• Health Tip: Control Your Blood Pressure January 23, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Uncontrolled high blood pressure is dangerous and could even lead to death, the American Heart Association says. The AHA offers these suggestions for controlling high blood pressure: Know your numbers and identity your target blood pressure range. Work with your doctor to develop a plan to lower ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Early January 23, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- If a loved one has symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, he or she should visit a doctor for a formal evaluation. It may be easier to control the disease if it's diagnosed early, the Alzheimer's Association says. Here is the association's list of other potential benefits of early ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Jan. 22, 2019 January 23, 2019 - U.S. Government Shutdown Putting Workers' Health at Risk Chinese Researcher Who Edited Babies' Genes Acted on His Own: Officials FDA Chief Threatens to Halt E-Cigarette Sales Two Doctors Leave Care Facility Where Incapacitated Patient Gave Birth
  • 4 Exercises for a Better Back January 23, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- To strengthen your back -- the most commonly injured part of the body -- it's important to condition both the muscles in it and the ones that support it, notably the abs. Here are four moves to boost back fitness: For the bird ... Read more »
  • How to Fight Norovirus, the ‘Cruise Ship’ Germ January 23, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Whether it's infiltrating a cruise ship, a restaurant or a college dorm, the norovirus is often in the news. It's the leading cause of illness from contaminated food in the United States. While food can be tainted at its source, food workers who ... Read more »
  • Blood Test Might Yield Early Warning of Alzheimer’s January 23, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Leaky blood vessels in the brain may be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease, researchers say. They followed 161 older adults for five years and found that those with the most severe memory declines had the greatest leakage in their brain's blood vessels, ... Read more »
  • HPV Vaccine Even Helps Women Who Didn’t Get It: Study January 23, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) is highly effective in young women -- and may even offer some protection to those who don't get it, a new study suggests. Researchers said the findings add to evidence that the vaccine -- which ultimately cuts ... Read more »
  • Eating Before Bedtime Won’t Send Blood Sugar Levels Soaring January 23, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Avoiding food before bedtime probably won't help your blood sugar levels and health, a new study suggests. Some experts say not eating for two hours before going to bed helps prevent high blood sugar (glucose) levels and related health problems such as diabetes ... Read more »
  • ‘Poop Transplants’ May Help Ease Painful Colitis January 23, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease triggering pain and bloody stools, and it can raise the odds for colon cancer. But now, research suggests that fecal transplants -- basically, delivering a healthy person's stool into the colitis patient's digestive tract -- ... Read more »
  • Will Healthy Seniors Benefit From Daily Aspirin? January 23, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Daily low-dose aspirin is recommended for heart attack survivors or people at increased risk, but up to now experts have discouraged the practice for aging individuals in good health. Now, a new evidence review suggests that some healthy seniors and middle-aged adults might ... Read more »
  • AHA: Too Much of This in the Blood Could Predict Unhealthy Aging January 23, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- A hormone found in the blood that's commonly linked to heart disease also might signal when someone is more likely to grow weaker or lose their ability to balance before they're 70. People in their early 60s with higher-than-normal levels of brain ... Read more »
  • IVF Won’t Cause Birth Complications: Study January 23, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "Test tube" babies are more likely to be premature and have a low birth weight, but it's unlikely that assisted reproductive technology is the reason why, researchers say. Their findings challenge the widely held belief that procedures such as freezing embryos, the delayed ... Read more »
  • Body Size May Influence Longevity in Women, But Not Men January 23, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Here's a new study finding that's bound to make tall, thin women happy: Their body size and their gender make it more likely they will reach the milestone age of 90 than either men or shorter, heavier women. If these women exercised an ... Read more »
  • Many Addiction Centers Lack Anti-Opioid Meds: Study January 23, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Although the U.S. opioid epidemic dates back more than a decade, only 6 percent of treatment centers in 2016 offered the three medications approved to treat opioid addiction, new research reveals. And only about a third offered even one of the three recommended ... Read more »
  • Mindfulness Might Ease Menopause Symptoms January 23, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are "mindful" in their everyday activities seem to suffer fewer menopause symptoms, new research suggests. The study couldn't prove that it was the mindfulness that was keeping symptoms at bay, but it does add to evidence for a link, said lead ... Read more »
  • As More Smoke Pot, Are Their Jobs at Risk? January 23, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As increasing numbers of Americans use marijuana, there is a rising risk of job loss among those who use the drug, a new study suggests. "Job loss may be an overlooked social cost of marijuana use," said study author Cassandra Okechukwu, from the ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Simple CPR January 22, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Doing CPR on someone in cardiac arrest can double the chances of survival, the American Heart Association says. The AARP recommends these steps for administering CPR: Do not wait. A person's chances for survival fall up to 10 percent for every minute of delay. Send someone to ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need? January 22, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- The amount of sleep a child needs varies at different ages, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. While different kids of the same age may require different amounts, there are science-based guidelines of suggested sleep amounts for each age, the academy says. Here are the guidelines: Infants: ... Read more »
  • Diet or Exercise — or Both? January 22, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's no doubt that an unhealthy diet and couch potato lifestyle put your health at risk, but when considering improvements, should you change one at a time or both at once? Northwestern University researchers found that it's not only doable, but also more ... Read more »
  • A Prescription for Feeling Young Forever January 22, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You know about the value of exercise for heart health and for staying strong and independent as you age. There's also proof that exercise keeps your body young physically as well as mentally. A British study involving cycling enthusiasts between the ages of ... Read more »
  • Many Parents Wrong About What Prevents Colds in Kids January 22, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- No parent wants to see their child catch a cold, but some take prevention measures that have little basis in science, a new survey shows. For example, 51 percent of parents said they give their child an over-the-counter vitamin or supplement to prevent ... Read more »
  • Is Air Pollution a Downer? January 22, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may not only make it hard to breathe, but it may also make you unhappy, a new study suggests. In China, air pollution reportedly causes an average of 1 million premature deaths each year and costs its economy $38 billion. But ... Read more »
  • Could Neck-Strengthening Prevent Some Concussions? January 21, 2019 - SUNDAY, Jan. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Boosting athletes' neck strength in the off season might reduce their concussion risk in sports such as football and soccer, researchers say. This is among several recommendations from researchers at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., who are looking to prevent these serious ... Read more »
  • Shoes Make the Difference When Starting to Exercise January 20, 2019 - SATURDAY, Jan. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you've vowed to be more active this year, be sure you have proper athletic shoes, a doctor suggests. "The right shoe is important for a runner as much as a good tennis racket is important for a tennis player," said Dr. Ronald ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Store Refrigerated Food Safely January 19, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Refrigeration can help keep food safe from germs and prevent food-borne illnesses. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests these refrigeration tips: Marinate food in the refrigerator instead of at room temperature. Bacteria can multiply rapidly at room temperature. Never reuse marinating liquid unless you bring it ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Prevent Rotavirus January 19, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Rotavirus causes diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain. It is highly contagious, especially among young children with weaker immune systems, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Children can become dehydrated and may require hospitalization. Symptoms of dehydration include decrease in urination, dry mouth and ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Jan. 18, 2019 January 19, 2019 - Obamacare Premiums Could Rise Due to Trump Administration Proposal Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets Recalled by Perdue Foods FDA Panel Splits Vote on New Diabetes Drug
