• Health Tip: Help Prevent Bone Fractures July 21, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- More than 53 million people in the United States have osteoporosis or are at higher risk due to low bone mass, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. If you're at greater risk of osteoporosis, how can you reduce your chances of developing a bone fracture? Here ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Treating Spider Bites July 21, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Most spider bites do not fully penetrate human skin, so they tend to only cause a mild reaction. But if the bite is from a brown recluse spider or a black widow, it will cause a much more serious reaction that requires immediate care, the Nemours Foundation ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 20, 2018 July 21, 2018 - EPA Should Boost Oversight of State Drinking Water Systems: Report Salmonella Outbreak in 26 States Linked to Raw Turkey Products
  • Tibsovo Approved for Acute Myeloid Leukemia July 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Tibsovo (ivosidenib) tablets have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) among people with a defective IDH1 gene. "The use of Tibsovo is associated with a complete remission in some patients and ... Read more »
  • AHA: ER Visits, Hospitalizations for AFib on the Rise July 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Emergency room visits for atrial fibrillation are soaring. Added to the number of people admitted to the hospital for the condition, it's contributing to "an alarming growth" in its economic burden to the country, according to a new study. Annual visits to ... Read more »
  • Money Matters July 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Money can't buy you love, but it can come between you and your spouse if you don't have open conversations about it. According to a poll of more than 1,300 Americans, couples who regularly talk about money -- as often as once a ... Read more »
  • Could Botox Cousin Combat the Opioid Epidemic? July 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A modified type of botulinum toxin -- botox -- gave mice long-term pain relief and may someday be a safer alternative to opioids as a treatment for chronic pain, according to British researchers. They "deconstructed" the botulinum molecule and reassembled it with an ... Read more »
  • Study Confirms Added Cancer Risk for Diabetics, Especially Women July 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The increased risk of cancer in people with diabetes is higher for women than men, a new study finds. Previous research identified the link between diabetes and cancer risk, but this study looked at whether that risk differs between men and women. The ... Read more »
  • Later-Life Fractures Up Risk of Early Death July 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A broken bone in older age may increase your risk of death for the next 10 years, researchers say. "A fracture is the starting point for much wider health issues that persist long after the fracture has healed, and can ultimately result in ... Read more »
  • Daily Low-Dose Aspirin May Be Weapon Against Ovarian Cancer July 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One low-dose aspirin a day could help women avoid ovarian cancer or boost their survival should it develop, two new studies suggest. In fact, daily low-dose aspirin -- the type many older women already take to help their hearts -- was tied to ... Read more »
  • Could Diet Soda Help Curb Colon Cancer’s Return? July 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that colon cancer patients who regularly drink diet sodas have a much lower risk of their tumor coming back, or of dying from the cancer. In a study funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute, researchers tracked outcomes for ... Read more »
  • Green Spaces a Mental Balm for City Dwellers July 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A splash of green in an urban landscape can lift the spirits of city residents, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed the mental health of people who lived within a quarter-mile of vacant lots in Philadelphia before and after those lots were converted ... Read more »
  • FDA Warns of Deaths Tied to Tainted Synthetic Pot July 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Synthetic marijuana products contaminated with an ingredient found in rat poison have caused several deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations in the United States recently, federal health officials report. The contaminant -- a blood thinner called brodifacoum -- can cause severe bleeding and has ... Read more »
  • ‘Fat-Freeze’ Complication May Be More Common Than Thought July 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fat-freezing is touted as a noninvasive way to shed "love handles," but it's riskier than previously believed, Florida plastic surgeons warn. After the procedure, about one in 138 patients develops hardened lumps of fat at the treatment site, according to a small, new ... Read more »
  • Ebola Antibodies Show Protection Potential in Animal Studies July 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Two types of antibodies from the blood of Ebola survivors protected animals against strains of the virus that cause deadly infections in people, researchers report. It may be possible to use these antibodies to create a treatment for Ebola, the researchers said. The ... Read more »
  • When ‘Good’ Cholesterol Is Bad for Older Women July 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- HDL cholesterol may be known as the "good" kind, but a new study suggests high levels of it are not always a good thing for women after menopause. The study, of nearly 1,400 postmenopausal women, found that those with higher HDL levels were ... Read more »
  • Bayer Stops U.S. Sale of Essure Birth Control Implant July 21, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Amid lawsuits and plummeting sales for its Essure birth control device, drug giant Bayer announced Friday that it would cease U.S. sales of the product by the end of 2018. "This decision is based on a decline in U.S. sales of Essure in ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Prevent Bed Bugs at Home July 20, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Bed bugs are excellent at hiding in the seams of chairs, in and around the bed and in the folds of cushions, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. The agency suggests how to prevent bed bug infestation at home: Check secondhand furniture for any signs of ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Treating Heat-Related Illness July 20, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- High summer temperatures pose a particular risk for the elderly, the National Institute on Aging says. Because of poor circulation and other factors, older people typically are at greater risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion. The agency offers this "to-do" ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 18, 2018 July 20, 2018 - Salmonella Outbreak in 26 States Linked to Raw Turkey Products For CDC Director, Opioid Crisis Hits Close to Home Controversial New Arizona Law OKs Use of Frozen Embryos After Divorce Novartis Freezes U.S. Drug Prices EPA Revises Coal Ash Handling Rules Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad
  • Selecting a Personal Trainer July 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A personal trainer can design an exercise program to meet your fitness goals, keep you motivated and adapt your training as you progress. But your first step is finding a qualified professional. While there aren't any national standards or minimum requirements for someone ... Read more »
  • Adding or Switching Diabetes Drugs Can Put Patients at Risk: Study July 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Using sulfonylurea drugs with or instead of metformin to control blood sugar increases type 2 diabetics' risk of serious complications, a new study finds. Metformin is a first-line treatment for type 2 diabetes, meaning it is the first drug that will be tried. ... Read more »
  • E-Cigarettes, Nicotine Patch During Pregnancy May Hike SIDS Risk July 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Using any form of nicotine during pregnancy or while nursing may raise a baby's risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), new animal research suggests. The findings indicate that nicotine patches or electronic cigarettes may not be a safe alternative to cigarettes during ... Read more »
  • U.S. Deaths From Liver Disease Rising Rapidly July 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Great Recession continues to take a grim toll: Since 2009, a growing number of Americans have died from liver disease and liver cancer. The increase among 25- to 34-year-olds is especially troubling because the deaths are due to cirrhosis, a disease caused ... Read more »
  • Your Earliest Memories May Be False July 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Can you trust your very first childhood memories? Maybe not, a new study suggests. People's earliest memories are typically formed around 3 to 3.5 years of age, past research has shown. But in a survey of more than 6,600 people, British scientists found ... Read more »
