WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 -- Pet owners care deeply about what their furry family members eat. So should they worry about a new study that finds chemical preservatives known as parabens are often in dog and cat food, as well as in urine samples from the animals?
Maybe, researchers say, though there's no need to panic.
WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 -- Get ready for extreme heat. Researchers warn that climate change will soon trigger more severe summers across the United States.
Heat waves -- the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States -- have increased in number and severity in recent decades. The new analysis of heat wave patterns predicts that is about to intensify.
WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 -- No one likes to think about end-of-life issues, but it's important for every adult to have a will, no matter their age.
Writing out a will is the first step in what's called estate planning -- how you want your property distributed after you die. If you don't have a will, your estate will go into probate, with the court deciding who gets your assets and even personal belongings.
WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely than heterosexuals to have poor cardiovascular health, according to preliminary findings from a new study.
The study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Lifestyle conference in New Orleans, analyzed data collected from 2,445 adults participating in the 2011-2012 National Health Examination and Nutrition Survey, a long-running federal study of U.S. children and adults.
WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 -- Smartwatches already can help you track your heart rate. Someday they may also help detect a serious heart rhythm irregularity known as atrial fibrillation, new research suggests.
"Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disturbance in the world," said study lead author Dr. Gregory Marcus. With atrial fibrillation, "the top chambers of the heart, called the atria, are firing in a completely chaotic, disorganized and rapid fashion."
WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 -- A resurgence of mumps among young American adults is likely as the protection provided by childhood vaccinations weakens, researchers warn.
"Vaccination is the centerpiece of current public health strategy against mumps," said study co-author Joseph Lewnard, a postdoctoral research fellow with the Harvard School of Public Health's Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics.