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Health Highlights: July 26, 2016
Health Highlights: July 26, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Fixed Payments for Heart Attack Treatment Proposed by Medicare Fixed payments to hospitals for treating heart attack patients have been proposed by Medicare. Under the program, hospitals that treat heart attack patients would be offered a target price for all services provided in the hospital and within 90 days after the patient is discharged, the Wall Street Journal r...
Health Tip: Hormones Can Affect Women's Dental Health
Health Tip: Hormones Can Affect Women's Dental Health (HealthDay News) -- Hormones may affect a woman's dental health throughout her lifetime. The American Dental Association cites these examples: During puberty, hormones can trigger bleeding, redness and swelling of the gums. Each month during menstruation, a woman may have bleeding and swollen gums, swollen salivary glands or canker sores. These symptoms should subside when menstruation ends. Some women who take birth control pills are more likely to ...
Health Tip: Soothe Baby's Cradle Cap
Health Tip: Soothe Baby's Cradle Cap (HealthDay News) -- Scaly red patches of skin on baby's scalp are commonly called cradle cap. It's a form of seborrheic dermatitis, otherwise known as recurring or chronic eczema. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to manage cradle cap: Wash the scalp with a non-medicated, gentle shampoo for babies. Ask the pediatrician for a suggested brand. Apply petroleum jelly, mineral oil or olive oil to the scalp to help scales loosen. Use a soft toothbrush ...
Health Tip: Taming Your Toddler's Aggression
Health Tip: Taming Your Toddler's Aggression (HealthDay News) -- Children can't follow your rules unless you're clear and consistent in enforcing them. Aggressive behavior is no exception. Here are suggestions to help soothe an angry toddler, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Provide a home life that is secure and stable with loving but firm discipline. Offer positive reinforcement all the time, not just when your child is misbehaving. Change your child's focus with a distraction when the ...
Health Tip: Is Arthritis Affecting Your Hip?
Health Tip: Is Arthritis Affecting Your Hip? (HealthDay News) -- Slowing down with occasional aches and pains in your hip may be a common sign of aging. But other symptoms may indicate hip arthritis. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says warning signs of hip arthritis include: Pain that starts in the thigh or groin and extends to the knee or buttock. Pain that worsens when you exercise vigorously. Difficulty bending at the hip. Difficulty walking. A grinding sound or sensation in the joint, ...
How to Keep Bug Bites at Bay
How to Keep Bug Bites at Bay SATURDAY, July 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Bug bites can make you more than itchy. Ticks, mosquitoes and certain flies are known to spread some nasty diseases. But U.S. health experts say there are ways to keep pesky insects in their place. One of the best ways to prevent bug bites is to use an insect repellent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency recommends insect repellents that contain at least 20 percent DEET. These products (whi...
Helping a Child Manage a Chronic Illness
Helping a Child Manage a Chronic Illness THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children and teens who feel confident handling a chronic illness on their own appear better able to learn to manage their health as adults, a new study finds. The University of North Carolina investigators concluded that kids who believe their health is controlled by adults or by chance may not develop the health self-management skills they will need as adults. This could put them at increased risk for health problems. ...
Health Tip: Considering a Sleep Study?
Health Tip: Considering a Sleep Study? (HealthDay News) -- If you can't find a way to get to sleep, a sleep study may help you figure out what's behind your insomnia. The National Sleep Foundation says a sleep study may help if: Your doctor can't figure out what's causing your sleep problems. You've tried treatments for sleep issues without success. You have significant daytime drowsiness or chronic snoring. You wake up often throughout the night, or have trouble falling asleep.
Health Tip: Easing Bunions
Health Tip: Easing Bunions (HealthDay News) -- Bunions are painful bumps that develop on the side of the big toe If you have a bunion, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests Change to a pair of shoes that fit well and don't squeeze your toes. Use bunion pads inside your shoes to ease pressure. Consider shoe inserts or splints worn at night to relieve pressure. Ice the bunion a few times a day for about 20 minutes at a time, using something to protect your skin from the ice. Take a non-ste...
Health Highlights: July 21, 2016
Health Highlights: July 21, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Zika Concerns Lead Top Tennis Players to Skip Rio Olympics Some top tennis players are still trying to decide whether to attend the Rio Olympics, which begin in two-and-a-half weeks. In the last five days, four top players have said they will skip the games over concerns about the Zika virus, The New York Times reported. The four players include two men, seventh-ranked...