  • Protecting Seniors From Scammers January 19, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It seems as though every day brings warnings about phone and internet scammers, with older Americans being particularly vulnerable. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that 7.3 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 74, and 6.5 percent of those aged 75 ... Read more »
  • Ditch Your Leisure To-Do List January 19, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If the fun is often missing from your social activities or play feels like work, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have an explanation: You're probably overplanning. With so many demands on your time, precise scheduling might be the only way to ... Read more »
  • Study Examines Link Between Type 1 Diabetes, Broken Bones January 19, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Poor blood sugar control puts people with type 1 diabetes at increased risk for fragility fractures, a new study shows. A fragility fracture is a broken bone caused by a fall from standing height or less. For the study, researchers analyzed data on ... Read more »
  • Many Oncologists in the Dark About LGBTQ Health Needs January 19, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most cancer specialists are comfortable treating LGBTQ patients, but many aren't confident in their knowledge about these patients' specific health needs, a new survey finds. "Cancer care within the LGBTQ community is a largely ignored public health issue," said Gwendolyn Quinn, a professor ... Read more »
  • Frailty a Risk Factor for Dementia January 19, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Frailty is associated with a higher risk of both Alzheimer's disease and its crippling symptoms, a new study shows. "By reducing an individual's physiological reserve, frailty could trigger the clinical expression of dementia when it might remain asymptomatic in someone who is not ... Read more »
  • Disrupted Sleep Plagues Hospital Patients, But New Program Might Help January 19, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who has cared for a hospitalized loved one knows that frequent nighttime sleep interruptions -- caused by noise or nursing checks -- are a big concern. But in a new study, a Chicago hospital adopted sleep-friendly measures for patients that led to ... Read more »
  • AHA: Taking Medicine for a Cold? Be Mindful of Your Heart January 19, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- Flu has so far infected more than 6 million Americans this season, and winter colds are making their rounds. If you've been hit by either, you may be thinking about heading to your local pharmacy to relieve your aches, pains and congestion. ... Read more »
  • Are You a Risk-Taker? It Might Lie in Your Genes January 19, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Do you shy away from risky business or cast caution aside and go for it? Either way, your answer could come from your DNA. Scientists have identified more than 100 genetic variants linked with risk-taking, according to a groundbreaking new study. "Genetic variants ... Read more »
  • Virtual Doctor Visits Get High Marks in New Survey January 19, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The quality of your care won't suffer if you choose video visits with your doctor, a new study suggests. It included 254 patients and 61 health care providers who participated in virtual video visits offered by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The appointments ... Read more »
  • Movie Violence Doesn’t Make Kids Violent, Study Finds January 19, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Parents often worry that violent movies can trigger violence in their kids, but a new study suggests PG-13-rated movies won't turn your kids into criminals. Researchers found that as PG-13 movies became more violent between 1985 and 2015, overall rates of murder and ... Read more »
  • Big Pharma’s Marketing to Docs Helped Trigger Opioid Crisis: Study January 19, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Aggressive direct marketing to doctors by pharmaceutical companies is tied to spurring the ongoing epidemic of opioid abuse in the United States, a new study claims. A county-by-county analysis showed that opioid use increased in places where drug makers focused their marketing efforts, ... Read more »
  • At Risk for Breast Cancer? Your Race Matters January 19, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Black women at risk of breast cancer may face a disadvantage because of racial disparities in health care, a small new study suggests. Ohio State University researchers interviewed 30 white and 20 black women at high risk for breast cancer due to family ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Eat Less, Enjoy More January 18, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- A key to successful dieting is to enjoy your food more, while eating less, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says. Your meals should include all of the food groups while limiting sugar, salt and saturated fat, the agency says. The USDA offers these additional suggestions: Learn the ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Starting a Healthy Weight Loss Plan January 18, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- More than 70 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says. Are you one of them? Before starting a weight loss plan, you should visit your doctor. The first questions to consider are: How can I ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Jan. 17, 2019 January 18, 2019 - Doctor at Ohio Hospital Gave Potentially Lethal Doses of Painkillers to Patients FDA Down to 5 Weeks of Funding for New Drug Approvals Third Cat in Wyoming Tests Positive for Bubonic Plague Anti-Vaxxers a Major Global Health Threat: WHO
  • First Generic Version of Epilepsy Drug Sabril Approved January 18, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The first generic version of Sabril (vigabatrin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent complex partial seizures in adults and children 10 and older with epilepsy. "The availability of high-quality generic alternatives of critically important medicines, once the ... Read more »
  • When to Treat Varicose Veins January 18, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- About half of the population will one day have a vein problem. For some, it will involve the thinner, blotchy spider veins that don't bother some people, but cause itching or burning in others. Still others will be plagued by the more noticeable ... Read more »
  • When Your Medications Are the News January 18, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Would you stop taking a medication if you heard a negative news story about it? Sticking with a prescription drug regimen, or "medication adherence," is already a challenge for many patients, with not taking medications as prescribed being a key reason people struggle ... Read more »
  • Money Woes May Take Toll on Black Americans’ Hearts January 18, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Money worries may contribute to heart disease in black Americans, a new study suggests. "Stress is known to contribute to disease risk, but the data from our study suggest a possible relationship between financial stress and heart disease that clinicians should be aware ... Read more »
  • More Americans Mixing Opioids With Sedatives January 18, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As if the opioid crisis wasn't already bad enough, new research shows a sharp rise in the number of Americans taking dangerous combinations of opioids and sedatives. These sedatives, known as benzodiazepines, are prescribed for pain, insomnia and anxiety. And another class of ... Read more »
  • AHA: Are Some Breads Getting a Bad Rap? January 18, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- There may be no dietary staple more in need of a public relations makeover than bread. Concerns over carbs, sodium and gluten sometime overshadow what can be a simple, tasty way to add important vitamins and minerals as well as fiber to ... Read more »
  • 1 in 4 Antibiotic Prescriptions Isn’t Needed: Study January 18, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 25 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the United States are given for conditions they aren't meant to treat, a new study finds. Antibiotics are miracle drugs that can cure deadly bacterial infections. But too often they are given to treat viral infections, ... Read more »
  • Stem Cell Therapy Shows Early Promise Against Macular Degeneration January 18, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in seniors, and existing treatments are few. But now, experiments in pigs and rats suggest that stem cell therapy might help curb at least one form of the disease. The results could soon ... Read more »
