Halloween Safety Tips for Kids With Asthma
Halloween Safety Tips for Kids With Asthma THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Wearing masks made of latex and taking hayrides are among the Halloween festivities that could be risky for children with asthma, according to the American Lung Association. The association advises parents to be proactive about managing their child's asthma to ensure that Halloween is safe and enjoyable. Some of the steps they recommend parents take include: Be prepared. Hayrides and haunted houses are exciting advent...
Health Highlights: Oct. 30, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 30, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Gerber Sued Over Baby Formula Allergy Claims Baby food maker Gerber is being sued for claiming that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced Thursday. The company's claim is false and it misled consumers by suggesting the formula was the first to meet government approval for reducing allergy ...
Health Tip: Dress Kids in Safe Halloween Costumes
Health Tip: Dress Kids in Safe Halloween Costumes (HealthDay News) -- Halloween costumes may be scary and spooky, but they should still be safe. Parents should make sure costumes don't obstruct vision or increase the risk of falls. The Safekids.org website offers these suggestions: Select costumes and treat bags that are light in color, and decorate them with reflective tape. Skip the mask and opt for face paint instead. Make sure every child carries a flashlight or glow stick. Choose costumes that fit ...
Health Tip: Why People Seek Counseling
Health Tip: Why People Seek Counseling (HealthDay News) -- Counseling can be an effective way to deal with life's many problems and challenges. The American Academy of Family Physicians says counseling may help people cope with these issues: Depression, grief or loss. Intimacy, relationships, fertility, infidelity or divorce. Anxiety, stress, anger, compulsion or addiction. Problems with family, career or phobias. Eating disorder, illness or chronic pain. Domestic violence.
High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet May Help With Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy
High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet May Help With Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a low-carb, high-fat diet could help control epilepsy that is difficult to treat, according to new research. A review of five studies found that a ketogenic, or modified Atkins diet, that focuses on foods like bacon, eggs, heavy cream, butter, fish and green vegetables, could help reduce seizures in adults whose condition doesn't improve with medication. "We need new treatments for the 35 pe...
Hormone Therapy May Up Heart-Related Deaths in Some Prostate Cancer Patients
Hormone Therapy May Up Heart-Related Deaths in Some Prostate Cancer Patients WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Giving hormone therapy to men with prostate cancer who also have certain heart problems may increase their odds of dying from a heart-related cause, a new study suggests. The therapy in question is called androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). It's used in prostate cancer to reduce levels of male hormones to prevent the growth of cancer cells, according to the study. And, in the current...
Health Highlights: Oct. 29, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 29, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Hi-Tech Pill Would Detect Cancer in Early Stages: Google A pill to detect cancer in the early stages is being developed by Google. The pill would contain tiny magnetic nanoparticles that would travel through a person's bloodstream and search for cancerous cells. The nanoparticles' findings would be transmitted to a wearable sensor, the Associated Press reported. The ob...
Health Tip: Driving Safely at Night
Health Tip: Driving Safely at Night (HealthDay News) -- It's more difficult to see at night than during the day, but there are things drivers can do to help keep travelers and pedestrians safe. The National Safety Council offers these suggestions: Make sure your car's windows and headlights, taillights and signal lights are clean. Ensure that headlights are correctly aimed. Turn them on even if it's twilight, so other drivers can see you. Never drink alcohol before or while driving, and don't smoke. At ...
Health Tip: Change Your Diet to Help Lower Blood Pressure
Health Tip: Change Your Diet to Help Lower Blood Pressure (HealthDay News) -- Diet plays a big role in managing hypertension, and a few simple changes can help improve your blood pressure. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions: Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables each day. Choose foods that are low in sodium and fats. Maintain a healthy body weight. See your doctor for regular checkups.
Home Blood Pressure Monitors May Occasionally Miss the Mark
Home Blood Pressure Monitors May Occasionally Miss the Mark TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A small new study raises more questions about the accuracy of home blood-pressure monitoring devices. On average, researchers found, the readings were slightly inaccurate in up to 15 percent of patients. The readings were off by more than 10 mm Hg -- a potentially significant difference in a blood pressure reading -- in about 8 percent of cases. There's no way to know whether the inaccuracies are likel...
