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Healthy Living in Middle Age Keeps Heart Failure at Bay Decades Later
Healthy Living in Middle Age Keeps Heart Failure at Bay Decades Later THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Are you in your mid-40s and slim, without high blood pressure or diabetes? If so, you may already be winning the war against heart failure in your senior years, new research suggests. The study, led by cardiologist Dr. Faraz Ahmad of Northwestern University in Chicago, found that being free of those heart disease risk factors in middle age greatly extended the number of years a person lived ...
Health Highlights: March 5, 2015
Health Highlights: March 5, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Last Ebola Patient in Liberia Discharged From Hospital The last Ebola patient in the West African nation of Liberia was discharged from treatment on Thursday. While there was a ceremony in the capital city of Monrovia to mark the event, officials warned that Liberia was still weeks away from being declared free of the deadly disease. They noted that there have been rec...
Health Tip: Easing the Pain of Shingles
Health Tip: Easing the Pain of Shingles (HealthDay News) -- Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful, itchy, blistering rash. While the rash can occur anywhere on the body, most often it develops on the torso. Shingles develops among people who have had chickenpox. The chickenpox virus reactivates when the person gets older, emerging as shingles. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests these ways to ease shingles pain: Take a cool bath or apply a cool wet cloth or ice pack to the rash. U...
Health Tip: Shopping for Athletic Shoes
Health Tip: Shopping for Athletic Shoes (HealthDay News) -- Treat your feet well if you're going to be exercising, making sure you find a pair of well-fitted, supportive shoes. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society advises: Shop at a specialty store and take advantage of its expertise. Try on shoes at the end of the day or after a run, when your feet are largest. Wear the socks you will wear while exercising. Shoes should be comfortable from the start, and you should be able to easily move you...
Health Highlights: March 4, 2015
Health Highlights: March 4, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Endoscopes Linked to Superbug Infections Sold Without FDA Approval Endoscopes linked to antibiotic-resistant "superbug" infections in patients had been redesigned by the maker and were being sold without approval, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Seven people became infected with the CRE superbug after undergoing endoscopy procedures at Ronald Reagan UCLA Me...
Health Tip: Conquering Exercise Saboteurs
Health Tip: Conquering Exercise Saboteurs (HealthDay News) -- You may have many excuses not to exercise, but medical science seems to have just as many reasons for staying fit. The American Council on Exercise mentions these common excuses to avoid working out: Being stressed about something at home or work can make exercise feel like too much to handle, but exercise is actually a great way to manage stress. Don't create unrealistic expectations that make disappointment a virtual certainty. Remember tha...
Health Tip: Getting Rid of Head Lice
Health Tip: Getting Rid of Head Lice (HealthDay News) -- Head lice are tiny insects that infest the scalp and can spread quickly between family members and housemates. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to get rid of head lice: Treat lice with an over-the-counter pyrethrin- or permethrin-based shampoo, or consult your doctor about a prescription brand. Pick nits out of the scalp with a lice comb. Cover one section at a time at least once every three days for up to two weeks, or until...
Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadrupled Since 2000
Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadrupled Since 2000 WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heroin overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years, quadrupling since 2000, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday. At the same time, poisoning deaths related to painkiller abuse have leveled off, even dropping slightly in recent years, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prescription drug addicts are turning to heroin due to successful efforts to curb narcotic p...
Health Tip: Count Your Calories
Health Tip: Count Your Calories (HealthDay News) -- Whether your plan is to maintain a healthy body weight, gain or lose a few pounds, it's important to know your calorie intake and how to adjust it. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: You are in caloric balance (you are consuming about the same number of calories that your body is using) if you are maintaining a steady body weight. You are in caloric excess (consuming more calories than your body is using) if you are gaining we...
Health Highlights: March 3, 2015
Health Highlights: March 3, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Escape of Dangerous Bacteria in Louisiana Research Lab Remains a Mystery Investigators have not been able to determine how a potentially deadly strain of bacteria escaped from a research laboratory and infected monkeys in another part of the Tulane National Research Primate Research Center in Louisiana. The strain of bacteria -- called burkholderia pseudomallei -- is c...
