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Health Tip: Set up a Safe Changing Table
Health Tip: Set up a Safe Changing Table (HealthDay News) -- While it may be easier to change a baby's diaper while up high on a changing table, there are risks with having baby at that height. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Choose a changing table that is sturdy and has a guard rail at least 2 inches high all the way around. Look for a table that is concave in the middle to help prevent rolling off. While it's a good idea to buckle the safety strap, make sure you never leave your baby, ev...
Health Tip: If You're a Diabetes Caregiver
Health Tip: If You're a Diabetes Caregiver (HealthDay News) -- Being a diabetes caregiver is a tough but rewarding job. Just like many responsibilities, it takes training and practice to do it well. The American Diabetes Association suggests: Learn as much as you can about the disease. Depend on your loved one's care team for advice and guidance. Don't make too many big changes at once. Make small changes gradually, and with the help of your loved one. Be encouraging and supportive, but take care that y...
Health Highlights: Feb. 12, 2016
Health Highlights: Feb. 12, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Rich Living Much Longer Than Poor in U.S.: Study The longevity gap between rich and poor Americans has increased significantly in recent decades, a new study says. In the early 1970s, a 60-year-old man in the top half of income earners lived about 1.2 years longer than a 60-year-old man in the bottom half, a Social Security Administration analysis showed. By 2001, the ...
Health Tip: Ask Questions Before You Start Exercising
Health Tip: Ask Questions Before You Start Exercising (HealthDay News) -- So you're ready to get fit. Now what? Start by discussing some important issues with your doctor. The American Council on Exercise advises that you discuss: How active do you want to be and how vigorously do you want to exercise? Have you been diagnosed with a heart condition? Have you fallen or lost your balance at least twice within the last year? Do you ever have chest pain during exercise or have irregular or slow heartbeat at...
Health Tip: Air Pollution Can Harm Your Health
Health Tip: Air Pollution Can Harm Your Health (HealthDay News) -- Smoke, dust, ozone and other air pollutants can be hazardous to your health. That's especially true if you have a chronic condition such as asthma. The American Academy of Family Physicians explains air pollution can cause: Irritation to the lungs, throat and eyes. A burning sensation of the eyes. Coughing and a tightness in the chest. Children may have more frequent episodes of bronchitis and ear pain.
Heartburn Meds Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease
Heartburn Meds Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A type of heartburn medication called proton pump inhibitors may be linked to long-term kidney damage, a new study suggests. Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid belong to this class of drugs, which treat heartburn and acid reflux by lowering the amount of acid produced by the stomach. People who use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have a 20 percent to 50 percent higher risk of chronic kidney disease compared with nonusers,...
Heavy Waiters, Waitresses May Prompt Bigger Orders: Study
Heavy Waiters, Waitresses May Prompt Bigger Orders: Study MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The more your waiter or waitress weighs, the more likely you may be to order dessert and alcohol, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 497 diners in 60 casual restaurants. They found that those served by heavier waiters or waitresses were four times more likely to have dessert and to consume 17 percent more alcohol. "No one goes to a restaurant to start a diet. As a result, we are tremendously susc...
Health Highlights: Jan. 11, 2016
Health Highlights: Jan. 11, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Nearly 9 Million Medicare Beneficiaries to Have Access to Coordinated Care Almost 9 million more Medicare beneficiaries will soon have access to coordinated care, U.S. health officials said Monday. They announced 121 new "accountable care organizations," or ACOs, which are networks of doctors and hospitals that work together to provide better service for Medicare patie...
Half of U.S. Teens Exposed to Secondhand Smoke, CDC Says
Half of U.S. Teens Exposed to Secondhand Smoke, CDC Says MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite widespread laws banning smoking in public places, new research indicates nearly half of American teens who've never used tobacco are exposed to harmful secondhand smoke -- many in their homes and family cars. Examining U.S. data from more than 18,000 middle school and high school students, researchers found that 48 percent reported exposure to secondhand smoke in 2013. Additionally, secondhand smok...
Health Highlights: Feb. 10, 2016
Health Highlights: Feb. 10, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Johns Hopkins Set to Perform First HIV-Positive Organ Transplant in U.S. The first kidney and liver transplants between HIV-positive donors and patients in the United States will be conducted at Johns Hopkins. Advocates of these types of transplants say they will help save HIV patients lives and shorten organ donor waiting lists for all people who need a transplant, Th...