  • Antibiotics Still Misused in Babies With Viral Lung Infections January 18, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. emergency rooms routinely prescribe antibiotics to babies with the common viral lung infection bronchiolitis, counter to recommendations issued more than a decade ago, a new study finds. Bronchiolitis is the leading cause of hospitalization for U.S. babies in their first year of ... Read more »
  • Experimental Drug Could Be New Option for Type 2 Diabetes January 18, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug may help people with type 2 diabetes curb their blood sugar without causing it to drop to dangerously low levels. Researchers found that the compound -- dubbed TTP399 for now -- improved patients' blood sugar control when it was added ... Read more »
  • Opioid Prescriptions Almost Twice as Likely for Rural vs. Urban Americans January 18, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As the United States battles an epidemic of opioid abuse, people living in rural areas have nearly two times the odds of being prescribed the painkillers when compared to their urban peers. That's the finding from a new study that suggests more must ... Read more »
  • Opioid Use in Pregnancy Tied to Severe Birth Defects January 18, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More American infants are being born with their intestines outside of their bodies, and the disturbing trend might be linked to the opioid crisis, health officials reported Thursday. The condition, called gastroschisis, is caused by a hole beside the belly button. The hole ... Read more »
  • Still Too Many Highway Deaths Tied to Speeding January 18, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Speeding is a factor in nearly one-third of U.S. traffic deaths, but doesn't get enough attention as a traffic safety issue, a new Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report says. "If we want to get to zero deaths on our roads, we need ... Read more »
  • Gene-Linked Iron Disorder More Common Than Thought January 18, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The most common genetic disorder among northern Europeans -- called hemochromatosis -- occurs more often than previously thought, according to a new study. The researchers also found that people with the condition often develop serious health problems. People with hemochromatosis -- a build-up ... Read more »
  • Looming Global Crisis Means People’s Diets Must Change: Experts January 18, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The average person's daily diet will need to change drastically during the next three decades to make sure everyone is fed without depleting the planet, a panel of experts has concluded. Global consumption of foods such as red meat and sugar will have ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Build Stronger Bones January 17, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- The foods you eat and drink during childhood will impact the strength of your bones as you age, the Nemours Foundation says. Most of your bone density stems from what you eat and drink as children and teens, says Nemours, which notes the process is virtually finished ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Don’t Ignore Changes in Skin Color January 17, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- You should never ignore a change in skin color, especially if you have cancer, the American Cancer Society says. A change in skin color typically means something's wrong in the body. In people with cancer, it can be due to factors including tumor growth, sun exposure or ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Jan. 16, 2019 January 17, 2019 - More Than Two Dozen Transgender People Killed in U.S. Last Year Purdue Pharma Owners Lied About Dangers of OxyContin: Court Filing Ocean Temps Reached Record High in 2018: Study Congo Ebola Outbreak Now 2nd Worst in History
  • Strike Up the Band for Better Grades January 17, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Not every budding musician will become a rock star, but studying music has brain bonuses for kids, even those who don't take up an instrument until their teen years. There's no doubt that participation in in-school music programs boosts motivation. Mastering an instrument ... Read more »
  • Recycling: A Renewed Effort Is Needed January 17, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most people know how important recycling is for a healthier environment, yet a survey by the Pew Research Center showed that Americans may not always put that knowledge into practice. Though most people in the United States have access to recycling programs, the ... Read more »
  • Dermatologists Cut Back on Antibiotics But Still Prescribe the Most January 17, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. dermatologists are prescribing fewer antibiotics overall but are writing more short-term orders for the drugs, a new study finds. Dermatologists prescribe more antibiotics per doctor than any other medical specialty -- more than 7.1 million prescriptions per year, the University of Pennsylvania ... Read more »
  • Heart-Healthy Living Also Wards Off Type 2 Diabetes January 17, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There could be an added bonus to keeping your cardiovascular health on track -- a heart-healthy lifestyle can also prevent type 2 diabetes, researchers say. And it's better to prevent type 2 diabetes than to have to treat it, the Ohio State University ... Read more »
  • AHA: Infection as a Baby Led to Heart Valve Surgery for Teen January 17, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- In middle school, Prince Pratt used to get short of breath walking between classes, walking up the stairs or when exercising. And he was gaining weight. His father, Reggie, simply thought his son was lazy. So, Reggie began including Prince in his ... Read more »
  • New Leash on Life? Staying Slim Keeps Pooches Happy, Healthy January 17, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Carrying extra pounds isn't just bad for humans: New research indicates dogs' lives may be significantly shorter if they're overweight. The study, which evaluated data from more than 50,000 dogs across 12 of the most popular breeds, found that the life span of ... Read more »
  • Cancer Diagnosis May Quadruple Suicide Risk January 17, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of suicide is more than four times higher among Americans with cancer than those without the disease, a new study finds. "Even though cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, most cancer patients do not ... Read more »
  • Two-Thirds of Poor U.S. Women Can’t Afford Menstrual Pads, Tampons: Study January 17, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A study of nearly 200 poor women living in the St. Louis area found that two out of three had to go without feminine hygiene products at least once over the prior year, due to cost. About one-fifth -- 21 percent -- said ... Read more »
  • How Getting a Flu Shot Could Save Your Life January 17, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's not too late to get your flu shot, which can protect you in ways that may surprise you. The flu vaccine can be a lifesaver for people with heart disease, according to infectious disease specialist Dr. Michael Chang, assistant professor of pediatrics ... Read more »
  • Keep Moving to Keep Brain Sharp in Old Age January 17, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Staying active in old age may help preserve your memory and thinking skills, a new study suggests. In fact, older people who were physically active kept their minds sharp, even if their brains showed signs of lesions or other markers linked to Alzheimer's ... Read more »
  • Climate Change Already Hurting Human Health, Review Shows January 17, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change is already having clear effects on human health, according to a new review that describes the situation as a "health emergency." "Climate change is causing injuries, illnesses and deaths now from heat waves, infectious diseases, food and water insecurity, and changes ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Getting Rid of a Mold Problem January 16, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Mold exposure can trigger health problems including asthma, respiratory infections and allergic reactions. Mold can grow on virtually any moist surface and should never be ignored. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests how to prevent mold and how to get rid of an existing problem: Fix plumbing ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding a Heart Murmur January 16, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- An "innocent" heart murmur is a non-dangerous series of sounds made by the heart as it pumps blood through the organ's chambers and valves, the American Heart Association says. The condition is common among children, and it may disappear and reappear when they are excited or scared, ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Jan. 15, 2019 January 16, 2019 - Congo Ebola Outbreak Now 2nd Worst in History FDA to Resume Inspections of Riskier Foods New Birth Control Skin Patch Being Developed U.S. DNA Pioneer and Nobel Prize Winner Loses Lab Honors Due to Racist Comments Dog Food Recalled Due to Salmonella Contamination
  • Bribe Yourself to Diet January 16, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For many people struggling with weight, an underlying reason for the excess pounds is the habit of using food to soothe bad feelings and reward good behavior. To lose weight, turn that habit on its ear. Incentives can help motivate you in many ... Read more »
