• Health Tip: Signs of Learning Disabilities March 22, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Difficulty reading and writing is common for children and does not always indicate a learning disability. But children with learning disabilities usually show several signs that don't get better over time, the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development says. Common signs of a learning ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Reading Food Labels for Diabetics March 22, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- For people with diabetes, maintaining a healthy diet can be vital to a treatment plan. Reading food labels can help diabetics make the best choices, the Mayo Clinic says. When reading food labels, the clinic suggests: Choose healthy fats, such as olive, canola or peanut oil. Avoid ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: March 21, 2019 March 22, 2019 - CBD Products Now Available at Hundreds of CVS Stores Baby Cough Syrup Recalled Kentucky Governor Exposed His Children to Chickenpox Hot Tea May Boost Esophageal Cancer Risk Bill Aims to Ban E-Cig Sales in San Francisco FDA Takes New Look at Breast Implant Safety
  • New Heart Failure Device Is Approved March 22, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The Optimizer Smart System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for people with chronic, moderate-to-severe heart failure who are not candidates for other heart failure remedies. "Patients with moderate-to-severe chronic heart failure have limited treatment options. And for those ... Read more »
  • Attention, Seniors: Drink More Water and Head Off Disease March 22, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Not drinking enough water is a common but under-recognized problem among American seniors that puts their health at risk, researchers say. "So many health issues are related to inadequate hydration," including urinary tract and respiratory infections, frequent falls and other problems, said study ... Read more »
  • Stretches to Strengthen Your Core March 22, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Ever had a bad spasm from bending down to pick up your child or tie your shoes? Keeping your core muscles -- the workhorses that stabilize your spine -- flexible with a stretching routine can help prevent this common occurrence and protect your ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Culture, Paycheck, Neighborhood Key to Your Heart’s Health March 22, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Eating a low-fat diet, getting regular exercise and watching your weight can help lower risk for heart disease and stroke. But environmental and cultural factors also make a difference. So can how much you make for a living, especially if it ... Read more »
  • Strengthening Family Ties Through Online Gaming March 22, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Video games provide unlimited entertainment, and interactive ones can even help you burn off calories. But you may not know that playing games -- either in person or through shared online networks -- can unite family members from many generations in meaningful ways. ... Read more »
  • Three Clues to Raised Risk of Miscarriage March 22, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A woman's age and previous pregnancy complications influence her odds of miscarriage, a new study says. The findings suggest that miscarriage and other pregnancy complications share underlying causes that require further investigation, according to the researchers. "More focused studies of these associations might ... Read more »
  • Abuse in Childhood Tied to Brain Changes and Later Depression March 22, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Abuse during childhood can cause structural changes in the brain that increase a person's risk of severe and recurrent depression, a new study reveals. The findings "add further weight to the notion that patients with clinical depression who were mistreated as children are ... Read more »
  • Drug Combo Does Double Duty Against Common Skin Lesions, Cancers March 22, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tens of millions of Americans develop sun-linked skin lesions called actinic keratoses, which are tied to later cancer risk. Many will get a combo of treatments to help clear the blemishes. Now, research shows that the same two-ointment combo -- one used to ... Read more »
  • Overdose Deaths From Fentanyl Soaring: Report March 22, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans dying from overdoses of the powerful narcotic fentanyl rose 12-fold in recent years, health officials reported Thursday. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that's hundreds of times more potent than heroin or cocaine. But sometimes drug users don't know they're ... Read more »
  • How to Help Your Kids Achieve a Healthy Weight March 22, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity can lead to physical, social and emotional struggles for kids, so parents need to help their children maintain a healthy weight, experts say. "Children with obesity are more likely than their classmates to be teased or bullied and to suffer from low ... Read more »
  • Pesticides Tied to Autism Risk in Kids March 22, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are exposed to common pesticides, either while in the womb or in the first year of life, may be more likely to develop autism, a new study suggests. While the researchers stressed that it's premature to say that pesticide exposure actually ... Read more »
  • Baby Monkey May Offer Hope to Preserving Fertility of Kids With Cancer March 22, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- She's cute, and perhaps a medical breakthrough. Scientists say they have used frozen testicular tissue to achieve the birth of a healthy baby monkey named Grady -- a success they hope to eventually translate to childhood cancer survivors whose treatment has left them ... Read more »
  • What Drives ‘Anti-Vaxxer’ Parents? It’s a Mixed Bag, Study Shows March 22, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Anti-vaccination campaigns abound on social media, but the people involved are not necessarily driven by any single motivation, a new study suggests. Instead, researchers say, people who voice their anti-vaccine sentiments online range from conspiracy theorists to parents who have safety worries or ... Read more »
  • Tighter Gun Laws = Safer Schools March 22, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Stricter gun laws keep U.S. high school students safer, a new study says. Surveying nearly 100,000 high school students, researchers found that tightening of state gun laws was associated with a lower risk of teens being threatened or injured with a weapon at ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Six Steps to a Healthier Life March 21, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Any person can make modest changes to live a healthier life, the American Heart Association (AHA) says. The six tips the AHA suggests are: Control cholesterol. Reduce blood sugar. Get active. Eat better. Lose weight. Stop smoking.
