Health Tip: Keep Your Feet Happy
Health Tip: Keep Your Feet Happy (HealthDay News) -- Your feet can really take a beating from all the walking and standing at holiday functions. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers this advice: Moisturize daily to ease dry, cracked and tired feet. Stretch your feet regularly, and treat them to a massage at the end of the day. Indulge in a pedicure at home or at a salon, but cut toes straight across, remove dead skin with a pumice stone not a razor, and gently push cuticles (don't cut them)...
Health Tip: Skate Safely
Health Tip: Skate Safely (HealthDay News) -- Read to lace up your ice skates and enjoy some winter exercise? Make sure you're prepared. The National Safety Council offers these suggestions: Make sure skates support your ankles well and fit comfortably. Take skates to have blades professionally sharpened before skating season starts. Only skate in areas that are prepared and safe for skating. Make sure you know the basics, such as how to stop safely. Take breaks when you feel cold or tired. Dress warmly....
Harm From Baseball Concussions May Linger, Study Finds
Harm From Baseball Concussions May Linger, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even after they're cleared to play following a concussion, baseball players' batting skills are worse than normal, which suggests they may not be fully recovered, a new study suggests. "Although players who sustain a concussion may be symptom-free and cleared by MLB [Major League Baseball] protocol to return to play, the residual effects of concussion on the complex motor skills required for batting may s...
Health Tip: Kick Unhealthy Eating Habits
Health Tip: Kick Unhealthy Eating Habits (HealthDay News) -- Healthy habits are key to a healthier lifestyle and weight loss, but it's not always easy. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions: Eat breakfast every morning, and make it a healthy one. Opt for lean proteins, whole grains, and fruit and vegetables. Limit coffee intake to no more than three cups per day, and avoid adding fattening creamers and sugar. Bring your lunch to work every day. Stock up on healthier essentials,...
Health Tip: Plan a Healthy Thanksgiving Menu
Health Tip: Plan a Healthy Thanksgiving Menu (HealthDay News) -- While Thanksgiving usually is a time of indulgence, there are plenty of nutritious traditional foods. The Harvard Medical School suggests this healthier Thanksgiving fare: Stick to turkey, as it's lean and nutrient-rich. But avoid the skin, which is higher in saturated fat. Make your own cranberry dish to reap the benefits of the antioxidant-rich fruit without as much sugar. Make a side or dessert from nutrient-packed sweet potatoes. Make ...
Health Highlights: Nov. 26, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 26, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Receives Heart Stent U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a stent placed in her heart's right coronary artery during surgery Wednesday. The procedure was conducted at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after Ginsburg experienced discomfort during exercise Tuesday night and doctors discovered a blockage in the coro...
Health Tip: What's Behind Allergic Pinkeye?
Health Tip: What's Behind Allergic Pinkeye? (HealthDay News) -- Allergic conjunctivitis, sometimes called allergic pinkeye, is characterized by red, crusty, itchy and watery eyes. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these common triggers: Ragweed, grass, tree and other pollens. Animal dander or secretions, such as saliva. Irritating cosmetics, perfumes or medications. Smoke and air pollution.
Health Highlights: Nov. 25, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 25, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Double-Arm Transplant Patient Doing Well An American man who received a double-arm transplant in October can already move his thumb and wrist, and is expected to continue to gain function and sensation in his new arms over the next several years. At a press conference Tuesday, 40-year-old Will Lautzenheiser expressed his appreciation for the extraordinary gift, NBC New...
Health Highlights: Nov. 23, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 23, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New Case of Ebola Confirmed in Mali A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Mali, and two more people are being tested on suspicion they may be infected with the virus, government officials said Saturday. Five people have died of Ebola in Mali already, and health officials are worried that the disease might spread further in that African country, the Associated Press...
Health Tip: Beware of Bathroom Chemicals
Health Tip: Beware of Bathroom Chemicals (HealthDay News) -- Household cleaners often are poisonous and their containers may be attractive to young children. The Cleveland Clinic mentions these dangerous products that may be lurking in your bathroom: Toilet bowl cleaners, which often contain irritating bleach. Turn on bathroom fan when in use, and wear gloves to protect skin. Mold and mildew removers, which often include anti-fungal ingredients that are harmful if inhaled or swallowed. Drain cleaners, w...