  • Cancer Survival Drops With Complementary Therapy: Study July 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with curable cancers who try "complementary therapy" often refuse some part of standard care. And they may die as a result, researchers say. U.S. cancer patients increasingly use complementary medicine -- a combination of standard care along with therapies that fall outside ... Read more »
  • Adrenaline Shot Can Save Lives After Heart Stops, But at a Heavy Price July 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An adrenaline shot can restart your heart if it suddenly stops beating, but a new trial shows that chances are you might not return to much of a life if you survive. People who suffered cardiac arrest and were resuscitated with adrenaline had ... Read more »
  • In the ICU, Patients’ Relatives Often Mum About Care Concerns July 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many family members of intensive care unit (ICU) patients are reluctant to tell medical staff of worries about their loved one's care, a new study finds. "Speaking up is a key component of safety culture, yet our study -- the first to our ... Read more »
  • More U.S. Teens Shunning Drugs, Alcohol July 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Over the last four decades, more American teenagers have decided to say no to drugs and alcohol, a new report shows. "There has been a steady increase in the proportion of students graduating high school who report never having tried alcohol, marijuana, tobacco ... Read more »
  • Affected by the Valsartan Heart Drug Recall? Here’s What to Do July 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week that certain brands of blood pressure medicines contained a carcinogen and were being recalled, many patients may wonder what's next for their cardiovascular care. The FDA said it mandated the recall because valsartan ... Read more »
  • Where Are Opioid Painkillers Prescribed the Most? July 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A close look at U.S. congressional districts has yielded new information about the opioid crisis: The highest rates of prescriptions for opioid painkillers are in the Southeast, Appalachia and the rural West. Focusing on prescribing rates for opioids like Oxycontin in congressional districts ... Read more »
  • Air Pollution at National Parks Keeps Visitors Away July 20, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fresh air is in short supply at U.S. national parks, a new study shows. Researchers found that from 1990 to 2014, average concentrations of ozone air pollution in 33 of the nation's largest national parks were the same as in the 20 largest ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Performing the Heimlich Maneuver July 19, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Choking is the 4th-leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States, the National Safety Council says. The Heimlich maneuver is an effective way to help a person who is choking, but is not recommended for children under age 1. Here are the agency's suggestions for ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Use Tampons Safely July 19, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Tampons -- cylindrical devices used to stem a woman's menstrual flow -- are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as medical devices. The FDA offers these tips for safe tampon use: Follow all directions on the product's label. Wash hands before and after use. Only ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 18, 2018 July 19, 2018 - Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad First Blood Test for Melanoma Bill Gates Pushes Effort to Improve Alzheimer's Diagnosis States Find Workaround to Health Insurance Subsidy Cuts
  • The Latest on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome July 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Illnesses that lack exact testing methods can be difficult to diagnose, treat and live with, both physically and emotionally. Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is one such disease. Until recently, it was very poorly understood or even acknowledged. But after 9,000 studies, the ... Read more »
  • Nitrates in Meat May Be Tied to Mania: Study July 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Chemicals used to cure meats like salami and hot dogs may be linked to a mood disorder called mania, researchers report. Those chemicals, known as nitrates, are frequently added to processed meats to prevent bacteria growth. "There's growing evidence that germs in the ... Read more »
  • Could an Early Supper Lower Breast, Prostate Cancer Risk? July 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Having a late dinner and heading straight to bed may boost your risk of breast or prostate cancer, a new study suggests. Spanish researchers analyzed data from 621 prostate cancer patients and 1,205 breast cancer patients, as well as 872 men and 1,321 ... Read more »
  • AHA: Vaping Tied to Blood Clots — in Mice July 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- A new study involving mice raises another concern about the danger of e-cigarettes in humans after experiments showed that short-term exposure to the device's vapors appeared to increase the risk of clot formation. A higher risk of clots forming can lead to ... Read more »
  • Resetting E-Prescriptions for Opioids Helps Curb Use: Study July 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Lowering the default number of opioid painkillers in electronic prescription systems reduced overall use of the drugs, a new study finds. In electronic medical-record systems, prescriptions have a default number of pills. It's been suggested that reducing this number may help curb the ... Read more »
  • More Pregnant Women Having Heart Attacks July 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Few women consider the scary possibility that they might suffer a heart attack during or right after their pregnancy, but a new report shows it has become a more common reality in recent years. Along with the fact that women are having children ... Read more »
  • Pain, Sleeplessness Often Precede MS: Study July 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Pain, sleep problems and mental health disorders are common in the five years before someone is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a new study reveals. Knowing about these symptoms could help doctors diagnose and start treating MS earlier, possibly slowing the damage it causes ... Read more »
  • Top of Teachers’ To-Do List: Focus on the Positives July 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Students gain when teachers focus on positive behavior. So say British researchers who examined the impact of a program designed to train teachers to build strong social relationships with their students. They're encouraged to ignore minor bad behavior, and acknowledge good behavior. The ... Read more »
  • It’s Called Kombucha. But Is It Good for You? July 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fizzy, fermented kombucha tea is the hot new health drink. But experts say it's not clear whether the bacteria-laden beverage lives up to all of its health claims. Proponents say kombucha's powerful probiotics can help improve digestion, promote your immune response and reduce ... Read more »
  • Does Dirty Air Cancel Out the Benefits of Exercise? July 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone knows that exercise is good for your heart, but what if your only option is to run or walk through smoggy city streets? Does it still pay off in the long run? Yes, contends a nearly 20-year study. "Air pollution isn't an ... Read more »
  • Does a Woman’s Childbearing History Affect Her Alzheimer’s Risk? July 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A woman's pregnancy history may predict her risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. "We found that women who had given birth to five or more children were 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than women who gave birth to ... Read more »
  • Longest Study Yet Finds Adult Kids of Lesbian Moms Are Doing Fine July 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults raised by lesbian moms show the same mental well-being as those who grew up with heterosexual parents, a new study suggests. The findings, published in the July 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, come from the largest, longest-running ... Read more »
  • Supplement May Ease the Pain of Sickle Cell Disease July 19, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An FDA-approved supplement reduces episodes of severe pain in people with sickle cell disease, a new clinical trial shows. Endari, a medicine-grade version of the dietary supplement L-glutamine, reduced sickle cell patients' number of acute pain crises by 25 percent compared with a ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: What’s the Difference Between Delirium and Dementia? July 18, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Delirium is a significant change in mental status, usually occurring during times of illness or stress, Health in Aging.org says. Delirium -- typically characterized by difficulty concentrating, changes in behavior or temperament, and an abrupt change in a person's activity level -- may be difficult to distinguish ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Care For an Incision After Surgery July 18, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- The last thing you want to do after surgery is develop an infection. So caring for a surgical wound is of prime importance. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions: Follow your doctor's instructions about when and how often you should change the surgical bandage, ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 17, 2018 July 18, 2018 - Some Prescription Drugs May Become Available Without Seeing a Doctor: FDA Steep Rise Seen in U.S. Liver Cancer Deaths Antibiotics Overprescribed at Urgent Care Clinics First Smallpox Drug Approved by FDA
