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Health Tip: Why Is My Nose Bleeding?
Health Tip: Why Is My Nose Bleeding? (HealthDay News) -- Nosebleeds can be frightening and uncomfortable, but are rarely serious. The Cleveland Clinic says possible nosebleed triggers include: Warm or hot, non-humid air that dries membranes inside the nasal passages. Sinusitis, a cold or allergy that triggers lots of sneezing and blowing of the nose. A facial injury. Sticking a foreign object in the nose, or picking the nose. High blood pressure, or taking a medication that thins the blood. Exposure to ...
Health Tip: Exercise Boosts Heart Health
Health Tip: Exercise Boosts Heart Health (HealthDay News) -- Exercise may be just what the doctor ordered to improve heart health. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says potential benefits of exercise include: Reducing blood pressure and triglycerides. Boosting "good" HDL cholesterol. Improving levels of blood sugar, thereby reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Cutting proteins responsible for harmful inflammation. Improving chances of maintaining a healthier weight.
Health Highlights: May 22, 2015
Health Highlights: May 22, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: FDA: Inadequate Testing, Cleaning at Jeni's Ice Cream Plant There was inadequate cleaning and testing at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams plant in Columbus, Ohio before listeria was detected in some of its ice cream, a Food and Drug Administration investigation found. Jeni's recalled all of its products last month and conducted intensive cleaning before starting to make ice c...
Health Tip: Wear Baseball Gear
Health Tip: Wear Baseball Gear (HealthDay News) -- To fend off baseball injuries, players should always wear appropriate protective equipment. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests: Make sure the equipment fits properly and is appropriate for your position. Batters at the plate, on deck and those running bases should wear a helmet. For better protection, use a face shield attached to the helmet. Catchers should use a helmet, protective supporter and chest guard, shin guards, throat guard...
Health Tip: Choosing Healthier Poultry
Health Tip: Choosing Healthier Poultry (HealthDay News) -- Poultry is a great source of protein, but you still have to choose healthier cuts and prepare it properly. The American Academy of Family Physicians advises: Opt for skinless poultry, and stir-fry or pan-broil it. Roast, bake or broil poultry over frying. Skip butter or margarine and use a cooking spray in a nonstick pan. Trim fat and pull off skin before cooking. Opt for breasts, which are protein-rich but low in fat. Choose chicken over goose ...
Health Highlights: May 21, 2015
Health Highlights: May 21, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: FDA: Inadequate Testing, Cleaning at Jeni's Ice Cream Plant There was inadequate cleaning and testing at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams plant in Columbus, Ohio before listeria was detected in some of its ice cream, a Food and Drug Administration investigation found. Jeni's recalled all of its products last month and conducted intensive cleaning before starting to make ice c...
Heart Risk Factors May Harm Black Women More Than Whites
Heart Risk Factors May Harm Black Women More Than Whites WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The cluster of heart risk factors known as the "metabolic syndrome" might raise the risk of heart disease more for black women than it does for white women, a new study suggests. Metabolic syndrome refers to having at least three health conditions -- including a large waist size, high blood pressure, low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, high levels of blood fats called triglycerides, and impaired sugar ...
Health Highlights: May 20, 2015
Health Highlights: May 20, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: ConAgra to Pay $11 Million to Settle Charges Over Salmonella-Tainted Peanut Butter ConAgra Foods will pay $11.2 million to settle a federal criminal charge over a salmonella outbreak more than eight years ago. The 2007 salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 625 people in 47 states was linked to a plant in Sylvester, Georgia where ConAgra made Peter Pan and Great Val...
Health Tip: Avoiding Leg Cramps
Health Tip: Avoiding Leg Cramps (HealthDay News) -- Painful leg cramps can happen to anyone, but tend to be common among seniors. The AARP recommends: Gently stretch and flex the leg to ease a cramp. Ask your doctor if a medication, such as a statin or diuretic, could be causing your leg cramps. Make sure your electrolyte levels are normal. Below-normal levels of potassium, magnesium or calcium could trigger leg cramps. Drink plenty of fluids. Make sure the covers aren't too tight on your bed. Choose sh...
