• Health Tip: Make Sure Babies Eat Right February 24, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- A baby's nutritional balance during the first 1,000 days of life is critical to lifelong mental health and development, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. Sufficient amounts of key minerals, vitamins, proteins and certain fats during the infant and toddler years is key to avoiding permanent loss ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Help Control Teeth Grinding February 24, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Grinding teeth at night often is associated with daytime stress, the National Sleep Foundation says. The group suggests how to help control the problem: Relax in the hours before bedtime. Create a cool, comfortable, dark and quiet sleep environment. Keep computers, tablets and smartphones out of the ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Feb. 23, 2018 February 24, 2018 - Chicken Salad Sold at Fareway Stores Linked to Salmonella Outbreak
  • Antioxidants: The Good Health Helpers February 24, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Antioxidants -- it's a hot nutrition buzzword, but do you know what they really are? Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals that block the activity of other chemicals called free radicals. Free radicals are formed naturally in the body and actually play an important ... Read more »
  • For Women, Blocked Arteries Not the Only Trigger for Heart Attacks February 24, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women don't need to have blocked arteries to experience a heart attack, a new study points out. Blocked arteries are a main cause of heart attack in men, according to researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. They found, though, that about ... Read more »
  • Poorer Kids May Fare Worse After Heart Surgery February 24, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children who've had surgery to repair defective hearts are more likely to die or require longer hospitalizations if they live in poorer neighborhoods, a new study suggests. The disparities between affluent and poor children persisted even though all were treated at the same ... Read more »
  • Learning Problems May Accompany Kidney Disease February 24, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic kidney disease may affect brain function in children and teens, especially those on dialysis, researchers say. Results of their study review suggest academic assistance may be needed in specific areas, including math and reading. "In translating our findings to clinical practice, this ... Read more »
  • It’s Still Not Too Late for a Flu Shot February 24, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Even though it's the end of February, it's still not too late to get a flu shot, doctors say. This flu season is one of the worst seen in the United States in years. Flu-linked hospitalizations were still rising earlier this month, and ... Read more »
  • The Sooner Type 2 Diabetes Arrives, the Worse for Your Heart February 24, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A type 2 diabetes diagnosis that comes early in life carries a deadly load of health risks, new research shows. It was associated with a 60 percent higher relative risk of dying from heart disease or stroke. Not only that, it was linked ... Read more »
  • As Stroke ‘Liquefies’ Brain Tissue, Lasting Harm May Spread February 24, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Brain tissue damaged by a stroke can liquefy, become toxic and then harm remaining healthy parts of the brain -- possibly causing dementia, new research in mice suggests. "Most people probably assume that the brain heals in the same way as other tissues, ... Read more »
  • FDA Warns Heart Patients About Antibiotic Clarithromycin February 24, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The antibiotic clarithromycin (brand name: Biaxin) may increase the long-term risk of heart problems and death in patients with heart disease, according to U.S. health officials. As a result, the federal Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it's recommending that doctors carefully ... Read more »
  • Why Some Are Still Skeptical of Tanning Bed Risks February 24, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The health risks are high for young people who use tanning beds, but not all parents seem to see it that way. To figure out why that is, researchers polled more than 1,200 parents of U.S. kids aged 11 to 17 years. The ... Read more »
  • Flu Season Shows More Signs of Slowing February 24, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If the latest government data on doctor visits is any indication, a brutal flu season may be starting to wane. For the second week in a row, there was a drop in doctor visits for flu-like illness in the United States. And the ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Underage Drinking February 23, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- A young person's decision to drink alcohol may be related to the stress of trying to fit in with a particular crowd, the desire to get good grades or adjusting to a new school. Keeping open lines of communication with your child or teen may help prevent ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Menstrual Migraines February 23, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Cramps are a better-known symptom of a woman's period, but about 20 percent of women are also prone to migraine headaches during menstruation. The Office on Women's Health suggests seeing a doctor if you have any of these symptoms during menstruation: Your headaches change. Treatments that once ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Feb. 22, 2018 February 23, 2018 - Largest-Ever Cluster of Advanced Cases of Black Lung Found in Virginia TV Host Wendy Williams Has Grave's Disease New Hepatitis B Vaccine for Adults Endorsed by Expert Panel
  • Putting the Brakes on ‘Emotional Eating’ February 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many of us make choices about whether to eat healthy or not-so-healthy foods based on whether we're in a good or not-so-good mood. When a bad mood strikes, we often tend to reach for junk food. And that can be a recipe for ... Read more »
  • Heavy Drinkers Put Themselves at Risk for Dementia February 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The ills that are linked to heavy drinking now include dementia, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed data from more than a million adults in France who were diagnosed with dementia between 2008 and 2013. They found that chronic, heavy drinking was a ... Read more »
  • Take Early Clinical Trials With a Grain of Salt February 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of early clinical trials exaggerate positive findings and may give patients false hope, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from 930 clinical trials published in 10 leading medical journals between early 2007 and mid-2015. The investigators found that a ... Read more »
  • More Americans Pushed Into High-Deductible Health Plans February 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of uninsured American adults held steady at about 13 percent in 2017, but many more insured Americans are being presented with high deductibles, new research shows. A high-deductible health plan was defined by the study as one in which a single ... Read more »
  • Antidepressants Do Work, Some Better Than Others: Study February 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Antidepressant drugs actually do help ease depression, countering debate over whether the medications do what they're supposed to, a large research review has found. Some antidepressants, though, are more effective and better tolerated than others, the findings showed. The researchers analyzed data from ... Read more »
  • New Version of Nasal Flu Vaccine to Return for Next Season February 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors can offer patients a new version of the nasal spray flu vaccine FluMist next winter, a U.S. government advisory panel says. Two years ago, the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices withdrew its recommendation for FluMist after research found that it was largely ... Read more »
  • When It Comes to Art, Don’t Call Them Neanderthals February 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The ancient Neanderthals created the earliest known cave paintings in the world and likely had artistic senses similar to their more contemporary cousins, researchers report. Until now, cave art has been linked only with modern humans. But using a new dating technology, the ... Read more »
  • Too Much TV Could Boost Your Odds for a Blood Clot February 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hours spent binge-watching that hot new series might feel great, but it's doing no favors for your blood vessels, new research shows. The study found that people who spend too much time in front of the TV are at increased risk for blood ... Read more »
  • Clues to Parkinson’s May Be Shed in Tears February 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your tears may reveal if you are at risk of Parkinson's disease, preliminary research suggests. When people shed tears, certain proteins are released. Levels of those proteins are different in people with Parkinson's compared to those without the disease, according to a preliminary ... Read more »
