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BINGE DRINKING

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Binge drinking can have serious health effects. In Your Health Minute, New evidence drinking too much alcohol is bad for your heart. Researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing examined data on nearly five thousand adults under age 45. Men who often had five or more drinks on one occasion had higher blood pressure. And women who were heavy binge…

Migraines and Money

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Migraine suffers more likely to call out sick. In Your Health Minute, Chronic migraines not only wreak havock on your head, they can severely impact your career and finances. A new study finds people who have 15 or more migraine headaches a month are much more likely than other employees to call in sick. They also say migraines have limited…

HIV Testing

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  Doctors are being urged to offer HIV testing. In Your Health Minute, Doctors may be missing opportunities to test for HIV in people at high risk of contracting the virus that causes aids. HIV testing is crucial because early detection means people can get earlier treatment leading to longer healthier lives. Knowing our HIV status can also help protect…

Lower Cost Bike Helmets Often the Best

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Not all bicycle helmets are created equal. In Your Health Minute,     Some bike helmets are more protective than others and cost isn’t always a good clue to which ones might be best. Researchers at Virginia Tech , along with the Insurance Institute of Highway safety developed new ratings for bike helmets.   The five-star system allows you to…

Why Children of Opioid Drug Abusers are Dying

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    Some opiod abusers not keeping their medications away from children. In Your Health Minute, A new study reveals a dangerous side-effect of America’s opioid crisis. Over the past two years, more than 11-thousand children have been exposed to drugs used to treat opioid addiction. Sadly 11 of these kids died. And while the large majority of exposures were…

Using Epinephrine

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Doctors wonder why adults are not using their epi-pens in emergencies. In Your Health Minute, A new study finds most adults with severe allergies don’t use their epinephrine as prescribed in emergencies. 89 percent of those surveyed said they filled their prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector. But, almost half said they didn’t have it with them during their most severe…

Warning to Parents of Infants

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Warning to parents about non-dairy drinks for babies. In Your Health Minute, A warning for parents about giving infants non dairy drinks. A new French study finds replacing formulas or breast milk with soy, rice or almond based drinks could cause serious health problems. Non-dairy drinks were linked to weight problems, anemia, seizures and low vitamin-d levels when given before…

Kitchen Towels Full of Germs

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Kitchen towels that don’t air dry are filled with nasty germs. Your Health Minute, Prepare to be disgusted by what can be found in your kitchen. We’re talking about kitchen towels. Researchers cultured the bacteria on 100 kitchen towels after a month of usage and discovered some pretty nasty findings. Half were growing bacteria like staph and e-coli. Germs were…

The Flu Nasal Spray is Coming Back

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The nasal flu shot is coming back. In Your Health Minute, There will be another option for flu protection next season. A CDC panel has voted to bring back the flu-mist nasal spray after a two year absence. Data shows the nasal vaccine isĀ  effective and doctors hope the reformulated spray will improve coverage especially in schools. Flu mist will…

Social Media Depression

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The more you are on social media, the more likely you are to suffer with depression. In Your Health Minute, Negative experiences on social media might increase the risk of depression among young adults. That’s according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh. College students who reported more negative interactions online were more likely to have symptoms of…