Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Health Highlights: May 5, 2016
Health Highlights: May 5, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: California Governor Signs Bill Raising Smoking Age to 21 Bills that raise the smoking age from 18 to 21, expand no-smoking areas at public schools and restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places were signed into law Wednesday by California Governor Jerry Brown. The bills were supported by a coalition of medical groups including the California Medical Assoc...
Health Tip: Walking is Good for You
Health Tip: Walking is Good for You (HealthDay News) -- You don't have to run marathons to get fit. Taking regular walks can help keep you healthier without the strain on your body. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says walking may offer these benefits: A stronger heart that is better able to pump blood. Lower blood pressure and greater oxygen intake. Slower loss of bone mass as you age, and slower onset of arthritis. Improved muscle tone. Less stress and improved sleep. Improved mood and at...
Health Tip: Wishing for Better Balance?
Health Tip: Wishing for Better Balance? (HealthDay News) -- If you're not as steady on your feet as you once were, a number of medical conditions may be responsible. Here are possible reasons for poor balance, courtesy of Harvard Medical School: Having a central nervous system disorder, such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis. Having an inner ear condition that causes dizziness, such as Meniere's disease. Having vision problems, such as glaucoma, cataracts or macular degeneration. Having weake...
Hepatitis C Now Leading Infectious Disease Killer in U.S.
Hepatitis C Now Leading Infectious Disease Killer in U.S. WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of hepatitis C-linked deaths in the United States reached a record high in 2014, and the virus now kills more Americans than any other infectious disease, health officials report. There were 19,659 hepatitis C-related deaths in 2014, according to preliminary data from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those tragically high numbers aren't necessary, one CDC expert said. "Why are ...
Health Highlights: May 4, 2016
Health Highlights: May 4, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Prince Was to Meet With Doctor to Discuss Drug Addiction Treatment Before Prince died, he was scheduled to meet with a doctor about how to kick an addiction to powerful prescription painkillers, according to a Minneapolis lawyer with knowledge of the investigation into the musician's death. The appointment was with Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a California-based expert on opioid...
Health Tip: Trim Daily Calories
Health Tip: Trim Daily Calories (HealthDay News) -- Experts say to lose a pound a week, you'll need to cut 3,500 calories during that span. But how can you do so without feeling hungry? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Avoid sweetened drinks, and foods with fat and added sugar. Instead of chips, snack on raw vegetables. In lieu of baked goods, enjoy sliced pineapple, oranges or some berries. Avoid alcohol, in favor of a glass of sparkling water. Drink a glass of fat-free chocolate milk, ...
Health Tip: Recognizing Achilles Tendinitis
Health Tip: Recognizing Achilles Tendinitis (HealthDay News) -- Tears, degeneration and inflammation may all contribute to Achilles tendinitis, leading to heel and ankle pain. Here are common symptoms of the condition, courtesy of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: A painful, burning sensation in the tendon at the back of the ankle and top of the heel. Pain that is worse first thing in the morning, and often improves when you're moving. Warmth, swelling, tenderness and soreness in and arou...
Health Highlights: May 3, 2016
Health Highlights: May 3, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Metabolism May Explain Weight Regain in 'Biggest Loser' Participants Participants on TV's "The Biggest Loser" leave the show with a slower metabolism, which makes it more difficult to prevent weight gain, according to a U.S. National Institutes of Health study. It found that competitors on the weight-loss reality show burn about 500 fewer calories a day than expected, an...
Health Tip: Focus on the Positive
Health Tip: Focus on the Positive (HealthDay News) -- Dwelling on your problems and getting stuck on negative emotions can worsen depression and anxiety. The American Psychological Association offers these suggestions: Pray or meditate to block out negative thoughts. When negative emotions arise, think about eliminating their causes in a more positive way. If your goals aren't realistic, set more attainable goals. Find new ways to boost your self-esteem.
Health Tip: Selecting a Sleep Mask
Health Tip: Selecting a Sleep Mask (HealthDay News) -- Bright light can interrupt sleep quickly, so many people use a sleep mask. The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to choose the right one: Consider whether you need a sleep mask that provides total blackout, or one that provides darker conditions in a room that's already fairly dark. Look for a mask that fits across the bridge of the nose. Invest in a quality mask with a nose flap to help block more light and provide a better fit. Opt for a mask...
