Health

Want to Reduce Your Baby’s Allergy Risk? Try Sucking Their Pacifier

December 6, 2018

Most new moms are willing to do just about anything to keep their babies healthy and safe. They stock up on hand sanitizer, ban visitors with even the slightest sniffles, and generally go on a warpath against germs and potential contaminants. So it’s not surprising that plenty of moms would find the idea of cleaning […]

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Experts Find Drug Contaminants in Groundwater: What You Need to Know

December 5, 2018

A new study found evidence that drinking water may contain pharmaceutical contaminants. Getty Images Emerging contaminant threats in the United States water supply — things like pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, and hormones — are garnering attention from public health experts and the federal government. In recent research by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a governmental organization that studies […]

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Should Some Women Get Mammograms at 30?

December 3, 2018

New research suggests that women with certain risk factors should begin screenings at age 30, but experts say mammography may not be effective for women in this age group. A new study suggests mammograms beginning at age 30 may be appropriate for women with certain risk factors, but experts say the screening method may not […]

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Doctors Can Treat Incontinence, but Many Women Are Still Struggling

November 30, 2018

Urinary incontinence, the inability to control your bladder, is common for older women. A recent survey by AARP and the University of Michigan found that incontinence affects 51 percent of women over the age of 65. Among women ages 50 to 64, approximately 43 percent of women have struggled with some form of incontinence. It can show up […]

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Some Romaine Lettuce Is Safe to Eat: Here’s What to Know

November 29, 2018

Leery about eating lettuce? Many people are, considering the multistate outbreak of E. coli that was linked to romaine earlier this month. The outbreak caused 43 people in 12 states to become ill as of Sunday, November 26, and that’s just in the United States. Another 22 people were affected in Canada. Because the origins of contamination […]

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Most Opioids Go Unused After Surgery… Whose Hands Do They End Up In?

November 27, 2018

Even in an epidemic, some medical professionals are slow to change. This is what some experts are saying regarding the current opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose crisis affecting the United States. Doctors continue to prescribe large amounts of addictive painkillers to patients with acute — i.e., short-term — pain. Those prescriptions can have lasting effects […]

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Can Science Put an End to Peanut Allergies?

November 24, 2018

For children with a peanut allergy, every bite of food outside the home stirs up anxiety. Exposure to trace amounts of peanuts in cookies, cakes, or other foods from cross contamination can end with a severe allergic reaction and even hospitalization. The results of a new study may lead to the approval of a new […]

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Should Women Over Age 75 Get Mammograms? Depends on Their Health

November 20, 2018

Guidelines surrounding mammograms for women 75 years of age and older have long been a source of debate. Now, a new study suggests a woman’s health status, and not her age, should be the deciding factor. The study was presented recently at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. In it, researchers suggest women […]

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Hantavirus Infections: What You Need to Know

November 12, 2018

Spread through secretions of deer mice and other rodents, hantavirus infections aren’t common but they are dangerous. Getty Images The recent death of a 9-year-old boy in New Mexico has raised concerns about hantavirus — a rare but frequently deadly infection spread through secretions of deer mice. Fernando Hernandez of Bloomfield, New Mexico, succumbed to the illness […]

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How to Get Out of Bed When Depression Is Keeping You Down

November 11, 2018

  Depression presents so many challenges I’ve been living with depression for so long that I feel like I’ve gone through every symptom the condition has to offer. Hopelessness, check. Fatigue, check. Insomnia, check. Weight gain — and weight loss — check and check. Living with depression is hard, no matter what symptoms you’re experiencing. […]

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