Health Tip: Check Stress at the Office
Health Tip: Check Stress at the Office (HealthDay News) -- Your work environment may be stressful enough without adding your frustration to the mix. The American Council on Exercise says you can help improve your work environment by: Being kind to your coworkers. Communicating honestly and clearly with your colleagues and addressing any problems head-on, rather than feeling frustrated. Focusing on positive opportunities rather than on disappointing things that affect you. Getting regular exercise, plent...
Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows
Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many young people consider hookahs a hip and safer way to smoke, but a new study finds fumes from the water pipes contain the toxin benzene. Benzene has been linked to an increased risk for leukemia in prior research, according to a scientific team reporting Nov. 21 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention . "In contrast to what is believed, hookah tobacco smoking is not a safe alter...
Holidays Can Be Sensory Overload for Kids With Autism
Holidays Can Be Sensory Overload for Kids With Autism SUNDAY, Nov. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The holidays can be a challenge for families of children with autism because sensory overload can trigger major meltdowns, an expert says. "Holidays with family can be dicey under the best of circumstances, but when you have children with special needs, some care must be taken," Varleisha Gibbs, an occupational therapy professor at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, said in a university news release....
Health Tip: Change Your Skin Routine During Winter
Health Tip: Change Your Skin Routine During Winter (HealthDay News) -- Healthy skin looks radiant, but it may need a little extra TLC during the winter months. The American Osteopathic Association suggests these steps for healthier winter skin: Since hot water can make skin lose moisture, take shorter warm showers and baths. Use a gentle, light exfoliator to slough off dead skin cells. Don't pick at or peel dry skin. Switch to an oil-based moisturizer that includes sun protection factor. Reapply through...
Health Tip: Seek Treatment for a Broken Toe
Health Tip: Seek Treatment for a Broken Toe (HealthDay News) -- If you break a toe, it may not heal on its own without treatment. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons says complications of a broken toe may include: Developing a deformity in the bone, which can cause problems with mobility and in fitting shoes. Developing arthritis in the affected joint. Having chronic pain. Requiring surgery if the toe doesn't heal properly.
Health Highlights: Nov. 20, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 20, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Millions of Baby Strollers Recalled Due to Finger Amputation Risk Nearly five million Graco- and Century-brand baby strollers are being recalled in the United States, Canada and Mexico due to a problem that can result in severe cuts or finger amputation, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says. The folding hinge on the sides of the recalled strollers can pinch...
Home Exercise Boosts Heart Patients' Frame of Mind
Home Exercise Boosts Heart Patients' Frame of Mind WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercising at home can reduce feelings of hopelessness in people with coronary heart disease, but in-hospital workouts don't provide the same benefit, according to a new study. Hopelessness in heart patients increases the risk of worsening heart disease and death, possibly because those feelings may keep folks from adopting heart-healthy habits such as exercising or quitting smoking, the researchers noted. He...
Health Tip: Easing Baby's Nasal Congestion
Health Tip: Easing Baby's Nasal Congestion (HealthDay News) -- While the common cold is rarely serious, the American Academy of Pediatrics says young children may have as many as eight to 10 colds in their first two years. The group offers these tips to help ease baby's nasal congestion from a cold: Use a saline nasal spray or drops. Run a cool-mist humidifier in baby's room. Don't use a steam or hot-water humidifier, which could lead to burns. Make sure any humidifier is placed out of baby's reach.
Health Highlights: Nov. 19, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 19, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Worst-Case Ebola Scenario Won't Happen: CDC The worst-case scenario for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will not happen, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. So far, there have been more than 14,000 Ebola cases in Africa. But the CDC predicted in September that the number of Ebola cases could reach as many as 1.4 million by ...
Health Tip: Make Home Safer for Alzheimer's
Health Tip: Make Home Safer for Alzheimer's (HealthDay News) -- People with Alzheimer's disease may wander or forget how to use household appliances such as a stove, making home a more dangerous place. The Alzheimer's Association discusses how to make home safer: Install Dutch doors or folding doors to limit access to areas such as the kitchen. Post a list of emergency contacts, including phone numbers of local hospital, police and fire departments, and the poison-control hotline. Inspect devices such a...
