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Health Tip: Monitoring Your Weight
Health Tip: Monitoring Your Weight (HealthDay News) -- Even if you've successfully lost weight, a few slip-ups here and there may put you on a road back to weight gain. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how to monitor your weight: Weigh yourself regularly so if you gain a few pounds, you can take quick action to reverse the trend. Consider whether your exercise pattern has changed, causing you to gain weight. Think about whether you're eating more than usual. Keep a food diary...
Health Tip: Turning Kids on to a Healthy Lifestyle
Health Tip: Turning Kids on to a Healthy Lifestyle (HealthDay News) -- You want your kids to embrace healthier eating, but they may fight you if you push too hard. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Let young children help make a healthy salad, instead of telling them to eat their vegetables. Explain the benefits of eating healthier, instead of forcing the issue. Encourage open conversation about nutrition and healthier eating. Understand that the temptation to eat unhealthy foods is every...
Health Highlights: March 27, 2015
Health Highlights: March 27, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: White House Announces New Plan to Fight 'Superbugs' The White House wants to reduce the use of antibiotics in people and livestock as part of new plan to reduce rates of drug-resistant "superbug" infections. Doctors who accept Medicare and Medicaid will have to report their antibiotic prescription patterns, and will be provided with real-time data about antibiotic res...
Hope to Live to 100? Check Your Genes
Hope to Live to 100? Check Your Genes THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy eating and exercise might help most people live to a respectable old age, but making it to 95 or 100 might require help from your DNA, a new study finds. "Genetic makeup explains an increasingly greater portion of the variation in how old people live to be," especially for people approaching or exceeding the one-century mark, study co-author Dr. Thomas Perls, of Boston University, said in a university news release...
Health Highlights: March 26, 2015
Health Highlights: March 26, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Medicare Overhaul Bill Passed by House A Medicare overhaul bill that would create a new formula for payments to doctors was passed by the House on Thursday in a 392-to-17 vote. Under the bill, Medicare payments to doctors would be based on performance, rewarding them for high-quality care rather than the volume of services, The New York Times reported. The bill would ...
Health Tip: Plan for Children in an Emergency
Health Tip: Plan for Children in an Emergency (HealthDay News) -- An emergency supply kit should contain essentials for everyone in the family, including the littlest ones. The Ready.gov website recommends including: Plenty of formula and some clean bottles. Diapers and wipes/moist towelettes. Cream to care for diaper rash. Powdered milk. Any medications prescribed to your children.
Health Tip: Keeping Kidney Stones at Bay
Health Tip: Keeping Kidney Stones at Bay (HealthDay News) -- Kidney stones may form during the body's process of filtering and eliminating waste. Once you've had one, experts say you're more likely to develop another. To help prevent kidney stones, the American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Drinking plenty of fluids. Aim for at least 2 liters per day; water is the best choice. Limiting sodium to no more than 1,500 milligrams daily. Limiting meat to two servings per day, of no more than 6 ounc...
Health Highlights: March 25, 2015
Health Highlights: March 25, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New Anthrax Drug Approved by FDA A new drug to treat inhalation anthrax has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Anthrasil was approved to be used in combination with appropriate antibacterial drugs. Anthrasil testing was limited to animals, because it was not feasible or ethical to test it in people, the FDA said. Inhalation anthrax can occur after...
Health Tip: Considering Cereal for Breakfast
Health Tip: Considering Cereal for Breakfast (HealthDay News) -- Cereal can be a fun, quick and easy breakfast choice for children, but it's important to read labels to make sure you're serving up a healthy bowl. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these guidelines: Skip the cartoon-covered boxes geared toward children, as they tend to contain more sugar and less fiber than other types of cereal. Opt for cereal with at least two, and ideally at least five, grams of fiber per serving. Stick to ce...
Health Tip: Don't Mix Meds and Alcohol
Health Tip: Don't Mix Meds and Alcohol (HealthDay News) -- The effects of alcohol can change as you age, causing problems when combined with some medications. The Cleveland Clinic mentions these examples: Combining alcohol with aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach or intestines. Antihistamines taken for allergies can make you quite drowsy if combined with alcohol. Drinking alcohol while taking acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) can damage the liver. Drinking alcohol whi...