Health Tip: Selecting Shoe Inserts
Health Tip: Selecting Shoe Inserts (HealthDay News) -- Shoe inserts can ease the pain of flat feet and other foot ailments, while providing comfort and cushioning. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these suggestions for buying shoe inserts: If you have health problems that can affect circulation, such as diabetes, consider a prescription orthotic from your doctor. Consider what you plan to do (walk, run or just perform daily activities) and choose an insert to meet your needs. Bring the ...
Helping Student-Athletes With Mental Health Issues
Helping Student-Athletes With Mental Health Issues TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Guidelines for helping U.S. high school athletes with mental health problems are outlined in a new policy statement from the National Athletic Trainers' Association. The types, severity and percentages of mental illnesses are growing in young adults aged 18 to 25, and may well start before or during adolescence, the association says. "The purpose of this statement is to raise awareness and provide education for...
Health Tip: Common Triggers for Dandruff
Health Tip: Common Triggers for Dandruff (HealthDay News) -- Dandruff is characterized by thin flakes on the scalp. While not a concerning health problem, it can be embarrassing. The Mayo Clinic says possible causes include: Dry skin. Oily, greasy skin (seborrheic dermatitis). Insufficient shampooing of the scalp. Eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions, which may resemble dandruff. A fungus called malassezia. Contact dermatitis, caused by a sensitivity to certain skin and hair products.
Health Tip: Recovering From a Run
Health Tip: Recovering From a Run (HealthDay News) -- To help your body recover after a tough run, it's important to refuel with the right nutrients and plenty of fluids. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Weigh yourself before and after a run to see how much fluid you've lost. Drink 1 1/2 times the amount of fluid lost on a run. Within 30 minutes of finishing your run, eat a high-carbohydrate, nutritious snack. Fruit and vegetable drinks, sports drinks, chocolate milk and smoothies are gr...
Half of Known Strains of HIV Originated in Gorillas
Half of Known Strains of HIV Originated in Gorillas MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Since HIV first appeared in humans in the early 1980s, scientists have been laboring to discover where and how the AIDS-causing virus first developed. Now, an international team of researchers says it has confirmed that two of the four known groups of HIV strains affecting humans originated in western lowland gorillas in Africa. HIV-1 has four known groups, M, N, O and P, explained a team led by Martine Peeters...
Health Highlights: March 2, 2015
Health Highlights: March 2, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Sues Employer An American nurse who contracted Ebola is suing her employer. The lawsuit by Nina Pham against Texas Health Resources claims that the employer failed to provide Pham with the proper training and equipment needed to treat a patient with Ebola, CBS News reported. As dayside primary nurse, Pham spent 12 to 14 hours a day treat...
Heart Valve Repair Surgery May Ease Mental Health Symptoms, Too
Heart Valve Repair Surgery May Ease Mental Health Symptoms, Too MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with a serious heart valve defect have less depression and anxiety after they undergo surgery to repair the problem, a new study finds. The research included people with severe mitral regurgitation, which occurs when the heart's mitral valve doesn't close tightly and blood flows backward into the heart. Past research has shown that one-quarter of patients with this defect have elevated levels...
Hospital Design May Not Boost Patient Satisfaction, Research Suggests
Hospital Design May Not Boost Patient Satisfaction, Research Suggests FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital design has little effect on patient satisfaction, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed surveys of more than 5,600 hospital patients in both newly renovated facilities and older facilities. "Our team wanted to know how important aesthetics are to a patient's experience with care. So we looked at surveys from patients before and after a move. We then compared those results to ...
Hepatitis C Infections in Hospitals Show Need for Tight Infection Control Practices
Hepatitis C Infections in Hospitals Show Need for Tight Infection Control Practices FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Two cases of hepatitis C infection that occurred during routine surgeries highlight the need for hospitals to tighten infection control to prevent more transmissions, officials said Friday. In one case, two New Jersey patients (one of them had hepatitis C) received an injection of the anesthetic propofol from the same medication cart. In the other instance, two Wisconsin patients...
Health Highlights: Feb. 27, 2015
Health Highlights: Feb. 27, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Actor Leonard Nimoy Dies of COPD at Age 83 Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock on "Star Trek," died Friday morning at age 83. The actor was hospitalized earlier this week and died at his home in Los Angeles. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death and said the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), The New York Times re...
