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Health Tip: Keeping Anger in Check
Health Tip: Keeping Anger in Check (HealthDay News) -- Everyone gets angry, but not everyone knows how to express anger in a healthier way. The Mayo Clinic suggests: Avoid violent reactions. It's OK to express anger, but do so in a calm, rational manner. Use anger in more positive and constructive ways. Use caution when limiting anger. Avoid internalizing it and getting angry at yourself or acting out in other ways. Take steps to calm down, keep your feelings under control and allow anger to subside bef...
Health Tip: Learn About Processed Foods
Health Tip: Learn About Processed Foods (HealthDay News) -- Not all processed foods are unhealthy, experts say. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers this advice: Foods range from minimally to heavily processed. Minimally processed foods include cut and bagged vegetables, canned tuna or roasted nuts. These are generally healthier than heavily processed foods, such as microwavable dinners. Some processed foods, such as milk and juice, are fortified with vitamins. To wise up on processed foods, re...
Health Tip: Reward Yourself for Reaching Fitness Goal
Health Tip: Reward Yourself for Reaching Fitness Goal (HealthDay News) -- Attaining a fitness goal is a milestone, and you should reward yourself for a job well done. The American Heart Association suggests any of these treats: Buying yourself new clothes. Splurging for concert tickets. Going on a vacation. Treating yourself to a spa day. Setting aside personal relaxation time. Spending the night out with friends.
Health Tip: Stuff Your Holiday Bird Safely
Health Tip: Stuff Your Holiday Bird Safely (HealthDay News) -- A stuffed turkey may be a holiday staple, but the bird and its delicious contents can also become sources of food poisoning. To avoid making your guests sick, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends: Cook stuffing to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, whether the stuffing is cooked inside or outside the turkey. To be especially safe, cook stuffing outside the turkey in its own dish. If stuffing the turkey, make sure ...
Healthy Holiday Substitutions Can Help Your Heart
Healthy Holiday Substitutions Can Help Your Heart THURSDAY, Nov. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One way to serve up a heart-healthy Thanksgiving dinner is to use healthy substitutions in traditional recipes, the American Heart Association advises. Bakers, for example, can use equal parts cinnamon-flavored, no-sugar added applesauce instead of butter; low-calorie sugar substitute instead of sugar; and low-fat or skim milk instead of whole or heavy cream. Baked goods will also be healthier if you use half w...
Health Highlights: Nov. 25, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 25, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: 'Kissing Bug' Chagas Disease Cases in Five States: CDC Cases of a rare parasitic infection called Chagas disease have been reported in Arkansas, Arizona, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The parasite is spread by an insect called the kissing bug and can cause long-term heart damage. The disease mainly occurs ...
Heart Disease Doesn't Take a Holiday
Heart Disease Doesn't Take a Holiday WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with heart disease should take a number of precautions if they travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, an expert suggests. The first step is to be as well-prepared on your trip as you are at home, said Dr. Winston Gandy Jr., a cardiologist at Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta. "Make sure when you travel that you have your medicine," Gandy said in an American Heart Association news release. Some people carry a copy o...
Health Tip: Easing the Discomfort of Bronchitis
Health Tip: Easing the Discomfort of Bronchitis (HealthDay News) -- Bronchitis is an inflammation of tissue that lines the bronchial tubes in the lungs. If you're stricken, there are things you can do to be more comfortable and help ease coughing. The Mayo Clinic suggests: Avoid things that irritate your lungs, including smoking. If you'll be around strong fumes or irritants, wear a mask to protect your lungs. Run a humidifier to help your cough and thin mucus. Keep the machine clean, following the manu...
Health Tip: Thawing Your Thanksgiving Turkey
Health Tip: Thawing Your Thanksgiving Turkey (HealthDay News) -- Proper thawing of your Thanksgiving turkey can help ensure a healthy meal. If thawed incorrectly, your bird can become a source of food poisoning. The U.S. Department of Agriculture advises: Never allow a frozen turkey to thaw at room temperature. Choose one of three thawing methods: the refrigerator, cold water or microwave. To use the refrigerator, allow for 24 hours of thawing time per 4-5 pounds of turkey, assuming your fridge is set a...
Health Highlights: Nov. 24, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 24, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: E. Coli Cases Linked to Costco Chicken Salad A number of E. coli cases in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Washington have been linked to chicken salad from Costco, health officials say. The chicken salad was purchased in late October or early November. People who have Costco chicken salad with item number 37719 should throw it away, CNN reported. People who feel ill after ...
