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  • Flu Shot Key for People With Diabetes

    Posted: 10/18/2017

    Flu Shot Key for People With Diabetes SUNDAY, Oct. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With predictions calling for a potentially bad flu season this year, doctors are urging people -- particularly those with diabetes -- to get vaccinated. Many people with diabetes don't get a seasonal flu shot each year, according to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Some people with the blood sugar disease don't realize they're at risk for flu-related complications. Others have misguided fears that the sh...

  • Farsighted Kids Have Trouble Paying Attention

    Posted: 10/18/2017

    Farsighted Kids Have Trouble Paying Attention TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Farsightedness affects young children's ability to pay attention in school, which could put them at risk of falling behind in the classroom, a new study suggests. "We knew from our previous work that preschool and kindergarten children with uncorrected farsightedness have decreased early literacy, and this new study shows that there are even more deficits in these children early on," said study author Marjean Taylor...

  • Firefighters Exposed to Carcinogens Through the Skin

    Posted: 10/18/2017

    Firefighters Exposed to Carcinogens Through the Skin WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Firefighters face many known hazards on the job, but one area that hasn't been well researched is how their skin's exposure to hazardous chemicals might increase their risk of cancer. It has long been known that firefighters have higher rates of several types of cancer than people in the general population. In a new study, researchers at the University of Ottawa examined firefighters' exposure to polycyclic...

  • Failing Sense of Smell Tied to Dementia Risk

    Posted: 10/10/2017

    Failing Sense of Smell Tied to Dementia Risk FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who've lost their sense of smell appear to have an increased risk of dementia, a new study suggests. The long-term study included nearly 3,000 participants, aged 57 to 85, who were tested on their ability to identify five common odors. At least four of the five odors were correctly identified by 78 percent of the participants, the researchers found. In addition, 14 percent identified three of the odors, ...

  • Frequent Blood Donations Safe for Some, But Not All

    Posted: 10/04/2017

    Frequent Blood Donations Safe for Some, But Not All THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some people may safely donate blood as often as every eight weeks -- but that may not be a healthy choice for all, a new study suggests. The study was done in the United Kingdom, where experts recommend that blood donors wait 12 to 16 weeks before giving again. That's in contrast to the United States, where blood donations are already allowed at eight-week intervals. The study -- a large clinical trial invol...

  • For Men, Fitness Can Often Last a Lifetime

    Posted: 10/03/2017

    For Men, Fitness Can Often Last a Lifetime THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Active middle-aged men are likely to stay active into old age, a new study finds. The research included nearly 3,500 British men, aged 40 to 59 at the start of the study. The researchers followed the men's health for 20 years. Those who were physically active in mid-life were nearly three times more likely to be active at the end of the study period. Men who played sports in mid-life were more likely to be active in ...

  • Fracture Risk Higher for Seniors With Diabetes

    Posted: 10/03/2017

    Fracture Risk Higher for Seniors With Diabetes WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors with type 2 diabetes may be at increased risk for fractures. And researchers think they know why. "Fracture in older adults with type 2 diabetes is a highly important public health problem and will only increase with the aging of the population and growing epidemic of diabetes," said study author Dr. Elizabeth Samelson. Samelson and her colleagues used special medical scans to assess more than 1,000 peop...

  • Focus on Just One Sport Can Mean Stress for Girls

    Posted: 09/28/2017

    Focus on Just One Sport Can Mean Stress for Girls TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sometimes, being too invested in just one sport may not be the best idea, new research shows. The study found that teen girls who focus only on one sport -- in this case, soccer -- tended to have more stress and poorer sleep than girls who also played other sports. The study couldn't definitively "answer whether sport specialization itself interferes with a youth athlete's sleep and well-being," said study lead...

  • Florida Confronts Irma's Aftermath

    Posted: 09/24/2017

    Florida Confronts Irma's Aftermath TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- First Texas, now Florida. For the second time in less than a month, residents of the second and third most populous states, respectively, are confronting the enormous task of recovering from devastating hurricanes that exacted huge health and financial tolls. Florida is just beginning the process of assessing and recovering from the damage done by Hurricane Irma. And many parts of Houston and southeastern Texas are still dryi...

  • For City Kids With Asthma, Nearby Green Space Is Key

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    For City Kids With Asthma, Nearby Green Space Is Key FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Living near a park can help reduce asthma symptoms among children who live in cities, researchers say. The new study included 196 inner-city children in Baltimore, aged 3 to 12 years, with persistent asthma. Some lived close to a park or other green space, while others were more than 0.6 miles away from one. The farther the children lived from a park, the more asthma symptoms they had over a two-week period, t...