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  • THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Restrictive abortion laws may drive some Americans to look for abortion medications online, a new study reports. “Though it may be surprising to consider, people in the United States are looking for ways to end their pregnancies at home using abortion pills they can get online,” said study… The post Why Some Americans Seek Abortion Pills Online appeared f...

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  • THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While some politicians are snubbing science, the American public is choosing to do the opposite, a new study suggests. “In the context of debates regarding the loss of trust in experts, what we show is that in actual fact, when compared to a government working group, the public… The post For Americans, in Science They Trust appeared first on Piedmont Heal...

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  • THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Young athletes with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be at higher risk of developing depression and anxiety symptoms after a concussion, a preliminary study suggests. The study, of nearly 1,000 college athletes, found those with both ADHD and a history of concussion scored higher on measures of depression and… The post Are Concussions...

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  • THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Too terrified to scale a mountain peak or travel to the top floor of a skyscraper? Does even the sight of a tall ladder make you break out in sweat? The world of virtual reality might offer the perfect prescription for your fear of heights. In a new… The post Virtual Reality Therapy Edges Out Fear of Heights appeared first on Piedmont HealthCare.

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  • THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) — People with a history of heart disease who eat a traditional Southern diet are more likely to die than those who follow a Mediterranean dietary pattern, according to new research. The large-scale study, published July 12 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, adds to the… The post AHA: Southern Diet Could Be Deadly for People With H...

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  • THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) — People with a history of heart disease who eat a traditional Southern diet are more likely to die than those who follow a Mediterranean dietary pattern, according to new research. The large-scale study, published July 12 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, adds to the… The post AHA: Southern Diet Could Be Deadly for People With H...

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  • THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Otzi the Iceman had a deep love for high-fat foods, say researchers who analyzed the ancient man’s last meal. The oldest naturally preserved ice mummy was discovered in the Eastern Italian Alps in 1991. Researchers said their analysis of Otzi’s stomach contents offer important clues about the eating… The post Fatty Fare a Fave for 'Otzi the Iceman' appear...

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  • THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The underpinnings of autism may lie in an unexpected part of the brain, a small study suggests. Scientists conducted brain scans on 20 boys with autism and 18 boys without the neurodevelopmental disorder. The scans showed that boys with autism had a significantly flatter surface on the right… The post Researchers Probe Part of Brain Where Autism Might Beg...

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  • THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Resistance or strength training isn’t just for bodybuilders — it’s for everyone, and it’s essential to combat the natural tendency to lose muscle mass with age. It also helps prevent bone loss and lowers body fat, blood pressure and cholesterol. You can strengthen muscles with everything from resistance… The post Free Weights or Machines? appeared first o...

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  • THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A type of therapy that harnesses the immune system is giving new hope to people battling a once hopeless cancer — melanoma that’s spread to the brain. New research involving more than 2,700 U.S. patients is confirming what specialists in the field have long known — that “checkpoint… The post Immune-Based Therapy May Help When Melanoma Spreads to Brain app...

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  • WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Maybe there’s good reason why open, unspoiled stretches of land are often referred to as God’s country. New research from Britain suggests that getting close to nature is beneficial to your health. The researchers analyzed more than 140 studies that included more than 290 million people in 20… The post Green Space: A Gateway to Better Health? appeared fi...

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  • WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Balance problems may be more common in soccer players who “head” the ball more often than their fellow athletes, a small study found. The study included 20 soccer players, average age 22, who were given a balance test. The players also provided information about how often they headed… The post 'Heading' Soccer Balls May Be Bad for Balance appeared first ...

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  • WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Here’s yet another reason to get your blood pressure under control: High blood pressure later in life may contribute to blood vessel blockages and tangles linked to Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests. Tracking nearly 1,300 older people until they died, scientists found markedly higher risks of one or… The post High Blood Pressure Threatens Aging ...

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  • WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A bacteria carried by dogs that haven’t been neutered can produce flu symptoms in humans and potentially jeopardize a pregnancy, a new study suggests. Brucellosis infection is most commonly spread by livestock like sheep, cattle, goats and pigs. But a strain of the bacterium carried by dogs —… The post Report Warns of Dog Illness That Can Spread to Owner...

