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 ...
Healthy Lifestyle Choices May Cut Women's Stroke Risk
Healthy Lifestyle Choices May Cut Women's Stroke Risk WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who follow five healthy habits can cut their stroke risk in half, new research suggests. After being followed an average of 10 years, women who ate a healthy diet, drank alcohol moderately, never smoked, remained physically active and had a healthy body weight were 54 percent less likely to have a stroke than women with none of these factors, said study author Susanna Larsson, a researcher at the Karo...
Health Tip: Encouraging Your Toddlers to Read
Health Tip: Encouraging Your Toddlers to Read (HealthDay News) -- Reading is an important part of childhood. Parents can encourage a love of reading by getting little ones engaged in books. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions: Ask young children to name which books they want to read, and have them pretend to read out loud to you. Ask children to tell you how a story you are reading resembles something they have done or seen. Engage children with questions about a book, and encour...
Health Tip: Reducing the Risk of Premature Delivery
Health Tip: Reducing the Risk of Premature Delivery (HealthDay News) -- When babies are born prematurely, they're at risk for serious health and developmental problems. Premature delivery can't always be prevented, but there are things you can do to increase the odds of having a full-term baby. The U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention offers these tips: Don't smoke during pregnancy. Don't drink alcohol or use drugs. From the time you first think you may be pregnant, seek prenatal care and get regular...
Heart Bypass Patients May Not Need Tight Blood Sugar Control: Study
Heart Bypass Patients May Not Need Tight Blood Sugar Control: Study MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heart bypass patients might not need to follow strict blood sugar control after their surgery, according to a new study. Some previous research suggested that high blood sugar (glucose) after bypass and other types of heart surgery was associated with increased risk of health problems and death, but more recent research has found that might not be the case. This new study included heart bypass pa...
Health Highlights: Oct. 6, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 6, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Researchers Who Discovered 'Inner GPS' Win Nobel Prize in Medicine American-British researcher John O'Keefe was one of three people awarded this year's Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering a "inner GPS" in the brain that assists in navigation. The Imperial College London scientist and fellow co-winners Edvard and May-Britt Moser of Norway conducted their research in ...
Health Tip: Tight Shoes May Be Damaging Your Feet
Health Tip: Tight Shoes May Be Damaging Your Feet (HealthDay News) -- Shoes that are too snug can cause some serious and painful problems, including bunions and corns. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says other potential problems from tight shoes include: Toes that cross over from lack of room. A curling hammertoe. An ingrown toenail that's been pushed into the skin. Blisters or sores, which can be especially dangerous among people with diabetes.
Health Tip: Troubled by High Triglycerides?
Health Tip: Troubled by High Triglycerides? (HealthDay News) -- Triglycerides are fats that build up in the blood, and high levels mean an increased risk of cardiovascular problems. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says risk factors for high triglycerides include: Being overweight or obese. Getting insufficient exercise. Being a smoker. Drinking too much alcohol. Eating a high-carb diet. Taking certain medications. Having certain diseases or inherited disorders.
Health Highlights: Oct. 7, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 7, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Hands-Free Devices Don't Eliminate Distracted Driving: Study Hands-free devices in cars are not risk-free, a new study warns. Researchers at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety measured the driving reaction times of 167 people using voice-activated systems to make phone calls or change the radio station. They found that these drivers still had increased levels of dist...
Hospitals' High Antibiotic Use May Boost Germs' Resistance: Study
Hospitals' High Antibiotic Use May Boost Germs' Resistance: Study TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About half of all U.S. hospital patients receive antibiotics, and these drugs are commonly the ones more likely to promote the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study found. "This is where the bad bugs spread, in the hospitals, because so many people are receiving antibiotics, and one of the only things that can spread are the antibiotic-resistant bugs," said Dr. Eli Perencevich, an i...
Health Risks After Stroke May Linger for at Least 5 Years: Study
Health Risks After Stroke May Linger for at Least 5 Years: Study TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke survivors remain at high risk for another stroke or other serious medical problems and death for at least five years, a new study suggests. The findings may mean that stroke survivors require closer follow-up to prevent these health problems, the Canadian researchers said. "This high long-term risk was surprising and shows that we need to develop better strategies and interventions for these...