Health Tip: Get Fit While Watching TV
Health Tip: Get Fit While Watching TV (HealthDay News) -- You can fit exercise into your daily routine, even while you're watching TV. The American Council on Exercise suggests: Hiding the remote and getting up to change the channel. Using commercial breaks to use the stairs or walk around the room. Using resistance tubing to exercise. Buying a stationary bike or treadmill to use while you watch TV. Ironing your clothes during a program. Ditching the couch and sitting on a stability ball.
Health Tip: Help Your Underweight Child Gain Safely
Health Tip: Help Your Underweight Child Gain Safely (HealthDay News) -- If your kids are underweight, it doesn't mean you should fill them with junk food to put on extra pounds. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends: Serving guacamole made with fresh avocados, tomato and onions. Or add avocados to a sweet fruit smoothie made with nut butters, seeds, fruit and full-fat yogurt. Making trail mix or granola with dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, seeds and full-fat yogurt. Creating a dip made w...
Health Highlights: July 22, 2016
Health Highlights: July 22, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Marijuana Chemical May be in Colorado Town's Water Residents of the Colorado town of Hugo have been told not to drink or shower in tap water because the community's wells may be contaminated with the chemical in marijuana that makes people high. THC was detected in some tests conducted with field kits, and more definitive laboratory tests are underway, according to she...
Health Highlights: July 20, 2016
Health Highlights: July 20, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: L.L. Bean Recalls Kids' Water Bottles Due to Presence of Lead Concerns about lead contamination have led L.L. Bean to recall children's insulated water bottles, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says. The Chinese-made bottles were imported by GSI Outdoors and sold by L.L. Bean from July 2015 through May 2016. Routine testing showed that lead solder was used t...
Health Tip: Kids Should Wear Life Jackets
Health Tip: Kids Should Wear Life Jackets (HealthDay News) -- Life jackets, when used and fitted properly, provide extra safety for children in or around water. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Show your child how to put on a life jacket properly. Always fasten a life jacket according to the manufacturer's instructions. Never use an inflatable ring, raft or toy in place of a life jacket. Adults should always wear life jackets, too, to set a good example.
Health Tip: The Basics of Food Safety
Health Tip: The Basics of Food Safety (HealthDay News) -- Make sure you've got your facts straight when it comes to food safety. The U.S. Food Safety Administration explains: Foodborne illnesses can be serious, resulting in chronic health problems or, rarely, death. Never thaw meat on a kitchen counter, as bacteria can multiply rapidly at room temperature. It's also important to marinate meat in the refrigerator, never at room temperature. While bleach is good for cleaning the kitchen, there's no benefi...
Hormone Therapy Won't Help Memory After Menopause
Hormone Therapy Won't Help Memory After Menopause TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who take estrogen after menopause may believe it helps them maintain their memory and thinking skills, but a new study suggests they are mistaken. Researchers found no change in mental ability associated with estrogen therapy among women who used it after menopause, no matter when they started taking it. "There is no important benefit, there is no important risk cognitively associated with the use of hormo...
Health Highlights: July 19, 2016
Health Highlights: July 19, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Large HIV Vaccine Clinical Trial to be Conducted in South Africa A large clinical trial of a new HIV vaccine will begin in South Africa later this year. Last year, a small trial with 52 healthy volunteers was conducted in the country to test the safety and effectiveness of the ALVAC-HIV/gp120 vaccine, CNN reported. The new three-year trial will begin in November and in...
Healthy Fats Can Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Study
Healthy Fats Can Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Study TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Eating more healthy fats, like nuts, seeds and vegetable oils, while limiting animal fats and refined carbohydrates, can help prevent or control type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. The large study found these dietary changes can lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. "The world faces an epidemic of insulin resistance and diabetes. Our findings support preventing and treating these disea...
Health Tip: Don't Ignore Acne
Health Tip: Don't Ignore Acne (HealthDay News) -- Acne is more than just a nuisance and a blow to someone's good looks. Letting acne run its course is not the best advice, the American Academy of Dermatology says. The academy adds: Lack of treatment can lead to permanent scarring and dark spots. Treating and ridding your skin of acne can boost self-esteem. Ignoring acne isn't wise or necessary. There are a host of effective treatments available.
