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  • Health Highlights: Feb. 16, 2017

    Posted: 02/24/2017

    Health Highlights: Feb. 16, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Health Care Spending Will Keep Rising: Report Health care spending in the United States will continue to rise no matter what the federal government does with the Affordable Care Act, according to a report released Wednesday by nonpartisan experts at Health and Human Services. They predicted that health care spending will increase an average for 5.6 percent a year ...

  • How to Control Mold, Avoid Allergies

    Posted: 02/24/2017

    How to Control Mold, Avoid Allergies FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mold can grow almost anywhere. But limiting moisture can help prevent it from developing indoors and causing health problems, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If mold develops it must be removed, because it can cause allergic reactions, asthma and other breathing problems. Use water and detergent to remove mold from surfaces and dry affected areas completely afterwards. If mold develops on absorbent mate...

  • Health Highlights: Feb. 17, 2017

    Posted: 02/24/2017

    Health Highlights: Feb. 17, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Experts Warn of Health Threats from Climate Change More deadly heat waves, catastrophic food shortages, and the rapid spread of some infectious diseases are all in the world's future due to climate change, experts warned Thursday at the Climate & Health Meeting. The meeting, held at the Carter Center in Atlanta, was organized to replace a Centers for Disease Contro...

  • Health Tip: Get a Massage

    Posted: 02/24/2017

    Health Tip: Get a Massage (HealthDay News) -- Massage therapy can help relax your body and mind, easing pain and helping you cope with stress. The Mayo Clinic says possible benefits of massage include: Managing anxiety, stress-related insomnia and headache. Easing pain and discomfort associated with fibromyalgia, sports-related injuries, injuries of the soft tissues and temporomandibular joint pain. Reducing muscle tension. Despite its possible benefits, Mayo says, massage therapy should not be consider...

  • Health Tip: Coping With TMJ

    Posted: 02/24/2017

    Health Tip: Coping With TMJ (HealthDay News) -- Temporomandibular joint disorders, medically called TMJ, are a group of conditions that make it painful to move the jaw and nearby muscles. The U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research offers these suggestions for coping with TMJ: Eat foods that are soft and easy to chew. Use ice packs on your jaw. Don't chew gum, yawn widely or sing loudly. Talk to your healthcare provider about gentle jaw stretches that may help.

  • Heart, Lung Problems May Not Always Need ICU Care

    Posted: 02/24/2017

    Heart, Lung Problems May Not Always Need ICU Care FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The intensive care unit (ICU) may not improve the chances of survival for all patients with serious heart problems, a new study suggests. "We found that the ICU may not always be the answer. Now, we need to help doctors decide who needs the ICU and who doesn't," study lead author Dr. Thomas Valley said. He's a pulmonary and critical care researcher at the University of Michigan Medical School. Researchers examine...

  • Health Tip: Stay Safe During Winter Sports

    Posted: 02/24/2017

    Health Tip: Stay Safe During Winter Sports (HealthDay News) -- Skiing and snowboarding are fun ways to exercise and make the most of winter. But safety is still a priority. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises: Always head out with a buddy when you participate in a winter sport. Make sure you're well-conditioned. Warm up cold muscles and ligaments before playing. Drink plenty of water, and don't play if you are tired or in pain. Always wear a helmet, gloves and other protective equipment...

  • Health Tip: Reducing Your Heart Disease Risk

    Posted: 02/24/2017

    Health Tip: Reducing Your Heart Disease Risk (HealthDay News) -- If you have risk factors for heart disease, such as being overweight, eating unhealthy foods or being sedentary, take steps to lower your risk. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Eat a healthy diet, consisting of lean proteins, vegetables, fruit and whole grains. Indulge occasionally in your favorite cravings. If you're overweight, set weight-loss goals. Even losing a small percentage of your body weight reduces your ris...

  • Health Highlights: Feb. 20, 2017

    Posted: 02/24/2017

    Health Highlights: Feb. 20, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: NASA Sends 'Superbug' to the Space Station A staph germ resistant to multiple antibiotics -- a so-called "superbug'' -- was planned to be sent via rocket to the International Space Station on Sunday. According to CNN , NASA astronauts plan to study the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) germ in the unique zero-gravity environment of space, to better und...

  • Heart Disease Linked to Anxiety, Negative Feelings

    Posted: 02/24/2017

    Heart Disease Linked to Anxiety, Negative Feelings TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with mild heart disease are more likely to say they have poorer health, anxiety and a negative outlook than people in the general population, a new study suggests. These problems are more common among female patients than male patients, the research found. In mild heart disease, there is partial blockage of blood flow to the heart. People with the condition are more at risk of heart attacks, other seriou...