Health Highlights: May 2, 2016
Health Highlights: May 2, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Former NFL Team Doctor Accused of Gross Negligence in Care of Junior Seau The ex-team doctor for the NFL's San Diego Chargers has been accused by the California state medical board of gross negligence in his care of former linebacker Junior Seau. Dr. David Chao prescribed the sleep drug Ambien (zolpidem) to Seau, who suffered depression and sleep problems prior to his su...
High School Football Players Suffer More Symptoms After Concussion: Study
High School Football Players Suffer More Symptoms After Concussion: Study MONDAY, May 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- High school football players are more likely to suffer more symptoms after a concussion, and to need more recovery time than their college counterparts, a new study finds. But those who play in youth football leagues are the most likely to get back on the field less than 24 hours after a concussion, the researchers discovered. "The finding related to return-to-play under 24 hours being the h...
Health Tip: Planning Makes Healthy Eating Simpler
Health Tip: Planning Makes Healthy Eating Simpler (HealthDay News) -- Making healthy food choices requires some planning to avoid spontaneous choices -- which may not be so healthy. The American Heart Association suggests: Create a plan of two-to-four weeks' worth of healthy meals for your family. Include your family's favorite healthier meals, adding new recipes to the rotation as you come across them. Plan your week's menus on the weekends, using the long-term list. Bring the menu with you when you sh...
Health Tip: Donating Blood
Health Tip: Donating Blood (HealthDay News) -- Typically, you must be at least 17 years old and meet a few health criteria to donate blood. If you're able, it's a great way to help save lives. The American Red Cross offers this advice on what to expect: One blood donation can help save the lives of three other people. The donation procedure is safe and easy. While the donation itself only takes about 10 minutes, expect to be at the donation center for about an hour. Prepare for donation by making sure y...
Health Tip: Avoid Alcohol While Nursing
Health Tip: Avoid Alcohol While Nursing (HealthDay News) -- Drinking alcohol while nursing can affect the taste of the milk baby gets, and the amount of milk that you produce. If you choose to drink alcohol, make sure you minimize the effects to your baby. Experts note that there are overall concerns about long-term, repeated exposure of infants to alcohol in their mother's milk, so moderation in drinking is strongly suggested. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Don't drink alcohol just before...
Health Tip: Sleepless on Sunday
Health Tip: Sleepless on Sunday (HealthDay News) -- If you're tossing and turning on Sunday night in anticipation of the week ahead, you're not alone. Experts say it's when the fewest people get a good night's rest. The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions for improving your Sunday night respite: Go to bed at the same time on weekends as during the week, which will help your body get used to the schedule. Wake up at the same time each morning, even on weekends. Indulge in a short afternoon...
Health Highlights: April 29, 2016
Health Highlights: April 29, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Huge Price Increases for Oral Cancer Drugs Since 2000: Study Prices of oral cancer drugs in the United States have risen sharply since 2000, a new study finds. The average cost of a new oral cancer drug introduced in 2000 was about $1,869 a month, compared with $11,325 a month for one approved in 2014, about six times higher, United Press International reported. Gleev...
Heat Beats Cold for Treating Jellyfish Stings
Heat Beats Cold for Treating Jellyfish Stings FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you're unlucky enough to suffer a jellyfish sting, new research says that heat is better than cold for easing the pain. The team at the University of Hawaii at Manoa noted that jellyfish stings are a growing health problem worldwide. But, there has been disagreement over how best to treat and manage the painful stings. "People think ice will help because jelly stings burn and ice is cold," study author Christie W...
Health Highlights: April 28, 2016
Health Highlights: April 28, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Wide Variation in Health Care Costs Across the U.S.: Study Health care prices vary widely across the United States, a new study says. Cost differences for the same procedures can be huge, according to the Health Care Cost Institute study of the prices paid by patients with private insurance, NBC News reported. For example, the national average cost of a knee replaceme...
Health Tip: Enjoy a Healthier Plane Ride
Health Tip: Enjoy a Healthier Plane Ride (HealthDay News) -- Planning a plane trip? There are steps you can take for a better, healthier excursion. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Family Physicians: Store medication to be taken during the trip in a carry-on bag. Pack extra meds in case of unexpected delays. Talk to your doctor about whether you'll need to adjust your meds during your trip. Keep an identification card with you at all times if you have epilepsy or diabetes. Also, bring a...
Health Tip: Got Eczema?