Health Tip: Help Prevent Falls
Health Tip: Help Prevent Falls (HealthDay News) -- Falling and potentially hurting yourself isn't a foregone part of getting older. To help prevent falls, the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Keep your home well lit, and install night lights throughout. Keep rugs securely fastened, or use a backing that prevents skidding. Make sure shoes have sturdy, nonskid soles. Don't leave electrical cords in areas where you walk. Install hand rails in the bathroom at the toilet and in the shower. Mak...
Health Highlights: July 15, 2016
Health Highlights: July 15, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Congress Passes Bill on GMO Food Labeling A new bill passed Thursday by Congress means consumers may soon only need to read a food product's label to determine if it contains genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. The bill, which President Barack Obama has said he will sign, requires most food packaging to carry text, symbols or electronic code readable by smartp...
Health Tip: Be Smart During a Power Outage
Health Tip: Be Smart During a Power Outage (HealthDay News) -- Power outages can be dangerous if you don't follow safety precautions. The Red Cross suggests: Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Food generally will last inside these unpowered appliances for four hours. Unplug electronics and other electrical equipment. This will protect the equipment against electrical surges when power returns. Keep one light plugged in and turned on so you can see when power is restored. Avo...
Health Tip: Watch Children Near Pool Drains
Health Tip: Watch Children Near Pool Drains (HealthDay News) -- Parents should always supervise children closely in and around pools. Drains can be particularly dangerous. The PoolSafely.gov website suggests: Tell children they should never play near drains or suction outlets. Never allow children to get into a pool or spa tub with a loose, broken or missing drain cover. Bathing suits, limbs, hair and jewelry can become trapped in pool drains. Always locate the emergency vacuum shutoff before anyone get...
Heavy Moms Likelier to Pile Food on Kids' Plates: Study
Heavy Moms Likelier to Pile Food on Kids' Plates: Study FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obese and overweight moms seem to serve their kids more food at meals, potentially boosting their risk for childhood obesity. University of Florida researchers asked mothers to describe their level of hunger and that of their 3- to 6-year-olds before meals. Twenty-nine children took part in the study. Women who were overweight or obese reported feeling hungrier and thought their kids were hungrier, too. The...
Health Before a Stroke Is Big Predictor of Second Attack
Health Before a Stroke Is Big Predictor of Second Attack THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke survivors who had high blood pressure or other heart risk factors before their stroke may be at greater risk for another stroke and dementia years later, a new Dutch study finds. "We already know that stroke patients have an increased risk of recurrent stroke and dementia," explained study senior author Dr. M. Arfan Ikram. "What we didn't know was whether this increased risk persists for a long ti...
Health Tip: Keep Spinach Fresher
Health Tip: Keep Spinach Fresher (HealthDay News) -- Proper storage of fresh spinach helps retain its freshness and nutritional value longer. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these helpful hints: Store spinach in a plastic bag in the refrigerator's crisper. Pack spinach loosely and don't wash it before storing. Before eating, always wash spinach. Eat within four days of storing in the refrigerator.
Health Tip: When Potty Training Doesn't Go Well
Health Tip: When Potty Training Doesn't Go Well (HealthDay News) -- If your child seems ready but struggles with potty training, parents should try to figure out why. The University of Michigan Health System suggests: If your child doesn't seem interested, consider stopping potty training and trying again after a couple of weeks. Skip disposable training pants and opt for cloth, which will help your child feel wetness. Praise your child for doing well, but do not punish or get angry with your child for ...
How to Spot the Warning Signs of Heat Stroke
How to Spot the Warning Signs of Heat Stroke WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As people age, they are at added risk for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses, according to the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA). This is particularly true for those with chronic health issues, the agency cautions. Heat fatigue, heat-related dizziness, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are all forms of hyperthermia. The condition occurs when the body is overwhelmed by heat and is unable to...
Health Tip: Go Easy on the Condiments
Health Tip: Go Easy on the Condiments (HealthDay News) -- Condiments can quickly add fat, calories, sugar and salt to your diet without providing much nutritional value. The American Heart Association suggests these alternatives: Choose ketchup that is low in salt and sugar. Or make your own by combining low-sodium tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder and brown sugar. Opt for chopped hot peppers instead of hot sauce, which can be high in salt. Add some cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. Or make y...
