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Positive thinking can be healthy, but reality checks are important: Study

BY: DR. RICHA KALRA (NEW YORK) -- Thinking positively is often good for brain health -- but a new study shows it's important to proceed with caution.Positive thoughts seem to increase connections between regions of the brain in favorable ways. But the study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, showed…... Read More

Study: Young children talking back and forth with adults strengthens language regions of brain

BY: DR. EDITH BRACHO-SANCHEZ and DR. RICHA KALRA(NEW YORK) -- Adults who hold back-and-forth conversations with young children rather than just talking to them may be helping to strengthen connections between the language regions of the children’s brains, new research shows.The new study published today in The Journal of Neuroscience…... Read More

Baby boy dies after he's left for hours in hot car in Domino's Pizza parking lot

(EMPORIA, Va.) -- A 6-month-old boy died after being left for hours in a hot car in a parking lot outside a Domino's restaurant in Virginia, police said.The baby's mother, an employee at the Domino's in Emporia, Virginia, had dropped off one or two other children at a day care…... Read More

FDA approves marketing for a contraception app for the 1st time

(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the first time ever has green-lighted a birth control app to be marketed as a method of contraception.The app, Natural Cycles, calculates when a woman is most likely to be fertile using their daily body temperature data and their menstrual…... Read More

Checking work email after hours can hurt health and relationships

(NEW YORK) -- Being expected to check work email during non-work hours is making employees, as well as their significant others, experience higher levels of anxiety, a study shows.Researchers from Virginia Tech surveyed 108 employees working at least 30 hours per week, 138 significant others and 105 managers and found…... Read More

How using fish skin to heal burn wounds actually works

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Recently, Dr. Jamie Peyton received a phone call from a fellow veterinarian at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding a yearling bear cub that sustained severe, third-degree burns on her paws and feet. In addition to being unable to walk or move from the severity…... Read More

Low-calorie diets affect men's and women's bodies differently, study shows

(NEW YORK) -- Men's bodies may respond better to low-calorie diets than women's, a new study showed.A study in Denmark recruited more than 2,000 people who had pre-diabetes -- meaning high blood sugar, but not yet diabetes -- to look at how low-calorie diets worked for them. In the study,…... Read More

One mother looks to change town's law on breastfeeding in public

(NEW YORK) -- Breastfeeding in public is legal in all 50 states, but a mother in New York discovered her town required breastfeeding be limited to "designated areas."That code went unnoticed and unchanged in Hempstead, New York, for more than 35 years until Colleen Morgan, 33, brought it to the…... Read More

A diverse diet may not be the healthiest way to go

(NEW YORK) -- Encouraging people to eat a variety of foods, also known as dietary diversity, may actually backfire, according to a new scientific statement by the American Heart Association.The suggestion that people try to eat a variety of foods has been a basic public health recommendation for decades. Now,…... Read More

Group of mothers organize pop-up photo shoots for kids with disabilities

(NEW YORK) -- Maria Jordan MacKeigan had never met a person with Down syndrome until her own daughter, Jordan Grace, was born with the chromosomal abnormality four years ago.Now MacKeigan is making sure her daughter and all kids with disabilities are known to the world.MacKeigan, a mother of two from…... Read More

Crayons bought at discount store test positive for asbestos, group says

(CHICAGO) -- Some crayons may not be ready for play time, according to a new report.U.S. Public Interest Research Group, an advocacy group, said in its annual report on the safety of school supplies that Playskool brand crayons purchased at a Chicago Dollar Tree store tested positive for trace amounts…... Read More

Women more likely to survive heart attacks if treated by another woman: Study

(NEW YORK) -- Women are more likely to survive heart attacks if treated by women physicians in the emergency room, a new study that reviewed about half a million patients over more than 20 years found. The study confirms what years of research on "gender concordance" have shown -- that…... Read More

Doctors continue to link screen time to poor health in children

Dr. Anna Chacon (NEW YORK) -- According to a new scientific advisory statement release by the American Heart Association, time spent on "screens" (computers, phones, tablets, video games, television and other outlets) is associated with increased hours of inactivity in children and teens, which has long been associated with poor…... Read More

New genes discovered that may increase risk for triple-negative breast cancer

BY: DR. RYAN GUINNESSA research team from the Mayo Clinic has identified specific genes that go with an increased risk for developing triple-negative breast cancer, according to a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.While breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the…... Read More