• Health Tip: Travel Safely With a Child November 23, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- Long-distance travel is worrisome enough. But add a child to the mix, and stress levels can only rise. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to make traveling with a child easier: Adjust your child's sleep schedule a few days before departure to minimize jet lag. Once ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Identify Risk Factors for Anorexia November 23, 2017 - HealthDay News) -- Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that's triggered by the misperception that a person is overweight. This causes the person to eat less, triggering dangerous weight loss. People tend to develop anorexia in their teens or young adulthood. It is more common among females. The U.S. Department ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 22, 2017 November 23, 2017 - Adjustable Implanted Cataract Lens Approved by FDA Parasite May Threaten Lives of Hundreds of Vietnam War Veterans David Cassidy Dead at Age 67
  • An Exercise Game Plan for Boomers November 23, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a member of the baby boom generation, don't think you're too old to exercise. On the contrary, it's especially important for you to stay active, and even more so if you have a condition that threatens mobility, such as osteoarthritis or ... Read more »
  • It’s the Latest Diet Craze, But Is It Safe? November 23, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- What if you could have your cake, eat it, too, and lose weight? A nutritional fad called CICO -- short for "Calories In, Calories Out" -- promises just that for those looking to shed some pounds. The pitch is straightforward: Eat whatever you ... Read more »
  • How to Stay Out of the ER This Thanksgiving November 23, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking some simple precautions can help keep you and your family healthy over the Thanksgiving holiday, says an emergency medicine expert. "A few simple steps to avoid preventable injury or illness can go a long way toward making sure you safely enjoy the ... Read more »
  • Smoggy Air May Spawn Weaker Sperm November 23, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men who have trouble conceiving may have the air they breathe to blame, a new study by Chinese researchers suggests. Microscopic particles in the air called particulate matter (PM2.5) may affect the quality of sperm, which in turn can make it difficult to ... Read more »
  • Medicaid Tied to Better Addiction Treatment in Pregnancy November 23, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy and opioid addiction are an all-too-common problem in the United States. And where you live may affect your treatment. Addicted moms-to-be are more likely to receive recommended therapy if they live in states where anti-addiction medications are covered by Medicaid, a new ... Read more »
  • 1 in 4 U.S. Seniors With Cancer Has Had It Before November 23, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For a quarter of American seniors, a cancer diagnosis signals the return of an old foe, new research shows. Even in cancer patients younger than 65, one in 10 cases involves people who've had the disease before, the study of nearly 741,000 people ... Read more »
  • The Booze You Choose Can Sway Your Mood November 23, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The booze you choose can frequently steer your mood, according to a new global survey. About half of those who drink red wine and beer said it makes them feel relaxed and mellow, results from the Global Drug Survey show. Roughly two of ... Read more »
  • Easy Ways to Keep Holiday Eating in Check November 23, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For many Americans, Thanksgiving kicks off a season of high-calorie eating. The trick this time of year is to enjoy the goodies without packing on extra pounds. It's important to eat in moderation rather than denying yourself any goodies, said food expert Shreela ... Read more »
  • Spread Joy, Not Foodborne Illness, for Thanksgiving November 23, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Though foodborne illness can put a quick end to Thanksgiving festivities, that need not be the case, food safety experts say. That's because ensuring that homemade holiday meals are not only delicious but germ-free is within the grasp of not just experienced chefs, ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Diabetes Affects Women Differently November 22, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes affects about the same number of women and men, but it affects them differently. According to the Office on Women's Health, women with diabetes have: A higher risk of developing heart disease, the most common complication of diabetes. Lower survival rate and a poorer quality of ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Osteoporosis November 22, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- More than 10 million Americans, mostly women, have osteoporosis, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says. The disease causes softening of the bones, making them more prone to fracture. The risk of osteoporosis rises as a person ages. The agency suggests how osteoporosis may be delayed or ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 21, 2017 November 22, 2017 - Raw Milk From 'Udder Milk' Co. Poses Health Risk: CDC Conjoined Twins Go Home for Thanksgiving Tobacco Industry Anti-Smoking Ads Begin on U.S. TV This Weekend U.S. Will Have More Severe Thunderstorms, Floods Due to Climate Change: Study Saliva Test Could Diagnose Concussion: Study Poultry Salads Recalled by Trader Joe's
  • Everything You Need to Know About Exercise and Hydration November 22, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Working up a good sweat when you exercise lets you know you're working hard, but it's also a sign that you're losing water -- water that needs to be replaced. Water not only regulates your body temperature, it also helps lubricate joints and ... Read more »
  • Women Still Want Annual Mammograms November 22, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most American women would prefer to get a mammogram to screen for breast cancer every year rather than every two years, a new study finds. Currently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women at average risk for breast cancer be screened ... Read more »
  • Male Triathletes May Be Harming Their Hearts November 22, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Men who compete in triathlons could be putting their hearts at risk, a new study contends. The finding results from an examination of 55 male triathletes who averaged 44 years old, and 30 female triathletes, with an average age of 43. All participated ... Read more »
  • Getting Annual Flu Shot Won’t Weaken Your Immune System November 22, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's no evidence to support the notion that people who get the flu vaccine every year somehow "weaken" their immune system over time, researchers say. In fact, annual vaccination seemed tied to stronger immune cell activity, according to the Norwegian research team. That's ... Read more »
  • Almost 21 Million Worldwide Now Have Access to HIV Meds November 22, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people with HIV who take life-saving antiretroviral medications has increased by tens of millions worldwide in recent decades, a United Nations report says. The number rose from 685,000 in 2000 to 20.9 million as of June 2017, according to UNAIDS, ... Read more »
  • Is a Common Shoulder Surgery Useless? November 22, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research casts doubt on the true effectiveness of a common type of surgery used to ease shoulder pain. A British research team tracked outcomes for patients who underwent "decompression surgery" to treat shoulder impingement -- a condition where a shoulder tendon rubs ... Read more »
  • Insulin Pill May Delay Type 1 Diabetes in Some November 22, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's often said that timing is everything. New research suggests this may be true when giving an insulin pill to try to prevent or delay type 1 diabetes. Researchers tested the effect of insulin pills on 560 children and adults whose relatives had ... Read more »
  • Sunrise, Sunset: Ancient Rhythms Still Dictate Human Life November 22, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Humankind long ago conquered the darkness with the invention of artificial light. But new research shows that, by and large, the sun's daily cycle still dictates people's activity. Finnish researchers say most people still schedule their daily routines around the natural ebb and ... Read more »
  • Prep, Patience Help Keep the Family Peace at Thanksgiving November 22, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to keep things peaceful when your family gathers for Thanksgiving? It's possible. "There are a lot of reasons why your emotions might be a bit more on edge during a holiday family gathering," said Dr. Alex Kowalski, an assistant professor in the ... Read more »
  • Self-Harm Cases Surging Among U.S. Girls November 22, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's a new sign of mental distress among American girls: Nearly 20 percent more young teen and preteen females have sought emergency room treatment for poisoning, cutting or harming themselves yearly since 2009, research shows. Girls ages 10 to 14 had an 18.8 ... Read more »