Health Tip: Prepare Produce Safely
Health Tip: Prepare Produce Safely (HealthDay News) -- Fruit and veggies can harbor germs, so safe preparation can keep your family from getting sick. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends: Just before eating, rinse fresh produce in cool running water. Use a produce brush to scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers. Pull off and throw away the outermost leaves on a head of lettuce. Use two separate cutting boards, one for raw meat and one for produce. Cook alfalfa, clover and other r...
Health Highlights: May 19, 2015
Health Highlights: May 19, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Takata to Announce Huge Recall Over Defective Airbags Japanese airbag maker Takata will declare that nearly 34 million vehicles in the United States have defective airbags and announce a recall, sources tell The New York Times . The announcement was expected Tuesday and was to be made with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials. The agency has been pus...
Health Tip: When to Call the Pediatrician About Tantrums
Health Tip: When to Call the Pediatrician About Tantrums (HealthDay News) -- While tantrums are a common way for children to express anger and frustration, some tantrums are serious enough that they should prompt a doctor's intervention. The University of Michigan Health System says you should speak with a pediatrician if: Your child's tantrums each last longer than 10 minutes. Your child often loses control. You worry about your child's behavior. You have a school-aged child who is still having tantrum...
Health Tip: Discourage Too Much Screen Time
Health Tip: Discourage Too Much Screen Time (HealthDay News) -- Between TVs, computers, hand-held devices and video games, children's screen time can add up quickly. The Mayo Clinic says harmful effects of too much screen time could include: Increased risk of obesity, junk food consumption and overeating. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Increased risk of developing behavioral problems. Increased risk of poor school performance. Greater exposure to violence, which could lead to violent behav...
Hormone Therapy for Menopause Linked to Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Hormone Therapy for Menopause Linked to Gastrointestinal Bleeding MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms may raise the risk a bit for serious lower intestinal bleeding, a new study suggests. In the 1990s, millions of American women turned to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help ease the symptoms of menopause. But the results of a landmark study called the Women's Health Initiative, released in 2002, found that long-term use of the therapy...
Health Tip: Set Regular Eating Times for the Family
Health Tip: Set Regular Eating Times for the Family (HealthDay News) -- A regular meal schedule can help the whole family maintain normal weight and practice healthy eating habits. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Set a specific time for meals, so family members know when it's appropriate to grab a healthy snack. Make sure all family members eat three balanced meals a day. Never skip meals, which can lead to overeating. Don't let your child graze all day. Instead, offer a healthy snack bet...
Health Highlights: May 18, 2015
Health Highlights: May 18, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: WHO Creating $100 Million Emergency Fund For Health Emergencies A $100 million emergency fund is being created by the World Health Organization to deal with health emergencies such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The WHO was overwhelmed by that outbreak because the demands place on the agency were more than 10 times greater than anything it had faced in its histor...
Health Tip: Swimming Pools Can Harbor Germs
Health Tip: Swimming Pools Can Harbor Germs (HealthDay News) -- While most swimming pools contain chemicals to help kill germs, these germ-destroyers may not be 100 percent effective all the time. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: Shower to help rinse off germs before you get into the water. Never urinate or pass a bowel movement in swimming water. If you have diarrhea, don't go swimming. Never drink pool water. Every hour, have kids get out of the pool for a bathroom break...
How Safe Is Exercise for Those With Common Irregular Heartbeat?
How Safe Is Exercise for Those With Common Irregular Heartbeat? FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- "Safe" levels of exercise differ for men and women with the common heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation, new research reports. Using data from 14 studies involving 380,000 people with atrial fibrillation -- a type of irregular heartbeat that affects many aging Americans and is tied to higher stroke risk -- the study found that moderate and vigorous levels of exercise are safe for women ...
Health Tip: Coping With Diarrhea From Chemo
Health Tip: Coping With Diarrhea From Chemo (HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy treatment can lead to a host of digestive problems, including diarrhea. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Eat smaller meals more frequently. To replace the salt you've lost, snack on small amounts of pretzels or crackers. Sip on a non-caffeinated beverage throughout the day. Drink juices that are lower in acid, such as pear, apricot or peach nectar. Drink fluids between meals, instead of with them.
Health Tip: The Effects of Long-Term Alcohol Abuse
Health Tip: The Effects of Long-Term Alcohol Abuse (HealthDay News) -- Chronic excessive drinking can take a major toll on your health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these possible examples: Increased likelihood of high blood pressure, liver disease, heart disease and stroke. Increased risk of certain cancers, including those of the esophagus, throat, mouth, breast, liver and colon. Reduced performance in school, and increased likelihood of dementia and other problems with...