Health Tip: Enjoying Dried Fruit
Health Tip: Enjoying Dried Fruit (HealthDay News) -- Dried fruit is a versatile, tasty and budget-friendly way to include fruit in your daily diet. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests how to choose dried fruit: Pay attention to serving size. Dried fruit is nutrient-rich, but serving sizes typically are small. Make sure the product does not contain added sugar. If you have a sulfites allergy, read the product label to make sure the fruit doesn't contain any. Eat a handful of dried fruit as a ...
Health Tip: Make Holiday Beverages Healthier
Health Tip: Make Holiday Beverages Healthier (HealthDay News) -- The holidays are rich with family, fun and food, which often includes high-calorie, high-fat drinks. The American Heart Association suggests how to make holiday beverages healthier: If you're serving eggnog, cut the calories with equal parts eggnog and skim milk. Leave out the alcohol and skip the whipped cream to save even more calories. Cut the fat in hot chocolate by making with skim milk and skipping the whipped cream. Take it easy on ...
Health Highlights: Nov. 18, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 18, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Second Face Transplant Performed at Cleveland Clinic A second face transplant was performed at the Cleveland Clinic in late September. The clinic performed the nation's first face transplant in December 2008. The recipient in this case was a middle-aged man who was severely disfigured in a car crash, the Associated Press reported. The transplant included two-thirds of ...
Heart Device May Cut Stroke Risk in Those With Irregular Heartbeat: Study
Heart Device May Cut Stroke Risk in Those With Irregular Heartbeat: Study SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new implanted heart device might be more effective than blood-thinning medications in reducing stroke risk for people suffering from the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation, researchers report. The device called WATCHMAN proved better than the commonly used anti-clotting drug warfarin in preventing strokes, blood clots and deaths among atrial fibrillation patients, the stu...
Home Cooking Helps Keep the Calories Down
Home Cooking Helps Keep the Calories Down MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research on healthy eating has found that home cooking is better than restaurant fare, and that kids who are offered more nutritious food in school cafeterias rarely eat it. These findings come in two new studies that were to be presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, in New Orleans. In the study on meals, researchers found that people who eat the most home-cooked ones end up...
Health Tip: Cutting Back on Salt
Health Tip: Cutting Back on Salt (HealthDay News) -- Too much salt can boost your blood pressure and spur related complications such as heart failure. The Cleveland Clinic suggests how to consume less salt: Eat fresh foods, rather than packaged or prepared varieties. And don't add salt. Steer clear of convenience foods, such as instant cereals and puddings, canned soups, frozen meals, packaged mixes of rice and pasta, and gravies. If you eat frozen entrees, look for those that contain less than 600 mg o...
Health Tip: What's Behind Your Sore Throat?
Health Tip: What's Behind Your Sore Throat? (HealthDay News) -- A sore throat has a litany of possible causes, including an allergy, air pollution, dry air or exposure to tobacco smoke. The culprit also may be a virus, notably the common cold. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says signs that a virus may be behind your sore throat include: Coughing and sneezing. Watery eyes. A mild headache and general body aches. Runny nose. A fever of less than 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
Health Highlights: Nov. 17, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 17, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: First Day of Open Enrollment for Obamacare Goes Smoothly: Officials About 100,000 Americans submitted applications for health insurance on the first day of open enrollment for coverage in 2015, the federal government said. That large number shows that the refurbished website for the insurance marketplace was working for most users, according to Health and Human Service...
Head Trauma in Abused Babies, Toddlers Can Have Lifelong Impact
Head Trauma in Abused Babies, Toddlers Can Have Lifelong Impact MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Half of children who experience a severe abusive head trauma before the age of 5 will die before they turn 21, according to a new study. In addition, among those who survive severe injuries, quality of life will be cut in half, the study found. Abusive head trauma includes shaken baby syndrome, in which an infant or toddler is shaken and suffers head injuries, according to background information in ...
Health Highlights: Nov. 14, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 14, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Challenge to Obamacare Tied to Contraceptives Is Rejected by Court A legal challenge by non-profit religious groups against requirements for opting out of contraception programs under the Affordable Care Act was rejected Friday by a federal appeal court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled 3-0 that the regulations do not impose a substantial bu...
Health Tip: Think You're Getting Enough Calcium?