  • Opioid Crisis Hitting Boomers, Millennials Hardest November 22, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. opioid epidemic seems to be taking its biggest toll on the baby boomer and millennial generations, a new study suggests. Researchers found that since 2010, boomers -- born between 1946 and 1964 -- have had heightened rates of death from prescription ... Read more »
  • Report: Industry Hid Decades-Old Study Showing Sugar’s Unhealthy Effects November 22, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Big Sugar seems to have copied the Big Tobacco playbook, a new report contends. More than four decades ago, a study in rats funded by the sugar industry found evidence linking the sweetener to heart disease and bladder cancer, the paper trail investigation ... Read more »
  • Babies Start Connecting Words Early On November 22, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Babies apparently have a better understanding of adults' language than you might think. New research reveals that they can identify the meanings of some words and even recognize that some words are more connected to certain words than to others. The finding is ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: How Much Exercise Do You Need? November 21, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- We all know that exercise is good for us, but how much do we need at each stage of life? The U.S. Library of Medicine suggests: Adults should get 30 minutes of aerobic activity each day -- in the form of walking, running, biking or swimming. Additionally, ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Infant Medication Advice For New Moms November 21, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- A new mom has enough stress on her hands without worrying about giving medication to her newborn. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests: Get your doctor's advice before giving medication to your baby. Store any medication out of your infant's reach. Use a dosage device such ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 20, 2017 November 21, 2017 - Opioid Epidemic Cost the U.S. Half a Trillion in 2015: Report Charles Manson Dead at Age 83 Sleeping on Side Reduces Stillbirth Risk: Study David Cassidy Remains in Intensive Care With Organ Failure
  • Family Vacations That Are Fun for All November 21, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a family vacation is a great way to have quality time, but going on a trip that each family member will enjoy takes some planning. Consider choices for an activity-oriented trip. Besides health benefits, vacations make great memories when everyone participates. Start ... Read more »
  • Cancer Survivors Can Develop PTSD, Too November 21, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People usually imagine post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as happening to war veterans or assault victims. But new research shows the trauma of a cancer scare often leaves survivors with the condition. Many may not want to admit how they feel, the study's lead ... Read more »
  • Most U.S. Parents Can’t Find Good Childcare: Survey November 21, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two-thirds of U.S. parents with young children say it's difficult to find a childcare or preschool facility that meets their health and safety standards, new survey results show. Researchers questioned more than 300 parents nationwide who had at least one child aged 1 ... Read more »
  • Heavier Women May Need Mammograms More Often November 21, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are overweight or obese may need to be screened for breast cancer more frequently, new Swedish research suggests. The reason? Overweight or obese women are at greater risk of having breast cancer detected after the tumor has grown large -- over ... Read more »
  • Diabetes, High Blood Pressure While Pregnant Spells Trouble Later On November 21, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you develop both diabetes and high blood pressure during pregnancy, you face a much higher risk of future trouble than women who only develop one of those conditions while pregnant, researchers report. And that future trouble can include heart disease, the Canadian ... Read more »
  • Quickly Treating Mini-Stroke Can Cut Risk for Future Stroke November 21, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Prompt treatment of a mini-stroke could reduce the likelihood of having a full-blown stroke by roughly 80 percent, according to a new report. People who have a mini-stroke -- officially called a transient ischemic attack (TIA) -- typically recover from symptoms, such as ... Read more »
  • Motorcycle Crashes Far More Deadly Than Car Crashes November 21, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Motorcycle crashes are far costlier than car accidents, both in lives lost and in medical expenses, a new study shows. Canadian researchers found that the death rate from motorcycle crashes was five times greater than from car crashes, and the rate of severe ... Read more »
  • Teens’ Painkiller Misuse Linked to Dating Violence November 21, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who abuse prescription drugs, like opioid painkillers, are prone to initiating or being victims of dating violence, a new study finds. In a nationwide survey of more than 10,000 teenagers who had dated in the past year, the researchers found that non-medical ... Read more »
  • Shaming Overweight Kids Only Makes Things Worse November 21, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight kids who are shamed or stigmatized are more likely to binge eat or isolate themselves than to make positive changes such as losing weight, a leading pediatricians' group says. In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers guidance ... Read more »
  • When Treating Infertility, Vitamin D Levels May Be Key November 21, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women with low vitamin D levels may be less likely to have a baby after assisted reproductive technology (ART) than those with normal vitamin D levels, a new study suggests. The finding stemmed from a review of 11 published studies that involved a ... Read more »
  • Severe Psoriasis May Make Diabetes Increasingly Likely November 21, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with the skin disease psoriasis are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, and the more severe the psoriasis, the greater their risk, a new study finds. Researchers examined data on nearly 85,000 adults in the United Kingdom, including 8,100 who had ... Read more »
  • How to Spot an Eating Disorder November 21, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating disorders are common in the United States. But they're hard to identify and tough to fix. "Eating disorders are serious conditions that ... negatively impact your health, emotions and ability to function in important areas of life," said Dr. Asim Shah. Moreover, ... Read more »
  • How to Spot the Virus That Puts Some Babies in the Hospital November 20, 2017 - SUNDAY, Nov. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Is your baby's stuffy nose and cough just a cold or something more serious? It could be respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the leading cause of infant hospitalization in the United States, experts say. RSV causes symptoms similar to those of other viruses, including ... Read more »
  • What It Takes to Get Teens Moving November 19, 2017 - SATURDAY, Nov. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Teens with friends are active teens, a new study suggests. "You can build beautiful parks and facilities; but if children don't have friends to play with, these facilities won't be enough to increase their physical activity," said study lead author Sarah-Jeanne Salvy. "Peers ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Safety Advice for the Holidays November 18, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The joyous holidays may end up being a nightmare if a child gets hurt during the festivities. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to keep little ones safe: Clean up immediately after a holiday party. A toddler could choke on leftover food ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: A Pet May Improve Your Health November 18, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- Getting a pet can improve not only your emotional outlook but your physical health as well, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC says furry companions have been shown to trigger these health improvements: Decreased blood pressure. Decreased cholesterol. Decreased triglycerides. Reduced feelings ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 17, 2017 November 18, 2017 - Jesse Jackson has Parkinson's Disease Human Cases of Salmonella Rise to 66 in U.S. Outbreak Linked to Pet Turtles FDA Announces Tighter Regulation of Stem Cell Therapies American Heart Association President Suffers Heart Attack at Group's Annual Meeting
  • Office Workers Don’t Like Being Chained to Their Desks November 18, 2017 - FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with desk jobs want to move more, a new study suggests. "To our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate how long desk-based workers actually want to sit, stand, walk and be physically active," said study lead author Birgit Sperlich. She's ... Read more »
  • Can Girls Help Boost Boys’ Reading Scores? November 18, 2017 - FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Boys tend to pay more attention in school when there are girls around, and new research suggests it's not just about how the girls look. The study found that young men got better reading marks in school when they were outnumbered by young ... Read more »