  • Americans Still Not Safely Storing Their Guns February 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With the deadly mass shooting at a Florida school once again putting U.S. gun violence in the spotlight, a new survey finds that more than half of American gun owners do not safely store all their firearms. Safe storage means keeping guns in ... Read more »
  • Xanax, Valium Looking Like America’s Next Drug Crisis February 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- America is well aware of its opioid epidemic, but there's a hidden crisis brewing with prescription sedatives such as Xanax and Valium, a new review warns. Known as benzodiazepines, overdose deaths involving these medications have increased exponentially over the past decade, in lockstep ... Read more »
  • New Research Debunks Two Medical Marijuana Myths February 23, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Mention legalizing medical marijuana, and people often think two things: This will prompt teens to think marijuana use is OK, and more will start using it. Legalizing marijuana will reduce the number of adults overdosing on opioids. As it turns out, neither has ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding Palliative Care February 22, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Palliative care is designed to improve the quality of life and help manage the symptoms of a serious iilness, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. The focus is on keeping a person comfortable and happy, and can be provided alongside treatment. Palliative care can be provided ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Prepare Shredded Meat in a Slow Cooker February 22, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Shredded meat and poultry are a great start to a wide range of meals, from chili to Mexican dishes. But it's important to prepare the meat safely to avoid foodborne illness. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers these suggestions for preparing shredded meat in ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Feb. 21, 2018 February 22, 2018 - New Hepatitis B Vaccine for Adults Endorsed by Expert Panel Billy Graham Dead at Age 99 Treatment for Severe Peanut Allergy Shows Promise in Company Study
  • For Older Men, Even Light Exercise Helps February 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Just a few minutes of exercise a day -- even light workouts -- can reduce an older man's risk of early death, a new British study claims. Each additional 30 minutes a day of light activity -- such as easy gardening or walking ... Read more »
  • Home Routines Can Boost a Child’s Readiness for School February 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The first day of preschool is a milestone in a child's life. And parents can help prepare kids for this momentous occasion with everyday family routines that create a nurturing home environment. According to researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New ... Read more »
  • Drug That Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Won’t Help ‘Regular’ Arthritis February 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A malaria drug that's also shown effectiveness against rheumatoid arthritis pain has failed to help people with the more common form of arthritis, new research shows. The drug is called Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine), explained one expert who wasn't connected to the new study. "Plaquenil ... Read more »
  • Skipping the Gym, Ladies? Try the Stairs February 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Older women don't have to hit the gym to stay healthy, because a stair-climbing workout appears to do the trick, researchers report. Finding the right type of exercise can be difficult for postmenopausal women, according to the North American Menopause Society. For example, ... Read more »
  • Blacks May Face Higher Stroke Risk From AFib February 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Race may play a role in just how dangerous atrial fibrillation -- the common irregular heartbeat -- might be. New research finds that the risk of stroke is much higher in black Americans with afib than in whites with the condition. It's known ... Read more »
  • Some Pain Patients Can Cut Opioid Dose and Still Get Relief February 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some potentially good news for folks taking opioids for chronic pain: It's possible to slowly reduce the dosage without increasing discomfort, new research suggests. That's even true for people who've taken the drugs for a long time. One patient in the new study ... Read more »
  • If the Eyes Don’t Coordinate, Reading — and Grades — May Suffer February 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For students, an undetected vision problem could be contributing to low grades, a new study suggests. That could be the case even if standard eye tests reveal no problems, the researchers said. "It's not just about visual acuity, but about how well the ... Read more »
  • ‘Burnout’ Threatens More Than a Third of Doctors February 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's a good chance your doctor is in the middle of a quiet battle with professional burnout, a new study suggests. More than 1 out of 3 physicians assessed in the Cleveland Clinic Health System suffered from mental, emotional and physical exhaustion, said ... Read more »
  • FDA Cracks Down on Kratom Products February 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A number of kratom-containing dietary supplements are being recalled and destroyed by the manufacturer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. Kratom -- a plant that grows in Asia -- poses serious health risks, according to the FDA. Earlier this month, the ... Read more »
  • Aspirin as Good a Clot Buster as Pricey Drugs After Joint Replacement February 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Good old aspirin is just as effective as newer, expensive drugs at preventing blood clots after hip or knee replacement, a new clinical trial suggests. Researchers said the findings could change some doctors' prescribing habits. After knee or hip replacement surgery, there's a ... Read more »
  • Guns Still Found in Homes With Unstable Kids February 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the aftermath of last week's deadly shooting rampage at a Florida high school, a new survey shows that parents are loath to remove guns from their home even if their child might be mentally unstable. In fact, firearms are as likely to ... Read more »
  • Even Hidden Flu May Trigger Trouble After Heart Surgery February 22, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The flu virus -- even if it doesn't cause symptoms -- can lead to serious complications after heart surgery, a new study by Dutch researchers suggests. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a potentially deadly infection in which fluid fills the lungs and makes ... Read more »
  • Mouse Study Another Step Toward ‘Heroin Vaccine’ February 22, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they are one step closer to testing a heroin vaccine in humans -- in what they hope will become an additional weapon in fighting America's opioid epidemic. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, in California, have developed an experimental vaccine that ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding Tonsillitis February 21, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- If your child has had repeated bouts of tonsillitis (inflamed tonsils), he or she probably is a candidate for a tonsillectomy (tonsil removal surgery), the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. Tonsillitis occurs when the tonsils -- infection-clearing organs at the back of the throat -- swell ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Do You Need a Tetanus Shot? February 21, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Tetanus shots are recommended starting in infancy and continuing every ten years after age 5, the American College of Emergency Physicians says. But most adults don't get boosters until they step on a rusty nail or suffer a deep and dirty wound, the group acknowledges. Tetanus is ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Feb. 20, 2018 February 21, 2018 - Treatment for Severe Peanut Allergy Shows Promise in Company Study Moderate Drinking Tied to Long Life: Study Retina May Reveal Heart Attack Risk Possible Drug Contamination Triggers Dog Food Recall Measles Cases Jump 400 Percent in Europe
  • How to Maintain That Weight Loss February 21, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you've been on a diet more than once, you know that it can be harder to maintain weight than to lose weight in the first place. In fact, many people feel that dieting is easier and that not regaining the weight is ... Read more »
  • Fatal Opioid ODs Drop for People Treated While Jailed February 21, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An opioid addiction treatment program for Rhode Island prison inmates appears to have significantly reduced overdose deaths among those who are released, researchers say. The program screens all inmates for opioid addiction and provides medications to treat the addiction. It was launched in ... Read more »
  • Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It’s Smoked: Study February 21, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who think cigars or pipes are somehow safer than cigarettes may want to think again, new research indicates. The study tracked the health and habits of more than 357,000 Americans from 1985 to 2011. It found that, compared to people who had ... Read more »