Health Tip: Got Eczema? (HealthDay News) -- Bleach bath therapy may be an effective way to manage eczema, if it's approved by the patient's dermatologist. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Carefully measure the amount of bleach to mix with bath water. Use 1/2 cup bleach in a full tub, 1/4 cup in a half-full tub, or one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water for a baby or toddler. Use only regular 6 percent strength bleach, never concentrated. Always pour bleach into the tub and never apply d...
Hearing Aids May Help Keep Seniors' Minds Sharp
Hearing Aids May Help Keep Seniors' Minds Sharp WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A hearing aid may do more than help you hear better: New research suggests that the devices might also help prevent mental decline in elderly people with hearing loss. "We know that hearing aids can keep older adults with hearing loss more socially engaged by providing an important bridge to the outside world," Dr. Anil Lalwani, a professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at Columbia University Medical ...
Health Highlights: April 27, 2016
Health Highlights: April 27, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: More Than 4.5 Million Pounds of Pilgrim's Pride Chicken Products Recalled A recall of Pilgrim's Pride fully cooked chicken products due to possible contamination with foreign objects such as plastic, wood, rubber and metal has been expanded to more than 4.5 million pounds of products. An initial recall on April 7 covered about 40,700 pounds of fully cooked chicken nug...
Health Tip: Choose Energy-Boosting Foods
Health Tip: Choose Energy-Boosting Foods (HealthDay News) -- If you feel too tired to hit the gym despite your commitment to exercise, your diet may need an energy boost. The American Council on Exercise suggests: Eat frequent small meals that include complex carbohydrates, such as veggies, fruit, whole grains and beans. Avoid refined carbohydrates, such as donuts or cookies. Don't drink caffeine within an hour of your workout. Instead, have a small glass of juice to help boost your energy. Start your m...
Health Tip: Use a Mouthguard
Health Tip: Use a Mouthguard (HealthDay News) -- A mouthguard protects your smile when you play contact sports. It's important to take care of the device and to keep it clean when not in use. The American Dental Association recommends: Brush with toothpaste or at least rinse the mouthguard after each use. Keep it dry and clean. Treat your mouthguard to regular cleanings with cool, soapy water and a thorough rinse. Bring your mouthguard to dentist appointments for an inspection and a professional cleanin...
Health Highlights: April 26, 2016
Health Highlights: April 26, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Letters Alerting Women About Dense Breast Tissue Often Tough to Understand: Study Many women find it difficult to understand letters informing them they have dense breast tissue, a new study says. About 40 percent of women who undergo mammograms are found to have dense breast tissue, which both increases the risk of breast cancer and makes it more difficult to detect ...
Health Tip: Help Prevent High Blood Pressure
Health Tip: Help Prevent High Blood Pressure (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure is sometimes called "the silent killer" because it can be deadly, and affected people may not know they have it. To help prevent high blood pressure, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: Monitoring your blood pressure regularly. Keeping your blood sugar well controlled if you have diabetes, which is a risk factor for high blood pressure. Taking your meds for diabetes, blood pressure and other chr...
Health Tip: Managing Varicose Veins
Health Tip: Managing Varicose Veins (HealthDay News) -- Varicose veins are swollen, visible veins that pop up in the legs and elsewhere. They are commonly triggered by veins that don't support adequate blood flow, allowing blood to pool. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggests: Taking frequent breaks if you'll be standing or sitting for long periods. Don't cross legs when sitting, and elevate your legs when possible. Getting plenty of exercise that boosts muscle tone in your legs, which pro...
Health Highlights: April 25, 2016
Health Highlights: April 25, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: San Francisco Bans Smoking in Parks to Protect Animals Citing a health threat to animals, smoking has been banned in 65 parks by the East Bay Regional Park District in the San Francisco area. The move is meant to help keep the air clean and keep beaches, bays and wild lands free of cigarette butts that can harm animals and fish, the Associated Press reported. While sm...
Health Tip: Should I Check my Blood Sugar?
Health Tip: Should I Check my Blood Sugar? (HealthDay News) -- Regular monitoring of blood glucose is a great way to measure how well you are managing diabetes. Here's who should be checking blood sugar regularly, according to the American Diabetes Association: Anyone who takes insulin. Pregnant women. People with uncontrolled blood sugar. Anyone who struggles with low blood sugar, particularly if there are no warning signs. Those who develop ketone buildup as a result of high blood sugar.