  • Health Tip: Diet Myths and Facts March 21, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Navigating weight loss information can be daunting. Many popular beliefs are only partly true, MedlinePlus says. MedlinePlus debunked a few common myths: MYTH: "No-fat" or "low-fat" foods help you lose weight. FACT: Many no-fat and low-fat foods have added sugar and salt, and more calories. MYTH: Fasting ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: March 20, 2019 March 21, 2019 - Hot Tea May Boost Esophageal Cancer Risk Bill Aims to Ban E-Cig Sales in San Francisco FDA Takes New Look at Breast Implant Safety Smokable Medical Marijuana Legalized in Florida 'Irresponsible' to Make Gene-Edited Babies: WHO Panel Cats Fed Dog and Cat Remains in U.S. Government Experiments Roundup Caused Man's ... Read more »
  • Heart Risks Vary Among Asian-Americans March 21, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Not all Asian-Americans are equally susceptible to the deadly damage of heart disease and stroke, new research suggests. The risk of premature death is highest among Asian Indian, Filipino and Vietnamese subgroups, the researchers found. For the study, investigators analyzed U.S. death records ... Read more »
  • Be Prepared to Take FAST Action If You Suspect a Stroke March 21, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Would you be able to recognize if you or someone close to you were having a stroke? A stroke is a 911 medical emergency and every second counts for survival. To help you recognize the signs of stroke, the National Stroke Association wants ... Read more »
  • How to Spice Up Your Spring Salad March 21, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You already know that iceberg lettuce is low on taste and nutrients, but even the best greens can use a punch of flavor to keep your taste buds interested. Here are two ways to enjoy spring greens. Peppery arugula is full of flavor ... Read more »
  • Reworked Nasal Flu Vaccine Looks Good for Kids, Pediatricians’ Group Says March 21, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Good news for kids: Next flu season, you can avoid a painful needle jab and get the nasal vaccine spray instead, according to a leading U.S. pediatricians' group. In recent flu seasons, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended the shot over the nasal ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Family Adopts Three Children With Three Different Heart Conditions March 21, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- James and Tara Fussell were on a Caribbean cruise celebrating their 10th anniversary when they decided to give their son and two daughters another sibling. The girls were adopted from China, and by the time the couple stepped off the ship, ... Read more »
  • Tighter Blood Pressure Control May Prevent Brain Lesions March 21, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing high blood pressure in the elderly appears to lower their odds of developing brain lesions, a new study finds. "I think it's an important clinical finding, and a very hopeful one for elderly people who have vascular disease of the brain and ... Read more »
  • Why Men Won’t Mention Suicidal Thoughts to Their Doctor March 21, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Men may avoid talking with doctors about suicidal thoughts because they fear psychiatric hospitalization, researchers say. In the United States, men are more than three times as likely to kill themselves as women. Moreover, nearly half of all adults who take their own ... Read more »
  • Eye-Soothing Tips for Computer Users March 21, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Screens: They're at work, at home and even in the palm of your hand. But stare too long at them and your eyes -- and mind -- could pay a price, experts warn. For example, too much screen time can lead to problems ... Read more »
  • Is Medical Pot a Blessing for Seniors? March 21, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Legalized medical pot may be a boon to older Americans, boosting their health and ability to work, a new study finds. "Research [on medical marijuana] has largely ignored older adults even though they experience the highest rates of medical issues that could be ... Read more »
  • Walk, Dance, Clean: Even a Little Activity Helps You Live Longer March 21, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want a reason to get out of your comfy armchair? Even low levels of regular physical activity -- brisk walking, dancing or gardening -- can reduce your risk of premature death, a new study finds. Americans who got in just 10 to 59 ... Read more »
  • FDA Approves First Drug for Postpartum Depression March 21, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Postpartum depression is a common and often devastating condition for new mothers, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first drug to help combat it. The drug, Zulesso (brexanolone), is delivered via intravenous infusion. "Postpartum depression is a serious ... Read more »
  • Many With Opioid Addiction Don’t Get Meds That Can Help March 21, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most people struggling with opioid addiction lack access to FDA-approved medications that can head off withdrawal symptoms and quell their cravings, a new report finds. Methadone, buprenorphine and extended-release naltrexone all help opioid addicts by targeting the same brain receptors triggered by narcotics, ... Read more »
  • Extra Pounds in Childhood May Mean Higher MS Risk in Adulthood March 21, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Research has suggested that kids who enter puberty early appear to face an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) as adults. But a new study asserts that it's actually the excess weight these kids carry around that might raise their odds for ... Read more »
  • Risk of Psychosis Varies With ADHD Meds, But Still Small: Study March 21, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Stimulant drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) carry a small risk of a psychotic episode, but it appears to vary depending on which medication young people use, a new study finds. Soon after receiving a stimulant prescription, about one in 660 teens ... Read more »
  • Can High-Potency Pot Make You Crazy? March 21, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The jittery, delusional potheads of the old movie "Reefer Madness" have prompted eye rolls and chuckles over the years, but a new study argues that the cult classic might contain a kernel of truth. Smoking pot every day could increase your risk of ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Treating Acne Scars March 20, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Treating acne scars starts by consulting a dermatologist. To get the most out of the consultation, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests answering these questions before seeing a doctor: Why do I want to treat my scars? How do I want to look? What can I afford ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Short-term Effects of Marijuana March 20, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana is a commonly used psychoactive drug among young people in the United States. More than 11 million young adults ages 18 to 25 used marijuana in 2015, the National Institute of Drug Abuse says. The illicit drug contains the mind-altering chemical THC. Short-term effects of marijuana ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: March 19, 2019 March 20, 2019 - FDA Warns of Homeopathic Company's False Claims of Treating Addiction and Chronic Pain Third of Uninsured Skimp on Meds to Save Money Herpes Viruses Can Reactivate In Astronauts While in Space: Study Expandable Heart Valves Could Mean Fewer Heart Surgeries
  • Tecentriq Approved for Small Cell Lung Cancer March 20, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tecentriq (atezolizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (ES-SCLC). The drug has been approved as a first-line treatment for the disease, to be used in combination with the chemotherapy drugs ... Read more »
  • The Benefits of a Home Rowing Machine March 20, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Rowing is often called the best aerobic exercise because it offers a total body workout and is low-impact. Rowing involves performing a continuous motion with focused coordination between the arms and the legs. If you've never rowed a boat or paddled a canoe ... Read more »
  • Drinks to Help You Kick Your Soda Habit March 20, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Are you a sugary soda junkie? If you're ready to kick the habit, know that the answer isn't diet sodas. Following up on research that calls the safety of these artificially sweetened drinks into question is a February study published in the journal ... Read more »
  • Harvesting Sperm Before Ejaculation May Help Infertile Men March 20, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sperm DNA from the testicles of infertile men is often as good as that of ejaculated sperm from fertile men, according to European researchers -- a finding that could lead to new treatments for male infertility. The study shows that on its path ... Read more »
  • Nix That TV in Your 4-Year-Old’s Bedroom March 20, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Thinking about a TV for your young child? Based on new evidence, you might want to reconsider that. Preschoolers who had a TV in their bedroom were at increased risk for poor eating habits, overweight/obesity and social/emotional struggles in their teens, Canadian researchers ... Read more »
  • Cost Puts Sports, Art Programs Out of Reach for Many Families March 20, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- After-school activities help develop social skills and talent, but a new report finds that many kids are priced out of participating. In fact, for 1 in 6 middle and high school students, costs are the prime reason for not taking part in these ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Emphysema May Raise Risk of Ruptured Aneurysms March 20, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- When a weakened artery wall balloons or bulges, it's called an aneurysm. For people with emphysema, the risk of that aneurysm rupturing is much higher than for those without the lung condition, new research suggests. While family history may play a ... Read more »
