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  • High Blood Pressure Increasing Worldwide

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    High Blood Pressure Increasing Worldwide TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As the number of people around the world with elevated or high blood pressure increases, so do the number of deaths linked to this "silent killer," a new study contends. An international analysis of nearly 9 million people states that the rate of high blood pressure (hypertension) and elevated blood pressure (prehypertension) jumped between 1990 and 2015. "There are almost 900 million people in the world with hypertensio...

  • Health Highlights: Jan. 10, 2017

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Health Highlights: Jan. 10, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Vaccine Skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr. Asked to Head Trump 'Vaccination Safety' Committee Robert Kennedy Jr., long a vocal skeptic of childhood vaccinations, told reporters Tuesday that president-elect Donald Trump has asked him to "chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity." According to CBS News , Trump met Tuesday with Kennedy, who said the meeti...

  • High Blood Pressure Often Undiagnosed, Untreated

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    High Blood Pressure Often Undiagnosed, Untreated WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Half of people tested at mobile clinics were unaware they had a condition that's often referred to as a "silent killer" -- high blood pressure, a new Canadian study reveals. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, puts extra strain on the heart and blood vessels. This increases the risk for heart attack and stroke, the researchers said. But the disorder rarely causes noticeable symptoms. The serious risk...

  • Health Highlights: Jan. 11, 2017

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Health Highlights: Jan. 11, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: VA Health Care Remains on 'High Risk' List U.S. veterans health care will again be on the "high risk" list to be released next month by the Government Accountability Office. The list is released every two years and identifies federal programs that are plagued by problems such as waste, fraud, mismanagement or structural shortfalls, the Associated Press reported. The dr...

  • How to Spot a Common, Potentially Dangerous, Childhood Illness

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    How to Spot a Common, Potentially Dangerous, Childhood Illness WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all children get respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) by age 2. But just because the infection is common doesn't mean it should be taken lightly, one nursing specialist warns. Symptoms of this lung and respiratory infection -- coughing, sneezing and a runny nose -- are often mistaken for a cold, according to Alison Pittman, clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Nursing. "Mos...

  • Health Tip: Eat a Protein-Rich Breakfast

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Health Tip: Eat a Protein-Rich Breakfast (HealthDay News) -- The doughnut table and vending machines at work can lead to temptation. To help you resist, start the day with a protein-rich breakfast. The American Council on Exercise offers these breakfast suggestions: Combining low-fat yogurt and blueberries to whip up a healthy smoothie. Eating whole-grain toast spread with nut butter and a serving of fruit. Serving hot, whole-grain cereal made with skim milk, topped with fruit and 2 tablespoons of chopp...

  • Health Tip: Floss Properly

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Health Tip: Floss Properly (HealthDay News) -- Among the universal laws of dentistry is the need to brush and floss regularly. But are you flossing correctly? The American Dental Association offers these instructions: Using a piece of dental floss about 18 inches long, wrap each end around a finger. Hold the floss taut between your fingers. Gently rub the floss between each tooth, slowly going back and forth. Don't push or snap the floss. Carefully shape the floss into a C at the gum line, and slide it ...

  • Health Tip: Concerned About Constipation?

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Health Tip: Concerned About Constipation? (HealthDay News) -- Constipation occurs when bowel movements happen infrequently or are difficult to pass. Sometimes, lifestyle changes can curb constipation, but other times the condition signals something more serious. The Cleveland Clinic says to see a doctor if: It isn't "normal" for you to be constipated. You notice any blood in your stools. You lose weight without trying. It becomes very painful to pass a bowel movement. You are constipated for an extended...

  • Health Tip: Help Young Children Make Healthy Changes

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Health Tip: Help Young Children Make Healthy Changes (HealthDay News) -- A new year means a new chance to begin healthier habits. And even preschoolers can make healthier changes as they grow. The American Academy of Pediatrics says young children can resolve to: Put away toys and and clean up messes. Allow parents to help them brush their teeth twice daily. Always wash hands after using the bathroom and before and after eating. Help parents clean the table after eating. Be kind to animals, and always a...

  • Health Highlights: Jan. 12, 2017

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Health Highlights: Jan. 12, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: CVS Cuts Price of Generic Competitor to EpiPen A generic competitor to Mylan's EpiPen is now available at CVS for about one-sixth the price. CVS will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known treatment than EpiPen, which can cost more than $600, the Associated Press reported. The products are auto-injectors that contain the hor...