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Overnight Workers More Likely to Become Overweight

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  You’re more likely to gain weight working overnight. In Your Health Minute, working at night may make you fat. Studies show it wreaks havoc on your waistline. A new study found night shift work is linked to a 29 percent increased risk of becoming obese or overweight. Permanent night workers had a higher risk of weight gain than those…

Going Inside a Virtual Operating Room Soothes Anxiety

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    A virtual reality tour of an operating room might help ease anxiety in children facing surgery. Researchers asked a group of kids to watch a four minute virtual reality video showing a penguin visiting the operating room. The children had less anxiety right before the procedure than those given typical pre-op information. More studies are expected to be…

Elderly Citizens More Likely to Discuss Suicide

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  Senior citizens will tell their family and friends before comitting suicide. In Your Health Minute, older adults are more likely to reveal suicidal thoughts as they age. Researchers at the University of Texas studied deaths over a 10 year period. The older person was the more likely they were to have shared their intent about taking their own lives….

Myths About Mental Illness Persist

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  Less stigma surrounding mental illness.   In Your Health Minute , a new survey shows there is less stigma surrounding mental illness, but, many myths still exist. About three quarters of those polled said people are informed about and more open to discussing mental health issues than 10 years ago. But a quarter of millenials believed people can get…

Exercise Helps Fight Depression

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    Exercise good for the mind and body. In Your Health Minute, Regular exercise can help prevent depression. A new study found just one to two hours of exercise a week decreased an adults risk of depression by 44 percent. These mental health benefits were seen in men and women of all ages. Experts say the physical and social…

Study says E-Cigarettes are Healthier

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Study says e-cigarettes are safer. In Your Health Minute millions of lives could be saved if American smokers switched to e-cigarettes. That’s according to a new study from Georgetown University. Researcher say smokers could gain 86 million years of life over the next ten years by completely switching to vaping. They say the switch would also help reduce smoking related…

Bilingual Children Learn New Languages Faster

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  Bilingual students are more likely to learn new languages.   In Your Health Minute, finally, children who are bilingual may find it easier to learn additional languages as an adult. Researchers¬† at Georgetown University assessed a group of college students as they learned a nonsense language. They noticed clear differences in brain activity between bilinguals and those who only…

African American Children Less Likely to be Treated for Eczema

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  African American children less likely to be treated for their eczema. In Your Health Minute, a new study reveals black children are less likely to get treatment for eczema. The painful skin disorder affects about one in ten children but, it tends to be more common and more severe in African Americans. Despite this, African American children were 30…

Pregnant Woman Not Taking the TDAP

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      Fewer women choosing the TDAP. In Your Health News, getting the TDAP vaccine during pregnancy can help protect babies from whooping cough. Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control looked at three years of data from six states. They found third trimester vaccination was nearly 80 percent effective preventing whooping cough in babies younger than two months….

Mediation is Good Medicine

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  Mediation has good effects on health.   Meditation could help reduce some risk factors for heart disease. Researchers with the American Heart Association found meditation may decrease stress, depression and blood pressure. The practice may also improve sleep and help people stop smoking. But it’s not yet clear if meditation lowers the risk of a heart attack.