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  • WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Could losing their sense of identity be one reason why so many smokers find it hard to kick the habit? That’s the conclusion of new research out of Britain. “When people attempt to quit smoking, what they are really doing is attempting to bury part of their old… The post Yet Another Reason Why It's Hard to Stop Smoking appeared first on Piedmont HealthCa...

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  • WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fear of weight gain can keep many smokers from kicking the habit. But a new study involving older women might help change that: It found that for those who quit, even a bit of exercise helped keep the pounds at bay. “Being active after quitting smoking was found… The post Quitting Smoking? Even a Little Exercise Can Help You Stay Slim appeared first on P...

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  • WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Stephanie and Matt Austin went to a Philadelphia Phillies game one Saturday night, then headed to their new beach house, eager to sleep late the next morning. Those plans were ruined by a 6 a.m. phone call for Matt, an orthopedic surgeon. Worse yet, it wasn’t even… The post AHA: Doctor Makes Lifesaving House Call in His Own Home appeared firs...

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  • WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A powerful class of antibiotics will now come with stronger safety warnings about dangerous drops in blood sugar and neurological side effects that can include delirium and memory problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. Called fluoroquinolones, these drugs include levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ciprofloxacin extende...

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  • WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Ebola virus survivors may suffer greater long-term neurological consequences than doctors have believed, a small study suggests. In some cases, the problems were so severe that survivors could no longer care for themselves. The issues ranged from debilitating migraines to strokes to nerve damage. “We knew that a… The post Neurological Fallout From Ebola ...

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  • WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For seniors who feel years younger than they really are, a new study suggests it might not be their imagination. “We found that people who feel younger have the structural characteristics of a younger brain,” explained lead author Jeanyung Chey. She is a professor in the department of… The post Seniors, Feeling Young Is a State of Mind appeared first on ...

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  • WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Stephanie and Matt Austin went to a Philadelphia Phillies game one Saturday night, then headed to their new beach house, eager to sleep late the next morning. Those plans were ruined by a 6 a.m. phone call for Matt, an orthopedic surgeon. Worse yet, it wasn’t even… The post AHA: Doctor Makes Lifesaving House Call in His Own Home appeared firs...

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  • TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Stick or spray-on sunscreens are essential tools against skin cancer, but it’s important to use them the right way, a dermatologist says. “Sticks are easy for under the eyes and the backs of the hands, while spray sunscreens are often easier to apply on children,” Dr. Debra Wattenberg… The post How to Use Sunscreens the Right Way appeared first on Piedmont...

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  • TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Researchers report that stimulating particular brain cells triggers hot flashes in mice — a discovery they hope will lead to better therapies for women going through menopause. Humans also have these brain cells, known as Kiss1 neurons, and the new study suggests they perform similar functions in humans,… The post Scientists Get Closer to Origins of Hot Fl...

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  • TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As America sweats through another summer, new research suggests that heat waves can slow the brains of even healthy young adults. In the face of extreme heat, college students living in dorms without air conditioning did worse on tests of mental skills than their cooled-off counterparts, researchers found.… The post Heat Waves Can Dull Even Young Minds, St...

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  • TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Transwomen who undergo hormone therapy may face higher chances of blood clots, stroke and heart attack, a new study suggests. The term transwoman refers to a woman who is designated male at birth. Some undergo hormone therapy to minimize their male characteristics and maximize female traits. “While our… The post Heart Risks Tied to Transwomen's Hormone The...

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  • TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The “low-T” craze appears to be waning, with fewer men in the United States turning to testosterone therapy as a way to stave off aging and sexual decline. A steep decrease in testosterone prescriptions occurred between 2013 and 2016, coinciding with public warnings that hormone therapy could increase… The post Men's Testosterone Supplements May Be Losing ...

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  • TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The common but dangerous heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation — or a-fib — can go undetected for years. Now, research suggests a high-tech, wearable patch might spot the condition early. Use of the Zio XT wireless patch, made by iRhythm, produced “an almost threefold improvement in… The post Wearable, At-Home Patch Could Spot Your A-Fib Early...

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  • TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Working on clean-up crews after the 9/11 terrorist attack took a huge emotional toll on many first responders, and new research suggests that might have triggered heart trouble as well. Those who developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) faced more than double the risk of a heart attack and… The post PTSD May Have Put Hearts of 9/11 First Responders ...