  • 4 Rules to Avoid Regaining Lost Weight July 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Have you reached your ideal weight? Congratulations! You're halfway to winning the weight loss battle. The next phase, maintaining that loss, requires a different mindset. Think of it as a new permanent diet, not a return to your old way of eating, which ... Read more »
  • As Ticks Reach Record Numbers, Take Precautions July 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As the tick population surges across the United States this summer, one doctor says the best way to avoid being infected with the nasty illnesses the tiny bugs carry is to wear protective clothing and to check your body thoroughly after every trip ... Read more »
  • Animal Cruelty May Indicate Child Abuse July 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children who abuse animals may have been abused themselves, a new study suggests. Kids aged 10 and up who intentionally hurt animals are two to three times more likely to have been abused than kids who treat animals with respect, said the British ... Read more »
  • Brain Scans Yield More Clues to Autism July 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism show abnormalities in a deep brain circuit that typically makes socializing enjoyable, a new study finds. Using MRI brain scans, researchers found that kids with autism showed differences in the structure and function of a brain circuit called the mesolimbic ... Read more »
  • AHA: Protect Your Heart and Health During ‘Dog Days’ of Summer July 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Summer is a time for barbecues and other outdoor fun, but it's also a time for sweltering heat. And experts say everyone, especially the elderly and very young, need to know how to limit the potentially deadly effects of high temperatures. The ... Read more »
  • New MRI Test May Predict Severity of MS July 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with multiple sclerosis (MS) often live with uncertainty because it's hard to predict how quickly the disease will progress and how disabling it might become. But researchers hope a new MRI test that tracks iron levels in the brain will help answer ... Read more »
  • Ancient Bread Remnants Predate Early Agriculture July 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Recently discovered remains of 14,400-year-old bread are the oldest ever found and predate the dawn of agriculture by at least 4,000 years, researchers report. Charred remnants of a flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers were found at an archaeological site in northeastern Jordan known as ... Read more »
  • Food Allergies Less Severe in Infants: Study July 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A severe allergic reaction to food is much less serious in infants than in toddlers and older children, a new study concludes. "We found that infants, unlike older children, have a low-severity food-induced anaphylaxis, which should come as reassuring news to parents who ... Read more »
  • If It Isn’t Real Meat, Say So: Survey July 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans believe lab-grown meat should be labeled as different from conventional meat, a new survey finds. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a public meeting last week on the safety of such products, also called synthetic or cultured meat. The results ... Read more »
  • Jury Still Out on Probiotics July 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Probiotics have become a trendy dietary supplement, with more and more people popping bacteria-laden capsules to try to improve their gut health. But these supplements could harm some patients, and researchers have done a poor job tracking their safety, a new review argues. ... Read more »
  • Can Smartphones Trigger ADHD Symptoms in Teens? July 18, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers who constantly use their smartphones may have a heightened risk of developing symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a new study suggests. The findings offer a look at a question many parents may have: Can those ubiquitous digital devices -- and their constant pull ... Read more »
  • Hidden Blood in Feces May Signal Deadly Conditions July 18, 2018 - MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even if it's not visible to the naked eye, blood in the stool can be serious -- a sign of a potentially fatal disease other than colon cancer, new research suggests. This could include circulatory, respiratory, digestive, blood, hormonal or neuropsychological diseases, the ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Map Your Way to Better Health July 17, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Today's ever-stressful lifestyles demand techniques to cultivate your healthiest self. The American Heart Association suggests these healthier habits: Sleep well, since getting a good night's sleep helps improve eating habits, mood and memory. Add yoga or meditation to your life. Finding coping methods, such as a brisk ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Take Care of Yourself During Radiation Therapy July 17, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Radiation therapy to help fight cancer may be physically and emotionally draining. It's important to get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy and balanced diet and to stay as healthy as possible during your treatments. The American Cancer Society recommends: Get enough sleep. This may include naps ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 16, 2018 July 17, 2018 - Antibiotics Overprescribed at Urgent Care Clinics First Smallpox Drug Approved by FDA Illnesses Linked to Venezuela Crab Meat: FDA E. Coli Found in Water at Tennessee Ziplining Facility
  • First Drug to Treat Smallpox Approved July 17, 2018 - MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- TPOXX (tecovirimat) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat smallpox. Though the contagious and often-deadly viral disease was considered eradicated by the World Health Organization in 1980, there are concerns that smallpox could be used in a terrorist ... Read more »
  • Obesity Adds to Burden of Traumatic Brain Injury July 17, 2018 - MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Suffering a serious traumatic brain injury can be a permanently disabling experience, but new research shows that obesity compounds the health problems survivors face in the years after their accident. "Achieving and maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity following ... Read more »
  • Many Gay Men Suffer Domestic Abuse: Study July 17, 2018 - MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a sobering finding that shows women aren't the only victims of domestic violence, researchers report that nearly half of men in same-sex couples have suffered some form of abuse at the hands of their partner. The study included 320 men in 160 ... Read more »
  • Vitamin D No Panacea for Brain Diseases July 17, 2018 - MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D does little to defend your brain against multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease, a new review shows. The finding is based on an analysis of more than 70 studies. "Our work counters an emerging belief held in some quarters suggesting ... Read more »
  • 551 Million Tons: How Many Bugs the World’s Birds Eat Each Year July 17, 2018 - MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you think birds just chirp merrily all day, consider this new finding: Worldwide, they eat up to 551 million tons of beetles, flies, ants, moths, aphids, grasshoppers, crickets and other insects every year. "The global population of insectivorous birds annually consumes as ... Read more »
  • AHA: Virtual Counseling Helps Lower Blood Pressure July 17, 2018 - MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- People with high blood pressure who get on the information highway can avoid roadblocks in their cardiovascular health, according to new research. The study found that adding online counseling to medical therapy helped lower high blood pressure and the estimated risk for ... Read more »
  • When Does Your Child’s Headache Call for a Doctor Visit? July 17, 2018 - MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Headaches are common in children and teens, but many parents aren't sure when to seek professional help for their child, a new survey finds. The survey of parents with children aged 6 to 18 found that two-thirds said their child has had a ... Read more »
  • On-the-Job Stress Relief July 17, 2018 - MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You've probably heard the health warning: Sitting is the new smoking. The importance of getting up and walking to prevent serious health issues when you sit at a desk all day long has gotten a lot of attention recently. Those health risks include ... Read more »
