• Break a Sweat Over the Holidays, but Do It Safely December 9, 2018 - SATURDAY, Dec. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's great to get exercise during the holidays, as long as you take steps to avoid injuries, a sports medicine expert says. "I would encourage everyone to get out and be active, but we want to be sure that you are able to ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding Bottlemouth Syndrome December 8, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Bottlemouth syndrome is a form of tooth decay that affects babies and young children. It is caused by prolonged drinking of sugary liquids from a bottle. The American Academy of Pediatrics says children are at greater risk of bottlemouth if they are put to bed with a ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Improve Your Sleep Habits December 8, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Sleep is a complex biological process that helps you process new information, stay healthy and feel rested, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. Not getting enough sleep can trigger illness, poor performance in daily activities, memory loss and other health concerns, the agency adds. Here are ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Dec. 7, 2018 December 8, 2018 - Ebola Spreads to Large City in Congo Whole Grain-Rules for School Lunches Rolled Back by Trump Administration Study That Targeted "Joy of Cooking" Retracted by Journal Excess Body Fat May Increase Older Women's Breast Cancer Risk: Study
  • Safety First When Running Outdoors December 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Between the fresh air and the interesting scenery, running outdoors can be invigorating. But there are safety precautions to take when you leave a protected indoor environment. The Road Runners Club of America has a wealth of advice. For starters, take some precautions ... Read more »
  • Are Kids’ Playgrounds Really Safe? December 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The numbers are alarming. According to U.S. health officials, more than 200,000 children aged 14 or under are treated each year in emergency departments for playground-related injuries, about 10 percent of which involve "TBIs" -- or traumatic brain injuries. Modern playground designs help ... Read more »
  • For Younger Cancer Patients, Mastectomy vs. Breast-Conserving Surgery December 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Younger breast cancer patients who have one or both breasts removed have lower levels of satisfaction and well-being than those who have breast-conserving surgery, a new study finds. The study included 560 women diagnosed with breast cancer by age 40. Of those, 28 ... Read more »
  • Healthy Lifestyle Lowers Odds of Breast Cancer’s Return December 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's more evidence that when a survivor of early stage breast cancer takes up healthy eating and regular exercise, the odds of the disease returning go down. The key is sticking with such programs, said study lead author Dr. Wolfgang Janni. Healthier lifestyles ... Read more »
  • Better Economy Could Mean Worse Nursing Home Care December 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a good economy, the care at U.S. nursing homes falls because it's harder to attract and keep staff, a new study contends. "During economic downturns, many people are willing to take positions with work environments they may not prefer because there aren't ... Read more »
  • AHA: A Black Filmmaker’s Look at the Heart (Health) of Her Community December 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Jasmine Johnson has become reacquainted with the South Dallas neighborhood where she grew up. Much is familiar, but she's noticed there aren't many places that sell fresh food. The 29-year-old filmmaker is determined to bring attention to the issue for a community ... Read more »
  • More Are Seeking Mental Health Care, But Not Always Those Who Need It Most December 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- On the surface, the news looks good for America's mental health -- a new report shows the rate of people with serious psychological distress is declining, and more folks are seeking mental health care on an outpatient basis. But the haves are edging ... Read more »
  • Incontinence Drug May Cut Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Survivors December 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hot flashes, a common curse in menopause, can be especially bothersome after breast cancer. But a new study suggests an existing medication may help. The drug is oxybutynin (Ditropan XL), long used to treat urinary incontinence. The study found that women taking the ... Read more »
  • More Blood Pressure Meds Recalled Due to Carcinogen December 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Over the past few months, numerous recalls of the popular heart drug valsartan have already occurred. Now, generics maker Mylan Pharmaceuticals is adding more products to the list. The recall involves 104 lots of three medicines: valsartan tablets; combination tablets with the drugs ... Read more »
  • More Illnesses From Tainted Romaine Lettuce Reported December 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nine more people have been sickened by E. coli in an outbreak involving romaine lettuce grown in parts of California, bringing the total to 52 people in 15 states, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Nineteen people have been hospitalized, including two who developed ... Read more »
  • Too Much Salt Might Help Spur A-Fib December 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A high-salt diet could raise your risk for a common heart rhythm disorder, new research suggests. Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots or other complications. It affects millions of people worldwide and puts them ... Read more »
  • Family, School Support May Help Stop Bullies in Their Tracks December 8, 2018 - FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children with strong family ties and school support are more likely to try to stop bullying when they see it, new research suggests. The study included 450 sixth-graders and 446 ninth-graders who were asked about their relationships with their family, friends and teachers. ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: What to Do If You Suspect a Concussion December 7, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Symptoms of a concussion tend to appear soon after an injury occurs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. If you or a loved one is playing ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Before You Get Help for Stuttering December 7, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Different speech therapists have differing approaches for stuttering, so it's important to evaluate your needs before choosing a therapist, the Stuttering Foundation says. Before starting treatment, the Foundation suggests asking therapist candidates these questions: How comfortable are you with treating stuttering? How many teens and adults who ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Dec. 6, 2018 December 7, 2018 - Staff at N.J. Facility Where 11 Children Died Did Not Follow Sanitation Procedures Worldwide Search For Donors to Help Girl With Rare Blood Type
  • Make Those School Lunches More Nutritious December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Brown-bag lunches give you control over what you eat and what your children eat, but studies show that these to-go meals need to be healthier. This is especially important for kids because their eating habits are developed during the preschool years. Recent studies ... Read more »
  • Rethinking Where You Shop for Food December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A change as simple as where you do most of your food shopping could translate to a better diet. A San Diego State University study looked at the food shopping habits of college students in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and identified patterns, such ... Read more »
  • New Approach to Opioid Crisis: Supervised Heroin Injection Programs? December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's not standard practice in the United States, but supervised access to medical-grade heroin may reduce the risk of harm for heroin addicts unable to kick the habit, new research suggests. This approach has been successful in other countries and should be tried ... Read more »
  • Fewer Early Stage Breast Cancer Patients May Need Lymph Node Removal: Study December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For many breast cancer patients, removal of lymph nodes in the armpit area is a common procedure, due to worries that the tumor has spread to these tissues. But the operation can also bring the difficult long-term side effect of lymphedema, a painful ... Read more »
  • Another Plus to Cardiac Rehab: Better Sex December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Heart patients taking part in cardiac rehabilitation could receive a spicy side effect from the program -- a boost in their sex life. Attending cardiac rehab is associated with improved sexual function and more frequent sex, according to a new evidence review. The ... Read more »
  • AHA: 12-Year-Old Heart Defect Survivor Inspires NFL Player’s Foundation December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Gavin Kuykendall's life has been shaped by his fight against heart disease. Now almost 12, he recently expressed all he's been through -- by writing a letter to his heart disease. "You made my parents very sad," he said, reading his letter ... Read more »
