Mom’s Money Worries May Mean Smaller Baby

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(HealthDay News) — Financial stress during pregnancy could increase the risk of having a smaller baby, a new study suggests. Researchers call this “pregnancy-specific distress.” And it “includes concerns about labor and delivery, about relationships changing, about working after the baby arrives, paying for medical care, and whether the baby will be unhealthy,” said study …

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The Family That Eats Together, Benefits

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(HealthDay News) — No doubt that work, school and outside activities can make it hard to schedule regular family dinners. But research has shown that eating together on a regular basis helps to bond families and build good communication. For children, the benefits range from better grades to getting along well with others. Kids and …

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Too Many People Still Ignore Heart Attack Risks: Study

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(HealthDay News) — Sizable numbers of adults with risk factors for heart attack — such as smoking, obesity or physical inactivity — aren’t inclined to do anything to improve their health, a large, new study finds. Among those at greatest risk, meaning they having five or more risk factors, almost 1 in 5 did not …

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Routine Tests Urged for Pregnancy Complication Preeclampsia

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(HealthDay News) — Doctors should screen all pregnant women for preeclampsia, a serious complication tied to high blood pressure, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Expectant mothers should have their blood pressure checked throughout their pregnancy — even if they have no signs or symptoms of preeclampsia, according to the task force’s final …

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Seizure Control Key to Avoiding Sudden Death With Epilepsy

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(HealthDay News) — In rare cases, seizures that cause convulsions and a loss of consciousness can raise the odds of sudden death in people with epilepsy, neurologists warn. These attacks are known as generalized tonic-clonic seizures, according to a new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Epilepsy Society. Just how …

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Most Patients Not Shy About Revealing Sexual Orientation

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(HealthDay News) — Far more patients than expected are willing to reveal their sexual orientation when they visit the emergency room, a new study finds. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Academy of Medicine recommend routine collection of sexual orientation information in health care settings. In 2015, the U.S. Centers for …

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Travelers Bring Malaria Back to U.S., With High Costs

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(HealthDay News) — Malaria sickens thousands of Americans and leads to millions of dollars in health care costs each year, a new study finds. Transmission of the mosquito-borne disease in the United States was stamped out decades ago. But it still affects Americans who travel to regions where it remains common, such as Africa, Asia …

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Waist Size, Not Weight, May be Key to Life Span

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(HealthDay News) — That spare tire you’re toting around could be increasing your risk of an early death, a new study suggests. What’s more, the increased risk associated with having a larger waistline occurs even if a person’s body-mass index (BMI) indicates a healthy weight, said lead researcher Emmanuel Stamatakis. He’s an associate professor with …

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Who Really Needs All Those Heart Tests?

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(HealthDay News) — Sometimes the treatment for heart problems may be more aggressive than it needs to be, according to Consumer Reports. Heart disease requires emergency medical attention when someone is having active symptoms, such as chest pain and shortness of breath. But excessive heart screening tests associated with false alarms can cause unnecessary anxiety …

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Obesity in Early Pregnancy May Raise Child’s Risk of Epilepsy

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(HealthDay News) — Kids are more likely to develop childhood epilepsy — a seizure disorder — if their mothers were overweight or obese early in pregnancy, a new study suggests. The risk of epilepsy in children goes up as a mother’s weight goes up — reaching as high as 82 percent among kids of severely …

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