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  • Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of a Stress Fracture

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of a Stress Fracture (HealthDay News) -- Stress fractures are small breaks that form in bones. They're a type of overuse injury usually triggered by repetitive activities and fatigued muscles. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these preventive suggestions: Increase the intensity and duration of your workouts slowly. Engage in cross-training exercises, which alternate activities to help avoid overuse injuries. Eat a nutritious diet, including plenty of foods...

  • Health Tip: Enjoy Screen-Free Fun With Your Preschooler

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Health Tip: Enjoy Screen-Free Fun With Your Preschooler (HealthDay News) -- Your preschooler needs lots of creative time for healthy growth and development -- including limited screen time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Play classic kids games such as the limbo, "London bridges falling down," and "duck, duck, goose." Have an (hardboiled) egg and spoon race. Play "Simon says" and "head, shoulders, knees and toes." Head out for a nature walk. Start a game of "follow the leader." Play a ga...

  • Health Highlights: May 21, 2016

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Health Highlights: May 21, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in Two Decades In a sign that the opioid painkiller epidemic might be waning, new data shows that the number of prescriptions for the powerful painkillers has dropped for the first time in 20 years. Ever since Oxycontin was first brought to the market in 1996, prescriptions have skyrocketed. But, in 2013, 2014 and 2015, fewer peo...

  • Home Remedy For Skin Cancer May Cause Damage, Mask New Growth

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Home Remedy For Skin Cancer May Cause Damage, Mask New Growth MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the promise of an "easy and natural" treatment for skin cancer, home remedies such as black salve can actually make things worse, new research shows. People use black salve with the hope that it will remove skin cancers. But, this purported therapy contains corrosive ingredients that can destroy the skin's top layer while cancer continues to grow underneath, the researchers explained. "There is...

  • Health Tip: Losing Your Hair?

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Health Tip: Losing Your Hair? (HealthDay News) -- Baldness, once thought to be a male-only condition, also affects women. Want to know more? Here's some background information, courtesy of the American Academy of Dermatology: Hair care practices can worsen hair loss. Avoid activities that can damage hair, such as blow drying on the highest heat setting. Temporary factors such as childbirth, stress and illness can trigger hair loss, but this type of loss typically stops over time. Talk to your doctor abo...

  • Health Tip: Caring For Your Teeth During Pregnancy

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Health Tip: Caring For Your Teeth During Pregnancy (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy means taking better care of yourself -- including your teeth. The American Dental Association suggests: Brush and floss teeth regularly, and rinse each night with a fluoride mouth wash. See your dentist for checkups, and tell him or her that you're pregnant. Look for any changes in your mouth. Ask your dentist if you need more frequent cleanings. Get plenty of calcium, protein, phosphorous and vitamins A, C and D to help ba...

  • Health Highlights: May 23, 2016

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Health Highlights: May 23, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: NFL Tried to Influence Government Study on Concussions: Report A new Congressional report claims that National Football League officials tried to influence the outcome of a government study that examined the link between concussions and brain disease. Rep. Frank Pellone (D-N.J.), who oversaw the report, said in a statement Monday that the NFL tried to convince the U.S. ...

  • Hormone May Be Linked to Teenage Obesity

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Hormone May Be Linked to Teenage Obesity TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obese teens may have lower levels of a weight-regulating hormone than normal-weight teens, a new study says. "Our study is the first to look at levels of spexin in the pediatric population," said Dr. Seema Kumar, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Previous studies in adults concluded that spexin is likely involved in regulating the body's energy balance and fat mass. For this study, researchers assessed levels of spex...

  • Health Highlights: May 24, 2016

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    Health Highlights: May 24, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Family of Baseball's Tony Gwynn Sues Tobacco Industry The family of deceased baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is suing the tobacco industry. Gwynn died of salivary gland cancer in 2014. In a wrongful-death lawsuit filed Monday in Superior Court in San Diego, his family accuses Altria Group Inc. and several other defendants of inducing Gwynn to start using smokeless tob...

  • High-Salt Diets May Raise Heart Risks for Kidney Patients

    Posted: 05/30/2016

    High-Salt Diets May Raise Heart Risks for Kidney Patients TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic kidney disease face higher odds of heart attack or stroke if they have high-salt diets, a new study suggests. "Moderate sodium reduction among patients with chronic kidney disease and high sodium intake may lower [heart] risk," concluded a team led by Dr. Jiang He, of Tulane University in New Orleans. About one in every 10 Americans is affected by chronic kidney disease, and more than ...