Health Tip: Exercise With Weights
Health Tip: Exercise With Weights (HealthDay News) -- Strength training with weights may help your muscles and overall health. But it's important to train safely and wisely. The Harvard Medical School offers these tips: Take five to 10 minutes before your workout to walk around and warm up. After working out, cool down with gentle stretching. Pay more attention to your form than the weight you are lifting. Move slowly with proper alignment and technique. Count to three as you raise and lower each lift t...
Health Tip: Are You at a Healthy Weight?
Health Tip: Are You at a Healthy Weight? (HealthDay News) -- Looking in the mirror or at the tag of your pants isn't the best way to see if you're at a healthy weight. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers this advice: Calculate your body-mass index (BMI). You can use one of the many online BMI calculators, such as this one: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm. A BMI of 18.25 to 24.9 represents a healthy weight. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is overweight, whil...
Health Highlights: Oct. 3, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 3, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Woman Gives Birth After Womb Transplant A 36-year-old Swedish woman has given birth after getting a womb transplant, in what her doctors call a medical first. In a study that will be published Oct. 5 in The Lancet , doctors report the baby boy was born prematurely but healthy last month. Both the mother and her child are now home. The woman's name is not being disclosed...
Heroin Overdose Deaths Doubled in Much of U.S.: CDC Study
Heroin Overdose Deaths Doubled in Much of U.S.: CDC Study THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths from heroin overdoses doubled from 2010 to 2012, U.S. federal health officials reported Thursday. The new report included data from 28 states that account for 56 percent of the U.S. population. This big increase in heroin-related deaths is directly tied to the epidemic of narcotic painkiller abuse, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "There is a growing population of ...
Health Highlights: Oct. 2, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 2, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Three High School Football Player Deaths Within a Few Days Three high school football players have died in recent days. Tom Cutinella, a guard/linebacker for Shoreham-Wading River High School in Shoreham, N.Y. died Wednesday night after suffering a head injury in a collision with an opponent during a game earlier that day, ESPN reported. Demario Harris Jr., a cornerback...
HIV May Have Emerged in Congo in 1920s: Study
HIV May Have Emerged in Congo in 1920s: Study THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study into the origins of the AIDS virus suggests one strain of the disease appeared in the early 20th century in the western region of Congo and spread through a swath of Africa over the next several decades without notice by the rest of the world. The researchers say the findings support -- but don't prove -- the theory that the virus expanded its reach in Africa due to social factors such as railroad expans...
Human Brain's Cerebellum Evolved at Surprising Speed, Study Finds
Human Brain's Cerebellum Evolved at Surprising Speed, Study Finds THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The size of the cerebellum in the brains of apes and humans grew six times faster during evolution than previously believed, researchers report. The findings suggest that technical intelligence was at least as important as social intelligence in the development of human thinking and reasoning abilities, according to the authors of the study published Oct. 2 in the journal Current Biology . "Our r...
Health Tip: Choosing Mouth-Healthy Foods
Health Tip: Choosing Mouth-Healthy Foods (HealthDay News) -- For healthier teeth and gums, choose foods and beverages that are friendlier to your mouth. The Mouthhealthy.org website offers these suggestions: Avoid sugary drinks in favor of fluoridated water. Choose protein- and calcium-rich dairy foods and drinks. Opt for lean proteins such as eggs, fish, poultry and meat. These phosphorous-rich foods help strengthen tooth enamel. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Their high fiber and water content h...
Health Tip: If Your Child's Grades Are Dropping
Health Tip: If Your Child's Grades Are Dropping (HealthDay News) -- If your child is suddenly struggling with school performance, the cause may be a physical health problem. The American Academy of Pediatrics says problems that may contribute to a drop in school performance include: Having a sleep disorder, anemia or a thyroid condition. Contracting infectious mononucleosis. Having hearing or vision problems. Having a learning or developmental disability, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder...
Health Highlights: Oct. 1, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 1, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Doctors, Hospitals Received Billions From Drug and Medical Device Companies About 546,000 doctors and 1,360 teaching hospitals in the United States received billions of dollars from drug and medical device makers in the second half of 2013, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The financial benefits ranged from research g...