  • Flu Shot During Pregnancy Poses No Harm to Baby February 21, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's some good news for expecting moms who are trying to weather a brutal flu season -- a new study shows that getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy causes no harm to newborns. Researchers reviewed records on more than 400,000 infants born between ... Read more »
  • Facial Cancer Decimating Tasmanian Devil Population February 21, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A contagious cancer has put Tasmanian devils at risk for extinction in the wild, researchers say. The contagious cancer, known as facial tumor disease, is found only in Tasmanian devils -- notoriously cantankerous animals now found in the wild only on the island ... Read more »
  • ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Not Much Like a Real ER February 21, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As much as you might love watching the popular TV drama "Grey's Anatomy," don't mistake it for real medicine, researchers suggest. If you do, your expectations may exceed reality if you ever find yourself in an emergency room. The researchers, led by Dr. ... Read more »
  • Newer Breast MRI May Be More Accurate and Easier February 21, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new type of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that doesn't use a contrast agent appears better at detecting what's really cancer and what's likely just a harmless lesion, researchers report. In a study in Germany, the new technique reduced false-positive findings by 70 ... Read more »
  • Rotating Night Shifts a Path to Diabetes, Study Suggests February 21, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Working the night shift may play havoc with your blood sugar levels, a new study contends. For the study, researchers looked at data on more than 270,000 people in the United Kingdom and found that those who worked irregular or rotating shifts that ... Read more »
  • Low-Fat Diet vs. Low-Carb: And the Winner Is … February 21, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to shedding pounds, the debate has raged about whether low-carb diets are better than low-fat ones. But new research finds little difference between the two. That conclusion comes from the tracking of roughly 600 adults who had been between 15 ... Read more »
  • Herbal Drug Kratom Linked to Salmonella Illnesses, CDC Says February 21, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The popular botanical drug kratom is already under fire from U.S. health officials as an addictive opioid, and now new reports are linking its use with salmonella poisoning. In a news release issued Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said ... Read more »
  • Could Hackers Target Heart Devices? February 21, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your wireless heart implant suddenly goes on the fritz, either conking out completely or causing your heart to beat rapidly or irregularly. Could you be the victim of a hacking attack aimed at endangering your life by messing with your heart device? It ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Protect Baby from Whooping Cough February 20, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Vaccination is the best way to prevent whooping cough, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Whooping cough (pertussis) is a very contagious disease that causes about half its victims aged 1 or younger to end up in the hospital, the agency says. The CDC offers ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Comparing Soap and Other Body Cleansers February 20, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Traditional soaps are made by combining fats or oils with an alkali, such as lye. Most body cleansers, however, are actually synthetic detergent products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. There are very few pure soaps on the market today, the agency says. The product's ingredients ... Read more »
  • Protecting Your Electronic Health Records February 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An electronic health record, or EHR, is the digital version of the paper records documenting your health care. These online records are an advance in health management in many ways. These records mean fewer and shorter forms to fill out at appointments. Your ... Read more »
  • Many Parents in the Dark on When Kids Should First See a Dentist February 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American parents are less likely to seek early dental care for their children if they don't receive guidance from a doctor or dentist, a new national survey finds. The poll of 790 parents with at least one child aged 5 or younger found ... Read more »
  • Obesity Might Cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Young February 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity and high blood pressure may play a much greater role in sudden cardiac arrest among young people than previously thought, a new study suggests. The findings highlight the need to screen for these risk factors at a younger age, according to researchers ... Read more »
  • Family History of Breast Cancer Matters, Even for Older Women February 20, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women with a family history of breast cancer remain at higher risk for breast cancer even after age 65, a new study suggests. The findings could influence screening recommendations for older women, said researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. Age ... Read more »
  • Lung Cancer One of Many Reasons Not to Smoke February 19, 2018 - SUNDAY, Feb. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You already know that smoking causes lung cancer. But tobacco use can lead to other major health problems, too, experts warn. "Cigarette smoking is probably the single most harmful thing you can do to your health," said Jonathan Foulds, a professor of public ... Read more »
  • Stroke May Not Mean Language Loss for Newborns February 18, 2018 - SATURDAY, Feb. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Strokes in babies may not have the same lasting effects as they do in adults, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Georgetown University Medical Center found that people who'd had a stroke as a newborn that damaged the left side of their ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Ski and Snowboard Safely With Your Kids February 17, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to keep your family active during the cold winter months. But as with any winter activity, you should avoid prolonged exposure to the cold by scheduling breaks to go inside and warm up. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Manage Stress February 17, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- It's common to be frequently stressed. When faced with a stressful situation, according to the American Cancer Society, your pulse quickens, you breathe faster, your muscles tense and your brain uses more oxygen. If your stress lasts too long, however, it can harm your health. The Cancer ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Feb. 16, 2018 February 17, 2018 - First Human Case of H7N4 Bird Flu Confirmed in China
  • Hey Runners, Be Sure to Choose the Right Shoes February 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The only equipment you really need to go running are running shoes. But choosing a pair can often feel like a shopping marathon. There's no shortage of big box sporting goods stores, but ask the staff at a local running club for suggestions ... Read more »
  • Kids Who Need Sickle Cell Meds Don’t Always Get Them February 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Less than a fifth of U.S. children with sickle cell anemia are getting the antibiotics that could save their lives, a new study finds. "Longstanding recommendations say children with sickle cell anemia should take antibiotics daily for their first five years of life," ... Read more »
  • How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery February 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You've caught the flu, but you have to go to work and you can't desert your family. What do you do? Believe it or not, one expert says there are ways to stem the spread of sickness -- even if you can't avoid ... Read more »
  • Dad Can Pass on Ovarian Cancer Genes, Too February 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A gene mutation that's passed down from a father is associated with earlier onset of ovarian cancer in daughters and prostate cancer in the father and his sons, a new study suggests. Previous research had shown that sisters of women with ovarian cancer ... Read more »
  • After Another Shooting Tragedy, ‘Stop the Bleed’ Kits Urged for Schools February 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some of the 17 people killed Wednesday in the senseless Florida school shooting might have survived if their bleeding could have been stopped in time, experts say. Noting that it takes only 5 to 10 minutes for a gunshot victim to bleed to ... Read more »
  • Fentanyl Test Strips May Help Stem OD Deaths February 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A thin test strip -- similar to a pregnancy test -- can detect whether a street drug contains the dangerous opioid fentanyl, according to a new report. Fentanyl -- one of strongest types of opioid painkillers -- is often mixed into street drugs, ... Read more »
