• Health Tip: Minimizing Shortness of Breath July 19, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Shortness of breath is marked by difficulty breathing or intense tightening in the chest. Medical problems, strenuous exercise, extreme temperatures, obesity and high altitude can all trigger shortness of breath, says Mayo Clinic. To keep chronic shortness of breath at bay, Mayo Clinic suggests: Exercise regularly. Quit ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Indoor Tanning July 19, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Tanning beds and sun lamps can cause serious long-term skin damage, says the American Cancer Society. Indoor tanning exposes the skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays -- the cause of most skin cancer. A tan is the body's response to injury from UV rays. Every time you tan, ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 18, 2019 July 19, 2019 - U.S. Drug OD Deaths Fall for First Time in Three Decades Ground Bison Linked to E. Coli Outbreak in 7 States: CDC
  • Recarbrio OK’d for Complicated Urinary Tract, Intra-Abdominal Infections July 19, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The antibacterial drug product Recarbrio (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam) has been approved to treat complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI) and complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI) in adults, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced. Recarbrio, a three-drug combination injection, is intended to be used ... Read more »
  • How to Eliminate Added Sugars From Your Diet July 19, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People are getting the message about the dangers of sugar. Nearly 70% of Americans have cut back on foods high in added sugars, according to a survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation. But there's still a long way to go. One ... Read more »
  • How to Make Your Child’s Hospital Stay Safer, Less Stressful July 19, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than 3 million kids are hospitalized in the United States every year. Whether it's for a planned test or surgery or an injury or other emergency, knowing how to be involved in your child's care can help you get through what's often ... Read more »
  • Money Motivates Smokers to Quit Long Term, Study Finds July 19, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Financial rewards for quitting smoking do help smokers -- including pregnant women -- kick the habit and remain smoke-free, a new study confirms. "Rewards, such as money or vouchers, have been used to encourage smokers to quit, and to reward them if they ... Read more »
  • As Heat Bakes the Nation, Expert Offers Tips to Stay Safe July 19, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The heat is on. Across two-thirds of the United States, over 115 million Americans live where some level of heat alert is already in effect, and 290 million will see temperatures soar past 90 degrees at some point in the next week, USA ... Read more »
  • The ‘Bottom’ Blood Pressure Number Matters, Too July 19, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to blood pressure readings, the "top" number seems to grab all the attention. But a large, new study confirms that both numbers are, in fact, critical in determining the risk of heart attack and stroke. Blood pressure measurements are given ... Read more »
  • Another Study Casts Doubt on Safety of Herbal Drug Kratom July 19, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The herbal supplement kratom regularly causes serious side effects and doesn't appear safe for use, a new study argues. Kratom, made from the leaves of a Southeast Asian plant, is usually used to treat pain and addiction. But poison control center data shows ... Read more »
  • Hey! That’s the Wrong Knee, Doctor July 19, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Say you go in for knee surgery and find the surgeon operated on the wrong leg. Or you received a drug you know you're allergic to. It happens. In fact, about 1 in 20 patients is a victim of preventable medical errors, and ... Read more »
  • 15 Minutes Matters With Strokes July 19, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Just 15 minutes can make a difference when someone is struck by a stroke, new research suggests. The study included more than 6,700 patients in the United States and Canada who suffered an ischemic stroke (blocked blood flow to the brain) and were ... Read more »
  • Number of American Smokers Who’ve Tried to Quit Has Stalled July 19, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Even if it takes multiple attempts, a majority of smokers do finally kick the habit. But new research finds the percentage of smokers who are even trying to quit has flatlined. Between 2001 and 2013, the rate of quit attempts rose steadily among ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Recognizing Heat Exhaustion July 18, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- During very hot weather, the body's ability to cool itself down is compromised, says the U.S. National Weather Service. As the body dehydrates, losing important fluids and salts, you or someone you know may develop heat exhaustion. Signs of heat exhaustion include: Heavy sweating and weakness. Cool, ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Relaxation Techniques for Stress July 18, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Stress is a normal physical and emotional reaction to changes in life. However, long-term stress can contribute to digestive issues, headaches, sleep disorders and other health problems. Relaxation techniques can help release tension and counteract stress, says the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 17, 2019 July 18, 2019 - U.S. Drug OD Deaths Fall for First Time in Three Decades Ground Bison Linked to E. Coli Outbreak in 7 States: CDC Growers Express Expands Recall of Fresh Vegetable Products WHO Meeting on Congo Ebola Outbreak Planned Parenthood to Defy Trump Administration Rule on Abortion Referrals Man's Award in Roundup ... Read more »
  • Wake Up Your Breakfast With Delicious Whole Grains July 18, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking to change up that sugary bowl of cold cereal, quinoa and amaranth are nutritious alternatives. These tiny grains (they're actually seeds) make excellent and hearty breakfasts, and are rich in iron, protein and magnesium along with many other vital nutrients. ... Read more »
  • Exercises to Head Off a Painful Rotator Cuff Injury July 18, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The rotator cuff refers to a group of four distinct muscles and tendons that connect to each shoulder and stabilize the humerus, the upper arm bone. These muscles are engaged when you move your shoulder, and work together to give you the needed ... Read more »
  • Menstrual Cups Equal Pads, Tampons in Effectiveness, Data Shows July 18, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- They're gaining in popularity among women, and a new study finds menstrual cups to be just as safe and as effective as disposable pads or tampons. British researchers looked at data on the cost-saving devices, gleaned from 43 studies involving more than 3,300 ... Read more »
  • At Risk for Alzheimer’s? Exercise Might Help Keep It at Bay July 18, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you are at high risk for Alzheimer's disease, a little more exercise may buy you time, new research suggests. Folks with elevated levels of a brain protein called beta amyloid tend to be more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and experience ... Read more »
  • Can a Broken Heart Contribute to Cancer? July 18, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "Broken heart syndrome" may harm more than just the heart, new research suggests. While the extreme stress of losing a loved one has been linked to heart troubles in prior research, a new study found that one in six people with broken heart ... Read more »
  • Clues to Why Women Have Higher Odds for Alzheimer’s July 18, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of Alzheimer's disease are higher in women than in men, and researchers now think they know why. A team from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tenn., has identified gender differences in how the Alzheimer's-related protein tau spreads in the brain. Research ... Read more »
  • Medical Marijuana Won’t Help Ease Opioid Crisis: Study July 18, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Some proponents of medical marijuana have claimed that its use against pain might help curb the ongoing crisis of opioid abuse. But a new study refutes that notion, finding that state laws legalizing medical marijuana have had little impact on the issue. "When ... Read more »
  • Autism Largely Caused by Genetics, Not Environment: Study July 18, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The largest study of its kind, involving more than 2 million people across five countries, finds that autism spectrum disorders are 80% reliant on inherited genes. That means that environmental causes are responsible for just 20% of the risk. The findings could open ... Read more »
