Health Tip: Health Conditions May Lead to Hair Loss
Health Tip: Health Conditions May Lead to Hair Loss (HealthDay News) -- Losing your hair may not be a typical sign of aging. It may be caused by a medical condition, experts say. The American Academy of Dermatology says possible causes of hair loss include: Diseases including hypothyroidism and anemia. Major surgery. A high fever. Certain treatments for cancer, including chemotherapy and radiation. A scalp infection, such as ringworm.
Health Tip: Exercise Safely
Health Tip: Exercise Safely (HealthDay News) -- Enthusiasm to exercise is great motivation, but you should also take care not to overdo it. The Harvard School of Public Health suggests: Opting for "safer" forms of exercise, including walking, gardening, swimming and dancing. Increasing activity slowly, over time. Protecting yourself with appropriate equipment, and preparing for current weather. Consulting your doctor if you are pregnant or have a chronic illness.
Health Highlights: Jan. 23, 2015
Health Highlights: Jan. 23, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Experimental Ebola Vaccine Sent to West Africa for Testing The first shipment of an experimental Ebola vaccine is being sent to Liberia for field testing, but experts say it may be difficult to determine how effective it is because the number of Ebola cases in West Africa is falling. An airplane carrying about 300 initial doses of the vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline (G...
Health Highlights: Jan. 22, 2015
Health Highlights: Jan. 22, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ebola Outbreak at 'Turning Point' as Cases Decline: WHO Ebola cases are falling in the three hardest-hit West African countries and the outbreak has reached a "turning point," according to the World Health Organization. In Liberia, only eight cases were detected last week, compared with a peak of 500 a week in September. New Ebola cases in Guinea are at 20 a week, comp...
Health Tip: Could You Have the Flu?
Health Tip: Could You Have the Flu? (HealthDay News) -- Flu abounds during the winter months, but it can be difficult to distinguish it from the common cold or other viruses that thrive when the weather is cold. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says symptoms of flu include: Having a sore throat and cough. Running a fever, although it is possible to have the flu without a fever. Having body aches and headache. Having a stuffy or runny nose. Feeling tired. Having chills. If you think yo...
Health Tip: Eat a Pre-Workout Snack
Health Tip: Eat a Pre-Workout Snack (HealthDay News) -- A pre-exercise snack can be just what your body craves to push it through a grueling workout. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: A balanced snack of both proteins and carbs up to three hours before your workout. A sandwich with peanut butter and jelly, or peanut butter and banana. A cup of berries with yogurt. Oatmeal mixed with milk and fruit. An apple with nut butter. A handful of one part nuts to two parts raisins.
Health Tip: Warning Signs of Sinusitis
Health Tip: Warning Signs of Sinusitis (HealthDay News) -- Sinusitis, or inflamed sinuses, can be misdiagnosed as a cold or allergy. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology explains these possible symptoms of sinusitis: Having postnasal drip. Excreting green or yellow nasal discharge. Feeling stuffy or congested. Having a headache in the front of the head and pain in the teeth. Developing a cough and bad breath. Running a fever and feeling tired.
Health Tip: Risk Factors for Constipation
Health Tip: Risk Factors for Constipation (HealthDay News) -- Constipation is characterized by difficulty or infrequently passing bowel movements. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these risk factors: Getting less than 20 grams to 35 grams of dietary fiber each day. Getting insufficient fluids, which allows stools to dry out. Getting insufficient exercise. Avoiding passing bowel movements when you feel the urge. Taking certain medications, such as opiates. Undergoing changes in your lif...
Health Highlights: Jan. 20, 2015
Health Highlights: Jan. 20, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Uninsured Rate Lowest in Years: Poll Your privacy may be at risk when you use the HealthCare.gov website to apply for health insurance, according to experts. Some data companies have embedded connections on the site that can track individual users and collect information about them -- such as age and income and whether you're a smoker or are pregnant -- in order to cre...
High Levels of Cancer-Linked Chemical in E-Cigarette Vapor, Study Finds
High Levels of Cancer-Linked Chemical in E-Cigarette Vapor, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- E-cigarette vapor can contain cancer-causing formaldehyde at levels up to 15 times higher than regular cigarettes, a new study finds. Researchers found that e-cigarettes operated at high voltages produce vapor with large amounts of formaldehyde-containing chemical compounds. This could pose a risk to users who increase the voltage on their e-cigarette to increase the delivery of vaporized...