Health Tip: Offer Kids the 5 Food Groups
Health Tip: Offer Kids the 5 Food Groups (HealthDay News) -- Making sure your kids eat a variety of healthy foods can be daunting, but it helps to have a list of healthy options in each of the five basic food groups. The American Academy of Healthy Children mentions these preferred choices: Healthy choices from the grains group include brown rice, unbuttered popcorn, oatmeal, buckwheat, whole wheat bread, cereal, tortillas, pasta, whole-grain barley, cornmeal and wild rice. Healthy vegetable choices inc...
Health Tip: What's Triggering Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Health Tip: What's Triggering Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome? (HealthDay News) -- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may be characterized by symptoms including abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, gas, constipation and bloating. The Mayo Clinic says these factors may trigger IBS symptoms: Certain foods, particularly dairy, chocolate, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, fruit, broccoli, high-fat foods, alcohol and carbonated beverages. Emotional stress can worsen IBS symptoms, but may not cause them. Changes in hormone l...
Health Highlights: Feb. 26, 2015
Health Highlights: Feb. 26, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Task Force Recommends Major Changes to VA Health System Major changes to the Veterans Affairs health system are being recommended by a national veterans task force. The changes include giving veterans a choice to receive subsidized private care, and making the Veterans Health Administration a non-profit corporation instead of a government agency, USA Today reported. Th...
Health Tip: Protect Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Health Tip: Protect Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (HealthDay News) -- Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, colorless, odorless gas that can quickly cause deadly illness. The Colorado State University Extension suggests how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning: Never run your car inside the garage. Don't burn charcoal inside a building, tent, garage or vehicle. Don't attempt to install or service a combustion appliance unless you have the proper knowledge, tools and skills. Never attempt to heat your home...
Health Tip: Eat Right to Get Through Winter
Health Tip: Eat Right to Get Through Winter (HealthDay News) -- Short days, low temperatures and being stuck inside can take a toll on anyone's mood, including a child's. But the right diet can help boost energy, mood and focus during the winter doldrums. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends these foods: Serve grilled or broiled salmon. Offer clementines, a citrus fruit that's seedless, easy to peel, sweet and nutrient-rich. Roast winter squash, which is nutrient-rich and naturally sweet. P...
Heart Failure Patients Who Struggle With Daily Tasks at Greatest Risk
Heart Failure Patients Who Struggle With Daily Tasks at Greatest Risk WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure patients who struggle to perform daily tasks are at increased risk for hospitalization and death, a new study shows. The study included more than 1,100 people with heart failure, average age 75, who were classified as having either minimal, moderate or severe difficulty with activities such as getting dressed, cleaning the house, climbing stairs, taking medications and using t...
Health Tip: Avoid Overdosing on Pain Medication
Health Tip: Avoid Overdosing on Pain Medication (HealthDay News) -- An over-the-counter pain reliever can offer relief from common aches and pains, but it's important not to exceed the dose recommended on the label. The American Academy of Family Physicians advises: Taking too much medication can be dangerous and will not provide faster pain relief. Check with your doctor if you take a prescription drug to be sure it won't react badly with the pain medication. Do not take more than one type of pain reli...
Health Highlights: Feb. 25, 2015
Health Highlights: Feb. 25, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Lawsuit Launched Over Beneful Kibble Dog Food A popular dog food brand contains toxins that can poison and even kill dogs, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month against Nestle Purina PetCare Company. The lawsuit alleges that thousands of dogs have been harmed by eating the company's Beneful dry kibble dog foog, NBC News reported. The legal action was launched...
Health Tip: How Smoking Affects Your Heart
Health Tip: How Smoking Affects Your Heart (HealthDay News) -- Most people realize that smoking causes cancer, but it can also wreak havoc on your heart, experts say. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says smoking: Damages blood cells, heart function and blood vessels Increases the risk of hardening of the arteries, which restricts blood flow. Increases the risks of heart disease, which occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries.
Health Highlights: Feb. 23, 2015
Health Highlights: Feb. 23, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Endoscope Cleaning Problems Known by FDA Since Late 2013 Cleaning problems with endoscopes implicated in a number patient infections with deadly drug-resistant bacteria have been known to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for more than a year, the agency said. Seven people became infected with a superbug called CRE after undergoing endoscopy procedures at Ronald Re...
