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Even 'Weekend Warriors' Get a Boost To Life Span

WebMD - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 13:36

The researchers classified them as "weekend warriors" if they exercised only one or two days a week, or as regularly active folks who spread their exercise out over the week.

Why a Knee Replacement Can Go Bad

WebMD - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 13:31

Knee replacement is a common procedure most often used to treat pain and disability caused by osteoarthritis. Deep infection is a rare but serious complication that occurs in about 1% of knee replacement patients.

Replace Red Meat With Plant Protein for Heart Health

WebMD - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:19

Your heart will thank you if you replace red meat with healthy plant proteins. Doing so will lower your odds for heart disease, according to a new study.

Scientists Generate 'Activity' in Dead Pig Brain

WebMD - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:00

The cells of the brain remained viable six hours later, compared with other brains not preserved using the newly developed process, the researchers reported.

Gene Therapy Restores Immunity for ‘Bubble Boys’

WebMD - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:26

A team of scientists say they have treated 10 "Bubble Boy' babies born with the disease called X-linked combined severe immunodeficiency, or SCID-X1, using a combination of gene therapy and chemotherapy.

More TV, Tablets, More Attention Issues at Age 5

WebMD - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:47

Compared with their peers who spent no more than a half-hour in front of a screen each day, 5-year-olds who logged over two hours were six times more likely to have "clinically significant" attention issues.

Gulf War Legacy: Higher Risk of Birth Defects

WebMD - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:26

Rates of major birth defects were similar for children of deployed and non-deployed veterans. And there was no difference in major birth defects among children whose mothers were or weren't deployed.

C-Section Infection Risk Higher for Moms on Medicaid: Study

WebMD - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:07

Surgical site infections occurred in 0.75% of the deliveries covered by Medicaid and 0.63% of those covered by private insurance. In other words, women covered by Medicaid had a 1.4-fold higher risk, the researchers reported.

Do American Adults Drink Too Much? Study Says Yes

WebMD - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:42

Binge-drinking -- four or more drinks in a two-hour period for women and five or more for men --  is typical behavior for 7% of adults aged 35 to 44 and 10% of adults aged 45 to 54, according to the poll.

Two Lives Saved in Rare 'Paired' Liver Donation

WebMD - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:39

Living liver donation carries more risks than a living kidney donation, and it comes with a 0.3% donor risk of death and a 30% risk of complications following an adult-to-adult donation with the larger right liver lobe.

Recall: Some Chewy Chips Ahoy After Baking Mishap

WebMD - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:22

Only 13-ounce packages of Chewy Chips Ahoy, which are sold nationwide, are part of the recall.

Raw Tuna Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

WebMD - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:15

A salmonella outbreak linked to frozen, raw ground tuna from Jensen Tuna has sickened 13 people in seven states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Recall

WebMD - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:08

Certain batches of Ben & Jerry's Coconut Seven Layer Bar bulk and Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey pints may contain undeclared tree nuts that could put people with an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts at risk for a life-threatening allergic reaction.

Common Sleep Myths Endanger Public Health

WebMD - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:10

One of the top myths was the claim of some people who insist they can get by on five hours of sleep a night.

FDA Halts All Sales of Vaginal Mesh Products

WebMD - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:05

The companies will have 10 days to submit plans to withdraw these products from the market, the FDA said. Most pelvic mesh products have already been taken off the market, according to the Associated Press.

A Media Avalanche is Burying Our Attention Spans

WebMD - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:59

The study feeds into an ongoing debate about the effects the electronic revolution of the past 3 decades has had on how our brains work.

Your Life Span May Be Foretold in Your Heart Beats

WebMD - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:39

A gradual rise in heart rate could mean trouble ahead for your heart health.

Hot-Car Deaths Hit Record High in 2018

WebMD - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:37

With another hot summer approaching, the safety council has issued free online training. The course, called "Children in Hot Cars," explains how distraction and other factors can lead to death in overheated vehicles.

Common Diabetes Drug May Also Help Kidneys, Heart

WebMD - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 13:06

Those who took Invokana had a 30% lower risk of developing kidney failure, a 30% lower risk of dying from kidney failure or heart disease, the researchers reported.

Many Dying Cancer Patients Try Useless Treatments

WebMD - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:55

A study of just over 100,000 patients in the United States found that the urge to undergo ultimately fruitless cancer treatment "is not a rare phenomenon."