Make Losing Weight a Family Affair

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Is your family struggling with overweight or obesity? To lose weight, take a team approach. Studies show that when overweight parents shed pounds, so do their overweight kids. Parents hold the keys to positive behaviors that encourage a healthy weight, from doing the food shopping and cooking to…

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Mom's Immune System May Affect Baby's Brain

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If a pregnant woman’s immune system is activated, it can affect her child’s brain development, new research suggests. A number of triggers — infections, stress, illness and allergies — can activate the immune system. This causes proteins to be released as part of an inflammatory response. Previous research…

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ER Visits for Opioid Overdoses Soaring: CDC

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — America’s opioid epidemic is escalating at breakneck speed, with tens of thousands of overdose victims spilling into the nation’s emergency rooms seeking lifesaving treatment, a new government report shows. Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses increased nationwide and across all demographic groups between July 2016 and September 2017,…

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Vaccines Don't Weaken Babies' Immune Systems: Study

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Another argument used by anti-vaccine groups bites the dust — research shows no evidence that routine shots somehow dampen kids’ immune systems. “Some parents are concerned that multiple vaccines in early childhood could damage their child’s immune system, making them more susceptible to future infections,” said study author…

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