  • Smoking May Boost Irregular Heart Beat Risk July 17, 2018 - MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The more you smoke, the greater your chances of developing a common heart rhythm disorder that increases your risk of stroke and early death, researchers say. "If you smoke, stop smoking, and if you don't smoke, don't start," said study author Dagfinn Aune, ... Read more »
  • Opioids Given Too Easily to Children: Study July 17, 2018 - MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many children are prescribed powerful opioid painkillers they don't really need, putting them and those around them at risk, a new study shows. More than one in 10 kids enrolled in Tennessee's Medicaid program received an opioid prescription each year between 1999 and ... Read more »
  • Eczema Dramatically Impacts Quality of Life July 17, 2018 - MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Itching, blisters, sores and inflammation are a continuous and debilitating source of pain, shame and misery for many people who struggle with the allergic skin disease known as eczema, researchers say. And a new survey suggests that many of those battling moderate-to-severe eczema ... Read more »
  • Minor Cuts Are Simple to Treat July 16, 2018 - SUNDAY, July 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's no need to panic if you cut yourself with a knife or broken glass, one dermatologist says, since most cuts can be treated at home. "The most important thing to do is to gently wash the cut to prevent an infection," said ... Read more »
  • To Fend Off Migraines, Try Keeping a Headache Diary July 15, 2018 - SATURDAY, July 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A migraine diary may help you pinpoint -- and avoid -- headache triggers, a neurologist says. About 12 percent of people in the United States suffer from migraines, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. "A migraine can be debilitating and can impact daily ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding the Teenage Brain July 14, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- The brain is the most complex organ in the body. It's the center of learning, and is responsible for processing sensory information and directing the body's responses. The teen brain is still maturing, though it's more resilient, the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health says. The agency ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Microwave Safely July 14, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Microwave ovens, regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, should be safe to use without risking exposure to unhealthy amounts of radiation. Burns -- from hot containers, overheated food or boiling liquids -- are another story. The agency offers these tips to help ensure safer use ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 13, 2018 July 14, 2018 - Fake FDA Warning Letters Being Sent to Consumers Jury Awards $4.62 Billion in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit Heart Disease in Dogs May be Linked to Certain Pet Foods: FDA FDA Creates Task Force to Tackle Drug Shortages
  • A 3-Pronged Plan to Cut Type 2 Diabetes Risk July 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The type 2 diabetes tide remains unchecked in the United States, as does pre-diabetes -- having a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found that about ... Read more »
  • Can You Eat Your Way to Better Asthma Control? July 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Need another reason to eat healthy? New evidence bolsters the notion that nutritionally rich foods might help prevent or minimize asthma. While the study couldn't prove cause and effect, one asthma specialist said there's certainly no downside to eating better. "The health benefits ... Read more »
  • Brains May Be as Unique as Fingerprints July 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that no two brains are alike, as genetics and experience make their mark on your mind. "With our study, we were able to confirm that the structure of people's brains is very individual," said study author Lutz Jancke. He is ... Read more »
  • Where Snakebites Are Deadliest July 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Where you live in the world may determine whether you'll survive a snakebite. About 93 million people worldwide live in remote regions where there are venomous snakes. If bitten, these folks are at increased risk of death due to limited access to anti-venom ... Read more »
  • HPV Shot Eliminates Advanced Skin Cancer in 97-Year-Old July 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Two years ago, Ian McKenzie thought his mom's remaining days were dwindling. The 97-year-old woman had developed a severe case of what was thought to be an untreatable form of squamous cell carcinoma, the second leading form of skin cancer. Lesions had developed ... Read more »
  • AHA: Soccer Is Called the Beautiful Game, But Injuries Can Make It a Dangerous One July 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- With the final World Cup showdown this Sunday, frenzied fans have seen the best soccer has to offer. They've also seen some of the worst injuries the sport can inflict. While chasing down a ball during a game last month against Iran, ... Read more »
  • Many Young Kids Not Screened for Developmental Delays July 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors are supposed to screen young children to see if they're learning basic skills. But only 17 percent of kids get this critical testing in some places in the United States, a new study finds. Overall, fewer than one-third of U.S. children under ... Read more »
  • 1 in 9 U.S. Adults Over 45 Reports Memory Problems July 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're middle-aged and you think you're losing your memory, you're not alone, a new U.S. government report shows. In fact, one in nine Americans aged 45 and older say they are experiencing thinking declines. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ... Read more »
  • 100 Now Sickened by Salmonella-Tainted Honey Smacks Cereal July 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One hundred people across 33 states have now fallen ill with salmonella after eating Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. For the time being, the "CDC advises consumers and retailers not to eat, serve or ... Read more »
  • Is Depression During Pregnancy on the Rise? July 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Today's young mothers-to-be may be more likely to develop depression while pregnant than their own mothers were, a new study suggests. British researchers found that, compared with their mothers' generation, young women who became pregnant between 2012 and 2016 were at greater risk ... Read more »
  • Did Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Yield a Health Benefit? July 14, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While the legalization of same-sex marriage improved gay men's chances of having both health insurance and access to health care, it didn't translate into better health, a new study suggests. "We found that lesbian, gay or bisexual adults were more likely to get ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Shingles 101 July 13, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Shingles is a painful rash that is caused by the herpes zoster virus, the same one that causes chickenpox. After triggering chickenpox, the virus may lay dormant inside the body and re-emerge as shingles, typically after a person reaches age 50. Although there is no cure, shingles ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: If You’re 45 or Older, Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer July 13, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- The American Cancer Society's new colorectal cancer screening guidelines recommend that people at average risk start screening at age 45. That's a drop of five years from the former guidelines, which recommended the first screening at age 50. In lowering the age recommendation, the society cited rising ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 12, 2018 July 13, 2018 - Heart Disease in Dogs May be Linked to Certain Pet Foods: FDA FDA Creates Task Force to Tackle Drug Shortages New Cancer Immunotherapy Technique Could be 'Game Changer'
  • Free Weights or Machines? July 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Resistance or strength training isn't just for bodybuilders -- it's for everyone, and it's essential to combat the natural tendency to lose muscle mass with age. It also helps prevent bone loss and lowers body fat, blood pressure and cholesterol. You can strengthen ... Read more »
  • Why Some Americans Seek Abortion Pills Online July 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Restrictive abortion laws may drive some Americans to look for abortion medications online, a new study reports. "Though it may be surprising to consider, people in the United States are looking for ways to end their pregnancies at home using abortion pills they ... Read more »
  • For Americans, in Science They Trust July 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While some politicians are snubbing science, the American public is choosing to do the opposite, a new study suggests. "In the context of debates regarding the loss of trust in experts, what we show is that in actual fact, when compared to a ... Read more »
  • Immune-Based Therapy May Help When Melanoma Spreads to Brain July 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A type of therapy that harnesses the immune system is giving new hope to people battling a once hopeless cancer -- melanoma that's spread to the brain. New research involving more than 2,700 U.S. patients is confirming what specialists in the field have ... Read more »
