Blood Test Might Predict Preterm Birth

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Researchers have developed a blood test that can predict a pregnant woman’s risk of preterm delivery with up to 80 percent accuracy. The test is not ready for prime time, stressed senior researcher Stephen Quake, a professor at Stanford University in California. It still has to be validated…

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U.S. Suicide Rates on the Rise

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Suicide rates are soaring across America, a new government report shows. Between 1999 and 2016, 25 states saw suicide rates jump more than 30 percent. There was variation: They rose by just under 6 percent in Delaware to more than 57 percent in North Dakota, according to the…

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Think Twice About Tonsil, Adenoid Removal

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Having tonsils removed in childhood is supposed to end chronic earaches and breathing problems. But what if it also increases risk of respiratory infections? “We found that long-term risks of diseases — in particular respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases — were substantially increased after surgery up to 30…

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Humidity Won't Hamper Spread of Flu Virus

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Humidity doesn’t hinder the ability of flu viruses to infect people, claims a new study that challenges a long-held belief that the viruses become less active in moist conditions. The researchers found that mucus and other airway secretions expelled during coughs or sneezes protect flu viruses when they’re…

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Never Ignore Depression

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Studies show that depression is underreported. People aren’t getting the help they need, sometimes because they don’t know the warning signs or where to turn, or are embarrassed because of the stigma that can still surround mental health issues. But the numbers are too great to ignore. Up…

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