Health Highlights: Oct. 28, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 28, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Baby Wipes Recalled Due to Possible Bacteria Ten brands of baby wipes sold at Walgreens, Sam's Club and other stores nationwide are being voluntarily recalled due to possible bacteria contamination, the company announced Monday. According to Nutek Disposables, Inc., included in the recall are baby wipes sold under the brand names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Ki...
Health Tip: Cooking Can Be Challenging With Arthritis
Health Tip: Cooking Can Be Challenging With Arthritis (HealthDay News) -- Arthritis can make cooking difficult, but there are things you can do to ease the strain. The University of Washington Medicine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine department offers these suggestions: Plan ahead for meals to avoid rushing. Make tasks easier by using appliances such as mixers, can openers, dishwashers, microwaves and crock pots. Place a mixing bowl in the sink on a damp cloth to hold it in place, and mix while holding ...
Health Tip: Seniors Shouldn't See Exercise as a Chore
Health Tip: Seniors Shouldn't See Exercise as a Chore (HealthDay News) -- Exercise is healthy at any age, particularly to seniors. Making exercise fun can help you stick with your program. The Weight-loss Information Network makes these suggestions: Figure out activities that you enjoy, such as walking with a buddy or group. Plant a garden and work in it regularly. Perform short bursts of exercise, such as three 10-minute walks. Vary your exercise routine each day so you don't get bored. If you don't li...
Health Highlights: Oct. 24, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 24, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Surgeons Transplant First Non-Beating Heart Surgeons in Australia say they successfully transplanted a heart that had stopped beating for up to 20 minutes. Until now, heart transplants have only been able to use still-beating hearts from brain-dead donors. But a surgical team at St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney took a non-beating donor heart and revived it in a machine...
Health Tip: Watch the Road on Halloween
Health Tip: Watch the Road on Halloween (HealthDay News) -- On Halloween, excited trick-or-treaters can pose significant hazards for drivers, especially in residential areas. The U.S. National Safety Council offers these safety tips: Be extra alert and cautious on Halloween, remembering to watch for children near the roads. Look out for children darting between parked cars. Use caution when entering and exiting alleys and driveways. Watch for children in dark clothing during twilight and later hours. St...
Health Tip: When Your Child Needs to Lose Weight
Health Tip: When Your Child Needs to Lose Weight (HealthDay News) -- If your child is overweight, be sure to teach him or her about the importance of a nutritious diet and regular exercise. You also should offer plenty of support and avoid pressuring your youngster. The Weight-loss Information Network offers these additional suggestions: Put your child on a weight-loss plan only after getting your doctor's approval. Don't severely restrict what your growing child eats. Give your child's self-esteem a li...
Health Highlights: Oct. 23, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 23, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: EPA Proposes Barring 72 Chemicals as Ingredients in Pesticides The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday proposed removing 72 chemicals from a list of substances deemed suitable for use as "inert ingredients" in pesticides. The chemicals, which include turpentine oil and nitrous oxide, are not currently being used as inert ingredients in any pesticide ...
Health Tip: Using a Pacifier to Soothe Baby
Health Tip: Using a Pacifier to Soothe Baby (HealthDay News) -- Deciding to offer a pacifier to your baby, then choosing the right one for the child, are important decisions for new parents. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions: Parents should make sure they are not offering a pacifier when baby really needs to be fed. Don't be discouraged if baby is not interested in a pacifier at first. Offer it again and try gently stroking near baby's mouth and holding it in place. Parents can...
Health Tip: Coping With Chronic Pain
Health Tip: Coping With Chronic Pain (HealthDay News) -- Chronic pain can interfere with daily life, making it difficult to assume daily responsibilities. The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions to help manage chronic pain: Be an educated patient. Learn about your condition and speak with your doctor about your concerns. Each day, schedule time for exercise, rest and relaxation. When you're having a good day, remember not to overdo it. Make sure your goals are realistic. Think positively. Join a s...
Hospital Study Offers Solutions to 'Alarm Fatigue'
Hospital Study Offers Solutions to 'Alarm Fatigue' WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Monitoring devices among intensive care patients set off 2.5 million alarms in one month at a U.S. hospital, a new study of "alarm fatigue" shows. Alarm fatigue occurs when hospital staff become desensitized to the constant beeps and bleeps of alarms, and either ignore them or turn them off. The problem has been identified as a major issue by The Joint Commission, which accredits U.S. hospitals. "There have b...
