Years of Football Could Harm the Heart

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A lifetime spent playing football has been linked to brain damage, but the game also may lead to serious heart problems, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers found that former National Football League players have a five-times greater chance of developing heart rhythm problems, such as atrial…

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Transgender Surgeries on the Rise

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The number of transgender people in the United States who’ve had gender-affirming surgery has risen with the expansion of insurance coverage for the procedures, a new study finds. There are an estimated 1.4 million transgender adults in the United States. Their gender identity differs from their biological sex,…

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1 in 14 Pregnant Women Still Smokes

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Though the dangers of smoking during pregnancy to both mother and baby are well-known, just over 7 percent of women still light up while pregnant, a new government report shows. Younger and less educated moms-to-be were the most likely to continue puffing on cigarettes while pregnant, according to…

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