Breast-Feed Now, Stave Off Diabetes Later

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's often said breast-feeding is best for babies, but new research suggests it also might have a significant long-term benefit for moms -- preventing type 2 diabetes. "We found that a longer…

Rats May Not Have Driven the Black Death Plague After All

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's thought to have killed between 30 and 60 percent of Europe's population, but the Black Death plague may not have been spread by flea-infested rats, Norwegian scientists report. Between its…

From Birth On, One Sex Is Hardier

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women are known to outlive men. And that advantage may start early, according to researchers who've found baby girls more likely to survive famines, epidemics and other misfortunes. The fact that…

Is Obesity Slowing Gains in U.S. Life Spans?

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The death rate in the United States isn't decreasing as it has in years past, and some experts blame the opioid epidemic. But a new study suggests America's increasing girth is what's really behind…

Workplace Workouts … and Why They Work

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Workplace wellness programs are great ways to get in shape, but what if your employer doesn't offer one? Here's how to get the (exercise) ball rolling. First, talk to your human resources manager…

Early Periods, Higher Heart Risks?

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women whose periods started before age 12 may face an increased risk for heart disease and stroke, a new British study suggests. Early menopause, pregnancy complications and hysterectomy are also…

Hold That Sneeze? Maybe Not

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Holding your nose and closing your mouth when you feel a sneeze coming on just might lead to serious trouble. The journal BMJ Case Reports includes the story of a 34-year-old man who ruptured his…

Sauna Sessions May Be as Good as Exercise for the Heart

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Relaxing in a hot sauna may not only feel good -- it might affect your heart and blood vessels in ways that are similar to moderate exercise. That's the finding of a new study that tested the effects…

Sauna Sessions May Be as Good as Exercise for the Heart

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Relaxing in a hot sauna may not only feel good -- it might affect your heart and blood vessels in ways that are similar to moderate exercise. That's the finding of a new study that tested the effects…

For Kids, Chronic Illness May Trigger Mental Health Issues

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When children learn they have a long-term illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, they're likely to suffer emotionally, too, a small study finds. These mental health issues surface soon after the…

Women Seem More Prone to Winter Blues

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The increase in depressive symptoms brought on by winter seems to occur more often in women than men, a new study finds. Low mood, tiredness and the inability to gain pleasure from usually enjoyable…

Women Seem More Prone to Winter Blues

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The increase in depressive symptoms brought on by winter seems to occur more often in women than men, a new study finds. Low mood, tiredness and the inability to gain pleasure from usually enjoyable…