  • 3 Conditioning Exercises to Support Your Hips January 16, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- To support your hip joints, you need to strengthen the muscles that support them. This can help prevent or relieve hip pain and guard against injury. Appropriate exercises target muscles of the thighs and the glutes. Here are three to add to your ... Read more »
  • Junk Food Ads Target Minority Kids: Study January 16, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all TV food ads aimed at Hispanic and black children in the United States are for unhealthy products, a new report claims. In 2017, black teens saw more than twice as many ads for unhealthy food products as white teens, researchers found. ... Read more »
  • Want to Live Longer? Just Sit a Bit Less Each Day January 16, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Take a stand for a longer life. Researchers say even a few extra minutes off the sofa each day can add years to your life span. "If you have a job or lifestyle that involves a lot of sitting, you can lower your ... Read more »
  • Teen Birth Control Use Up, But Still Too Many Unwanted Pregnancies January 16, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Today's teens are better at using birth control when they first become sexually active, but many unexpected pregnancies still occur, new research finds. Teens who didn't use birth control during their first month of sexual activity faced nearly a fourfold increase in the ... Read more »
  • Life in Space May Take Toll on Spinal Muscles January 16, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Astronauts tend to complain of back pain after returning to Earth. Now, researchers think they can explain that discomfort. Long stays in space can cause spinal muscles to shrink and become more fatty, they found. In some of those muscles, increased fat levels ... Read more »
  • Type 2 Diabetes Before 40 Tied to Mental Illness Hospitalizations January 16, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People who develop type 2 diabetes before they turn 40 are twice as likely to be hospitalized for mental illness as those who develop the blood sugar disease after 40, a new study shows. About 37 percent of all hospitalization days in the ... Read more »
  • AHA: Hookah Smoking Trendy, Despite Evidence of Health Risks January 16, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- While cigarette smoking has hit an all-time low, another form of tobacco use is rising in popularity -- hookah smoking -- and researchers are concerned there's a new epidemic brewing, especially among young adults. Once seen as an exotic pastime and cultural ... Read more »
  • Vaccine, Screening Can Prevent Cervical Cancer Deaths January 16, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- About 4,000 women in the United States die from cervical cancer each year -- even though there's a preventive vaccine and screening to catch the disease early. "When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable," said Dr. Sarah Ramirez, a family ... Read more »
  • Stem Cell Transplant May Help Some With Aggressive MS January 16, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A stem cell transplant may help some people with multiple sclerosis (MS) when standard drugs fail, a new clinical trial finds. The study focused on 110 patients with aggressive cases of MS: Their symptoms had flared up at least twice in the past ... Read more »
  • Race May Matter for Liver Transplant Success January 16, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans who receive a liver transplant to treat liver cancer may survive much longer if the new organ comes from a black donor, a new study suggests. "Our data are intriguing. But our results require validation," said study author Dr. T. Clark ... Read more »
  • Simple Treatments to Banish Winter Blues January 16, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The gray days of winter bring many people down, but a few simple steps can pep you up, an expert says. A condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can cause feelings of sadness or depression, lack of energy, problems sleeping, moodiness, changes ... Read more »
  • Are Some Opioid Abusers Using Their Pets to Get the Drugs? January 16, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- To fight America's opioid epidemic, lawmakers and regulators have clamped down hard on doctors' prescribing practices. But one avenue for obtaining prescription opioids appears to have been overlooked, according to a new study. Veterinarians are prescribing large quantities of opioids to pets, raising ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Managing Your Family’s Digital Life January 15, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- TVs and computers are part of everyday life, but the American Academy of Pediatrics urges caution about overuse of digital devices. They should never take the place of face-to-face time with family and friends, the academy says. The AAP suggests how to manage screen use at home: ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Improve Your Emotional Wellness January 15, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Having a positive outlook can boost your physical well-being, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. Research has shown a link between an upbeat mental state and lower blood pressure, reduced risk for heart disease, healthier weight, better blood sugar levels and longer life, the agency says. ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Jan. 14, 2019 January 15, 2019 - Dog Food Recalled Due to Salmonella Contamination Morning No Longer Peak Time for Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Study Bud Light Gets Large Nutrition Label Trump Rules on Employer-Provided Birth Control Blocked by Judge U.S. Doctor Released From Omaha Hospital After Ebola Monitoring
  • Vaccines: Not Just for Kids January 15, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you have children, you know how important it is to keep up with their immunization schedule. But getting vaccines and booster shots is vital throughout adulthood as well. The most common adult shot is the yearly flu vaccine, recommended for just about ... Read more »
  • Baby Steps Head Off a Fussy Eater January 15, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Getting kids to try new foods can become a daily showdown. One promising approach: expose babies early on to varied tastes and textures. Researchers in Brisbane, Australia, found that food experiences when just 14 months old can influence the eating habits that children ... Read more »
  • Happiness High in States With Lots of Parks, Libraries January 15, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The number of parks, libraries and natural resources in the state where you reside might have a great deal to do with how happy you are. New research suggests that Americans who live where more money is spent on these "public goods" are ... Read more »
  • Gay Dads and Their Kids Still Face Social Shaming January 15, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Two-thirds of gay fathers have felt the pain of social stigma, and they have encountered that stigma most often in religious settings, a new survey shows. "We were not surprised that stigma is still experienced by gay fathers," said study author Dr. Ellen ... Read more »
  • AHA: Why Do IVF Pregnancies With Frozen Embryos Raise Preeclampsia Risk? January 15, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- For women who use in vitro fertilization to get pregnant, particularly those who find success with frozen embryo transfers, recent studies have found they have an increased risk of preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication and serious blood pressure condition. Now, academic researchers may ... Read more »
  • Many Teens, Young Adults Don’t Get Private Time With Doctors January 15, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Having confidential talks with a health care provider is important for teens and young adults, but they rarely get the chance to do so, a new study finds. "Discussing confidentiality and having private time with a provider are critical components of comprehensive clinical ... Read more »
  • Parents Often Unaware of Kids’ Suicidal Thoughts January 15, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When children are having suicidal thoughts, their parents may often be in the dark, a new study shows. The study included more than 5,000 kids, aged 11 to 17, and one parent for each child. Researchers found that among the children, 8 percent ... Read more »
  • Opioids Now More Deadly for Americans Than Traffic Accidents January 15, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time in history, Americans' risk of dying from an opioid overdose is higher than their risk of dying in a car accident, the National Safety Council reported Monday. The chances of dying from an accidental opioid overdose in the United ... Read more »
  • 1-800-662-HELP: Too Few Opioid Users Aware of Lifesaving Helpline January 15, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans are living with drug addiction, but a free, national hotline that offers help is underused because most don't know about it, new research finds. After the popular singer Demi Lovato was hospitalized in July, researchers found that although her suspected ... Read more »