Health Highlights: May 15, 2015
Health Highlights: May 15, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Jeni's Resumes Ice Cream Production Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has resumed production after a recall prompted by the discovery of listeria in some of its products. The Ohio-based company traced the listeria contamination to a machine in its Columbus kitchen. It destroyed $2.5 million worth of ice cream and then took steps to prevent future contamination, the Associated ...
Hundreds With HIV Could Donate Organs to Others With HIV: Study
Hundreds With HIV Could Donate Organs to Others With HIV: Study THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 400 HIV-positive potential organ donors in the United States could donate organs each year to HIV-positive people waiting for transplants, a new study estimates. "The findings are significant because there are not enough organ donors in the United States to meet the needs of all of the patients who might benefit from life-saving organ transplants," senior author Dr. Emily Blumberg, a profess...
Health Tip: Care for Your Mattress
Health Tip: Care for Your Mattress (HealthDay News) -- Proper care of your mattress can help you get a longer and healthier night's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions to extend the life of your mattress: Rotate both your mattress and box spring regularly. For the first four months of a new bed, rotate it every two weeks, then every three months. Rotate the box spring every six months. When you sit on the edge of your bed, make sure you sit in a different spot each time to help...
Health Tip: Cutting Down on Cholesterol in Kids' Diets
Health Tip: Cutting Down on Cholesterol in Kids' Diets (HealthDay News) -- Stocking your kitchen with heart-healthy foods goes a long way toward trimming the fat and cholesterol from your child's diet. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Feed your child whole-grain cereals and breads, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. Opt for low-fat dairy products, such as yogurt, milk and cheese. Avoid high-fat condiments and toppings, such as gravy, butter or sour cream. Instead, use low-fat yogurt, gra...
Hand-Grip Strength May Provide Clues to Heart Health
Hand-Grip Strength May Provide Clues to Heart Health WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Testing hand-grip strength could be a cheap and simple way of identifying people at increased risk for heart attack, stroke and premature death, according to a new study. Researchers looked at nearly 140,000 adults who underwent grip-strength tests. The participants were aged 35 to 70, and they were from 17 countries. Their health was followed for an average of four years. Every 11-pound decrease in grip str...
Health Highlights: May 13, 2015
Health Highlights: May 13, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: NFL's Safety Efforts Can Benefit Other Sports: Official The NFL's health and safety efforts will improve safety in all sports, according to the league's chief medical adviser. Dr. Elizabeth Nabel said "the NFL has a major leadership role nationally to improving the health and safety of players in all sports, and will have a watershed effect on college sports and the NCA...
Health Tip: Avoid Road Distractions
Health Tip: Avoid Road Distractions (HealthDay News) -- Driving while distracted is dangerous to you, other drivers and passengers. The Governors Highway Safety Association recommends: Turn your cell phone off or silence it, then place it out of reach before you begin driving. Leave a message on your phone that you will return calls when you reach your destination. If you must make a call, pull over. Never text and drive. If necessary, ask a passenger to send a text or place a call for you. If you must ...
Health Tip: Pollen Isn't the Only Allergen
Health Tip: Pollen Isn't the Only Allergen (HealthDay News) -- Pollen from weeds, grasses and trees are common culprits for seasonal allergies, but don't forget about other things that can trigger a case of the sneezes. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology says other possible allergens could include: Smoke from fires, whether indoor fireplaces during winter or outdoor bonfires during summer. Insect stings and bites. Chlorine used in pools. Ingredients in food and candy. Wreaths and p...
HPV Vaccination for Girls May Help Prevent Cancers in Males
HPV Vaccination for Girls May Help Prevent Cancers in Males TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Males benefit indirectly when girls are immunized against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a new Dutch study. However, males still have a risk of developing HPV-related cancers, the study authors said. And while giving the vaccine to boys would further reduce the burden of later HPV infection in men, it may not be cost-effective because hundreds of boys would need to be ...
Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer May Impair Thinking
Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer May Impair Thinking TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Men undergoing hormone therapy to treat prostate cancer may experience impaired mental function within the first six months that persists for at least a year, a new study suggests. Moreover, the risk of memory, learning and concentration problems associated with hormone therapy was greatest for men with a particular gene mutation, researchers from the University of South Florida in Tampa found. Hormone ther...
