College students at increased risk for SgB meningococcal Dz

(HealthDay)—College students have an increased risk for sporadic and outbreak-associated serogroup B meningococcal disease, according to a study published online Dec. 31 in Pediatrics. Sarah A. Mbaeyi, M.D., M.P.H., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues used data from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System and enhanced meningococcal disease surveillance to compare the incidence […]

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Teething jewelry linked to at least one baby’s death: FDA

(HealthDay)—Teething jewelry products, such as necklaces, pose significant safety risks and have been tied to at least one baby’s death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Potential threats include choking, strangulation, injury to the mouth and infection. These products should not be used to relieve teething pain in infants, the agency said. The products also shouldn’t be used to […]

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Want to Eat Healthier? Avoid Stores With Snacks at Checkout

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 — Getting rid of candy and chips at the supermarket checkout could lead to a dramatic reduction in junk food consumption, researchers say. “Changing what food is displayed at checkouts seems to have an impact on what customers buy. It could also have an impact on what they eat, but we can’t be sure about that,” […]

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Jillian Michaels On What Aging Means to Her: "I’m a Very Different Person Than I Was at 34 and 24"

What does the expression “aging gracefully” mean to you? I think generally it’s come to mean, “Oh, just accept it.” For me, aging gracefully is striking a balance—between your emotional state, physical state, and your psychological state—that allows you to have longevity, vitality, and quality of life for years to come. It’s not accepting a slow descent into decrepitude. There’s […]

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The five types of problem drinking are more common at different ages

Alcohol abuse is more complicated than simply drinking too much. There may be five separate types of problem drinkers, according to Penn State researchers, and each one may be more common at different stages of life. In a study, Penn State researchers discovered five distinct classes or “profiles” among people with alcohol use disorder, with each profile defined by a […]

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Bone erosions more frequent with old age at onset of early RA

(HealthDay)—Old age at onset of early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with more frequent bone erosions, according to a study published online Nov. 11 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. Koichi Murata, from Kyoto University in Japan, and colleagues examined how old age at disease onset affects treatment and prognosis in early RA using data from the Kyoto Rheumatoid […]

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Common tactics for health promotion at work may be detrimental to employees with obesity

Workplace health promotion programs that encourage employees to take responsibility for their own weight may have detrimental effects for employees with obesity, reveals a new study. These range from feeling increasingly responsible for their weight but perceiving they have less control over it, to increased workplace weight stigma and discrimination. Ironically, these effects could even lead to increased obesity and […]

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You Burn the Most Calories at This Time of Day

Your body’s internal clock, or circadian rhythm, dictates a lot of your day. It tells you when you’re hungry and need to scarf some food, when you’re tired and should hit the hay, and more. That body clock also determines what time of day your body burns the most calories, even when you’re at rest doing nothing, a new study shows. Researchers […]

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A look at how colds and chronic disease affect DNA expression

We’re all born with a DNA sequence that encodes (in the form of genes) the very traits that make us, us—eye color, height, and even personality. We think of those genes as unchanging, but in reality, the way they are expressed, or turned into proteins, which are the workhorses of our molecular selves, is regularly in flux. Many of those […]

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10th patient dies at pediatric facility in viral outbreak

Health officials say a 10th patient has died from an infection at a pediatric care facility in New Jersey as a different strain of the virus has been found at another facility in the state. The state health department on Wednesday confirmed the “medically fragile child” at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation had the adenovirus infection. The department […]

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