Horses May Know What You're Feeling, Study Suggests
Horses May Know What You're Feeling, Study Suggests WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It may come as little surprise to people who know and love horses, but the animals appear to be adept at identifying emotions on human faces. New research suggests horses can distinguish between positive and negative human facial expressions, a team from the University of Sussex in England reports. "What's really interesting about this research is that it shows that horses have the ability to read emotions a...
Health Tip: If You're Not Hungry
Health Tip: If You're Not Hungry (HealthDay News) -- Watching your calories is important if you're trying to lose weight. That makes it important to avoid eating when you're not hungry. The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases suggests these alternatives: Go for a quick walk. if you're at work, grab a friend. Distract yourself with some favorite music, a magazine or book. Get your hands busy. Play checkers, knit or play a game of cards. If you can't avoid eating, at leas...
Health Tip: When Is the Right Time for a Nap?
Health Tip: When Is the Right Time for a Nap? (HealthDay News) -- Naps are essential for a growing baby, and they offer a needed break for busy parents. But when is the right time to let baby nap, so it doesn't interfere with bedtime? The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Put your baby down when sleepy, but not so exhausted that it's difficult to fall asleep. Look for signs of sleepiness, such as rubbing the eyes, a glazed expression or drifting off. Get baby in bed within 30 minutes. Create a nap sch...
Homemade 'Dewshine' Can Be Deadly
Homemade 'Dewshine' Can Be Deadly TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Experts are warning about the dangers of a potentially deadly homemade concoction known as "dewshine," which is a mixture of racing fuel and Mountain Dew, a soft drink. In a recent case, two Tennessee teens died after drinking the toxic combination. It was the first known incident in the state. Two other teens were also treated, but survived, according to doctors. The dewshine mixture is used to get drunk quickly, but the racing...
Health Tip: Eating Iron-Rich Foods
Health Tip: Eating Iron-Rich Foods (HealthDay News) -- Iron is a mineral essential for healthy red blood cells. If you don't get enough from a balanced diet, your health can suffer. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises eating these iron-rich foods: Animal-based proteins, including lean beef and pork. Chicken, turkey and fish also are good choices. Leafy, dark green vegetables, such as spinach. Soybeans, lentils, kidney, pinto and other types of beans. Cereals fortified with iron. Rice, breads ...
Health Tip: Eating Red Meat
Health Tip: Eating Red Meat (HealthDay News) -- Too much red meat can be bad for your heart and general health. Red meat tends to be higher in both saturated fat and cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends: In lieu of red meat, opt for skinless chicken or turkey, fish or beans. If you really love red meat, watch how much you eat. Stick to a healthy portion size, which for red meat is about the size of a deck of cards. Look for leaner cuts, possibly labeled as sirloin, round or loin. Befor...
Health Highlights: Feb. 9, 2016
Health Highlights: Feb. 9, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: State of Emergency Declared in Hawaii County Over Dengue Fever Outbreak A spreading dengue fever outbreak led Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi to declare a state of emergency on Monday. He said the move was needed to reduce mosquito populations and protect people from mosquito bites, CBS News reported. As of Monday, 251 cases of dengue fever had been confirmed on Hawaii ...
Healthier Diets May Be Cutting Heart, Diabetes Risks in U.S. Teens
Healthier Diets May Be Cutting Heart, Diabetes Risks in U.S. Teens TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The severity of metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of health risk factors such as belly fat and poor cholesterol levels -- among U.S. teens has been improving, and researchers believe that healthier diets may be the reason why. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. The study found marked changes in two of the risk factors: a drop in blood fats known as t...
Health Highlights: Feb. 8, 2016
Health Highlights: Feb. 8, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New York Governor Takes Action Against Gay Conversion Therapy Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking action against gay conversion therapy in New York state. Major mental health organizations have rejected the approach, in which therapists try to change young people's sexual orientation, the Associated Press reported. Cuomo said he would use his executive power to bar insurance co...
Health Tip: Protect Against Group B Strep During Pregnancy
Health Tip: Protect Against Group B Strep During Pregnancy (HealthDay News) -- One of the first steps expectant moms should take is to protect a growing fetus from harmful infections, including group B strep. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: Understand the potential risks of group B strep. If passed to your baby during childbirth, complications can be serious, sometimes fatal. Your doctor should test you for group B strep by the time you are 35- to-37-weeks pregnant. If yo...
