FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Wealthier Americans are more likely than others to be sedentary for much of the week and then turn into active “weekend warriors” on Saturdays and Sundays, researchers report. Only about one in 20 U.S. adults (5 percent) currently meet the recommended exercise guidelines. The recommendations are to get…

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Widely used heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors do not appear to increase Alzheimer’s disease risk, according to a new study. Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid are commonly used proton pump inhibitors. Two previous studies reported a higher risk of dementia among people who took the drugs, which are…

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say one dose of cholera vaccine appears to provide about the same protection as the standard two doses, at least for the first six months. They also found that cholera vaccines are highly effective in adults but less so in young children, who are at particular risk…

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may shorten the list of caveats for drugs you see advertised on television. Prescription drug makers must now mention all benefits and risks in direct-to-consumer advertising, presenting viewers with a litany of potential harms, both major and minor. But a new approach…

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Older adults with confusion are more likely to remain in the hospital longer once they are admitted, and are more likely to die, a new study finds. “People with confusion — or cognitive spectrum disorders — make up over one-third of the population over 65 [in the U.K.]…

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The rate of suicide in rural America appears to be significantly higher than in urban areas, a new study reports. And much of the reason may have to do with the greater prevalence of gun ownership in rural areas, the study authors said. The findings stem from an…

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — If a pregnant woman hears anti-vaccine messages from family or friends about childhood immunizations, she’s much more likely to delay her baby’s shots, new research shows. And that’s true even if she hears positive messages after the discouraging ones, the New Zealand investigators found. “Pregnancy is an important…

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Zika virus might not remain in the semen of some infected men as long as previously thought, a small study suggests. The researchers said Zika may only be present in semen for about a month. Previous research had suggested that Zika virus can be found in semen for…

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — As kidney function declines, infection risk rises, a new study shows. Infections facing people with advanced kidney disease include lower respiratory tract disease, urinary tract infections and blood poisoning, researchers said. The findings were published Aug. 17 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. “Given…

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — For more than 150 years, the deaths of the famed Franklin naval expedition crew — on a mission to reach the Northwest Passage — have been a captivating historical mystery. Now, a dentist says some of the truth may lie in reports about their teeth. The lost expedition…

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