  • World’s Oldest Stored Semen Successfully Used to Breed Sheep March 20, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sheep semen frozen for 50 years was as fertile as samples on ice for just one year, according to an unpublished Australian study. University of Sydney researchers said they used semen frozen since 1968 to inseminate 56 Marino ewes, resulting in 34 pregnancies ... Read more »
  • Stopping Aspirin 3 Months After Stent Is Safe, Study Finds March 20, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Heart patients who get a stent to prop open a blocked artery are typically put on a powerful anti-clotting drug and aspirin for a full year after their procedure. Now, new research suggests these patients can safely drop the aspirin regimen after just ... Read more »
  • A Better Cardiac Pump for People With Heart Failure? March 20, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new version of an implantable heart pump could cut the risk of blood clots, bleeding and stroke in patients with advanced heart failure, according to a study funded by the device's maker. The study included more than a thousand patients who received ... Read more »
  • The Moose: A Rare But Often Deadly Road Hazard March 20, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's a good thing U.S. drivers are less likely to hit a moose than a deer. Because a run-in with a majestic bull moose is a whole lot deadlier, a new study finds. The reason is simple -- moose are much larger than ... Read more »
  • Hormonal Therapy for Prostate Cancer Might Raise Depression Risk March 20, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Hormonal treatment can help control prostate cancer but may increase a man's risk of depression, a new study by Danish researchers suggests. Male hormones, such as testosterone, are known to fuel the growth of prostate tumors. So doctors use drugs to reduce hormone ... Read more »
  • Can Some Children Outgrow Autism? March 20, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Some toddlers thought to have mild autism "outgrow" the diagnosis, but most continue to struggle with language and behavior, new research suggests. The study is not the first to document cases of autism "recovery." Doctors have known for decades that a small number ... Read more »
  • What Works Best for Women Struggling With a Leaky Bladder? March 20, 2019 - MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For women who need relief from bladder control problems, behavioral therapies are a better bet than medication, a new research review finds. In an analysis of 84 clinical trials, researchers found that overall, women were better off with behavioral approaches to easing urinary ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Treating Rashes March 19, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Children often visit the pediatrician for skin rashes. From viruses to allergies, rashes have a multitude of causes. To ease discomfort, KidsHealth tells parents: Do not rub the skin. Pat it dry after a bath or shower. Do not scratch or scrub the skin. Leave the rash ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Parenting Adopted Teens March 19, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers often struggle with questions of identity. For adopted teens, the struggle may be harder than it is for their non-adopted peers. When dealing with questions of identity, the Children Welfare Information Gateway suggests: Talk to your teen about his or her birth parents. Develop a lifebook ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: March 18, 2019 March 19, 2019 - Herpes Viruses Can Reactivate In Astronauts While in Space: Study Expandable Heart Valves Could Mean Fewer Heart Surgeries After Congo Visit, CDC Director Says Ebola Outbreak Could Last a Year
  • Knives: Essential Equipment for Healthy Food Prep March 19, 2019 - MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Every home chef will find that cooking healthfully is easier with a well-made set of knives. When shopping, let quality, not quantity, be your guide. You can master most any cutting task with just three knives. The workhorse is the chef's knife, about ... Read more »
  • Healthy Cooking on a Budget March 19, 2019 - MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cooking healthy at home is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. And your budget doesn't have to take a hit when you stock up on this list of good-for-you foods. When it comes to produce, it's ... Read more »
  • Hate Those Stressful Office Parties? Just Fake It, Study Suggests March 19, 2019 - MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Though they often dread social events, many introverts find they're not as bad as feared and some have learned to fake an outgoing personality to get through the experience. In the business world, socializing is a key to success, said Erik Helzer, who ... Read more »
  • Exposing Baby to Foods Early May Help Prevent Allergies March 19, 2019 - MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New parents worry about a lot of things, but the American Academy of Pediatrics says one thing they can cross off that list is concern about giving high-allergy foods too early in life. In fact, the pediatric group says it's likely better to ... Read more »
  • Prescription Fish Oil Pill Lowers Heart Attack Risk in Those Already on Statins March 19, 2019 - MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who have high triglycerides and take cholesterol-lowering statins to lower their risk for heart attack or stroke can cut that risk by another 30 percent by adding a high-dose omega-3 fatty acid pill, investigators report. The prescription drug, called Vascepa, is not ... Read more »
  • Docs Back Away From Low-Dose Aspirin for Heart Attack Prevention March 19, 2019 - SUNDAY, March 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of aging Americans worried about heart attacks and strokes have for years popped a low-dose aspirin each day, thinking the blood thinner might lower their risk. But new guidelines issued Sunday by two cardiology groups say that, for most adults, the practice ... Read more »
  • Stay Away From Sugary Sodas, Spare Your Heart March 19, 2019 - MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People who regularly down sugar-laden sodas, juices and sports drinks aren't doing their heart any favors. A new study of more than 110,000 U.S. health professionals found that the more people drank sugary beverages, the higher their risk of death from cardiovascular disease. ... Read more »
  • Your Apple Watch Might Help Spot a Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat March 19, 2019 - MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Someday soon, devices like the Apple Watch might be monitoring wearers for heart conditions such as potentially dangerous atrial fibrillation, a new study suggests. Atrial fibrillation, or "a-fib," is a common form of irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart ... Read more »
  • New Facial Bone Might Someday Be Grown From the Patient’s Rib March 19, 2019 - MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have developed a way to grow live bone using a rib and a 3-D mold in animal studies, and they say their technique could offer a new way to treat severe head and facial injuries. The technique was tested in sheep. First, ... Read more »
  • CDC Cites Urgent Need to Expand HIV Testing, Treatment March 19, 2019 - MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Shortfalls in HIV testing and treatment are hampering efforts to stop new infections of the AIDS-causing virus in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. "We have the tools to end the HIV epidemic, but a tool is only ... Read more »
  • Could Male Twin’s Fetal Testosterone Bring Lasting Harm to His Sister? March 19, 2019 - MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Having a twin brother could put a woman at a lasting disadvantage, and exposure to his testosterone before birth may play a role, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data on 13,800 twin births in Norway between 1967 and 1978. Compared to women ... Read more »
  • More U.S. Teens, Kids Seeking Mental Health Care in ERs March 19, 2019 - MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. emergency departments are seeing a surge in the number of kids and teens seeking help for mental health problems, new research warns. Between 2011 and 2015 alone, there was a 28 percent jump in psychiatric visits among Americans between the ages of ... Read more »
  • ‘Antibiotic Envelopes’ Could Cut Infections After Pacemaker Implant March 19, 2019 - SUNDAY, March 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tucking a pacemaker inside an antibiotic-soaked mesh envelope before implanting it inside your body can drastically reduce your risk of a dangerous infection, a new study shows. About 1.7 million patients receive cardiac implants like pacemakers or defibrillators every year worldwide, and doctors ... Read more »
  • Despite Big Heart Benefits, Far Too Many Skip Statins March 19, 2019 - SATURDAY, March 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People who've already had a heart attack or stroke can cut their odds for another one in half if they regularly take cholesterol-lowering statins. Yet new research found that only about 6 percent of patients take these drugs as prescribed by their doctor. ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Eat Healthier at Work March 16, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Overeating on a regular basis can lead to weight gain. About 25 percent of adults eat 1,300 calories weekly from food they buy or get free at work, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. The academy recommends limiting these workplace snacks: French fries. Pizza. Cookies and ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Reducing Risk of Salmonella March 16, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- From fruits and vegetables to chicken and pork, salmonella bacteria can make their way to a variety of foods. However, because contaminated foods often look and smell normal, detection can be difficult. To help prevent Salmonella infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Wash ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: March 15, 2019 March 16, 2019 - Young Child Goes to ER for Medicine Poisoning Every 10 Minutes: Report EPA Should Scrap Proposal to Allow Antibiotic Spraying of Citrus Crops: Consumer Reports Jury Awards $29.4 Million in Talcum Powder/Cancer Case Butterball Ground Turkey Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella
