Smoking, Diabetes May Be Especially Risky for Women's Hearts

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure: all bad for the heart, but perhaps worse for women's hearts than men's, new research shows. Looking at data on 472,000 Britons ages 40 to 69, researchers found…

Marijuana Use Tied to Serious Diabetes Complication

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with type 1 diabetes who use marijuana may double their risk of developing a life-threatening complication, a new study suggests. Called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), the condition occurs…

New Antibiotic Offers Hope Against 'Super Gonorrhea'

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Untreatable, antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea has become a chilling prospect in the United States, raising concerns that people might someday have to live with the sexually transmitted bacteria. But…

Blood Test May One Day Help Track Concussion Recovery

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It may be possible to use a blood test to diagnose and manage athletes' concussions, but the results could vary by race and gender, researchers report. In the new study, investigators analyzed the…

Female Genital Mutilation Decreasing in African Nations

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Female genital mutilation/cutting has declined sharply in most of Africa, but the practice is still widespread in western Asia, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data collected in 29 countries…

AHA: Poor Teeth-Brushing Habits Tied to Higher Heart Risk

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, a new study suggests. Previous studies have found a link between heart disease…

AHA: Young Golfer Returns to Sport He Loves After Stroke

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- After stepping out of his golf cart on the 18th fairway, Andrew Lask Jr. felt dizzy and wobbled a bit. He was playing a charity event at Tamarack Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., where,…

A Baby's Laugh Is Truly Monkey Business

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Babies laugh just like monkeys, researchers report. An analysis of recorded laughter from 44 infants, aged 3 to 18 months, revealed that the youngest babies laughed both as they inhaled and exhaled,…

Only a Quarter of Opioid Painkillers Taken After Most Surgeries

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery patients typically use only one-quarter of the opioids they're prescribed for post-operative pain, a new study finds. And those leftover pills pose a risk of misuse, addiction and overdose,…

Your Showerhead May Be Bathing You in Germs

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You no doubt think that stepping into your shower will wash away dirt and germs, but a new study shows your showerhead might instead dump nasty bacteria on you that may cause lung infections. Most…

Worst Bedsores Still Plague U.S. Hospital Patients: Study

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite years of attention to the problem, U.S. hospitals have made little headway in preventing severe cases of bedsores among older Americans, a new study shows. Researchers found that across…

Home Health-Care Tests: Proceed With Caution

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Home pregnancy tests are commonplace, but that doesn't mean that every type of self-test for health issues is reliable. And even if results are accurate, you shouldn't forgo getting advice from…