Health Tip: Promote Better Brain Health
Health Tip: Promote Better Brain Health (HealthDay News) -- For a healthier brain, be sure to feed it well. Your mind needs both mental exercise and a nutritious diet to help it stay sharp. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Follow a nutritious diet. Avoid fad diets that may only lead to short-term weight loss. Maintain a healthy weight, and keep a watchful eye on blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. All of these factors have been associated with dementia. Eat plenty of antioxid...
Health Tip: Stay Well Despite Diabetes
Health Tip: Stay Well Despite Diabetes (HealthDay News) -- Managing diabetes is a long-term job that requires careful planning to stay on top of your health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: Take daily steps to eat well, get exercise, inspect feet for wounds and take your medication. At each quarterly doctor visit, have a foot check and blood pressure check. Twice yearly, have a dental checkup and an A1C check. Once annually, have a cholesterol test and a test for kidney func...
Health Highlights: Nov. 23, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 23, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: CDC Experts to Help Identify Source of New Ebola Cases in Liberia Liberia has asked for U.S. help in determining the source of three new Ebola cases that were confirmed last week, months after the country was declared free of the deadly disease for the second time. Two experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention will travel to the West African nati...
High 'Resting' Heart Rate Tied to Higher Odds of Early Death
High 'Resting' Heart Rate Tied to Higher Odds of Early Death MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A rapid "resting" heartbeat might mean you have a higher risk of dying early, researchers suggest. "Higher resting heart rate is an independent predictor of all-cause and cardiovascular death," said lead researcher Dr. Dongfeng Zhang, of the department of epidemiology at the Medical College of Qingdao University in Shandong, China. Your resting heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart be...
Hiding Tobacco Displays in Stores Might Lower Kids' Smoking Rates
Hiding Tobacco Displays in Stores Might Lower Kids' Smoking Rates MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers may be less likely to buy cigarettes in convenience stores if tobacco ads and products are out of sight, according to a new study. Hiding cigarettes and other tobacco products could reduce teens' risk of trying these products in the future, RAND Corp. researchers found. "These findings suggest limiting the visibility of tobacco displays in retail stores may reduce the number of young peo...
Health Tip: Are You Flossing Correctly?
Health Tip: Are You Flossing Correctly? (HealthDay News) -- Flossing is an essential part of good dental health. But are you taking all the right steps to protect your mouth? The American Dental Association says: Flossing before or after brushing doesn't really make a difference. What's most important is to pick the time of day that works best for you. Floss your child's teeth as soon as two teeth touch. Parents should supervise flossing until the child is about 10 years old, or later if the child requi...
Health Tip: Safety Suggestions for Teenage Babysitters
Health Tip: Safety Suggestions for Teenage Babysitters (HealthDay News) -- If you're a babysitter, your charges' safety isn't the only thing you have to worry about. Make sure you're safe in the family's home and during transit. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises: Your parents should always know where you are and how to reach you. They should also know what time you will be home, and how you will get to your babysitting job. Consider using a code word with your parents in case of emergency. Neve...
Health Tip: Exercising With Diabetes
Health Tip: Exercising With Diabetes (HealthDay News) -- Participating in sports or exercising don't have to be dangerous if you're diabetic. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that you: Talk with your doctor before you begin training or playing. Ask about any tests or supplies that may help make you safer. Work with your doctor to determine an appropriate blood glucose range. Check glucose often during exercise. Always pack a form of glucose that is easily absorbed. Exercise with a partn...
Health Highlights: Nov. 20, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 20, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New Ebola Cases Confirmed in Liberia: WHO Less than three months after Liberia was declared Ebola-free for the second time, three new cases of the deadly disease were confirmed Friday, the World Health Organization says. Liberia was first declared Ebola-free on May 9, but new cases occurred in June. The country was declared Ebola-free again on Sept. 3, BBC News reporte...
Health Tip: End Nail Biting
Health Tip: End Nail Biting (HealthDay News) -- Nail biting is anything but healthy, and it's also unsightly. The first part of kicking the habit is to figure out the triggers that cause you to do it. The American Academy of Dermatology offers this additional advice: Gradually quit, such as by not allowing yourself to bite your thumbs, then index fingers, etc. Trim your nails short, then coat them with a bitter-tasting polish. Get regular manicures. In lieu of biting your nails, find a healthier habit. ...