  • Are Enhanced Waters Better for Your Health? March 16, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You'll find plenty of nutrient-enriched flavored waters on grocery shelves, but are they any better for your diet than a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon? Many drinks promise health benefits, from more energy and better exercise performance to a stronger ... Read more »
  • How to Keep Your Kids Safe From Cyberbullying March 16, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- No type of bullying is acceptable, but cyberbullying can be harder for parents to spot because it takes place via cellphone, computer or tablet, often through social media. Cyberbullying can be a hateful text message or post of embarrassing pictures, videos and even ... Read more »
  • How to Protect Your Kids From Drowning March 16, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Drowning can be swift and silent, making it a leading cause of accidental death among children. To help parents protect their kids in and around the water, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its water safety recommendations. Drowning is the third-leading ... Read more »
  • Burden of Autism in Teens Weighs Heaviest on Minorities, Poor March 16, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Autism exacts a heavy toll on the families of teens who struggle with the disorder, but the fight to get treatment and services is even harder among minorities who live in poverty, new research suggests. "We must understand that many families parenting teens ... Read more »
  • Heart Care Guidelines Rarely Backed by Top-Notch Science March 16, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Precious few treatment guidelines for heart patients are supported by the best scientific evidence, a new study shows. Less than one in 10 recommendations are based on results from multiple randomized controlled trials (considered the "gold standard"), and that percentage has actually dropped ... Read more »
  • Even Housework, Gardening Can Help an Older Woman’s Heart March 16, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Think exercise has to be high-intensity to make a difference to your health? Think again. New research shows that even routine housework and gardening can help older women's hearts. "For older women, any and all movement counts towards better cardiovascular health," said Dr. ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Overweight Kids at Higher Risk for Blood Clots as Adults March 16, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Overweight children may be more likely than normal-weight children to develop life-threatening blood clots as adults, a new Danish study suggests. The good news is, getting to a healthy weight by age 13 eliminated the extra risk. For the study, published ... Read more »
  • Human Ancestors’ Diet Led You to Pronounce Your F’s and V’s March 16, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Think of it as another example of a refined palate. The ability to make speech sounds such as "f" and "v" is due to diet-led changes in humans' bite, researchers say. The range of speech sounds people can make was generally thought to ... Read more »
  • Funding Gap Leaves Women Scientists at a Lifelong Disadvantage: Study March 16, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women scientists get less early-career research funding from the U.S. government than men, which can put them at a disadvantage for the rest of their careers, a new study says. Researchers analyzed grants given by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to ... Read more »
  • Heart Attacks Fall By One-Third Among Older Americans March 16, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A groundbreaking new study holds heartening news for older Americans. Since the mid-1990s, the number of seniors who suffered a heart attack or died from one dropped dramatically -- evidence that campaigns to prevent heart attacks and improve patient care are paying off, ... Read more »
  • Heart-Breaking News for Egg Lovers March 16, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Eggs may not be all they've been cracked up to be. A new study says eggs are a major source of dietary cholesterol and that cholesterol in the diet ups the risk of heart disease and premature death. The researchers followed nearly 30,000 ... Read more »
  • Should You Get Pills or Surgery for A-Fib? March 16, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many older Americans have the worrisome and potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, or "a-fib," and they're typically offered medicines or a surgery called ablation to correct it. Which works best? Two new trials may have the answer. Researchers say ablation ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Risks of Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy March 15, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- No amount of alcohol is safe to drink during pregnancy, experts say. Even small or moderate amounts pose a risk, says the American Pregnancy Association. Risks to offspring include, but are not limited to: Physical abnormalities. Poor coordination and memory. Hyperactive behavior. Learning, speech and intellectual disabilities. ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Treating Head Lice Safely March 15, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- More than 6 million American children aged 3 to 11 get head lice each year. Because children often play closely, lice can travel from child to child. For children with head lice, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises parents: Apply treatment products only to the scalp. ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: March 14, 2019 March 15, 2019 - Jury Awards $29.4 Million in Talcum Powder/Cancer Case Butterball Ground Turkey Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella N.Y. Judge Bans 50 Unvaccinated Students From School Amazon Removes Books Making False Claims About Autism Cures
  • For an Energizing Workout, Take It Outside March 15, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As the weather starts to warm up, you might be excited to restart a swimming routine, but swimming isn't the only water sport that's also fun exercise. Many activities that used to be vacation-only pastimes are more accessible than you might realize. If ... Read more »
  • Spring Ahead With Spring Vegetables March 15, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Celebrate spring with farm-fresh foods that usher in the season -- asparagus, peas and watercress. They're low in calories, have fresh flavor and are the perfect way to energize for warmer weather. Asparagus is the quintessential spring vegetable, high in iron, folate and ... Read more »
  • Spread of Democracy Is Good for World’s Health: Study March 15, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A healthy democracy means better health for its citizens, a new study claims. Researchers analyzed political, economic and population health data from 170 countries over 46 years -- 1970 to 2016. They concluded that as levels of democracy increased, governments spent more on ... Read more »
  • Blood Test to Diagnose Heart Attacks May Not Be Foolproof March 15, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test used to detect a heart attack may often provide some misleading results, British researchers report. In a new study of patients undergoing blood tests at a hospital in England, one in 20 people had high blood levels of troponin, a ... Read more »
  • Rate of U.S. Deaths Tied to Dementia Has More Than Doubled March 15, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Dementia is now one of the leading killers in the United States, with the rate of deaths linked to the disease more than doubling over the past two decades. "Overall, age-adjusted death rates for dementia increased from 30.5 deaths per 100,000 in 2000 ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Two Young Moms Bond Over Heart Failure, Transplant Experiences March 15, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Sarah Bradley's second pregnancy was uneventful until 30 weeks, when she found herself swollen, breathless and unusually fatigued. When her chest and left side also began to hurt a few weeks later, the then-27-year-old from Roswell, New Mexico, went to the ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Black Woman in Their 50s Face Especially High Stroke Risk March 15, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Black women in their 50s may have more than triple the risk of stroke compared to white women of the same age, according to a new study that also found a healthy lifestyle could help curb much of that risk. The ... Read more »
  • Early-Onset Menstruation Linked to Later High Blood Pressure Risk March 15, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Older women who started menstruating at an early age have an increased risk of high blood pressure, new research suggests. For the study, scientists analyzed data from nearly 7,900 women in China. The investigators found that early-onset menstruation was linked to a much ... Read more »
  • Genomics Could Improve Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer March 15, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's one of the toughest cancers to beat. But new research suggests that identifying the genetics of pancreatic cancer in individual patients could boost survival for some. The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients is less than 9 percent. One reason this ... Read more »
