Shorter Thanksgiving Dinners After Trump Election: Study

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Thanks to divisive politics, Thanksgiving dinner got shorter after President Donald Trump’s election, a new study suggests. Americans shaved 30 to 50 minutes off the annual holiday gathering in November 2016, weeks after Trump won the presidency, researchers found. Thanksgiving visits were reduced significantly more when folks traveled…

Dogs Chase Gulls, Keep Beaches Clean

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Can dogs help keep nasty bacteria off the beaches? A new study suggests it’s possible: E. coli spread by seagull droppings prompts beach closings, but dog patrols that chased the birds away did their part in keeping beaches open. The bacteria can be spread by other birds and…

Who Are America's Cohabiting Couples?

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For many people, marriage is the next logical step after you’ve dated for a while and believe you’ve found “the one.” But new research shows that a lot of Americans don’t see marriage as the only choice. Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found…

Pot Replacing Tobacco, Booze as Teens' Drug of Choice

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Pot is increasingly replacing cigarettes and alcohol as the first drug of choice among young Americans, researchers have found. Boys, black Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and multi-racial Americans were the most likely to turn to marijuana before other recreational drugs, the new report suggests. For the study, the…

Mindfulness Training to Help With Weight Loss

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If mindless eating can put on the pounds, it stands to reason that mindful eating can help with diet success. In fact, studies show that “eating-focused” mindfulness can bring significant changes in weight, in how you approach food, and even in psychological well-being. This makes it especially helpful…

AI Better Than Docs at Catching Skin Cancers

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A computer can beat even highly experienced dermatologists in spotting deadly melanomas, researchers report. The study is the latest to test the idea that “artificial intelligence” can improve medical diagnoses. Typically, it works like this: Researchers develop an algorithm using “deep learning” — where the computer system essentially…