  • AHA: Southern Diet Could Be Deadly for People With Heart Disease July 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- People with a history of heart disease who eat a traditional Southern diet are more likely to die than those who follow a Mediterranean dietary pattern, according to new research. The large-scale study, published July 12 in the Journal of the American ... Read more »
  • Researchers Probe Part of Brain Where Autism Might Begin July 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The underpinnings of autism may lie in an unexpected part of the brain, a small study suggests. Scientists conducted brain scans on 20 boys with autism and 18 boys without the neurodevelopmental disorder. The scans showed that boys with autism had a significantly ... Read more »
  • Fatty Fare a Fave for ‘Otzi the Iceman’ July 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Otzi the Iceman had a deep love for high-fat foods, say researchers who analyzed the ancient man's last meal. The oldest naturally preserved ice mummy was discovered in the Eastern Italian Alps in 1991. Researchers said their analysis of Otzi's stomach contents offer ... Read more »
  • Half of Americans Trying to Slim Down July 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a country where four out of 10 adults are obese, it's probably good news that half of U.S. adults say they've recently tried to shed some pounds. They did this most often through exercise, cutting calories and eating their fruits and veggies, ... Read more »
  • Virtual Reality Therapy Edges Out Fear of Heights July 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Too terrified to scale a mountain peak or travel to the top floor of a skyscraper? Does even the sight of a tall ladder make you break out in sweat? The world of virtual reality might offer the perfect prescription for your fear ... Read more »
  • New Guidelines Mean Almost 800,000 More U.S. Kids Have High Blood Pressure July 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news and bad news from a new report when it comes to high blood pressure among America's children. The good news: perhaps because of better diets and use of antihypertensive medications, the percentage of kids with high blood pressure declined between ... Read more »
  • Lyme-Bearing Ticks More Widespread in U.S. Than Thought July 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Think you live in a place that's free from disease-carrying ticks? Don't be so sure. Citizen scientists found ticks capable of transmitting Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in dozens of places across the United States where the pests had never previously been ... Read more »
  • Are Concussions Tougher on Athletes With ADHD? July 13, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be at higher risk of developing depression and anxiety symptoms after a concussion, a preliminary study suggests. The study, of nearly 1,000 college athletes, found those with both ADHD and a history of concussion scored higher ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Caring for Your Epi-Pen July 12, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- An epi-pen may be a lifesaving injection for a person with severe allergies. But the device must be cared for and stored properly. Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) suggests how to care for your epi-pen: Store it away from direct light. Store it at room temperature. ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Traveling With a Disability July 12, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Traveling with someone with a disability may seem daunting, but things are likely to go a lot smoother with some preparation. AARP offers this advice: Contact the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at least 72 hours before departure to explain your loved one's needs. The number is: 855-787-2227. ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 11, 2018 July 12, 2018 - Lawsuits Alleging Roundup Causes Cancer Can Move Forward: Judge Pfizer Temporarily Holds Off on Drug Price Hikes Chronic Pain Patients Ask FDA to Ease Opioid Prescribing Restrictions
  • 3 Ways to Promote Healthier Eating July 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a healthful diet is easier when nutritious foods are more accessible. But it's not enough to simply buy better choices. To make a habit of choosing healthy over less-healthy options, you want to make them as easy to eat, as visually appealing, ... Read more »
  • Insurance Gaps Costly for Those With Type 1 Diabetes July 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Gaps in private insurance coverage are common among American adults with type 1 diabetes, raising their risk for health crises, a new study finds. "Type 1 diabetes requires intensive daily management in order to simply remain alive, so interruptions to care and coverage ... Read more »
  • 3 of 4 Black Americans Have High Blood Pressure by 55 July 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A startling 75 percent of black people in the United States develop high blood pressure by the age of 55, a new study finds. That's a far higher rate than seen among either white men (55 percent) or white women (40 percent), the ... Read more »
  • AHA: Doctor Makes Lifesaving House Call in His Own Home July 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Stephanie and Matt Austin went to a Philadelphia Phillies game one Saturday night, then headed to their new beach house, eager to sleep late the next morning. Those plans were ruined by a 6 a.m. phone call for Matt, an orthopedic surgeon. ... Read more »
  • Neurological Fallout From Ebola Infection Worse Than Thought July 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Ebola virus survivors may suffer greater long-term neurological consequences than doctors have believed, a small study suggests. In some cases, the problems were so severe that survivors could no longer care for themselves. The issues ranged from debilitating migraines to strokes to nerve ... Read more »
  • Quitting Smoking? Even a Little Exercise Can Help You Stay Slim July 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fear of weight gain can keep many smokers from kicking the habit. But a new study involving older women might help change that: It found that for those who quit, even a bit of exercise helped keep the pounds at bay. "Being active ... Read more »
  • Yet Another Reason Why It’s Hard to Stop Smoking July 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Could losing their sense of identity be one reason why so many smokers find it hard to kick the habit? That's the conclusion of new research out of Britain. "When people attempt to quit smoking, what they are really doing is attempting to ... Read more »
  • FDA Slaps Stronger Warnings on Potent Class of Antibiotics July 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A powerful class of antibiotics will now come with stronger safety warnings about dangerous drops in blood sugar and neurological side effects that can include delirium and memory problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. Called fluoroquinolones, these drugs include levofloxacin ... Read more »
  • Seniors, Feeling Young Is a State of Mind July 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For seniors who feel years younger than they really are, a new study suggests it might not be their imagination. "We found that people who feel younger have the structural characteristics of a younger brain," explained lead author Jeanyung Chey. She is a ... Read more »
  • ‘Heading’ Soccer Balls May Be Bad for Balance July 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Balance problems may be more common in soccer players who "head" the ball more often than their fellow athletes, a small study found. The study included 20 soccer players, average age 22, who were given a balance test. The players also provided information ... Read more »
  • Report Warns of Dog Illness That Can Spread to Owners July 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A bacteria carried by dogs that haven't been neutered can produce flu symptoms in humans and potentially jeopardize a pregnancy, a new study suggests. Brucellosis infection is most commonly spread by livestock like sheep, cattle, goats and pigs. But a strain of the ... Read more »
  • Green Space: A Gateway to Better Health? July 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Maybe there's good reason why open, unspoiled stretches of land are often referred to as God's country. New research from Britain suggests that getting close to nature is beneficial to your health. The researchers analyzed more than 140 studies that included more than ... Read more »