  • A New and Better Way to ‘Stage’ Alzheimer’s Patients? July 18, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's is the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain, but what part those plaques play in the development of the disease isn't clear. Now researchers have taken the first steps to trace the progression of plaque buildup ... Read more »
  • Chinese Scientists Cut Local Numbers of Dangerous Mosquito by 94% July 18, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Some mosquitoes spread diseases to humans through their bite, passing along harmful pathogens like Zika, dengue fever, West Nile virus and chikungunya. Now humans are turning the tables, infecting these dangerous mosquitoes with bacteria that sabotage their ability to spawn. Chinese researchers were ... Read more »
  • WHO Declares Congo Ebola Outbreak a ‘Global Health Emergency’ July 18, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday called the year-old outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo a global health emergency, The New York Times reported. The declaration, made by a panel of experts, follows news this week that the deadly ... Read more »
  • New Test Can Pinpoint Which Pancreatic Cysts Might Turn Cancerous July 18, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- To have surgery or not to have surgery? That is the big question for hundreds of thousands of Americans diagnosed each year with a pancreatic cyst. The dilemma? While cysts are very common, most will not actually lead to cancer. But for doctors, ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Working in Extreme Heat July 17, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Outdoor workers are more likely to become dehydrated and have heat-related illnesses, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recommends that people working in extreme heat: Drink water. Don't wait until you are thirsty to drink. Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks. Wear and ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Diarrhea in Kids July 17, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Diarrhea typically is not a sign of a serious illness in children, says KidsHealth. But it's important to make sure that if your child has diarrhea, lost fluids and nutrients are replaced. Depending on the severity of diarrhea, KidsHealth suggests: Continue your child's regular diet and provide ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 16, 2019 July 17, 2019 - Controversial Suicide Scene Removed From '13 Reasons Why' Anorexia May Have Roots in Metabolism: Study Family Planning Clinic Abortion Restrictions Effective Immediately: Trump Administration
  • How to Protect Your DNA for Big Health Benefits July 17, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You might think that stress affects you only emotionally or that a lack of sleep simply leaves you feeling cranky. But these are among the many lifestyle factors that can lead to health problems because of changes that they cause within your body's ... Read more »
  • Healthy, Delicious Cooking With Summer’s Peaches, Plums July 17, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sweet plums and peaches are great on their own, a good source of potassium and a sweet low-cal snack with only 40 calories each. But you can also use them as the foundation of dishes perfect for summer entertaining. When it comes to ... Read more »
  • HIV Lurking in Spinal Fluid Linked to Thinking Problems July 17, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 -- (HealthDay News) Even with long-term treatment, HIV can still be found in the cerebrospinal fluid of some people with the AIDS-causing virus, a new study reports. And these patients are at increased risk of having thinking problems, the researchers say. "It is difficult to target ... Read more »
  • Would You Like a Lizard With That Salad? July 17, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine this: You open a bag of fresh salad greens and out pops a lizard. Or worse. Unfortunately, that scenario is more common than many might think. Researchers analyzed online news between 2003 and 2018 and found 40 articles about U.S. consumers discovering ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Best Way to End Homelessness and Its Health Impact? Prevent Evictions July 17, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- The cycle of homelessness can have devastating long-term repercussions on health. A nonprofit program in Boston is tackling the problem by trying to avoid evictions. HomeStart focuses on ending homelessness, in part by preventing it from happening in the first place. ... Read more »
  • Hurricanes Can Hurt Survival Odds Among Those With Cancer July 17, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When a hurricane strikes, as tropical storm Barry did this weekend in Louisiana, most people worry about the immediate health dangers such a storm poses. But new research suggests that the interruptions in radiation therapy caused by power outages may also lower the ... Read more »
  • Evolution Could Explain Why Staying Slim Is So Tough July 17, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's not easy maintaining a healthy weight. Even when you manage to drop a few pounds, they often return. Why would the body seem to encourage obesity? New research suggests the answer lies far back in human evolution, with an anti-starvation mechanism that ... Read more »
  • Disinfectants Can’t Stop This Dangerous Hospital Germ July 17, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Standard decontamination methods may not be enough to stop a dangerous hospital bug, known as Clostridium difficile. In a new study, researchers followed recommended procedures but found that surgical gowns, stainless steel surfaces and vinyl floors in hospitals were still contaminated with the ... Read more »
  • Tough Rules on E-Cigs Might Push Folks Back to Smoking July 17, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Banning flavors and lowering nicotine levels in electronic cigarettes is a strategy that could backfire, a new study suggests. Without those draws, many people would vape less and smoke more tobacco cigarettes, researchers claim. "Some regulations on e-cigarettes, like making safer batteries, would ... Read more »
  • Insect Stings Are Just a Buzzkill for Most Folks July 17, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Although unwelcome, insect stings pose a serious risk threat to only a small percentage of people, a medical expert says. "While millions of people suffer insect stings, true allergic reactions occur in a mere 0.4 to 0.8% of children and up to 3% ... Read more »
  • Too Much Smartphone Time May Invite Host of Health Woes July 17, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With most people never far from their cellphones, new research on college students finds that "problematic" use is tied to a variety of mental health problems, as well as lower grades and more sexual partners. The study, which surveyed more than 3,400 students ... Read more »
  • Obesity May Boost Odds for MS in Kids July 17, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Obese children may be twice as likely to develop multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests. And once obese children are diagnosed, they tend to have a poorer response to their initial treatment than average-weight kids do. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disorder ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Keep Your Kitchen Clean July 16, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Keeping the kitchen clean can prevent sickness and improve the quality of health for you and your guests, says Wake Forest University. Many foodborne illnesses can be avoided with some extra care. To help maintain cleanliness, the school suggests: Wash your hands with warm water and soap ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Staying Safe on the Subway July 16, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Riding on the subway alone, especially at off hours, can be a nerve-wracking experience. To help you stay out of harm's way, Hunter College suggests: Keep purses and backpacks secure at all times. Do not display money or jewelry in public places. Never carry a wallet in ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 15, 2019 July 16, 2019 - Nonproft Cancer Group Founded by Joe Biden Suspends Operations Northgate Market Diced Beef and Chicken Cubes Recalled Company Reaches $1.4 Billion Settlement in Opioid Treatment Investigation First Ebola Case Confirmed in City of Goma: DR Congo Officials
  • Timing Is Everything When It Comes to Calorie Intake July 16, 2019 - MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you skip or skimp on breakfast, grab a quick lunch and then load up at dinner, your food intake is likely out of sync with your body's needs. Not getting calories when you really need them (hint: during the day) could be ... Read more »
  • Dance Your Way to Better Health July 16, 2019 - MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Two very different studies show that dancing is more than just fun. It can keep your mind sharp and your heart healthy. The first was done in the United Kingdom and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Researchers pooled results from ... Read more »