  • 5 Tasty Diet Desserts November 18, 2017 - FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Satisfying a sweet tooth can be tricky when you're trying to reach or maintain an ideal weight. You want to enjoy dessert without racking up fat and calories or triggering the urge to overeat. All healthy lifestyle diets stress fruit for dessert, but ... Read more »
  • Hey, Single Folk: Adopting a Dog Could Lengthen Your Life November 18, 2017 - FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Here's to keeping your health on a tight leash: New research suggests that having a dog might boost a single person's life span. The study tracked more than 3.4 million Swedes, middle-aged and older, for 12 years. All were free of heart disease ... Read more »
  • Poor Prognosis for Diabetic Foot Sores November 18, 2017 - FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research underscores the need for early treatment of diabetic foot ulcers to guard against infection. Foot ulcers are open wounds that develop because of diabetes-related damage to the nerves of blood vessels in the feet. They're prone to infection and heal slowly. ... Read more »
  • Flu Shot Could Help Your Kid Avoid Hospital November 18, 2017 - FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's an easy way for parents to help cut their child's chances of ending up in the hospital with the flu -- get them vaccinated, researchers say. For the new study, the Canadian researchers analyzed the medical records of nearly 10,000 children, aged ... Read more »
  • Gulf War Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Are Distinct Disorders: Study November 18, 2017 - FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The diagnosis and treatment of two conditions -- chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War illness -- could improve thanks to the discovery of distinct brain chemistry signatures in people with these disorders, researchers say. The illnesses share symptoms such as pain, fatigue, thinking ... Read more »
  • Dr. Tommy John Hopes Fewer Young Athletes Need Dad’s Namesake Surgery November 18, 2017 - FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a long and illustrious pro baseball career, Tommy John is more famous as the source of the name for a surgical procedure than for the nearly 300 games the left-handed pitcher won. But Dr. Tommy John -- who shares his dad's name ... Read more »
  • Could New ‘Brain Training’ Program Help Prevent Dementia? November 18, 2017 - FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In what is being billed as a first, researchers report that healthy seniors who tried a new brain-training program were less likely to develop dementia down the road. "Everyone with a brain is at risk of dementia," noted study author Jerri Edwards. But ... Read more »
  • More Patients Are Having a Say in Their Medical Care November 18, 2017 - FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. doctors and patients are making more decisions together, which looks like a win-win for both, researchers say. A new analysis of national survey data found that shared decision-making between doctors and patients rose 14 percent between 2002 and 2014. Patients said doctors ... Read more »
  • Spare the Rod, Spur Better Behavior? November 18, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Before you let your parental frustration get the better of you, a new study suggests you should refrain from spanking your misbehaving youngster. Researchers analyzed data from more than 12,000 children in the United States and found that those who had been spanked ... Read more »
  • Calm Parents Help Calm Kids With ADHD November 18, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As challenging as it can be to raise a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research offers biological evidence that calm, positive parenting may help these kids master their own emotions and behaviors. The study was conducted with parents of preschool ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Talking With Your Child’s Cancer-Care Team November 17, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- If your child has cancer and is being treated by a team of specialists, frequent and open communication is essential. The American Cancer Society suggests how to talk with team members: Actively take part in your child's care. Communication should be clear, direct and honest. Treat team ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: If There’s a Wildfire Nearby November 17, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- Smoke from a nearby wildfire threatens anyone, but poses even more of a threat to people with asthma, COPD, heart disease or diabetes, the American Lung Association says. The group suggests what to do if a wildfire burns near you: Stay inside, if possible. Do not rely ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 16, 2017 November 17, 2017 - Obamacare Sign-Ups 45 Percent Higher This Year Former NFL Player First Living Person to be Diagnosed with CTE: Study Vaccine Shortage Hampering Efforts to Fight U.S. Hepatitis A Outbreaks Anaheim Legionnaires' Disease Infection Cases Reach 15
  • New Hemophilia Treatment Stems Bleeding Episodes November 17, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hemlibra (emicizumab-kxwh) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent or reduce the number of bleeding episodes among certain people with hemophilia A. The injected drug was approved for patients with antibodies called Factor VIII inhibitors. People with hemophilia ... Read more »
  • Preventing Sports Injuries November 17, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Simple steps can help keep you from being sidelined by a sports injury. First, make it a rule to bookend every workout with a warm-up and a cool-down. The warm-up is meant to increase your heart rate and blood flow to muscles. Start ... Read more »
  • Obamacare May Have Helped More Americans Quit Smoking November 17, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saw a greater increase in low-income adults who quit smoking than did states that did not expand Medicaid, a new study found. Under the health care act, states that expanded Medicaid had to offer ... Read more »
  • If Dad Has Depression, Kids Might Develop It, Too November 17, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having a father with depression may put teens at a heightened risk for the mental health problem, a new study suggests. Previous research had linked depression in mothers and in their children. But according to the investigators, this is the first study to ... Read more »
  • Face It: Drinking, Smoking Takes Toll on Looks November 17, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Don't want to look old before your time? A new study suggests that heavy drinking and smoking -- besides posing serious health risks -- make people look older than they actually are. The research tracked more than 11,500 Danish adults, aged 21 to ... Read more »
  • Hospital Midwives, Lower C-Section Rates? November 17, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant mothers seeking to lower their risk of a cesarean delivery might want to consider getting a midwife involved, a new study suggests. In addition, midwives were tied to less need for a surgical incision called an episiotomy during childbirth, the researchers reported. ... Read more »
  • One Type of Diet Can Add Years to Your Life November 17, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people who follow a low-fat weight-loss plan could tack extra years onto their life, a new review of medical evidence suggests. Such diets appear to help decrease overall risk of early death by 18 percent in people with obesity, amounting to six ... Read more »
  • Kids Still Getting Risky Painkiller After Tonsillectomy November 17, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite safety warnings from drug regulators, some U.S. children are still being given a risky painkiller after having their tonsils removed, a new study finds. At issue is the opioid painkiller codeine. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a "black ... Read more »
  • Breathing Dirty Air May Raise Miscarriage Risk November 17, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smog might raise a woman's risk of miscarriage early in her pregnancy, a new study suggests. Chronic exposure seemed to increase that risk by more than 10 percent, according to researchers who tracked hundreds of pregnancies among couples in Michigan and Texas. "We ... Read more »
  • FDA Seeks to Speed Development of ‘Regenerated’ Organs for Medical Use November 17, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Using stem cells to grow new heart tissue, and even whole organs, used to be the stuff of science fiction. But the field of "regenerative medicine" is a reality now -- and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has its eye on it, ... Read more »
  • Many Hospice Workers Lack Their Own End-of-Life Directives November 17, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- They deal with death and dying every day, but many hospice care workers haven't outlined their own end-of-life wishes for medical care, researchers say. For the study, investigators analyzed survey responses from about 900 hospice care providers. Only 44 percent had completed an ... Read more »