  • High Blood Pressure Threatens Aging Brain, Study Says July 12, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Here's yet another reason to get your blood pressure under control: High blood pressure later in life may contribute to blood vessel blockages and tangles linked to Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. Tracking nearly 1,300 older people until they died, scientists found markedly ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Travel Tips For Women With Breast Prosthesis July 11, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- After a mastectomy, many women prefer to wear a prosthesis, in lieu of reconstructive surgery. The prosthesis often is made of silicone gel or foam, and will be placed inside a bra or directly on a woman's chest. Sometimes. a prosthesis can pose difficulties when traveling by ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Recognizing Hearing Loss in Infants July 11, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- If an infant has hearing loss, it can affect the child's ability to develop speech, language and social skills, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. An infant's first hearing screening is recommended typically within the first month of life. Even if the child passes ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 10, 2018 July 11, 2018 - Chronic Pain Patients Ask FDA to Ease Opioid Prescribing Restrictions Hundreds Sickened After Eating Del Monte Vegetable Trays
  • Mind-Over-Matter to Curtail Calories July 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your surroundings can play a big role when it comes to overeating. Learning how you respond in various circumstances can help you curb the calories. One study showed that people eat and drink less when their dinnerware is red -- and more when ... Read more »
  • This Protein Makes Armpits Reek, and Scientists Want to Stop It July 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Afraid to raise your hand because of embarrassing body odor? Here's some good news for you: Scientists say they're one step closer to conquering smelly armpits. Researchers in England say they've identified a protein that enables bacteria in your armpits to take up ... Read more »
  • Want a Meaningful Conversation? Cut the Small Talk July 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to be happier, try having meaningful conversations. A new study finds that quality conversation is associated with greater happiness, while small talk has no effect on mental state. The results were true for both introverts and extroverts. The findings from ... Read more »
  • Teens Focused on Social Media May Be at Cyberbullying Risk July 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If your teen spends a lot of time on social media, you might want to get them to cut back due to the risk of cyberbullying, new research suggests. Researchers surveyed more than 12,000 teens in Germany, Poland and Romania and found those ... Read more »
  • Heart Risks Tied to Transwomen’s Hormone Therapy July 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Transwomen who undergo hormone therapy may face higher chances of blood clots, stroke and heart attack, a new study suggests. The term transwoman refers to a woman who is designated male at birth. Some undergo hormone therapy to minimize their male characteristics and ... Read more »
  • Wearable, At-Home Patch Could Spot Your A-Fib Early July 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The common but dangerous heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation -- or a-fib -- can go undetected for years. Now, research suggests a high-tech, wearable patch might spot the condition early. Use of the Zio XT wireless patch, made by iRhythm, produced ... Read more »
  • More Evidence That Supplements Won’t Help Your Heart July 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's another study suggesting that the vitamin and mineral supplements bought by millions of Americans do nothing to stave off heart disease. This time, the finding stems from an analysis of 18 studies conducted between 1970 and 2016. Each one looked at how ... Read more »
  • PTSD May Have Put Hearts of 9/11 First Responders at Risk July 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Working on clean-up crews after the 9/11 terrorist attack took a huge emotional toll on many first responders, and new research suggests that might have triggered heart trouble as well. Those who developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) faced more than double the risk ... Read more »
  • Scientists Get Closer to Origins of Hot Flashes July 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report that stimulating particular brain cells triggers hot flashes in mice -- a discovery they hope will lead to better therapies for women going through menopause. Humans also have these brain cells, known as Kiss1 neurons, and the new study suggests they ... Read more »
  • How to Use Sunscreens the Right Way July 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Stick or spray-on sunscreens are essential tools against skin cancer, but it's important to use them the right way, a dermatologist says. "Sticks are easy for under the eyes and the backs of the hands, while spray sunscreens are often easier to apply ... Read more »
  • Men’s Testosterone Supplements May Be Losing Appeal July 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The "low-T" craze appears to be waning, with fewer men in the United States turning to testosterone therapy as a way to stave off aging and sexual decline. A steep decrease in testosterone prescriptions occurred between 2013 and 2016, coinciding with public warnings ... Read more »
  • Heat Waves Can Dull Even Young Minds, Study Says July 11, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As America sweats through another summer, new research suggests that heat waves can slow the brains of even healthy young adults. In the face of extreme heat, college students living in dorms without air conditioning did worse on tests of mental skills than ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Prevent Recurrence of a Fungal Infection July 10, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- A fungal infection most commonly develops on the feet, nails, groin and hands. Effective treatment is needed to prevent recurrence. When a fungal infection recurs, it is typically because the immune system doesn't recognize and attack the germ as foreign to the body, the American Osteopathic College ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Asbestos Tips For Homeowners July 10, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Asbestos is a mineral fiber that is found in rock and salt. The fibers are strong and heat-resistant, so they have been used in construction materials for insulation and to prevent the spread of fire. But the fibers can be released into the air during demolition and ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 9, 2018 July 10, 2018 - U.S. Tries Threats to Weaken U.N. Breast-Feeding Resolution Latest Trump Administration Obamacare Change Will Lead to Higher Premiums: Insurers U.S. Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing Levels
  • Scientists Target Cellular ‘Fountain of Youth’ to Extend Mouse Life Span July 10, 2018 - MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Interested in turning back the hands of time and living a longer, healthier life? Scientists say their work with aged mice might have gotten a small step closer to that goal. The study focused on so-called senescent cells -- cells that no longer ... Read more »
  • Helping Your Child Adjust to College July 10, 2018 - MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- College is a unique stage in a young person's development. But newfound independence coupled with the pressures of classwork and the need to fit in can make this a very emotional time. Tips from The Jed Foundation can help you help your child ... Read more »
  • Germs Grow on Medical Implants, But Can They Make You Sick? July 10, 2018 - MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Bacteria and fungi grow on medical implants, such as hip and knee replacements, pacemakers and screws used to fix broken bones, researchers report. In a new study, Danish investigators examined 106 implants of different types and the surrounding tissue in patients. The findings ... Read more »
  • When Parents Do Time, Kids Pay the Price July 10, 2018 - MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children whose parents spend time in prison are more likely to lead risky lifestyles as young adults, a new study suggests. The findings are important because more than 5 million American children have had a parent in jail or prison, according to the ... Read more »
  • Doctor Burnout Widespread, Helps Drive Many Medical Errors July 10, 2018 - MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of American doctors are burned out, a new national survey suggests, and those doctors are more likely to make medical mistakes. The poll asked nearly 6,700 clinic and hospital physicians about medical errors, workplace safety, and symptoms of workplace burnout, ... Read more »
  • Want Good Sleep for Baby? Food May Be Key July 10, 2018 - MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If there's one thing frazzled new parents crave, it's that their baby sleeps well. Now, research suggests that the odds for good infant slumber rise when solid foods are introduced relatively early. The British findings contradict some long-held guidelines on infant feeding, however, ... Read more »
  • Blacks Have Shorter Life Spans After Surviving Heart Stoppage: Study July 10, 2018 - MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Black patients who survive cardiac arrest during a U.S. hospital stay have poorer long-term survival odds than their white peers, new research suggests. The study included data from patients aged 65 and older who survived at least until they were discharged from the ... Read more »