Health Tip: Caregiver Stress Can Harm Your Health
Health Tip: Caregiver Stress Can Harm Your Health (HealthDay News) -- Caregiving often is emotionally and physically challenging, and it can harm your health if you become too stressed. The Womenshealth.gov website mentions these potential side effects of caregiver stress: Increased likelihood of anxiety and depression. Increased risk of a chronic health problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer or heart disease. Greater risk of a weaker immune system, leading to more sick time. Slower healing from ...
Health Tip: Help Prevent Baby's Spit-Up
Health Tip: Help Prevent Baby's Spit-Up (HealthDay News) -- It's common for babies to spit up after eating, since their small digestive tracts may struggle to keep down an entire meal. The Mayo Clinic suggests these tips: Hold baby in an upright position for feedings, and keep the infant upright for 30 minutes after eating. Hold off on playtime, including baby swings. Feed smaller amounts more frequently, avoiding large feedings. Take regular burp breaks from feeding to help get air out of the belly. Ev...
Health Highlights: March 24, 2015
Health Highlights: March 24, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Angelina Jolie Reveals She Had Ovaries Removed Angelina Jolie announced Tuesday that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed last week after tests indicated possible signs of ovarian cancer. The 39-year-old Oscar-winning actress and U.N. envoy went public about the surgery in an op-ed published in the New York Times . Ovarian cancer killed Jolie's mother, Marc...
Health Tip: Cancer Treatment Makes Foodborne Illness a Bigger Concern
Health Tip: Cancer Treatment Makes Foodborne Illness a Bigger Concern (HealthDay News) -- People being treated for cancer are more vulnerable to foodborne illness and its serious complications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration explains why: Radiation, chemotherapy and other cancer treatments can weaken your immune system. Cancer itself also may compromise your immune system. A weaker immune system means you are more susceptible to infection, including foodborne illness. Foodborne infection may exte...
Health Highlights: March 23, 2015
Health Highlights: March 23, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Astronaut to Spend Year in Space American astronaut Scott Kelly will leave Friday to spend a year on the International Space Station in order to learn how the human body responds to a prolonged stay in space. No American astronaut has spent more than six months beyond Earth's atmosphere, ABC News reported. Scott Kelly has a twin brother Mark, who is also an astro...
Health Tip: Boost Balance With the Right Shoes
Health Tip: Boost Balance With the Right Shoes (HealthDay News) -- Balance can be a big problem for seniors. If you're not steady on your feet, you're at greater risk of falling. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these guidelines for shoe shopping: Look for a stiff heel, flexible sole and firmness so the shoe doesn't twist in the middle. Have a professional measure your feet at each shopping trip. Shop later in the day when feet are largest, and shop for the size of the largest foot. Try...
Health Highlights: March 20, 2015
Health Highlights: March 20, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Teens Change Clothes, Do Homework While Driving: Study Many American teens are heeding warnings about texting and driving, but some are doing other dangerous things behind the wheel, such as changing clothes, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed teens in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington state and found that about 40 percent texted while driving, a lower rate than in e...
Health Tip: Why Is My Skin Peeling?
Health Tip: Why Is My Skin Peeling? (HealthDay News) -- Peeling skin can occur due to sunburn, dry skin or a host of health conditions. The Mayo Clinic explains these possible causes: Having an allergic reaction to things such as latex, detergent or food. Developing a bacterial infection, such as a staph; or fungal infection, such as ringworm, athlete's foot or jock itch. Having an immune system disorder, such as toxic shock syndrome. Having some types of cancer, such as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Health Tip: Evaluating a Weight-Loss Program
Health Tip: Evaluating a Weight-Loss Program (HealthDay News) -- While a weight-loss program can help you shed pounds, it's important to make sure the program is safe and effective. The Weight-control Information Network suggests these questions: Are classes or individual counseling available to teach me healthier eating habits? Does the program involve keeping food records or sticking to a specific meal plan? Will I need to buy supplements or special meals? Can I make meal adjustments and substitutions...
Health Tip: Taking Care of Your Aging Skin
Health Tip: Taking Care of Your Aging Skin (HealthDay News) -- Your skin has different needs as you age, and the products, skin care regimen and treatments may need to change. The Cleveland Clinic offers these tips: Wear sunscreen when outdoors, even if it's cloudy. Quit smoking, which can hasten skin aging. Follow a nutritious, balanced diet. Consider anti-aging topical products. Prescription and over-the-counter products are available.