  • How to Put Mass Shooting Tragedies in Perspective for Kids February 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the wake of yet another deadly school shooting in the United States, one health specialist offers advice on how to ease children's fears about acts of terror and violence. Consider the child's age and emotional maturity when weighing the right time to ... Read more »
  • Sibling Bullying Could Have Mental Health Effects February 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who, as young kids, either bullied their siblings or were bullied themselves by siblings face an increased risk for psychotic disorders, a new British study suggests. By age 18, those who'd been either the victim or the bully several times a week ... Read more »
  • Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills February 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Can the adoring gaze of a dog or the comforting purr of a cat be helpful to people with mental illness? Absolutely, new research suggests. Although furry companions won't replace medications or therapy for mental health concerns, they can provide significant benefits, according ... Read more »
  • Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing February 17, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While this flu season is still one of the worst seen in years, the first signs that infection rates are starting to level off were reported by U.S. health officials on Friday. As of Feb. 10, a total of 43 states continued to ... Read more »
  • Could a Blood Thinner Actually Raise Stroke Risk for Some? February 17, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Taking blood-thinning drugs is typically thought to ward off stroke in people with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation. However, new research out of Britain hints -- but cannot prove -- that the drugs might actually raise the odds of stroke in seniors ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: When Arthritis Strikes Your Feet February 16, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- If you have intense pain in your feet, arthritis may be the cause of your woes. Arthritis leads to swelling and pain in the cartilage and lining of the joints. If these symptoms affect your feet, it's probably time to visit a podiatrist, the American Podiatric Medical ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Balance Moves for Older Adults February 16, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Balance exercises can help prevent falls, especially among older adults. But before you begin any exercise program, always consult your doctor. The American Council on Exercise mentions these common balance exercises for active older adults: Side X Balance Reach -- Stand on the right leg and lean ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Feb. 15, 2018 February 16, 2018 - FDA Extends Use of Clot Retrieval Device Cheeseburgers, Chocolate Milk No Longer on Happy Meal Menu Woman Who Gave Birth to Seven Children in 1985 Dies at Age 63 Transgender Woman Able to Breast-Feed Infant
  • Here’s to a Healthy Pregnancy February 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Take good prenatal care of yourself and not only will you have a healthier baby, you'll also lower his or her risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease later in life. First, you'll want to monitor your weight while pregnant. A ... Read more »
  • Booze Beats Pot at Being Unhealthy: Oregon Poll February 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many believe alcohol poses a greater danger to health than marijuana, a new study out of Oregon suggests. Researchers surveyed more than 1,900 adults in Oregon before that state legalized recreational marijuana use in 2015. The study found that 52.5 percent thought alcohol ... Read more »
  • Obesity May Give Men With Melanoma a Survival Advantage February 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obese men with advanced melanoma skin cancer seem to have a survival benefit over their slimmer peers, a new study suggests. Among men who received treatment for the potentially deadly cancer, obese patients lived an average of 47 percent longer than those with ... Read more »
  • Your Tax Dollars Fund Research on Hundreds of New Meds February 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health spent more than $100 billion on research that led to 210 new medicines gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval over six years, a new study shows. Nearly $64 billion of that spending was for the development ... Read more »
  • Short as a Child, Stroke Risk as an Adult? February 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers from Denmark are suggesting a potential -- and unusual -- risk factor for stroke: Being short as a kid. The investigators found that men and women who had been about 2 inches taller than average at age 7 had, as adults, up ... Read more »
  • Researchers Probe Mystery of Illnesses in U.S. Cuba Embassy Personnel February 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- They described hearing loud, unusual noises in either their homes or hotel rooms. Afterwards, they experienced concussion-like symptoms such as memory and thinking problems, headaches, dizziness and balance issues. But the exact nature of what harmed more than 20 U.S. government personnel stationed ... Read more »
  • Another Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise In Mice February 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In what researchers call a first step toward personalized vaccines for a multitude of cancers, a vaccine made from stem cells protected mice from tumors. The vaccine was composed of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) -- which are adult cells that have ... Read more »
  • 1 in 10 Worldwide Gets Wound Infection After Abdominal Surgery February 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Globally, more than one in 10 patients develops a surgical-site infection after a gastrointestinal operation, a new study finds. Rates vary widely, with overuse of antibiotics in poorer countries likely contributing to higher prevalence, the researchers said. "Worldwide, large amounts of antibiotics were ... Read more »
  • When One Teen Vapes, Others Often Follow February 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers are impressionable when it comes to e-cigarettes, new research suggests. Nearly four out of 10 U.S. teens who use e-cigarettes said seeing others vape led them to try the devices themselves, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease ... Read more »
  • Household Products May Pollute the Air as Much as Your Car Does: Study February 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Everyday products such as perfume, skin lotion, hair spray, deodorant, household cleaners and lawn pesticides are a top source of air pollution, as damaging to air quality as the exhaust from cars and trucks, a new report shows. Consumer products containing compounds refined ... Read more »
  • CDC Says Flu Vaccine Just 25 Percent Effective Against Leading Strain February 16, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Flu continues to ravage the United States in one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. And the ineffectiveness of this year's flu vaccine is partly to blame. According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ... Read more »
  • Being a Single Dad Can Take a Big Toll on Health February 16, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Single dads have been played for laughs in countless TV sitcoms, from "The Andy Griffith Show" and "My Three Sons" up to modern takes such as "Arrested Development" and "Louie." But in real life, being a single dad is tough -- so much ... Read more »
  • Highly Processed Foods Tied to Higher Cancer Risk February 16, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you worry about ever getting cancer, you might want to pass on the processed foods at your supermarket. Every 10 percent dietary increase in packaged snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals and other highly processed foods boosts the risk for cancer by 12 ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Sleep’s Effects on Diabetes February 15, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Lack of sleep is an often overlooked risk factor for type 2 diabetes, the National Sleep Foundation says. Chronic sleep deprivation leads to less insulin production and increased production of stress hormones, the foundation says. Over time, too much glucose stays in the bloodstream and increases your ... Read more »
  • Health Tip:Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis February 15, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease that can lead to scarring in air sacs within the lungs. This can make breathing difficult. Most cases of the disease have no known cause, and its severity varies from person to person. About 140,000 Americans have been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Feb. 14, 2018 February 15, 2018 - Transgender Woman Able to Breast-Feed Infant Bill Would Enshrine 'Right to Health Care' in Oregon Constitution New Studies Target Gene Therapy Agaimst AIDS Some Genes Remain Active After Death: Study
  • New Treatment Approved for Prostate Cancer That Resists Hormone Therapy February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Erleada (apalutamide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat non-spreading prostate cancer that continues to grow despite hormone therapy. Prostate cancer is the second-most-common form of the disease among men in the United States, the National Cancer Institute ... Read more »