Health Tip: Think You're Getting Enough Calcium? (HealthDay News) -- Calcium is the body's most abundant mineral. It's needed to preserve the health of your bones, muscles, nerves and cardiovascular system. Nonetheless, calcium absorption naturally drops with aging. The U.S. National Institutes of Health explains these additional factors that affect calcium absorption: How much calcium you consume. The body's absorption drops the more calcium you get via foods and supplements. Low vitamin D intake. Food...
Health Tip: When Headaches Signal Trouble
Health Tip: When Headaches Signal Trouble (HealthDay News) -- While most headaches aren't serious, there are warning signs that it's time to see a doctor. The Harvard Medical School mentions these examples: Suddenly developing frequent headaches after age 50. A headache that is severe or feels like the worst one you've ever had. Headache pain that continues to increase, or pain that worsens when you cough or move. Headaches that cause changes in mental function or personality. Headaches that develop aft...
Health Highlights: Nov. 13, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 13, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Semen Boosts HIV's Ability to Infect Cells: Study Semen increases HIV's ability to infect cells, which may explain why it's so difficult to develop genital creams or gels to protect against the AIDS-causing virus, a new study says. "We think this may be one of the factors explaining why so many drugs that efficiently blocked HIV infection in laboratory experiments did ...
Health Tip: Commit to Losing Weight
Health Tip: Commit to Losing Weight (HealthDay News) -- Losing weight takes a plan, goals, desire and a firm commitment to succeed. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer these suggestions: Make the decision that you are going to lose weight and change your lifestyle. Write out and sign a contract to yourself. Write down the steps of your commitment, including how much weight you want to lose, dietary plans, weight loss goal dates, and a plan for regular exercise. Write down the reaso...
Health Tip: Feeling Weak in the Knee?
Health Tip: Feeling Weak in the Knee? (HealthDay News) -- Unstable kneecap occurs when the kneecap slides off the groove at the end of the thighbone. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says typical symptoms include: Buckling of the knee and inability to support body weight. Kneecap is located off to one side. Knee tends to catch when moved. Pain at the front of the knee that worsens when you're active. Stiffness or swelling in the knee, or pain when sitting. Knee makes a cracking or creaking s...
Health Highlights: Nov. 12, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 12, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ebola Victim's Family Reaches Settlement With Texas Health Resources The family of the only patient to die of Ebola after being treated for the disease in the United States has reached a settlement with Texas Health Resources. Thomas Eric Duncan was a Liberian national who began having Ebola symptoms after arriving in Texas in September. He went to the emergency depart...
Hospital Workers Wash Hands Less at End of Shift, Study Finds
Hospital Workers Wash Hands Less at End of Shift, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health workers in hospitals wash their hands less often as they near the end of their shift, a new study has found. And this lapse -- likely due to mental fatigue -- could contribute to hundreds of thousands of patient infections a year in the United States, the researchers noted. The study examined three years of hand-washing data from more than 4,000 caregivers at 35 U.S. hospitals. The researche...
Health Tip: Easing Your Child's Bedtime Fears
Health Tip: Easing Your Child's Bedtime Fears (HealthDay News) -- Anxiety can interfere with your child's sleep, not to mention yours. The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions to help: Talk to your child about his or her fears. Reassure the child that imaginary creatures are not real. Offer plenty of reassurance, but keep the child in his or her own bed. Use the daytime hours to boost your child's self-esteem, self-confidence and coping skills. Make sure the child's bedtime routine is relaxing, fun...
Health Tip: Enjoy a Post-Run Snack
Health Tip: Enjoy a Post-Run Snack (HealthDay News) -- Running burns a lot of calories and energy, so it's important to refuel with a healthy snack. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these alternatives: Plan to eat a mini-meal of proteins and carbohydrates after your run. Drink an 8 oz. serving of low-fat chocolate milk. Make your own trail mix with pretzels, cereal, soybeans and dried fruit. Have a wrap or sandwich with peanut butter and jelly. Snack on a protein and carbohydrate energy b...
Health Highlights: Nov. 11, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 11, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Numerous Problems at Clinic Where Joan Rivers Suffered Brain Damage: Report An investigation cites numerous problems at the clinic where Joan Rivers suffered brain damage due to lack of oxygen while undergoing a procedure to treat chronic reflux disease. Staff at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan "failed to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervent...