Health Tip: Restrict Your Diet Before Colonoscopy
Health Tip: Restrict Your Diet Before Colonoscopy (HealthDay News) -- Preparing for a colonoscopy may not be pleasant, but it's worth the effort. The Harvard Medical School offers these suggestions: Cut down on fiber several days before the scheduled colonoscopy. Avoid whole grains, nuts, seeds, raw produce and dried fruit. Stick to only clear liquids the day before. Water, bouillon, clear juices, black coffee, plain tea, popsicles, Jell-O, clear sodas and sports drinks are generally acceptable. Take th...
High-Dose Statins May Ease Macular Degeneration for Some
High-Dose Statins May Ease Macular Degeneration for Some THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs -- medicines such as Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor -- may help people with a common eye disease called macular degeneration, a small study suggests. In the early stage clinical trial, a team from Harvard Medical School assessed the effects of statin treatment in people with the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD affects more than 150 millio...
Head Injuries May Explain Henry VIII's Erratic Behavior, Study Suggests
Head Injuries May Explain Henry VIII's Erratic Behavior, Study Suggests THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Henry VIII's reign was a tumultuous one, and new research suggests the monarch's erratic behavior may have been linked to brain injuries similar to those affecting some pro football players today. Scientists at Yale University believe that repeated head injuries during jousting matches might have transformed an intelligent, even-tempered young man into an impulsive, forgetful king known for...
Health Tip: Understanding Metabolism
Health Tip: Understanding Metabolism (HealthDay News) -- It seems some people can eat whatever they want and not gain an ounce, while others have to watch every nibble. Blame differences in metabolism, the process our bodies use to convert food to fuel. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sets the record straight on some popular misconceptions: Your genes have a lot to do with your metabolism, but you can influence the process. One way is to gain lean muscle mass, which requires burning more calories...
Health Tip: Pack Your Car With Winter Weather Essentials
Health Tip: Pack Your Car With Winter Weather Essentials (HealthDay News) -- During the unpredictable winter months, it's a good idea to pack your car with some emergency essentials -- in case you're stranded. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends including: An ice scraper, small broom and snow shovel. Something to give you traction if you get stuck, such as kitty litter. A flashlight and a set of jumper cables. A box of flares. A few blankets to keep you warm, as well as some wa...
Health Highlights: Feb. 4, 2016
Health Highlights: Feb. 4, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Congress Committee Angered by Shkreli's Refusal to Testify Martin Shkreli -- who triggered outrage when he hiked the price of a decades-old drug used to treat a parasitic infection from $13.50 to $750 a pill -- refused to testify before a House committee on Thursday. His repeated use of the Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination angered members of the House C...
Health Tip: Do You Have Restless Legs Syndrome?
Health Tip: Do You Have Restless Legs Syndrome? (HealthDay News) -- Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a nervous system disorder that's characterized by an itchy twitching of the legs during rest that's relieved by moving them. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says typical symptoms include: Feeling a crawling, tingling, burning, aching, pulling or itching sensation in the legs. Having the urge to move worsens when you are still. Walking and other types of movement alleviate the urge. Having sy...
Health Tip: Get Active Indoors
Health Tip: Get Active Indoors (HealthDay News) -- There are plenty of ways to burn calories and get active, even indoors when winter keeps you from exercising outside. The American Heart Association suggests: Do lunges around your living room. Do several sets of crunches and pushups, even while watching a movie. Use the stairs. Climb up and down, and take two at a time. Watch a workout DVD, and check the web for streaming exercise videos. Start a family game of active charades.
Health Highlights: Jan. 4, 2016
Health Highlights: Jan. 4, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Oregon First State to Allow Birth Control Without Prescription Oregon has become the first state to allow women to get birth control without a doctor's prescription. The new law was signed into law last July by Gov. Kate Brown and took effect Jan. 1. California plans to do the same and U.S. senators in Colorado and Washington have both introduced version's of Oregon's n...
Health Highlights: Jan. 3, 2016
Health Highlights: Jan. 3, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Hawaii Becomes First State to Raise Smoking Age to 21 Hawaii has become the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 for both traditional and electronic cigarettes. State health officials hope the new law, effective Jan. 1, will make it harder for teenagers to try smoking or to develop the deadly habit, the Associated Press reported. "In Hawaii, about one in fou...