  • CDC Wants America to Eat Its Fruits & Veggies November 17, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fruits and vegetables can be delicious and nutritious -- but too many Americans are still passing them by, a new report finds. Just 9 percent of adults eat enough vegetables and only 12 percent get the recommended amount of fruit daily, according to ... Read more »
  • The Best and Worst Ways to Say ‘I Love You’ November 17, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- To make someone feel loved, a small gesture might be best, a new study suggests. When Americans were asked what makes them feel loved, things such as showing compassion or snuggling with a child were tops. The least effective measures? Controlling behaviors, such ... Read more »
  • ‘Boomers’ Doing Better at Avoiding Eye Disease of Aging November 17, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Macular degeneration is a major cause of vision loss in older Americans. But new research shows that baby boomers are somehow avoiding the illness at higher rates than their parents did. Why the improvement? The researchers aren't sure, but say that lowered rates ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Stress Can Impact Sleep November 16, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- Too much stress may make it difficult to fall asleep or stay that way. The National Sleep Foundation says your body may be offering clues that there's too much stress in your life. Among them: Your mind continues to race after your head hits the pillow. You ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Hearing Loss May Affect Brain Health November 16, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- About a third of people aged 65 to 74 are affected by hearing loss, as are about half of those 75 and older, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says. Aside from missing out on spirited conversation, hearing loss can affect the health of your brain, the ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 15, 2017 November 16, 2017 - FDA Approves Device to Treat Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Drug for Rare Genetic Enzyme Disorder Approved by FDA Senate Tax Bill Includes Repeal of Affordable Care Act's Mandated Coverage Scientists Make First Attempt at DNA Editing Inside the Body
  • Mepsevii Approved for Rare Enzyme Disorder November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mepsevii (vestronidase alfa-vjbk) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare, genetic disorder called mucopolysaccharidosis type VII, sometimes called Sly syndrome. Affecting fewer than 150 people worldwide, the extremely rare disorder typically causes various skeletal abnormalities that ... Read more »
  • How to Do a Skin Cancer Body Check November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Every year, about 5 million Americans are treated for skin cancer -- an abnormal growth of skin cells that most often develops on areas exposed to the sun. You can spot early signs by regularly checking your skin for changes. Everyone is susceptible ... Read more »
  • Millions Could Miss Out on a Potential Alzheimer’s Breakthrough November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even if researchers were to find a groundbreaking new treatment for Alzheimer's disease, millions of people might not benefit from it, new research reveals. That's because the U.S. health care system doesn't have the ability to quickly implement a newly approved treatment on ... Read more »
  • Study Untangles Disparity in Colon Cancer Survival Rates November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health insurance and tumor characteristics are major reasons for the differences in colon cancer survival rates between blacks and whites in the United States, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from nearly 200,000 Americans with colon cancer, ages 18-64, and found that ... Read more »
  • U.S. May Still Benefit From Climate Accord November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris Accord on climate change, the United States will benefit from international efforts to slow the global environmental threat, researchers say. Improvements in air quality and health are likely as a result of domestic and global ... Read more »
  • Diabetes May Be Driving High Rates of Breast Cancer in Black Women November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Type 2 diabetes may increase the risk for an aggressive type of breast cancer among black women in the United States, a new study finds. Researchers from Boston University analyzed data from more than 54,000 black women who were cancer-free at the start ... Read more »
  • Why a Headache Feels So Draining November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For many people, nothing's more draining than a throbbing headache or toothache. Scientists now think they know why. In experiments with mice, researchers at Duke University found that sensory neurons in the head and face are directly linked to one of the brain's ... Read more »
  • Top Anti-Opioid Meds Are Equally Safe, Effective November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The top two medications used to treat opioid addiction appear equally safe and effective, a new study finds. With the United States in the midst of an unprecedented opioid crisis, researchers conducted a head-to-head trial of two leading addiction treatments -- naltrexone (Vivitrol) ... Read more »
  • Pricey ER Tests for Chest Pain Often Unnecessary November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- ER doctors frequently use pricey but unnecessary tests to determine whether people with chest pain are having a heart attack, a new study reveals. Results show that patients don't do any better when CT scans or treadmill stress tests are tacked onto the ... Read more »
  • Staying Active May Lower Odds for Glaucoma November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You probably know that exercise benefits your heart and waistline. But how about your vision? Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles analyzed long-term data on American adults, and found that the most physically active folks were 73 percent less likely to ... Read more »
  • Could Your Cat Give You ‘Bird Flu?’ November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. scientists are reporting a case of a veterinarian who apparently caught "bird flu" from an infected cat at a New York City animal shelter. The case occurred in December 2016. The unnamed veterinarian got through the battle with the H7N2 strain of ... Read more »
  • Don’t Fret Delays in Treating Colon Cancer, Study Suggests November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Delays in colon cancer treatment may not increase the risk of death, according to a new study. Canadian researchers examined data from more than 900 people diagnosed with stage 1 to stage 3 colon cancer. Some began treatment within a month of diagnosis, ... Read more »
  • Virtual Reality: A Helping Hand After Stroke November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Virtual reality games have shown promise as a treatment for pain and the aftermath of trauma. Now, a new study finds the therapy can also help stroke patients recover some use of their arms and hands. Playing these games was as effective as ... Read more »
  • Trauma Greets Many Illegal Immigrants in U.S. November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American dream is nightmarish for many illegal immigrants. More than three-quarters living in a city near the California-Mexico border have suffered a traumatic event, a new study reveals. The result: Many are living with significant psychological distress, say researchers from Rice University ... Read more »
  • ‘Fountain of Youth’ Gene Discovered in Secluded Amish Community November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Talk about good genes. Researchers report they have discovered a genetic mutation in Amish families living in Indiana that not only protects against type 2 diabetes, but also appears to boost longevity. Even better, the Northwestern University scientists said that an experimental longevity ... Read more »
  • U.S. Seniors Struggle More to Pay for Health Care Compared to Other Countries November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's often no fun getting old in America: A new report finds the availability of health care for U.S. seniors lags behind that of other affluent nations. Access to insurance isn't an issue, because all Americans 65 and older are covered by Medicare. ... Read more »
  • Cardiac Arrest Rare in Young Athletes But Tough to Predict November 16, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes have a very low risk of suffering a fatal cardiac arrest -- and most of those tragic cases probably cannot be predicted, new research suggests. The study confirms that cardiac arrest is a rare thing among athletes younger than 45. It ... Read more »
  • Can Treating Gum Disease Keep Blood Pressure in Line? November 16, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Aggressively treating gum disease may help lower blood pressure in people at high risk for high blood pressure, according to new research. The study involved 107 Chinese women and men, aged 18 and older, who had pre-hypertension (blood pressure on the high end ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Stay Safe as a Pedestrian November 15, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- You've probably heard of "distracted driving," but what about "distracted walking?" Largely due to the immense popularity of cell phones, pedestrian deaths reached nearly 6,000 in the United States last year, a 9 percent jump over 2015, the National Safety Council says. Walking remains a great way ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Spread Awareness of the Opioid Epidemic November 15, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- The number of overdose deaths from prescription and illegal opioid drugs has more than quadrupled since 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. You can do your part to help reverse the trend by alerting others to the dangers of these drugs, and helping ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 14, 2017 November 15, 2017 - FDA Warns About Illegal Use of Injectable Silicone for Body Contouring Rising Diabetes Rates Costing U.S. Employers Slower Eating May Protect Health: Study