  • Tough State Gun Laws Help Keep Kids Safe July 16, 2019 - MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Over a five-year period, more than 21,000 Americans aged 21 and younger died from firearm-related injuries. But when states have stricter gun laws, fewer children die from gun violence, new research shows. For the study, investigators examined data on gun deaths from 2011 ... Read more »
  • Is Sex Good Medicine for Parkinson’s? July 16, 2019 - MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Can sex help improve the health of a Parkinson's patient? It might -- at least for some. So claims a new two-year study that tracked the sexual habits and disease progression among 355 Parkinson's patients. "This is in line with data showing a ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Pregnancy Complications Could Be Early Sign of Heart Disease Risk in Black Women July 16, 2019 - MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- A new study confirms that when it comes to assessing heart health, an important question a doctor can ask an African American woman is, "Did you have complications during a pregnancy?" The study, published Monday in the American Heart Association's journal ... Read more »
  • Too Much Social Media a Depression Risk for Teens July 16, 2019 - MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Too much social media might be too much for the mental well-being of teenagers, new research suggests. The more that teens used social media and watched television, the greater their risk of depression, the study found. "Our research reveals that increased time spent ... Read more »
  • The Happiness Dividend: Longer, Healthier Lives July 16, 2019 - MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Happiness may truly be some of the best medicine available to us, a new study suggests. People happy with themselves and their well-being tend to live longer and healthier lives than those who are perpetually down in the dumps, British researchers report. Women ... Read more »
  • Healthy Living Can Cut Odds for Alzheimer’s in People at Genetic Risk July 16, 2019 - MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you are unlucky enough to carry genes that predispose you to Alzheimer's disease, a healthy lifestyle can minimize that risk, new research shows. The study tracked the genetics, lifestyles and Alzheimer's disease incidence of nearly 200,000 British people over 60 for ... Read more »
  • More Evidence That Socializing Helps Protect the Aging Brain July 16, 2019 - MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Join a book club, take a cruise or just visit friends -- new research supports the notion that social activities help stave off mental decline as you age. The study found that seniors with high levels of an Alzheimer's-linked protein in their brains ... Read more »
  • High Blood Pressure, ‘Bad’ Cholesterol Risky for Young, Too July 16, 2019 - MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Act sooner rather than later to prevent heart disease, a new study suggests. This means young adults should not put off treating high blood pressure or unhealthy cholesterol levels. The study involved more than 36,000 Americans. It came to some sobering conclusions about ... Read more »
  • Opioid Epidemic Doubled Number of U.S. Kids Sent to Foster Care July 16, 2019 - MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The opioid epidemic appears to be literally tearing families apart. Children are being taken out of their homes at alarming rates because their parents are abusing drugs, a new study shows. The number of kids placed in foster care in the United States ... Read more »
  • Newer Lung Cancer Screening Saves More Lives July 16, 2019 - MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A newer form of lung cancer screening may mean fewer deaths from the disease, a new study contends. Using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) instead of X-rays helped reduce lung cancer deaths in current and former smokers, the study authors said. "Lung cancer is ... Read more »
  • Swimming Lessons a Must for Everyone July 15, 2019 - SUNDAY, July 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Swimming lessons can lower the risk of drowning, but black kids often miss out on learning this lifesaving skill, a leading pediatricians group says. "Everyone should have the opportunity to learn to swim," said Dr. Kyle Yasuda, president of the American Academy of ... Read more »
  • Summer Can Be Hard on Your Hearing July 14, 2019 - SATURDAY, July 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Some of the sounds of summer can pose a serious threat to your hearing. Outdoor concerts, fireworks, thunder, and lawn and garden equipment are among the things that trigger hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology warns. "Many summer activities are noisy and ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Treating a Bunion July 13, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- A bunion is a bone-like bump that forms at the base of the big toe, says Mayo Clinic. It may form when the big toe pushes against the next toe, forcing the joint of the big toe to stick out. Mayo Clinic mentions treatment options for bunions: ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Causes of Dry Eye July 13, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Dry eye affects millions of adults in the United States, says the National Eye Institute. In a healthy eye, tears keep the surface moist. Without this lubrication, people may feel a stinging, burning or scratchy sensation. The institute mentions potential causes of dry eye: Medications such as ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 12, 2019 July 13, 2019 - 'Autism Card' Program Launched in London to Help Interactions With Police 1 in 5 Nonsmoking U.S. Workers Exposed to Secondhand Smoke Rabies Warning Issued for Walt Disney World Resort Area Medicare Drug Rebate Plan Withdrawn by Trump Administration Fertility Clinic Sued After Embryo Implanted in Wrong Woman
  • Adopt a Diet That’s Good for Your Gut July 13, 2019 - FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Having "friendly" bacteria in your digestive system is important for good health. They help the body extract nutrients from food, and boost the immune system in the fight against inflammation and many diseases associated with it. Gut microbes do much better with a ... Read more »
  • Make the Most of Summer’s Sweet Treat: Delicious Corn July 13, 2019 - FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sweet corn is an irresistible summer veggie and a good source of fiber. Ideally, you want to eat it as soon as possible after it's picked, but you can store corn for up to one week -- keep the husks on and refrigerate ... Read more »
  • Elbows Key to Your Walking Efficiency , Study Shows July 13, 2019 - FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Do you pump your arms while walking? Keeping your arms straight while walking is much more energy-efficient than walking with bent arms, but arm position doesn't make much difference when running, a new, small study finds. The study included eight university students -- ... Read more »
  • 8 in 10 Americans Want Less Nicotine in Cigarettes: CDC July 13, 2019 - FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- No matter the age, race, gender, education or income level, most Americans favor forcing tobacco companies to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to make them less addictive. That's what researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found when they surveyed ... Read more »
  • Teens’ Opioid Abuse May Be Gateway to Heroin July 13, 2019 - FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who take prescription opioid painkillers to get high could be taking a step toward heroin use, researchers say. "Prescription opioids and heroin activate the brain's pleasure circuit in similar ways," said senior author Adam Leventhal. He's director of the Institute for Addiction ... Read more »
  • When You Time Your Workout May Be Key to Staying Slim July 13, 2019 - FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Losing weight is one thing, but keeping it off is another. Now, a new study suggests that exercising at the same time each day is key. The research, on 375 adults who maintained a weight loss of 30 or more pounds for at ... Read more »
  • Just 300 Fewer Calories a Day Brings a Health Benefit July 13, 2019 - FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you trim out only 300 calories a day -- the equivalent of six Oreo cookies -- that could be all it takes to cut diabetes and heart disease risk, new research suggests. In the study, just over 200 adults younger than 50 ... Read more »
  • Does Being a Preemie Doom Your Love Life? July 13, 2019 - FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Preemie babies face a host of potential lifelong health problems, but a new analysis suggests the cards of love might also be stacked against them. Previous studies have found that premature babies -- especially the tiniest ones -- face some long-term difficulties. The ... Read more »
  • Many Pneumonia Patients Get Too Many Antibiotics July 13, 2019 - FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Two-thirds of hospitalized pneumonia patients may be prescribed antibiotics for too long, increasing their risk for potentially harmful side effects, researchers say. In 93#37; of cases, overprescription involved the number of antibiotics patients received upon being discharged from the hospital. Each year in ... Read more »
