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  • Health Tip: Prevent Germs at the Doctor's Office

    Posted: 11/18/2017

    Health Tip: Prevent Germs at the Doctor's Office (HealthDay News) -- The last place you should fear getting sick is in a doctor's waiting room. The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines for pediatricians to prevent the spread of germs. The group says all pediatric medical offices should: Equip waiting rooms with alcohol-based hand sanitizers and masks. Put up visual reminders for kids and caregivers to cover mouths with elbows instead of hands when sneezing. Avoid filling waiting roo...

  • Health Tip: Choosing Smarter Foods

    Posted: 11/18/2017

    Health Tip: Choosing Smarter Foods (HealthDay News) -- If you have diabetes, it's important to make every food decision count. The American Diabetes Association identifies these "superfoods" that offer plenty of potential health benefits: Beans Dark-green leafy vegetables Citrus fruit Sweet potatoes Berries Tomatoes Fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids Nuts Low-fat milk and yogurt

  • Health Highlights: Nov. 9, 2017

    Posted: 11/18/2017

    Health Highlights: Nov. 9, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Bio-Engineered Mosquitoes to be Released In U.S. Bio-engineered mosquitoes will be released in many parts of the United States next year in an attempt to reduce wild populations of mosquitoes that can transmit diseases such as Zika, yellow fever and Dengue fever. The lab-grown male Asian Tiger mosquitoes are infected with bacteria that prevents reproduction, but does no...

  • HPV Vaccine Linked to Drop in Cases of Rare Childhood Disease

    Posted: 11/18/2017

    HPV Vaccine Linked to Drop in Cases of Rare Childhood Disease THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, first developed to help guard against cervical cancer, also seems to protect against a rare, chronic childhood respiratory disease, a new study suggests. It's believed that the disease -- recurrent respiratory papillomatosis -- occurs in children when HPV type 6 or 11 spreads from mother to child around the time of birth. Some children develop wart-like, noncan...

  • Health Tip: Accept Help if Your Child Has Cancer

    Posted: 11/18/2017

    Health Tip: Accept Help if Your Child Has Cancer (HealthDay News) -- Caring for a child with cancer can be emotionally and physically overwhelming. The Children's Oncology Group says the best thing such a parent can do is to accept help from friends and family. The group mentions these benefits of doing so: You will have more energy to take care of your child, spend time with your other children and connect with your partner. While there are some things that only you or your spouse can do for your child...

  • Health Tip: What's Healthy Blood Pressure?

    Posted: 11/18/2017

    Health Tip: What's Healthy Blood Pressure? (HealthDay News) -- Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is fundamental to overall health and prevention of cardiovascular disease and other chronic health problems. But what's healthy? The American Heart Association offers this chart of healthy and unhealthy ranges: Blood Pressure Category Systolic mm Hg (upper #) Diastolic mm Hg (lower #) Normal less than 120 and less than 80 Prehypertension 120 – 139 or 80 – 89 High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Stage 1 140 ...

  • Health Tip: Understanding COPD

    Posted: 11/18/2017

    Health Tip: Understanding COPD (HealthDay News) -- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, affecting some 16 million Americans and potentially millions more who don't know they have it. According to the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, COPD can make it difficult for people to breathe and harm their quality of life. In COPD, less air flows in and out of the lung's airways due to one or more of these factors: The airways lose their e...

  • Health Tip: Recognize Symptoms of Oral Cancer

    Posted: 11/18/2017

    Health Tip: Recognize Symptoms of Oral Cancer (HealthDay News) -- Oral cancer typically is diagnosed between the ages of 55 and 64. It tends to affect more men than women, and will make up about 3 percent of all cancers diagnosed in 2017. The American Dental Association says symptoms of oral cancer may include: A mouth sore or irritation that does not go away within 3weeks. Red or white patches. A lump. Rough spots on normally smooth areas of the mouth. Unexplained ear or throat trouble. Frequent hoarse...

  • Healthier Diet, Less Salt: The Recipe to Beat High Blood Pressure

    Posted: 11/18/2017

    Healthier Diet, Less Salt: The Recipe to Beat High Blood Pressure SUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) - Cutting back on salt, along with following the highly recommended "DASH" diet, can beat back high blood pressure in adults, new research shows. After just a month, the results for people adopting this strategy were "striking and reinforce the importance of dietary changes" for those with problematic blood pressure. So says a team of researchers led by Dr. Stephen Juraschek, of Beth Israel Deaconess...

  • Health Tip: Participating in a Clinical Trial

    Posted: 11/18/2017

    Health Tip: Participating in a Clinical Trial (HealthDay News) -- A clinical trial may be just what the doctor ordered for a person who hasn't responded to a standard treatment or is unable to handle its side effects. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests you should research a clinical trial carefully and ask many questions before you consider participating. The agency says before joining the trial, you should fully understand: What happens before, during and after the trial. Full details of th...