  • Parent’s Tough Childhood Can Cast Shadow Across Generations July 10, 2018 - MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When a parent has suffered abuse or other adversities as a child, their children may be more prone to mood and behavior problems, a new study suggests. Their kids were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And they ... Read more »
  • End-of-Life Care Depends on Doctor July 10, 2018 - MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The amount spent on end-of-life care for cancer patients varies widely across the United States, and is largely influenced by doctor preferences, new research finds. "Numerous studies have shown that greater spending and more care at the end of life do not contribute ... Read more »
  • Red Cross Issues Nationwide Call for Blood Donations July 10, 2018 - MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Following a blood shortage triggered by the Fourth of July holiday week, the American Red Cross on Monday called for donations of all blood types, but especially type O. There were at least 550 fewer blood drives last week than during an average ... Read more »
  • Diabetes Diagnosis ‘Silver Lining’? Other Family Members’ Health May Improve July 10, 2018 - MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, other family members seem more likely to adopt health lifestyle changes, too. A new study found that partners of people newly diagnosed with diabetes were 50 percent more likely to attend weight management classes and 25 percent ... Read more »
  • Hepatitis-Infected Kidneys May Be Safe New Option for Transplant July 10, 2018 - MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If they're already infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), patients in need of a kidney transplant might safely receive an organ from an HCV-infected donor, a new study maintains. Using hepatitis C-infected kidneys for this group of patients would cut costs and waiting ... Read more »
  • Young Pitchers Should Keep Pitch Counts in Check July 9, 2018 - SUNDAY, July 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Young pitchers should heed pitch count guidelines if they want their elbows to stay healthy, new research suggests. The Japanese study included 149 pitchers, aged 7 to 11, with no prior elbow pain who were assessed at the start and end of a ... Read more »
  • A-C-T to Prevent Hot Car Tragedies July 8, 2018 - SATURDAY, July 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Every nine days, a child dies in a hot car in the United States, but a safety expert says such tragedies can easily be prevented. "Three letters can help drivers remember to take proper safety precautions with children when traveling in the car: ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Stay Calm You When You Feel Frazzled July 7, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Life can be stressful with the constant demands of work, household activities and busy schedules. But armed with methods to help you stay calm, you can reduce feelings of anxiety and stress. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Be active, which is a great ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Recognize Warning Signs of Youth Violence July 7, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- People who are prone to violence often have trouble controlling their behavior, the American Psychological Association says. The group says there may be tell-tale signs that a young person is about to "act out," such as: Having a history of violent or aggressive behavior. Being young at ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 6, 2018 July 7, 2018 - Pruitt Resigns as EPA Administrator TB Release at Johns Hopkins Poses No Threat: Officials Tick-Caused Meat Allergy on Rise in U.S.
  • How to Maximize Your Gym Membership July 7, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- So, you've made the decision to get healthier and join a gym, a great way to reach the U.S. national guideline of 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. But don't let your good intentions or your membership fee go to waste. Whether ... Read more »
  • AHA: Soccer is Healthy for More Than World Cup Pros July 7, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- As both a soccer mom and fanatic, Dr. Mercedes Carnethon knows why soccer is the world's favorite sport. It's super easy to play. "All it takes is a ball and a little bit of space," said Carnethon, an epidemiologist. With fervor rising ... Read more »
  • Infertility, Not Fertility Drugs, Linked to Raised Risk of Ovarian Cancer July 7, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fertility drugs do not increase a woman's risk of ovarian cancer, a new study suggests. It did find that infertility itself is associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The researchers examined data from more than 58,000 women in Denmark who had ... Read more »
  • Kids of Gay Parents Don’t Struggle More Socially July 7, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children of same-sex parents are not more likely to suffer behavioral or social problems, Italian researchers say. The new study included children, aged 3 to 11, of 195 gay or lesbian parents and 195 heterosexual parents in Italy. Children of same-sex parents had ... Read more »
  • Anti-seizure Meds Won’t Ease Low Back Pain July 7, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors and pain specialists have been turning to anticonvulsive drugs for treatment of lower back pain more often over the past decade. There's just one problem -- these drugs don't really help. A series of clinical trials have shown that anticonvulsants are no ... Read more »
  • The Hidden Danger of Your Wire-Bristle Grill Cleaner July 7, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you use a wire-bristle grill brush to clean your grill, beware. Bristles can break off and stick to the grill and cooked food, posing a serious health risk, according to the American Medical Association (AMA). "When ingested, wire bristles have been known ... Read more »
  • FDA Drops Zika Testing for Blood Donors July 7, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Individual blood donations will no longer need to be tested for the Zika virus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday. "When Zika virus first emerged, the unknown course of the epidemic and the observed severe effects from the disease indicated that ... Read more »
  • It’s Men, Not Careers, That Drive Women to Freeze Their Eggs July 7, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who choose to have their eggs frozen aren't necessarily putting off having children because they're laser-focused on their careers, new research suggests. It's more likely that a lack of a stable, fulfilling relationship is what's behind those decisions, the Yale study authors ... Read more »
  • Low-Impact Yoga, Pilates Brings Big Health Benefits at All Ages July 7, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga and Pilates are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, medical experts say. These low-impact workouts don't require special equipment and, after initial training, can be done at home to improve physical and mental health. "Both use your own body ... Read more »
  • Experimental HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial July 7, 2018 - FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental HIV vaccine was safe and triggered strong immune responses in healthy adults and in monkeys, researchers report. They say it also protected two-thirds of monkeys against an HIV-like virus. Though results of animal studies are not always the same in humans, ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Manage Family Arguments July 6, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Arguments are a natural part of family life, but constant and recurring battles can be exhausting. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to keep household bickering to a minimum: Pick your battles. Evaluate which issues really need to become a source of dispute. Allow your child ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Dealing With Sibling Rivalry July 6, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Adjusting from being an only child to being a big brother or big sister may be a difficult transition. It is best to talk openly with your child so he or she knows what to expect when the newborn arrives. The Nemours Foundation suggests: Let the older ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 5, 2018 July 6, 2018 - Fertility Clinic Denies Legal Liability for Loss of Frozen Eggs and Embryos
  • Sports Safety: It’s Not Just Child’s Play July 6, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Playing sports offers plenty of fitness and other developmental benefits for kids, but injuries are common. Every year, more than 2.6 million U.S. children aged 19 and under are treated in the ER for sports- and recreation-related injuries. If your child plays team ... Read more »
  • Fatigue Fuels Knee Injuries in Young Athletes July 6, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When a teen athlete is tired, their risk of suffering a common knee injury rises, a new study suggests. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) connects the thighbone to the shinbone, at the knee. When the ACL is overstretched or torn, it can cause ... Read more »