Health Tip: Getting Ready for Pregnancy
Health Tip: Getting Ready for Pregnancy (HealthDay News) -- A fetus is vulnerable to harm in its very early stages, before you may know you are pregnant. For women of childbearing age who are thinking of becoming pregnant, the American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Avoid smoking, alcohol and illegal drugs. Eat nutritious food, and get plenty of folic acid. Maintain a healthy body weight. Get regular exercise. Be careful using appliances such as hot tubs. Avoid potentially harmful chemicals.
Health Tip: Using Technology to Get Fit
Health Tip: Using Technology to Get Fit (HealthDay News) -- You don't absolutely need a fancy gadget to help you get fit, but technology can make it more fun and help motivate you. The American Council on Exercise mentions these examples: Heart-rate monitors that sync with other devices and upload your stats to an app or website. A smartphone app that acts as an online coach to offer feedback and suggestions during your workout. Apps that monitor exercise duration and distance, calories burned, workouts...
Health Highlights: Nov. 19, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 19, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: NFL's $1 Billion Concussion Lawsuit Settlement Goes to Appeals Court A proposed $1 billion plan to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed against the NFL by former players goes to an appeals court Thursday. Opponents of the settlement say it benefits some retired players at the expense of others, the Associated Press reported. Former players with Alzheimer's dis...
Health Highlights: Nov. 18, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 18, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Medical Scope Cleaning Devices Recalled Nearly 2,800 machines used to disinfect medical scopes are being recalled because they may put patients at risk for infections, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency ordered Custom Ultrasonics of Warminster, Pennsylvania to recall all its endoscope reprocessing devices, which are used at hospitals and medical cli...
Here's Your Chance to Stop Smoking
Here's Your Chance to Stop Smoking TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Making the decision to quit smoking is the most important step in kicking the habit, and that's what smokers are being encouraged to do as part of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout on Nov. 19. About 68 percent of smokers want to quit -- and 42 percent try every year. However, only 4 percent to 7 percent succeed on their own on any given attempt, the cancer society says. Medications help up to one-quarter of...
Health Tip: Host a Healthier Holiday Meal
Health Tip: Host a Healthier Holiday Meal (HealthDay News) -- If you're hosting a meal this holiday season, do your guests a favor and make it a heart-healthier one. The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions recommends: Start with healthy appetizers, such as whole-grain crackers, cut vegetables, hummus, low-fat dressings or unsalted nuts. Cut or eliminate salt from your recipes, flavoring with other seasonings instead. Make your own gravy, using low-sodium broth. Make mashed potatoes ...
High-Tech Glasses Instead of Eye Patch for 'Lazy Eye'?
High-Tech Glasses Instead of Eye Patch for 'Lazy Eye'? MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New, high-tech glasses may offer kids with "lazy eye" a hipper alternative to the traditional, dreaded eye patch, new research suggests. Fashioned to look like snazzy ski eyewear, the glasses can function as normal prescription eyeglasses -- but with a twist. They also can form a temporary LCD digital patch over one eye, mimicking the therapeutic impact of eye patches and eye drops -- the standard treatment ...
Health Highlights: Nov. 16, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 16, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Medical Scope Cleaning Devices Recalled Nearly 2,800 machines used to disinfect medical scopes are being recalled because they may put patients at risk for infections, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency ordered Custom Ultrasonics of Warminster, Pennsylvania to recall all its endoscope reprocessing devices, which are used at hospitals and medical cli...
Health Tip: Are You Coping With Stress?
Health Tip: Are You Coping With Stress? (HealthDay News) -- When you're stressed, it's important to handle it correctly so your health doesn't suffer. The American Heart Association asks these questions about how you manage stress: Do you eat, smoke or drink alcohol to help yourself cope? Do you eat and/or speak very quickly? Do you feel like you're always in a hurry, but are not accomplishing anything? Do you work too much and put off doing the things you must do? Do you have an erratic sleep schedule ...
How to Keep Your Baby's Slumber Safe
How to Keep Your Baby's Slumber Safe SATURDAY, Nov. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There are a number of things you should do to keep your baby safe while sleeping, an expert says. Always place the baby on his or her back to sleep, including naps, and always on a flat, firm surface, said Dr. Mary Jones, child advocacy director for the Loyola University Health System pediatric team. Babies should always sleep in their own bed, whether it is in the parents' room or a separate room, she said. Never have a ba...