  • ‘Digital Pill’ Tells Doctor When Patient Takes It November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The first drug designed to alert a doctor when a patient takes the medication has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole with sensor) has an embedded sensor that sends a message to a wearable patch that the ... Read more »
  • Help for Seasonal Depression November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 20 percent of Americans get the winter blues when days grow shorter. For instance, you might feel blue around the holidays because of stress or if loved ones are far away. It's usually mild and clears up on its own ... Read more »
  • Try This Diet to Lower Your Risk of Heart Failure November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your heart will thank you if you stick to a mostly plant-based diet, a new preliminary study suggests. Researchers evaluated five dietary patterns. They found that people who ate a plant-based diet most of the time had a 42 percent lower risk of ... Read more »
  • Swings in Blood Pressure Can Pose Long-Term Dangers November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone knows that sustained high blood pressure does no favors for your heart or life span. But new research suggests that up-and-down shifts in blood pressure may be equally hazardous to your health. "The takeaway from the study is, if you allow your ... Read more »
  • Is Too Much Time Online Raising Suicide Risk in Teen Girls? November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A spike in the amount of time teenage girls in the United States spend online is a likely culprit behind the surge in rates of depression, suicide and contemplation of suicide, new research suggests. The finding stems from an analysis of fatal injury ... Read more »
  • America’s Love Affair With Sugary Sodas Is Fading November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Consumption of sodas and other sweet drinks -- a big source of sugar in Americans' diets -- has dropped in the past decade among both kids and adults, researchers find. Overall, the number of adults who said they drank a sugary beverage on ... Read more »
  • Psychedelic Amazonian Drug Might Ease Symptoms of Depression, Alcoholism November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A powerful psychedelic drug out of South America might help battle both depression and alcoholism, a new British survey suggests. Ayahuasca is a brew made from a combination of Amazonian plants, including the Psychotria viridis bush and the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, said study ... Read more »
  • FDA Warns of Herb Kratom’s Opioid-Like Harms November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued an advisory about harms tied to kratom -- an imported herbal supplement with opioid-like effects that is increasing in popularity. People are taking the unapproved supplement to treat conditions like pain, anxiety and depression ... Read more »
  • FDA OKs First ‘Digital Pill’ That Lets Doctors Know It’s Been Taken November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Offering both the promise of better patient compliance with health care, but also fears of a medical "Big Brother," a newly approved "digital pill" allows physicians to track whether or not it's been ingested by patients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ... Read more »
  • Weighing Too Much or Too Little When Pregnant Can Be Risky November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women contemplating having a baby, new research adds to the evidence suggesting that starting a pregnancy at a normal weight is best. The study found that too much or even too little weight increases an expectant mom's risk for severe illnesses and ... Read more »
  • Is Low-Dose Aspirin Right for You After Surgery? November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Each year, millions of American heart patients go "under the knife" for various kinds of surgery. Often they're told to take a low-dose aspirin, to help lower their odds for a post-op blood clot. But does that practice reduce the risk of additional ... Read more »
  • With Stress and Trauma Come Excess Weight November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As if weathering a stressful event isn't tough enough, new research shows these episodes might even widen a woman's waistline. Researchers analyzed data on nearly 22,000 middle-aged and older women. The goal: to assess the relationship between obesity and traumatic events -- such ... Read more »
  • New ‘Heat-Not-Burn’ Cigarettes Harm Blood Vessels: Study November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heat-not-burn "cigarettes" could be as harmful to your blood vessels as traditional smokes, a new animal study suggests. Tobacco giant Philip Morris is seeking U.S. approval for one of these smoking alternative products, called iQOS. The company claims it's safer than regular cigarettes. ... Read more »
  • Your Blood Type May Determine How Smog Affects Your Heart November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with certain blood types are at increased risk for a heart attack from high levels of air pollution, a new study finds. Specifically, people with coronary artery disease who have A, B or AB blood types are more likely than those with ... Read more »
  • Is Meth Use Destroying Vets’ Hearts? November 15, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Methamphetamine appears to be damaging the hearts of U.S. military veterans at an increasing rate, researchers report. Heart failure cases linked to meth use among vets nearly quadrupled during the past decade at the San Diego VA Medical Center, rising from 1.7 percent ... Read more »
  • Uninsured Heart Patients Often Face Daunting Bills November 15, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A life-threatening heart emergency can spell financial doom for people who don't have health insurance, a pair of new studies shows. Around 4 out of 5 uninsured patients hospitalized for a heart attack, stroke or heart bypass surgery faced financial ruin before the ... Read more »
  • Motor On, Heart Patients: Electric Cars Don’t Harm Cardiac Implants November 15, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart patients who've bought an all-electric Tesla need not worry that their car might interfere with their implanted defibrillator. That's the finding from a new study of 34 seniors who had the devices, which help guard against dangerous irregular heartbeats. The study "demonstrates ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Cook Your Turkey Safely November 14, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- No one wants the Thanksgiving holiday ruined by a nasty case of food poisoning that stems from the guest of honor -- the turkey. FoodSafety.gov offers these turkey safe-preparation suggestions: If you'll serve a fresh turkey, buy it no more than two days before Thanksgiving. On the ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Participating in a Clinical Trial November 14, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- A clinical trial may be just what the doctor ordered for a person who hasn't responded to a standard treatment or is unable to handle its side effects. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests you should research a clinical trial carefully and ask many questions before ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 13, 2017 November 14, 2017 - Trump Picks Former Drug Company Executive to Lead HHS U.S. Army Loosens Rules on People With History of Certain Mental Health Issues Disneyland Shuts 2 Cooling Towers After Legionnaires' Disease Bill Gates Donates $50 Million to Alzheimer's Research Aaron Hernandez' Brain Autopsy Reveals Signs of Severe Disease Linked to Head ... Read more »
  • Holiday Parties Minus the Calorie Crunch November 14, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Holiday parties are fun social gatherings, but they can also be diet disasters. Here's how to enjoy yourself while sparing yourself hundreds of extra calories. First, eat healthy in the hours leading up to the party. Focus on lean protein, whole grains and ... Read more »
  • Lunchtime H2O May Be Key to Curbing Kids’ Obesity November 14, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting kids to drink water with their school lunches could help keep their weight in check and save the United States billions in obesity-related costs, a new study contends. Researchers calculated the effects of going nationwide with a program piloted in 1,200 New ... Read more »
  • Knowing Too Much About Your Genes Might Be Risky November 14, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's such a thing as too much information when it comes to learning about your genes, two new studies suggest. In one study, participants thought they were learning about their genetic risk for depression, not knowing that the test results they were given ... Read more »
