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  • Heath Tip: Getting Rid of Head Lice

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Heath Tip: Getting Rid of Head Lice (HealthDay News) -- Head lice infections are common among school-age children, but with the proper treatment, you can get rid of both the bugs and their nits (eggs). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Remove clothing before starting the treatment to prevent staining from the chemicals. Apply the treatment according to the product's label instructions. You may need to use two bottles if the infected person has a lot of hair. Do not shampoo be...

  • Heath Tip: Myths About the Aging Brain

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Heath Tip: Myths About the Aging Brain (HealthDay News) -- Scientists are uncovering new information about the human brain every day. But misinformation still abounds. The Global Council on Brain Health recently examined and disproved these myths about the aging brain: MYTH: Older people can't learn new things.TRUTH: Something as simple as meeting new friends and remembering their names is enough to simulate the brain and keep it active. Going back to school or trying a new hobby are other ways to impro...

  • Hurricanes May Have Longer-Lasting Impact on Kids

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Hurricanes May Have Longer-Lasting Impact on Kids TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children may have a more difficult time coping with the devastating hurricanes that have recently hit the United States, an expert says. "Compared to adults, children suffer more from exposure to disasters, including psychological, behavioral, and physical problems, as well as difficulties learning in school," Jessica Dym Bartlett, a senior research scientist at Child Trends, said in that organization's news re...

  • Health Tip: Stay Safe on the Road

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Health Tip: Stay Safe on the Road (HealthDay News) -- More than 400 people will die and another 48,400 will be injured seriously enough to require medicalattentionin car crashes duringany holiday weekend, the U.S. National Safety Council estimates. Here's what the council suggests you can do to minimize your chances of risk: Always wear your seatbelt. Use proper car seats for children that are appropriate for their height, weight and age. Don't drink alcohol and drive. Get enough sleep and take periodic...

  • Health Tip: Leading Causes of Food Poisoning

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Health Tip: Leading Causes of Food Poisoning (HealthDay News) -- More than a million Americans each year suffer the symptoms of food poisoning, including nausea and vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever and dehydration. Here are leading causes of food poisoning, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Bacteria and viruses, such as Salmonella, norovirus, campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria, clostridium and perfringens. Parasites, such as protozoa or roundworms. Mold, toxins and ...

  • HPV Test Alone OK for Cervical Cancer Screening Over 30: Expert Panel

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    HPV Test Alone OK for Cervical Cancer Screening Over 30: Expert Panel TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An influential U.S. panel of health experts is boosting support for the HPV test as a routine part of cervical cancer screening. The independent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) -- which issues closely heeded guidelines on a range of medical issues -- says the test for the human papillomavirus (HPV) can be used once every five years for women aged 30 to 65, in lieu of the once ev...

  • Heath Tip: Contact Lenses Aren't Risk-Free

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Heath Tip: Contact Lenses Aren't Risk-Free (HealthDay News) -- Contact lenses may raise your risk of developing serious eye conditions, such as infections or corneal ulcers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it's important to remove your contacts and to visit your doctor if you show signs of eye irritation, including: Pain or discomfort. Excess tearing or eye discharge. Unusual sensitivity to light. Itching or burning. Unusual redness. Blurred vision. Swelling.

  • Health Tip: Treating Sleep Apnea

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Health Tip: Treating Sleep Apnea (HealthDay News) -- There's no routine blood test to detect sleep apnea, and it may well be missed during a routine medical visit. But left untreated, sleep apnea can raise a person's risk for significant health risks, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Those risks include: High blood pressure,heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. Heart failure. Heartarrhythmia, the medical term for irregular heartbeat. Driving accidents.

  • Hurricanes' Toll on Mental Health Will Linger

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Hurricanes' Toll on Mental Health Will Linger THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma disappears, survivors could still suffer from mental stress caused by the massive storms, experts say. "Everybody who has been in a disaster is changed permanently in some way. You never forget it," said Dr. Carol North, a crisis psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. North has studied thousands of survivors of major disasters, such...

  • Health Tip: Pedicure Pointers

    Posted: 09/21/2017

    Health Tip: Pedicure Pointers (HealthDay News) -- Giving yourself a home pedicure, or getting one at a salon? The American Podiatric Medical Association has these suggestions: Before your pedicure, consult a podiatrist if you have diabetes or poor circulation. First thing in the morning is the ideal time to schedule a pedicure, because salons are typically cleanest earlier in the day. Bring your own pedicure tools to the salon. If you don't have any, make sure the salon sufficiently sterilizes the equip...