Health Tip: Enjoy Heart-Healthy Holiday Foods
Health Tip: Enjoy Heart-Healthy Holiday Foods (HealthDay News) -- Fat- and calorie-laden dishes abound during the holidays, but you can enjoy the fruits of the season in a healthy way. The American Heart Association suggests: Dig into a dish of nutrient-rich sweet potatoes. Roast them, then add a drizzle of maple syrup. Enjoy roasted winter and acorn squash, as well as pumpkin. Munch on fiber-rich, low-calorie Brussels sprouts. Sprinkle with a little salt and brown sugar, then heat. Bake apples into a t...
Health Tip: You May Not Have to Give Up Dessert
Health Tip: You May Not Have to Give Up Dessert (HealthDay News) -- Dessert is a expected part of the holidays in many homes. And if you have diabetes, you may not have to completely avoid your favorite sweets. The American Diabetes Association recommends that you: Get your doctor's okay before you indulge in anything that's high in sugar. Split your dessert portion with someone. If it's covered in whipped cream, frosting or another high-calorie or high-sugar topping, scrape it off. Offer to bring your ...
Health Highlights: Nov. 13, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 13, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Victoria's Secret Perfume Repels Mosquitoes A Victoria's Secret perfume repels mosquitoes, according to a new study. New Mexico State University researchers conducted lab tests of bug sprays and some bath oils and perfumes and discovered that Bombshell Eau de Parfum warded off mosquitoes "quite effectively" for two hours after it was applied to the skin, CBS News repor...
Healthy Diet May Lower Black Women's Risk of Ovarian Cancer
Healthy Diet May Lower Black Women's Risk of Ovarian Cancer FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Black women may be able to reduce their risk of ovarian cancer by eating a healthy diet, a new study suggests. "As a high-quality diet is likely to have benefits for many chronic conditions, it is probably a safe bet for better health in general," study author Bonnie Qin, a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, said in a news release from the American Association for Cancer R...
Health Highlights: Nov. 11, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 11, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Scientists Find Noninvasive Way to Deliver Drugs Through Blood-Brain Barrier In a world-first, Canadian scientists found a noninvasive way to deliver drugs through the blood-brain barrier. First, they injected gas-filled bubbles into a cancer patient's bloodstream. They then used a beam of focused ultrasound waves to make the bubbles vibrate and push their way through ...
Health Tip: Recognizing Symptoms of Hand Arthritis
Health Tip: Recognizing Symptoms of Hand Arthritis (HealthDay News) -- Hand arthritis symptoms may be mild at first, but they can become more severe and make it difficult to grasp ordinary objects. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these typical symptoms: Pain that may feel burning or dull, and worsen after using the hand. Pain tends to ease with rest, and often is worse in the morning. Swelling or warmth of the joints. A grinding sensation in the joints. A feeling that the joints ar...
Health Tip: Reducing Your Child's Risk of Lead Poisoning
Health Tip: Reducing Your Child's Risk of Lead Poisoning (HealthDay News) -- Lead often is found in the paint in older homes. When ingested by young children, lead can cause serious developmental and health problems. The American Academy of Family Physicians advises: If your home was built before 1978, keep your child away from any areas of peeling paint. Repaint surfaces to make sure any lead paint is sealed in. Talk to your child's pediatrician about lead testing. If you're remodeling an older home, s...
Heart Transplant Mental Toll May Be Greater for Women
Heart Transplant Mental Toll May Be Greater for Women TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women may have more mental stress after a heart transplant than men, a new study finds. Heart transplant patients with higher levels of mental stress are less likely to take medications as prescribed and are at higher risk for infection, the researchers noted. The study looked at 91 heart transplant patients, almost one-third of them women, in the first 100 days after they received their new heart. The resea...
Health Tip: Protect Against an Ingrown Toenail
Health Tip: Protect Against an Ingrown Toenail (HealthDay News) -- An ingrown toenail can become quite painful as a nail grows into a toe's skin. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests these prevention tips: Trim nails straight across, never on a curve. Cut them to the tip of the toes, never shorter. Use clippers to cut nails, and don't dig into the corners of the nails. Use a nail file to smooth the corners. Don't wear shoes with a narrow or pointy toe box. Don't tear or rip the edges of y...
