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  • Health Tip: Slipping Back Into Sleep

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Health Tip: Slipping Back Into Sleep (HealthDay News) -- Whether it's a child, a strange noise plain or insomnia that wakes you up at night, it can be difficult to get back to sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Practice progressive muscle relaxation or deep breathing exercises. Don't look at the clock, which may worsen your anxiety. Turn it away from you and close your eyes. Think about the good things that happened to you that day. This helps calm your mind. If you still can't sleep after 2...

  • Health Tip: Living With Social Phobia

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Health Tip: Living With Social Phobia (HealthDay News) -- It's common to get a bit anxious before a big event, but someone with social phobia gets extremely nervous about a job interview, reunion or giving a speech. The American Academy of Family Physicians says possible symptoms of social phobia include: Being very afraid of judgment or embarrassment in front of others. Feeling that all others are more capable and confident than you are. Blushing and sweating when faced with a social situation. Feeling...

  • Health Highlights: March 20, 2017

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Health Highlights: March 20, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Edamame Recalled Due to Listeria Threat Possible listeria contamination has triggered the recall of Edamame (soybeans) by Advanced Fresh Concepts Franchise Corp. of California. The recalled 8-ounce packages of "Edamame Soybeans in Pods" are dated between 01/03/2017 and 03/17/2017 and labeled UPC 0-23012-00261-9. They were sold at sushi counters in grocery stores, cafe...

  • Health Tip: Slow Down When You're Stressed

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Health Tip: Slow Down When You're Stressed (HealthDay News) -- Rushing through your day can trigger or worsen stress, but slowing down and breathing deeply can help you get through what's challenging you. The American Heart Association suggests: When you're stressed out, give yourself space and time. Step away to take a short walk, take deep breaths and let your tension ease. Count to 10 and take deep breaths before responding to a situation that has made you feel angry. Think of ways to prevent stressf...

  • Health Tip: Managing Metabolic Syndrome

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Health Tip: Managing Metabolic Syndrome (HealthDay News) -- Metabolic syndrome is a collection of factors that boost your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests these measures to lower your risk of metabolic syndrome: Following a heart-healthy diet. Setting and achieving a healthy target weight. Keeping stress under control. Getting plenty of regular physical activity. Quitting smoking. Taking any medications recommended by your doctor.

  • Health Highlights: March 21, 2017

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Health Highlights: March 21, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Infant Death Rate at New Low The infant death rate in the United States recently fell to a new low, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The rate dropped from 6.86 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 5.82 per 1,000 in 2014, a 15 percent decrease, CNN reported. There were declines in the rates of four of the five leading cause of i...

  • Health Tip: Choosing a Baby Carrier

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Health Tip: Choosing a Baby Carrier (HealthDay News) -- A baby carrier is a convenient way to keep your child close and comfortable. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines for selecting one: Check the carrier's weight limits to make sure your baby isn't too small or large. Look for a carrier with head and neck support, especially for a young infant. Skip carriers that form baby into a C-shape or allows baby's head to drop forward so the chin could touch the chest. Make sure the carri...

  • Health Tip: Prevent Food-Safety Mistakes

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Health Tip: Prevent Food-Safety Mistakes (HealthDay News) -- The wrong habits in the kitchen could mean putting you and your family at greater risk for food-borne illness. Here are popular habits to avoid, courtesy of the foodsafety.gov website: Don't rely on tasting or smelling food to determine if it's still safe. If there's any doubt, throw it out. Don't put cooked meat on a plate that held raw meat, or put marinade used on raw meat on cooked meat. Don't allow food to thaw or marinate at room tempera...

  • Heart Drug Digoxin May Raise Death Risk for Some Patients: Study

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Heart Drug Digoxin May Raise Death Risk for Some Patients: Study WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The heart drug digoxin might raise the risk of death in people with a common heart rhythm disorder, and those patients should not take the drug, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 18,000 atrial fibrillation patients in an international stroke prevention trial, including about 32 percent who were on digoxin at the start of the trial and nearly 7 percent who started takin...

  • Helping Cancer Caregivers Help Themselves

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Helping Cancer Caregivers Help Themselves WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When people are diagnosed with cancer, it's easy to overlook the toll the disease also takes on their caregivers, say social workers who specialize in cancer care. Cancer can dramatically alter relationships, forcing parents to depend on their children, or independent people to rely on loved ones. Meanwhile, those who support cancer patients -- such as spouses, partners, siblings, children or friends -- tend to put t...