  • Prolonged Breast-Feeding May Guard Against Teen Eczema November 14, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Encouraging new mothers to stick with breast-feeding may halve the already small risk that infants will develop eczema when they hit their teens, new research suggests. And while the study also found no impact on teenage asthma risk, at least one U.S. pediatrician ... Read more »
  • Want to Prevent Heart Disease? Go Nuts! November 14, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Avoiding heart disease may be a nutty idea. That's the conclusion of a new study of more than 210,000 U.S. adults tracked for 32 years. Researchers found that those who regularly ate peanuts, walnuts, cashews and other nuts had a lower risk of ... Read more »
  • Younger People With Diabetes Have 7 Times Greater Risk of Sudden Heart Death November 14, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People younger than 50 with diabetes have a seven-times higher risk of dying from sudden cardiac death, preliminary research suggests. And their risk of dying from any kind of heart disease is eight times higher than for those without diabetes, the long-term Danish ... Read more »
  • Commitment Is Key for Online Quit-Smoking Groups November 14, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An online social network designed to help you quit smoking can do just that, a new study finds. But the odds of quitting rise along with the level of active involvement, the researchers said. They examined the impact of BecomeAnEX.org, a social network ... Read more »
  • Take Heart, Coffee Lovers! Morning Joe May Help Your Ticker November 14, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Coffee fiends, rejoice: Every cup of joe you guzzle could drive down your risk for heart problems, a new preliminary study suggests. "Drinking that cup of coffee that you love may be associated with decreased risk of stroke, heart failure and coronary heart ... Read more »
  • Middle-Aged and Impaired? More Common Than You Might Think November 14, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As early as middle age, many Americans have problems with dressing, grocery shopping and otherwise caring for themselves -- and for some, it leads to a progressive decline, a new study finds. The study, of nearly 6,900 middle-aged adults, found that roughly 1 ... Read more »
  • Definition of High Blood Pressure Drops November 14, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of all adult Americans will be considered to have high blood pressure under new guidelines issued Monday by the nation's top heart health organizations. The new guidelines lower the diagnostic threshold for stage 1 high blood pressure to 130/80, down from ... Read more »
  • Does Sex Really Trigger Cardiac Arrest? November 14, 2017 - SUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's a common Hollywood trope -- an older guy is having enthusiastic sex with a gal half his age when he suddenly flops over dead. But in real life, sexual activity very rarely causes cardiac arrest, a new study reassuringly reports. Sex was ... Read more »
  • Healthier Diet, Less Salt: The Recipe to Beat High Blood Pressure November 14, 2017 - SUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) - Cutting back on salt, along with following the highly recommended "DASH" diet, can beat back high blood pressure in adults, new research shows. After just a month, the results for people adopting this strategy were "striking and reinforce the importance of dietary changes" ... Read more »
  • Binge-Watchers, Beware: Long TV Time Poses Clot Risk November 14, 2017 - SUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you love to while away a weekend watching a season's worth of episodes from a favorite TV series, you may inadvertently put yourself at risk for developing a dangerous blood clot. When researchers compared people who reported watching TV more often to ... Read more »
  • Music, Video Help Sixth-Graders Master Hands-Only CPR November 14, 2017 - SATURDAY, Nov. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- CPR can be performed by sixth graders, a new study suggests. Some states require hands-only CPR training for high school graduation, but teaching younger children has not been a focus of training efforts, the researchers explained. "We were wondering why they need to ... Read more »
  • Many Women Miss Out on Lifesaving CPR November 14, 2017 - SATURDAY, Nov. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- America's hang-ups over sexuality and gender could cost women their lives when their heart suddenly stops, a new study suggests. Simply put, women suffering from cardiac arrest in a public setting are less likely to get lifesaving CPR from a passerby than men ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding COPD November 11, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, affecting some 16 million Americans and potentially millions more who don't know they have it. According to the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, COPD can make it difficult for people to ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Recognize Symptoms of Oral Cancer November 11, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- Oral cancer typically is diagnosed between the ages of 55 and 64. It tends to affect more men than women, and will make up about 3 percent of all cancers diagnosed in 2017. The American Dental Association says symptoms of oral cancer may include: A mouth sore ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 10, 2017 November 11, 2017 - Aaron Hernandez' Brain Autopsy Reveals Signs of Severe Disease Linked to Head Trauma Obamacare Enrollment Tops 600,000 in First Week
  • Obesity to Blame for Epidemic of Knee Dislocations, Complications November 11, 2017 - FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Need another reason to keep your weight under control? Excess weight can cause dislocation of your knee and may even lead to a complication that results in amputation of your leg. A new study attributes a surge in dislocated knees to the U.S. ... Read more »
  • The Heart Risks of a Desk Job November 11, 2017 - FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your comfortable recliner and state-of-the-art office chair may be increasing your risk for heart disease. A sedentary lifestyle can raise cholesterol and threaten heart health. If you have a desk job, it's especially important to counter long bouts of sitting with an hourly ... Read more »
  • Putting Out the Welcome Mat for Household Bugs November 11, 2017 - FRIDAY, Nov. 10, (HealthDay News) -- They're pickier tenants than you'd think: Bugs are ideally looking for carpeted, airy, ground-floor residences in wealthier neighborhoods, and pets and even filth aren't really so important. So finds a meticulous new study of the insect life in 50 urban homes in Raleigh, N.C. ... Read more »
  • Sleep Apnea May Boost Alzheimer’s Risk November 11, 2017 - FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If your sleep is continually disrupted by a condition called sleep apnea, you might face a higher chance of developing Alzheimer's down the road. So claims a new study that has linked sleep apnea with an increase in the development of amyloid plaque ... Read more »
  • Smog May Harm Your Bones, Too November 11, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to air pollution can increase the risk for osteoporosis and broken bones in older adults, a new U.S. study suggests. Researchers analyzed data on 9.2 million Medicare enrollees in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic area who had been hospitalized for fractures from 2003 to 2010. ... Read more »
  • Does Your Pet Have a Weight Problem? Here’s How to Tell November 11, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cats with diabetes, dogs with cancer, birds with high cholesterol or even rabbits who cannot turn around to clean themselves -- what do these animals all have in common? They are either overweight or obese, and it's serious. "We have a problem -- ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Accept Help if Your Child Has Cancer November 10, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- Caring for a child with cancer can be emotionally and physically overwhelming. The Children's Oncology Group says the best thing such a parent can do is to accept help from friends and family. The group mentions these benefits of doing so: You will have more energy to ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: What’s Healthy Blood Pressure? November 10, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is fundamental to overall health and prevention of cardiovascular disease and other chronic health problems. But what's healthy? The American Heart Association offers this chart of healthy and unhealthy ranges: Blood PressureCategorySystolicmm Hg (upper #) Diastolicmm Hg (lower #)Normalless than 120 andless than ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 9, 2017 November 10, 2017 - Obamacare Enrollment Tops 600,000 in First Week Bio-Engineered Mosquitoes to be Released In U.S. Gene-Tweaked Skin Grafts Save Boy's Life
  • Low-Fat Diet, Low-Carb Diet — or ‘Low Both’? November 10, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Low-carb diets are often thought of as fad diets that might yield a rapid initial weight loss, but aren't sustainable or necessarily healthy. But when there's academic research behind the approach, it's worth taking a second look. A study from Tulane University made ... Read more »