  • First Blood Test to Evaluate Potential Concussions Approved February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The first blood test designed to help doctors evaluate whether a suspected brain injury is a concussion has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Traditional concussion evaluation includes a CT scan of the head to detect any brain tissue damage. ... Read more »
  • Food Allergies: To Test or Not to Test February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- About 5 percent of American children and 4 percent of adults have a food allergy, but many more are getting unnecessary testing. Specific blood and skin prick tests can help detect food allergies. But the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases ... Read more »
  • Asthma Doesn’t Have to Ruin Your Valentine’s Day February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Asthma and allergies can put on damper on your Valentine's Day romancing, an expert warns. "Keeping everyone free of allergy and asthma flare-ups helps keep the focus on romance this Valentine's Day. Red or itchy eyes, runny noses, coughs and fatigue can ruin ... Read more »
  • Does Your Valentine Have a Roving Eye? Watch Out February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Just in time for Valentine's Day, new research suggests one behavior can predict how strong a couple's bond might be. The study of newlywed couples found that if either partner spent too much time looking at attractive members of the opposite sex, their ... Read more »
  • Therapy Reverses Alzheimer’s Brain Plaque Buildup — in Mice February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Brain plaques believed to contribute to Alzheimer's disease melt away in mice when robbed of a key enzyme, researchers report. And the rodents' intellectual function actually improved as their amyloid plaques dissolved from lack of beta-secretase (BACE1), an enzyme critical in the formation ... Read more »
  • Money Can Buy You Happiness, But Only So Much February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- They say you can't put a price tag on happiness, but new research suggests that you can. In a study designed to see if more money might make people more content, researchers found there was a limit on what amount could improve one's ... Read more »
  • Drug Might Be Safer Alternative to Ease Dementia Psychosis February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The "overmedication" of agitated dementia patients -- with the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs -- is an ongoing issue in U.S. health care. Now, British researchers say they may have found a medicine that helps ease those symptoms, but in a much safer ... Read more »
  • Parents Find Kids’ Weight Report Cards Hard to Swallow February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Schools across the country are issuing special report cards that assess a student's weight and health -- but parents often don't believe what they're seeing, a small study shows. Known as BMI report cards, they contain information about a child's body mass index ... Read more »
  • Shedding Pounds Before Weight-Loss Surgery a Smart Move February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- By the time you've decided to have weight-loss surgery, you've probably given up on dieting altogether. But a new study suggests that if you can drop some weight in the month before your procedure, you might have a smoother surgery and recovery -- ... Read more »
  • Obamacare Helped More Young Women Get Prenatal Care: Study February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One of the main features of Obamacare -- providing insurance for adults under age 26 through their parents' health plan -- allowed many pregnant young women to obtain prenatal care, new research shows. The study looked at nearly 1.4 million births for 24- ... Read more »
  • One Hidden Culprit Behind Weight Gain: Fruit Juice February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fruit juice isn't doing any favors for your waistline, a new study reports. People who drink a small glass of fruit juice daily can expect to steadily gain a bit of weight over the years, according to data from a long-term study of ... Read more »
  • More Wild Weather to Come If Climate Change Goals Not Met February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Extreme weather such as severe flooding and droughts will become much more common if the targets in the Paris Agreement on climate change aren't reached, researchers warn. The agreement seeks to limit global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees ... Read more »
  • FDA Approves First Blood Test to Detect Concussions February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The first blood test to help diagnose a concussion has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Known as the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, it could help reduce the need for CT scans and thus decrease radiation exposure to patients, according ... Read more »
  • It’s Not Your Imagination: You’re Hungrier After Losing Weight February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you find yourself famished after you've managed to diet away a sizable number of pounds, you're not alone. Cutting back on calorie consumption is likely to spark changes that permanently boost appetite among obese men and women, Norwegian researchers report. Blame it ... Read more »
  • FDA Approves Drug to Help Curb a Tough-to-Treat Prostate Cancer February 15, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug that can stall the progression of a particularly hard-to-treat form of prostate cancer has been approved for use by U.S. health officials. In a recent study, the drug called Erleada (apalutamide) has shown breakthrough effectiveness in keeping prostate cancer from ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Heart Disease Risk Factors You Can Control February 14, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- About one in four women dies of heart disease in the United States, making it the most common cause of death among women. Some risk factors cannot be controlled, such as gender, race or age. Other factors involve your lifestyle. The U.S. Office on Women's Health provides ... Read more »
  • Health Tip :Preparing for Surgery February 14, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- To prepare for a visit with your surgeon before an operation, it helps to have a list of questions and concerns ready. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests what to ask: What is the success rate of the operation? How many of these operations have you ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Feb. 13, 2018 February 14, 2018 - Some Genes Remain Active After Death: Study Experts Slam Study Linking Ultrasound and Autism Opioid Painkiller Makers Gave Millions to Patient Advocacy Groups: Report Sony Apologizes For Food Allergy Scene in 'Peter Rabbit' Bogus Calls Are Claiming to Be From National Poison Help Hotline
  • The Right Way to Weigh Yourself February 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The scale can be your best friend -- or your worst enemy -- when you're on a diet. But whether or not you like what you see, a scale isn't the only -- or the best -- way to track your progress. Rather ... Read more »
  • Kidney Stones on the Rise Among Women February 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney stones are becoming more common, especially in women, new research has found. Better diagnostic tools could be part of the reason for the steady rise in diagnoses, according to Mayo Clinic researchers. By using CT scans, "we are now diagnosing symptomatic kidney ... Read more »
  • Want to Keep the Weight Off? Eat More Slowly February 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Instead of gulping your food, try eating more slowly. It may help you drop those unwanted pounds, a new study by Japanese researchers suggests. Also helpful: Avoiding after-dinner snacks and eating anything in the two hours before you go to bed, the researchers ... Read more »
  • Ovarian Cancer Screening Still Ineffective, Not Recommended: Panel February 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Screening for ovarian cancer is not recommended for women with no signs or symptoms of the disease, newly released guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force say. That represents no change in advice from the 2012 guidelines or the task force's draft ... Read more »
  • Widely Used COPD Meds Tied to Increased Fracture Risk February 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are placed on powerful inhaled corticosteroid therapy to ease symptoms. But new research suggests the treatment might raise their odds for bone fractures. Still, the Canadian study wasn't able to prove cause-and-effect, and the overall ... Read more »
  • Depression Common in U.S., Women Hit Hardest February 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults has depression, and the rate is almost twice as high for women as men, health officials say. National survey data showed that more than 8 percent of adults aged 20 and older suffer from low mood, according ... Read more »
  • Many Patients Know Too Little About Their MRI, CT Scans: Study February 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Before they go in for an X-ray, CT scan or MRI, patients may have questions about their screening. But new research finds at least one in every five people saying they received no information about their procedures beforehand. "This is an important finding ... Read more »