  • High-Fiber Diets Might Shield Against a Common Pregnancy Complication July 13, 2019 - FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More vegetables, more whole grains: New research finds that diets rich in fiber might help pregnant women avoid a dangerous spike in blood pressure. The common obstetric complication is called preeclampsia, and it occurs in up to 10% of pregnancies. It's characterized by ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Foods With Lactose July 12, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Intolerance to lactose, if present at all, varies from person to person, the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says. For many, symptoms can be avoided by reducing the amount of lactose consumed in dairy foods or beverages. But first you have to ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Living With Celiac Disease July 12, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Celiac disease is an overactive immune system disorder affecting about 1 in 100 people worldwide, says the Celiac Disease Foundation. People with celiac disease may well damage their intestines by eating foods that contain gluten. Currently, the only treatment is a strict gluten-free diet. Foods with wheat, ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 11, 2019 July 12, 2019 - Medicare Drug Rebate Plan Withdrawn by Trump Administration Fertility Clinic Sued After Embryo Implanted in Wrong Woman Disney Star Cameron Boyce Died From an Epileptic Seizure Prior Undetected Heart Attack Common in Sudden Cardiac Death Cases: Study Bakery Products Sold at Stores Nationwide Recalled by Flowers Foods
  • How to Find Your Best Exercise Style July 12, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Are you trapped in an exercise routine that's good for your body, but isn't motivating your spirit? It's time to find your exercise style. One way is to make a list of the pros and cons of the exercise options that are most ... Read more »
  • A Healthy Twist on a Classic Eggplant Recipe July 12, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Eggplant is a high-fiber food that will leave you feeling satisfied and well-nourished. Most people think of the classic purple-colored vegetable, but eggplant comes in many varieties, colors and even shapes. All are perfect for a lighter take on a classic eggplant dish ... Read more »
  • No Amount of Running Is Too Hard on Your Heart July 12, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Ultramarathons are grueling races that typically range anywhere from 30 to 100 miles, but new research suggests that even these distances don't tax the heart unduly. "The good news is that while experienced runners pushed their heart limits during the ultramarathon, they did ... Read more »
  • AHA News: 5 Threats to Heart Health You May Not Be Aware Of July 12, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Many people can recite the major risk factors for heart disease, the stuff of posters, public service ads and dire warnings: smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, lack of exercise. But what about these? Air pollution, loneliness, lack of ... Read more »
  • More Evidence Fried Food Ups Heart Disease, Stroke Risk July 12, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Check out the menus at any county fair -- corn dogs, fried Oreos, even fried butter -- and you'll quickly see that Americans love fried foods. But yet another study suggests that it's time to put that corn dog down. The study found ... Read more »
  • Cuts in Trainee Doctor Hours Haven’t Harmed Patients July 12, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting back on the grueling hours that U.S. medical residents spend in training doesn't translate into poorer care, new research shows. When training hours were capped at 80 hours a week in 2003, some critics said it would harm medical residents' preparedness to ... Read more »
  • Tongue, Lip Snip Surgeries May Be Overused in U.S. Newborns July 12, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Too many American newborns may be undergoing unnecessary tongue and lip surgeries to improve their ability to breastfeed, a new study finds. These minor "tether release" or frenotomy surgeries involve a snip, using either sterile scissors or a laser, to loosen the frenulum. ... Read more »
  • Flu Vaccine Safe During Pregnancy July 12, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women can take comfort in new findings that suggest flu vaccines won't harm their fetuses. Canadian researchers examined data on more than 104,000 children born in the province of Ontario between November 2009 and October 2010. Of those, 30% were born to ... Read more »
  • Is an Elusive U.S. Total Ban on Asbestos Finally in Sight? July 12, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new U.S. government rule on asbestos is at best a toothless measure against the cancer-causing material, critics charge. The rule, laid out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), went into effect in June. The agency says it was designed to strengthen ... Read more »
  • CPR Less Likely for Black Kids in Poor Neighborhoods: Study July 12, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiac arrest is rare in children. But a new study finds that if it does happen, kids are less likely to get life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if they're black and living in a poor neighborhood. In fact, these kids were much less likely ... Read more »
  • For Kids With Rare Condition, ‘Restricted’ Diets Can Turn Dangerous July 12, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Two young patients -- one 3 and the other 13 -- have a rare condition that calls for a highly restricted diet. Both have so much trouble eating that they developed an eating disorder and required feeding tubes, a new report shows. Such ... Read more »
  • Sugary Sodas, Juices Tied to Higher Cancer Risk July 12, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's long been known that sugary drinks help people pack on unwanted pounds. But new research suggests that sweetened sodas, sports drinks and even 100% fruit juice might raise your risk for some cancers. The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but it ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Make Traveling Easier on Your Pet July 11, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Taking your dog or cat on a flight may be no cakewalk, depending on the differing requirements of the airlines and various destinations. That's why it's best to research these things before you leave, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To reduce travel-related stress ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Firework Safety July 11, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Though July 4th has passed, you may have some leftover fireworks. Unfortunately, nearly 300 people in the United States end up in the emergency room each day at the height of the season due to fireworks mishaps, says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 10, 2019 July 11, 2019 - Prior Undetected Heart Attack Common in Sudden Cardiac Death Cases: Study Bakery Products Sold at Stores Nationwide Recalled by Flowers Foods Lab Tests Show Experimental Ebola Treatments Are Effective: CDC 'Toy Story 4' Toys Recalled Due to Choking Hazard Trump to Sign Order to Improve Kidney Disease Care Billionaire and ... Read more »
  • Xpovio With Dexamethasone Approved for Refractory Multiple Myeloma July 11, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Xpovio (selinexor) tablets have been approved for use in combination with dexamethasone to treat adults with relapsed refractory multiple myeloma, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week. The drug combination was granted accelerated approval for patients whose disease remains resistant to ... Read more »
  • Can a Budget Make You Happier? July 11, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Clever websites and smartphone apps have made creating a household budget easier, though it's still an unappealing chore for some. But what if using a tool that makes you smarter about money could also make you happier? That would make budgeting a lot ... Read more »
  • How to Help When Your Child Weighs Too Much July 11, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Seventeen percent of American children and teens are obese and a nearly equal number are overweight, and those who are taunted about their weight tend to gain even more in response, according to a study from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. What's ... Read more »
  • Why Older Women Have Less Sex: It’s Not as Simple as You Think July 11, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than biology is at play when it comes to why older women have less sex as they age. A number of psychological factors contribute to the drop in libido, a new study claims. Those factors include body image concerns, self-confidence, perceived desirability, ... Read more »
  • Household Chemicals Might Be Sparking Rise in Thyroid Disease Among Cats July 11, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could the newer flame retardants now being used in many household products be making cats sick? A new study says it's possible. Rates of hyperthyroidism, the most common endocrine-related disease of older cats, have soared since the first case was diagnosed in 1979, ... Read more »