  • ‘Old’ Lungs May Be Good Transplant Options November 10, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lungs from older donors are a viable option for lung transplants and should be considered more often, a new study suggests. Survival rates for younger recipients of lung transplants from donors older than 60 are similar to those who receive lungs from younger ... Read more »
  • HPV Vaccine Linked to Drop in Cases of Rare Childhood Disease November 10, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, first developed to help guard against cervical cancer, also seems to protect against a rare, chronic childhood respiratory disease, a new study suggests. It's believed that the disease -- recurrent respiratory papillomatosis -- occurs in children when HPV ... Read more »
  • Doctors Prescribing Too Many Opioids After Nose Jobs November 10, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could some patients recovering from a nose job get a problem they didn't bargain for? After these operations, patients are often sent home with more opioid pain pills than they need, increasing the risk for misuse, researchers say. About 218,000 cosmetic nose surgeries ... Read more »
  • Menus With Calorie Counts Seem to Be Paying Off November 10, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Requiring calorie counts on menus may pay off in the war on obesity. Australian researchers say restaurants are responding to the rules by offering more lower-calorie items, and customers, in turn, are reducing their caloric intake. That conclusion stems from a review of ... Read more »
  • Childhood Spanking Could Heighten Adult Mental Health Woes November 10, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who were spanked as kids may face heightened risk of certain mental health problems, a new study suggests. The study found that those who were spanked were more likely to have abused drugs or attempted suicide. And that was with other factors ... Read more »
  • Low-Fat Diet May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk for Overweight Older Women November 10, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A low-fat diet may lower older women's risk of pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests. The study included more than 46,000 overweight and obese women between the ages of 50 and 79 who ate high-fat diets when they joined a clinical trial between ... Read more »
  • 1 in 5 Americans Still Uses Tobacco, Gov’t. Reports November 10, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' long love affair with cancer-causing cigarettes is fading -- but not gone. One in five U.S. adults still used tobacco in 2015, and most were smokers, a new federal government study of tobacco products reported Thursday. There were 49 million tobacco users, ... Read more »
  • Switching to Whole Grain Foods Could Trim Your Waistline November 10, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Put down that forkful of perfectly twirled white spaghetti, and grab a plate of whole grain pasta instead. You'll feel fuller after switching out highly processed white grains for whole-grain alternatives, a new study from Denmark contends. Plus, you'll likely lose a little ... Read more »
  • Know the Signs of Ovarian Cancer and Your Risks November 10, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About 22,440 American women will learn they have ovarian cancer this year, and more than 14,000 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Often called a "silent killer," ovarian cancer is the 9th most common type of malignancy in ... Read more »
  • Could Fish Oil, Vitamin D Help Ease Lupus? November 10, 2017 - THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with lupus may fare better if they have enough vitamin D and omega-3 fats in their diet, preliminary research suggests. In separate studies, researchers linked the two nutrients -- or lack thereof -- to higher risks of certain lupus symptoms and complications. ... Read more »
  • A Dangerous New Twist on Cyberbullying November 10, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As if the idea of teen cyberbullying isn't harrowing enough, a new study warns of a strange twist in which kids anonymously post hurtful messages -- to themselves. The worry is that this digital self-harm -- like traditional self-harm -- may be a ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Prevent Germs at the Doctor’s Office November 9, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- The last place you should fear getting sick is in a doctor's waiting room. The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines for pediatricians to prevent the spread of germs. The group says all pediatric medical offices should: Equip waiting rooms with alcohol-based hand sanitizers and ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Choosing Smarter Foods November 9, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- If you have diabetes, it's important to make every food decision count. The American Diabetes Association identifies these "superfoods" that offer plenty of potential health benefits: Beans Dark-green leafy vegetables Citrus fruit Sweet potatoes Berries Tomatoes Fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids Nuts Low-fat milk ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Nov. 8, 2017 November 9, 2017 - Gene-Tweaked Skin Grafts Save Boy's Life Maine Voters Support Medicaid Expansion Prescription Drug Take Back Day Sets New Record
  • Do I Know Ewe? November 9, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you ever find yourself in the company of sheep, don't be surprised if they seem to recognize you. Researchers trained eight sheep to identify celebrity faces from photographs. The investigators also found that the sheep could identify a picture of their handler ... Read more »
  • 5 Smart Alternatives to Processed Foods November 9, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Is your shopping cart filled with heavily processed foods? Some might seem to be time-savers, yet cost more than fresh foods and offer few nutrients. Others might actually harm your health. The first foods to avoid are processed meats from hot dogs to ... Read more »
  • These Foods May Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain November 9, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Have rheumatoid arthritis? Treat yourself to some blueberries and a cup of green tea. They're among the foods that could ease the pain, swelling and stiffness in your joints and even slow progression of the disease, researchers say. Dried plums, pomegranates, whole grains, ... Read more »
  • What Really Works to Fight a Stubborn Cough? November 9, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking for a cough remedy this cold season, you might be out of luck. Nothing has been proven to work that well, according to a new report from the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). After reviewing clinical trials testing everything ... Read more »
  • Genes May Explain Why Some Don’t Respond to Bipolar Drug November 9, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that pulls the roots of two mental illnesses closer together, researchers say people with bipolar disorder that's resistant to the drug lithium have a high number of genes associated with schizophrenia. Since the 1950s, lithium has been widely used to ... Read more »
  • Some Guys Can’t Stay Away From Tanning Beds November 9, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Indoor tanning appears to be more addictive for men than women, even though they use tanning beds less than females, a new study finds. The stereotypical tanning salon client is a young woman, so they are the focus of most research and health ... Read more »
  • Brain Beats Brawn in Quest for Energy November 9, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The brain gets priority over muscles when both are competing for energy, a new study finds. Tests with 62 elite rowers at a British university, who averaged 21 years old, revealed that when they had to think fast and exert themselves at the ... Read more »
  • Daytime Wounds May Heal Faster Than Nighttime Ones November 9, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your internal body clock is the reason why wounds heal faster if an injury occurs during the day rather than at night, new research suggests. Experiments with skin cells and other cells in mice showed that daytime wounds healed about twice as fast ... Read more »
  • Your Friends May Be Key to a Healthy Aging Brain November 9, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting along well with others may do more than just make life less stressful for seniors. A new study suggests that warm, supportive relationships might give a big memory boost to the aging brain. Researchers found that so-called SuperAgers -- people 80 or ... Read more »
  • Will This Year’s Flu Shot Be as Weak as Last Season’s? November 9, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of people came down with influenza last year despite getting a flu shot -- and researchers can't promise this season's vaccine will be any more effective. Last year's shot was only 20 percent to 30 percent effective because it was grown in ... Read more »
  • An Aging Heart May Weaken Memory November 9, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A decline in the pumping ability of an older person's heart can lower blood flow to their brain's memory center, new research has found. The study involved 314 people, who averaged 73 years old and did not have heart failure, stroke or dementia. ... Read more »