  • Kidney Disease Claiming More Lives December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Although fewer Americans are dying from heart disease and cancer, deaths from chronic kidney disease are on the rise, especially among young adults, a new study finds. "Unfortunately, chronic kidney disease is known as a 'silent epidemic,' because many people don't realize they ... Read more »
  • Tamoxifen at a Lower Dose Might Still Prevent Breast Cancer’s Return December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Tamoxifen is considered a vital weapon in the fight against breast cancer, but many women who have to take the drug struggle with its significant side effects. Now, new research shows that a lower dose of the hormone therapy helped prevent breast cancer ... Read more »
  • Obesity Ups Survival in Heart Failure, but That’s No Reason to Pile on Pounds December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people with heart failure may live longer than those who are thinner -- especially if they are "metabolically healthy," a new study suggests. The study, of more than 3,500 heart failure patients, is the latest to look into the so-called "obesity paradox." ... Read more »
  • HIV Strikes Black Gay Men More, Despite Safer Behaviors December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Young black gay men are 16 times more likely to have HIV than whites, even though they have fewer partners, have less unsafe sex, and get tested for HIV more often, a new study shows. "Our study illuminates how HIV disparities emerge from ... Read more »
  • Smokers Who Roll Their Own Less Likely to Quit December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who roll their own cigarettes are less likely to try to kick the habit and cost may be the reason why, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 38,000 adults in England who were smokers or who had quit ... Read more »
  • Obesity May Be Driving Rise in Uterine Cancers December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cases of uterine cancer are charting a slow but steady rise among American women, and so are deaths from the disease, new statistics show. Looking at federal health data, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that "during 1999-2015, ... Read more »
  • Millions of Americans Still Breathing Secondhand Smoke: Report December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite three decades of declines in secondhand smoke exposure, 58 million Americans -- children included -- are still breathing in tobacco fumes, federal health officials reported Thursday. Nearly 40 percent of children aged 3 to 11 are exposed to secondhand smoke, as are ... Read more »
  • Many Americans Unaware of Promise of Targeted, ‘Personalized’ Medicine: Poll December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medical science has made tremendous advances in "personalized medicine" -- drugs that fight cancer and other diseases by boosting the immune system or targeting specific genetic traits. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter benefited from one of these drugs, Keytruda (pembrolizumab), which successfully beat ... Read more »
  • Breast Cancer Deadlier for Black Women, Despite Same Treatments December 7, 2018 - THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even with the same treatment, black women with the most common form of breast cancer experience higher recurrence and death rates than white women, a new trial reveals. The finding pokes holes in the prevailing notion that black women with breast cancer fare ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Create a Reading-Friendly Home December 6, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- If you fill your home with plenty of reading material and read often to your kids, you are more likely to raise children with an enthusiasm for reading, the Nemours Foundation says. Nemours suggests how to create a reading-friendly home: Have a wide variety of reading materials ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Manage Pain With Opioids December 6, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Pain is the number one reason for why people visit the doctor, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) says. Opioids are often used to treat pain, but they are highly addictive. Every day, more than 100 Americans die from an opioid overdose, the agency says. The ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Dec. 5, 2018 December 6, 2018 - Too Much Sleep May Bring Higher Risk of Heart Disease, Death: Study Rapid Test for Cancer Developed by Researchers New Drug Treats Dogs Scared by Loud Noises More Raw Beef Recalled Due to Salmonella: USDA
  • Some Uncanny Facts About Canned Foods December 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With so much emphasis on fresh, farm-to-table foods, it's easy to overlook the value of canned items. These are convenient, often cheaper alternatives to fresh and frozen. Use these tips to help you choose wisely. When shopping, look for cans in good shape. ... Read more »
  • Tip the Scale in Your Favor December 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you track your diet efforts on paper or with an app, frequent and consistent self-monitoring contributes to success. However, one aspect of recordkeeping -- how often to get on the scale -- has been the subject of much debate. Daily weigh-ins used ... Read more »
  • As Gun Violence Grows, U.S. Life Expectancy Drops December 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Rising rates of gun-related deaths from violence and suicide have contributed to a drop in Americans' life expectancy, a new study shows. In terms of life expectancy, gun-related violence has a greater impact on blacks, while suicide had a greater impact on whites. ... Read more »
  • More Green Space May Mean a Healthier Heart December 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Living in a neighborhood with lots of greenery just might protect your ticker. "Our study shows that living in a neighborhood dense with trees, bushes and other green vegetation may be good for the health of your heart and blood vessels," said study ... Read more »
  • New Chlamydia Test Offers Rapid Results December 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new test for chlamydia can provide results within 30 minutes, potentially speeding up the start of treatment, researchers say. The rapid test for the sexually transmitted disease (STD) means patients can receive treatment immediately, instead of having to wait for a follow-up ... Read more »
  • AHA: How to Stop Smoking … for Good December 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Nobody knows who first said, "To succeed, you first have to fail." But it's a phrase many smokers likely relate to. About half of all smokers try to quit each year, according to federal data. But only about 7 percent are successful. ... Read more »
  • Opioids Plus Other Drugs a Deadly Mix for Heavy Users December 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One in four long-term users of opioid painkillers may be at risk for overdose because of overlapping prescriptions for other drugs, researchers report. The findings stem from an analysis of all prescriptions of controlled substances for nearly 302,000 patients that were reported in ... Read more »
  • Drug Halves Tumor Recurrence for Women With a Common Breast Cancer December 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For certain women with early stage breast cancer, a newer drug that combines an antibody with chemotherapy may cut the risk of disease recurrence in half, a new trial finds. The study focused on nearly 1,500 women with early stage breast cancer that ... Read more »
  • An App, Your Fingernail — and Anemia Screening Is Done December 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Checking for low hemoglobin in the blood -- otherwise known as anemia -- usually means drawing blood for testing. But scientists say they've developed a wireless smartphone app that does the same by "reading" a quick photo of your fingernail. The app converts ... Read more »
  • Infections in the Young May Be Tied to Risk for Mental Illness: Study December 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Could an infection make your child or teen prone to mental health issues? New research from Denmark suggests it's possible. "The findings linking infections with mental disorders in the developing brain do add more knowledge to this growing field, showing that there exists ... Read more »
  • Scans, Ultrasound Spot Zika Brain Defects December 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Ultrasounds and MRIs during pregnancy and after birth can detect most Zika-related brain abnormalities in infants, researchers report. If a woman is infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy, her child can be born with microcephaly and other severe brain defects, the U.S. ... Read more »
  • FDA Warns of Rare Stroke Risk With MS Drug December 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new warning has been added to the multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) after rare reports of patients suffering strokes and tears in the lining of the arteries in the head and neck, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. Most patients with ... Read more »
  • Botox May Help Prevent Post-Op A-Fib December 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Botox has other uses beyond enhancing lips and minimizing facial wrinkles. Scientists now say it may help prevent atrial fibrillation after heart surgery. A-fib -- an abnormal heart rhythm -- is common after heart surgery, and it's linked to stroke and heart failure. ... Read more »