Health Highlights: May 12, 2015
Health Highlights: May 12, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Sandra Lee Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis Food Network star Sandra Lee has breast cancer and will soon undergo surgery to have both breasts removed, she announced Tuesday. Lee, 48, said she found out about the cancer late last month. She had a cancerous lump removed and will have more extensive surgery later this week, the Associated Press reported. A routine mammogram...
How Amphetamines, Cocaine Harm the Brain
How Amphetamines, Cocaine Harm the Brain TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study reveals how cocaine and amphetamines affect the brain, and researchers hope the findings will lead to new addiction treatments. The drugs disrupt the normal functioning of the dopamine transporter in the brain, reported the team from Oregon Health & Science University. Currently, there are no approved drug therapies for amphetamine abuse, and people addicted to amphetamines and cocaine have a high relapse ...
Health Tip: Travel Safely in the Air
Health Tip: Travel Safely in the Air (HealthDay News) -- A little preparation can help you stay healthy and safe when traveling by plane. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Packing all necessary medications in a carry-on bag. Talk to your doctor about whether you should change your medication regimen while traveling. Pack some extras, in case your trip is extended. If you have a chronic illness such as epilepsy or diabetes, carry an identification card with your doctor's contact infor...
Health Tip: Be Prepared for a Flash Flood
Health Tip: Be Prepared for a Flash Flood (HealthDay News) -- Flash floods typically occur when water from very heavy rainfall builds up in low-lying areas. They can be dangerous if you're not prepared. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service advises: Stay tuned to local weather stations to monitor your risk of flooding. Be alert for rising water when heavy rains approach. If you see water starting to rise, head immediately to higher ground. Stay away from areas that are flooded, and never try...
Health Tip: Store Diabetes Supplies Safely
Health Tip: Store Diabetes Supplies Safely (HealthDay News) -- Safe storage of insulin and syringes can help maintain the integrity of medication and reduce the risk of injury. The American Diabetes Association suggests: Store insulin in an area that is protected against extreme heat and extreme cold. Avoid areas prone to temperature extremes, such as in your car, freezer or in direct sunlight. Check the expiration date on your insulin before using, and inspect it to be sure the insulin looks normal. Di...
Health Tip: Know the Warning Signs of Choking in Children
Health Tip: Know the Warning Signs of Choking in Children (HealthDay News) -- Food and small objects including toys are prime choking hazards for young children. It's important to know the warning signs of a choking child so you can take quick action. The National Safety Council says a choking child may: Have difficulty breathing. Cough or cry weakly. Have a bluish tint to the skin. Lapse into unconsciousness and be unable to signal that he or she is choking. Make a high-pitched noise while inhaling.
Health Highlights: May 11, 2015
Health Highlights: May 11, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Preventive Care Coverage Gaps Closed by Federal Government Gaps in health insurers' coverage of preventive services such as birth control and colonoscopies are being closed by the federal government. On Monday, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said insurers must cover -- at no extra cost to patients -- at least one birth control method in each of 18 categor...
Health Highlights: May 8, 2015
Health Highlights: May 8, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Liberia Declared Free of Ebola The West African country of Liberia is officially free of Ebola, World Health Organization officials announced Saturday. There have been no new cases reported in 42 days, which is the equivalent of two incubation periods for the devastating disease, health officials said. Still, the damage wrought by the worst Ebola outbreak in history leav...
Health Tip: Vegetarian Athletes Need Plenty of Protein
Health Tip: Vegetarian Athletes Need Plenty of Protein (HealthDay News) -- Weight lifters and athletes don't have to eat meat to build muscle. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these protein tips for vegetarians: Eggs and dairy products are complete proteins, which contain nine essential amino acids. Eat small amounts of protein throughout the day, so your body always has what it needs. Balance protein with plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Half of your daily calories should c...
Health Tip: Facing Emotions Without Cigarettes
Health Tip: Facing Emotions Without Cigarettes (HealthDay News) -- Quitting smoking can be an emotional step, and there are ways to help you fight the temptation to resume the habit. The Smokefree.gov website recommends: Take a break from what's making you emotional or nervous. Find something to use as a distraction, such as reading a book or playing a game. Call a friend or family member to talk through what you're feeling. Get some exercise to take your mind off of your worries. Also, eat a healthy di...