Healthy Lifestyle Before Pregnancy May Cut Gestational Diabetes Risk
Healthy Lifestyle Before Pregnancy May Cut Gestational Diabetes Risk WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy lifestyle habits could prevent about half of all diabetes cases that develop during pregnancy, a new study finds. Researchers looked at data from more than 14,000 American women. They found that the strongest risk factor for diabetes during pregnancy ("gestational diabetes") was being overweight or obese during pregnancy. Women who were obese before pregnancy had more than a four time...
Health Tip: Plan Ahead for Healthy Dinners
Health Tip: Plan Ahead for Healthy Dinners (HealthDay News) -- It can be difficult to find the time, energy and motivation to put together a healthy family dinner every night of the week. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions: Create a menu of five-to-seven family-approved meals. Strive for easy, crowd-pleasing dishes, and be sure to include fruit, vegetables and a grain. Pack your pantry with non-perishable staples such as beans, pasta, rice and canned no-sodium vegetables. Su...
Health Tip: Help Prevent Acne Scars
Health Tip: Help Prevent Acne Scars (HealthDay News) -- Proper skin care can minimize acne and help prevent scarring. The Womenshealth.gov website offers these suggestions: Wash skin carefully twice per day, and after heavy sweating. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, from the hairline to below the jawline. Rinse thoroughly and avoid harsh scrubbing. Wash your hair daily, and more frequently if your hair is oily. Never pick or squeeze acne blemishes, which can lead to scarring. Take care to prevent ...
Health Highlights: Sept. 29, 2014
Health Highlights: Sept. 29, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Tobacco Companies' Strong Warnings on E-Cigs Raise Eyebrows U.S. tobacco companies are putting strong health warnings on their e-cigarettes, much to the surprise and skepticism of critics. The warnings are voluntary and are seen by some experts as a way to reduce the companies' legal liability or to enhance their reputations, The New York Times reported. A warning on ...
Health Tip: What Causes Hives?
Health Tip: What Causes Hives? (HealthDay News) -- Hives are an allergic skin reaction caused by the body's release of histamine. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology mentions these common causes of hives: Exposure to an allergic trigger. Eating something that triggers an allergic reaction. Exercising, or exposure to heat. Being bitten by an insect. Having an allergic reaction to a medication.
Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set
Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set (HealthDay News) -- If you're assembling a swing set, take steps to make sure it's properly assembled and safe for your child. The National Safety Council offers these suggestions: Make sure the swing set is stable by placing the legs in concrete below ground level. If you use anchoring devices, make sure they are below ground level to avoid tripping hazards. Don't allow any slack in chains or cables, and make sure any exposed bolts or screws are capped. Make sure t...
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HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions
HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions Skin conditions are common in people with HIV/AIDS. Many, including Kaposi sarcoma, thrush, and herpes, are caused by germs that take advantage of a weakened immune system. That's why they are called "opportunistic" infections. Others, like photodermatitis, may be linked to inflammation caused by an overactive immune system as it revives during antiretroviral drug therapy or due to the drugs themselves. Here are some of the more common skin conditions related to HIV/AIDS. Mo...
Holter Monitor (Continuous Electrocardiogram, Continuous ECG, Ambulatory ECG Monitoring) Procedure overview What is a Holter monitor? The Holter monitor is a type of electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) used to monitor the ECG tracing continuously for a period of 24 hours or longer. A standard or "resting" ECG is one of the simplest and fastest procedures used to evaluate the heart. Electrodes (small, plastic patches) are placed at certain locations on the chest and abdomen. When the electrodes are connected ...
Heart Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery
Heart Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery (Open Heart Surgery) Procedure overview What is heart valve repair or replacement surgery? Heart valve repair or replacement surgery is a treatment option for valvular heart disease. When heart valves become damaged or diseased, they may not function properly. Conditions which may cause heart valve dysfunction are valvular stenosis and valvular insufficiency (regurgitation). When one (or more) valve(s) becomes stenotic (stiff), the heart muscle must work harder ...
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