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November 14, 2016

Device Plus 'Aggressive' Drug Strategy May Curb Severe Heart Failure

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of an implanted heart device and intensive drug therapy may help boost heart function in end-stage heart failure patients, preliminary results of an ongoing study suggest.

Heavy Smoking May Boost Blacks' Diabetes Risk

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans who smoke a pack or more a day of cigarettes may be at higher risk for diabetes, a new study finds.

Most Elderly Smokers Don't Use Anti-Smoking Meds After Heart Attack

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many elderly smokers who've had a heart attack fail to fill prescriptions for medications designed to help them quit smoking, a new study finds.

Health Tip: Be Healthier for the Holidays

(HealthDay News) -- The holiday season is filled with food, but many holiday favorites aren't exactly healthy.

Health Tip: Encourage Kids to Choose Good Friends

(HealthDay News) -- Good friends are hard to find, and keeping them may be even more difficult.

Weight-Loss Surgery Tied to Lower Heart Risks

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery may significantly reduce obese people's risk of heart failure, a new study indicates.

Trouble Sleeping Tied to Higher Risk for Irregular Heartbeat

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There may be yet another reason to try and get a good night's sleep: New research ties poor sleep to a higher odds for a dangerous irregular heartbeat.

Tracking Blood Sugar in Pregnancy Might Lower Heart Defect Risk for Baby

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Increases in a woman's blood sugar levels during early pregnancy may affect her baby's risk of congenital heart defects, a new study suggests.

Sharp Drop in Blood Pressure After Rx May Be Risky for Some Heart Patients

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In some people with high blood pressure, too-steep drops in blood pressure after drug therapy may actually raise their risk of premature death, preliminary findings suggest.

Could C-Section Birth Raise Child's Risk of Obesity?

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies delivered via C-section might be at increased risk for childhood obesity, researchers contend.

Marijuana Use Tied to Rare, Temporary Heart Malfunction

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana use might raise the risk of a rare, temporary heart muscle malfunction that can feel like a full-fledged heart attack, a new study suggests.

Omega-3s a Recipe for Healthy Blood Pressure in Young Adults

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids -- found in some fish and plant oils -- may help young adults keep their blood pressure at a healthy level, new research suggests.

Craving Salt? Your Genes May Be the Reason, Study Suggests

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some people carry a genetically driven "salt tooth" that could affect how heavily they season their food, potentially endangering their heart, a new study suggests.

Mosquitoes Can Deliver Zika/Chikungunya Double Whammy

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Mosquitoes can infect people with Zika and chikungunya viruses at the same time, new research suggests.

Fewer American Parents Are Spanking Their Kids

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Spanking and hitting children to discipline them has been on the decline among U.S. parents -- rich and poor alike -- since 1988, a new study finds.

Germs on Smartphones Yield Clues to Owners' Lifestyles

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- By analyzing chemicals, molecules and germs on people's smartphones, researchers say they were able to get a good idea of users' habits and lifestyles.

U.S. Heart Disease Rates Fell 20 Percent Since 1980s: Study

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research shows that cases of heart disease have dropped 20 percent in the United States in the last four decades. Experts credit the trend to better detection and prevention of risk factors that endanger heart health.

West Nile's Long-Term Death Toll May Be Higher Than Thought

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that the death toll from the mosquito-borne West Nile virus might be much greater than thought because its effects may often kill people months or years after infection.

Some Elderly With Alzheimer's Brain Plaques Stay Sharp

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a discovery that challenges conventional thinking, researchers report that several people over the age of 90 had excellent memory even though their brains showed signs that they had Alzheimer's disease.

DNA Isn't Destiny: Healthy Living Can Overcome Genes Linked to Heart Disease

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If your parent or sibling died young from cardiovascular disease, take heart: There are ways you can counter any genetic predisposition to the illness.

Meat-Heavy Diets May Raise Older Women's Heart Risks

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women over 50 who follow a high-protein diet could have a higher risk for heart failure, especially if most of their protein comes from meat, researchers report.

Health Highlights: Nov. 14, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Celebrex May Not Pose Bigger Heart Risk Than Similar Drugs: Study

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some people taking the pain reliever Celebrex may not have a greater risk for heart problems than those taking other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a new study says.

Depression on the Rise Among U.S. Teens, Especially Girls

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Depression is on the rise among American teens and young adults, with adolescent girls showing the greatest vulnerability, a new national survey reveals.

Brain Implant Lets 'Locked-In' ALS Patient Communicate

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A high-tech implant has enabled a paralyzed woman with late-stage ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) to communicate through brain signaling, researchers say.

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