Health Tip: Take Seven Steps for Heart-Healthy Kids
Health Tip: Take Seven Steps for Heart-Healthy Kids (HealthDay News) -- Heart-healthy habits should start in childhood to promote a lifetime of good health and a strong heart. The American Heart Association recommends these seven simple steps for kids: Don't use tobacco products. Get exercise each day. Follow a heart-healthy diet. Maintain a healthy body weight. Maintain healthy blood pressure. Maintain healthy cholesterol. Maintain healthy blood sugar.
Health Tip: Talking in Your Sleep
Health Tip: Talking in Your Sleep (HealthDay News) -- While talking during sleep may not be harmful to your health, it can be disruptive to partners and may be embarrassing. The National Sleep Foundation mentions these possible triggers for sleep talking: Feeling depressed or stressed. Running a fever. Drinking alcohol. Having sleep deprivation or daytime sleepiness. Having family members who talk in their sleep. Sleep talking may also be associated with a psychiatric disorder, seizures, sleep apnea, ni...
Host of Factors Influence Baby's Immune System
Host of Factors Influence Baby's Immune System SATURDAY, Feb. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Numerous factors influence the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, which then alters the immune system and changes susceptibility to allergies, researchers report. The team at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit conducted six studies of gut bacteria in babies and found that they varied by: the mother's race/ethnicity; how long the baby spent in the womb; exposure to tobacco smoke before and after birth; cesarea...
Hispanics May Develop Alcoholic Liver Disease Earlier
Hispanics May Develop Alcoholic Liver Disease Earlier FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanics may develop alcoholic liver disease at an earlier age than whites or blacks, according to a new study that links ethnicity and drinking-related liver problems. Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) includes conditions such as alcoholic fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis. It's is a common cause of liver problems in the United States. ALD is responsible for more than 15,000 U.S. deaths e...
Hungry in the Department Store? Your Spending May Rise
Hungry in the Department Store? Your Spending May Rise FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Worried about rising credit card bills? A new study points to one way to curb your spending: Don't shop while hungry. Experiments suggest that hunger may push people into buying more than they would when full, and that includes nonfood items. "I think consumers should be aware of this -- that they may spend more money online or in a store if they're hungry while they shop," said study lead author Alison Jing...
Health Tip: Get More Nutrients From Veggies
Health Tip: Get More Nutrients From Veggies (HealthDay News) -- Vegetables can be excellent sources of nutrients, but some veggies are better than others. The Myplate.gov website suggests: Choosing potassium-rich vegetables such as sweet potatoes, white potatoes, tomato products, kidney beans, lima beans, spinach, soybeans and lentils. Using sauces and seasonings sparingly, because they can quickly add fat and calories. Read nutrition labels and stick to plain vegetables. Cutting down on sodium by prepa...
Health Tip: Prepare Your Child for Reading
Health Tip: Prepare Your Child for Reading (HealthDay News) -- Generally, a child will learn to read when he or she is ready. But there are things you can do to encourage your child to develop a fondness for reading. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: As you read, run your finger below the words to show your child that words carry the story. Use excited, animated voices for animal characters and don't be afraid to have fun and get your child excited. Take time to look at the pictures and to as...
Health Highlights: Feb. 20, 2015
Health Highlights: Feb. 20, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Wrong Tax Info Sent to 800,000 HealthCare.gov Customers The federal government said Friday that it sent the wrong tax information to about 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers and has asked them to delay filing their 2014 returns. A similar problem affecting about 100,000 people in California -- which runs its own health insurance market -- was announced Thursday by state ...
Health Highlights: Feb. 19, 2015
Health Highlights: Feb. 19, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Huge Food Recall After Peanut Traces Found in Cumin A huge recall of products that contain cumin spice possibly contaminated with peanut has been ongoing in the United States since December, and the Food and Drug Administration is warning people with peanut allergy to avoid cumin and all products that contain cumin. The recall of hundreds of products began after traces...
Health Tip: If Your Child Has Trouble Hearing
Health Tip: If Your Child Has Trouble Hearing (HealthDay News) -- Hearing loss can be present at birth or can be caused by triggers including an untreated ear infection, exposure to loud sounds or a medical condition that affects hearing. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation mentions these signs that child may have hearing loss: Turns up the volume on the television too loud. Doesn't respond appropriately when asked questions, or doesn't respond when you call his or her name. Has learning problems in school...