Health Tip: Spot the Warning Signs of a Cavity
Health Tip: Spot the Warning Signs of a Cavity (HealthDay News) -- Most any dentist should be able to spot a cavity, but do you know the warning signs if you're between checkups? The American Dental Association mentions these symptoms of a cavity: Having pain in your tooth. Getting food caught in your tooth. Feeling a rough edge against your tongue. Having a sensitivity to foods that are cold or sweet.
Health Highlights: Nov. 10, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 10, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Jimmy Carter Shows No Signs of Cancer Growth After Treatment Former President Jimmy Carter says he is responding well to cancer treatment and his doctors have found no signs of tumor growth. Carter, 91, announced in August that he had cancer, including tumors in his brain. He underwent treatment with radiation and a new immune-based drug that helps the body find and de...
High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients May Benefit From Surgery
High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients May Benefit From Surgery TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery to remove part of the lung can be a safe and effective treatment option for people with early stage lung cancer, even those traditionally considered "high-risk," a new study finds. Previous research had suggested that high-risk patients are more likely to have complications or to die after lung surgery. People aged 60 and older, long-term smokers, and people who have other health problems are consi...
Heart Valve Patients Who Manage Their Own Blood Thinners May Do Better
Heart Valve Patients Who Manage Their Own Blood Thinners May Do Better TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with mechanical heart valves may benefit from managing their own blood thinners, a new study suggests. "There are several reasons that patients who self-manage treatment have better outcomes than those who follow standard management," said study leader Dr. Thomas Decker Christensen, from Aarhus University Hospital, in Denmark. "Self-management patients receive more detailed informat...
Heavy Drinking May Strain the Heart
Heavy Drinking May Strain the Heart TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heavy drinking may dramatically increase a person's risk of heart failure, even if they're young and healthy, a new study suggests. People who abuse alcohol are 70 percent more likely to develop heart failure, according to findings that were to be presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The detrimental effects of hard drinking were particularly pronounced in young and middle-aged ...
Health Highlights: Nov. 9, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 9, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Pamela Anderson Says She's Cured of Hepatitis C Model and actress Pamela Anderson says she's been cured of hepatitis C after taking a new anti-viral medication. She was diagnosed with the infection in 2002 and began a new FDA-approved drug regimen in the summer, People magazine reported. "I am CURED!!! I just found out," Anderson, 48, wrote on Instagram Saturday. "I pra...
Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Hypothermia?
Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Hypothermia? (HealthDay News) -- Hypothermia results when your body temperature drops dangerously low. The Mayo Clinic explains these risk factors: Being elderly or being a very young child or infant, as age can affect the way your body controls its temperature. Having a mental illness or dementia that affects judgment and ability to properly dress to protect against cold. Using alcohol or drugs, which may interfere with your ability to tell that you are too cold. having ...
Health Tip: Keeping Foods Safe in the Refrigerator
Health Tip: Keeping Foods Safe in the Refrigerator (HealthDay News) -- Refrigerating perishable foods can keep them safe to eat for a while, but only if you use and pack your refrigerator properly. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that you: Set your refrigerator's temperature between 32 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Your freezer should be set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Place all eggs, meat, milk, fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator within two hours. If the weather is...
Home Cooking May Help Keep Type 2 Diabetes at Bay
Home Cooking May Help Keep Type 2 Diabetes at Bay SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nothing beats the taste and comfort of a home-cooked meal, and Harvard researchers say it also may help prevent type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that for each lunch prepared at home in a week, the risk of type 2 diabetes dropped by 2 percent. For each dinner prepared at home, the risk decreased by 4 percent. How might eating at home help? Eating more homemade meals may help lessen weight gain, which in turn ...
Heart Disease Deaths Declining Among Those With Rheumatoid Arthritis: Study
Heart Disease Deaths Declining Among Those With Rheumatoid Arthritis: Study SUNDAY, Nov. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease-related deaths among Americans with rheumatoid arthritis are on the decline, according to a new study. Rheumatoid arthritis patients are two times more likely than the average person to develop heart disease, but the new research finds that efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease at an early stage in these patients are paying off. Mayo Clinic researchers analyze...
Health Highlights: Nov. 6, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 6, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Climate Change Could Affect U.S. Birth Rate: Study Climate change may lower the United States' birth rate by making it too hot to have sex, researchers say. They analyzed decades of data to determine how many babies were born about nine months after really hot days, defined as above 80 degrees. Between 1931 and 2010, every day above that temperature led to 0.4 percent f...