Health Tip: Manage Emotional Stress
Health Tip: Manage Emotional Stress (HealthDay News) -- Life's many changes can be stressful, which may harm your health. The American Academy of Family Physicians advises: Learn to recognize the first signs of stress, such as neck stiffness or clenching a fist. Learn to let go of things you can't control. For stressful situations such as a job interview, prepare as much as you can. Change your outlook. View changes as a challenge, rather than a threat. If there are conflicts at work, try to resolve the...
Health Highlights: July 13, 2016
Health Highlights: July 13, 2016 FDA Approves First of New Class of Drugs for Dry Eye The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday gave the nod to the first of a new class of medications against dry eye disease. Xiidra (lifitegrast) eyedrops are a newly developed type of drug called LFA-1 agonists, the agency explained in a news release. "Normal tear production is needed for clear vision and eye health," Dr. Edward Cox, who directs the FDA's Office of Antimicrobial Products, said in the news release...
Health Highlights: July 12, 2016
Health Highlights: July 12, 2016 FDA Approves First of New Class of Drugs for Dry Eye The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday gave the nod to the first of a new class of medications against dry eye disease. Xiidra (lifitegrast) eyedrops are a newly developed type of drug called LFA-1 agonists, the agency explained in a news release. "Normal tear production is needed for clear vision and eye health," Dr. Edward Cox, who directs the FDA's Office of Antimicrobial Products, said in the news release...
Health Tip: Logging What You Eat
Health Tip: Logging What You Eat (HealthDay News) -- If you want to watch your weight, make sure you've got an accurate assessment of what you're putting into your mouth each day. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders suggests: Write down what you eat, including portion sizes, when you ate, where and why you ate. Use a cell phone, notebook or computer to keep your food diary. Use the diary to help you learn when you eat too much. Do something else when you feel like eatin...
How Safe Is Condomless Sex When Partner With HIV Takes Meds?
How Safe Is Condomless Sex When Partner With HIV Takes Meds? TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- HIV transmission is highly unlikely among straight couples who have sex without condoms when one partner carries the virus but takes medication, new research suggests. For gay couples in the same scenario, the risk seems to be only slightly higher. The Danish study had some major limitations. It only tracked couples for up to two years, and there's no way to know if the risk of HIV transmission will g...
Health Tip: Measure Your Waist Circumference
Health Tip: Measure Your Waist Circumference (HealthDay News) -- A large belly is more likely to put you at risk for health problems. So measure your waist to help gauge your health. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute advises: Stand up while measuring your waist circumference. Place a tape measure above the hip bones around the middle of your waist. Take the measurement after you have exhaled. Having a waist circumference of more than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men increases your ris...
Health Highlights: July 11, 2016
Health Highlights: July 11, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Utah Resident Is 1st Zika-linked Death in Continental U.S. An elderly resident of Utah who died at the end of June is the first fatality in the continental United States linked to infection with the Zika virus, local health officials said Friday. The resident, whose name and age were not revealed, had traveled to an undisclosed destination where Zika is endemic, CNN re...
Heart Failure After Heart Attack Tied to Cancer Risk in Study
Heart Failure After Heart Attack Tied to Cancer Risk in Study MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who develop heart failure after a heart attack may also face a higher risk of cancer, a new study suggests. And, they may be prone to cancers affecting the lungs or the digestive system, according to the researchers. "Patients with cardiovascular disease experience a high burden of other diseases and should be followed with that awareness in mind," said study co-author Dr. Veronique Roger, a pr...
Health Tip: Cooking Frozen Food
Health Tip: Cooking Frozen Food (HealthDay News) -- Even frozen food should be prepared correctly to minimize your risk of getting sick. Here are guidelines from the FoodSafety.gov website: Follow package instructions for how to heat frozen food. For a microwave, this often involves steps such as peeling back a layer of film, cooking time and stirring. If the instructions say to let the food stand after cooking, don't skip this step. It's needed to allow food to finish cooking. Read instructions to find...
Health Tip: Caring for Foot Ulcers
Health Tip: Caring for Foot Ulcers (HealthDay News) -- Foot ulcers are wounds that commonly develop under the big toe or on the balls of the feet. They're common among people with diabetes. To care for a foot ulcer, the American Diabetes Association suggests: See your healthcare provider about an ulcer, even if it doesn't hurt, to prevent possible infection and serious complications. Get rest and stay off your feet if you have an ulcer. Use a brace, cast or special shoe if your doctor recommends it. Kee...