Health Highlights: Oct. 22, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 22, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: World TB Cases Rose to 9 million in 2013: WHO The number of people worldwide with tuberculosis rose from 8.6 million in 2012 to nine million in 2013, but the number of people dying from the lung disease continues to decline, according to a World Health Organization report. It said 1.5 million people died of TB last year, including 360,000 who also had HIV. The number o...
Health Tip: Anxiety Can Affect Your Health
Health Tip: Anxiety Can Affect Your Health (HealthDay News) -- A person with generalized anxiety disorder describes someone who worries excessively, often making it difficult to get through the day. The Womenshealth.gov website says physical symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include: Significant and unexplained fatigue. Aches, pains and tension in the muscles. Headaches. Twitching or trembling. Irritability. Difficulty swallowing. Sweating excessively. Hot flashes. Nausea, lightheadedness or shor...
Health Tip: Breast-feeding With Diabetes
Health Tip: Breast-feeding With Diabetes (HealthDay News) -- Diabetic moms, after talking with their doctors, should still try to breast-feed their babies, some experts say. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development says potential benefits of breast-feeding, despite maternal diabetes, may include: For baby, improved defense against illness and infection. For baby, the right balance of nutrients. For mom, burning extra calories and losing some extra pounds acquir...
Health Highlights: Oct. 21, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 21, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Paralyzed Man Walks After New Type of Spinal Surgery A 38-year-old Bulgarian man who was paralyzed from the waist down can walk again after groundbreaking surgery, and is believed to be the first person in the world to recover from complete severing of the spinal nerves. Polish surgeons transplanted nerve-supporting cells from Darek Fidyka's nose to his spinal cord in ...
Health Tip: Dish Up Healthier Halloween Goodies
Health Tip: Dish Up Healthier Halloween Goodies (HealthDay News) -- Young trick-or-treaters typically are overloaded with candy, but you don't have to jump on the candy bandwagon. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these healthier Halloween options: Vitamin C-packed, 100 percent-fruit fruit chews. Trans fat-free animal crackers or some sugar-free gum. Small juice boxes with 100 percent fruit juice. Small cups of low-fat pudding. Halloween stickers, temporary tattoos, pencils or other non-fo...
Health Tip: Snacking After School
Health Tip: Snacking After School (HealthDay News) -- Snacking may be the first thing on a child's mind after school. But young ones should also take steps to prevent getting sick. The Foodsafety.gov website offers these tips: Make sure children immediately refrigerate all lunch bags and leftovers. Teach children to wash hands before preparing or eating a snack. Make sure they use clean utensils. Have children wash all vegetables and fruit, even if these foods will be peeled.
Herceptin Boosts Survival for Breast Cancer, Study Reports
Herceptin Boosts Survival for Breast Cancer, Study Reports MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adding the drug Herceptin to chemotherapy for certain breast cancer patients increases overall survival and reduces the risk of recurrence compared to chemotherapy alone, new research shows. The study found that adding a year of Herceptin (trastuzumab) to standard chemotherapy improved overall survival by 37 percent. The addition of Herceptin also boosted 10-year overall survival rates from 75 percent to...
Health Highlights: Oct. 20, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 20, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ban Most Edible Marijuana Products: Colorado Health Officials Edible forms of marijuana such as brownies, cookies, and candies should be banned, Colorado health officials say. In a submission to state marijuana regulators, the Department of Public Health and Environment says these edible marijuana products "are naturally attractive to children" and violate the state la...
Health Tip: Listen to Your Child About Food Allergies
Health Tip: Listen to Your Child About Food Allergies (HealthDay News) -- If a young child has an allergic reaction to food, the child may not know how to clearly communicate what's happening. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says children may complain of: Something poking the tongue, or feeling like there is hair on the tongue. The tongue or mouth is itching, burning or tingling. A feeling that the tongue is heavy. A feeling of something stuck in the throat. A tight feeling in the li...
Health Tip: Trouble Sleeping During Pregnancy
Health Tip: Trouble Sleeping During Pregnancy (HealthDay News) -- While you may sleep soundly during the first trimester of pregnancy, sleep may be more challenging during the later months. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these reasons why: Needing to urinate more frequently because of increased blood volume and harder-working kidneys. Having an increased heart rate because it is working harder to pump more blood to your body, making it tougher to sleep. Feeling short of breath. Havin...
