WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The longer you refrain from drinking, the lower your risk of a common heart rhythm disorder. That’s the message of a new long-range study examining alcohol use and atrial fibrillation, or Afib. This is when electrical impulses in the upper chambers of the heart are chaotic and cause…

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have pinpointed more gene mutations that may cause restless legs syndrome. A new study involving roughly 46,000 people with restless legs syndrome turned up 13 new gene variants that appear to raise the risk for the condition, which affects up to 10 percent of the U.S. and…

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Vaccines that ward off the cancer-linked human papillomavirus (HPV) are safe for adult women, according to a study of more than 3 million Scandinavians. The researchers, who used Danish and Swedish hospital data to track the incidence of 44 different illnesses over 10 years, found no “serious safety…

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Many cancer drugs can cause debilitating nerve damage as a side effect. But a small study suggests that simple cold wraps to the hands and feet might prevent it. The side effect, known as peripheral neuropathy, damages nerves in the limbs. This often leads to pain, numbness and…

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The mental illness schizophrenia disrupts the brain’s entire communication network, a new study suggests. This research disputes a theory that schizophrenia is caused by wiring problems only in certain parts of the brain. The findings could help direct future research into the disorder that affects more than 21…

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — As many as 2 million Americans may be drinking well water that contains potentially dangerous amounts of arsenic, a new government study warns. The analysis, conducted by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measured arsenic levels in private…

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Firefighters face many known hazards on the job, but one area that hasn’t been well researched is how their skin’s exposure to hazardous chemicals might increase their risk of cancer. It has long been known that firefighters have higher rates of several types of cancer than people in…

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — It’s no secret that we love our smartphones and other electronic devices for staying connected. Perhaps too much. According to one study on cellphone use by a mobile security company, 63 percent of women and 73 percent of men between the ages of 18 to 34 can’t go…

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — New anti-clotting drugs — like Xarelto, Pradaxa and Eliquis — aren’t linked with a higher risk of bleeding than the older drug warfarin, a new study finds. Many patients who suffer from blood clots in their legs — called venous thromboembolism (VTE) — or have the abnormal heart…

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Be careful when you reach for foods labeled “healthy” — new research suggests if they have hidden high levels of sugar, you may snack more later. Prior studies have shown that sugary foods can make a person feel hungrier later in the day, said lead researcher Naomi Mandel,…

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