Health Highlights: March 19, 2015
Health Highlights: March 19, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Lawsuit Targets High Arsenic Levels in Wines A number of the most popular wines in the United States have high levels of arsenic, according to a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit to be filed Thursday in California claims that some wines have up to four or five times the maximum amount of arsenic the Environmental Protection Agency allows in drinking water, CBS News re...
HIV Patients May Fare as Well as Others With Kidney Transplants
HIV Patients May Fare as Well as Others With Kidney Transplants THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney transplant patients with HIV have similar survival rates as those without HIV, a new study finds. The study included 510 HIV-positive adults who had kidney transplants in the United States between 2002 and 2011. Overall, these patients had similar five- and 10-year survival rates as kidney transplant patients without HIV. However, transplant recipients who had both HIV and hepatitis C had ...
Health Tip: Pick Up a Jump Rope For Fitness
Health Tip: Pick Up a Jump Rope For Fitness (HealthDay News) -- Jumping rope is a great form of cardiovascular exercise, and it can be a lot of fun to pick one up and blow off steam. The American Council on Exercise offers these guidelines: Hold the handles nearest the end of the rope with a light grip. Tuck elbows close to your body and keep your shoulders relaxed. Slightly bend your knees and keep your head up with your back straight. Use your wrist to turn the rope and make sure it forms a smooth arc...
Health Tip: Can't Donate Blood?
Health Tip: Can't Donate Blood? (HealthDay News) -- Not everyone is eligible to donate blood. But there are plenty of ways to help others. The American Red Cross suggests: Help inform others of the need for blood donations. Send out eCards to friends and family asking them to donate. Join the Red Cross on Facebook and invite others to do the same. Volunteer at a blood drive.
Health Highlights: March 18, 2015
Health Highlights: March 18, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Dozens Test Positive for TB at Kansas High School More than two dozen people have tested positive for tuberculosis at a Kansas high school. More than 300 students and staff at Olathe Northwest High School were tested last week after a reported case of TB at the school. The testing identified 27 more people with TB infection, the Kansas City Star reported. On Monday, h...
Health Highlights: March 17, 2015
Health Highlights: March 17, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Trader Joe's Recalls Raw Walnut Products The supermarket chain Trader Joe's is recalling certain types of raw walnut products due to possible salmonella contamination. The products include 16-oz. raw California walnut pieces, 16-oz. raw California walnut halves and pieces, 16-oz. raw California walnut baking pieces, 16-oz. California premium walnut halves, and 12-oz. ...
Health Tip: Create a Tornado Plan
Health Tip: Create a Tornado Plan (HealthDay News) -- Preparing the family for a tornado can help protect you and your loved ones during the unthinkable. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Create and discuss an emergency plan for where to go in your home if there is a tornado. Make sure you plan for a second escape route from each room of the home, marking where there is a rope or ladder if needed. Explain the siren warning system, and make sure everyone knows where fire extin...
Health Tip: Help Your Child Adjust to a Sibling
Health Tip: Help Your Child Adjust to a Sibling (HealthDay News) -- The arrival of a new brother or sister can be difficult for the older child, but there are ways parents can help ease the transition. The University of Michigan Health System recommends: Spend time every day, even just a few minutes, alone with the older child. Let the older child choose the activity. Take time to listen to your child's feelings about the new baby and acknowledge them. Never ignore or belittle what the child tells you. ...
Herpes Drug Might Help Control Spread of HIV, Too
Herpes Drug Might Help Control Spread of HIV, Too TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A widely used herpes drug also seems to help people with the HIV virus, even if those people don't also have herpes, a new small study found. The researchers said their findings challenge the belief that drug Valtrex (valacyclovir) requires the presence of herpes to benefit people with HIV-1. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. The study included 18 HIV patients in Peru. When patients took Valtrex twice daily fo...
Hepatitis C Drugs Will 'Strain Budgets' at Current Prices: Study
Hepatitis C Drugs Will 'Strain Budgets' at Current Prices: Study MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New hepatitis C drugs promise cure rates above 90 percent, but could prove to be budget-busters for public and private health insurers, a new analysis finds. Recently approved drugs for chronic hepatitis C have been heralded as a breakthrough that could make the liver disease "rare" in the United States. But with prices topping $1,000 per pill, government and private insurers are balking -- often ...