Health Highlights: Jan. 21, 2015
Health Highlights: Jan. 21, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: No Firm Evidence BPA Harms People, European Agency Says Even though a number of studies have linked bisphenol A (BPA) to a number of health effects in lab animals, there is no firm evidence the chemical causes reproductive problems in people, according to European regulators. "The evidence is not sufficient to infer a causal link between BPA exposure and reproductive e...
Health Tip: Keep Bedbugs Out of Your Bags
Health Tip: Keep Bedbugs Out of Your Bags (HealthDay News) -- Bedbugs are crafty little critters that can sneak into your luggage while you're traveling, then make themselves comfortable in your home. The University of Minnesota Extension suggests: Packing anything that could harbor bedbugs in a sealed plastic bag. Separating laundry according to color, so you can put dirty laundry directly into the washing machine. Laundering all clothing in the hottest setting possible. Inspecting your luggage for bed...
Health Tip: Spotting the Signs of Eye Allergy
Health Tip: Spotting the Signs of Eye Allergy (HealthDay News) -- Airborne allergens affect not only your nasal passages, but also your eyes. Red, itchy eyes can be uncomfortable and may even affect your vision. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says allergy symptoms affecting the eyes may include: Watery eyes. Itchy eyes. Red eyes. Sensitivity to light. A gritty sensation. Swelling of the eyelids.
Health Highlights: Jan. 19, 2015
Health Highlights: Jan. 19, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Artificial Heart Recipient Heads Home A 68-year-old French man with terminal congestive heart failure has headed home after receiving a completely artificial heart, the French company that makes the device said Monday. As reported by The New York Times , the man was implanted with the artificial heart at the University of Nantes hospital on Aug. 5, and was discharged f...
Health Tip: When Obesity Affects Sleep
Health Tip: When Obesity Affects Sleep (HealthDay News) -- Obesity can affect the quality of your sleep and contribute to disorders such as sleep apnea. The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions for losing weight and sleeping better: Avoid fast food, high-fat and high-carbohydrate foods, and eat more vegetables, fruit and fish. Stick to a consistent exercise routine, and avoid exercise within three hours of bed. Take a look at your sleep schedule, evaluating how much sleep you're getting ea...
Health Tip: Get Fit Without the Gym
Health Tip: Get Fit Without the Gym (HealthDay News) -- Getting fit doesn't have to mean a financial investment or even a travel commitment. Your home and nearby services may do just fine as exercise venues, the Weight-control Information Network says. It offers this advice: Take a hike on a trail near your home. Or jog around the track at the local high school. Do some squats or arm curls to build muscle. Use books, soup cans or gallon bottles of water as weights. Do regular household chores, such as r...
Homebound Neighbors May Need Your Help in Winter
Homebound Neighbors May Need Your Help in Winter SUNDAY, Jan. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If you have neighbors who can't get out of their home in winter, there are ways you can help them, an expert says. "Winter is isolating for all of us, but when severe weather hits, the chronically ill or elderly suffer the most. Many people live alone and may be too proud to ask neighbors for help," said Debbie Jansky, assistant manager of home health and hospice at Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Illinois. T...
Health Highlights: Jan. 16, 2015
Health Highlights: Jan. 16, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Supreme Court Agrees to Rule on Gay Marriage Bans In a decision that will determine whether states can ban same-sex marriage under the U.S. Constitution, the Supreme Court announced Friday that it will answer that question before its term ends in June. The case the Supreme Court will hear, which involves gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, will...
Health Tip: Adding Aroma to Your Dishes
Health Tip: Adding Aroma to Your Dishes (HealthDay News) -- Aromatic vegetables can offer plenty of nutrients and flavor to your favorite dishes. Examples include garlic, onions, peppers, chiles or ginger. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Opting for fresh veggies instead of frozen, which may be watery. Prepping aromatics on the weekend so they're ready to use during the week. Using care when working with onions and hot peppers to avoid irritation from their oils. Sweating vegetables in a...
Health Tip: When a Shoulder Injury Needs Treatment
Health Tip: When a Shoulder Injury Needs Treatment (HealthDay News) -- While shoulder injuries are common, some signal a more serious issue that needs to be addressed by a doctor. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these warning signs that a doctor needs to treat a shoulder injury: Stiffness that prevents you from rotating the shoulder in all directions. Feeling as though your shoulder will pop out of its socket or slide around. Insufficient strength in the shoulder to allow you to pe...