Health Tip: Prepare Leafy Greens
Health Tip: Prepare Leafy Greens (HealthDay News) -- If you're planning to serve leafy greens with dinner, make sure you're preparing them properly. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises: Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water before handling greens. Toss any greens that seem spoiled, and cut away damaged or wilted leaves. Rinse greens with water just before serving. If labeled "pre-washed," no need to rinse again. If washing lettuce with a core, such as iceberg, cut the core o...
Health Highlights: Dec. 31, 2015
Health Highlights: Dec. 31, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Blue Bell Creameries Probed for Deadly Listeria Outbreak Blue Bell Creameries is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with a deadly listeria outbreak earlier this year that killed three people. An investigation conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following the outbreak discovered the bacteria in all three of the company's ic...
Health Tip: Is Stress Affecting Your Health?
Health Tip: Is Stress Affecting Your Health? (HealthDay News) -- While stress is a normal part of life, it can negatively affect your physical and mental health if it gets out of control. The Cleveland Clinic suggests you speak with your doctor if you: Notice a significant decline in your performance at school or work. Have significant anxiety or feel withdrawn and moody. Find you can't deal with your stress in healthy ways, or start abusing drugs or alcohol. Worry irrationally, or can't handle daily re...
Health Highlights: Dec. 30, 2015
Health Highlights: Dec. 30, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Blue Bell Creameries Under Investigation for Deadly Listeria Outbreak Blue Bell Creameries is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with a deadly listeria outbreak earlier this year that killed three people. An investigation conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following the outbreak discovered the bacteria in all three of the...
Heading to a New Year's Party? Here's How to Stay Safe
Heading to a New Year's Party? Here's How to Stay Safe WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New Year's Day is the worst day of the year for alcohol-fueled car crashes, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Every year drunk driving accidents claim nearly 10,000 lives in the United States, MADD reports. And holiday parties up the odds you'll be sharing the road with impaired drivers. If you'll be celebrating the new year with friends, MADD offers these tips to ensure a safe start to 2...
Health Tip: Helping Your Teens Stay Safe
Health Tip: Helping Your Teens Stay Safe (HealthDay News) -- As your children reach adolescence, they'll want to head out with their friends without your supervision. As a parent, you should be prepared with some safety rules. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Take a shopping trip together and talk about money, the way goods are marketed, appropriate behavior and treating others respectfully. Bring friends so you can see how they behave together. As your child approaches adolescence, start ob...
Health Tip: Sip on a Lighter Version of Hot Chocolate
Health Tip: Sip on a Lighter Version of Hot Chocolate (HealthDay News) -- Hot chocolate is a comforting treat to help warm you up during the chilly winter months. But it may be loaded with sugar, fat and calories. The American Heart Association offers these lighter suggestions: Skip the whipped cream and ask the restaurant to make the hot chocolate with low-fat or fat-free milk. If making it at home, shop for packets that are labeled low in sugar or fat, and mix with skim milk or hot water. Watch your t...
Health Tip: When New Moms Lose Their Hair
Health Tip: When New Moms Lose Their Hair (HealthDay News) -- Changes in estrogen levels can lead to loss of hair in new moms. Most women return to a full head of hair by the time baby turns one. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests how to cope with loss of hair just after birth of a cbild: Use volumizing shampoo and conditioner. Don't use a shampoos labeled as "conditioning." It can weigh down hair and make it look thinner. Choose a conditioner made for fine hair. Don't put conditioner on the s...
Health Highlights: Dec. 29, 2015
Health Highlights: Dec. 29, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Guinea, 'Ground Zero' for Ebola, Declared Free of the Disease The United Nations' World Health Organization on Tuesday declared the West African nation of Guinea to be free of Ebola. Guinea was home to the first known case of Ebola, occurring in a small boy name Emile Ouamouno in December 2013. The boy died of the disease, CNN reported. The outbreak -- which eventually...
Heart Attack Treatment Often Delayed for Former Bypass Patients
Heart Attack Treatment Often Delayed for Former Bypass Patients MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart attack patients need quick treatment, but a new study finds that those with a history of bypass surgery often face delays at the hospital. Guidelines say that heart attack patients should receive angioplasty -- a procedure that clears the blockages causing the heart attack -- within 90 minutes of hospital arrival. That should be enough time for doctors to get images of the heart blood vessels ...
