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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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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Vaccinating Pregnant Moms Protects Babies From Whooping Cough

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(HealthDay News) — Babies are far less likely to develop whooping cough if their mother was vaccinated while pregnant, a new study reveals. The study included nearly 149,000 infants born in California between 2006 and 2015. The percentage whose mothers received the Tdap booster vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (“whooping cough”) while pregnant rose …

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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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Substance Abuse Taxes the American Workplace

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(HealthDay News) — Substance abuse exacts a heavy toll on the American workplace, a new analysis shows. Employees who struggle with drinking and drug addiction miss many more days of work, have higher health care costs and are less productive than those without these disorders, researchers report. An analysis revealed that employees with substance use …

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Want Cheap and Healthy Meals? Cook at Home

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(HealthDay News) — If you’re eager to save money while eating right, stick close to your own kitchen, researchers say. “Frequent eating out was associated with lower diet quality, more ’empty calories’ and higher diet costs” compared to home cooking, said study author Adam Drewnowski. The troublemakers for regular restaurant-goers are solid fats, calories, alcohol …

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What Drugs Work Best for Diabetic Nerve Pain?

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(HealthDay News) — Nerve pain and numbness, also known as neuropathy, is a debilitating but common symptom of diabetes. Now, new research suggests certain drugs may outperform others in treating diabetic neuropathy. The new review of the data on the subject was led by Julie Waldfogel of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Her team noted …

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Brain ‘Rewires’ to Work Around Early-Life Blindness

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(HealthDay News) — Blindness at an early age triggers the brain to make new connections that enhance hearing, smell and touch, as well as memory and language, a new study suggests. Researchers used MRIs to scan the brains of 12 people who were born blind or lost their sight by age 3. The scans showed …

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Could Fading Sense of Smell Mean Death Is Closer?

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(HealthDay News) — Loss of smell even in your 40s and 50s is linked to an earlier death — and dementia isn’t the culprit, a new study suggests. The Swedish study found that in middle age and beyond, people with a poor sense of smell had about a 20 percent increased risk of dying within …

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