Health Tip: Understanding Osteoporosis in Men
Health Tip: Understanding Osteoporosis in Men (HealthDay News) -- While women may be more focused on bone health, men are also at risk for osteoporosis, a disease characterized by brittle bones and bone loss. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons explains these risk factors for osteoporosis in men: Being over age 75. Having a low body-mass index. Having lost more than 5 percent of total body weight in the last four years. Being a current smoker. Living a sedentary lifestyle. Having a male family ...
Healthy Eating Up Worldwide, But Unhealthy Eating Up Even More: Study
Healthy Eating Up Worldwide, But Unhealthy Eating Up Even More: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although people around the world are eating more healthy foods, that positive trend has been outpaced by a rising consumption of unhealthy foods, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed the diets of nearly 4.5 billion adults in 187 countries and found that the intake of healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, rose between 1990 and 2010. However, there was an even greater increase in c...
Heart Drug Clears Up 'Strawberry' Birthmarks
Heart Drug Clears Up 'Strawberry' Birthmarks WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The heart drug propranolol (Inderal) appears to be effective in treating "strawberry" birthmarks known as infantile hemangiomas, a new study finds. About 3 to 10 percent of infants develop an infantile hemangioma, the researchers say. These red, rubbery-looking growths are caused by the abnormal buildup of blood vessels. Although harmless, they can cause physical and psychological harm, depending on their location....
Health Highlights: Feb. 18, 2015
Health Highlights: Feb. 18, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Gene Therapy Vaccination Technique Protects Monkeys Against HIV A new vaccination technique that uses gene therapy appears to give monkeys full protection against HIV, researchers say. Vaccines typically prime the immune system to fight infectious diseases, but this new approach altered the monkeys' DNA to protect them against HIV, BBC News reported. The team at the Sc...
Health Tip: Stranded During a Snowstorm
Health Tip: Stranded During a Snowstorm (HealthDay News) -- Winter weather is unpredictable, and you may find yourself stranded in your car during a snowstorm. The Ready.gov website recommends: Pull off the road and park your car with hazard lights flashing and a distress flag hanging from your window or antenna. Stay inside the car and call for help on your cell phone. Each hour, turn the car on and run the heat for about 10 minutes to warm up. But first make sure you clear any snow away from the exhau...
Health Tip: Exercising as a Senior
Health Tip: Exercising as a Senior (HealthDay News) -- If you're a senior who is considering starting an exercise routine, you may have a number of questions. The American Council on Exercise offers these answers to common questions: If you're wondering if it's too late for you to start exercising, it's not. You'll enjoy more health benefits if you're active. If you have any medical conditions, talk to your doctor about exercises that are safe for you. If you're looking for joint-friendly exercises, con...
Health Highlights: Feb. 17, 2015
Health Highlights: Feb. 17, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Nestle Switching to Natural Flavors, Colors in Chocolate Products Artificial flavors and colors will be removed from Nestle's chocolate products by the end of the year, the company says. The decision was motivated by consumers' increasing preference for natural ingredients, the Wall Street Journal reported. The change affects more than 250 products -- including Butterf...
Health Tip: Using Household Chemicals
Health Tip: Using Household Chemicals (HealthDay News) -- Many household chemicals, such as pesticides or harsh cleaning agents, can be harmful if they are inhaled or splashed onto the eyes or skin. The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions when working with household chemicals: If a chemical is splashed in your eye, rinse with water for at least 15 minutes, and follow with a call to the nearest poison control center. Remove clothing splashed with a chemical and rinse skin under water for 15 minutes...
Health Tip: Cleaning Cutting Boards
Health Tip: Cleaning Cutting Boards (HealthDay News) -- Cutting boards are essential kitchen tools, but it's important to clean them properly to avoid cross-contamination and food-related illness. The U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service suggests: If you use a cutting board for meat, make sure you use a separate one for other types of food such as produce or bread, etc. Clean a cutting board with hot, soapy water, followed by a rinse in clean water and patting dry with a clean towel. Wash nonporous plast...
Health Highlights: Feb. 16, 2015
Health Highlights: Feb. 16, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Schools Reopen in Ebola-Stricken Liberia After being closed for more than six months due to the Ebola outbreak, schools in Liberia reopened on Monday. The United Nations Children's Fund said strict safety protocols are in place to protect students, including taking their temperatures when they arrive at school and ensuring they wash their hands before taking their seat...