  • Ebola Survivors Continue to Suffer Years After Recovery March 15, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many survivors of the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa have ongoing health problems, a new study finds. More than 28,000 people were infected and more than 11,000 died in the outbreak. Researchers compared 966 Ebola survivors from Liberia with 2,350 close contacts ... Read more »
  • Half-Dose of Mountain Sickness Med Works as Well as Full Dose March 15, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A lower dose of a medication to prevent acute mountain sickness is as effective as the standard, higher dose, a new study finds. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can cause headaches, gastrointestinal upset, fatigue, weakness, vertigo and sleep problems. Many hikers and climbers use ... Read more »
  • New Drug Could Help Those With Tough-to-Treat Cholesterol March 15, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People whose high cholesterol is resistant to treatment with statin drugs may soon have a new treatment option. This new class of drugs helps block synthesis of artery-clogging cholesterol, researchers explained. The drugs target an enzyme called ATP citrate lyase (ACL), part of ... Read more »
  • Fewer Boys Are Suffering Head Injuries, But Rate Rises for Girls March 15, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news and bad news from a new study of children visiting U.S. emergency departments for head injuries: The rate of these potentially serious events has fallen among boys, but risen for girls. In recent years, the danger of concussion from contact ... Read more »
  • Mental Health Woes Are Rising in Young Americans — Is Social Media to Blame? March 15, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Young Americans may be more vulnerable to depression, distress and suicidal thoughts or attempts than their parents' generation, and social media might be fueling that troubling trend. So claims a review of a decade's worth of data on roughly 200,000 teens between the ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Snake Bite First-Aid March 14, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- About 8,000 of the 45,000 snake bites in the United States each year are caused by venomous snakes. But most traditional first-aid methods do more harm than good, the World Health Organization says. WHO recommends: Reassure the victim, if he or she is anxious. Immobilize the person's ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Cold Sores 101 March 14, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV), a contagious germ. Although some people show no symptoms, others develop unpleasant sores on the mouth or lips. Normally, cold sores will go away on their own within a few weeks. Antiviral medicines can speed up the healing ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: March 13, 2019 March 14, 2019 - AMA Urges Social Media, Tech Companies to Combat Vaccine Misinformation Head of U.S. National Cancer Institute Named Acting FDA Commissioner First Gene-Edited Food Being Used in U.S. Restaurant Mumps Causes Quarantine of More Than 2,200 Immigrant Detainees 228 U.S. Measles Cases Already in 2019: CDC
  • The Saturated Fat Debate Rages On March 14, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's hard to keep up with the findings from studies on the health effects of saturated fat -- you know, the fat typically found in animal foods, from red meat to whole milk. But one thing's certain. For every study that finds saturated ... Read more »
  • When Can Kids Return to Play After a Concussion? March 14, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Though coaches and parents are more alert to the need for emergency attention after young athletes suffer a concussion, many may not realize how long symptoms and other effects can linger. A study in JAMA Pediatrics found that 31 percent of concussion victims ... Read more »
  • Newborn Heart Problems Surged After Fukushima Nuke Disaster: Study March 14, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There was a significant increase in the number of infants in Japan who had surgery for complex congenital heart disease after the nuclear accident in Fukushima, a new study finds. The disaster happened in March 2011 after a tsunami and earthquake hit the ... Read more »
  • AI Takes Aim at Lung Cancer Screening March 14, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The term artificial intelligence (AI) might bring to mind robots or self-driving cars. But one group of researchers is using a type of AI to improve lung cancer screening. Screening is important for early diagnosis and improved survival odds, but the current lung ... Read more »
  • Keep E-Cigs Away From Youth to Win War Against Tobacco March 14, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Making sure electronic cigarettes don't get into the hands of youngsters is the key to beating tobacco use and nicotine addiction in the United States, a new American Heart Association policy statement says. The statement authors said the tobacco industry's aggressive targeting of ... Read more »
  • Claire’s Recalls 3 Cosmetic Products Due to Possible Asbestos Contamination March 14, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Claire's Stores, Inc., announced a voluntary recall of three of its cosmetic products on Tuesday. The move follows a warning issued last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that said certain Claire's products may contain potentially cancer-causing asbestos. "Out of an ... Read more »
  • FDA OKs Blood Pressure Drug to Ease Shortage Due to Recalls March 14, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new generic version of the high blood pressure/heart failure drug valsartan, saying the move might help ease the current medication shortage. The agency said it prioritized review of the drug from Alkem Laboratories ... Read more »
  • After Chinese Infant Gene-Editing Scandal, U.S. Health Officials Join Call for a Ban March 14, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The controversy over a Chinese scientist who claimed he created gene-edited babies has prompted the U.S. National Institutes of Health to join an international moratorium on such research. "Today, leading scientists and ethicists from seven countries have called for an international moratorium on ... Read more »
  • Scientists Spot Clues to Predicting Breast Cancer’s Return March 14, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Figuring out which breast cancer patients will live disease-free after treatment is a bit of a guessing game. But new research indicates breast cancer cells hold molecular clues that may allow doctors to predict who is at high risk of having a recurrence ... Read more »
  • Are ‘Inactive’ Ingredients in Your Drugs Really So Harmless? March 14, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than 90 percent of the medications that Americans take contain an inactive ingredient that could cause an allergic reaction, a new study suggests. Lactose, peanut oil, gluten and chemical dyes are added to drugs to improve taste, prolong shelf life, improve absorption ... Read more »
  • Flavored E-Cigarettes Hold Greatest Appeal for Youth March 14, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Candy- and fruit-flavored electronic cigarettes hold far more allure for teens and young adults than older adults, a new study shows. The sharp rise in e-cigarette use by American youth has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Surgeon General to declare ... Read more »
  • New FDA Rules Aim to Keep Kids From Flavored E-Cigarettes March 14, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Responding to the steep, recent rise in the use of addictive e-cigarettes among kids, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced it would go ahead with efforts to restrict sales of some types of flavored vaping products to minors. The new ... Read more »
  • Even Distant Relatives’ History Could Up Your Alzheimer’s Risk March 14, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A grandparent's mental decline or a great uncle's waning memory may indicate you, too, have greater risk for Alzheimer's disease -- especially if closer relatives have the condition, a new study says. Alzheimer's in both a first-degree relative (parents, siblings) and a second-degree ... Read more »
  • Opioid Rxs Decreasing, But Not for All Doctors March 14, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors may be pulling out their prescription pads less often for opioid medications, but not everyone's on the same page yet. New research found that initial prescriptions for the addictive painkillers have dropped by around 50 percent. "The good news is that we're ... Read more »
  • Need to Be Vaccinated? Try Your Local Pharmacy March 14, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccines are big news in the United States these days. Measles outbreaks in unvaccinated clusters around the country have highlighted the importance of immunization, reviving debate over whether vaccines should be required for all children. Meanwhile, the flu continues to plague all parts ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: HPV Vaccine March 13, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- The human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical, throat, vulvar, vaginal, penile and anal cancer. To reduce your child's risk, the American Cancer Society encourages the vaccine. Here are some fast facts from the ACS. The HPV vaccine: Is for boys and girls. Is recommended at age 11 ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Managing Insomnia March 13, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- A good night's sleep is important for physical and mental health. Long-lasting sleep problems can increase your risk of anxiety or depression, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. The NIH suggests these ways to manage insomnia: Talk to your doctor. Seek cognitive behavioral therapy or relaxation ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: March 12, 2019 March 13, 2019 - 228 U.S. Measles Cases Already in 2019: CDC Trump Targets Medicaid, Medicare in Budget Over 12,000 Cases of Pillsbury Flour Recalled for Salmonella Concerns Chef Boyardee Chicken and Rice Products Recalled Import Alert on Genetically Engineered Salmon Lifted by FDA