Hospitals' Brain Death Policies Vary Dramatically, Study Finds
Hospitals' Brain Death Policies Vary Dramatically, Study Finds MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The rules for judging when a patient is brain dead vary widely from hospital to hospital, despite the existence of national standards created to ensure accuracy, a new study has found. The American Academy of Neurology adopted a set of updated guidelines in 2010 for judging whether a person has lost all brain function and is being kept alive solely through hospital machinery, said lead researcher Dr....
Health Tip: Start a Group Training Session
Health Tip: Start a Group Training Session (HealthDay News) -- Participating in a group training session lets you use the services of a professional trainer at a lower cost than private lessons. The American Council on Exercise mentions these other potential benefits: Finding workout partners with the same goals. Getting social support from others in your workout group. Enjoying workouts that are more fun and motivating than exercising alone. Finding inspiration, encouragement and accountability from ot...
Health Tip: Four Simple Steps for Healthier Eating
Health Tip: Four Simple Steps for Healthier Eating (HealthDay News) -- For better health and weight management, four simple steps can help you stick with a more nutritious eating plan. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises: Eat foods lower in fat, such as lean meats and foods that aren't fried. Avoid unhealthy oils and butter, as well as full-fat dairy. Make healthier drink choices, selecting those lower in sugar and calories. Opt for water, skim milk or an occasional glass of 100 percent fruit...
Hospital Prices Vary Widely Across the United States
Hospital Prices Vary Widely Across the United States SATURDAY, Dec. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of medical care varies widely across the United States, a new study reports. Hospitals negotiate the cost of medical services with insurance companies. And, the new report found that prices at hospitals in monopoly markets are 15 percent higher than those at hospitals in areas with at least four providers. When the researchers looked at a specific procedure -- lower-limb MRIs done in 2011 -- they fo...
Health Tip: Controlling Chronic Sinusitis
Health Tip: Controlling Chronic Sinusitis (HealthDay News) -- If you have chronic sinus inflammation, a bacterial infection probably isn't the cause. So there's no need for an antibiotic, which only treats a bacterial infection. To help tame chronic sinusitis, the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology advises: Steer clear of any activities that tend to worsen symptoms. Avoid any known allergy triggers, such as prolonged exposure to trees or ragweed. Consider managing allergies with allergy s...
Health Tip: Understanding Risk Factors for Hardening Arteries
Health Tip: Understanding Risk Factors for Hardening Arteries (HealthDay News) -- Atherosclerosis, the medical term for hardening of the arteries, occurs when the arteries narrow and become rigid. Left undetected or untreated, one or more of these vessels may become completely blocked. The American Academy of Family Physicians explains these risk factors: Having high blood pressure. Having high cholesterol. Being diabetic. Being overweight or obese. Using tobacco. Eating an unhealthy diet. Getting insuf...
How to Prevent Home Cooking Fires
How to Prevent Home Cooking Fires FRIDAY, Dec. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For many families, the kitchen is a gathering place, especially during the holidays. Unfortunately, the kitchen is also where two out of five home fires start, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). There are steps you can take, however, to make sure your kitchen remains a safe place this holiday season. The ESFI provides several safety tips: Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home ...
Holiday Safety for Your Furry Friends
Holiday Safety for Your Furry Friends FRIDAY, Dec. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be easy to overlook the potential dangers facing Fluffy and Fido, an animal expert warns. A stocking full of treats may seem like the ideal gift for a dog, but can cause serious trouble if your dog gobbles all the snacks at once, said Dr. Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Don't give your pets table scraps that are high in fat, su...
Holiday Plants Can Pose Health Risks to Kids, Pets
Holiday Plants Can Pose Health Risks to Kids, Pets FRIDAY, Dec. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Those decorative plants may add holiday sparkle to your home, but they may also pose a risk to children and pets, an expert cautions. All parts of mistletoe are toxic if eaten, and the white berries tend to be the most attractive to children and pets. Consuming mistletoe can result in blurred vision, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, blood pressure changes and even death, said Wendy Wilber, from the Institute of...
Health Tip: Sounds May Help You Fall Asleep
Health Tip: Sounds May Help You Fall Asleep (HealthDay News) -- When you want a bit of help to nod off, some soft background noise may be just what you need. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Try white noise, which combines different sounds at different frequencies. You can use a white noise app on your smart phone or buy a white noise machine (sometimes called a sound conditioner). Consider the soothing sounds of nature, from raindrops to rolling ocean waves. Avoid sounds that may be jarring. Tur...