  • Too Much Time in the Sun? Skin Patch Might Tell December 6, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new mint-sized, battery-free patch that alerts wearers to potentially harmful sunlight exposure in real time might become a powerful weapon in preventing skin cancer. Powered by the sun while designed to measure its rays, the patch automatically transmits sun readings to a ... Read more »
  • World’s First Baby Born From Deceased Donor’s Transplanted Uterus December 6, 2018 - TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The world's first baby born to a woman who had a uterus transplant from a deceased donor shows that such transplants can be successful, Brazilian doctors say. The 6-pound baby girl was delivered by C-section to an unidentified young woman who had been ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: What Causes Memory Loss? December 5, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Mild memory issues are common from time to time, especially as you age, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency says anything that affects the processes of thinking and learning can affect memory. It mentions these common causes of memory loss: Certain drugs can interfere ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: If You Feel Faint December 5, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Typical symptoms of feeling faint include feeling lightheaded, dizzy, weak, nauseated and sweaty, the American Academy of Family Physicians says. Fainting can be triggered by standing up too quickly, working or playing too hard in hot weather, breathing quickly, becoming very upset or by certain medications used ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Dec. 4, 2018 December 5, 2018 - New Drug Treats Dogs Scared by Loud Noises More Raw Beef Recalled Due to Salmonella: USDA Cases of Polio-Like Illness Now at 134, But Season May Have Peaked
  • Make Nice With Rice to Boost Your Diet December 5, 2018 - TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you love rice, you might be wondering how you can make it part of healthy meals. Whether you're trying to drop pounds or stay at a healthy weight, some adjustments will let you keep it on the menu. Rice belongs to the ... Read more »
  • Mental Health and College Students December 5, 2018 - TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's an adjustment period for almost every new college student -- many young people have struggles balancing independence and a heavy workload. But there are some signs that suggest your young person needs more serious help than a care package from home. Some ... Read more »
  • Few Americans Have Optimal ‘Metabolic Health’ December 5, 2018 - TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Only about one in eight American adults has what is known as good metabolic health, a new study finds. This is an "alarmingly low" rate, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Good metabolic health means having ideal ... Read more »
  • Cost of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: $23,000 Annually Per Case December 5, 2018 - TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- About 630,000 babies worldwide are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) each year. They'll need care averaging $23,000 annually, new research suggests. These children face a range of lifelong problems caused by alcohol exposure during pregnancy, according to the research review. "People ... Read more »
  • Most Americans Lie to Their Doctors December 5, 2018 - TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 4 out of 5 Americans withhold important information from their doctor that could prove crucial to their health, a new study shows. Between 60 and 80 percent of people admit they avoid telling their doctor details that could be relevant ... Read more »
  • AHA: Hearts From Unusual Donors Could Help Meet Growing Transplant Demand December 5, 2018 - TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Researchers say the ever-growing waiting list of hopeful heart transplant recipients could be trimmed down if only more patients were given the option to open their hearts to unlikely donors. Two new Stanford University-led studies published Dec. 4 explore opportunities to expand ... Read more »
  • Rough Neighborhood, Worse Epilepsy? December 5, 2018 - TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Living in a high-crime neighborhood may make epilepsy worse, a small study suggests. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at 63 epilepsy patients in Chicago. Residents of high-crime neighborhoods had significantly more seizures than residents of safer areas, the study ... Read more »
  • Could Soaps, Shampoos Be Pushing Girls Into Early Puberty? December 5, 2018 - TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to chemicals found in a wide array of personal care products has been linked to early puberty among girls, a new investigation warns. The issue centers on specific chemicals including phthalates, parabens and phenols. They're found in an array of products, including ... Read more »
  • Toxic Amounts of Vitamin D Spur Dog Food Recall December 5, 2018 - TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Eight brands of dry dog food have been recalled because of potentially deadly amounts of vitamin D, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Vitamin D is an important nutrient for dogs. But too much can cause symptoms such as vomiting, appetite loss, ... Read more »
  • Are You a Victim of ‘Clean Plate’ Syndrome? December 5, 2018 - TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If your belly is full from a delicious holiday feast but there's one more sweet left on the dessert tray, will you hold back or yield to temptation? New research suggests that you'll give in, driven by a widely shared attitude towards food ... Read more »
  • Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Takes Another Step Forward December 5, 2018 - TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new gene therapy shows early promise against sickle cell anemia, researchers say. The therapy targets the genetic flaw that causes sickle cell. In a small group of patients, researchers said the therapy appears safe and effective enough to keep moving forward into ... Read more »
  • Obamacare Helped More Women Access Care Before Pregnancy: Study December 5, 2018 - TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Ever since the Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid in some states, more women have received health care before pregnancy, a new study finds. The number of women who had Medicaid in the month before pregnancy rose from 31 percent to 36 percent in ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Risk Factors For AFib December 4, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications, the American Heart Association says. The Association reports at least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib. A normally-functioning heart contracts and relaxes to a regular beat. ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Common Symptoms of Diabetes December 4, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Millions of people in America have diabetes, the American Diabetes Association says. While diabetes isn't curable, early detection can help prevent some severe complications. The ADA says common symptoms of diabetes include: Feeling very thirsty. Feeling very hungry, despite having eaten recently. Being fatigued. Having blurry vision. ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Dec. 3, 2018 December 4, 2018 - Cases of Polio-Like Illness Now at 134, But Season May Have Peaked Too Much Meat At Climate Conference: Environmental Groups
  • Are You Married to Bickering? December 4, 2018 - MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you bicker a lot with your spouse, it could be because you're running low on energy. Low energy translates to less self-control and a greater chance of aggression. The good news: A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of ... Read more »
  • Marathons Can Tax Amateurs’ Hearts December 4, 2018 - MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While completing a full marathon is a goal for many amateur runners, new research shows a shorter endurance race might put less strain on the heart. To gauge stress on the heart among 63 amateur runners after they had run either a full ... Read more »
  • Is All Well With Your Drinking Water? December 4, 2018 - MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than 15 million homes in the United States get their water from private wells, according to federal estimates. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates public drinking water, people with private wells need to check their water themselves, along with other maintenance ... Read more »
  • Some Types of Epilepsy Pose More Risks During Pregnancy December 4, 2018 - MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women with frontal lobe epilepsy are much more likely to have an increase in seizures during pregnancy than those with focal epilepsy or generalized epilepsy, researchers report. "Physicians need to monitor women with focal epilepsy -- especially frontal lobe epilepsy -- more closely ... Read more »
  • Even Wisdom Tooth Removal May Spur Opioid Addiction December 4, 2018 - MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who are prescribed opioid painkillers after having their wisdom teeth removed are at increased risk for addiction, new research suggests. For the study, researchers looked at nearly 15,000 patients, aged 16 to 25, who were prescribed opioids (such as ... Read more »
