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High blood pressure linked to racial segregation

Living in racially segregated neighborhoods is associated with a rise in the blood pressure of Black adults, while moving away from segregated areas is associated with a decrease—and significant enough to lead to reductions in heart attacks and strokes, a ...

Are All Those 'Fidget Spinners' Really Helping Kids?

Fidget spinners may be the latest must-have kids' toy, but claims that the gizmos help students pay attention aren't backed by science, experts say. Some retailers market the devices as a way to help kids with anxiety, autism or attention ...

Could Chocolate Guard Against an Irregular Heartbeat?

There's delicious news for chocolate lovers: New research suggests the sweet might help keep a common and dangerous form of irregular heartbeat at bay. The study of more than 55,000 people in Denmark found that those who favored chocolate tended ...

States have until 2022 to meet Medicaid standards of care

The Trump administration has given states three extra years to carry out plans for helping elderly and disabled people receive Medicaid services without being pushed into nursing homes. Federal standards requiring states to find ways of delivering care to Medicaid ...

Blacks More Prone to Colon Cancers That Arise Between Colonoscopies: Study

Colon cancer guidelines now recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50 for people at average risk for the disease. But a new study finds that older black Americans are far more likely than whites to develop a ...

Poverty Could Make Lupus Even Worse

Poverty and race are tied to the health of lupus patients in the United States, according to two new studies. One study of 783 patients linked poverty to an increased risk of organ damage from the autoimmune disease. It was ...

Too Many Americans Still Go Without Cancer Screenings

Many Americans still don't get lifesaving cancer screenings because they are uninsured, a new report reveals. Uninsured people have the lowest rates of mammography, Pap testing and colon cancer screening in the United States, according to American Cancer Society researchers.

Fruits, Veggies May Benefit Your Legs, Too

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables may help keep your leg arteries free of blockages, a new study suggests. "Our study gives further evidence for the importance of incorporating more fruits and vegetables in the diet," said study co-author Dr. ...

Suicide by Insulin?

Insulin typically saves the lives of those with diabetes, but it can also be a way for some people to kill themselves, a new review warns. People with the blood sugar disease tend to suffer higher rates of depression, the ...

Health departments challenged as Hepatitis infections increase

“New hepatitis C infections have nearly tripled over five years, according to new preliminary surveillance data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 3.5 million Americans are living with hepatitis C virus, making it the ...

America Loves Fast Food

Americans love fast food -- even if they can afford meals that aren't prepackaged in grease-resistant wrappers, according to a new study. The study found that Americans of all economic classes eat fast food. Middle-income Americans are the most likely ...

Study Sees Link Between Porn and Sexual Dysfunction

Young men who prefer pornography to real-world sexual encounters might find themselves caught in a trap, unable to perform sexually with other people when the opportunity presents itself, a new study reports. Porn-addicted men are more likely to suffer from ...

Could Tai Chi Ease Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors?

For breast cancer survivors who struggle with sleep, a new study suggests that tai chi might calm their restless nights. Researchers found this slow-moving form of meditation was as good as talk therapy and more effective than medication in treating ...

Program Helps Young Adults With Autism Find Jobs

When kids with autism graduate high school, they may need adult services to help them find a job or live on their own. And parents may need a helping hand in navigating the new and confusing system, researchers say. In ...

4 in 10 People Will Suffer Arthritic Hands Over Lifetime

If you have stiff, aching fingers and hands, you're not alone -- a new study reports that 40 percent of people will be affected by the pain of arthritis in at least one hand. The rate seen in the new ...