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  • THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Sales of antibiotics for use in U.S. livestock fell in recent years but still remain too high, according to the National Resources Defense Council. In the livestock industry, the nonprofit council said, it’s common to put antibiotics in livestock feed or water to promote growth and prevent illness.… The post Decline in Antibiotic Use in Livestock Isn’t En...

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  • THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Graphic anti-tobacco posters intended to deter young people from buying cigarettes might actually have the opposite effect. New research suggests that the strategy of hanging these posters in convenience stores could backfire, prompting some teens to light up. The tobacco industry focuses much of its advertising efforts on… The post Graphic Anti-Smoking A...

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  • THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Most children born with brain abnormalities caused by the Zika virus are facing severe health and developmental challenges at 2 years of age, a new study suggests. These problems may include seizures, an inability to sit independently as well as problems with sleep, feeding, hearing and vision, according… The post Zika Babies Facing Increasing Health Prob...

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  • THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 20 percent of older people who’ve sought care for chronic illness say they experienced discrimination in the U.S. health system, a new study reports. Racial discrimination was the most common kind, but the study also revealed discrimination based on ancestry, gender, age, religion, weight or physical appearance,… The post Race, Age Bias Common in U...

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  • THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Six members of a family in Italy live a strangely pain-free life, and scientists want to know why. The Marsili clan “can burn themselves or experience pain-free bone fractures without feeling any pain,” explained study lead researcher Dr. James Cox of University College London. The family can’t even… The post Insights Into Pain Relief From the Family That...

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  • THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — While fewer American teens are lighting up cigarettes, more of them are vaping instead, a new report shows. At the same time, marijuana use has held steady as it remains more popular than cigarettes and, in a piece of good news, misuse of opioid painkillers like OxyContin has… The post More Teens Vaping as Smoking Declines; Pot Use Holds Steady appeared f...

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  • THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — In a finding that’s sure to ruffle some fur and feathers, scientists report that having a pet doesn’t fend off age-related declines in physical or mental health. “Our results showed that in this sample of almost 9,000 people — average age 67 years — for those who owned… The post Your Pets Can’t Put Your Aging on ‘Paws’ appeared first on Piedmont HealthCar...

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  • THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — You love social gatherings, but you’re not a social drinker. Peer pressure can make it harder when you want to abstain for health or religious reasons, for instance. And while you might be OK telling one or two people about your reasons for not drinking, you probably don’t… The post Party Tips for Teetotalers appeared first on Piedmont HealthCare.

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  • THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Children whose families regularly eat meals together tend to have better social skills and fitness levels, researchers report. Family meals yield multiple physical and mental health benefits, according to the long-term Canadian study. “The presence of parents during mealtimes likely provides young children with firsthand social interaction, discussions… T...

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  • WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Many people insist their joints ache more when it rains. But that popular notion might be all wet, a new study suggests. The study of more than 1.5 million older Americans found that people were no more likely to visit the doctor with joint or back pain during… The post Rain May Not Cause Achy Joints After All appeared first on Piedmont HealthCare.

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  • WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Wonder why people seem to be drinking more these days? Perhaps it’s the size of their wine glass. British researchers suggest there’s a connection between the rise in drinking — especially wine — in the U.K. since the 1960s and expanding wine glass sizes since the 1990s. They… The post Drinking More Wine These Days? Your Glass May Be to Blame appeared fi...

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  • WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Fewer women with early stage breast cancer are turning to chemotherapy to fight their disease, a new study finds. “For patients with early stage breast cancer, we’ve seen a significant decline in chemotherapy use over the last few years without a real change in evidence,” said study author… The post Many With Early Breast Cancer Are Skipping Chemo appear...

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  • WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to firefighting chemicals may be one reason why Florida firefighters have a higher-than-normal rate of skin cancer, a new study suggests. The researchers analyzed data from almost 2,400 firefighters statewide who’d participated in a cancer survey. They found that 4.5 percent — 109 firefighters — had been… The post Firefighters May Face Higher Od...

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  • WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Survivors of terror attacks may be at risk of developing frequent migraines or tension-type headaches, a new study suggests. Norwegian researchers examined the aftermath of a 2011 terrorist attack on a summer camp in Norway that left 69 people dead and 33 severely wounded. Most of the dead… The post Another Legacy of Terror Attacks: Migraines appeared fi...