HPV Vaccination Rates Lowest in States With Highest Cervical Cancer Rates: Study
HPV Vaccination Rates Lowest in States With Highest Cervical Cancer Rates: Study TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The states with the lowest rates for teen vaccinations against the virus believed to cause most cervical cancers are also the states where cervical cancer rates are the highest, a new study finds. For example, in Massachusetts, where 69 percent of teen girls have been vaccinated, about six in 100,000 women develop cervical cancer each year, the researchers said. But in Arkansas, wh...
Health Tip: Keep Your Bedroom Pleasing
Health Tip: Keep Your Bedroom Pleasing (HealthDay News) -- The design and atmosphere of your bedroom can impact the quality of your sleep. The National Sleep Foundation offers these tips for a sleep-conducive room: Put some effort into designing your room and keeping it organized. Think of it as a peaceful sanctuary that should feel calming as soon as you enter. Get rid of piles of papers and other unnecessary items. Make sure the furniture arrangement is pleasing. If possible, don't allow computers or ...
Health Tip: Are You Able to Donate Blood?
Health Tip: Are You Able to Donate Blood? (HealthDay News) -- Donating blood can save a life, but donors do have to meet certain criteria before they can give blood. The American Red Cross mentions these typical eligibility requirements: Be feeling well and not sick. Be in good overall health. In most states, donors must be at least 17 years old. In some states, 16-year-olds may donate with parental consent. Typically, donors must weigh at least 110 pounds. Double red cell donors may need to meet additi...
Health Tip: When Your Child Is Ready to Read
Health Tip: When Your Child Is Ready to Read (HealthDay News) -- Preschoolers who show an interest in learning to read may be ready to start with some of the basics. But parents should go slowly. The American Academy of Pediatrics makes these suggestions to parents: Look for signs that your child is interested in reading, such as interest in learning letters, wanting to write or a love of story time. Don't push a young child who is not interested in reading to do so. An enthusiasm for learning, not aggr...
Health Tip: When to Bandage a Wound
Health Tip: When to Bandage a Wound (HealthDay News) -- Knowing how and when to bandage a wound can help speed healing. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions: Hands, knees or other areas likely to get dirty or be rubbed by clothing should be bandaged with an adhesive strip or sterile gauze tape. Change bandage daily to keep wound clean and dry. Don't bandage a wound that isn't likely to get dirty and won't be rubbed and irritated by clothing. A wound that can safely be left ...
Health Highlights: Nov. 10, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 10, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: VA Department Head Announces Major Changes Allowing veterans to receive care outside of Veterans Affairs facilities is one of the most important parts of what VA Secretary Robert McDonald called the "largest restructuring in the department's history." The newly-created Choice Act provides $5 billion for additional doctors and nurses at VA facilities, and another $10 bi...
Holidays Can Trip Up Problem Drinkers
Holidays Can Trip Up Problem Drinkers SUNDAY, Nov. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The approaching holiday season can pose challenges for the 18 million Americans with an alcohol use disorder, an addiction specialist warns. Binge drinking can cause a variety of problems, both social and health-related, including life-threatening interactions with some prescription medications, Dr. Eric Collins, an addiction psychiatrist and physician-in-chief at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., said in a hospital ...
Health Tip: When to Call the Doctor About a Cold or Flu
Health Tip: When to Call the Doctor About a Cold or Flu (HealthDay News) -- Flu and the common cold share some common symptoms. Though both often can be treated at home, more serious cases require a doctor's care. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these warning signs that you should see a doctor: A persistent fever of higher than 102 degrees Fahrenheit that causes body aches and fatigue. Symptoms that persist for longer than 10 days, or symptoms that worsen instead of improve. Shortness...
Health Highlights: Nov. 7, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 7, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Health Insurance Subsidies The U.S. Supreme Court says it will hear a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act. On Friday, the justices accepted an appeal from opponents of subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income Americans afford their health insurance premiums, the Associated Press reported. Critics of the subsidies c...
Health Tip: Chewing Sugar-Free Gum
Health Tip: Chewing Sugar-Free Gum (HealthDay News) -- If you want to keep your teeth healthy and help prevent tooth decay, chewing sugar-free gum may be a good place to start. The Mouthhealthy.org website suggests how to choose a sugar-free gum: Look for a sugarless gum with the American Dental Association Seal. Choose gum that contains aspartame, sorbitol, mannitol or xylitol, which are sweeteners that don't cause cavities. Don't let gum replace basic dental hygiene, such as regular brushing and floss...
