How Puzzles, Games Might Help Your Aging Brain

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Those Sunday crossword puzzles may not prevent the aging brain from slowing down -- but they might protect it in a different way, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at the "use it or lose it"…

Hospital Discharge at Christmastime May Not Be a Gift for Some

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- No one wants to spend the holidays in a hospital bed, but heading home might not be a good idea, new research suggests. The risk of hospital readmission or death was higher among patients who were…

Sporting Events Dangerous for Spectators, Too

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Serious sports injuries aren't confined to athletes -- spectators also run that risk, a new study finds. "You don't expect to be injured when you attend a sporting event as a spectator," said Dr.…

AHA: New Report Emphasizes Safety of Statins

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- The benefits of the cholesterol-lowering medicines called statins far outweigh any risk of side effects, according to a new analysis of decades of scientific research. In fact, side…

Restoring Hair Growth on Scarred Skin? Mouse Study Could Show the Way

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a feat that might help pave the way to restoring hair on patients with skin wounds from burns, injuries or surgery, scientists report regrowing hair on damaged skin in mice. In their experiments…

Autism, ADHD in One Child Tied to Raised Risk in Siblings

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are so closely linked that they not only run in families, but each increases the risk of the other in future siblings, a new study finds. Younger…

AHA: Sleep Apnea May Double Odds for High Blood Pressure in Blacks

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Black adults with high blood pressure that defies standard prescription treatments might want to get screened for sleep apnea, new research suggests. Moderate or severe sleep apnea --…

Have Heart Failure? Flu Shot May Save Your Life

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you have heart failure, a flu shot can truly be a lifesaver, researchers report. A study of patients in Denmark who were recently diagnosed with heart failure found that a flu shot cut their risk…

Electronic Health Records Bogging Docs Down

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic health records are supposed to help doctors, but stress from using them may lead to burnout -- and primary care doctors are at greatest risk, new research suggests. "You don't want your…

Sleep, Don't Cram, Before Finals for Better Grades

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's a college tradition to pull "all-nighters" during final exams. But students may get better grades if they simply go to bed early, two new studies suggest. Researchers found that students who…

Catnip: The 'Why' Behind Cats' Favorite High

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Rolling around, meowing and generally acting blissed-out: cats love the plant known as catnip. Now, British scientists say they're closer to knowing how catnip works -- and their insights might end…

Opioids Exact Another Toll on Newborns: Smaller Heads

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Infants born addicted to opioids may be more likely to have smaller heads that might hinder their development, new research suggests. "Babies chronically exposed to opiates [during pregnancy] had…