  • Poor Social Life Could Spell Trouble for Older Women’s Bones July 11, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A lack of positive connections with others may do more than make older women lonely, with new research suggesting it can also weaken their bones. In a long-term study of more than 11,000 postmenopausal women in the United States, lower bone mineral density ... Read more »
  • Sleep : The Right Prescription for Your Health July 11, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night is essential for your good health, according to sleep experts. Too little sleep not only makes you tired and cranky all day, it also has other unwanted side effects, including decreased creativity and accuracy, ... Read more »
  • Can You Live Well With Type 1 Diabetes for 81 Years? Just Ask Don Ray July 11, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1939, Don Ray was just 4 years old. Doctors told his parents he'd likely live well into his teens. By the time he hit his teens, the management of type 1 diabetes had progressed ... Read more »
  • Addicted to Video Games? This Treatment Might Help July 11, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Know someone who just can't put down the controller in the middle of online games like Fortnite or League of Legends? German researchers think they've developed a way to help break the compulsive habit. In a new study, the research team reported that ... Read more »
  • Brain Injury Often a Devastating Side Effect of Domestic Violence July 11, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A vast majority of battered women have suffered head injuries that are hard to recover from, a new study suggests. Eighty-one percent of women who've suffered domestic abuse and sought help have suffered a head injury and 83% have been strangled, researchers discovered. ... Read more »
  • Is Your Mattress Releasing Toxins While You Sleep? July 11, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most people consider their bed a safe haven, but new research suggests your body heat might trigger the release of potentially harmful chemicals from your mattress. Mattresses are known to release minute amounts of gaseous chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs ... Read more »
  • Could Computers, Crafts Help Preserve the Aging Brain? July 11, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping your brain active as you age, whether it be working on a computer, playing games or being socially involved, might ward off memory loss, a new study suggests. Losing memory as you age is a sign of mild cognitive impairment, which can ... Read more »
  • New Migraine Drug Might Help When Other Meds Don’t July 11, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new migraine drug might offer an alternative to people who do not get relief from current medications, a new trial suggests. The drug, called rimegepant, hasn't yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But it belongs to a new ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Preparing a Better Dessert July 10, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Desserts don't have to be off-limits for people who want to eat healthier, says Johns Hopkins University. When preparing desserts, choose baked-good recipes made with skim milk, low-fat cream cheese or yogurt. Using bananas and applesauce as add-ins can also cut down on unhealthy oils and fats. ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Kayak and Canoe Safety July 10, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Kayaking and canoeing are popular outdoor activities during summer. But before you paddle, the American Canoe Academy recommends getting to know the rules of the water. The ACA urges paddlers to: Take an on-water course. Be aware of your surroundings. Wear a life jacket and bright clothing. ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 9, 2019 July 10, 2019 - Billionaire and Presidential Candidate Ross Perot Dead at 89 Rule Requiring Drug Prices in TV Ads Blocked by Judge Fewer New Measles Cases in U.S. Last Week
  • Should You Try Allergen Immunotherapy? July 10, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're constantly sneezing and sniffling even though you take allergy medication to relieve symptoms, you may want to consider immunotherapy. This treatment is aimed at desensitizing you to your allergy triggers, providing long-term relief from allergies and reducing the risk for asthma. ... Read more »
  • A Guide to Gift Shopping That’s Good for Your Health July 10, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Shopping for a gift for a friend or loved one? Instead of wracking your brain over which sweater to buy, keep in mind that gifts for good health are always the right size. You can be extravagant with a gym membership or a ... Read more »
  • In-Hospital Cardiac Arrests May Be a ‘Major Public Health Problem’ July 10, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many more U.S. hospital patients suffer cardiac arrest than previously thought, a new study reveals. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating. It differs from a heart attack, in which blood flow to the heart is blocked. This new analysis concluded that ... Read more »
  • Dangerous UTIs Can Follow Hospital Patients Home July 10, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For the sick or elderly, a urinary tract infection (UTI) can prove deadly. With many vulnerable patients developing UTIs post-discharge, a new study suggests that better monitoring is needed after leaving the hospital. Researchers at Oregon State University explored more than 3,000 at-risk ... Read more »
  • Parent Who Listens Can Help Kids Thrive Despite Trauma July 10, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Heartfelt talks between parent and child are essential to help kids overcome tough times and do their best at school, a new study says. Traumatic events in a kid's life can cause the child to neglect school work and increase the odds that ... Read more »
  • Ageism Disappears When Young and Old Spend Time Together July 10, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Ageism is pervasive throughout society, and harmful to young and old alike. But a new study finds some simple steps can help erase it. Mixing younger and older people in various settings, combined with educating younger people about the aging process and its ... Read more »
  • Zika’s Damage Continues in Children Infected Before Birth July 10, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New research shows that neurological damage for babies who were exposed to the Zika virus while in the womb continues to unfold years after birth. Developmental problems were found in one-third of the 216 children studied, some of whom were 3 years old. ... Read more »
  • Legalizing Marijuana Not a Trigger for Teen Toking July 10, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite what many might think, legalizing marijuana does not encourage pot use among teenagers, and it may actually discourage them from smoking weed, a new study suggests. Medical marijuana laws don't appear to influence teens' use of pot one way or the other, ... Read more »
  • In a U.S. First, Baby Is Delivered From Womb Transplanted From Deceased Donor July 10, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic announced that they've achieved a first in North America: delivering a baby from a uterus that had been transplanted from a deceased donor. The healthy baby girl was delivered by C-section in June. This is only the second ... Read more »
  • More Americans Are Eating Whole Grains, But Intake Still Too Low July 10, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The popularity of heart-healthy whole grains is on the rise among Americans, but levels are still far below those recommended by nutritionists, a new report shows. Overall, whole grains -- products with 100% whole grains or made with whole grain flour -- made ... Read more »
  • Have Kids, Buy More Produce? July 10, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could having kids prompt you to eat healthier foods? Apparently so, a new study suggests. Americans buy more fruits and vegetables after they become parents, researchers found. "Although adult food preferences are considered relatively stable, major life events such as becoming parents may ... Read more »
  • CDC Warns of Start to ‘Season’ for Mysterious Paralyzing Illness in Kids July 10, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The "season" for a polio-like illness that mainly strikes children is about to begin, so public health officials sent out an early warning to doctors on Tuesday. The largest recorded outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) occurred last year, with the illness debilitating ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Dealing With a Stomach Virus July 9, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- A stomach virus typically is mild and goes away on its own, says the American Academy of Family Physicians. To help ease symptoms of a stomach virus, the academy suggests: Eat bland foods. Drink clear liquids. Stay hydrated. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Stay home and rest.