Health Highlights: Dec. 24, 2015
Health Highlights: Dec. 24, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Review of Federal Oversight of Fetal Tissue Research Launched A review of how federal health officials regulate fetal tissue research has been launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The audit was requested by 35 Republican senators in October, after a series of undercover videos released by anti-abortion activists appeared to show Planned P...
Health Tip: Watch those Liquid Laundry Packets
Health Tip: Watch those Liquid Laundry Packets (HealthDay News) -- Brightly colored packets of liquid laundry detergent are attractive to young children, who may put them in their mouths and ingest the harmful contents. The Safe Kids Worldwide website suggests: If you use these packets, make sure they are stored where a child can't reach them. Store the packets in the original container, and make sure it is tightly closed. If you find that a child may have swallowed a packet, immediately call the neares...
Hepatitis C May Be Tied to Greater Risk for Parkinson's Disease
Hepatitis C May Be Tied to Greater Risk for Parkinson's Disease WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hepatitis C is an infection that affects the liver, but people with the virus may also be at greater risk for Parkinson's disease, a new report shows. "Many factors clearly play a role in the development of Parkinson's disease, including environmental factors," study author Dr. Chia-Hung Kao, of China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan, said in a news release from the American Academy of Neur...
Health Tip: Meditation May Help Your Heart
Health Tip: Meditation May Help Your Heart (HealthDay News) -- Meditation can help mind and body relax, and the American Heart Association says it can help your ticker. The AHA says meditation may: Help ease stress. Improve your sleep. Help you focus on healthier activities. Supplement, but not replace, other heart-healthy behaviors, such as healthy diet and exercise.
Health Tip: Watching Calories
Health Tip: Watching Calories (HealthDay News) -- Most people know the importance of counting calories, but there are other eating factors to note. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains: Low-fat and fat-free foods are not necessarily low in calories, since they may contain sugar. Don't focus just on carbohydrates. Doing so may lead to you consume too many calories and miss out on important dietary nutrients. Even if you're exercising enough, it's still important to watch your calo...
Health Highlights: Dec. 23, 2015
Health Highlights: Dec. 23, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: FDA Approves New Gout Drug The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the use of Zurampic (lesinurad) to reduce high levels of uric acid -- hyperuricemia -- in the blood, a major contributor to the painful condition known as gout. The drug is meant to be used in combination with an already approved class of gout medicines called xanthine oxidase inhibito...
Healthy Habits Help Reduce Risk of Heart Failure, Study Finds
Healthy Habits Help Reduce Risk of Heart Failure, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Following seven healthy habits might reduce your risk of heart failure, a new study says. "Even though there is awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, many people don't act on those messages," said senior study author Vanessa Xanthakis, an assistant professor of medicine and biostatistics at Boston University. The study included just over 3,200 Americans, average age 59, who were foll...
Hormone Therapy Safely Helps Preserve Fertility for Breast Cancer Patients: Study
Hormone Therapy Safely Helps Preserve Fertility for Breast Cancer Patients: Study TUESDAY, Dec. 22 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy can affect a young breast cancer patient's fertility, sending her into premature menopause, so in many cases doctors provide patients with hormonal therapy during chemo to prevent this side effect. Now, new research suggests that the approach does help these patients without lowering their odds of surviving the cancer. One expert noted that the issue is a tough one for...
Health Tip: Protect Kids' Hearing During the Holidays
Health Tip: Protect Kids' Hearing During the Holidays (HealthDay News) -- Holiday celebrations can become loud and boisterous, putting little ears at risk from loud music, parties or toys. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to: Teach children to protect their hearing, by turning down the volume and taking breaks from headphone use. Look for products such as noise cancelling headphones or well-fitting ear buds that can help protect hearing. Avoid toys that are excessively noisy. Test thes...
Health Tip: Struggling With Chronic Cough?
Health Tip: Struggling With Chronic Cough? (HealthDay News) -- Chronic cough occurs when you've been coughing steadily for eight weeks or longer. It's not always a sign of a serious health problem, but it can be annoying nonetheless. To help calm your chronic cough, the Mayo Clinic suggests: Avoiding exposure to allergens that are known to trigger your cough. Quitting smoking, which is a common cause of chronic bronchitis. Managing acid reflux, which can worsen cough. To help tame acid reflux, cut porti...
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