  • Brexit Had Brits Turning to Antidepressants: Study December 4, 2018 - MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An increase in prescriptions for antidepressants followed the 2016 "Brexit" vote in England, a new study reports. This increase may have stemmed from increased uncertainty in some people following the unexpected vote in favor of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, according ... Read more »
  • Old-Fashioned Play Beats Digital Toys for Kids, Pediatricians Say December 4, 2018 - MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you're shopping for toys this holiday season, make sure some simple, old-fashioned items are on your list, pediatricians say. In a new report, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is making recommendations on the best toys to buy for babies and young ... Read more »
  • High Cost Has Over 1 in 4 Diabetics Cutting Back on Insulin December 4, 2018 - MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-quarter of people with diabetes have skimped on needed insulin because of the drug's soaring price tag, according to a new small study. Surveying nearly 200 Americans with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, researchers found 26 percent had underused insulin ... Read more »
  • Another Tally Puts Autism Cases at 1 in 40 December 4, 2018 - MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Yet another study reveals that autism is far more common than once thought, with nearly 3 percent of American children diagnosed with the disorder. A federal study published last week reported that one in 40 children have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and ... Read more »
  • Mental Health Help Becoming Less of a Stigma in Military December 4, 2018 - MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Active-duty members of the U.S. military are much more open to the idea of mental health counseling than veterans, a new survey finds. "There has been a fundamental shift in the military regarding attitudes on mental health, and we have seen real progress ... Read more »
  • Doctors More Cautious Now When Prescribing Opioids to Kids December 4, 2018 - MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a steady decline in opioid prescriptions for children and teens in the United States since 2012, a new study reveals. "Understanding patterns of opioid use in children and adolescents is important because use in early life has been associated with a ... Read more »
  • 1 in 10 Will Develop Eczema in Their Lifetime December 4, 2018 - MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- About 10 percent of people will suffer from the itchy skin condition known as eczema at some point in their lives, new research shows. And though it is widely thought of as a pediatric condition, seniors are also highly vulnerable, the study suggests. ... Read more »
  • Sudden Death Risk in Epilepsy Can Wane Over Time December 4, 2018 - SUNDAY, Dec. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of sudden unexpected death in people with epilepsy can change over time, and it usually changes for the better, a new study reports. In what the researchers are calling hopeful news, the study found that people who have a medium or ... Read more »
  • Benefits of CBD Liquid for Epilepsy May Fade With Time: Study December 4, 2018 - SUNDAY, Dec. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A marijuana-derived drug that helps control epileptic seizures appears to become less effective over time in some patients, a new Israeli study reports. Cannabidiol (CBD) liquid has been proven effective against seizures, but about one-third of patients develop tolerance that blunts the drug's ... Read more »
  • Former President George H.W. Bush Dies at 94 December 2, 2018 - SATURDAY, Dec. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, died Friday night at his home in Houston at the age of 94. Bush, also the father of the 43rd President, George W. Bush, had battled numerous health issues over the past ... Read more »
  • Depression Is a Risk for Teens, Adults With Epilepsy December 2, 2018 - SATURDAY, Dec. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and adults with epilepsy are at increased risk for depression and should undergo regular screening, two new studies say. In one study, researchers evaluated nearly 400 teens, ages 15 to 18, with epilepsy. They found that 8 percent had moderate or severe ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Limit Exposure to BPA December 1, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in the production of some plastics, the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences says. It also may be found in food and drink packaging, and as lacquers to coat metal products, such as food cans, bottle tops and water ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Take Care of Your Child’s Vision December 1, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Regular eye checkups are important, especially for children, the American Optometric Association says. The newborn checkup at the hospital isn't enough, the group warns. By age 6 months, the association recommends that all children have a thorough eye exam. If your child has a healthy prognosis from ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 30, 2018 December 1, 2018 - Two More Blood Pressure Drugs Recalled Congo Ebola Outbreak Now 2nd Largest in History: WHO President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Will be Extended China Stops Work on Gene-Edited Babies
  • Carb Cycling: An Exercise in Weight Loss December 1, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Trying to choose between a high-carb and a low-carb diet? There's a third option that might suit you even better. The concept is called carb cycling, shorthand for alternating between high- and low-carbohydrate days. There's even a variation that lets you make every ... Read more »
  • Healthy Lifestyle Makes for a Healthy Heart During Menopause December 1, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who live a healthy lifestyle during the transition to menopause may help keep their blood vessels healthy as they age, a new study suggests. Compared with women who had the least healthy lifestyle, those who led the healthiest lifestyle had less thickening ... Read more »
  • Smoking Relapse Less Likely Among Vapers: Study December 1, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who switch to vaping can have the occasional cigarette without a complete relapse, new research suggests. The study included 40 people who quit smoking by using e-cigarettes (vaping). About half said they had either brief or regular tobacco smoking relapses, particularly in ... Read more »
  • Fetal Kicks May Help Babies Understand Their Bodies December 1, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When unborn babies kick in the womb, they may be developing awareness of their bodies, British researchers say. "Spontaneous movement and consequent feedback from the environment during the early developmental period are known to be necessary for proper brain mapping in animals such ... Read more »
  • AHA: Use Energy Drinks When Cramming for Exams? Your Heart May Pay a Price December 1, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Final exams – and the ensuing all-night study sessions they cause – are looming large for many students across the country. But reaching for energy drinks to perk up those drooping eyelids and boost study performance could do more harm than good. ... Read more »
  • The Heartbreaking Truth About Poor Cardiac Arrest Patients December 1, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Ambulance response times for cardiac arrest are longer in poor U.S. neighborhoods than in rich ones, which means poor patients are more likely to die, a new study finds. "When it comes to a cardiac arrest, every minute counts," said study author Dr. ... Read more »
  • Vaporized Pot Means a Higher High December 1, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A smokeless method of vaporizing and then inhaling pot packs a much more powerful punch than simply smoking weed, researchers say. That could raise safety concerns for users -- driving, for example. Marijuana vaporizers heat pot to a temperature just below combustion, allowing ... Read more »
  • An Abusive Partner May Worsen Menopause Symptoms December 1, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Emotional abuse may add to the woes of menopause, a new study suggests. Researchers found that women who are emotionally tormented by a spouse or partner may suffer from more night sweats, painful sex and hot flashes when their periods stop. "The data ... Read more »
  • Many Cases of Polio-Like Illness in Kids May Be Misdiagnosed December 1, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's a good chance that some cases of the mysterious polio-like illness seen recently in U.S. children may have been misdiagnosed, a new study reports. Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which causes potentially life-threatening paralysis and primarily strikes children, has been recurring in the ... Read more »
  • Stimulating One Brain Area May Ease Tough-to-Treat Depression December 1, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Electrical stimulation of a certain part of the brain may offer a new option for "treatment-resistant" depression, a small new study suggests. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that 25 patients with moderate-to-severe depression gained significant improvement in their mood ... Read more »
  • Untangling the Ties Between Troubled Teens and Pot Use December 1, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teens with behavioral problems are more likely than others to use marijuana -- but the drug itself doesn't increase conduct problems, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that a "cascading chain of events" predict marijuana use problems as teens become young adults, ... Read more »
