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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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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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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Race Plays Role in Heart, Diabetes Risk, Even at Normal Weight

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(HealthDay News) — Americans of South Asian and Hispanic descent who aren’t overweight may be more at risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes than normal-weight white people are, a new study finds. “Clinicians using overweight/obesity as the main criteria for [heart disease and diabetes] screening, as currently recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task …

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Heart Devices 101: Guide to the Tools That Keep You Ticking

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(HealthDay News) — Pacemakers, defibrillators and other medical devices have saved the lives of millions of people worldwide. Someone you know probably has received one of these heart-health enhancers, although not all have become household words. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluates and regulates these and other medical devices in the United States. Below, …

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Say Goodbye to Allergy Misery in Spring

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(HealthDay News) — Spring can rain misery on allergy sufferers, but there are a number of ways to ease your agony, a physician expert says. “Allergies affect millions in the U.S., and while there is no way to avoid irritants like pollen entirely, there are simple solutions to mitigate allergic reactions,” said Dr. Joseph Cooke. …

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