Health Highlights: Jan. 14, 2015
Health Highlights: Jan. 14, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Pork Off the Menu at Hundreds of Chipotle Restaurants Pork is temporarily unavailable at hundreds of Chipotle restaurants across the United States after the Mexican food chain suspended a supplier for its treatment of pigs. The violations related to housing for the pigs, company spokesman Chris Arnold told the Associated Press . Chipotle suppliers are required to raise...
Hospital Infection Rates Falling, But More Improvement Needed: CDC
Hospital Infection Rates Falling, But More Improvement Needed: CDC WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of many types of hospital-acquired infections are on the decline, but more work is needed to protect patients, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. "Hospitals have made real progress to reduce some types of health care-associated infections -- it can be done," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said Wednesday in an agency news release. The study used national ...
Health Tip: Curious About Dark Toenails?
Health Tip: Curious About Dark Toenails? (HealthDay News) -- Have you noticed that some of your toenails are dark and discolored? The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons says possible causes of dark toenails include: A trauma to the nail. An example would be an object falling on the nail, causing formation of a bruise. Though rare, a dark toenail can signal malignant melanoma. A fungal infection of the nail. A chronically ingrown nail.
Health Tip: Exercising With a Lung Condition
Health Tip: Exercising With a Lung Condition (HealthDay News) -- While you may be tempted to avoid exercise if you have a lung condition such as asthma or COPD, regular exercise may be helpful, experts say. The American Council on Exercise says potential benefits include: Improving shortness of breath. Reducing your risk of other chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease. Improving cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength. Reducing anxiety and depression.
How Intense Efforts Boosted Heart Health for One Maine Community
How Intense Efforts Boosted Heart Health for One Maine Community TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With heart health, sometimes it takes a village. That may be the take-home message from a new study. It found that one Maine community's long-term focus on screening for heart risk factors, as well as helping people quit smoking, saved both money and lives. Over four decades (1970 to 2010), a community-wide program in rural Franklin County dramatically cut hospitalizations and deaths from heart di...
Health Tip: What to Avoid During Pregnancy
Health Tip: What to Avoid During Pregnancy (HealthDay News) -- While moms-to-be are peppered with advice of what to do and what not to do during pregnancy, there is some sound guidance. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Avoiding smoking and drug use during pregnancy, reducing the risk of serious complications. Avoiding alcohol during pregnancy to protect baby from fetal alcohol syndrome and other birth defects. Having someone else clean out your cat's litter box to avoid toxoplasmosis....
Health Highlights: Jan. 13, 2015
Health Highlights: Jan. 13, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: More Measles Cases Linked to Disney Parks in California Seven new patients with measles bring the number of cases linked to Disney theme parks in California to 26 people in four states, California health officials say. Most of the patients visited Disneyland or Disney California Adventure between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20 last year, but officials said some people may have co...
Health Tip: Trimming Calories From Your Dinner Plate
Health Tip: Trimming Calories From Your Dinner Plate (HealthDay News) -- If you want a simple way to cut down on calories, start with some easy substitutions on your dinner plate. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these options: Steam veggies, instead of sauteing them in oil or butter. Choose skim or fat-free dairy products (such as ricotta in lasagna), instead of full-fat. At a restaurant, choose either a dessert or a cocktail, rather than splurging on both. To top your pizza...
Happy Childhood May Be Good for Your Heart
Happy Childhood May Be Good for Your Heart MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who had a stable and healthy childhood are more likely to have better heart health, new research suggests. The study included nearly 1,100 adults, aged 30 to 45, in Finland who were followed from the time they were between the ages of 3 and 18. The researchers looked at whether the participants had "psychosocial advantages" during childhood, such as being in a family that had good health habits, was financially s...
Health Tip: Teach Kids About Snack Safety
Health Tip: Teach Kids About Snack Safety (HealthDay News) -- When hungry kids get home from school, make sure they know how to fix a healthy snack -- and which foods to avoid. The Foodsafety.gov website suggests avoiding: Any perishable foods that haven't been refrigerated, such as pizza. Any perishable leftovers from the lunchbox, such as all or part of a sandwich. Raw cookie dough. Raw fruits and veggies that are bruised or appear spoiled. Bread or soft cheese that appears moldy.
Health Tip: What Causes a Cold Sore?
