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Oct21Carve the Pumpkin, Not Your Hand

Carve the Pumpkin, Not Your Hand

Jack-o’-lanterns can be scary, but they shouldn’t be dangerous. Last year, pumpkin carving accounted for nearly 3,200 of the 16,706 Halloween-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments, doctors’ offices and clinics, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. “Pumpkin carving is a fun activity, but it can result in serious cuts on the hand and […]

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Oct20Making Halloween Less Scary for Teens With Allergies, Asthma

Making Halloween Less Scary for Teens With Allergies, Asthma

Teens with allergies and asthma can enjoy Halloween as long as they take precautions, an allergist says. “There’s no reason a teen with allergies should have to miss anything,” said Dr. Bradley Chipps, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Teens usually know the drill when it comes to handling their food […]

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Oct19Try Small ‘Bites’ to Get Kids to Exercise

Try Small ‘Bites’ to Get Kids to Exercise

Kids take their cues from mom and dad, so it only makes sense to participate with them when teaching them the merits of exercise. Couch potato kids are a real concern. The College of New Jersey exercise science professor Avery Faigenbaum defined the term exercise-deficit disorder — or EDD — to draw attention to our […]

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Oct19Does Your Dog Really Understand You?

Does Your Dog Really Understand You?

Many dogs perk up at certain words, like “treat” or “squirrel.” But does Buddy really understand what you’re saying, or is he simply reacting to the excitement in your voice? Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta might have some answers. In a study of 12 dogs, the investigators say they’ve dug up some new details […]

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Oct19Juul Drawing Lots of Teen Followers on Twitter

Juul Drawing Lots of Teen Followers on Twitter

Though the maker of Juul e-cigarettes has claimed its product is aimed at adult smokers trying to quit, almost a quarter of the company’s Twitter followers are under 18, a new study finds. And many of these young fans are retweeting the company’s messages, investigators added. The findings are cause for worry, the University of […]

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Oct19Hormonal Changes Might Lead to Hernias in Aging Men, Mouse Study Suggests

Hormonal Changes Might Lead to Hernias in Aging Men, Mouse Study Suggests

Age-related increases in estrogen may be the reason why inguinal hernias are common among older men, new research with rodents suggests. Inguinal hernias occur when soft tissue — often part of the intestines — protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall near the groin. These hernias are the most common reason men undergo […]

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Oct19Could Herpes Virus Help Cause Alzheimer’s?

Could Herpes Virus Help Cause Alzheimer’s?

There’s growing evidence that the herpes virus responsible for cold sores also may cause Alzheimer’s disease, a new research paper contends. It’s been long known that herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) can been found in the brains of elderly people with Alzheimer’s disease, and research has shown that herpes increases Alzheimer’s risk in people genetically […]

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Oct19Health Tip: It’s Never Too Late to Exercise

Health Tip: It’s Never Too Late to Exercise

(HealthDay News) — If you are middle aged and out of shape, it isn’t too late to get active and improve your health, the American Heart Association says. A study in the journal Circulation showed that heart stiffness — a potential precursor to heart failure — decreased for middle-aged men who engaged in two years […]

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Oct19Health Tip: Suggestions For Healthier Aging

Health Tip: Suggestions For Healthier Aging

(HealthDay News) — Many factors influence how we age, ranging from dietary choices and physical activity to health screenings and managing risk factors for disease. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests these steps to promote healthier aging: Get regular exercise. Studies have shown that people who exercise often live longer, healthier and happier lives. […]

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Oct18Health Highlights: Oct. 18, 2018

Health Highlights: Oct. 18, 2018

Sharp Drop in U.S. Life Expectancy Rankings by 2040: Study Congo Ebola Outbreak Not a Global Emergency: WHO Salmonella Cases Linked to Raw Chicken Products Rises to 92 in 29 States: CDC

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