  • Meth, Opioid Use in Pregnancy on the Rise December 1, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Methamphetamine and opioid use has soared among pregnant American women, putting the health of baby and mother at risk, a new study finds. While addiction among pregnant women has dramatically increased across the country, it disproportionally affects women living in rural America, where ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Decoding Bottled Water Terms November 30, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Bottled water is the fastest growing drink choice in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency says. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates bottled water as a packaged food under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The EPA defines the different types of water available: ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Safe Tips For Antibiotic Use November 30, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics are frequently prescribed to fight bacterial infections. But if used improperly, the bacteria they are meant to kill can become resistant. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines for safe antibiotic use: Use the medicine exactly as directed. Make sure the recipient takes the entire ... Read more »
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  • Firdapse Approved for Rare Autoimmune Disorder November 30, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Firdapse (amifampridine) tablets have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for adults with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS). It's the first agency-sanctioned treatment for the autoimmune disease that affects the connections between nerves and muscles. "Patients with LEMS have significant weakness ... Read more »
  • Working More, But Getting Less Done? November 30, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's no surprise that many Americans are working overtime. Conservative estimates say that 19 percent of adults put in 48 hours or more a week and 7 percent log in 60 or more. But what you might not realize is that, after a ... Read more »
  • Unlocking the Mysteries of Hair Growth November 30, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Have you ever wondered why hair grows on some parts of your body, but not others? New research offers a possible explanation. Scientists found that hairless skin secretes a protein that blocks a signaling pathway (WNT) that controls hair growth. Called Dickkopf 2 ... Read more »
  • Saunas Seem to Do a Heart Good, Research Shows November 30, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Love your time in the local sauna? Your heart may love it, too. New research from sauna-loving Finland suggests that for people aged 50 and older, saunas may lower their odds of risk of dying from heart disease. Specifically, just 5 percent of ... Read more »
  • Snoring May Be Bigger Health Threat to Women Than Men November 30, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The hearts of women who snore appear to become damaged more quickly than those of men who "saw lumber" at night, a new study suggests. Evaluating nearly 4,500 British adults who underwent cardiac imaging, researchers also learned that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may ... Read more »
  • Cost Matters to Those Sizing Up Weight-Loss Surgery November 30, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cost and how much they can lose matter more to folks considering weight-loss surgery than recovery time or the risk of complications, a new study finds. "Instead of asking patients about the reasons for or against particular procedures, we asked patients to tell ... Read more »
  • AHA: It Took Heart Attack to Reveal Young Woman’s Heart Defect November 30, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Growing up, Alanna Gardner learned she couldn't be too active. If she was, she would faint. Sometimes the spells prompted an emergency room visit. Doctors, however, never diagnosed the cause. Reluctantly, she gave up participating in sports. But after going away to ... Read more »
  • New Surgery Gets Amputee Moving Again — Without the ‘Phantom Limb’ Effect November 30, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Climbing enthusiast Jim Ewing lost his left foot in the aftermath of a 50-foot fall off a Cayman Islands cliff. But Ewing is scaling rock walls again with the aid of a robotic ankle and foot he works as well as his former ... Read more »
  • Prolonged Brain Connections Seen in Adults With Autism November 30, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Connections between different areas of the brain are sustained longer than usual in people with autism, perhaps explaining some of their symptoms, a new study suggests. It's possible these prolonged connections make it difficult for the brain to switch from one activity to ... Read more »
  • Middle School Football Players Show Changes in Key Brain Area November 30, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's more evidence that football may be changing the brains of adolescent players, and not in a good way. In a new study, researchers looked at MRI scans of 26 football-playing boys averaging 12 years of age. Comparing MRIs taken just before the ... Read more »
  • Asian Longhorned Tick Is Invading United States November 30, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Americans have unwelcome eight-legged visitors from the East, and they're here to stay. The Asian longhorned tick -- Haemaphysalis longicornis -- "is a tick indigenous to Asia, where it is an important vector of human and animal disease agents," warned a research team ... Read more »
  • Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Harm an Asthmatic Child November 30, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A 6-year-old boy with severe asthma wasn't responding to the usual treatments. It was only when family members stopped smoking marijuana at home that his breathing got better, according to his doctor. The boy's case shows that exposure to secondhand pot smoke can ... Read more »
  • Opioid Crisis, Suicides Driving Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy: CDC November 30, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Life expectancy in the United States has now declined for three years in a row, fueled largely by a record number of drug overdose deaths and rising suicide rates, new government statistics show. "It's really the first time we've seen this multi-year drop" ... Read more »
  • Climate Change Ups Heat Deaths, Especially Among Elderly: Report November 30, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Risk of heat-related disease and death is rising worldwide due to climate change, a new report warns. Hotter temperatures threaten the elderly and other vulnerable people with heat stress, and heart and kidney disease, according to an international team of experts. Last year, ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Bad Foods For Your Teeth November 29, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- The American Dental Association warns against certain foods and beverages that can contribute to tooth decay. Some foods are more difficult to clean from teeth, and eating them repeatedly can lead to cavities. Here's the ADA's list of foods you should avoid: Hard candies -- They tend ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Avoid the Appearance of Aging November 29, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- There's little you can do about wrinkles appearing -- they're a natural part of the aging process. That doesn't mean you can't take steps to avoid becoming too wrinkled, the American Academy of Dermatology says. Here's are the academy's suggestions: Wear sunscreen daily and apply it to ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 28, 2018 November 29, 2018 - Scientist Who Claimed World's 1st Gene-Edited Babies Says There May be 2nd Pregnancy Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Tahini Imported from Israel: FDA Kratom Products Have High Levels of Heavy Metals: FDA
  • Truxima Approved as First Biosimilar to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Drug November 29, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Truxima (rituximab-abbs) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first biosimilar to the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma drug Rituxan, the agency said Wednesday. A biosimilar is a biological product that is approved based on data showing it is "highly similar" ... Read more »
  • Only Endurance Exercise May Slow Aging November 29, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Running, swimming, cycling and other types of endurance exercise can slow cellular aging, but strength training may not, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at how different types of exercise affected telomeres in 124 inactive, young, healthy adults. Telomeres are protective caps on ... Read more »
  • What’s Best for Babies With Recurring Ear Infections November 29, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Infant ear infections can be a source of frustration for parents and babies alike. But there are steps to lessen them and, when they do occur, "less is more" is a better way to treat them. A typical infection can begin with bacterial ... Read more »
  • Seniors on Multiple Meds a Driving Hazard November 29, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many older drivers take medications known to raise the risk of a crash, a new study shows. It found that nearly 50 percent of older adults who drive use seven or more medications. Nearly 20 percent take what are called potentially inappropriate medications ... Read more »