  • Vaccines Can Stem Poverty, Not Just Disease, Study Suggests February 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccines can provide major health and economic benefits for people in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new study by Harvard researchers. It estimated that increased spending to ensure wider distribution of 10 vaccines in 41 such countries over 15 years could ... Read more »
  • Therapy Helps Those With Autism Navigate Adulthood February 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For young people with autism, the leap to adulthood can feel like jumping off a cliff, but researchers may be zeroing in on a safety net. In a small study, young adults who had one of two psychotherapies were better able to deal ... Read more »
  • Do Common Household Chemicals Affect Your Weight? February 14, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After losing weight, many dieters soon regain much of what they took off. Now, research hints that chemicals lurking in clothing and furniture may play a role in this frustrating yo-yo cycle. Widely used manmade chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may undermine dieters' ... Read more »
  • No Proof At-Home ‘Cranial Stimulation’ Eases Depression February 14, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Devices that send electrical pulses to the brain -- in the comfort of your own home -- are a treatment option for depression and certain other conditions. But a new research review finds little evidence they work. The therapy -- known as cranial ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Prevent Exposure to Lead February 13, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Lead exposure has been linked to problems including reduced IQ, focus and academic performance. So every effort should be made to prevent lead exposure in the home, particularly among children. Lead-based paint was banned for use in American homes in 1978, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Online Pharmacies You Should Avoid February 13, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Online pharmacies may be an affordable alternative to a big-box pharmacy store, but it is important to make sure the online pharmacy you select is safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration mentions these warning signs of an online pharmacy that you should avoid: Allows you to ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Feb. 12, 2018 February 13, 2018 - Bogus Calls Are Claiming to Be From National Poison Help Hotline Rare Disease Gives Arizona Woman a British Accent Opioid Maker Stops Marketing the Painkillers to Doctors
  • Keeping in Touch With Your Kids in College February 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A variety of emotions can arise when kids go off to college and start on their adult life. Research done at the University of Kansas shows that being able to communicate through texting and other channels can help you feel more connected and ... Read more »
  • Heart Defects May Raise Odds for Dementia February 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you were born with a heart defect, you might have to worry more about developing dementia as you age, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 10,600 people in Denmark born with a heart defect between 1890 ... Read more »
  • Who Gets Unneeded Antibiotics Most Often? February 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Some patients are more likely than others to get antibiotics they don't need, new research shows. White adults and children, along with those who had private insurance and lived in urban areas, were more likely to receive a prescription for an antibiotic for ... Read more »
  • Shining a Deadly New Light on Airborne Flu Virus February 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As a particularly nasty flu season rages across the United States, scientists have found a powerful new disinfectant that makes "light" work of the virus. Researchers say a certain spectrum of ultraviolet light -- called far-UVC -- easily kills airborne flu viruses while ... Read more »
  • Preemies Get a Slow Start on Friendships February 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As if preemies didn't face enough struggles, a new study finds they have more difficulty making friends, though things improve once they start school. "Having friends, playing with them and being accepted is important for social support and personal well-being," said study leader ... Read more »
  • Babies Face Higher SIDS Risk in Certain States February 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) claims the lives of some 3,500 babies in the United States each year, but its toll is far heavier in some states than others, health officials report. "Despite continued updates and refinements to the American Academy of Pediatrics' ... Read more »
  • Driving May Be Risky Business on 4/20 Pot Holiday February 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- America's highways are decidedly less safe on April 20, a day when stoners publicly celebrate marijuana use. Why? Researchers report there's an uptick in fatal traffic crashes on that evening, which for decades has been a counterculture holiday revolving around pot use. Your ... Read more »
  • Think Extermination Ends Your Bedbug Woes? Think Again February 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Long after you rid your home of unwelcome bedbugs, chemicals they leave behind in their droppings may continue to haunt you, a new study shows. In people, the immune system releases histamines to protect the body. These chemicals help other immune system chemicals ... Read more »
  • Valentine’s Day Coping Tips When Loved One Is Gone February 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While many will be showered with flowers and candy on Valentine's Day, those who have lost loved ones may find the holiday hard to bear. "Valentine's Day is one of the days that might be stressful for some people if they have lost ... Read more »
  • Unsafe Water Found in Faucets Across the U.S. February 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Flint, Mich., isn't the only American city where the water hasn't been safe to drink, new research suggests. Almost 8 percent of community water systems are plagued by health-based violations of water quality standards in any given year, the study found. That meant ... Read more »
  • Another Downside to Opioid Use: Pneumonia? February 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The bad news on opioids just keeps coming. Not only are these painkillers implicated in millions of cases of addiction and tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States, new research now suggests that taking opioids can increase your risk of ... Read more »
  • Ick! Oregon Woman Is First-Ever Case of Human ‘Eye Worm’ February 13, 2018 - MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine going to the mirror and finding a small translucent worm crawling across the surface of your eye. The first of many. That's what happened to an avid 26-year-old outdoorswoman from Oregon, who recently became the first human ever infected by a type ... Read more »
  • The Purrfect Diet for Your Fat Cat February 12, 2018 - SUNDAY, Feb. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Has your favorite tabby gotten a tad tubby? You can help that fat cat slim down safely. But be forewarned: It won't happen overnight. Researchers at the University of Illinois put eight overweight neutered male cats on a diet for 18 weeks. They ... Read more »
  • It May Be Winter, But Keep That Sunscreen Handy February 11, 2018 - SATURDAY, Feb. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Just because it's not summer doesn't mean you're safe from sun-related skin damage. "The highest level of concern is usually during the summer months, but sun damage can occur year-round, even on cloudy or rainy days," said dermatologist Dr. Sarah Taylor, an assistant ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Signs You Need Rotator Cuff Surgery February 10, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- The rotator cuff is a collection of tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder. It's common for athletes -- for example, baseball pitchers -- to injure this area. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions symptoms that indicate surgery is needed: Pain does not improve when treated ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Controlling Pinkeye February 10, 2018 - (HealthDay News) --Pinkeye, medically called conjunctivitis,is an inflammation of the thin tissue covering the white part of theeyeand the inside of the eyelid. It's easily spread as hands become contaminated with discharge from an infected eye or by direct contact with surfaces such as contaminated doorknobs and countertops. Treatment time ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Feb. 9, 2018 February 10, 2018 - Scientists Create First Lab-Grown Human Eggs Experts Questioning Study on Insulin Quality Trump Proposes to Lower Medicare Prescription Drug Costs
  • Making Food Less Important in Your Life February 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Does it seem as though the second you try to cut back on calories all you can think about is food? It's even harder to minimize the role of food in your life if you're using tasty treats to manage emotions, according to ... Read more »