  • Health Tip: Causes of Appetite Loss July 9, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Any illness can reduce or eliminate your appetite. But if the illness is treatable, appetite should return after treatment, says MedlinePlus. MedlinePlus mentions potential causes of appetite loss: Emotions such as sadness, depression or grief. Serious illnesses such as cancer or HIV. Use of certain medications or ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 8, 2019 July 9, 2019 - Stevie Wonder to Have Kidney Transplant Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pig Ear Dog Treats: CDC Cavi Brand Whole, Fresh Papayas Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Eye Drops, Ointments Sold At Walgreens Recalled Former NFL Star Tedy Bruschi Recovering From Stroke All Mississippi Coastal Beaches Closed Due to Algae Bloom
  • Kitchen Essentials: Mastering Fresh Tomato Sauce July 9, 2019 - MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- High in lycopene, low in calories, and rich in vitamins A and C, tomatoes are delicious fruits that can be turned into savory dishes. Try this simple fresh tomato sauce to make good use of this summer favorite. Fast Fresh Tomato Sauce 1-1/2 ... Read more »
  • Do You Need Vitamin-Enhanced Foods? July 9, 2019 - MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many packaged foods have the potential to give you vitamin overload, especially if you're already taking a daily multivitamin. Here's what you need to know. Manufacturers have been adding nutrients to foods for decades. In fact, it started nearly 100 years ago with ... Read more »
  • Small Vessel Disease Leaves Patients Vulnerable to Leg Amputation July 9, 2019 - MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- No matter where it occurs in the body, microvascular disease ups the risk of leg amputation, a new study finds. Microvascular disease damages very small blood vessels. Researchers analyzed data from more than 125,000 U.S. veterans who were followed for an average of ... Read more »
  • AHA News: ‘Surprising’ Lack of Progress on Heart Disease in Younger Adults July 9, 2019 - MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- After years of declining rates of coronary artery disease, new research shows the trend is reversing among younger people, especially women. The culprit may be the rise in obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure rates among young adults, according to a ... Read more »
  • Meals on Wheels Delivers an Extra Health Bonus for Seniors July 9, 2019 - MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Meals on Wheels might do more than deliver hot food to isolated seniors: New research suggests it can serve as an early warning system for declining health. The study included Meals on Wheels drivers in Guernsey County in Ohio and San Diego County, ... Read more »
  • Teens Risk Seizures, Coma When They Use ‘Synthetic Pot’ July 9, 2019 - MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who use Spice, K2 or other synthetic marijuana products may risk medical harm, including coma and seizures, researchers report. A review of emergency department records in the United States also found that those who mixed the manmade "marijuana" with other drugs, such ... Read more »
  • Hormone Treatment for Prostate Cancer Linked to Heightened Alzheimer’s Risk July 9, 2019 - MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Soon after a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, drugs that lower levels of testosterone are often offered as treatment, since testosterone fuels the cancer's growth. But a major new study suggests that this approach might have an unwanted side effect: Higher odds ... Read more »
  • One Downside of Legalized Pot: Poisoned Pets July 9, 2019 - MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People who use marijuana know that the drug should be kept out of the reach of small children. But many may not realize that it can also be dangerous for their beloved animals. As more states legalize marijuana, the drug poses an increased ... Read more »
  • Too Often, Caring for Aging Parent Means Trouble at Work July 9, 2019 - MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many adults with full-time jobs who care for an aging parent face significant work disruptions and lack employer support, a new study finds. Work disruptions range from mild, such as adjusting work hours, to severe. Severe disruptions include moving from full- to part-time ... Read more »
  • More Evidence Supplements Won’t Help the Heart July 9, 2019 - MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you take supplements hoping to ward off a heart attack or stroke, yet another study suggests you could find better uses for your hard-earned dollars. A review of 277 published studies found that most supplements won't protect you from cardiovascular disease or ... Read more »
  • ‘Semi-Slug’ Is Spreading a Lethal Parasite in Hawaii July 9, 2019 - MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A brain-invading killer parasite hides on a half-snail/half-slug creature before slipping into a salad, just waiting to be swallowed by hungry humans. Is it the plot of a B-movie or a real medical threat? Unfortunately, the threat is real. Across the state of ... Read more »
  • Keep Unused Meds Out of the Hands of Addicts July 8, 2019 - SUNDAY, July 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As America grapples with an opioid epidemic, it has become even more important to dispose of your leftover prescription medications properly, one pharmacist says. "Many people don't realize that simply throwing away leftover medications or flushing them down the toilet is actually very ... Read more »
  • Don’t Forget Your Pets in Emergency Plans July 7, 2019 - SATURDAY, July 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Your beloved pets need to be part of any plan you craft for emergencies, such as hurricanes or floods. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says you should stock at least one week's supply of food and fresh water for your pet. If ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Eating Out If You Have a Food Allergy July 6, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Eating out can be stressful if you have a food allergy. Before you leave for the restaurant, you should read the menu, call ahead and speak to the manager, says the Food Allergy Research and Education organization. When at the restaurant, FARE suggests: Tell your waiter about ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Preventing Child Burns July 6, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Every day, more than 300 children are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help prevent your child from being burned, the CDC suggests: Install and maintain smoke alarms at home. Supervise children's use of stoves, ovens ... Read more »
  • How to Create a Diet That Lowers Your Cholesterol July 6, 2019 - FRIDAY, July 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Watching your cholesterol intake has gotten easier. Nutrition experts now agree that certain foods high in cholesterol, like shrimp and eggs, don't have the impact on your blood cholesterol that was once thought. Even better, some foods can help lower your blood cholesterol ... Read more »
  • Exercising When You Have High Blood Pressure July 6, 2019 - FRIDAY, July 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure is a serious risk factor for heart disease, stroke and other life-threatening medical conditions. While many people need medication and dietary changes to control their blood pressure, exercise is a key component of nearly every management plan. Scientists know that ... Read more »
  • How Protect Against Short- and Long-Term Sun Damage July 6, 2019 - FRIDAY, July 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Don't invite skin cancer to your holiday weekend. As you celebrate America's independence at beaches, pools or backyard parties, remember that the sun's damaging rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. -- and protecting yourself is a must. "When it comes ... Read more »
  • Surgeons Give 13 Paralyzed Adults Hand, Arm Movement July 6, 2019 - FRIDAY, July 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Thirteen paralyzed young adults have regained elbow and hand movement after undergoing complex surgery in Australia, surgeons report. The patients now brush their hair and teeth, feed themselves and put on makeup -- tasks that were impossible before the "nerve transfer" surgery, the ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: How to Use an EpiPen July 5, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- An EpiPen is an injection device containing epinephrine, which is used to treat severe allergic reactions, says the University of North Carolina. UNC offers this advice on using an EpiPen: Remove the device from its clear carrier tube. Hold it in your fist with the orange tip ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Ear Piercing For Kids July 5, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Getting ears pierced must be done with sterile equipment, and parents and kids need to know how to take care of new piercings at home, says Riley Hospital for Children. To avoid infection, the hospital suggests: Never pierce the ears of newborns. Make sure sterile procedures are ... Read more »
  • It’s Mosquito Season: Here’s How to Protect Yourself July 5, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Summer is synonymous with mosquitoes, and that means possible exposure to the West Nile and Zika viruses. Both are spread mainly through mosquito bites. Most people won't experience symptoms from either virus, but there are important differences to be aware of. West Nile ... Read more »
  • Secrets to a Great-Tasting July 4 Turkey Burger July 5, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Craving a burger but seeking a break from red meat? For a meal that looks decadent but is healthy, too, a juicy turkey burger is the answer. Though turkey burgers can be dry, a simple addition keeps ground turkey from drying out: Mix ... Read more »
  • Don’t Let Fireworks Deafen You July 5, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Fireworks are a beautiful sight to behold, but they can damage your hearing if you're not careful. Protecting your hearing should be one of the safety precautions you take when you and your family are at fireworks displays and other events on the ... Read more »