  • Why Your Heart Needs a Good Night’s Sleep January 15, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Six hours: That's the minimum amount of sleep per night you need to help your heart stay healthy, new research suggests. The study found that chronic lack of sleep and poor sleep quality raise the odds of fatty plaque accumulation in arteries -- ... Read more »
  • Social Support Key to Good Mental Health After Stroke: Study January 15, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Two-thirds of stroke survivors who live at home have good mental health, and social support plays an important role, researchers say. The new study included 300 stroke survivors, aged 50 and older, in Canada. Survivors living in long-term care facilities, who tend to ... Read more »
  • Calling All Blood Donors … January 15, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The holidays, winter weather and the flu season have all prompted a blood shortage, the American Red Cross warns. The organization said Monday it had about 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than needed over Christmas and New Year's. People nationwide, especially those ... Read more »
  • Nature or Nurture? Twins Study Helps Sort Out Genes’ Role in Disease January 15, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Two of every five common diseases are at least partially influenced by a person's genetics, the largest U.S. study of twins ever conducted finds. Nearly 40 percent of 560 different diseases have a genetic component, while 25 percent are driven by environmental factors ... Read more »
  • More Evidence Pot May Damage the Teen Brain January 15, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking just a couple of joints may cause significant changes in a teenager's brain structure, a new study has found. Brain scans show that some adolescents who've tried marijuana just a couple of times exhibit significant increases in the volume of their gray ... Read more »
  • Play It Safe With Winter Sports January 14, 2019 - SUNDAY, Jan. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Skiing, snowboarding, skating and sledding are great ways to have winter fun, but be sure to take steps to reduce your risk of injuries, experts say. In 2017, U.S. emergency departments, doctors' offices and clinics treated: 68,809 people for skiing-related injuries, 54,349 people ... Read more »
  • Exercise Caution to Protect Your Skin at the Gym January 13, 2019 - SATURDAY, Jan. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you pledged to hit the gym this year, take some steps to prevent skin infections, an expert says. "While skin infections are not a reason to cancel your gym membership, it's important to follow a few simple steps to avoid germs while ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Nutritional Needs for Your Your Teen January 12, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Teens typically have a significant increase in appetite around the age of 10 in girls and 12 in boys, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. During adolescence, boys require an average of 2,800 calories per day and girls an average of 2,200 calories per day. Hunger typically ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Reduce Childhood Stress January 12, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Stress is a function of the demands placed on people and their ability to meet them, the Nemours Foundation says. Stress affects anyone who feels overwhelmed, including children. Signs of a stressed child include mood swings, acting out, changes in sleep patterns or bedwetting, the foundation says. ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Jan. 11, 2019 January 12, 2019 - U.S. Fertility Rate Drops to 30-Year Low 'Netflix Model' to be Used to Pay for Hepatitis Drugs in Louisiana Gastro Illness Strikes 277 on Cruise Ship Doctors Question State Lawsuits Over Pelvic Mesh Products
  • When Calorie Counts Aren’t on the Menu January 12, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past few decades, the amount of food Americans eat away from home has increased from 18 percent to 33 percent. At the same time, restaurant meals with oversized portions have become a major contributor to the nation's obesity epidemic. While much ... Read more »
  • A Better Strategy for Quitting Smoking January 12, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do, but studies have found that one strategy in particular can help many people: Start anti-smoking medication well before your intended quit date. Under traditional prescribing guidelines, people who plan to quit smoking with ... Read more »
  • Changes to Flu Shot Supply Chain Could Save Lives: Study January 12, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Problems with flu vaccine distribution in the United States may cost lives and pose a serious threat in the event of a flu pandemic, researchers warn. However, a computer model shows that proposed changes to the current distribution system could save thousands of ... Read more »
  • Daily Vitamin D Could Be a Lifesaver for Some COPD Patients January 12, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Deadly lung attacks may be averted in some COPD patients with a daily dose of vitamin D, new research suggests. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, includes a number of lung conditions, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Nearly all COPD deaths are due ... Read more »
  • Mom-to-Be’s Flu Can Harm Her Unborn Baby January 12, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who get a flu shot protect not only themselves, but also their developing baby, health officials report. When a mom-to-be gets the flu, she can be so sick she needs to be admitted to a hospital's intensive care unit. And new ... Read more »
  • AHA: New Cholesterol Guidelines Put Ethnicity in the Spotlight January 12, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- As in most things, family matters. Specifically, your family's ethnicity could make a difference, at least when it comes to cholesterol and your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. In a recent update of cholesterol guidelines, a national panel of ... Read more »
  • Are TV Cereal Ads Making Your Kids Fat? January 12, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cereal TV ads aimed at young children put them at increased risk for obesity and cancer, researchers warn. A poor diet, including too much sugar, can lead to obesity, a known risk factor for 13 cancers. "One factor believed to contribute to children's ... Read more »
  • Broad-Range Ebola Drug Shows Promise in Animal Tests January 12, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental Ebola drug was effective against all strains of the deadly virus in laboratory animals, scientists say. Previous research typically took the "one bug, one drug" approach, said researcher Thomas Geisbert, a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. ... Read more »
  • Look to Your Aunts, Uncles and Parents for Clues to Your Longevity January 12, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Your chances of inheriting genes linked to longevity are highest if you come from a family with many long-lived members, researchers say. And that includes aunts and uncles, not just parents. Using databases at the University of Utah and in the Dutch province ... Read more »
  • Make Cancer Prevention a Priority in 2019 January 12, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If one of your resolutions for 2019 is to improve your health, reducing your risk of cancer should be part of that goal, a cancer expert says. While cancer risk factors such as family history and aging can't be controlled, lifestyle changes such ... Read more »
  • Here’s How the Government Shutdown Could Affect Your Health January 12, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tainted food, trash-filled parklands and even hungry kids: Public health could be increasingly at risk as the U.S. government shutdown drags into its 21st day, experts say. Crucial inspections intended to protect Americans have either been curtailed or are not being performed because ... Read more »
  • U.S. Flu Cases Hit 7 Million Mark: CDC January 12, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The flu season is picking up steam, with about 7 million Americans having been struck by a strain of the flu virus, health officials said Friday. Almost half of those folks went to a doctor, while between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been ... Read more »
  • More Proof High-Fiber Diets Help Prevent Cancers, Heart Disease January 12, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A large, new analysis helps confirm that eating lots of grains, vegetables and fruit lowers your risk of dying early from cancer or heart disease. When compared with those who consume very little fiber, people at the high end of the fiber-eating spectrum ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Prevent Travelers’ Diarrhea January 11, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- A vacation or business trip to a developing country can lead to a nasty case of travelers' diarrhea -- if you're not careful. The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases offers this advice on what to avoid during travel to developing nations: Drinking ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Nurture Your Emotional Health as a Cancer Patient January 11, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- If you have cancer, it is important to take care of your emotional health, too, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. A positive outlook has been linked to a lower risk of disease and injury, a better immune system, longer life and greater work ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Jan. 10, 2019 January 11, 2019 - Doctors Question State Lawsuits Over Pelvic Mesh Products Chocolates, Candies May be Contaminated With Hepatitis A: FDA E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce Is Over: CDCPolice to Collect DNA From Male Workers at Phoenix Facility Where Comatose Woman Gave Birth
