Is Obesity Slowing Gains in U.S. Life Spans?

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The death rate in the United States isn’t decreasing as it has in years past, and some experts blame the opioid epidemic. But a new study suggests America’s increasing girth is what’s really behind the slowdown. Excess weight led to nearly 200,000 excess deaths in 2011. And overall,…

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Hold That Sneeze? Maybe Not

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Holding your nose and closing your mouth when you feel a sneeze coming on just might lead to serious trouble. The journal BMJ Case Reports includes the story of a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat after he pinched his nose and clamped his mouth shut in order…

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Women Seem More Prone to Winter Blues

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The increase in depressive symptoms brought on by winter seems to occur more often in women than men, a new study finds. Low mood, tiredness and the inability to gain pleasure from usually enjoyable activities peaked in the winter months, according to the researchers’ analysis of data on…

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Take Your Houseplant to Work Day

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Do you often feel grumpy at work? Sometimes a small change in your surroundings can have a big effect on your mood. According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, having some greenery in your office space can make you both happier and more productive.…

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