Headed to the Pool? Protect Yourself From the Poop
Headed to the Pool? Protect Yourself From the Poop SATURDAY, July 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Swimming is a great way to cool off on a hot day, but beware of fecal contamination that can make you sick, an expert says. "The most common problems people get while swimming are intestinal infections, either bacterial or viral," said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and so...
Health Highlights: July 8, 2016
Health Highlights: July 8, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Exercise Beneficial for Pregnant Women: Study A new review of clinical trial data supports the notion that exercise is healthy for women and the fetus during pregnancy. According to news agency UPI , researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia looked at data from nine studies on the subject. Overall, the research involved more than 1,000 women who exercis...
Health Tip: Balancing Exercise and Nutrition
Health Tip: Balancing Exercise and Nutrition (HealthDay News) -- Eating and drinking nutritious foods can help you build muscle and sustain enough energy for tough workouts. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises: Eat plenty of carbs before a muscle-building workout. Skip energy gels, bites and drinks unless you're an athlete training hard for longer than an hour at a stretch. For the average exerciser, healthier foods and water can replenish fluids and electrolytes. Eat breakfast before your wo...
Health Tip: Keep Lead From Your Home
Health Tip: Keep Lead From Your Home (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to even small amounts of lead can face a host of physical and mental development problems. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests these preventive tips: Test your home for lead. If your home was built before 1978, make sure your child cannot reach peeling paint. If you're renovating your older home, children and pregnant women should move out during construction. If you're cleaning up an area with lead, make ...
HPV-Linked Cancers Still Climbing in U.S.
HPV-Linked Cancers Still Climbing in U.S. THURSDAY, July 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cancers linked to the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) keep rising in the United States, even though most cases are preventable, health officials reported Thursday. Cervical cancer, and mouth and throat cancers in men, accounted for most of the nearly 39,000 HPV-associated cancers diagnosed annually from 2008 to 2012, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HPV vaccination and ce...
Health Tip: Getting Rid of Mold and Mildew
Health Tip: Getting Rid of Mold and Mildew (HealthDay News) -- Ridding your home of any mold or mildew can help keep you and your family healthier. The Federal Emergency Management Administration offers these suggestions: While cleaning, wear a mask, eye protection and gloves. Provide adequate ventilation. Start by cleaning a small area. If you develop a reaction, it's probably time to hire a professional. Thoroughly clean an affected area before using disinfectant.
Health Tip: Protect Your Child's Sandbox
Health Tip: Protect Your Child's Sandbox (HealthDay News) -- A sandbox is a fun way for your child to get creative outdoors. But it also can harbor germs. To help keep your child's sandbox safer, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Use only natural river or beach sand. Cover the sandbox when not in use to keep animals and insects out. Let wet sand dry completely before covering. Rake sand regularly to get rid of clumps and debris. Keep pets out of the sandbox
Health Highlights: July 7, 2016
Health Highlights: July 7, 2016 Congressional legislators are meeting Wednesday to hash out new rules to fight the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic, but Democrats could oppose any legislation that doesn't include more funds for addiction treatment. Wednesday's action follows a move Tuesday by the Obama administration to help doctors nearly triple the number of patients they can treat with buprenorphine, a powerful anti-addiction drug. Speaking with The New York Times , Patrick Kennedy, a Democrat and f...
Health Highlights: July 6, 2016
Health Highlights: July 6, 2016 Congressional legislators are meeting Wednesday to hash out new rules to fight the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic, but Democrats could oppose any legislation that doesn't include more funds for addiction treatment. Wednesday's action follows a move Tuesday by the Obama administration to help doctors nearly triple the number of patients they can treat with buprenorphine, a powerful anti-addiction drug. Speaking with The New York Times , Patrick Kennedy, a Democrat and f...
How to Stay Safe When the Power Goes Out
How to Stay Safe When the Power Goes Out WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sudden power outages can be frustrating, but what if your power is knocked out for a prolonged period? Would you be ready? The American Red Cross recommends preparing for emergency outages by putting together a kit that contains these essentials: Water (each person in the household needs one gallon per day), Non-perishable, easy-to-prepare foods, Flashlights (avoid candles, which could start a fire), Battery-powered or ...