  • Are You Sabotaging Your Sex Life? January 11, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Research confirms that a good sex life is a key to strong feelings of intimacy and satisfaction for both partners in a relationship. Yet for many, sex goes by the wayside, often because of life's demands, from the boss at the office to ... Read more »
  • Fiber: It’s Not Just for Adults January 11, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You know how important fiber is for overall health, making meals more filling and staying "regular." But did you know that children need their fair share of fiber, too? And for the same reasons. How much is enough? In general, the U.S. Institute ... Read more »
  • Foot Stools Move Human Stool Along January 11, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A simple potty stool under your feet might help cure constipation, researchers say. "These toilet stools became popular through things like viral videos and social media, but there was really no medical evidence to show whether or not they are effective," said researcher ... Read more »
  • Many Female Health Care Workers Make Poverty-Level Wages: Study January 11, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Every day they help feed, bathe and care for the frailest Americans. But female health care workers in the United States often get shortchanged on wages and health insurance, a new study finds. In fact, about one-third of female health care workers made ... Read more »
  • AHA: Breastfeeding May Help a Mom’s Heart January 11, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- Studies have long touted the benefits of breastfeeding for infants, including stronger immune systems and lower risk for asthma, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. But babies aren't the only ones benefiting: Nursing also appears to provide health benefits for moms. Research suggests ... Read more »
  • Faulty Sperm May Explain Recurring Miscarriages January 11, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A series of miscarriages may signal that a man's sperm is not up to par, new British research suggests. The findings could lead to new treatments to reduce the risk of miscarriage, said researchers at Imperial College London. "Traditionally, doctors have focused attention ... Read more »
  • Prescription Opioids May Raise Pneumonia Risk January 11, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People who take prescription opioid painkillers are at increased risk for pneumonia, especially those with HIV, a new study suggests. The findings support concerns that prescription opioids can weaken the immune system. Doctors who prescribe opioids need to reduce patients' risk of pneumonia ... Read more »
  • Common Heart, Diabetes Meds May Help Ease Mental Illness January 11, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new study is raising the question of whether certain cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes drugs could help manage mental illnesses like schizophrenia. The findings come from a study of over 142,000 Swedish patients with serious mental illnesses -- including schizophrenia and bipolar ... Read more »
  • AI Beats Humans at Detecting Cervical Precancers January 11, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many women in developing countries lack access to advanced screening for cervical cancer. But researchers say a new "AI" technique might help. The technique relies on photos and computer artificial intelligence to identify changes that may lead to cervical cancer. Catching these changes ... Read more »
  • Even a Little Exercise May Help Cancer Patients Live Longer January 11, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise before and after a cancer diagnosis significantly improves odds of survival, a new study finds. Among more than 5,800 U.S. patients with a range of early- to late-stage cancers, those who exercised three or four times a week before and after ... Read more »
  • Millennials’ Odds for Depression Rise With Social Media Use January 11, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Millennials struggling with depression aren't being helped by their use of Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat, a new study reports. College students who meet the criteria for major depressive disorder tend to use social media more often and are more heavily addicted to social ... Read more »
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients Get Short Shrift in ERs January 11, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients say they aren't taken seriously when they arrive in hospital emergency rooms, a new study finds. It included 282 people with diagnosed CFS who completed an online questionnaire. Of those, only 59 percent had gone to the ... Read more »
  • Fatal Drug ODs Soaring Among Middle-Aged Women: CDC January 11, 2019 - THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The rate at which middle-aged American women die from overdoses involving opioids and other drugs nearly quadrupled between 1999 and 2017, new government data shows. In 1999, about seven out of every 100,000 deaths among U.S. women aged 30 to 64 was caused ... Read more »
  • Many Medical Marijuana Patients Drive While High January 11, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana may help the thousands of Americans who use it, but far too many of these folks are getting behind the wheel while high, new research shows. In a poll of medical marijuana patients in Michigan, more than half acknowledged having driven ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding Ingrown Hairs January 10, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- An ingrown hair occurs when a strand of hair grows back into the skin, usually after shaving, waxing or tweezing. Symptoms of ingrown hair, according to the Cleveland Clinic, include: Skin irritation Small bumps with hairs in the middle on the face and neck Pain Itching In ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Foster Healthy Hair Habits for Kids January 10, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Children should be taught how to wash their hair without damaging it, the American Academy of Dermatology says. Improper washing can damage the hair and even lead to hair loss, the academy adds. It offers these suggestions for proper hair washing: Wet hair and scalp with warm ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Jan. 9, 2019 January 10, 2019 - Police to Collect DNA From Male Workers at Phoenix Facility Where Comatose Woman Gave Birth Measles Outbreak in New York State Largest in Recent History AI Technology Detects Genetic Diseases Using Facial Photos
  • Ways to Eat Well Without Breaking the Bank January 10, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Is your budget at odds with your desire to eat healthy? Seafood, lean cuts of meat and fresh produce can be pricey, but there are many foods that let you stretch your shopping dollars. At about 15 cents each, protein-rich eggs are a ... Read more »
  • Take a Stand Against Too Much Sitting at Work January 10, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- We know that the amount of sitting Americans do is now considered a health threat. Researchers estimate that the average adult spends more than 8 hours a day being sedentary, and it's not just all that time spent in front of the TV. ... Read more »
  • Are Workers Who Sing Together Happier Employees? January 10, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's a novel idea, but joining a choir at work might lower your stress levels while on the job, a new British study suggests. It included 58 people who were part of workplace choirs in different organizations. They completed questionnaires that assessed their ... Read more »
  • Getting Flu Shot During Hospital Stay Is a Safe Bet January 10, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many doctors may worry about giving their hospital patients a flu shot, but a new study suggests they can relax. "We know rates of inpatient flu vaccination are low, often due to physician concerns that the vaccine could complicate healing or delay hospital ... Read more »
  • AHA: Blood Pressure May Explain Higher Dementia Risk in Blacks January 10, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- Older black adults with high blood pressure, and especially black men, show more severe cognitive declines than white adults who have high blood pressure, according to new research. The University of Michigan-led study published Wednesday in the American Heart Association's journal Hypertension, ... Read more »
  • Animal Study Suggests Ritalin Won’t Harm the Heart January 10, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Ritalin, a widely used stimulant drug to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), likely poses no risk of heart damage in children, new research in monkeys suggests. The findings are "very reassuring," said the study's principal investigator, Dr. Steven Lipshultz. Each year, more than 1.8 ... Read more »
  • Sleep Patterns May Offer Clues to Alzheimer’s January 10, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Poor sleep is common among Alzheimer's patients, and researchers say they're beginning to understand why. Scientists studied 119 people aged 60 and older. Eighty percent had no thinking or memory problems, while the rest had only mild problems. The researchers found that participants ... Read more »