Health Highlights: Oct. 17, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 17, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Joan Rivers Died of Brain Damage Caused by Low Oxygen: Medical Examiner Joan Rivers died of complications while having medical procedures to check her voice box and vocal cords and to determine whether she had acid reflux, according to a New York City medical examiner's report released Thursday. It said the 81-year-old comedian's death on Sept. 4 was due to brain damag...
Health Tip: Enjoy Your Coffee, But ...
Health Tip: Enjoy Your Coffee, But ... (HealthDay News) -- Coffee contains beneficial nutrients, but fattening sweeteners can dampen these benefits. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers this advice when it comes to drinking coffee: Beware of additives or "designer" coffee drinks. Opt for a fat-free milk latte, which will limit added calories and fat. Skip the sugar. Add flavor to your coffee with cinnamon or vanilla powder. Limit yourself to no more than three 8-ounce servings of coffee per day.
Health Tip: Watch Your Family's Portion Sizes
Health Tip: Watch Your Family's Portion Sizes (HealthDay News) -- Limiting you and family members to appropriate portion sizes can help maintain healthy weights and avoid overeating. The Letsmove.gov website offers these suggestions: Use smaller bowls and plates at home. Buy snacks in smaller packages. Don't push kids to clean their plates. Instead, encourage them to stop eating when they're full. Cook in larger batches, serving appropriate portions and freezing the rest. Measure appropriate portion siz...
Health Highlights: Oct. 16, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 16, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Two New Drugs Approved for Fatal Lung Disease Two newly-approved drugs can slow the progression of a deadly lung disease, but there are concerns about the drugs' high prices. Roche's Esbriet and Boehringer Ingelheim's Ofev were approved Wednesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, The New York Times repo...
Healthy Lifestyle May Boost Breast Cancer Survival
Healthy Lifestyle May Boost Breast Cancer Survival THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise, healthy eating and good weight control may help improve survival of breast cancer patients, according to a large-scale review. Researchers analyzed 85 studies that included more than 164,000 women worldwide and found that breast cancer patient survival may be associated with: a healthy weight, physical activity, eating foods with fiber and soy and lower fat intake, particularly saturated fat. However...
Health Tip: Teach Kids About Pedestrian Safety
Health Tip: Teach Kids About Pedestrian Safety (HealthDay News) -- To help keep kids safe while they're walking to school, a friend's house or just around town, be sure to discuss pedestrian safety. The Safekids.org website offers this advice: Explain basic safety pedestrian rules, including walking on the sidewalk or path, and only crossing the street at a corner or crosswalk. Tell your child to put away any electronic device while walking, making sure to look both ways before crossing a street. Don't ...
Health Tip: Pain in the Foot?
Health Tip: Pain in the Foot? (HealthDay News) -- Symptoms of foot arthritis, including painful inflammation and swelling, can make it difficult to take even a few steps. The American Podiatric Medical Association says you should see a doctor if your symptoms include: Swelling that affects at least one joint. Tenderness or pain that recurs in any joint. Heat or redness surrounding a joint. Restricted range of motion. Morning stiffness. A growth, rash or skin change.
Health Highlights: Oct. 15, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 15, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: NYC Rats Carry Wide Variety of Germs Experts are alarmed by a new study showing that rats in Manhattan carry a wide range of bacteria and viruses. Columbia University researchers examined 133 rats and found a large number of pathogens, including some that cause food-borne illnesses, others that had never been detected in New York, and some that were new to science, The...
Heroism Seems to Be a Spontaneous Act
Heroism Seems to Be a Spontaneous Act WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who risk their lives to rescue others appear to do so without giving it much thought, a new study finds. It looked at more than 50 people awarded the Carnegie Hero Medal, given to civilians who put their lives in danger to save strangers. Statements made by the heroes were analyzed and rated by hundreds of people, and also underwent computer analysis, according to the study published Oct. 15 in the journal PLOS ONE...
Health Tip: Take a Nap
Health Tip: Take a Nap (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes you feel like you need a little rest to get through the rest of your day. Experts say that may not be a bad idea. The National Sleep Foundation explains how a nap can be beneficial: A short nap can help reduce the risk of accidents and mistakes, make you more alert and boost performance. A nap may increase alertness for several hours, not just the immediate aftermath. A nap can help you feel refreshed and energized.