  • Surgical Residents Prime Candidates for Stress, Depression, Alcohol Abuse November 9, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Burnout is common among medical residents training to be surgeons, putting them at increased risk for alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. But a stress-countering technique called mindfulness may help them, the study authors added. "Surgical trainees live ... Read more »
  • Risk of Breast Cancer’s Return Can Linger for Decades November 9, 2017 - WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women treated for early stage breast cancer still face a substantial risk of recurrence up to 20 years later, a large, new study shows. Cancer experts say the findings should help inform women's treatment decisions. Specifically, the researchers followed women with estrogen-receptor-positive breast ... Read more »
  • Early Humans Grew Taller Long Before Bulking Up November 9, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As humans evolved, height and weight developed at different rates. That's the conclusion of researchers who analyzed 311 fossil specimens of modern-day human's hominin ancestors, dating from 4.4 million years ago to humans who lived after the last ice age. Hominin evolution was ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Travel With a Blanket November 8, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- Whether you are in a car, plane or train, maintaining the right body temperature can help you get needed rest. So don't forget to include a blanket on your list of essentials to pack, the National Sleep Foundation says. Maintaining the right body temperature will help you ... Read more »
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  • Cooling Down Sibling Rivalries When They Heat Up November 8, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sibling rivalry -- the jealousy and competition between your children -- can start even before baby number two is born, according to experts at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital of Michigan Medicine. How siblings relate to each other and to parents can change ... Read more »
  • Does All That Social Media Time Harm Young Minds? November 8, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, texting: Sometimes it seems today's young adults are online more often than not. But new research suggests that the amount of time young adults spend on social media doesn't seem to affect their risk for mental health problems. The finding ... Read more »
  • Here’s Why You ‘Space Out’ After Too Little Sleep November 8, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ever notice that too little sleep at night can cause you to "space out" the next day? New research suggests that a lack of sleep hampers communication between brain cells, causing temporary mental errors that affect memory and visual perception. That can lead ... Read more »
  • Higher Prices Are Driving Rise in Health Care Spending November 8, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rising prices, along with increased variety and complexity of services, are major reasons why health care spending in the United States has increased by nearly $1 trillion in the past 20 years, a new study finds. "Part of the reason we spend more ... Read more »
  • Divers May Be Plunging Into Trouble November 8, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A well-executed dive may look graceful and effortless, but competitive diving can take a toll on the body, a doctor warns. "Even when a dive is perfectly executed, injuries can occur, whether traumatic or from overuse," said Dr. Nathaniel Jones, a sports medicine ... Read more »
  • Yoga May Give Lung Cancer Patients, Caregivers a Boost November 8, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For advanced lung cancer patients, yoga appears to help improve their overall physical function, stamina and mental health. And it appears to give their caregivers a boost, as well. The findings stem from a small study of 26 patients and caregivers. The study ... Read more »
  • Opioids Not the Only Answer for Pain Relief in the ER November 8, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As the opioid epidemic continues to sweep across the United States, a new study suggests that a combination of Motrin and Tylenol may work as well as narcotic painkillers for ER patients who suffer sprains or fractures. "Although this study focused on treatment ... Read more »
  • Even Light Drinking May Raise Your Cancer Risk November 8, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Maybe you should skip that glass of wine tonight, because even light drinking increases your risk of cancer, warns a new statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). "People typically don't associate drinking beer, wine and hard liquor with increasing their ... Read more »
  • It’s ‘Buyer Beware’ When Purchasing Medical Pot Extract Online November 8, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People buying a medicinal marijuana extract over the internet often don't get what they paid for, a new study warns. Nearly 7 out of 10 cannabidiol (CBD) products tested did not contain the amount of marijuana extract promised on the label, researchers report. ... Read more »
  • Getting Self-Driving Cars on the Road Soon Might Save Lives November 8, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The sooner driverless cars make their way onto American roadways, the sooner thousands of lives will be saved each year, a new report suggests. For that reason, the RAND Corporation research team that did the analysis is cautioning against delaying the introduction of ... Read more »
  • Waiting Even a Month to Remove Melanoma Can Be Deadly November 8, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The sooner the deadly skin cancer melanoma is treated, the more likely a patient is to survive. Researchers analyzed data from more than 153,000 American adults diagnosed with stage 1 to 3 melanoma between 2004 and 2012. No matter what stage their cancer ... Read more »
  • West Nile’s Long-Term Bite: Impact on Brain May Last Years November 8, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some people with a history of West Nile virus may show symptoms such as muscle weakness or foggy memory years later, a preliminary study suggests. West Nile is a mosquito-transmitted infection that turned up in North America in 1999. Since then, outbreaks have ... Read more »
  • IUD May Lower Cervical Cancer Risk November 8, 2017 - TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- IUD contraceptive devices may reduce a woman's risk of cervical cancer by about a third, a new review concludes. Researchers think IUDs might promote an immune response that kills off human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes virtually all cases of cervical cancer. ... Read more »
  • Abusing Pot, Booze Lowers Teens’ Chances for Success in Life November 8, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American dream of success is a lot harder to attain for teenagers who use pot and alcohol, especially if they become substance abusers, a new study reports. Teen pot smokers and drinkers struggle to achieve some of the hallmarks of adult success, ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Stop Smoking November 7, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- While the harmful effects of smoking are well-documented, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us of the benefits of quitting: Reduced risk of lung cancer and other types of cancer. Lowered risk of heart disease and stroke within two years of quitting. Fewer respiratory ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Deciphering Cosmetic Labels November 7, 2017 - (HealthDay News) -- Users of cosmetics may find it overwhelming to understand all of the information on product labels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationsays consumers should always read the entire product label before using a cosmetic. And the agency says you should be aware of certain label terms: Hypoallergenic: ... Read more »
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  • Zelboraf Approved for Rare Blood Cancer November 7, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Zelboraf (vemurafenib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first drug to treat Erdheim-Chester Disease, a rare but deadly blood cancer. The approval covers patients who have a genetic mutation called BRAF V600. Erdheim-Chester Disease is a slow-growing ... Read more »
  • 5 Diet Minefields to Avoid November 7, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- All-you-can-eat buffets are known diet disasters, but they're far from the only minefields you're likely to face. Plan ahead to avoid these 5 high-calorie situations. First up is the office birthday party. If there's a gooey cake every month, suggest a fruit bouquet ... Read more »
  • TV Ads Still Push Unhealthy Foods at Kids November 7, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of food ads targeting American children has declined, but most of the ads they do see are for unhealthy foods, a new study finds. Under a voluntary initiative launched in 2007, major food and beverage companies agreed to reduce unhealthy product ... Read more »
  • How Safe Are Your Drinking Glasses? November 7, 2017 - MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fun, decorative drinking glasses may contain potentially harmful levels of lead and cadmium, a new British study says. University of Plymouth researchers analyzed 72 new and second-hand decorated drinking glasses, including tumblers, beer and wine glasses, and jars. Around 7 out of 10 ... Read more »