  • Does Your Family Eat Out a Lot? Watch Your Blood Pressure March 13, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You know that too much salt contributes to high blood pressure, but you might not realize how easily eating out could put you and your kids at risk. Many entrees at leading restaurants and fast food places contain almost a full day's allotment ... Read more »
  • Tone Up Your Triceps With These Top Strength Exercises March 13, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Working your triceps might not always be top of mind, but toning the muscles that run along the backs of your upper arms is key to the smooth functioning of your elbows and to also give bare arms a sleeker look. For a ... Read more »
  • Bystanders Key to Cutting Cardiac Arrest Deaths March 13, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting is a leading cause of disease-related health loss in the United States, a new study says. But bystander use of CPR and automated external defibrillators reduces the risk of death and disability. "Cardiac arrest is unique ... Read more »
  • Many Heroin Users Unprepared for Fentanyl OD March 13, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Though they know that nearly all heroin is laced with the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, many Baltimore users aren't prepared to prevent or treat fentanyl-related overdoses, a new study finds. Baltimore has a thriving heroin trade and 1,000 opioid overdose deaths a year. ... Read more »
  • One-Third of U.S. Kids Have Back Pain, Study Says March 13, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As American kids pack on the pounds, the number of those with back pain is on the rise. One in three between the ages of 10 and 18 said they had backaches in the past year, according to a survey of about 3,700 ... Read more »
  • Healthy Diet Might Not Lower Dementia Risk March 13, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A long-running study questions the conventional wisdom that a healthy diet may help ward off dementia. European researchers followed more than 8,200 middle-aged adults for 25 years -- looking at whether diet habits swayed the odds of being diagnosed with dementia. In the ... Read more »
  • Dementia May Strike Differently, Depending on Race March 13, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Dementia appears to strike people of different races in different ways, brain autopsies have revealed. Hispanic and black people are more likely to suffer from dementia that's caused in part by micro-strokes or hardening of the arteries that serve the brain, researchers report. ... Read more »
  • ADHD Meds Safe With Epilepsy, Study Finds March 13, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often occurs in people with epilepsy. Now, new research provides reassurance that taking ADHD medications won't raise their risk of seizures. For the study, researchers analyzed data from thousands of epilepsy patients in Sweden. Taking ADHD medications such as Ritalin ... Read more »
  • Common Household Chemicals Harm Sperm in Both Men and Dogs March 13, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Two chemicals found in household products and food could harm male fertility in both dogs and people, U.K. researchers say. The chemicals are the plasticizer DEHP -- used in products such as carpets, flooring, upholstery, clothes, wires and toys -- and the industrial ... Read more »
  • Are Some Birth Control Methods Doomed to Fail? March 13, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women who get pregnant when using certain contraceptives might have their genes to blame, a new study suggests. A gene variant that breaks down hormones in birth control could be the culprit, researchers reported. "When a woman says she got pregnant while on ... Read more »
  • Why Watch Sports? Fans Get a Self-Esteem Boost, Study Finds March 13, 2019 - TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When your favorite college team wins the big game, it can boost your self-esteem for days -- especially if you watch the game with others, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed 174 students from Ohio State (OSU) and Michigan State (MSU) universities before ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Thumb Sprains March 12, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- A sprained thumb occurs when ligaments stretch beyond their limits. The most common cause of a sprained thumb is falling onto an outstretched hand, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says. Depending on the sprain's severity, you may have bruising, tenderness and swelling around the base of ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Concussion Recovery for Children March 12, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- A concussion is a brain injury that results from an impact to the head. While it usually isn't life-threatening, a concussion can cause short-term and long-term problems. Parents and caregivers of concussed children should take an active role in their recovery, the New York State Department of ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: March 11, 2019 March 12, 2019 - Import Alert on Genetically Engineered Salmon Lifted by FDA FDA Approves 1st Immunotherapy Drug for Breast Cancer Flu Season May Have Peaked: CDC
  • Stretches for Calves, Hamstrings and Quads March 12, 2019 - MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Stretching your leg muscles can improve your flexibility and prevent injury. Here are three stretches that you can do every day and at every age. Start with a calf stretch. Stand at arm's length from a wall and place your palms flat on ... Read more »
  • Slow Down! Eating Too Fast Can Pile on the Pounds March 12, 2019 - MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Has your hectic lifestyle turned you into someone who gulps down meals? People who eat quickly tend to eat more and have a higher body mass index (a measure of body fat based on height and weight) than those who eat slowly. People ... Read more »
  • Poor Asthma Control Tied to Worse School Performance March 12, 2019 - MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Kids with poorly controlled asthma struggle in school, especially those who are ethnic minorities, a new study reports. Researchers evaluated asthma and allergy status, lung function and school performance of 216 black, Hispanic (Latino) and white children in a U.S. city. Those with ... Read more »
  • Agent Orange’s Toxic Legacy in Vietnam March 12, 2019 - MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A toxic byproduct of Agent Orange is still widespread in Vietnam's soil and water and is getting into food supplies, a new study claims. Agent Orange was a chemical defoliant widely used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War from 1962 to ... Read more »
  • Nutritional Supplements Don’t Ward Off Depression: Study March 12, 2019 - MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamin pills and other supplements won't prevent depression, but promoting better eating habits might help, new research suggests. The study included more than 1,000 overweight or obese people in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain who were at risk for ... Read more »
  • Many Parents Think Vaping Around Kids Is Fine March 12, 2019 - MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many parents who smoke try to shield their kids from their unhealthy habit -- but those who vape may not take the same precautions, a new study suggests. The study surveyed over 700 parents who smoked cigarettes, used e-cigarettes or both. The researchers ... Read more »
  • Which Type of Exercise Might Lower Your Diabetes Risk? March 12, 2019 - MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Boosting your muscle strength could help ward off type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Even moderate amounts of resistance exercise may help prevent type 2 diabetes, said the study's corresponding author, Duck-chul Lee. He's an associate professor of kinesiology at Iowa State ... Read more »
  • Breast Implants Top List of Plastic Surgeries March 12, 2019 - MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans than ever are trying to reshape their bodies with breast and butt implants, liposuction and "thigh lifts," a new report shows. Almost 18 million cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2018, nearly a quarter-million more than in 2017, ... Read more »
  • Blacks, Hispanics Bear Burden of Air Pollution: Study March 12, 2019 - MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution caused mainly by white Americans has the greatest impact on black and Hispanic Americans, a new study says. "Similar to previous studies, we show that racial-ethnic minorities are exposed to more pollution on average than non-Hispanic whites," said lead author Christopher ... Read more »
  • Smoking While Pregnant Sends SIDS Risk Soaring March 12, 2019 - MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking during pregnancy is never a good idea, but new research shows it might double the risk of a baby dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). "Any maternal smoking during pregnancy -- even just one cigarette a day -- doubles the risk ... Read more »
  • Chickens Help Scientists Pinpoint Origin of Rare, Deadly Virus March 12, 2019 - MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Much like a canary in a coal mine, Florida chickens have warned researchers of a rare but deadly mosquito-borne virus in their midst. These sentinels have revealed that eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) originates in the state's panhandle and then spreads as far ... Read more »