Health Tip: Dig Into More Flavorful Foods
Health Tip: Dig Into More Flavorful Foods (HealthDay News) -- Healthier food doesn't have to taste like cardboard. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions to keep food healthy while boosting its flavor: Give veggies a sweeter, smokier flavor by brushing them lightly with oil and a sprinkle of herbs, then roasting in the oven at 450 degrees. Using a bit of oil, slowly caramelize onions in a pan over low heat. Use the sweet, rich sauce over a meat or poultry dish. Add to your food ...
Health Tip: Keep Skin Looking Young
Health Tip: Keep Skin Looking Young (HealthDay News) -- Your skin may be exposed to plenty of things that can make it look older, including the sun, pollution and harsh skin-care products. But there are things you can do to help keep you looking younger. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Wear sunscreen every day, even when you're not at the beach or pool. Don't smoke, limit alcohol and eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Get regular exercise. Avoid repeatedly making the same facial expre...
Health Tip: Enjoy Hard-Boiled Eggs Safely
Health Tip: Enjoy Hard-Boiled Eggs Safely (HealthDay News) -- Hard-boiled eggs are a delectable treat, but make sure you prepare and store them properly. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises: Cook hard-boiled eggs by bringing them to a boil, then cover and turn off heat and allow them to sit for 15 minutes. Then cool in a bowl of ice water. Never leave eggs out of the refrigerator for longer than two hours. Buy eggs before the sell-by date and use them within three-to-five weeks of purchase. E...
Health Highlights: April 22, 2016
Health Highlights: April 22, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: San Francisco Bans Smoking in Parks to Protect Animals Citing a health threat to animals, smoking has been banned in 65 parks by the East Bay Regional Park District in the San Francisco area. The move is meant to help keep the air clean and keep beaches, bays and wild lands free of cigarette butts that can harm animals and fish, the Associated Press reported. While sm...
Heavy Pot Use in Teen Years Linked to Shortened Life
Heavy Pot Use in Teen Years Linked to Shortened Life FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who were heavy pot smokers in their teens may not live as long as those who did not use marijuana when they were young, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 45,000 men in Sweden who did compulsory military training in 1969-1970 and were followed until 2011. About 4,000 of the men died during the 42-year study period. Those who were heavy marijuana users in their late teens were 4...
Health Highlights: April 21, 2016
Health Highlights: April 21, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Music Icon Prince Found Dead at Home Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and pop legend Prince was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis on Thursday, according to his publicist. However, Yvette Noel-Schure did not provide any more details to the Associated Press . A Carver County Sheriff's squad car was parked outside Prince's music studio called Paisley Park, ...
Health Tip: At Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Health Tip: At Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? (HealthDay News) -- Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when tissues in the wrist swell and put pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain and discomfort. Here are common risk factors for the condition, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: Heredity, as smaller carpal tunnels can run in families. Using your hands in the same way repetitively over time. Having hormonal changes, such as those during pregnancy. Being older. Having diabetes, a thyroi...
Health Tip: Start Changing Your Lifestyle
Health Tip: Start Changing Your Lifestyle (HealthDay News) -- Making healthy lifestyle changes may involve a big commitment. But there are easy steps that can help you get going. The Weight-control Information Network suggests: Imagine a healthier version of yourself, Then consider the steps you'll need to take, such as a healthier diet and more exercise, to get there. Create a plan to help you reach your goal. Think about things that may thwart your efforts, and devise a strategy to overcome them. Begi...
Health Highlights: April 20, 2016
Health Highlights: April 20, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ten Cases of Rare Bloodstream Infection Reported in Illinois A cluster of rare bloodstream infections was discovered by Illinois health officials while investigating an outbreak in Wisconsin. An additional 10 cases of infection from the bacterium Elizabethkingia were announced Wednesday by the Illinois Department of Public Health, including six deaths, the Associated ...
How the Brain Reads Other People's Faces
How the Brain Reads Other People's Faces WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One area of the brain appears to be responsible for recognizing facial expressions, a new study finds. Ohio State University researchers monitored the brain activity of 10 college students as they were shown more than 1,000 photographs of people making different facial expressions. The expressions fell into several categories: disgusted, happily surprised, happily disgusted, angrily surprised, fearfully surprised, sad...
