenagers found...

Get Ready for Summer Camp -- and Allergies

SUNDAY, Feb. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It may still be winter, but it's never too early to plan for your kids' summer camp. And now's the time to think about preparing them to handle allergies...

Breastfeeding May Cut Kids' Eczema Risk

SATURDAY, Feb. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Children who were breastfed exclusively in their first few months of life were less likely to develop the chronic skin condition known as eczema, a new...

A Hard Look at Smoking's Effect on Vision

FRIDAY, Feb. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If life looks gray and cloudy when you smoke, you might not be imagining it. Heavy smoking may actually damage color and contrast vision, researchers report...

More Severe Strain of Flu Starting to Spread Widely: CDC

FRIDAY, Feb. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Americans aren't out of the woods yet, as the flu season continues to spread across the country, health officials reported Friday. One major shift that's...

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