Health Tip: Cleaning a Litter Box During Pregnancy
Health Tip: Cleaning a Litter Box During Pregnancy (HealthDay News) -- Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease that may be transmitted via cat feces. Pregnant women should avoid coming into contact with the parasite to protect the developing fetus. The Humane Society of the United States offers these suggestions: Ask a partner, friend or family member to clean the litter box while you are pregnant. If you must clean the box yourself, wear gloves and then thoroughly wash hands. Make sure the litter box is c...
Health Highlights: Nov. 6, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 6, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Facebook Adds Donation Button to Support Ebola Fight Facebook has introduced a "Donate Now" button so that users can give money to charities fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Donations can be made to the American Red Cross, Save the Children or the International Medical Corps, CBS News reported. "For Facebook users in 34 countries, this initiative provides a s...
Health Tip: Risk Factors for Heart Disease in Women
Health Tip: Risk Factors for Heart Disease in Women (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States, government statistics show. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says risk factors for heart disease in women include: Having diabetes, pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Using birth control pills. Smoking. Having high cholesterol, high triglycerides or high blood pressure. Being overweight or obese. Living a sedentary lifestyle. Eating a fa...
Health Tip: Don't Use Costume Contact Lenses
Health Tip: Don't Use Costume Contact Lenses (HealthDay News) -- Decorative contact lenses may pose serious risks to your eye health, so experts say you should avoid them. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration mentions these potential risks of costume lenses: A scratch or cut that develops on the eye's cornea. An allergic reaction, causing watery, red or itchy eyes. A loss of vision. An infection, which could lead to blindness.
Health Tip: Saying Goodbye to Your Child at Day Care
Health Tip: Saying Goodbye to Your Child at Day Care (HealthDay News) -- Dropping off your child at day care can be emotional for parents and little ones. But there are things you can do to help make the experience easier. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions: For infants, remember that what they need is comfort and basic care. Your baby should transition when the infant's needs are met by a daycare provider. For older infants, strangers may be frightening. Create a goodbye routin...
Health Tip: Don't Waste Fruits and Veggies
Health Tip: Don't Waste Fruits and Veggies (HealthDay News) -- When you live in a one-person household, buying groceries and cooking meals can be a challenge without wasting food. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests how to avoid wasting fruits and vegetables: Grocery shop every few days for the freshest produce. If you can't shop frequently, stock up on frozen fruits and vegetables, choosing products without added sugars or sauces. Skip bulk bags of fruits and vegetables unless you can use t...
Health Highlights: Nov. 3, 2014
Health Highlights: Nov. 3, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Maine Officials, Nurse Reach Deal in Ebola Quarantine Dispute A temporary court order for Maine nurse Kaci Hickox will remain in place until just before midnight on Nov. 10 under an agreement reached between Hickox's lawyers and state officials. The order issued Friday by the Maine District Court was sought by the state in order to reduce the risk that Hickox -- who car...
Health Tip: Teach Children Never to Play in the Car
Health Tip: Teach Children Never to Play in the Car (HealthDay News) -- A car is a dangerous place for children to play in, especially given the risk of becoming entrapped inside the trunk. The Safekids.org website offers these safety tips: Make sure children understand that car trunks are only for storing cargo, never for hiding or playing. Cars should be fully locked when not in use, and keys kept out of a child's reach. Rear fold-down seats should be kept closed to prevent children from climbing into...
Health Highlights: Oct. 31, 2014
Health Highlights: Oct. 31, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ebola Concerns Overshadow Medical Meeting in New Orleans Ebola fears have triggered a conflict between Louisiana officials and a medical group holding its annual meeting in the state. The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is meeting in New Orleans, starting this weekend, and thousands of doctors plan to attend. In a letter to the society, state official...
Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of a Car Injury
Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of a Car Injury (HealthDay News) -- More than 2.5 million Americans visited emergency departments as a result of motor vehicle crashes in 2012, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency offers these tips to help reduce your risk of injury: The driver and all passengers always should wear safety belts, even for a very short trip. Make sure children are safely strapped in, children age 12 and under are in the backseat, and all children are in...
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