Health Tip: Installing a Child's Car Seat
Health Tip: Installing a Child's Car Seat (HealthDay News) -- Proper installation of a rear-facing car seat, recommended for all infants and children up to age 2, offers protection for your child in the event of a car crash. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these guidelines: The harness straps should be in the slots that are at or below the height of your child's shoulders. Straps should fit snugly with the chest clip at mid-chest. Make sure the car seat is installed snugly. It should not mov...
Health Highlights: Oct. 14, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 14, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Faster Test Developed for Enterovirus D68 A new, faster lab test for enterovirus D68 has been developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between mid-August and Oct 14, a total of 691 people in 46 states and the District of Columbia have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68, according to the CDC. The virus was blame...
Health Tip: Know the Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
Health Tip: Know the Risk Factors for Osteoporosis (HealthDay News) -- Osteoporosis occurs when bones become thin and brittle, increasing the risk for fractures. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these risk factors for osteoporosis: Being a postmenopausal woman. Being white. Being an older adult. Having a small frame. Getting insufficient dietary calcium. Getting insufficient exercise.
Health Tip: Signs You May Have Low Blood Pressure
Health Tip: Signs You May Have Low Blood Pressure (HealthDay News) -- Low blood pressure, medically called hypotension, may increase a person's risk of falling. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute mentions these common symptoms: Feeling light-headed or dizzy. Having blurred vision. Feeling confused or weak. Being tired much of the time. These symptoms should be evaluated by a doctor.
Health Officials Reviewing Ebola Treatment Procedures at Dallas Hospital
Health Officials Reviewing Ebola Treatment Procedures at Dallas Hospital MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Federal and local health officials said Monday that they were re-examining infection-control efforts at the Dallas hospital where a nurse contracted Ebola while caring for America's first diagnosed victim of the deadly disease. The goal: To see if further refinements are needed on the so-called "infection-control protocols" designed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for...
Health Highlights: Oct. 13, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 13, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Capsules With Frozen Fecal Matter Cure Diarrhea in Some Patients: Study Taking capsules with frozen fecal material helped cure people with diarrhea caused by C. difficile infections, according to a new study. It included 20 people with chronic C. difficile infections who took 15 capsules with frozen fecal matter on two consecutive days. Symptoms completely disappeared ...
Health Tip: Get the Facts About Gum Disease
Health Tip: Get the Facts About Gum Disease (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to gum disease, some popular beliefs simply have no teeth. The American Dental Association debunks these common myths: Gum disease is not rare. About half of adults 30 and older have this infection of tissues that surround the teeth. Just because you have few cavities doesn't mean you won't have gum disease. Having gum disease doesn't mean you will lose teeth. Proper care and dental hygiene can help prevent tooth loss. Gum ble...
Health Tip: Strained Hamstring?
Health Tip: Strained Hamstring? (HealthDay News) -- Injuries are common in the hamstring -- the muscle at the back of the thigh -- notably among athletes. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these common symptoms of hamstring injury: A severe and sudden pain in the back of the thigh, particularly if running at full speed. Swelling of the hamstring that usually appears within a few hours of the injury. A discoloration of the skin that appears below the back of the knee within a few days...
Health Tip: Relieving Pain During Delivery
Health Tip: Relieving Pain During Delivery (HealthDay News) -- Pain management during delivery is a very personal choice for each woman, with some not wanting to use medication. The Womenshealth.gov website mentions these natural pain management techniques for use during childbirth: Practice relaxation techniques and deep breathing. Soothe pain with a warm bath or shower, or ask your partner to give you a massage. Use heat and cold therapy, such as a cold washcloth on your forehead and a heating pad on ...
Hearing Their Own Babble Helps Babies Learn to Speak: Study
Hearing Their Own Babble Helps Babies Learn to Speak: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hearing themselves make speech-like sounds such as cooing and babbling is crucial to infants' speech and language development, a new study shows. The researchers also found that infants with major hearing loss who received cochlear implants to improve their hearing quickly reached the vocalization levels of infants with no hearing problems. "Hearing is a critical aspect of infants' motivation to make ea...