Health Highlights: March 16, 2015
Health Highlights: March 16, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: France May Outlaw Anorexic Models in Ads France could soon outlaw the use of anorexic models in advertising. One proposal would make it illegal to employ models believed to have an eating disorder, while another would make it a crime to glorify "excessive thinness" and target pro-anorexia websites, the Associated Press reported. The measures are expected to be include...
Health Tip: Balance Work and Home Life
Health Tip: Balance Work and Home Life (HealthDay News) -- Stress not only affects your performance at work and home, it can also impact your health. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Set your alarm a little earlier each day to have some quiet time. On weekends, take a break from work. Use your days off to do something different, such as learning a new skill. Use another word other than stressed (such as "stretched" or "challenged") for a few days to see if you feel different. Set all ...
Health Tip: Dish Up a Healthy Party Buffet
Health Tip: Dish Up a Healthy Party Buffet (HealthDay News) -- Party snacks don't have to be unhealthy or tasteless. There are plenty of ways to dish up delicious, fun and healthy snacks to please any crowd. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends: Present the foods in a fun way, such as by cutting out fruit and vegetables into fun shapes with cookie cutters and serving with dips, or serving fruit or veggie kabobs. If you're looking for convenience, serve air-popped popcorn, whole-wheat tortil...
How to Get a Man to Open His Wallet for Charity
How to Get a Man to Open His Wallet for Charity FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Changing the message of charitable appeals could help close the gender gap in giving, researchers suggested. Research shows men can be tightwads when asked to donate money (or time) to a poverty relief organization, according to the Stanford University researchers. Unlike women, who respond to empathy-based pleas, men are more likely to make a charitable donation if they believe their own personal interests are li...
Health Tip: Choose Healthier Fast Food for Kids
Health Tip: Choose Healthier Fast Food for Kids (HealthDay News) -- When you're constantly on the go, fast food may be the only option for your children. The American Heart Association suggests these healthier choices at fast food restaurants: Order just a sandwich or burger without any sides. If you do opt for a side, skip the fries and choose vegetables or fruit. Order a baked potato and skip the burger. Choose just one topping to avoid loading up on fat and calories. Choose chicken that's grilled ins...
Health Tip: Sleep With Fresh-Smelling Sheets
Health Tip: Sleep With Fresh-Smelling Sheets (HealthDay News) -- Making sure that your bedsheets smell nice may help you drift into a sweeter sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Wash sheets and pillow cases at least once weekly, so they always smell fresh. Have a second set of quality sheets to use when one set is in the wash. Use a laundry detergent that smells pleasant. Wash the mattress cover regularly in hot water. Use an upholstery cleaner to freshen the mattress, or sprinkle baking soda...
Health Highlights: March 13, 2015
Health Highlights: March 13, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: World's 1st Penis Transplant Done in South Africa The world's first successful penis transplant has been performed by surgeons in South Africa, Bloomberg News reported Friday. The 21-year-old recipient has made a full recovery and regained all functions in the transplanted organ. The nine-hour operation was done Dec. 11 by surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Cap...
Health Tip: Reduce the Risk of Traveler's Diarrhea
Health Tip: Reduce the Risk of Traveler's Diarrhea (HealthDay News) -- Traveler's diarrhea can put a damper on any trip, but there are a few safer foods that can help reduce your risk. The Cleveland Clinic suggests: Soup, tea and hot coffee, if served steaming hot. Noncarbonated water served in unopened bottles or cans. Carbonated soda, mineral water or beer served in unopened bottles or cans. Butter and processed cheese served in the original package. Dry bread.
Health Tip: Confused About Comfort Foods?
Health Tip: Confused About Comfort Foods? (HealthDay News) -- One of the toughest parts of sticking to a healthy eating plan is giving up your favorite comfort foods, from macaroni and cheese to candy. That may not be entirely necessary, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The CDC suggests: Don't entirely give up comfort foods, but eat them less frequently than usual and cut back gradually over time. Indulge in a smaller portion size, for example, a half serving of a chocolate bar....