  • Hey Kids, Just Say No to Energy Drinks February 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Highly caffeinated energy drinks aren't safe for children and teens, and should not be marketed to them, a leading sports medicine organization warns. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on Friday released an official statement about the beverages. "Energy drinks are extremely ... Read more »
  • Make a Bucket List — Then Share It With Your Doc February 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Do you have things you want to do before your time's up? If so, consider sharing that so-called "bucket list" with your doctors. Those discussions could help your doctors provide health care that fits your life plans, researchers say. And for people with ... Read more »
  • You, Too, Can Eat Like an Olympian February 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While you watch the Winter Olympics from the comfort of your couch in the coming weeks, pay heed to what helped the athletes reach peak physical condition. "Olympians can teach us a lot about how to eat for better health and performance," said ... Read more »
  • Head Injuries Hit 1 in 14 Kids, CDC Reports February 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Given the news of the devastating effects of head injuries among professional football players, parents may wonder if their mini athletes are at risk, too. Some very well might be, new research suggests. About 7 percent of children 3 to 17 years old ... Read more »
  • Fidget Spinners May Be Dangerous in the Wrong Hands February 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fidget spinners may well keep restless hands occupied for a time. But in the wrong hands, the popular gadgets can be harmful, doctors warn. A 3-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl suffered severe esophageal burns after they swallowed button batteries from fidget spinners, ... Read more »
  • Don’t Count on an American to Do CPR February 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If someone collapsed in front of you, could you perform CPR? If you answered no, you're hardly alone. Just over half of Americans know how to perform the emergency procedure. And even fewer know the recommended hands-only technique for bystanders, a new Cleveland ... Read more »
  • Pain of Acne More Than Skin Deep February 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Acne can be emotionally devastating at any age, and new research suggests it could even throw you into a deep depression. "Our research has shown that patients with acne have a 63 percent increased risk of developing major depressive disorder in their first ... Read more »
  • A Bad Flu Season Keeps Getting Worse February 10, 2018 - FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- This year's dangerous flu season shows no sign of waning, and "may be on track to break some recent records." That was the sobering assessment offered Friday by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat. Flu activity across ... Read more »
  • Two Drugs Offer Hope Against a Tough-to-Treat Prostate Cancer February 10, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Two cancer drugs can stall the progression of a particularly hard-to-treat form of prostate cancer, a pair of new trials shows. Both a newly developed drug called apalutamide and an already approved drug called enzalutamide (Xtandi) kept prostate cancer from spreading for two ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Use Contact Lenses Safely February 9, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Don't like eyeglasses? Contact lenses may be your best choice. The American Optometric Association offers these safety suggestions for people who wear contacts: Wash and thoroughly dry your hands before handling contact lenses. Carefully and regularly clean contacts, as directed by your optometrist. Rub the lenses with ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Handle a Child’s Traumatic Stress February 9, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Childhood traumatic stress occurs when a violent or dangerous event overwhelms a child's or teen's ability to cope. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration suggests how to help your child deal with traumatic stress: Assure the child that he or she is safe. Talk ... Read more »
  • Youth Violence in U.S. Declines — but the War’s Not Over February 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Far fewer young people are turning up in U.S. emergency rooms with assault injuries, but youth violence remains a serious issue, a new government study shows. The good news: The number of nonfatal assault patients aged 10 to 24 dropped 28 percent between ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Feb. 8, 2018 February 9, 2018 - San Francisco to Open First 'Safe Injection Sites' in U.S. Nearly 12 Million Americans Enrolled for 2018 Obamacare Coverage
  • Picking a New Primary Care Doctor February 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There are times in life when you need to pick a new doctor, or primary care provider. A primary care provider is your health gatekeeper, offering wellness visits, evaluating problems and suggesting specialists when necessary. There are different types of providers to choose ... Read more »
  • Women Who Are Most at Risk of Stroke February 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke affects more women than men in the United States. And a new study pinpoints stroke risk factors unique to females. "Many people don't realize that women suffer stroke more frequently than men, and mortality is much higher among women," said Dr. Kathryn ... Read more »
  • Are Germs Falling From the Sky? February 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As if you weren't worried enough about the germs on surfaces around you, new research suggests that viruses and bacteria are literally dropping down on your head. Scientists report that large numbers of all manner of germs circulate in, and fall from, the ... Read more »
  • Sleepy Drivers May Be Causing More Crashes Than Thought February 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Driver fatigue causes many more car accidents in the United States than previously estimated, a new report suggests. The finding comes from an analysis of several months' worth of video recordings taken of nearly 3,600 Americans while they were driving. During that time, ... Read more »
  • MS Drug Poses Hard Choices for Women Wanting Children February 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A powerful multiple sclerosis drug presents women with a tough dilemma if they would like to have children, a pair of new studies suggests. Those who take Tysabri (natalizumab) to manage their MS are more likely to suffer a relapse during pregnancy if ... Read more »
  • Women Fare Worse Than Men After a Stroke February 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women tend to have a tougher time recovering from a stroke than men do, though the reasons aren't completely clear, researchers say. On average, female stroke survivors reported more limitations in their day-to-day activities than male survivors did, according to a review of ... Read more »
  • Autism, Bipolar and Schizophrenia Share Genetic Similarities February 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- By examining brain tissue, researchers say they've found similarities in certain mental illnesses, including autism and schizophrenia. Specifically, some similar patterns of gene expression were found in people with autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the researchers say. Gene expression refers to cells' conversion ... Read more »
  • Many With Depression Delay, Avoid Treatment February 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Only one-third of people newly diagnosed with depression start treatment quickly, and seniors and minorities are the least likely to get help in a timely fashion, a new study finds. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 240,000 people in the ... Read more »
  • FDA Says U.S. Will Now Produce Critical MRI Component February 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A long-feared shortage of a substance used in millions of medical imaging procedures each year in the United States appears to have been avoided, federal officials report. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has approved a new technology to ... Read more »
  • More Norovirus Infections at Olympics in South Korea February 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With the Winter Olympics set to start Friday, South Korean officials are scrambling to find the source of a nasty stomach infection called norovirus that has sickened 128 people so far. South Korean health officials said Thursday that the new cases included members ... Read more »
  • Low Blood Sodium Tied to Impaired Thinking in Older Men February 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Lower sodium levels in the blood are associated with mental impairment and decline in older men, a new study finds. The findings may be of concern, especially because certain drugs often used by the elderly can lower blood sodium levels, experts said. Still, ... Read more »