  • Vets Who Get Opioids From VA, Medicare at Higher Overdose Risk March 12, 2019 - MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many military veterans can get prescription opioid painkillers from both the VA and Medicare, putting them at nearly triple the risk for an overdose, new research warns. The finding could have implications for a huge number of vets: Roughly eight in 10 VA-covered ... Read more »
  • 1 in 3 Young Adults Suffers From Loneliness in U.S. March 12, 2019 - MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For young adults, drugs and distracted driving are well-recognized health threats. Far less attention is paid to loneliness. But loneliness is common -- and it is a particular problem for people aged 18 to 24, a new study suggests. "We have this stereotype ... Read more »
  • Control Your Blood Pressure to Head Off Serious Health Problems March 11, 2019 - SUNDAY, March 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure is one of the most common medical conditions in the United States and one of the most treatable, an expert says. High blood pressure affects a third of adults ages 40-59 and nearly two-thirds of those 60 and older. "It's ... Read more »
  • Keep Your Child Safe in Her High Chair March 10, 2019 - SATURDAY, March 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Kids in high chairs should never be left alone. Nor should they be placed there for long periods, safety experts warn. High chair-related injuries -- mainly falls -- have risen in recent years, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most of ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Frostbite March 9, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Frostbite is a serious injury caused by extreme cold, which results in skin discoloration and loss of feeling. The nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers and toes are most often affected. To avoid permanent damage, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges the public to seek ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Energy Drink Safety March 9, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- While energy drinks are promoted as products that increase energy and enhance performance, they also can put users at risk. From 2007 to 2011, energy-drink related emergency room visits doubled. Overconsumption of energy drinks can cause a host of issues, the U.S> National Institutes of Health says. ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: March 8, 2019 March 9, 2019 - Mumps Outbreak at Temple University Monthly Shots Control HIV as Well as Daily Pills: Studies Facebook Taking Steps to Counter Vaccine Misinformation Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver Has Dementia Man Who Got Measles After Not Getting Vaccine as Child Warns Others of the Danger
  • How to Help When Your Child is Struggling in School March 9, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Studies show that the earlier a child's school struggles are addressed, the better the outcome will be. So it's important for parents to tackle problems early on rather than ignore them or hope children will grow out of them. It's often easy to ... Read more »
  • Try This Healthy Makeover for a Favorite Fast Food March 9, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Take-out pizza is the ultimate fast food -- gooey cheese, salty sauce, fatty pepperoni, all baked on top of what's basically white bread. But there's no need to feel guilty about enjoying a hot slice once you've mastered a nutritious and delicious pizza ... Read more »
  • Beware of Drowsy Driving as Daylight Saving Time Begins March 9, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The switch to Daylight Saving Time can increase the risk of driver fatigue and crashes, but there are a number of ways to reduce the danger, an expert says. "Any time change can exacerbate drowsiness because your internal clock has not adjusted to ... Read more »
  • Hookah Smoke Can Contain More Toxins Than Cigarettes, Experts Warn March 9, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Hookah users inhale high levels of toxic chemicals that endanger the heart and blood vessels. That's the stark warning in a new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement. A single half-hour session of smoking tobacco in a hookah typically exposes the user to ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Smoking Doubles Stroke Risk Among African-Americans March 9, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- African-Americans who smoke cigarettes are twice as likely to have a stroke than those who avoid tobacco, according to new research. Previous studies have shown that, overall, African-Americans between ages 45 and 64 have two to three times the risk of ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Irregular Sleep Could Impact Your Heart Health March 9, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- It's not just lack of sleep and poor sleep that can put the heart at risk -- getting to bed on time may also matter, new research suggests. The new study took the unique approach of looking at how much night-to-night ... Read more »
  • Dry Eye and Migraines Might Be Linked: Study March 9, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People with migraines may be at higher odds of also having chronic dry eye disease, and that's especially true for seniors, new research shows. The 10-year study of almost 73,000 people cared for at ophthalmology clinics in North Carolina found that -- after ... Read more »
  • Did You Wait Until Middle Age to Get Fit? It Could Still Boost Your Life Span March 9, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's truly never too late to begin exercising, new research shows. Even for people who were "couch potatoes" in their youth, embarking on a regimen of regular exercise in middle-age can still greatly cut the odds for death from any cause, a major ... Read more »
  • Skin Fungi May Be Tied to Bowel Disease March 9, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Crohn's disease involves inflammation of the digestive tract. But new research into its causes is focusing on fungi commonly found on the skin. These microscopic fungi, called Malassezia restricta, are linked to dandruff. They're found in oily skin and scalp follicles, but they ... Read more »
  • Making Sense of the Recent Blood Pressure Drug Recalls March 9, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People taking blood pressure medications have faced a frightening and bewildering series of pharmaceutical recalls in recent months, as trace amounts of cancer-causing chemicals have been discovered in individual batches of drugs. But experts from the nation's leading heart groups are urging patients ... Read more »
  • Time Change Tougher for Kids With Mental Health Issues March 9, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When the clocks spring forward an hour this Sunday, it will throw everyone off. But the time change will affect children with mental health issues the most, experts warn. "Sleep is a more complicated issue for patients with a mental health disorder," said ... Read more »
  • Many Black Americans Live in Trauma Care ‘Deserts’ March 9, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Black neighborhoods in America's three largest cities are much more likely to be located in a "trauma desert," an area without immediate access to a designated trauma center, a new study finds. Census data for neighborhoods in New York City, Chicago and Los ... Read more »
  • After Painful Ordeal and $800K Medical Bill, Unvaccinated Boy Survives Tetanus March 9, 2019 - FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Amid outbreaks of preventable childhood illnesses, one unvaccinated Oregon boy's nightmarish encounter with tetanus should serve as a cautionary tale for "anti-vaxxer" parents, doctors say. A team led by Dr. Judith Guzman-Cottrill, a pediatrician at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, related ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Prevent ACL Tears March 8, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are nightmares for athletes. Depending on the severity of the tear, patients can expect surgery followed by more than a year of physical therapy. Most commonly, ACL tears are the result of sudden twisting motions, MedlinePlus says. Though the injury is hard ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Tooth Extraction Aftercare March 8, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Tooth extractions can be painful, leaving patients sore and swollen for a few days post-surgery. Your dentist will likely provide instructions on aftercare, but the Oral Health Foundation offers general guidelines. After the surgery, people should: Brush carefully. Avoid rinsing for the first 24 hours. Avoid alcohol ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: March 7, 2019 March 8, 2019 - Man Who Got Measles After Not Getting Vaccine as Child Warns Others of the Danger Climate Change Management Worse Under Trump: Report Wisconsin Man Charged After Breaking Measles Quarantine Teen Who Defied Mom to Get Vaccinated Testifies Before Congress Sperm Retrieved From Brain Dead West Point Cadet Salmonella Spurs Recall ... Read more »
  • First Steps After a Diabetes Diagnosis March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When you're diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor is likely to start you on a program to lower blood sugar and help insulin work more efficiently -- a regimen that may include a modified diet, exercise and possibly medication. Starting (or ramping up) an ... Read more »
  • How to Get Your Calcium If You’re Lactose-Intolerant March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With research finding that the body prefers calcium from food, not supplements, it can be a challenge to meet daily requirements if you're lactose-intolerant. On average, adults need about 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day. Fortunately, there are choices within many food groups ... Read more »
  • Loose Gun Laws Tied to More Mass Shootings March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For those who think that tougher gun laws and fewer mass shootings aren't connected, new research begs to differ. The study found there are more mass shootings in U.S. states with weaker gun control laws and higher levels of gun ownership, and that ... Read more »