  • AHA: Infections May Be a Trigger for Heart Attack, Stroke November 29, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol are well-known risk factors for cardiovascular disease. But what about just getting sick? Could picking up some type of bug increase your chance of having a stroke or heart attack? A new study suggests it ... Read more »
  • More Teens Try Pot Before Booze, Cigarettes November 29, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Rebellious teens used to reach for cigarettes or alcohol. Now, marijuana is increasingly their first choice, a new study reveals. Columbia University researchers who analyzed national survey data say the "gateway pattern" of substance use is changing. Since 2006, less than 50 percent ... Read more »
  • What Couch Potatoes Don’t Know Can Hurt Them November 29, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The fastest way to get a sedentary person moving is to tell them the specific health dangers of inactivity, a new report suggests. For the study, researchers surveyed 615 Australian adults, aged 18 to 77, about their levels of physical activity, as well ... Read more »
  • For Some Women, Mammograms May Need to Begin at 30: Study November 29, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women at increased risk for breast cancer should start receiving mammograms earlier than recommended, even as young as age 30, a new study contends. Young women who have dense breasts or a family history of breast cancer appear to benefit from regular mammograms ... Read more »
  • How Safe Is Food You Buy at Farmers’ Markets? November 29, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You might love getting fresh produce at your local farmers' market, but you should wash everything thoroughly when you get home. Why? Many farmers' market vendors don't follow food safety practices meant to prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses, a new study found. ... Read more »
  • Parkinson’s Gene Therapy Wires New Brain Circuits November 29, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental gene therapy for Parkinson's disease seems to work by rewiring key areas of the brain, a new study finds. The researchers focused on 15 Parkinson's patients who, in an earlier trial, had received so-called GAD gene therapy. GAD is an enzyme ... Read more »
  • Doctors’ Office Dementia Tests Are Often Wrong: Study November 29, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fast tests designed to help primary care doctors rapidly spot dementia in their elderly patients often get it wrong, a new British report contends. The finding concerns three widely used quick dementia tests: the "Mini-Mental State Examination" (intended to assess mental orientation and ... Read more »
  • Could Young Age at School Start Lead to False Diagnosis of ADHD? November 29, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Does being the youngest in the class up your child's odds of being erroneously diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? It might. New research suggests these kids appear to be about 30 percent more likely to receive a diagnosis of ADHD. However, ... Read more »
  • Sugary Drinks: A Big Risk for Type 2 Diabetes November 29, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you've got a sweet tooth, but you're worried about type 2 diabetes, you might want to skip sugary drinks. New research suggests that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages, such as cola, likely boost your risk of type 2 diabetes much more than the sugar ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Have a Fire Escape Plan November 28, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- A home fire is reported every 86 seconds, the U.S. National Safety Council says. Cooking equipment is the primary cause of fires, followed by heating equipment, smoking, electrical problems and children playing with matches and candles. The agency offers this advice to help keep your home safe ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Identifying Lung Cancer Risks For Non Smokers November 28, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Avoiding tobacco is an obvious way to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer. But there are still lung cancer risks if you're a nonsmoker, the American Cancer Society says. Testing your home for radon, avoiding secondhand smoke and limiting exposure to air pollutants can help prevent ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 27, 2018 November 28, 2018 - Kratom Products Have High Levels of Heavy Metals: FDA FDA to Update Medical Device Approvals Process CDC Confirms 116 Cases of Polio-Like Condition Claim About World's First Gene-Edited Babies Triggers Questions, Condemnation
  • Vitrakvi Approved for Cancers With Certain Genetic Trait November 28, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Vitrakvi (larotrectinib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat cancers with a specific inherited trait called a biomarker. The approval marks the second drug sanctioned to treat any type of cancer with a certain genetic feature, rather than ... Read more »
  • Healthy Ways to Deal With Conflict November 28, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Almost every relationship will be affected by conflict at some point. Whether it's with a spouse or a child, a co-worker or friend, there are healthy ways to address and resolve these problems, according to experts at the University of Texas at Austin ... Read more »
  • Freeze-Dried Vaccine May Help Rid World of Polio November 28, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A freeze-dried polio vaccine that could be used in locations without refrigeration might help doctors conquer the disease, researchers report. For the study, scientists freeze-dried the injectable vaccine into a powder and kept it at room temperature for four weeks. They then rehydrated ... Read more »
  • Health Surrogates Often in Dark About Loved One’s Wishes November 28, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Few people entrusted with making difficult health care decisions for older loved ones actually know what the patient would want, a new study contends. "Advance care planning cannot focus on the patient alone. The health care agent has to be brought into the ... Read more »
  • Just a Little Weightlifting Can Help Your Heart November 28, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An hour or less of weightlifting each week might significantly cut your risk of heart attack or stroke, new research suggests. Evaluating nearly 12,600 adults over more than a decade, scientists found that small amounts of resistance exercise weekly were linked to between ... Read more »
  • Nerve Zap Might Ease Pain of Herniated Disk November 28, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) --What if a simple zap to the spine could relieve the debilitating lower back and leg pain brought on by a herniated disk? Such is the promise of "pulse radiofrequency" therapy (pRF), which sends inflammation-reducing pulses of energy to nerve roots in the spine, ... Read more »
  • AHA: Blood Pressure Guidelines, One Year Later: Monitoring the Change November 28, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Tim Landis was a healthy 66-year-old who hiked, biked and jogged, wasn't overweight and watched what he ate. But after he died suddenly of a heart attack in January, tests revealed years of untreated high blood pressure that caused cardiovascular disease. At ... Read more »
  • Guys, Avoid ‘Rhino’ Sexual Enhancement Products, FDA Says November 28, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning men that "Rhino" products promising better sex may pose serious health risks. Since 2007, the FDA has identified more than 25 products marketed with variations of the name Rhino that contained hidden drug ingredients, the ... Read more »
  • AHA: There’s Still Time to Get a Flu Shot Before Peak Season Hits November 28, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- There isn't much news about this flu season yet, and the headlines about last year's terrible toll have faded. But don't stop paying attention to the annual health menace, and what nearly everyone needs to do about it: Get a flu shot. ... Read more »
  • It’s Safe to Eat Romaine Lettuce Again, But Check Labels: FDA November 28, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Caesar salad fans, rest easy: It's safe to eat romaine lettuce again. Just be sure to check the label, to avoid any chance of E. coli, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now says. In a statement released late Monday, FDA commissioner Dr. ... Read more »
  • Next for Disabling Back Pain? New Discs From Patients’ Own Cells November 28, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with disabling back pain may one day receive replacement spinal discs grown from their own stem cells, researchers say. Preliminary results in goats are encouraging, according to the University of Pennsylvania researchers who've been working toward this goal for about 15 years. ... Read more »
  • Want to Learn CPR? Try an Automated Kiosk November 28, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hands-only CPR training kiosks in public places are an effective way to teach this lifesaving skill, a new study shows. "These kiosks have the potential to lower barriers to training, increase the likelihood a bystander would perform CPR and positively impact the likelihood ... Read more »