Health Tip: Wearing High Heels
Health Tip: Wearing High Heels (HealthDay News) -- Wearing high heels may be fashionable, but they can wreak havoc on your body. The American Osteopathic Association suggests how to avoid problems while wearing high heels: Choose a heel that is no higher than 1 1/4 inches, has a wide base and is thicker-than-average. Skip the stilettos. Pad heels with cushioned insoles to ease stress on your knees. Choose heels with a wide toe box that fit properly, with no room for feet to slide forward. Skip heels on ...
Health Highlights: Oct. 10, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 10, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: No Increase in Basic Medicare Premium Next Year The premium for Medicare "Part B" will remain $104.90 a month in 2015, the federal government says. Officials said it's the third consecutive year that the basic monthly premium paid by most older Americans has stayed the same, the Associated Press reported. Also unchanged are the Medicare premiums for higher-income benef...
High Cholesterol Tied to Prostate Cancer's Return in Study
High Cholesterol Tied to Prostate Cancer's Return in Study FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After surgery for prostate cancer, elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides may be linked with greater risk of the cancer's return, a new study suggests. In a review of more than 800 men who had had their prostate gland removed, those with higher levels of these two blood fats were more likely to have their cancer come back, compared with men with normal levels. "These findings suggest that norma...
Healthy Habits Might Reduce Your Colon Cancer Risk
Healthy Habits Might Reduce Your Colon Cancer Risk FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A few healthy habits could reduce your risk for colon cancer, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from more than 347,000 people in Europe who were followed for 12 years. During that time, nearly 3,760 cases of colon cancer were diagnosed among the participants. The study authors examined how five lifestyle factors affected colon cancer risk: healthy weight; low amounts of belly fat; regular physi...
Health Tip: Enjoy the Fruits (and Veggies) of Autumn
Health Tip: Enjoy the Fruits (and Veggies) of Autumn (HealthDay News) -- Autumn offers a bounty of healthy produce, so take advantage of the flavors and nutritional benefits of the season. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests fall fruits and veggies: Pumpkin, which is rich in vitamin A and fiber. Add it to muffins, bread and other baked goods. Nitrate-rich beets, steamed, roasted or left raw and chopped, peeled and tossed in a salad. Fiber-, vitamin A- and vitamin C-rich sweet baked potatoes....
Health Tip: Teach Kids to Live Healthier
Health Tip: Teach Kids to Live Healthier (HealthDay News) -- Children can learn healthy habits that can help them throughout their lives. The Letsmove.gov website offers these examples: Get physical activity every day. Try new vegetables and fruits to expand your tastes. Drink plenty of water every day. Take frequent breaks from TV watching to get some exercise. Help your parents prepare a healthy dinner for the family.
Health Highlights: Oct. 9, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 9, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Bee Swarm Kills Man, Critically Injures Another in Arizona One man was killed and another critically injured Wednesday when landscape workers in southern Arizona were attacked by Africanized bees. The crew was cutting grass and weeding for a 90-year-old homeowner when they were swarmed by bees from an attic nest believed to hold 800,000 bees. Two other workers and a nei...
Health Tip: Is Stress Keeping You Awake?
Health Tip: Is Stress Keeping You Awake? (HealthDay News) -- Taking control of stress, a frequent cause of insomnia, can help you get much-needed sleep. The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions: Create a wind-down time for an hour or two before bed. During this period, there must be no work, no phone calls and no television. Spend time just before bed reading or listening to relaxing music. Use your bedroom only for sleep, dressing and sex. If you wake during the night, go into another roo...
Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Exercise Injury
Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Exercise Injury (HealthDay News) -- Getting regular exercise is vital, but it's equally important to protect yourself against injury. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests these precautions: When starting an exercise regimen, avoid overdoing it before your body is ready. Start exercising for a few minutes each day, increasing duration and intensity over time. Warm up before every workout for 10 minutes to 15 minutes. Try brisk walking and gentle stretching. F...
Health Highlights: Oct. 8, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 8, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Large Generic Drug Price Hikes Being Investigated by Congress Congress has launched an investigation into huge increases in the prices of 10 generic drugs that prompted complaints from consumers and pharmacists. Lawmakers want generic drug makers to explain the reasons for the large price hikes in generic drugs -- the cost of some has climbed more than 1,000 percent in ...
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