Health Tip: Practice Tornado Drills
Health Tip: Practice Tornado Drills (HealthDay News) -- You certainly don't relish the thought of a tornado approaching your home, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't prepare. The National Weather Service suggests: Designating the safe spot where family members should go. In general, head to the lowest floor and avoid windows and doors. Storing supplies, such as a mattress or heavy blankets, in this space to protect yourself. Keeping a weather radio handy. If not at home, family members should know what...
Health Tip: How You Change During Early Pregnancy
Health Tip: How You Change During Early Pregnancy (HealthDay News) -- Shortly after you become pregnant, you can plan for a host of significant physical and emotional changes. The American Academy of Family Physicians says here's what you can expect: Feeling tired. Having nausea (often called morning sickness) at any time of day. Feeling lightheaded. Having to urinate more often than usual. Having physical changes such as weight gain, heartburn, constipation and changes in your breasts and skin. Feeling...
Health Tip: Calming a Child After a Nightmare
Health Tip: Calming a Child After a Nightmare (HealthDay News) -- Many parents wonder what to do when their children wake up screaming after a nightmare. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Quickly go to your child's room and offer reassurance that you are there for protection. Talk to your child about what happened during the dream, but explain that dreams are not real. Leave a light on in your child's room if it provides comfort, but help your child get back to sleep. If possible, eliminate a...
Health Tip: Should You Use a Water Flosser?
Health Tip: Should You Use a Water Flosser? (HealthDay News) -- Dentists have long preached the virtues of daily flossing for healthier teeth and gums. And if dental floss doesn't leave you smiling, a water flossing machine may just do the trick. The American Dental Association says a water flosser may be a better choice than dental floss if you: Wear braces. Have fixed or permanent bridges, or other dental work that makes flossing more challenging. Have a hard time using dental floss.
Health Highlights: April 19, 2016
Health Highlights: April 19, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Treatment Shows Promise Against Alzheimer's in Mice Injections of a natural protein show promise against Alzheimer's disease in mice, researchers say. The treatment with interleukin 33 seemed to improve memory and help prevent and disperse brain deposits similar to those that occur in people with Alzheimer's, BBC News reported. The study was published in the journal P...
HIV Patients Now Living Long Enough to Develop Alzheimer's
HIV Patients Now Living Long Enough to Develop Alzheimer's TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The first case of Alzheimer's disease diagnosed in a person with HIV highlights the fact that long-time HIV survivors are starting to reach ages where their risk for Alzheimer's increases, researchers report. The 71-year-old man was diagnosed after a medical scan revealed amyloid protein clumps in his brain. Until now, it was believed that HIV-related inflammation in the brain might prevent the formati...
Have Scientists Found 'Virginity Genes'?
Have Scientists Found 'Virginity Genes'? MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parents, when you have "the talk" with your kids, keep these new study findings in mind: Genetic makeup may help determine when people lose their virginity. The study results matter because people who have sex and babies earlier appear to fare worse educationally and have poorer physical and mental health, said study co-author Ken Ong. "Genes influence the ages of first intercourse and first birth by acting on both perso...
Health Highlights: April 18, 2016
Health Highlights: April 18, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: NFL Concussion Settlement Upheld by Appeals Court A landmark settlement forcing the National Football League to pay retired players for concealing from them the dangers of repeated head hits was upheld Monday by an appellate court. The settlement, which could see the NFL pay thousands of retired players up to $5 million, was challenged by some players who said it did ...
Health Tip: Easing Eye Allergies
Health Tip: Easing Eye Allergies (HealthDay News) -- When your eyes turn red, water and itch, it can make you miserable. The American Academy of Ophthalmology offers these suggestions for coping with eye allergies: Stay away from things that bother you, such as pollen, mold, dust and pets. Don't rub your eyes. Use over-the-counter artificial tears or an eye drop that contains an antihistamine. Take a decongestant medication. If it also contains an antihistamine, it could make you sleepy. Talk to your do...
Health Tip: Quench Your Thirst in a Healthier Way
Health Tip: Quench Your Thirst in a Healthier Way (HealthDay News) -- If you're thirsty for a more nutritional drink, the American Heart Association offers alternatives to sugary beverages: Brew a glass of plain iced tea. Skip the sugar and use a squirt of lemon, some berries or a calorie-free sweetener. Enjoy a cold glass of club soda with some sliced fruit. Skip the huge mocha with whipped cream. Instead, opt for a small latte. Ask for nonfat milk, and add a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Health Highlights: April 15, 2016
Health Highlights: April 15, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New Labels Will Advise Consumers How Often to Eat Uncle Bens', Other Products Mars Food -- maker of Uncle Ben's foods -- is developing labels for its products to inform consumers how often they should be eating them. The labels will recommend consuming healthy products everyday and suggest those higher in salt, fat or sugar should be eaten occasionally, or once a week...