  • Low-Dose Aspirin May Help Fight MS, Mouse Study Hints November 28, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Although the findings are so far only in mice, studies suggest that aspirin -- even the "low-dose" variety -- might help counter multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder where aberrant immune system T-cells attack and destroy the protective myelin protein ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Stay Active During Winter November 27, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- As you age, it can be difficult to stay active, particularly during winter. The National Institute on Aging urges people to stay active all year long. Here are the agency's suggestions: If you have grandchildren, when they visit, head outside to build a snowman together or go ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Thinking About A Pet? November 27, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- You should think about your lifestyle and family's needs before introducing a pet at home, the American Veterinary Medical Association says. Pets require love and attention, and a pet isn't right for every family, the group says. It advises here's what you should consider: Do you already ... Read more »
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  • 6 Common Gym Mistakes to Avoid November 27, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Once you've taken all the right steps to find a gym suited to your needs, avoiding some common mistakes will ensure maximum results for the time spent working out. First, don't just congratulate yourself for joining a gym -- you actually have to ... Read more »
  • Are You Better at Remembering Faces or Names? The Surprising Answer November 27, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Don't be surprised at holiday parties if you can remember someone's name but not their face. Despite what many believe, people are better at remembering names than faces, researchers found. In a series of tests, volunteers were able to recall up to 83 ... Read more »
  • Obesity Boosts Childhood Asthma Risk by 30 Percent November 27, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The wheezy lung disease asthma is yet one more problem linked to excess weight in childhood, a new study suggests. The research contends that as many as 10 percent of pediatric asthma cases in the United States could be avoided if childhood obesity ... Read more »
  • AHA: Autoimmune Response in Type 1 Diabetes May Lead to Heart Disease November 27, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Keeping type 1 diabetes under tight control through medication may help prevent people with the disease from developing an immune reaction to their own bodies, one that specifically attacks the heart, according to new research. Type 1 diabetes is the less common ... Read more »
  • Many Patients With Polyps Delay Follow-up Colonoscopy: Study November 27, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many people found to have colon polyps (adenomas) that can lead to cancer don't have follow-up colonoscopies at recommended times, a new study finds. Patients who have certain types of adenomas, or large or numerous ones, are at increased risk for colorectal cancer, ... Read more »
  • Alzheimer’s Vaccine Shows Promise in Mice November 27, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental Alzheimer's disease vaccine shows promise in animal tests, and researchers say it could have the potential to reduce dementia cases by half. In mice created to develop Alzheimer's, the vaccine triggered an immune response that reduced accumulation of two toxic proteins ... Read more »
  • U.S. Autism Rate Rises to 1 in 40 Children: Report November 27, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new government study finds that roughly 1 in 40 American children has autism, a huge jump from the previous estimate of 1 in every 59 children. The survey asked parents of more than 43,000 children between the ages of 3 and 17 ... Read more »
  • Donated Kidneys From Pot Users Seem Safe: Study November 27, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Marijuana use by live donors has no effect on kidney transplant outcomes for donors or recipients, a new study finds. National Kidney Registry recommendations exclude substance abusers from donating kidneys, and transplant centers may refuse live donors with a history of marijuana use. ... Read more »
  • Brain Changes Seen in MRIs of Young Football Players November 27, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- High-impact hits may affect the brain development of children and teens after just one season of football, preliminary research suggests. The study compared functional MRI scans taken pre- and post-season. The researchers saw more gray matter volume in those who had high-impact hits ... Read more »
  • Newly Mapped Genes May Hold Keys to ADHD November 27, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of American kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have a genetic vulnerability to the disease, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 55,000 individuals and identified 12 gene regions linked with ADHD. These regions probably affect the central nervous ... Read more »
  • A ‘Hypoallergenic’ Dog? You May Be Barking Up the Wrong Tree November 27, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Do so-called hypoallergenic dogs really protect you against asthma? Many dog-lovers believe it, but Swedish researchers found no evidence that "allergy-friendly" breeds -- such as poodles and miniature Schnauzers -- actually lower the risk for the wheezing lung disease. Previous studies have shown ... Read more »
  • Doctor Not Available for Diabetes Care? Nurse Practitioners Do Just as Well November 27, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There are many areas of the United States where doctors are in short supply, but the good news for diabetics is that nurse practitioners and physician assistants can often help fill that care gap. In fact, new research compared the care given by ... Read more »
  • After a Spouse’s Death, Sleep Woes Up Health Risks November 27, 2018 - MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The death of a spouse can understandably bring sleepless nights. Now, research suggests those sleep troubles raise the odds of immune system dysfunction -- which in turn can trigger chronic inflammation. For the surviving spouse, that could mean an increased risk for heart ... Read more »
  • Key Strategies When Caring for a Loved One With Dementia November 26, 2018 - SUNDAY, Nov. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other types of dementia should focus on four main safety issues, an expert says. Nearly 6 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association. About 16.1 million Americans provide unpaid care for ... Read more »
  • Holidays a Challenge for Those With Allergies November 25, 2018 - SATURDAY, Nov. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for people with food allergies. But one health expert suggests that these folks can still enjoy festive gatherings, as long as they take certain precautions. About 5 percent of children and 4 percent of adults ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Keep the Workplace Healthier November 24, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- The holidays are here again, offering plenty of stress, the temptation to overeat and a time crunch that restricts the need to get enough exercise. The office is no exception. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how to keep your workplace healthier during the holidays: ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Rinsing Your Sinuses November 24, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Nasal irrigation systems, sometimes called neti pots, use a saltwater solution to help tame congested sinuses. The devices, when used properly, can help moisten dried and swollen nasal passages. But if misused or improperly cleaned, they can also lead to infection, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... Read more »
  • When You Go From a Family of 3 to a Family of 4 November 24, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Wondering if having a second child will affect your marriage even more than baby number one did? There's no doubt that having a baby and changing from a couple into a family requires a lot of adjustment. But research shows that the adjustment ... Read more »
  • Music Therapy Helps Kids With Autism Connect to Others November 24, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When a child with autism can play the piano or sing a song, their brains may benefit, new research suggests. Music therapy increased connectivity in key brain networks, according to the researchers. Not only that, the sessions improved social communication skills and quality ... Read more »
  • Restaurant ‘Health Grade’ Posters Could Mean Safer Dining November 24, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Post a restaurant's "health grade" at the door and you may lower the chances its patrons will get sick with salmonella, a new study claims. Researchers compared salmonella infection rates in New York City to the rest of New York state before and ... Read more »
  • What You Can Do to Prevent Diabetes November 24, 2018 - FRIDAY, Nov. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Type 2 diabetes has reached alarming numbers in the United States. But you can prevent or delay it through healthy eating and active living, an expert suggests. Diabetes affects more than 30 million Americans, and type 2 is the most common form. As ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: What to Do Before Pregnancy November 23, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- You can do certain things before becoming pregnant to create a safe and healthy environment for your baby, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development says. First, you should pay attention to the foods you eat, the vitamins you take and the ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Ease Your Child’s Flu Symptoms November 23, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- When a child gets the flu, it usually doesn't require professional medical treatment, but the illness can make your child very uncomfortable. Here are suggestions on how to ease the flu's misery, courtesy of the Nemours Foundation: Make sure your child drinks plenty of liquids. To encourage ... Read more »