Health Tip: What Causes a Cold Sore? (HealthDay News) -- A cold sore is a painful sore that often forms on the lips or around the mouth. While a cold sore is caused by the herpes virus, many factors can act as triggers. The American Academy of Dermatology says potential triggers include: Feeling run down, stressed or tired. Having the flu, a fever or a cold. Being exposed to the sun. Having hormonal changes as a result of pregnancy or menstruation. Having an injury or trauma to the face from a cut, dent...
Health Highlights: Jan. 12, 2015
Health Highlights: Jan. 12, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Doctor Who Survived Ebola Returning to West Africa An American doctor who survived Ebola after being infected while working in Liberia is returning to the West African country. Dr. Rick Sacra, an assistant professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Massachusetts, is scheduled to fly to Liberia on Thursday, the Associated Press reported....
Head Start Program Might Help Fight Childhood Obesity: Study
Head Start Program Might Help Fight Childhood Obesity: Study MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- School readiness isn't the only benefit young children can gain from Head Start. A new study finds that kids in the U.S. preschool program tend to have a healthier weight by kindergarten than similarly aged kids not in the program. In their first year in Head Start, obese and overweight kids lost weight faster than two comparison groups of children who weren't in the program, researchers found. Similar...
Health Highlights: Jan. 8, 2015
Health Highlights: Jan. 8, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Teen's Rights Not Violated by Forced Chemotherapy: Court A 17-year-old girl's rights are not being violated by forcing her to undergo cancer chemotherapy she says she doesn't want, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Jackie Fortin, the mother of the girl known in court documents only as Cassandra C., agreed with her daughter's decision to refuse chemotherapy f...
Health Tip: Dealing With Temper Tantrums
Health Tip: Dealing With Temper Tantrums (HealthDay News) -- Toddlers and temper tantrums often seem to go together. So, what can parents do? The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions: Pay attention to your child, particularly during times when he or she is behaving well, and offer praise. Distract your child by moving to a different area, singing a song or offering a different toy. When appropriate, accommodate your child, if possible. Be consistent from day to day. Understand and res...
Health Tip: Is It Grief or Depression?
Health Tip: Is It Grief or Depression? (HealthDay News) -- A major loss, such as the death of a family member, can trigger feelings of grief. But being clinically depressed is different. So, how can you tell which is which? The American Academy of Family Physicians explains: Grief can last from six weeks to eight weeks before you begin to feel better. Depression typically doesn't improve with time. Feelings of depression can begin to interfere with daily responsibilities and life. Feelings of wanting to...
Health Highlights: Dec. 30, 2014
Health Highlights: Dec. 30, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Former President George H.W. Bush Released From Hospital President George H.W. Bush was released from a Houston-area hospital Tuesday, according to published reports. The 90-year-old former president was hospitalized on Dec. 22 for breathing problems. A spokesperson for Bush said the hospital stay was just a precaution. By Monday, his breathing had returned to normal. ...
Health Tip: If Snoring Keeps You up at Night
Health Tip: If Snoring Keeps You up at Night (HealthDay News) -- Snoring can be disruptive for you and your partner, and it may be a warning sign of sleep apnea. The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions that may help prevent the problem: Lose any excess weight. Before bed, avoid medications such as antihistamines, sleeping pills and tranquilizers. Have your last meal or snack at least three hours before bed, and your last alcoholic beverage at least four hours before. Adhere to a regular s...
Health Tip: Taking Care of Someone With Flu
Health Tip: Taking Care of Someone With Flu (HealthDay News) -- When you're caring for a loved one with the flu, it's important to protect yourself from getting sick. The flu.gov website suggests: Create a sick room to help isolate the sick person. Frequently wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, particularly after contact with the sick person or something the sick person has touched. Encourage the sick person to cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and to freque...
How to Avoid a Smoking Relapse Over the Holidays
How to Avoid a Smoking Relapse Over the Holidays TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The holidays can cause former smokers to reach for a cigarette, experts warn. But if you expect temptation, you'll be better prepared to fight it, they say. The group NYC Treats Tobacco, led by the NYU School of Medicine's department of population health, offers several steps former smokers can take to stay smoke-free until the holiday hoopla subsides: Think back. Reformed smokers craving a cigarette should try t...