  • Most Say Health Workers Shouldn’t Refuse Care on Moral Grounds: Poll February 9, 2018 - THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans are not on board with President Donald Trump's recent decision to further protect health care workers who refuse to treat patients on religious or moral grounds, the latest HealthDay/Harris Poll shows. More than eight of 10 surveyed do not believe doctors, ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Symptoms of Iron-Deficiency Anemia February 8, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- You need iron to make hemoglobin, the part of each red blood cell that carries oxygen throughout the body. More women than men are iron-deficient, which is common during pregnancy. You have iron-deficiency anemia when your body does not make enough healthy red blood cells or the ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Sleep Better February 8, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Poor sleep increases your risk of health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and obesity, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says. Poor sleep also has been linked to memory problems and increased risk of falls, the agency adds. You should aim for ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: Feb. 7, 2018 February 8, 2018 - Nearly 12 Million Americans Enrolled for 2018 Obamacare Coverage Hoping to Reduce Infection Risk, FDA OKs Endoscope Design Changes New Gerber Spokesbaby is First With Down Syndrome Norovirus Outbreak Hits Security Staff at Pyeongchang Olympics Two Gene Editing Patients Doing Well: Researchers Brain Implant Boosts Memory
  • Exergaming: Workouts That Work for All Ages February 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- "Exergaming" -- playing video games that get you off the sofa and into the action -- has positive fitness benefits that span the generations. It can be a way to introduce sedentary kids to exercise and even keep seniors fit. Because it engages ... Read more »
  • Defibrillators May Not Help Kidney Patients With Bad Hearts February 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic kidney disease often develop heart failure, leading to their having a heart defibrillator implanted to control an irregular heartbeat. But that's not without risk, a new study has found. The chances of being hospitalized for heart failure were 49 percent ... Read more »
  • Uber, Lyft Rides May Not Help Boost Doc Visits for Poorer Patients February 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Unreliable transportation keeps many poor patients from their medical appointments. But offering free ride-sharing services isn't the easy fix some predicted, a new study suggests. Some health care systems and ride-sharing and ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft have formed partnerships to ... Read more »
  • Fewer Americans Are Getting Herpes February 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Herpes infection rates are dropping among young Americans, and safer sex practices may be one reason why. Roughly 12 percent of adults were infected with genital herpes (HSV-2) in 2015-2016, down from 18 percent in 1999-2000, a new government report found. The same ... Read more »
  • Looking to Bats for Clues to Longevity February 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- New insights into what gives one bat species a long life span could offer clues to helping people live longer, scientists say. European researchers analyzed DNA from about 500 wild bats from four species. Their focus was on telomeres, the protective structures on ... Read more »
  • Herbal Drug Kratom Contains Opioids, FDA Says February 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The popular botanical drug kratom essentially is an opioid, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared Tuesday. Nearly all of kratom's major compounds bind to opioid receptors in the human brain, and two of the top five most prevalent compounds activate those receptors, ... Read more »
  • Impotence Among Heart Patients Not the Fault of Meds, Study Finds February 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Worried that the drugs you're taking to lower cholesterol or blood pressure might make you more apt to develop erectile dysfunction? That's not likely, a new Canadian study suggests. The study involved about 2,000 men who were taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, a ... Read more »
  • Your Attitude About Aging Might Affect Odds for Dementia February 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you hope to avoid dementia in old age, having an upbeat view on aging itself might help, new research suggests. Researchers found that people with positive beliefs about aging had a nearly 44 percent lower risk of developing dementia over the next ... Read more »
  • Cancer-Causing HPV Can Hide in the Throat February 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Human papilloma virus (HPV) could be lurking in your throat. It's known that strains of the virus can cause cervical cancer. And the virus can also cause certain forms of head and neck cancer, according to researchers from the University of Rochester Medical ... Read more »
  • Did Robin Williams’ Suicide Spur ‘Copycat’ Acts? February 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fans around the world were shocked when comedian Robin Williams took his own life in 2014. But the tragedy didn't stop there: Researchers believe his grim death spawned a rash of copycat suicides. In the five months after Williams hung himself inside his ... Read more »
  • Long-Term Opioid Use Down Among U.S. Vets: Study February 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Recent efforts by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to promote safe prescribing of opioid painkillers seem to be working. Opioid prescriptions by the VHA have declined since peaking in 2012, a new study finds. Key to the drop is decreases in long-term ... Read more »
  • It’s a Century Since the 1918 Flu Pandemic – Could It Happen Again? February 8, 2018 - WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One hundred years ago, the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time made a ravaging march across the globe. The "Spanish" flu of 1918-19 infected an estimated one-third of the world's population and killed between 50 million and 100 million people, modern epidemiologists estimate. ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Quiet Your Cough February 7, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- A persistent cough may transmit an illness and keep you up at night, but there are things you can do to help tame your discomfort, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. A cough may be triggered by conditions including asthma, allergy, the common cold, a lung ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Common Signs of Sinusitis February 7, 2018 - (HealthDay News) -- Sinusitis occurs when the lining of the hollow passages in your cheeks, forehead or below your eyes become inflamed. When swelling persists for more than two weeks, it may signal a sinus infection. The American Rhinologic Association mentions these typical symptoms of sinusitis: Nasal obstruction or congestion. ... Read more »
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  • Easing Your Child’s Asthma February 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If your child is among the 10 percent of kids with asthma, you want to do everything you can to control it. Start by working with your child's allergist to identify his or her unique asthma triggers and ways to avoid them. Common ... Read more »
  • Going for a Walk Not So Easy for Many Pugs February 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most dogs are excited to hear the words "Want to go for a walk?" But one-third of pug dogs have an abnormal gait, and this may be a more serious health problem for this breed than previously thought, researchers say. The finding was ... Read more »
  • Kids Can Roll Up Their Sleeves — Again — for Mumps Protection February 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to mumps prevention, an extra jab may do the trick. During a mumps outbreak, doctors can provide an optional third dose of mumps vaccine, according to the 2018 recommended immunization schedule from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This recommendation ... Read more »
  • A Hidden Source of ‘Superbugs’ in Hospitals? February 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital wastewater systems may play a role in antibiotic resistance, a new study suggests. U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers collected samples from pipes beneath a hospital's intensive care unit and from manholes covering sewers draining hospital wastewater. Most of the samples tested ... Read more »
  • ‘Hole in Heart’ Defect May Raise Stroke Risk After Surgery February 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People born with a hole in their heart face an increased risk for stroke after surgery, a new study finds. This common type of birth defect -- known as patent foramen ovale (PFO) -- is a hole between the upper chambers of the ... Read more »
  • Fetal Alcohol Cases More Common Than Thought: Study February 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. children may be living with brain damage from prenatal drinking than experts have thought, a new study suggests. The study of four U.S. communities found that at least 1 percent to 5 percent of first-graders had a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, ... Read more »
  • As Newborn Syphilis Cases Rise, Maternal Screening Urged February 7, 2018 - TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Newborn syphilis cases have shot up in the United States in recent years, so an expert panel is reaffirming the need to screen all pregnant women for the infection. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can be passed from pregnant women to ... Read more »