  • Don’t Drink and Drive on the Fourth July 5, 2019 - THURSDAY, July 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The Fourth of July holiday is one of the most deadly times on America's roads, so Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is urging everyone to avoid drinking and driving. "Celebrating our nation's independence with backyard barbecues, fireworks displays and other festivities should be ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Understanding Root Canal July 4, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Millions of teeth are treated by root canal each year, says the American Association of Endodontists. Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. The procedure often is the best way to ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Severe Thunderstorm Safety July 4, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Severe thunderstorms can damage property, knock over trees and cause flash flooding, says the U.S. National Weather Service. When severe weather strikes, acting quickly is key to staying safe. During a severe thunderstorm, the weather service urges people to: Stay updated with a local news station or ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 3, 2019 July 4, 2019 - Fentanyl-Like Drugs Should be Permanently Classified as Controlled Substances: DOJ Lawsuit Challenges Mississippi Law on Labeling of Meatless Products
  • AHA News: Doctors Shrugged Off Athlete’s Gasping, Until One Heart Surgeon Listened July 4, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Back in her office after the New Year's holiday, Cat Oyler, then 45, struggled to catch her breath. She felt like a heavy weight was sitting on her chest. She could take only a fraction of a normal breath, unable to ... Read more »
  • A Tasty Way to Get Your Omega-3s July 4, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's well known that omega-3 fatty acids, or omega-3s for short, are important anti-inflammatory nutrients that, along with many other functions, reduce heart disease risk. What's unclear is whether you can get these benefits from a capsule. Studies involving supplements have recently been ... Read more »
  • How to Avoid Information Overload July 4, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Being able to go online offers a wealth of knowledge, keeps you connected to loved ones and makes all sorts of transactions more convenient. But there's a downside. In a nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center, more than three-quarters of respondents said ... Read more »
  • Few U.S. Universities Are Smoke-Free July 4, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Although many restaurants, offices and even apartment buildings are smoke-free, American universities appear to be an exception. By 2017, only 1 in 6 had gone completely smoke-free or tobacco-free, a new study reveals. "Continued success in increasing the adoption of comprehensive smoke-free and ... Read more »
  • Reacting Against a ‘Too Clean’ World, Some Parents Go Too Far the Other Way July 4, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Somewhere between the Mom who obsessively wipes down every knob and toy her child might touch, and the Dad who thinks rolling in the dirt is "good" for kids, there's a healthy medium, British experts say. "We have to find a way to ... Read more »
  • WIC Changes Improve Moms’ and Babies’ Health July 4, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Major changes to a U.S. federal nutrition program for the poor have made both women and their babies healthier, a new study finds. Known as WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children has been around since the 1970s. Changes ... Read more »
  • Millions of Life Years, Billions of Dollars Lost to Cancer Each Year July 4, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than 8.7 million years of life and about $94 billion in earnings were lost to cancer in the United States in 2015, researchers say. Cancer is the nation's second-leading killer and is expected to cause nearly 607,000 deaths this year. These premature ... Read more »
  • Often Feel Bloated? One Ingredient May Be to Blame July 4, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you often feel bloated after a meal, don't be too quick to blame high-fiber foods. The real culprit might surprise you. Your gut may be rebelling because you're eating too much salt, a new study suggests. "Sodium reduction is an important dietary ... Read more »
  • Easing Depression Can Bring Longer Life to People With Diabetes July 4, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Treating depression may have an added benefit for people with diabetes -- longer life. A large new study from Taiwan found that antidepressants cut the risk of dying during the study period by more than one-third for people with diabetes and depression. "The ... Read more »
  • Looks Like Guys Are More Prone to Pack on the ‘Freshman 15’ July 4, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When a high school senior becomes a university freshman, change is the name of the game. A new school. New friendships. Even new ways of eating. As healthy, home-cooked meals give way to a campus diet of beer and pizza, student waistlines tend ... Read more »
  • Concussion Recovery Isn’t the Same for Every Football Player July 4, 2019 - WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Certain high school and college athletes require a longer-than-normal recovery period after a concussion. Researchers say blood tests can predict which ones. "With so many people sustaining concussions and a sizable number of them having prolonged symptoms and recovery, any tools we can ... Read more »
  • Social Media a Big Driver of Teen Vaping Craze: Study July 4, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Social media is helping spur the e-cigarette epidemic among America's teens, a new study suggests. Nearly 15,000 Instagram posts related to Juul, the most popular e-cigarette brand, were released between March and May 2018, researchers found. More than half the posts focused on ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Reducing PMS Symptoms July 3, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- From crying spells to food cravings, many women feel physical or emotional changes before menstruation. These symptoms can be signs of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), says the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. To help reduce PMS symptoms, the ACOG recommends: Getting aerobic exercise, such as walking, running ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: IUD Fast Facts July 3, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small T-shaped device that is placed in the uterus by a doctor. The cervix keeps it in place and, once it is in, you typically cannot feel it. Depending on the type of IUD, it can work for 3 to 10 ... Read more »
  • Health Highlights: July 2, 2019 July 3, 2019 - Lawsuit Challenges Mississippi Law on Labeling of Meatless Products Vermont Places 92% Tax on E-Cigarettes Packaged Vegetables Recalled by Growers Express Flesh-Eating Bacteria Claims Life of Florida Woman
  • Add a Flavor Punch to Your Meals: Give Pickled Veggies a Try July 3, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pickled vegetables are healthy and crunchy treats, and when you make them yourself, they'll have great savory flavor with a lot less sodium than packaged varieties. Note that pickled foods are different from fermented foods, such as yogurt and kimchi. Pickling is soaking ... Read more »
  • 10 Food ‘Shifts’ to Improve Your Diet July 3, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- No matter how committed you are to eating healthier and/or losing weight, making drastic changes can be hard. A better approach is to make small shifts in the foods you eat every day, according to the U.S. 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines. Here are 10 ... Read more »
  • How Does Sunshine During Pregnancy Affect Learning? July 3, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Kids whose moms don't get enough sunshine during pregnancy may be more likely to develop learning difficulties, researchers report. The finding stems from data on more than 422,000 school-aged children in Scotland. Low levels of exposure to UVB rays -- but not UVA ... Read more »
  • Surgery Helps Babies Missing a Heart Chamber Survive, But Problems Linger July 3, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When babies are born without one heart chamber, a special surgery can save their lives. But a new study shows that these patients face lifelong health issues that require special care. Still, a new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement says, they can ... Read more »
  • Anti-Vaccine Movement a ‘Man-Made’ Health Crisis, Scientists Warn July 3, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The anti-vaccination movement is now a global crisis, an international panel of scientists say, and everyone must do more to combat it. "We are alarmed that the WHO [World Health Organization] this year declared vaccine hesitancy a top-10 international public health problem. This ... Read more »
  • Survey Urges Grandparents to Lock Down Their Meds When Kids Visit July 3, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many American seniors fail to secure their medications when grandchildren are around, putting kids at risk of accidental poisoning, an alarming new survey finds. Eighty-four percent of the 1,074 grandparents who responded to the online survey said they keep their medications in the ... Read more »
  • In a First, Scientists Eliminate HIV From an Animal’s Genome July 3, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who eliminated HIV from mice say their results are an important advance in efforts to develop a cure for HIV infection in people. This is the first time that the AIDS-causing virus has been eradicated from the genomes of living animals, according ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Air Pollution Means Pregnant Women Can’t Breathe Easy July 3, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Pregnant women receive a lot of instructions to ensure the healthiest possible baby: what to eat and drink, what to avoid, which vitamins to take, which activities to avoid and more. But what about breathing? Researchers have long been concerned about ... Read more »