  • See Who’s More Likely to Share Fake News January 10, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 9 percent of Americans shared fake news in 2016, but seniors were far more likely to do so than young adults, a new study finds. "Despite widespread interest in the fake news phenomenon, we know very little about who actually shares ... Read more »
  • Cancer Patients May Face Greater Risk of Shingles January 10, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Newly diagnosed cancer patients may be at increased risk for the painful skin condition shingles, a new study finds. Experts say development of new vaccines might help prevent shingles in cancer patients. The study, of about 240,000 cancer patients in Australia from 2006 ... Read more »
  • Drug May Delay MS Disability for Some January 10, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- An immune system drug may help prevent or slow complications in a type of multiple sclerosis known as secondary progressive MS, a new study finds. The medication is called rituximab (Rituxan). It's used to treat a number of conditions, including certain blood cell ... Read more »
  • At Risk for an Opioid OD? There’s an App for That January 10, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Drug users suffering an opioid overdose might soon have access to an unusual lifeline -- a smartphone app. University of Washington researchers have developed an app that can detect when a person's breathing dangerously slows or stops. The Second Chance app accurately detected ... Read more »
  • Wider Waistlines, Smaller Brains? January 10, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people tend to show shrinkage in their brain tissue by middle age -- especially if the extra pounds are concentrated in the belly, a new study suggests. The study, of more than 9,600 U.K. adults, found that those who were obese typically ... Read more »
  • Friends’ Vaping Could Pose Danger to Kids With Asthma January 10, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Add another danger that e-cigarettes pose to teenagers: A new study finds secondhand exposure to vaping may raise the chances of asthma attacks in adolescents with the respiratory condition. Middle school and high school students with asthma were 27 percent more likely to ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Don’t Let Travel Inhibit Exercise January 9, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Traveling on vacation or for business shouldn't interfere with getting enough exercise, the U.S. National Institute on Aging advises. Here are the agency's suggestions for staying in shape while away from home: Pack your workout clothing and shoes. If you're traveling by car, stop frequently along the ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: When a Child’s Adenoids Act Up January 9, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Adenoids are a patch of tissue that are located high in the throat just behind the nose, the National Library of Medicine says. Along with the tonsils, they're part of the body's lymphatic system that's responsible for inhibiting infections and keeping bodily fluids in balance. By age ... Read more »
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  • A Better Way to Look at Food January 9, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A "low-energy-dense food diet" sounds like just another weight loss fad, but it's an approach with decades of research behind it. The concept is simple: Eat more foods with a higher water content to get more volume for fewer calories. Energy density is ... Read more »
  • Creating a Home Gym on the Cheap January 9, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A state-of-the-art home gym might not just be beyond the scope of your budget, it also might be beyond the scope of available space. But don't rule out this convenient fitness option so fast. According to the American Council on Exercise, if you ... Read more »
  • Thyroid Surgery Complications Can Land Some Back in the Hospital January 9, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid can trigger side effects that send some patients back to the hospital, a new study finds. These side effects include tingling in the fingers that can become tremors and spasms in all muscles of ... Read more »
  • Too Few Women Are Getting Cervical Cancer Screening January 9, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The number of women in the United States who are getting the recommended screenings for cervical cancer is "unacceptably low," researchers say. In 2016, just over half of U.S. women aged 21 to 29 and less than two-thirds of women aged 30 to ... Read more »
  • Even Older Drugs Are Getting Steep Price Hikes, Study Finds January 9, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's a common belief that rising drug prices are due to the high cost of cutting-edge medications, with manufacturers charging a bundle to make back development expenses for their new products. But drug companies have also been steadily hiking prices on older brand-name ... Read more »
  • AHA: Cardiac Arrest Survivor Reunites With Bystanders Who Saved Him January 9, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- On a Monday in August, Steve Regier came home early from his office to prepare for a conference call later at home in Wichita, Kan. Needing a break from a day of meetings, he decided to squeeze in a run. With the ... Read more »
  • Space Travel Won’t Turn Germs Into Superbugs January 9, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the terrifying plot lines of many a sci-fi film, there's no need to worry that germs in space might transform into ferocious, malevolent microbes that threaten the human race. Quite the opposite, new research reveals. The harsh conditions of galactic travel don't ... Read more »
  • Skeletons Mature Earlier Now, Affecting Orthopedic Treatments January 9, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say children's skeletons are maturing sooner than they did early in the 20th century, and this could affect the timing of certain orthopedic treatments. Girls are reaching full skeletal maturity nearly 10 months earlier and boys nearly seven months earlier, according to ... Read more »
  • As Medical Marketing Soars, Is Regulation Needed? January 9, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Turn on prime-time TV and you'll likely see a pitch for arthritis or impotence pills, and maybe a cancer center. Advertisers spent nearly $10 billion marketing prescription drugs and medical services to the American public in 2016 -- five times what they doled ... Read more »
  • Teens Who Hurt Themselves More Likely to Hurt Others January 9, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who harm themselves are three times more likely to commit violent crimes than those who don't, a new study reveals. "We know that some individuals who self-harm also inflict harm on others," said study author Leah Richmond-Rakerd, from Duke University. "What has ... Read more »
  • What Makes for a Good Nursing Home? January 9, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Families of nursing home residents are more likely to be satisfied with facilities that have higher staffing levels and are nonprofits, a new study finds. "The findings show that facility-level factors associated with higher family satisfaction are rather similar to the ones we ... Read more »
  • Hearing Aid Upkeep Often Out of Reach for the Poor January 9, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're poor, you'll likely have less success with your hearing aid, a new study finds. A survey of more than 1,100 Medicare recipients with hearing aids found that 27 percent of low-income users still had a lot of trouble hearing. That compared ... Read more »
  • U.S. Cancer Deaths Continue to Decline January 9, 2019 - TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past 25 years, the number of Americans who have died from cancer has dropped dramatically, though racial and economic disparities persist, a new study reveals. Between 1991 and 2016, deaths from cancer dropped 27 percent. In real numbers, that's almost 2.6 ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Job-Related Chemical Exposure Through the Skin January 8, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Some 13 million workers in the United States may be exposed to hazardous chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin, the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) says. This type of exposure may lead to contact dermatitis (eczema), skin cancer and skin infection ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Some Cake Decorations Shouldn’t Be Eaten January 8, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Some decorations sold for use on birthday cakes may not be what parents wish for, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Some decorative glitters and dusts may contain ingredients that shouldn't be eaten, the agency says. They're marketed as luster dust, disco dust, twinkle dust, sparkle ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Jan. 7, 2019 January 8, 2019 - 'Sonic Attacks' on U.S. Embassy Staff in Cuba May Have Been Crickets Swedish Patient Does Not Have Ebola Strong Tobacco Sales Rules May Reduce Teen Smoking: Study