Health Tip: Getting Nutrition on the Go
Health Tip: Getting Nutrition on the Go (HealthDay News) -- When you're traveling, especially for an athletic competition, you don't have to rely on fast food to fuel your body. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions for what to eat: Choose healthy carbohydrates with each meal to provide your body with extra energy lost during exercise. Include a moderate amount of lean protein at each meal, to help your muscles recover after the workout. Eat healthy fats with each meal to balan...
Health Tip: Preparing Your Child for the Dentist
Health Tip: Preparing Your Child for the Dentist (HealthDay News) -- Your child's first visit to the dentist, which should be scheduled as soon as the first tooth erupts, can be a frightening experience for your youngster. The Mouthhealthy.org website suggests how to make that first visit more pleasant: Schedule the appointment for the morning, when your child is more likely to feel cooperative and rested. Talk about the positives with your child, and avoid talking about any of your anxieties. Don't thr...
Health Highlights: Feb. 14, 2015
Health Highlights: Feb. 14, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Govt. Approves Genetically Modified Apples Genetically modified apples that are resistant to turning brown when sliced or opened were approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday. The apples, developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits of Canada, will be available in small quantities by late 2016. But consumers will probably have to wait at least another ye...
Health Highlights: Feb. 13, 2015
Health Highlights: Feb. 13, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Most Research on U.S. Health Care System Doesn't Use Gold Standard: Study Few studies looking at ways to improve the United States' health care system use the gold standard of scientific research, according to a new study. This standard -- known as random assignment -- is routinely used in the development of new drugs and compares results among patients randomly select...
Health Tip: Vary Your Exercise Regimen
Health Tip: Vary Your Exercise Regimen (HealthDay News) -- Repeating the same exercises day after day can lead to an overuse injury, and cause you to miss exercise when you're not feeling well. Variety is the watchword when it comes to sticking with exercise and avoiding boredom. The American Council on Exercise suggests: If you're taking a break from running, try walking instead. Give a cross-training workout a try. Instead of running, try biking to give your knees a break. If you're a swimmer, try usi...
How to Survive Valentine's Day Without Romance
How to Survive Valentine's Day Without Romance FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Valentine's Day can be difficult for some people, but it's important to keep things in perspective, an expert says. People who don't have a spouse or romantic partner may feel lonely, sad or left out while those around them plan special events and gifts, said Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, president and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in New York City. However, there are practical tips for those who mig...
Health Tip: Become a Heart-Healthy Chef
Health Tip: Become a Heart-Healthy Chef (HealthDay News) -- Cooking meals at home gives you greater control over the healthiness of the foods you and your family eat. The American Heart Association suggests these healthier cooking and preparation methods: Trim visible fat from meat before cooking. Look for beef marked as "choice" or "select" for the leanest cuts. Look for "round" and "loin" cuts of pork and other meats. Opt for lean poultry breasts instead of legs and thighs, and always choose skinless....
Health Highlights: Feb. 11, 2015
Health Highlights: Feb. 11, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New Stroke Treatment Boosts Patients' Chances of Survival, Recovery A minimally invasive procedure to remove blood clots from stroke patients' brains is highly effective, according to two new studies. The procedure may prove to be a breakthrough in stroke treatment, according to experts. One study found that 53 percent of patients with blood clot-caused (ischemic) stro...
Health Tip: Adding More Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Your Diet
Health Tip: Adding More Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Your Diet (HealthDay News) -- Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy polyunsaturated fats that can help to boost heart health. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these good sources of omega-3s: Fatty fish, such as salmon, lake trout, sardines, mackerel and albacore tuna. Walnuts, which make a great addition to salads, cereals and muffins. Use walnut oil as a cooking oil or salad dressing. Canola oil, which makes a healthier substitute for butter or ma...
Health Benefits of Moderate Drinking Overblown: Report
Health Benefits of Moderate Drinking Overblown: Report TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- All that talk of red wine and other alcoholic beverages being good for your health if consumed in moderation is just plain wrong, a new analysis contends. A review of nearly 53,000 British people found little to no health benefit linked to alcohol consumption, once the results were adjusted for a range of personal, social, economic and lifestyle factors, the researchers reported. "Based on the findings from...
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