DNA May Influence Your Reproductive Decisions

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 — Your DNA may influence how old you are when you become a parent and how many kids you have, a new study suggests.
An international team of more than 250 scientists said it has identified 12 areas of DNA associated with age…
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When Soda Makers Fund Studies, Links to Obesity Weaken

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 — If you come across a study claiming that sugary drinks don’t cause obesity or diabetes, check to see who’s paid for the research.
Most likely the study has financial ties to the beverage industry, according to a new review…
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Can Facebook Friend Requests Predict Longevity?

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 — Facebook is a ubiquitous part of modern living, and now a new study suggests that the social media app may even provide insight into how long you’ll live.
Researchers found that people who receive and accept the most…
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Pedal Your Way to Heart Health

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 — Regular bicycling may lower your risk of heart disease and heart attack, two new studies find.
One study looked at thousands of Danes, aged 50 to 65. Those who started cycling and kept with it had a 25 percent lower risk of…
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Smartphones, Tablets Keep Kids Buzzing at Bedtime

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 — Smartphones, tablets and other portable media devices can harm children’s sleep, a new study suggests.
Researchers reviewed a number of studies and found an association between children’s use of these devices at bedtime and…
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'White Coat' High Blood Pressure May Signal Trouble in Older People

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 — So-called “white coat hypertension” is mostly harmless, but in some older people it may indicate a risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.
White coat hypertension refers to high blood pressure readings in a doctor’s…
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Does 'Good' Cholesterol Matter in Heart Disease Risk?

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 — A large new study adds to questions about whether your “good” HDL cholesterol levels really affect your risk of heart disease.
The study, of nearly 632,000 Canadian adults, found that those with the lowest HDL levels had…
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1 in 4 Seniors Doesn't Discuss End-of-Life Care

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 — More than one-quarter of American seniors have never discussed end-of-life care, a new study finds.
“Despite decades of work to improve advance care planning, over a quarter of older adults have still not engaged in any type…
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Could Zika Harm Men's Fertility?

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 — The mosquito-borne Zika virus harms the fertility of male mice and human studies are needed to determine if the same is true in men, researchers report.
Three weeks after male mice were infected with Zika, their testicles…
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Opioid Overdoses Up Nearly 200 Percent Among Kids, Teens

MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 — The number of young children and teens hospitalized for overdosing on opioid painkillers has spiked nearly 200 percent in recent years, a new study finds.
Among children under 10, most of the painkiller poisonings were…
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