  • Few Women Who Freeze Eggs Use Them for a Pregnancy Later July 6, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than 10 percent of older women who freeze some of their eggs as insurance against age-related declines in fertility eventually use them to try to get pregnant, new research shows. The study included 563 women who had eggs frozen between 2009 and ... Read more »
  • Teens Sneaking Juul E-Cig Into Classrooms July 6, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Parents, if you want to find out whether your teenagers are "juuling" in school, you might consider checking their Twitter accounts. That's what California researchers did, and after sifting through more than 80,000 tweets, they found almost 1 in 25 detailed using the ... Read more »
  • Cost Keeps Many Americans From Getting Hearing Aids July 6, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A hearing aid can set you back as much as $7,000, and that's the main reason more Americans don't use one, a new study finds. The report also suggests that many people are too embarrassed to wear one. No matter the reason, it's ... Read more »
  • Could Aspirin Help Keep Alzheimer’s Away? July 6, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If new research in mice bears out in humans, that daily low-dose aspirin many people take to keep heart trouble at bay might also protect their brains against Alzheimer's. Scientists report aspirin appeared to help clear out plaques of waste material called amyloid ... Read more »
  • The Disappearance of a Dog Line July 6, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a tragic twist of canine fate, researchers report that dogs that lived in the Americas for thousands of years were wiped out after Europeans arrived on the continent. "This study demonstrates that the history of humans is mirrored in our domestic animals. ... Read more »
  • AHA: At 88, Heart Disease Won’t Slow This Glam Texan Philanthropist July 6, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- It's been said that one can never be too overdressed, and Betty Thrasher needs no convincing. Every day, the 88-year-old resident of Temple, Texas, applies makeup, coifs her locks and selects a fashionable garment for the day. Black is her favorite. "The ... Read more »
  • Medical Marijuana a Hit With Seniors July 6, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors are giving rave reviews for medical marijuana. In a new survey, those who turned to it for treating chronic pain reported it reduced pain and decreased the need for opioid painkillers. Nine out of 10 liked it so much they said they'd ... Read more »
  • 850 Million People Worldwide Have Kidney Disease July 6, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney disease is a "hidden epidemic" affecting more than 850 million people worldwide, renal experts say. That's twice the number of diabetics (422 million) and more than 20 times the number of people with cancer (42 million) or HIV/AIDS (36.7 million). But most ... Read more »
  • Even When Insured, Heart Disease Can Bankrupt Poor Families July 6, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the United States, heart disease can ruin a poor family financially even if they have health insurance, a new study finds. One in four low-income families with someone suffering from coronary artery disease had out-of-pocket costs that were far beyond their means, ... Read more »
  • As Temperatures Soar, Study Warns of Fatal Heat Stroke at Work July 6, 2018 - THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Much of the United States has been sweltering in triple-digit heat this week, but new research finds outdoor workers can suffer fatal heat stroke from temperatures that only reach the high 80s. In fact, six of 14 cases of fatal heat stroke investigated ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Cope With Loss July 5, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one, and everyone grieves in a different way. The U.S. National Institutes of Health offers these suggestions for coping with loss: Take care of yourself by exercising regularly, eating healthy and getting enough sleep. Talk openly ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Getting Prenatal Tests July 5, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Prenatal testing and care is a good idea throughout pregnancy to make sure the pregnant woman and the fetus stay healthy. The U.S. National Institutes of Health says these tests are typically prescribed for pregnant women: Glucose challenge screening. This test is given between 24 and 26 ... Read more »
  • To Fight Childhood Obesity, Moms to the Rescue July 5, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Moms can play a big role in combating America's childhood obesity epidemic, researchers contend. The key: kids are less likely to be obese if their mothers follow five healthy habits, according to the report from Harvard. The five habits are: eating a healthy ... Read more »
  • Don’t Get Burned by Fireworks on the 4th July 5, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Backyard fireworks and sparklers are a Fourth of July staple. They can be fun, but also dangerous, health experts warn. Knowing how to set them off safely can prevent a celebration from becoming a tragedy. And the National Safety Council advises everyone to ... Read more »
  • Fireworks Are Hard on Your Hearing July 5, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your hearing can take a beating during Fourth of July fireworks. So don't forget hearing protection when you go to fireworks displays this holiday, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) says. Noise from fireworks can reach up to 155 decibels, which is louder ... Read more »
  • How to Start Exercising When You’re Out of Shape July 5, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Though you may face challenges if you're carrying excess weight or haven't been active in a long time, you can still get fit and gain all the benefits that exercise has to offer. The easiest way to get started is with walking because ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding West Nile Virus July 4, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- West Nile Virus is an infection that is spread by mosquitoes, and is commonly found in Africa, West Asia and the Middle East. The virus made its way to the United States in 1999 and has been reported in 48 states, the American Academy of Family Physicians ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: If You Have an Abscess July 4, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- An abscess forms when germs enter the body through an open wound. An abscess often is raised and may feel warm and painful to the touch. The Nemours Foundation advises against popping, pushing, squeezing or touching an abscess. You can apply a warm compress to the area, ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 3, 2018 July 4, 2018 - Kentucky Cuts Vision and Dental Benefits For Up To 460,000 Medicaid Beneficiaries
  • Making the Most of That Fast Food Meal July 4, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It can happen when you're traveling on business, running late to an appointment, or are simply running out of time to make dinner. You're facing fast food or no food. Use these tips to make the most of this meal. Start by looking ... Read more »
  • Could Flea Fighters Stem Spread of Diseases Like Zika? July 4, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medicines that protect pets from fleas and ticks may help lower people's risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, researchers report. "Insect-borne infectious diseases remain primary causes of severe illnesses and fatalities worldwide, and new approaches to preventing outbreaks of these diseases are ... Read more »
  • Docs’ Tattoos No Longer Taboo July 4, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors need not fear that sporting a tattoo might drive patients away. That's the finding of a small, new study that included seven doctors in the emergency department of a trauma center in a large Pennsylvania city who wore either fake body piercings ... Read more »
  • Those At-Home DNA Tests Are an Imperfect Science July 4, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're considering at-home DNA testing, there are some things you need to know, California State University experts say. The popular tests are found in nearly every drugstore in the country, ranging in price from $60 to $100. People use them to learn ... Read more »
  • Drinking and Driving: A Deadly July 4 Cocktail July 4, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The July Fourth holiday is one of the year's deadliest in the United States, and drunken driving is a major reason. Last year between the evening of July 1 and the morning of July 5, 188 people nationwide were killed in crashes involving ... Read more »
  • Surgeons Make the Call on Gene Tests for Breast Cancer Patients July 4, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to genetic testing for breast cancer patients, their surgeons wield great influence on that decision, new research shows. Genetic testing can provide important information that might affect treatment choices for breast cancer, but previous research shows that only about half ... Read more »
  • Keep Pets Safe From July 4th’s Fireworks, Summer’s Sizzle July 4, 2018 - TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Is your dog the type to dive under a bed at the first pop of a firecracker? Is your cat suddenly avoiding stretching out for a snooze in her favorite sunny spot? Although many humans adore the warmer weather, holidays and outside activities ... Read more »