Health Highlights: March 12, 2015
Health Highlights: March 12, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Three-Week-Old Boy Receives Heart Transplant A baby boy in California is recovering well 2 weeks after he received a life-saving heart transplant when he was just 3 weeks old. Dravyn Johnson, of Orange County, was born with a severe heart defect and was transferred to Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA when he was just a few days old. It was impossible to repair his hear...
Healthy Lifestyle May Guard Against Dementia
Healthy Lifestyle May Guard Against Dementia WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A healthy diet, physical activity and brain exercises can help slow mental decline in older people at risk for dementia, a new study suggests. On the other hand, a high body-mass index (BMI) and poor heart health are significant risk factors for age-related dementia, the researchers said. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight. The study included 1,260 people in Finland, aged 60 to 77, who were ...
Health Highlights: March 11, 2015
Health Highlights: March 11, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Powdered Alcohol Approved by U.S. Regulators U.S. regulators have approved a controversial powdered alcohol product called Palcohol, which is meant to mixed into drinks. Four varieties of Palcohol were approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, said agency spokesman Tom Hogue, but he added that states have the power to regulate alcohol sales, CBS News/A...
Health Tip: Build a Fitness Support System
Health Tip: Build a Fitness Support System (HealthDay News) -- A strong support system can help you stay motivated as you work toward your health and fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise offers this advice: Communicate with your partner and other loved ones about your commitment to health and fitness, and ask for help. Ask someone to be an accountability buddy to help you stay on track and encourage you. Find someone to be your cheerleader. Connect with other people who are focused on improvi...
Health Tip: Spot the Symptoms of Scalp Psoriasis
Health Tip: Spot the Symptoms of Scalp Psoriasis (HealthDay News) -- Scalp psoriasis may be confused with dandruff, but the two conditions can cause a host of differing symptoms. The American Academy of Dermatology says unique signs of scalp psoriasis may include: Patches of skin on the scalp that may be thick and inflamed. Bleeding from scratching the scalp. Extreme tenderness or a burning sensation on the scalp. Temporary hair loss.
Hospitalizations After Severe Blood Infections May Be Preventable
Hospitalizations After Severe Blood Infections May Be Preventable TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When people survive life-threatening blood infections, it's common for them to land back in the hospital within a few months. But a new study suggests that could often be avoided. The research, published in the March 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association , focused on older Americans who were hospitalized for a severe blood infection, also known as sepsis. Sepsis arises from...
Health Highlights: March 10, 2015
Health Highlights: March 10, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Maker of Children's Tylenol, Motrin to Plead Guilty to Selling Contaminated Medications The maker of liquid Tylenol and Motrin for children and infants has agreed to plead guilty Tuesday to selling the over-the-counter medications even though the bottles were contaminated with metal particles. McNeil Consumer Healthcare will pay $25 million as part of its plea agreeme...
Health Tip: Benefits From Proper Diet and Exercise
Health Tip: Benefits From Proper Diet and Exercise (HealthDay News) -- Following a healthy diet and getting more exercise can do wonders for your physical and mental health. The Weight-control Information Network mentions these benefits: Energizing your body to prepare for work, play and time with family. Improving your ability to manage stress and having a more positive self-image. Having clothing that looks and fits better. Creating a positive example for your family and friends. Toning muscles.
Health Tip: Easing Your Child's Allergies
Health Tip: Easing Your Child's Allergies (HealthDay News) -- Allergies can cause big problems for children, but a few extra precautions from parents can help tame allergy symptoms. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: When pollen season is in high gear (particularly when weather is dry and windy), close the windows. Make sure your home is dry and clean to minimize mold and dust mites. Don't bring plants or pets into your home. Avoid exposure to things that trigger your child's allergies. Don't ...
Health Tip: Boost the Flavor of Your Food
Health Tip: Boost the Flavor of Your Food (HealthDay News) -- It's easier to eat healthy foods if they taste good, but some cooking methods and seasonings can add fat, calories and salt to your dishes. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Opt for a high-heat cooking technique (broiling, grilling or pan-searing), which brown meat and fish and add flavor. Pop vegetables into the oven and roast at 450 degrees to make them sweeter and smokier. First brush them with a little oil and season with h...
Health Tip: Should I Stop Driving?
Health Tip: Should I Stop Driving? (HealthDay News) -- Seniors' ability to drive safely can be influenced by the natural aging process and any diseases or conditions they have. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these potential factors: Having poor eyesight. Having arthritis. Being forgetful, especially while driving. Having difficulty concentrating.