  • High Testosterone Levels Are Bad News for the Heart March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- High testosterone levels can drastically increase a man's risk of heart failure and stroke-causing blood clots, a new study reports. Men with a genetic predisposition to high testosterone levels have a nearly eightfold increased risk of heart failure and twice the risk of ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Opioid Crisis Brings Concerns About Heart Dangers March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Dan Willard doesn't remember a thing from those fateful 48 hours. Not what happened to the 32 pills of prescribed painkiller -- nor how his daughter dragged his body from the chair to the floor so she could follow the emergency ... Read more »
  • An Afternoon Nap May Lower Your Blood Pressure March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want a daytime pick-me-up that may also benefit your blood pressure? Take a nap, researchers suggest. "Midday sleep appears to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes," said Dr. Manolis Kallistratos, a cardiologist at Asklepieion General Hospital in ... Read more »
  • ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In a special announcement aired Wednesday on the "Jeopardy!" YouTube channel, long-time host Alex Trebek announced he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but intends to "fight" the disease. Trebek, 78, said he was concerned about the media reporting his condition inaccurately, so "I ... Read more »
  • Even a Drink a Day Might Raise Your Blood Pressure March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Prior studies have suggested that a little drinking might help the heart. But rigorous new research suggests the opposite, finding that even a drink or two per day is tied to rising blood pressure. "I think this will be a turning point for ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Belly Fat Ups Older Women’s Heart Risks, Even Without Obesity March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Bad news for women who carry fat around their waist rather than on their thighs: New research finds that postmenopausal women shaped like apples are at higher risk for stroke and heart attack than their pear-shaped counterparts. Several recent studies have ... Read more »
  • Hormone Therapy Linked to Slight Rise in Alzheimer’s Risk March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many women turn to hormone therapy to ease some of the more troubling symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats. But new research suggests that relief may come at a cost -- an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. The study ... Read more »
  • Healthy Diet While Young, Healthy Brain in Middle Age March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who eat a heart-healthy diet may also be protecting their brain in middle age, a new study suggests. It included more than 2,600 participants who were an average age of 25 at enrollment and followed for 30 years. They were asked ... Read more »
  • Heart Attacks Striking More Young Adults March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Although Americans are suffering fewer heart attacks, the rate is dramatically increasing among those under 40. In fact, 20 percent of people who have a heart attack are 40 or younger, a rate that has risen 2 percent a year for 10 years, ... Read more »
  • Study Disputes Pregnancy Link to MS Relapses March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new study challenges the long-held belief that multiple sclerosis (MS) can flare up right after pregnancy in women with the relapsing-remitting form of the disease. In that type of MS, symptoms arise, then go into periods of remission. "These results are exciting, ... Read more »
  • Could Olive Oil Help Keep Stroke at Bay for Obese Americans? March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're obese and you want to do your heart a favor, try adding some olive oil to your diet. So suggests new research, which found that healthy but severely obese patients who ate olive oil at least once a week had lower ... Read more »
  • Yo-Yo Dieting Can Take a Toll on Your Heart March 8, 2019 - THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A lot of people struggle to maintain their ideal weight, but repeatedly losing and regaining pounds -- known as yo-yo dieting -- probably won't do your heart any favors. A new study found that women who lost at least 10 pounds, but then ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Can Social Connection Aid Heart Health in African-American Community? March 8, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- For black adults, connecting with neighbors could do much more than create a sense of community -- it also might be good for their heart. A study presented this week at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: UTI Warning Signs March 7, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common bacterial infection that affects the urethra, bladder or kidney. Those who are pregnant or sexually active may be at a higher risk for UTIs. The American College of Physicians notes the top warning signs for UTIs: Painful urination. Abdominal ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Too Much Screen Time March 7, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Screen devices such as smartphones and TVs are making children more sedentary, the American Heart Association says. This lack of movement is linked to obesity in young people. Experts recommend that parents limit children aged 2 to 5 to one hour of screen time per day. Older ... Read more »
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  • Spravato Nasal Spray Approved for Depression March 7, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Spravato (esketamine) nasal spray has been approved to treat adult depression in cases where other antidepressants have failed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. The drug's active ingredient is related to the club drug and anesthetic ketamine. Citing the possibility of ... Read more »
  • The Right Way to Cook High-Antioxidant Veggies March 7, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Foods high in antioxidants -- like kale, broccoli and blueberries -- could be your ticket to better health, as long as you don't cook the nutrition out of them. Some like it hot, but not the delicate pigments that give antioxidant-rich veggies their ... Read more »
  • How to Stay Close as a Couple Now That Baby Is Here March 7, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's no doubt that a first baby changes the dynamic between spouses. Here are steps you can take to stay close. First, you need a creative plan to get some sleep. Beyond feeling tired, being sleep-deprived affects your mood and your ability to ... Read more »
  • Another Side Effect of the Opioid Crisis: Heart Infections March 7, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New research uncovers more damage wrought by the opioid epidemic: Cases of a dangerous heart infection linked to injection drug use have spiked in recent years at an Ohio medical center. Researchers found that admissions for infective endocarditis at The Ohio State University ... Read more »
  • Study Urges Seniors to Get Moving to Live Longer March 7, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Can you tell how long you'll live? For seniors, how fit you are may offer a clearer forecast of life span than traditional markers such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and smoking, a new study suggests. It included more than 6,500 ... Read more »
  • NFL Players’ Enlarged Hearts May Harm Health for Decades March 7, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "Athlete's heart" -- an enlarged heart created by intense physical training -- is a common and often brushed-off condition within elite and professional sports. But a new study of National Football League players is raising concern about the long-term consequences of athlete's heart ... Read more »
  • Low-Carb Diets Linked to Higher Odds for A-Fib March 7, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Keto, Paleo, Atkins -- there's no shortage of low-carb diets to try, but new research suggests that over time, living low-carb can raise your risk of a heart condition called atrial fibrillation, or a-fib. People who regularly got fewer than 45 percent of ... Read more »
  • FDA Approves Ketamine-Like Drug for Severe Depression March 7, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the nasal spray medication esketamine -- a relative of the club drug and anesthetic ketamine -- for use against severe depression. Sold as Spravato, the fast-acting drug becomes the first new type of medicine ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Opioid Meds Pose Danger to Kidney Disease Patients March 7, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Medication options can be limited for people with chronic kidney disease, which is why they often get prescribed opioids to help manage pain. But new research finds that opioids could increase the risk of hospitalization and even death. In a study ... Read more »
  • FDA Issues Asbestos Warning About Some Claire’s Cosmetic Products March 7, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Consumers should avoid certain Claire's cosmetic products that may contain potentially cancer-causing asbestos because the company has refused to recall the items, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday. The agency's concern dates back two years, when the FDA first became aware ... Read more »
  • Heavier People May Be More Likely to Survive a Stroke March 7, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- While it's long been understood that being overweight or obese raises the odds of stroke, new research indicates those carrying extra weight are far less likely to die after having such a "brain attack." For the study, scientists analyzed more than 1,000 people ... Read more »