Health Highlights: May 8, 2015
Health Highlights: May 8, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Rising Hepatitis C Rates Linked to Injection Drug Use: CDC Injection drug use is driving rapidly rising rates of hepatitis C in the United States, according to a federal government report. Between 2006 and 2012, the rate of new acute hepatitis C infections among people younger than 30 in rural areas of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia more than tripled, ac...
High-Protein Diet May Be Dangerous for Those at Risk of Heart Disease
High-Protein Diet May Be Dangerous for Those at Risk of Heart Disease FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A high-protein diet may backfire for people at risk for heart disease -- increasing the likelihood of weight gain and early death, a new study suggests. Replacing carbohydrates and fats with protein is touted as a quick way to weight loss. But this long-term Spanish study of older adults found these high-protein diets -- think Atkins and South Beach, for example -- may be harmful. When protein r...
Higher Altitude May Lead to Lower Weight, Study Contends
Higher Altitude May Lead to Lower Weight, Study Contends THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who live at higher altitudes are less likely to become overweight or obese, a new study suggests. The research included more than 9,300 Spanish university graduates who were not overweight or obese at the start of the study. They were divided into three groups based on their homes' altitude: below 407 feet (low); 407 to 1496 feet (medium); and above 1496 feet (high). Over a median follow-up of 8.5 y...
Health Tip: Are Bad Habits Triggering Weight Gain?
Health Tip: Are Bad Habits Triggering Weight Gain? (HealthDay News) -- Bad habits can sabotage weight-loss efforts, and you may not even be aware of them. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these potential bad habits: Eating too quickly. Always finishing all food on your plate. Eating when you're not hungry. Eating dessert with most meals. Skipping breakfast or other meals.
Health Tip: Sleep Better During Pregnancy
Health Tip: Sleep Better During Pregnancy (HealthDay News) -- A growing belly and various aches and pains can make sleep difficult during pregnancy. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for a more restful sleep during pregnancy: Avoid caffeinated beverages. If you do indulge, only drink them in the morning or early afternoon. In the hours before bedtime, limit fluids and don't eat a heavy meal. Create a consistent sleeping and waking schedule. Skip intense exercise just bef...
Health Highlights: May 7, 2015
Health Highlights: May 7, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New Ebola Cases Fall to Lowest Level This Year: WHO The weekly number of new Ebola cases in West Africa fell to the lowest level this year, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The agency said there were 18 confirmed Ebola cases for the week that ended last Sunday -- nine each in Guinea and Sierra Leone, The New York Times reported. In Liberia, the patient with ...
Healthy Lifestyle May Boost Colon Cancer Survival
Healthy Lifestyle May Boost Colon Cancer Survival THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer patients seem to have a better chance of survival if they have already been practicing healthy lifestyle habits before their diagnosis, a new study suggests. Survival rates for colon cancer vary widely, even among patients who have similar tumors and receive the same treatment. It has been suggested that lifestyle factors before and after colon cancer diagnosis play a role, according to the study aut...
Healthy Eating May Shield the Aging Brain
Healthy Eating May Shield the Aging Brain WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who eat plenty of fruits and veggies may preserve more of their memory and thinking skills as they grow old, a new large study suggests. The findings, published online May 6 in the journal Neurology, add to a growing body of evidence linking healthy eating habits to a lower risk of dementia. Researchers found that among nearly 28,000 older adults from 40 countries, those who scored in the top 20 percent on a "hea...
Health Tip: Living With Diabetes and Heart Disease
Health Tip: Living With Diabetes and Heart Disease (HealthDay News) -- As if living with diabetes or heart disease weren't enough, some people face life with both conditions. To help people deal with this double whammy, the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests: Speak openly with your health care team about all of your emotions. Stressed out? Work with a therapist to help you cope. Join a support group for people living with diabetic heart disease. Share your feelings with friends and ...
Health Tip: Moms, Make Time for Yourself
Health Tip: Moms, Make Time for Yourself (HealthDay News) -- Keeping yourself healthier has benefits that extend to the entire family. The American Council on Exercise recommends: Eat a healthy, balanced diet, drink plenty of water and find time to exercise regularly. Take some time for yourself each day. Schedule regular date nights to reconnect with your partner. Make time to visit with friends and enjoy time outside of being a mom. Make sure you laugh every day! Treat yourself to a massage to help re...