Heat Waves Pose Big Health Threats
Heat Waves Pose Big Health Threats WEDNESDAY, July 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Record-setting heat has gripped much of the U.S. West and Southwest in recent weeks, and now the East Coast is baking, too. Temperatures from Washington, D.C., to Boston are expected to soar into the 90s Wednesday, and possibly for several days straight days after that. Combined with humidity, the air could feel more like 100 or higher in some locales, according to the U.S. National Weather Service. With these high temperatur...
Health Tip: Coping With Knee Arthritis
Health Tip: Coping With Knee Arthritis (HealthDay News) -- Knee arthritis can make it difficult to exercise, or even perform day-to-day activities. But there are ways to treat symptoms without surgery. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises: Ease strain on your knees, such as by avoiding stairs, opting for low-impact exercise and losing weight. Practice physical therapy to promote strength, flexibility and function in your knee. Consider cushioned shoes, a knee brace or bandage, or a cane....
Health Tip: Self-Manage Chronic Illness
Health Tip: Self-Manage Chronic Illness (HealthDay News) -- Caring for yourself is an important part of managing a chronic illness. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Honestly evaluate unhealthy habits, and choose those that you would like to change. Create specific goals to help you change a bad habit. For example, instead of just pledging to exercise more, choose a precise exercise type, day and time. Make sure your goals are realistic, and that you feel confident you can reach them...
Health Highlights: July 5, 2016
Health Highlights: July 5, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: General Mills Expands Flour Recall New cases of E. coli sickness are spurring General Mills to expand a recall of flour products potentially related to the outbreak, the company said in a statement. "The recall is being expanded due to a newly reported illness that appears to have stemmed from the consumption of raw dough or batter linked to flour produced last fall," G...
Health Tip: Packing for a Picnic
Health Tip: Packing for a Picnic (HealthDay News) -- Don't let contaminated food spoil your summer picnic. Make sure your edibles are safely packed. The Foodsafety.gov website recommends: Packing food in an insulated cooler with ice or frozen gel packs. This includes deli meat, raw seafood, poultry or meat, pasta, egg, tuna, seafood salad, dairy products, and fruit and vegetables. Filling the cooler completely to help it stay cold. Store it in a shady spot, not in direct sunlight. Trying not to open the...
Health Tip: Recognizing Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis
Health Tip: Recognizing Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis (HealthDay News) -- Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tendon in the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed and painful. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society says risk factors include: Being female. Being overweight. Working in a job in which you must walk around or stand on a hard surface for long periods. Walking or running long distances regularly. Having tight calf muscles, flat feet or high arches.
Health Tip: Evaluating Your Chances for Gum Disease
Health Tip: Evaluating Your Chances for Gum Disease (HealthDay News) -- Gum disease occurs when tissues that support your teeth become inflamed from bacterial secretions along the gum line. This can lead to bone and tooth loss. The American Dental Association says risk factors for gum disease include: Taking improper care of the teeth and mouth. Chewing tobacco or smoking it. Being genetically predisposed to gum disease. Having teeth that are misaligned and more difficult to clean. Being pregnant or dia...
Health Tip: Exercise for Better Sleep
Health Tip: Exercise for Better Sleep (HealthDay News) -- Exercising during the day can lead to better sleep at night. The National Sleep Foundation offers suggestions that can help you sleep better: Engaging in cardiovascular exercise, such as walking or biking, for about 10 minutes per day can help promote sleep. Getting regular exercise can help lower the risk of conditions such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome. Exercising can help you sleep longer and improve the quality of sleep, helping yo...
Heat Waves Are Health Threats
Heat Waves Are Health Threats SATURDAY, July 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Heat waves are more than uncomfortable, they can be deadly. That's especially true in large cities. And, seniors, children and people with chronic health problems are at higher risk for heat-related illness and death, according to Dr. Robert Glatter. He's an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Those who have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, as well as those who suffer with ment...
How Pregnancy Can Trip You Up
How Pregnancy Can Trip You Up FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A pregnancy "waddle" really does increase a woman's risk for falls, a new study reveals. The baby bump changes the way women walk and perform everyday activities, such as rising from a chair or turning around while walking, said researchers from Hiroshima University in Japan. This may help explain why pregnant women are as likely to fall as women who are 70 years old, the researchers said. For their study, the researchers used a thre...
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