Health Highlights: March 9, 2015
Health Highlights: March 9, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Two Missouri Poultry Facilities Quarantined Due to Bird Flu Virus Two commercial poultry facilities in Missouri have been quarantined after the H5N2 strain of bird flu was detected, state agriculture officials said Sunday. The strain, which has been detected in Minnesota and three other states recently, is deadly to poultry but poses no immediate health threat to human...
Health Tip: Protect Your Hair From a Water Workout
Health Tip: Protect Your Hair From a Water Workout (HealthDay News) -- Swimming is a great way to get needed exercise, but you may be worried about wrecking your hair in the process. The Weight-control Information Network recommends: Wear a swim cap while you're in the water to protect your hair. Consider styling your hair in a short cut, such as by wearing short braids or locs. Use a shampoo designed to remove chlorine buildup.
Health Tip: Teach Children About Dental Hygiene
Health Tip: Teach Children About Dental Hygiene (HealthDay News) -- Since tooth brushing and flossing are lifelong necessities, teach children properly at a young age and make brushing and flossing a positive experience. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests you: Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles designed for young children. Look for one with a thick handle to make it easier for your child to grip. Explain how to brush teeth in a series of small steps, or place your hand over your child's han...
Health Highlights: March 6, 2015
Health Highlights: March 6, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Low Levels of Drug Residue in Milk: FDA There is little evidence of antibiotics or other drugs in milk, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration study. Researchers collected raw milk samples from nearly 2,000 dairy farms and tested them for 31 drugs, mostly antibiotics. Less than 1 percent of the samples contained illegal drug residue, the Associated Press repo...
Healthy Living in Middle Age Keeps Heart Failure at Bay Decades Later
Healthy Living in Middle Age Keeps Heart Failure at Bay Decades Later THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Are you in your mid-40s and slim, without high blood pressure or diabetes? If so, you may already be winning the war against heart failure in your senior years, new research suggests. The study, led by cardiologist Dr. Faraz Ahmad of Northwestern University in Chicago, found that being free of those heart disease risk factors in middle age greatly extended the number of years a person lived ...
Health Highlights: March 5, 2015
Health Highlights: March 5, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Last Ebola Patient in Liberia Discharged From Hospital The last Ebola patient in the West African nation of Liberia was discharged from treatment on Thursday. While there was a ceremony in the capital city of Monrovia to mark the event, officials warned that Liberia was still weeks away from being declared free of the deadly disease. They noted that there have been rec...
Health Tip: Easing the Pain of Shingles
Health Tip: Easing the Pain of Shingles (HealthDay News) -- Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful, itchy, blistering rash. While the rash can occur anywhere on the body, most often it develops on the torso. Shingles develops among people who have had chickenpox. The chickenpox virus reactivates when the person gets older, emerging as shingles. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests these ways to ease shingles pain: Take a cool bath or apply a cool wet cloth or ice pack to the rash. U...
Health Tip: Shopping for Athletic Shoes
Health Tip: Shopping for Athletic Shoes (HealthDay News) -- Treat your feet well if you're going to be exercising, making sure you find a pair of well-fitted, supportive shoes. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society advises: Shop at a specialty store and take advantage of its expertise. Try on shoes at the end of the day or after a run, when your feet are largest. Wear the socks you will wear while exercising. Shoes should be comfortable from the start, and you should be able to easily move you...
Health Highlights: March 4, 2015
Health Highlights: March 4, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Endoscopes Linked to Superbug Infections Sold Without FDA Approval Endoscopes linked to antibiotic-resistant "superbug" infections in patients had been redesigned by the maker and were being sold without approval, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Seven people became infected with the CRE superbug after undergoing endoscopy procedures at Ronald Reagan UCLA Me...
Health Tip: Conquering Exercise Saboteurs
Health Tip: Conquering Exercise Saboteurs (HealthDay News) -- You may have many excuses not to exercise, but medical science seems to have just as many reasons for staying fit. The American Council on Exercise mentions these common excuses to avoid working out: Being stressed about something at home or work can make exercise feel like too much to handle, but exercise is actually a great way to manage stress. Don't create unrealistic expectations that make disappointment a virtual certainty. Remember tha...
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