Over-Planning Can Take the Fun Out of Leisure Time

People want their breaks to be ‘free-flowing,’ not tightly scheduled, researcher says. TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Leisure time is supposed to be fun time. But, too much planning makes leisure time seem like work, researchers report. They reviewed 13 studies and found that when leisure activities were scheduled, people enjoyed them less. …

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New Parkinson’s Drug May Combat Movement Difficulties

Opicapone, added to standard treatment, appears safe and well-tolerated, researchers say. TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests that people with Parkinson’s disease may achieve better and more reliable motor control by taking an experimental drug called opicapone alongside the standard medication levodopa. A study of several hundred Parkinson’s patients found that …

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Routine Checkup Should Assess Fitness, Too

Cardiorespiratory test would help gauge patients’ heart disease risk, doctor says. TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Most people know they should have their height, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly, but an exercise expert says cardiorespiratory fitness should also be part of a routine medical exam. Cardiorespiratory fitness is a measure of …

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Resolve to Reduce Your Cancer Risk This Year

Healthy habits are key to preventing the disease, cancer experts say. TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) — More than half of cancer deaths could be prevented through healthy habits such as eating right, exercising and not smoking, according to the American Cancer Society. Doctors at Philadelphia’s Fox Chase Cancer Center offer some advice to …

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Holiday Decor Can Be Hazardous

Pediatrics group cautions parents to keep toxic berries and other holiday ornaments away from small children. WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Christmas lights, ornaments and other festive decorations are beautiful to look at, but parents need to remember that little ones are drawn to those shiny, glittering objects too, and those decorations may …

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Alcohol Can Be a Risky Guest at Holiday Parties

Don’t pressure people to drink and make sure those who are imbibing have a designated driver. (HealthDay News) — During the holiday season, gatherings and parties are a part of the festivities. Unfortunately, so are alcohol-related accidents and deaths. Many people who attend seasonal parties seldom drink alcohol, making them more vulnerable to its effects, …

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Loneliness May Sabotage Breast Cancer Survival: Study

Weak social ties linked to higher risk of recurrence, early death, researchers report. (HealthDay News) — Loneliness may impede long-term breast cancer survival, a new study suggests. In the years after treatment, women who don’t have strong social ties are more likely to have their cancer return or die from it than women with friends …

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‘Kangaroo Mother Care’ May Improve Preemies’ Lives Into Adulthood

Skin-to-skin nurturing linked to increased survival, better social and behavioral outcomes, study finds. (HealthDay News) — When Einat Zemach’s son was born early at 32 weeks’ gestation, she and her husband would snuggle him skin-to-skin upon their chests for two or three hours at a time. They did the same for their second born, a …

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Was Football Safer Back in the Day?

Study found those who played in high school in 1950s and ’60s don’t face increased risk of dementia. (HealthDay News) — In a finding that suggests football used to be a less dangerous sport, a small study shows that men who played in high school in the 1950s and 1960s may not be at increased …

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