Health Tip: These Triggers May be a Nightmare
Health Tip: These Triggers May be a Nightmare (HealthDay News) -- Nightmares may be more frightening if you're a child and don't understand what's behind them. The Mayo Clinic explains potential causes for bad dreams: Daily events that cause stress, or major life changes (such as a move or loss in the family). A traumatic accident or injury. Insufficient sleep. Some medications, such as antidepressants. Certain health conditions, such as significant anxiety. Abusing or withdrawing from alcohol or drugs....
Health Tip: Considering Circuit Training
Health Tip: Considering Circuit Training (HealthDay News) -- A circuit training regimen typically includes eight to 10 exercises targeting different areas of the body. The American Council on Exercise mentions these potential benefits: Helps prevent exercise boredom. Circuit training is a quick, fast-paced workout with lots of variety. The routine is flexible, based on your needs and preferences. Circuit training can incorporate both strengthening and cardiovascular exercises. Depending on the routine's...
Health Highlights: Nov. 5, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 5, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New HIV Therapy Approved by FDA A new treatment for HIV has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Genvoya -- a tablet containing the drugs elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir alafenamide -- can be used to treat HIV-1 infection in adults and children 12 and older weighing at least 77 pounds. The approval is based on four clinical tria...
Health Tip: When a Stomach Bug Hits
Health Tip: When a Stomach Bug Hits (HealthDay News) -- When you or your child is taken down by a stomach bug, waiting for symptoms to subside can be miserable. The Cleveland Clinic suggests these tips for easing discomfort: Drink clear liquids. Cold is better to ease nausea. Gradually increase amounts, and drink slowly. Once vomiting subsides, nibble on foods that are light and bland, such as dry toast or plain crackers. Don't eat anything greasy, fried or sweet. Eat very small meals more frequently, a...
Health Tip: Giving Toddlers Needed Playtime
Health Tip: Giving Toddlers Needed Playtime (HealthDay News) -- Playtime is essential for children of all ages. Is your child getting enough? The American Academy of Pediatrics advises: Give children at least 60 minutes of unstructured playtime each day. Make sure your child gets about 30 minutes of adult-led exercise daily. Avoid more than a complete hour of inactivity. These are only guidelines. Each child has different needs, and different schedules suit them best.
Health Highlights: Nov. 4, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 4, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Senate Committee to Investigate Huge Drug Price Hikes Drug pricing by four companies will be investigated by the U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging. The four companies -- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., Turing Pharmaceuticals AG, Retrophin Inc. and Rodelis Therapeutics -- were sent letters asking why they introduced huge price increases for drugs, Bloo...
Hormone-Like Drug Doesn't Help Women With Alzheimer's: Study
Hormone-Like Drug Doesn't Help Women With Alzheimer's: Study WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The drug raloxifene doesn't help the declining memory and thinking skills of women who have mild to moderate dementia due to Alzheimer's disease, a small study suggests. "We found no effect," said study researcher Dr. Victor Henderson, professor of health research and policy and neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University in California. Raloxifene is a complex drug. It acts like the fe...
Health Tip: Eat Enough Fiber
Health Tip: Eat Enough Fiber (HealthDay News) -- While fiber is essential for proper digestion, weight management and overall health, many Americans aren't getting enough. Women should get at least 25 grams per day, and men should get 38 grams, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. To get enough fiber, the Academy recommends: Eat fruits and vegetables, particularly the skins, which are loaded with fiber. Opt for a whole fruit or vegetable, rather than a processed version. Eat more beans, lentils,...
Health Tip: Kick Bad Sleep Habits
Health Tip: Kick Bad Sleep Habits (HealthDay News) -- If you can't sleep, a few bad habits could be the issue. The National Sleep Foundation mentions these sleep-stealing practices: Having caffeine within six hours of bed. Drinking alcohol before bed, which makes your sleep lighter. Having a large meal or snack just before bed. Getting insufficient exercise. Keeping fit boosts energy and generally helps you fall asleep faster and more soundly. Having a TV, smartphone or computer in the bedroom. Sleeping...
Health Highlights: Nov. 3, 2015
Health Highlights: Nov. 3, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ground Beef Products from All American Meats Recalled Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination More than 167,000 pounds of ground beef products are being recalled by All American Meats, Inc. due to possible contamination with potentially deadly E. coli bacteria. The nationwide recall is for ground beef products produced by the company in Omaha, Nebraska on Oct. 16, 2015. T...
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