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Israeli Team Announces First 3D-Printed Heart Using Human Cells

WebMD - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:26

The printer-generated heart is only about a third the size of an actual human heart -- and it doesn't actually work.

Inactive Lifestyle Begins as Early as Age 7: Study

WebMD - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 17:19

Among children and teens, parental support for an active lifestyle helped increase activity. For teens, less time in front of the television was associated with regular activity.

Terminally Ill in New Jersey May Soon End Lives

WebMD - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 17:14

Before a prescription is given, a psychiatrist or psychologist must confirm that the patient has the mental capacity to make the decision to end his or her life.

Celebrity 'Fat-Shaming' Affects All Women: Study

WebMD - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 17:00

The impact of fat-shaming may be far-reaching because nearly three-quarters of Americans are overweight or obese, according to the latest information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Is a New Remedy for Body Odor on the Horizon?

WebMD - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 16:15

The researchers took samples of the study participants' underarm bacteria and caused small wounds in the area. Participants were asked if they detected a difference in scent between their left and right armpit and, if so, which smelled better.

Weighted Blankets: From Fad to Mainstream

WebMD - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 13:58

In 2018, experts estimated that a half-dozen or so companies were producing weighted blankets. By the spring of 2019, the list has grown past two dozen.

'Added Sugars' Label on Foods May Save Many Lives

WebMD - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:25

Added sugars account for more than 15% of Americans' total daily calories, exceeding the recommended level of less than 10%, the researchers said in background notes.

CPAP Brings Longer Life for Those With Sleep Apnea

WebMD - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 12:10

Sleep apnea isn't just an annoyance: It's also been tied to higher risks for heart disease, heart failure and stroke.

Don't Brand Teen Sexting as Child Porn: Experts

WebMD - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 11:11

A recent study of Pennsylvania high school students found that 29% were "engaged in consensual sexting."

Cut Melon From Major Stores May Carry Salmonella

WebMD - Mon, 04/15/2019 - 09:43

The outbreak has so far involved 93 cases of Salmonella Carrau illness, including 23 cases so severe the patients required hospitalization, although no deaths have been reported, the FDA said in a statement.

Kids' ER Trips for Swallowed Objects Nearly Double

WebMD - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 18:03

Between 1995 and 2015, an estimated 800,000 kids under age 6 were treated after swallowing foreign objects. Coins are the main culprit, followed by jewelry, batteries and toy parts. new research has found.

Could Treating Gut Bacteria Help Autism Symptoms?

WebMD - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 15:08

All the children in the study had severe digestive issues, so once they were more comfortable perhaps they were better able to focus and learn. Healthier microorganisms in the gut also may send chemicals to the brain that help children learn and make connections.

Foul Ball: More Kids Having 'Tommy John' Surgery

WebMD - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 15:06

The number of teens getting UCLs rebuilt grew from fewer than a dozen a year in the early 1990s to more than 40 by 2010. By 2011, more than half of Tommy John surgeries were done on kids ages 15 to 19.

Just A Little More Exercise Adds Years to Life

WebMD - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:28

Increasing their activity benefited both men and women, in all age groups, and at all fitness levels, the researchers said.

Hospital Privacy Curtains Attract Some Scary Germs

WebMD - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:21

Drug-resistant germs from hospital patients routinely contaminate their privacy curtains, study authors wrote. They often survive and have the potential to transfer to other surfaces and patients.

Many Secretly Use Alternative Meds For Cancer

WebMD - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 18:34

The researchers found that herbal supplements were the most common complementary and alternative therapy used by cancer patients. That’s a concern, they said, because herbal products can interfere with traditional cancer treatments, reducing their effectiveness.

NASA Twins Study: Body Changes Over Time in Space

WebMD - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 18:23

Brothers Scott and Mark Kelly were 51 in March 2015, when Scott began his fourth and longest space mission — commanding the International Space Station (ISS) for 340 days, which set an American record.

Science Says: Smiling Helps You Get Happy

WebMD - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 17:58

The researchers' conclusion: Facial expressions do have a small effect on feelings: Smiling makes people feel happier, scowling makes them feel angrier, and frowning makes them feel sadder.

Grief, Divorce Can Seriously Tax the Heart

WebMD - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 17:34

The findings do not prove that stress disorders actually triggered heart complications, experts said. But there are reasons to believe they contributed, according to Simon Bacon, author of an editorial published with the study.

CDC: Americans Are Dying From Kratom Overdoses

WebMD - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 17:18

Besides 91 deaths in which kratom use was at least a factor, victims in 61 other fatal drug overdoses were found to have kratom in their bloodstreams, the CDC said.