Health Tip: Screening for Hearing Loss
Health Tip: Screening for Hearing Loss (HealthDay News) -- A hearing test is appropriate at any age, especially if you feel you're not hearing as well as you should. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association suggests hearing screenings for: Newborns, who are generally screened at the hospital before discharge, and young children who are typically screened at school. Adults, who should be screened at least once per decade until age 50. Thereafter, they should be screened every three years. People ...
Health Highlights: Dec. 29, 2014
Health Highlights: Dec. 29, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: FDA OKs Fast-Acting Ebola Test The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Swiss drug maker Roche's fast-acting Ebola test for emergency use. The test -- which checks for genetic traces of the often deadly virus -- offers results in about three hours, compared to many tests on the market that can take a day to produce results, according to news reports. It's hop...
Health Tip: Easing Heartburn During Pregnancy
Health Tip: Easing Heartburn During Pregnancy (HealthDay News) -- While heartburn is a common discomfort of pregnancy, there are things you can do to help keep the problem at bay. The American Pregnancy Association suggests: Instead of three big meals a day, eat smaller meals more frequently. After eating, sit upright for about an hour. Steer clear of foods that are spicy, greasy or high in fat. To help ease heartburn, drink a glass of milk or eat a yogurt. Or mix a tablespoon of honey with a glass of w...
Health Tip: Like Lighting Candles? Do it Safely
Health Tip: Like Lighting Candles? Do it Safely (HealthDay News) -- If you enjoy burning candles, be sure to follow basic safety rules to help prevent fires. The National Fire Protection Association offers these suggestions: Extinguish candles before going to bed or leaving a room. Don't burn candles in rooms where someone may sleep. Make sure any candle is at least 12 inches away from anything that may catch fire. Use a candle on a sturdy, uncluttered surface. Make sure no loose clothing or hair is nea...
HIV Tied to Worse Hearing in Older Adults
HIV Tied to Worse Hearing in Older Adults FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that adults with HIV tend to have worse hearing than those not infected with the AIDS-causing virus. Researchers led by Peter Torre, of San Diego State University, assessed the hearing of 262 men averaging 57 years of age, and 134 women averaging 48 years of age. A total of 117 of the men and 105 of the women were HIV-positive. While the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, Torre's team found that peo...
Health Tip: Minimize Acne
Health Tip: Minimize Acne (HealthDay News) -- Acne can develop due to causes from hormones to medications. To help prevent breakouts, it's important to keep skin clean and healthy. The Womenshealth.gov website offers these recommendations: Twice each day (and additionally after sweating), use a gentle cleanser on your face. Don't use harsh soaps or rough scrubbing pads. Wash face from the hairline to below the jaw, and remember to wash your hair regularly and frequently if hair is oily. Avoid picking at...
Health Tip: Coping With Heart Disease
Health Tip: Coping With Heart Disease (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease, usually characterized by plaque buildup in the arteries that reduces blood flow to the heart, can lead to emotional problems from anxiety to depression. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says potential sources of support include: Talking with your health care team about your emotions and concerns. Joining a support group to meet others who live with heart disease. Confiding in family and friends.
Health Tip: Too Much Alcohol Can Cause Problems
Health Tip: Too Much Alcohol Can Cause Problems (HealthDay News) -- An occasional drink isn't much of a problem for most people. But drinking too much, too often can lead to long-term complications. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these potential problems associated with long-term alcohol abuse: Increases risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, as well as liver disease and digestive problems. Increases cancer risk, particularly those of the colon, throat, brea...
Hepatitis C Infection Isn't Related to HIV Brain Woes: Study
Hepatitis C Infection Isn't Related to HIV Brain Woes: Study WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hepatitis C infection does not contribute to mental decline in people with HIV, according to a new study. Treatment advances have made it possible for people with HIV to survive much longer, but many develop memory and thinking problems, mood swings and other types of mental impairment as they age, the study authors said. It's believed that long-term infections with other viruses -- a common problem...
Health Tip: Preparing Fruit and Veggies
Health Tip: Preparing Fruit and Veggies (HealthDay News) -- Preparing fresh fruit and vegetables isn't always as simple as peeling and eating. Many require preparation to get rid of harmful bacteria and pesticides. The Home Food Safety website offers this advice: Just before eating any fresh vegetable or fruit, rinse with cool tap water. Do this even with fruit that must be peeled. Peel and discard the outer leaves of a head of lettuce. Inspect produce for any bruises and remove any bad areas. Use a cle...