Health Tip: Keep a Diabetes Diary
Health Tip: Keep a Diabetes Diary (HealthDay News) -- If you're diabetic, keeping track of blood sugar levels, food, weight and exercise can be overwhelming. That's when keeping a diary becomes a good idea. The American Diabetes Association suggests: Choosing the right journal. Consider whether you want paper or electronic, lined or unlined, thin or thick. Logging into your diary after every meal, rather than having to remember all the details until the end of the day. Jot down all foods and drinks cons...
Health Tip: Stop Eating When You're Full
Health Tip: Stop Eating When You're Full (HealthDay News) -- Kids' activities -- from sports to parties --- often are centered around snack times. But is there anything you can do to prevent overeating? The American Council on Exercise suggests: Teaching children to pay attention to their hunger and fullness cues. If your child isn't hungry when a snack is offered, teach the child to politely decline. The child should stop eating the snack when the feeling of fullness sets in. Occasionally, a less-than-...
Health Tip: Are Your Feet Getting Enough Blood?
Health Tip: Are Your Feet Getting Enough Blood? (HealthDay News) -- When blood circulation to your feet is poor, your feet may be at real risk of damage. The American Podiatric Medical Association says symptoms of poor circulation may include: Cramps in your feet and legs, especially during exercise. Foot wounds that take a long time to heal. Unusual color of the feet. Odd temperature of the feet. Hair loss on the legs and feet. Swelling of the legs and feet.
Health Highlights: April 14, 2016
Health Highlights: April 14, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: FDA Approves Folic Acid Fortification of Corn Masa Flour Folic acid fortification for corn masa flour has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Manufacturers will be allowed to add up to 0.7 milligrams of folic acid per pound of corn masa flour, consistent with other enriched cereal grains. When taken by pregnant women, folic acid may help prevent bi...
Health Tip: Getting Your Beauty Sleep
Health Tip: Getting Your Beauty Sleep (HealthDay News) -- Beauty sleep is real . When you're rested, you usually look and feel better. The National Sleep Foundation says good sleep: Gives your body a chance to release growth hormone, which helps restore damage done during everyday activities. Allows your body to send more fluids where needed. Helps prevent release of stress hormones. Helps lower your risk of depression.
Hepatitis C Therapy May Reduce Need for Liver Transplants
Hepatitis C Therapy May Reduce Need for Liver Transplants THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with antiviral drugs may reduce the need for a liver transplant for people with severe liver damage and hepatitis C, a new study suggests. This study included 103 liver transplant candidates in Europe with severe liver damage and hepatitis C. They were treated with direct-acting antiviral drug combinations used to treat and cure people with hepatitis C. Thirty-five percent of the patients imp...
Hepatitis C-Infected Liver Transplants May Work Well for Those With the Virus
Hepatitis C-Infected Liver Transplants May Work Well for Those With the Virus THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Here's some potentially good news for people with hepatitis C who are waiting for liver transplants: Hepatitis C-infected livers seem to do as well as healthy livers in these patients, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that using hepatitis C-infected (HCV-positive) livers could help reduce wait times for people with hepatitis C who need a transplant, the researchers said. ...
Hunger Sending Some Americans to the Hospital
Hunger Sending Some Americans to the Hospital WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of Americans with high rates of hospitalization either don't have regular access to healthy food or are at risk of not having enough food at home, a small study suggests. The study highlights obstacles to getting enough food, including people's dependence on others to provide and prepare meals, and not knowing what food resources are available in their community, the researchers said. Study co-auth...
Health Care Workers Skipped Hand Washing One-Third of the Time: Study
Health Care Workers Skipped Hand Washing One-Third of the Time: Study WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Staff at many outpatient health care facilities in New Mexico failed to follow recommendations for hand hygiene more than one-third of the time, a new study found. Many also fell short on injection safety, putting patients at increased risk for infection, the study authors said. For the study, the researchers looked at 15 outpatient facilities. The investigators found 93 percent had U.S. C...
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