  • Get Smart About Storing Seafood January 8, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With concerns about overfishing, it's shocking to learn that 40 percent of the edible U.S. seafood supply is lost or wasted every year -- and half of that is by consumers. That's not only money down the drain, but also a loss of ... Read more »
  • Why It’s Important to Boost Baby’s Vocabulary Now January 8, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- We know that early learning can set up a child for success. A study done by researchers at Penn State University found out just how early that learning should start -- by age 2. For this study, parents filled out surveys about how ... Read more »
  • Suicide Risk Rises Following Cancer Diagnosis January 8, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A cancer diagnosis can be tough to take, and a new study finds many patients contemplate suicide. That risk is most pronounced in the year following the diagnosis, researchers reported. The risk for suicide among newly diagnosed cancer patients also varies by the ... Read more »
  • Stroke, Heart Events Can Sideline You From Work January 8, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- After having a stroke, heart attack or cardiac arrest, people are less likely to be employed than their healthy peers, new research shows. Even if they are working, they may earn significantly less than people who haven't had a stroke or heart event, ... Read more »
  • AHA: Could Phosphate Additives in Foods Make You Less Active? January 8, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- A new study suggests that high levels of inorganic phosphate -- a preservative widely used in certain sodas, packaged meats and other processed foods -- may be a reason why the U.S. population isn't as physically active as it used to be. ... Read more »
  • Does Alzheimer’s Unfold Differently in Black Patients? January 8, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Alzheimer's disease may be twice as common in black Americans as in whites, and scientists don't really know why. But new research uncovers a clue that suggests that diagnosing the brain-robbing disease may not be the same for these two populations. The study ... Read more »
  • Experts Outline Down Syndrome’s Developmental Milestones January 8, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of kids with Down syndrome often worry whether their children can develop life skills, but new research suggests that the picture is far from bleak. "More and more parents are opting for prenatal testing during their pregnancies, and if they learn about ... Read more »
  • Job Insecurity May Take a Toll on Your Heart January 8, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Losing a job or taking a big pay cut is hard on more than just your checkbook -- it might drastically increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure or death. A new study finds that people who endure large swings in ... Read more »
  • Radiation Doses From CT Scans Vary Widely January 8, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- CT scans diagnose many serious conditions and illnesses, but they expose patients to levels of radiation that aren't always consistent and may be harmful, a new study finds. The large differences in the doses of radiation patients are exposed to appear to be ... Read more »
  • U.S. Leads Health Care Spending Among Richer Nations, But Gets Less January 8, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Higher costs, not better patient care, explain why the United States spends much more on health care than other developed countries, a new study indicates. U.S. health care spending was $9,892 per person in 2016. That was about 25 percent more than second-place ... Read more »
  • Trying Whole30 Diet? Watch Out for Weight Regain January 8, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Thinking of eating healthier in 2019? Kickstarting with the Whole30 diet may be a good choice, a dietitian suggests. But you have to be careful when you start a diet that restricts foods. These diets can be risky, according to Ohio State's Lori ... Read more »
  • Flu Shot Crucial for Those With COPD January 8, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a flu shot can be a lifesaver. But many of the millions with the lung condition don't get it, researchers report. COPD causes inflammation in the lungs and it can flare up when triggered ... Read more »
  • ‘Meaningful’ Activities May Mean Healthier Old Age January 8, 2019 - MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who find meaning in their daily activities may remain in better health as they age, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when middle-aged and older adults felt their days held meaningful activities, they tended to report better health and well-being ... Read more »
  • Physical Therapy Can Keep Sports Injuries at Bay January 7, 2019 - SUNDAY, Jan. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Physical therapy helps people recover from sports injuries, but it also can help prevent them, an expert says. This approach, called proactive physical therapy, can help correct imbalances in amateur and professional athletes that can increase the risk of injury, according to Dean ... Read more »
  • Persistent Cough May Mean See Your Doctor January 6, 2019 - SATURDAY, Jan. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- After suffering through a cold, many people still have a persistent cough -- but why? According to Dr. Jonathan Parsons, director of the Asthma Center at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, here are some reasons for a continuing cough: Coughing is protective. ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Getting the Flu If You Have Cancer January 5, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- If you have had cancer, you are at a higher risk for developing flu-related complications, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC offers the following flu prevention tips: If you are 65 or older, get the high-dose flu vaccine, which contains four times ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Care for Your Incision After Surgery January 5, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- As you recover from surgery, it is important to take care of your incision to minimize the risks of infection or excessive scarring, the American Academy of Family Physicians says. The academy urges you to call your doctor if your wound opens up, turns red or bleeds ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Jan. 4, 2019 January 5, 2019 - Swedish Hospital Patient Might Have Ebola Social Media Tied to Depression in Teens, Especially Girls
  • Catching Up on News About Catch-Up Sleep January 5, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Missing out on needed sleep can bring a host of health woes, including diabetes because a lack of sleep affects insulin levels. It also leaves you less alert and less able to focus. And get only four or five hours of sleep a ... Read more »
  • Working Out Your Exercise Schedule January 5, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The number of weekly recommended workout sessions can really add up. With five or more periods of cardio, and two or three each of strength training, flexibility and motor skills for balance and agility, it's inevitable that you'll need to do more than ... Read more »
  • Postpartum Opioid Rx May Lead to Persistent Use: Study January 5, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers who take opioid painkillers after either vaginal birth or cesarean section may be at increased risk of becoming persistent users, a new study finds. Researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville examined data from more than 102,000 new mothers in Tennessee. None ... Read more »
  • Decoding Newborn’s DNA Could Pinpoint Hidden Risks January 5, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A program that maps out the genes of newborns has allowed researchers to identify risks for some inherited childhood conditions, many of which can be prevented. The so-called BabySeq Project discovered that slightly more than 9 percent of infants carry genes that put ... Read more »
  • As You Age, Alcohol May Be Harder to Handle January 5, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors may be more vulnerable to alcoholism, a psychologist warns. "As we age, it takes longer for the body to break down alcohol. It stays in the system longer. Tolerance also decreases. Excessive drinking can compromise your immune system and can lead to ... Read more »
  • 1 in 10 Adults Have Food Allergies, But Twice as Many Think They Do January 5, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than 10 percent of U.S. adults have a food allergy -- and nearly double that believe they do, a new study estimates. Researchers found that 19 percent of those surveyed thought they had a food allergy. But when the investigators dug into ... Read more »
  • Listen Up! Hearing Loss Tied to Late-Life Depression January 5, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Hearing loss among seniors is not always recognized and treated, but if it were it might help head off late-life depression, a new report suggests. Older people who suffer from hearing loss have a high risk for depression, and the greater the hearing ... Read more »
  • Use of Common Epilepsy Drug in Pregnancy Tied to ADHD in Kids January 5, 2019 - FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When a woman with epilepsy uses the anti-seizure drug valproate during a pregnancy, the odds that her baby will go on to develop ADHD rise, a new study suggests. The Danish report can't prove that valproate causes attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in these cases, ... Read more »