Health Highlights: May 6, 2015
Health Highlights: May 6, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Investigate All VA Regional Offices for Problems: Senators A group of U.S. senators wants the Government Accountability Office to investigate all 56 regional offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs for problems that cause delays in processing veterans' disability and pension claims. Legislation requiring the investigation was to be included in a report to be releas...
Heart Drug Digoxin May Not Be Best for Some Heart Patients
Heart Drug Digoxin May Not Be Best for Some Heart Patients TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taking the heart drug digoxin may increase the risk of premature death in patients with an irregular heartbeat and in those suffering from heart failure, German researchers report. In the review of published studies on the subject, patients treated with digoxin had a 21 percent increased risk of early death overall from any cause, compared with patients not taking the drug. Among patients with the irregul...
Health Tip: Choose the Right Pillow for Better Slumber
Health Tip: Choose the Right Pillow for Better Slumber (HealthDay News) -- Using the right pillow can help you sleep longer and feel more rested. The National Sleep Foundation advises: For back sleepers, use a thinner pillow with a thicker area at the bottom for better neck support. Stomach sleepers should use the thinnest possible pillow, to reduce strain on the lower back. Side sleepers should opt for a thick pillow with a wide edge, to fill the area between the shoulder and ear. Wedging a pillow betw...
Health Tip: Help Kids Succeed at School
Health Tip: Help Kids Succeed at School (HealthDay News) -- If you want your child to succeed in school, start at home with a solid foundation built on healthy habits. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Prepare your child with an established, early bedtime and a healthy breakfast. Limit screen time and promote exercise. Create a strict daily routine to help children learn what to expect. Create an area in your home where all items needed for school -- from backpacks to shoes to papers -- are s...
Health Highlights: May 5, 2015
Health Highlights: May 5, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Aetna to Halt Most Coverage of Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Device Most coverage of a once-popular device used in laparoscopic hysterectomies will end within two weeks, Aetna says. As of May 15, the nation's third-largest health insurer will no longer cover the use of power morcellation in hysterectomies or for removing uterine fibroids, the Associated Press reported. Howev...
Health Highlights: May 4, 2015
Health Highlights: May 4, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: ER Visits Rising Under Health Care Reform: Study Contrary to expectations, there has been a large increase in visits to hospital emergency departments since the Affordable Care Act was implemented, according to a survey by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). The poll of nearly 2,100 emergency physicians found that 28 percent have seen large increases in ...
Health Tip: Build a Healthy Self-Image
Health Tip: Build a Healthy Self-Image (HealthDay News) -- It may be difficult to be happy with what you see in the mirror, but a healthy self-image will help you care for yourself. The Cleveland Clinic recommends: Jot down a list of positive qualities you see in yourself. Ask loved ones to share what they think are your positive qualities. Create goals that are attainable and that you can easily measure. Work on improving your strongest qualities. Consider and address any distorted thoughts you have ab...
Health Tip: Understanding Eye Injuries in Kids
Health Tip: Understanding Eye Injuries in Kids (HealthDay News) -- Parents should know what to do if something gets in their child's eyes or if the child suffers an eye injury. The American Academy of Ophthalmology offers these suggestions: Never put pressure on, rub or touch an injured eye. If there is debris in a child's eye, raise the eyelid and have the child blink quickly. If that doesn't remove the object, seek immediate treatment. Never attempt to remove anything from a person's eye. Don't use an...
Health Tip: Preventing Health Problems in Seniors
Health Tip: Preventing Health Problems in Seniors (HealthDay News) -- Preventive care can help diagnose potential health problems early, protecting you as you age. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Getting regular vaccinations for flu and pneumonia. If you're a woman, getting breast cancer screening every two years, or as frequently as your doctor recommends. Regular colorectal cancer screening. Regular screening for diabetes. Regular testing of blood cholesterol. Regular screening f...
Health Highlights: May 1, 2015
Health Highlights: May 1, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Medicare Data Breaks Down Spending on Generics, Brand Name Drugs While generic medications are prescribed most often for Medicare patients, the most money is spent on brand name drugs, U.S. government data released Thursday shows. Experts think the findings could point to ways to save money under the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, according to the Associated ...
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