Health Tip: Soothe Sore Muscles
Health Tip: Soothe Sore Muscles (HealthDay News) -- If you push your body hard during exercise, you may have sore muscles the next day. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions: Gently stretch sore muscles. Treat your muscles to a gentle massage. Use an ice pack to ease inflammation. Use a heating pad to promote blood flow. Use an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID.) Give muscles time to rest and recover.
Health Highlights: Dec. 24, 2014
Health Highlights: Dec. 24, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Oldest American Man Dies at 110 C. Conrad Nelson, the oldest man in the United States whose age can be verified, died in a nursing home in Rockford, Ill., on Tuesday, the Rockford Register Star reported. Nelson was born in 1904 in Kymbo, Sweden, but lived in Rockford most of his life, working as a carpenter. He stayed in his own home until the age of 102, the paper sai...
Health Highlights: Dec. 23, 2014
Health Highlights: Dec. 23, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Nearly 2 Million New Enrollees for 2015 'Obamacare' Plans More than 1.9 million new customers have signed up for individual insurance plans for 2015 via HealthCare.gov, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said on Tuesday. That brings the total number of enrollees who've signed up through the site to more than 6 million, with the other ...
Heat Stroke, Kidney Failure Help Drive Illnesses From Extreme Heat
Heat Stroke, Kidney Failure Help Drive Illnesses From Extreme Heat TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Each year, more than one-third of the more than 10,000 weather-related deaths in the United States occur because of extreme heat conditions, according to recent federal statistics. Now, a new study finds that heat stroke is the leading cause of heat-related illness among Americans, but other conditions, such as kidney failure and urinary tract infections, also put older people at higher risk for...
Health Tip: Shopping for a Walking Shoe
Health Tip: Shopping for a Walking Shoe (HealthDay News) -- Ready to get walking? It's great exercise, but first make sure your feet are equipped with the proper walking shoes. AARP.org offers these suggestions: Always measure your feet and shop for the size of the largest foot. Look for shoes that accommodate your special feet, such as those for flat feet or high arches. Opt for a cushioned, supportive shoe if you struggle with knee, back or heel pain. If you have pain in the big toe, look for a wide, ...
Health Tip: Take Back Strain Out of Work
Health Tip: Take Back Strain Out of Work (HealthDay News) -- Back pain can hinder your projects at work, but you can take a few steps to help minimize the problem. The American Council on Exercise offers this advice: Take frequent walking and stretch breaks, and avoid sitting for long periods. Place a pillow, towel or seat support behind your lower back. Practice good posture while sitting at your desk. Adjust your desk so your computer is within easy reach. Get regular exercise, eat healthy and don't s...
Health Highlights: Dec. 22, 2014
Health Highlights: Dec. 22, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: FDA Approves Combo Hepatitis C Treatment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new combination treatment for people with chronic hepatitis C virus infection, which can lead to advanced liver disease without treatment. The drug, Viekira Pak, includes a pill containing three antiviral drugs (ombitasvir, paritaprevir and ritonavir) along with a dasabu...
Health Tip: Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea
Health Tip: Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea (HealthDay News) -- Sleep apnea causes brief disruptions in breathing as you sleep. It can lead to any of the dangers of sleep deprivation, such as daytime fatigue. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says warning signs of sleep apnea include: Loud, persistent snoring, including gasping or choking sounds. Daytime sleepiness. Morning headaches. Difficulty concentrating, learning or remembering. Feeling moody, irritable or depressed. Morning dry mouth ...
Health Tip: Finding Time for Fitness
Health Tip: Finding Time for Fitness (HealthDay News) -- Struggling to fit in 30 minutes of daily exercise? The American Heart Association recommends you: Go for a walk. Take the dog or child, or head to the mall and do laps while you window shop. Get together a group of friends for a team sport or exercise. Walk while you're talking on the phone. Park further from the door at work or while running an errand. Skip the elevator in favor of the stairs. Throw an impromptu living room dance party. Follow up...
Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies
Holiday Trimmings Can Trigger Allergies SATURDAY, Dec. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The holidays can be anything but joyous for people with allergies when they contend with fresh trees, scented candles and other allergy triggers. "The dust from the boxes and on the decorations that have been packed away in dank basements or dusty attics is triggering reactions in my allergy and asthma patients," Dr. Rachna Shah, an affiliate faculty member at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, said in...
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