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  • WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — You don’t have to be famous for your public health message to reach millions. A new case study describes how Tawny Dzierzek, a young nurse from Kentucky, posted a startling selfie on social media in April 2015, shortly after she had a skin cancer treatment. Dzierzek was a… The post Woman’s Selfie of Skin Cancer Went Viral, Sparked Awareness appeared firs...

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  • WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Newborn babies face a greater risk of health problems if they live close to a “fracking” site, a new large-scale study contends. Women were 25 percent more likely to deliver low birth weight babies after hydraulic fracturing operations commenced within a half-mile of their homes, said the study’s… The post Nearby Fracking Linked to Low Birth Weights appe...

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  • WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — If you take Ritalin or Concerta for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and you plan to become pregnant, you might want to talk to your doctor about switching your medication first. A new study found a small increased risk of having a baby with a heart defect if Ritalin/Concerta (methylphenidate)… The post Ritalin During Pregnancy May Raise R...

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  • WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have gained new insight into a deadly fungus that has killed millions of bats in North America. The fungus — Pseudogymnoascus destructans — caused a disease called white-nose syndrome. Where it came from and how it spreads was the focus of a team of researchers whose findings… The post New Insight on Killer Fungus Threatening Bats appeared fir...

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  • WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Opioid painkillers after surgery can be the first step toward addiction for some patients. But a common drug might cut the amount of narcotics that patients need, a new study finds. When patients received a non-opioid medication called gabapentin before and after surgery, the need for continued opioid… The post Drug May Help Surgical Patients Stop Opioid...

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  • TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — This coming Friday marks the end of the shortened sign-up period for most Americans to buy health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) marketplace. Dec. 15 is the last enrollment day for people living in 39 states served by the HealthCare.gov website. At the site, people… The post Friday Is the Deadline for Obamacare 2018 appeared ...

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  • TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Emergency medical workers are trained to handle a wide range of traumas and disasters, but they aren’t prepared to deal with a nuclear attack, a new study reports. There are concerns about the risk of nuclear warfare due to rising tensions between the United States and North Korea.… The post Are Emergency Medical Workers Ready for a Nuclear Attack? appeare...

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  • TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Artificial intelligence is assuming a greater role in many walks of life, with research suggesting it may even help doctors diagnose disease. One new study suggests artificial intelligence (AI) might someday detect breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes. Researchers found that several computer algorithms outperformed… The post Will ‘AI’ Be Part o...

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  • TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Dinosaurs probably didn’t do “tick checks,” but even they had to put up with the blood-sucking critters, a piece of fossilized amber reveals. Researchers say they’ve found a 100-million-year-old piece of Burmese amber that contained an extinct type of tick grasping a dinosaur feather. It’s the first direct… The post Dinosaurs Dealt With Pesky Ticks, Too ap...

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  • TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Fire and smoke from the wildfires raging in Southern California aren’t just destroying homes and lives, they’re a serious health risk, as well. The smoke can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs and can cause coughing, wheezing or breathing problems, according to the American Thoracic Society. The… The post Protecting Your Health From Wildfire Smoke a...

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  • TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Stubbornness and optimism may be keys to a long life, a new study suggests. Researchers hunting for clues to longevity focused on nine remote villages in the Cilento region of southern Italy. There, hundreds of residents are older than 90. The study zeroed in on 29 of them,… The post These Personality Traits May Help You Live Longer appeared first on Piedm...

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  • TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Physical activity appears to help people with lymphoma survive their disease. That finding comes from a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers of nearly 4,100 people with lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the white blood cells that normally help fight infection. “As physicians, we recommend physical activity… The post Get Active, Beat Lymphoma? appeared firs...

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  • TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Kids and their smartphones aren’t easily parted, but if you want your children to get a good night’s sleep and to stay at a healthy weight, limiting bedtime screen time appears key, new research suggests. Parent surveys revealed that using a smartphone or watching TV at bedtime was… The post Tech at Bedtime May Mean Heavier Kids appeared first on Piedmont ...

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  • TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Yet again, the nation’s leading authority on preventive medicine says postmenopausal women should avoid hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is standing by its original recommendation that women who have already gone through menopause should avoid using female hormones to guard against osteoporosis or… The post Postmen...

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