  • Need Emergency Air Lift to Hospital? It Could Cost You $40,000 July 3, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- An air ambulance might be your only chance to survive a medical emergency -- but a new study reports it's going to cost you. The median charge of an air ambulance trip was $39,000 in 2016, about 60% more than the $24,000 charged ... Read more »
  • Alcoholism Harms 53 Million Americans Who Don’t Have a Drinking Problem July 3, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People who drink alcohol don't only put themselves at risk, they're also endangering family and friends. A new study finds the effects of "secondhand" alcohol harms are widespread, with nearly 1 in 5 Americans -- 53 million people -- reporting having been harmed ... Read more »
  • California Took on Anti-Vaxxers, and Won July 3, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- California's crackdown on childhood vaccination exemptions cut in half the percentage of kindergartners who didn't have their required immunizations, a new study shows. The rate of kindergartners without up-to-date vaccinations decreased from around 10% in 2013 to about 5% in 2017, after California ... Read more »
  • For Many, Pot Is Now an Alternative to Opioids or Sleep Meds July 3, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In places where it's legal, people are often turning to pot to relieve pain and insomnia, a new study finds. For many, cannabis is replacing over-the-counter painkillers, prescription opioids and sleep aids. "These aren't the only reasons people are using marijuana, but it's ... Read more »
  • Stillbirth Risk Rises With Prolonged Pregnancies July 3, 2019 - TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The longer a pregnancy continues past term, the higher the risk of stillbirth, according to a new study that analyzed 15 million pregnancies. The highest risk of stillbirth occurred when pregnancies went beyond 41 weeks -- then the odds rose by 87%, the ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Working With Bleach July 2, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Bleach, while a common household chemical, can burn the skin and cause eye damage. When handling bleach right out of the container, the North Dakota State University says you should take these precautions: Wear eye protection, such as safety glasses or goggles. Wear rubber or nitrile gloves. ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Wear Sunglasses With UV Protection July 2, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can damage your eyes, says Mayo Clinic. Sunglasses can help protect your eyes from UV-related problems, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Mayo Clinic recommends looking for sunglasses that: Block 99 percent to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. Screen ... Read more »
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  • 3 Moves for Better Balance July 2, 2019 - MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Guarding against falls isn't just for the elderly. The inner ear's ability to maintain balance can begin to decline as early as age 40, according to a study in Frontiers of Neurology. So the time to improve your balance is now. Strong legs ... Read more »
  • How to Foster Your Child’s Imagination July 2, 2019 - MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With school, sports and assorted activities, many kids have little or no free time. That fast-paced lifestyle can actually stifle their development, making them less likely to be self-starters. It could also limit their imagination, an important ingredient in creativity and problem-solving. University ... Read more »
  • Low Vitamin D at Birth Linked to Kids’ High Blood Pressure Risk July 2, 2019 - MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Infants and young children with vitamin D deficiency may have a heightened risk for elevated blood pressure later in childhood and in their teens, a new study finds. Researchers followed 775 children in Boston from birth to age 18. Most were from low-income ... Read more »
  • Where a Woman’s Fat Lies Hints at Future Heart Troubles July 2, 2019 - MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're an older woman, your heart disease risk might be shaped by the shape of your body. Researchers report that if you look more like an apple than a pear, your chances of heart trouble are heightened, even if you are a ... Read more »
  • How Are You Feeling? Check Your Wristband July 2, 2019 - MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Remember the "mood ring" craze of the 1970s? A high-tech wristband is being developed along the same lines, potentially helping patients who struggle with mood disorders. The smart wristband would use a person's skin to track their emotional intensity. During a mood swing, ... Read more »
  • AHA News: Summer Heat Brings Special Health Risks for Pregnant Women July 2, 2019 - MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Hot summer weather impacts some people more than others, and pregnant women are among those most likely to become overheated. Barely more than a week into summer and as heat waves blanket Europe and the eastern United States, what are the ... Read more »
  • Can Stem Cells Be the Cure for Baldness? July 2, 2019 - MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could wigs, weaves or transplants someday become a thing of the past? Scientists report they were able to grow hair with stem cells in animal studies. So far the technique has only been tried on mice, and results may not be the same ... Read more »
  • MS Linked to Higher Cancer Risk July 2, 2019 - MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple sclerosis is a tough disease to manage and live with, but a new, long-running Norwegian study suggests it might also raise cancer risk. Overall, the higher risk was small -- just 12%. However, the risk of certain cancers -- such as central ... Read more »
  • Cancer Risk Rises After Iodine Rx for Overactive Thyroid: Study July 2, 2019 - MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who receive radioactive iodine treatment for an overactive thyroid have an increased long-term risk of cancer death, new research finds. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, but "we identified a clear dose-response relationship between this widely used treatment and long-term risk of death ... Read more »
  • Abuse, Injury More Likely When Child is With Male Caregiver: Study July 2, 2019 - MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Young children are far more likely to suffer abuse-related injuries when left in the care of a man, versus a woman. And those injuries are likely to be more severe, a new study finds. The study included more than 1,600 children under age ... Read more »
  • Gut Bacteria Supplements Might Boost Obese People’s Health July 2, 2019 - MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Supplements of a type of gut bacteria may benefit people at heightened risk of diabetes and heart disease, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers found that the supplements, containing bacteria called Akkermansia muciniphila, appear safe and potentially effective. Over three months, volunteers who used ... Read more »
  • Soy’s Heart Benefits Hold Steady Over Time, Review Finds July 2, 2019 - MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration might soon revoke soy's longstanding claim to boost cardiovascular health. But now comes long-term research that appears to bolster the notion that soy does indeed do a heart good. Canadian researchers pored over the results of 46 ... Read more »
  • White House Immigration Proposal May Harm Health of 1.9 Million Kids July 2, 2019 - MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 2 million children could lose out on vital public health care and food assistance due to a proposed Trump administration rule change related to U.S. immigration, a new study argues. As many as 1.9 million children with specific medical problems are projected ... Read more »
  • Eye Injuries From Fireworks in U.S. Have Nearly Doubled July 1, 2019 - SUNDAY, June 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As communities across America enjoy fireworks this July Fourth, folks should keep eye safety in mind. The number of eye injuries caused by fireworks nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is urging Americans to take proper ... Read more »
  • Sour Note: Marching Band Members at Risk When Temperatures Soar June 30, 2019 - SATURDAY, June 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new study is sure to strike a chord with anyone who plays in a high school or college marching band. The researchers report that long, afternoon practices and playing on artificial turf put marching musicians at high risk of heat stroke. "People ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Swallowing Problems June 29, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Difficulty swallowing, also known as dysphagia, is usually a sign of a throat or esophagus problem. Common triggers for dysphagia are malfunctioning muscles or a blockage in the throat or esophagus, says the University of Michigan. Specific causes of dysphagia include: Stroke, brain or spinal cord injury. ... Read more »
  • Health Tip: Drive Safely During Rush Hour June 29, 2019 - (HealthDay News) -- Crowded roadways and aggressive drivers help make rush hour a dangerous time to drive, says the National Safety Council. To make it safely during rush hour, the NSC recommends: Slow down. Do not be an impatient driver. Stay in your lane. Beware of drivers that dart from ... Read more »
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  • Soliris Approved to Treat Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder June 29, 2019 - FRIDAY, June 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Soliris (eculizumab) injection as the first treatment for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), the agency announced Thursday. Soliris is indicated for intravenous use (300 mg/30 mL injection) in patients with NMOSD who are anti-aquaporin-4 (AQP4) ... Read more »