  • A Healthier Diet, a Healthier You November 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With more and more research uncovering the best foods for health, people are learning how important it is to focus on food quality to prevent weight gain and live longer. There are many approaches to consider. For instance, findings show that a diet ... Read more »
  • Early Language Skills Tied to Higher IQ Decades Later November 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- How quickly children pick up language skills may help predict their IQ in middle age, a new Danish study suggests. The researchers found a significant association between IQ test results at age 50 and the speed at which participants achieved a number of ... Read more »
  • Ask About the Antibiotics Prescribed for Your Child November 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Parents, there are a number of questions you should ask when your child is prescribed antibiotics in the hospital, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. While antibiotics can save lives, overuse of the drugs can lead to antibiotic resistance. "It's important to select ... Read more »
  • Frail Heart Patients at High Risk for Bleeding November 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Nov. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Older heart attack patients who are frail are at increased risk for bleeding when being treated, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 129,000 heart attack patients older than 65 who were treated at 775 U.S. hospitals between early 2015 ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Should You Be Worried About Memory Loss? November 22, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- It's taking you longer than it once did to learn a new task. Or you've forgotten about today's doctor's appointment. Should you be worried? In other words, do you have mild forgetfulness or symptoms of a more serious memory problem? The National Institute on Aging says you ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Caring for Bronchitis November 22, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes that carry air into your lungs. When these tubes become infected, they swell and become lined with mucus, making it more difficult to breathe. Symptoms may include cough, sore throat, fever, chest congestion and shortness of breath. The American Academy ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 21, 2018 November 22, 2018 - U.S. Abortions Decline 24 Percent: CDC U. Maryland Student Dies of Adenovirus-Related Illness Cigarette Boxes to Carry 'Corrective Statements' Outlining Health Risks FDA Warns Two Companies About Bogus Opioid Addiction Treatments
  • Finding the Right Number of ‘Reps’ When Strength Training November 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When you first start strength training, almost any weight you lift will bring some results. But also use this time to learn proper form, the American College of Sports Medicine advises. As you progress, you can zero in on the best amount of ... Read more »
  • Host a Healthy Thanksgiving Feast November 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There are a number of ways you can serve up a healthier Thanksgiving meal, a nutrition expert says. "Cut back on boxed and premade processed foods by making more dishes from scratch," said Mindy Athas. She is an outpatient dietitian nutritionist at Carroll ... Read more »
  • Smoking Bans Might Help Nonsmokers’ Blood Pressure November 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking bans in public places might protect more than the lungs of nonsmokers, with new research suggesting a beneficial effect on blood pressure. "We found that nonsmoking adults in the study who lived in areas with smoke-free laws in restaurants, bars or workplaces ... Read more »
  • AHA: Be Thankful for Cranberries’ Health Benefits All Year Long November 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- No respectable Thanksgiving plate is without some form of cranberry, but the fruit's popularity seems to plummet the other 364 days of the year. That's a shame, nutrition experts say, because cranberries deliver a bundle of health benefits. And they're quite efficient: ... Read more »
  • Family Meals Make for Teens Who Eat Healthy November 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Want your teenager to eat better? Have more family meals, even if your family isn't particularly close, new research suggests. "Gathering around the dinner table is sort of a magical thing," said lead researcher Kathryn Walton, a dietitian and Ph.D. student at the ... Read more »
  • How Long Will Your Teen Live? Personality Might Tell November 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Does your teenager's personality actually predict how long he or she will live? Yes, claims new research that finds high school students who tend to be calm, empathetic and intellectually curious are more likely to still be alive 50 years later than their ... Read more »
  • E. Coli-Tainted Romaine Lettuce Threatens the Frail, Sick Most November 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials have warned all Americans to stay away from romaine lettuce this holiday season, due to potential contamination with E. coli. So far, 32 people across 11 states have been sickened. Although no one has died, illnesses have been so severe ... Read more »
  • Computer-Brain Link Helps ‘Locked In’ People Chat, Surf Web November 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Writing an e-mail. Sending a text message. Surfing the internet. These are activities taken for granted by most, but denied to paralyzed people who've lost the use of their arms and hands. Now, thanks to a brain implant, a small group of paralyzed ... Read more »
  • Night Shift Plus Unhealthy Habits Equals Higher Diabetes Risk November 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Rotating night-shift work together with an unhealthy lifestyle significantly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, researchers say. "Most cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented by adherence to a healthy lifestyle, and the benefits could be larger in rotating night-shift workers," ... Read more »
  • Give Thanks for These Foods That Help Preserve Aging Memory November 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When your mom told you to eat your veggies and drink your orange juice, she was on to something: They may help preserve your brain health, new research suggests. A 20-year study of men who were health professionals tied a diet rich in ... Read more »
  • Probiotics Show No Effect on Kids’ Tummy Upsets November 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When young children have a bout of "stomach flu," parents often turn to probiotics for help. But two new clinical trials suggest they are wasting their money. Researchers found that probiotic formulas showed no benefit for babies and preschoolers with acute gastroenteritis -- ... Read more »
  • Skin ‘Glow’ Test Might Someday Spot Disease Risk Early November 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A test that measures wavelengths of light coming off skin cells might detect type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even your risk of dying, new research shows. It's possible that -- someday -- a quick "autofluorescence" light test to the skin might be ... Read more »
  • As Vaping Became Popular Among Young, Smoking Rates Fell November 22, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The advent of the e-cigarette appears to have spurred a huge drop in tobacco smoking rates among teenagers and young adults, a new study claims. Previous research has argued that vaping could prove to be a gateway drug for smoking, by getting youngsters ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Help Fight Fatty Liver Disease November 21, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Fatty liver disease occurs when fat deposits build up in the liver, the organ that filters blood coming from the digestive tract. The disease may stem from heavy alcohol use, or not involve alcohol at all, the National Library of Medicine says. If you have either type, ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Removing a Stuck Ring November 21, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Normal joint and tissue swelling can make a ring difficult to remove from your finger. Or a stuck ring can be a symptom of swollen joints caused by arthritis. Either way, you may not have to leave the ring on permanently or have it cutt off, the ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 20, 2018 November 21, 2018 - Vaccine-Exempt Students Behind N.C. Chickenpox Outbreak CDC Creates Task Force to Track Polio-Like Disease Cap'n Crunch Cereal Recalled Due to Salmonella Scare
  • The Skinny on New Sugar Calorie Counts November 21, 2018 - TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is getting serious about added sugars. Acting on the health recommendation that calories from added sugars shouldn't exceed 10 percent of your daily total calories, new nutrition labels will break down a food's sugar content so you ... Read more »