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  • Flu Season Starting to Peak

    Posted: 01/15/2017

    Flu Season Starting to Peak FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Flu season is in full swing and it's starting to look like a severe one, U.S. health officials said Friday. That's why they're urging that the most vulnerable -- the very young, the elderly, the chronically ill and pregnant women -- get their shots before it's too late. "We are still a few weeks from the peak of flu season, and then there's the second half of season to go," said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers...

  • Flu Tightens Its Hold on the Nation

    Posted: 01/15/2017

    Flu Tightens Its Hold on the Nation FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The pace of flu activity continues to quicken across the United States, and probably hasn't peaked yet. That's the assessment of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is urging the most vulnerable -- the very young, the elderly, the chronically ill and pregnant women -- to get their flu shots before it's too late. "Even though activity is elevated, we are probably not at peak yet," Lynnette Brammer, a CDC ...

  • Flameless Candle Batteries Pose Risk to Kids

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    Flameless Candle Batteries Pose Risk to Kids WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tiny button batteries that light up flameless "tea candles" pose a significant risk to children when swallowed, the National Capital Poison Center warns. The lithium batteries in the candles accounted for 14 percent of all the button batteries swallowed by children over the last two years, the center reported. That number is based on statistics from the 24-hour National Battery Ingestion Hotline. The batteries only ...

  • FDA to Weigh Dangers of Exploding E-Cigarettes

    Posted: 01/11/2017

    FDA to Weigh Dangers of Exploding E-Cigarettes TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a two-day workshop in April to weigh the dangers of exploding batteries in e-cigarettes. The agency announced last year that it would start to regulate the devices, which are powered by small, but powerful, lithium-ion batteries. E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine, turning it into a vapor that can be inhaled. The Associated Press reported last month that the FDA had ide...

  • Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Cut Kids' Asthma Risk

    Posted: 01/09/2017

    Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Cut Kids' Asthma Risk THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who take fish oil during their third trimester of pregnancy might cut their children's risk of developing asthma by as much as one-third, a new clinical trial suggests. The fish oil dose was high -- with fatty acid levels that were 15 to 20 times more than the average American gets from food. But there were no significant side effects, according to lead researcher Dr. Hans Bisgaard. He's a professor of ...

  • For Kids With Kidney Disease, Race May Play Role in Outcomes

    Posted: 01/09/2017

    For Kids With Kidney Disease, Race May Play Role in Outcomes THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Black children are about one-third more likely to die from kidney failure than white children, and access to kidney transplants may be a crucial factor explaining the discrepancy, a new study suggests. Dr. Elaine Ku, of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues tracked the health of more than 12,000 black, Hispanic and white children who had chronic kidney failure. All had been trea...

  • Flu Shots Are Worth It

    Posted: 01/06/2017

    Flu Shots Are Worth It WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The flu can be a serious threat to your health, but you can protect yourself by getting a flu shot, health experts say. "The flu shot can reduce the risk of hospitalization and severe disease due to the influenza virus in addition to reducing the incidence or severity," said Kevin Harrod. He's a professor in the department of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The flu vaccine is especia...

  • For Better Results From Customer Service, Don't Make It Personal

    Posted: 01/05/2017

    For Better Results From Customer Service, Don't Make It Personal MONDAY, Dec. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Gifts will be exchanged and returned this week for all sorts of reasons. Wrong size, bad color, maybe missing parts. Whatever the source of your dissatisfaction, your choice of words and tone when dealing with customer service may determine the quality of service you receive, a new study reveals. "We know that customer service quality suffers when customers are rude or aggressive to employees," sai...

  • FDA Suggests Limits on Lead in Cosmetics

    Posted: 01/04/2017

    FDA Suggests Limits on Lead in Cosmetics FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has suggested setting a limit on how much lead can be in cosmetics ranging from lipstick and eye shadow to blush and shampoo. Although it does not have the authority to enforce such a limit, the FDA recommended in a draft guidance issued Thursday that cosmetics not contain more than 10 parts per million (ppm) of lead. Lead occurs naturally in the environment, but high levels can harm ...

  • FDA OKs High-Tech Diabetes Device to Help Replace Fingerstick Tests

    Posted: 12/28/2016

    FDA OKs High-Tech Diabetes Device to Help Replace Fingerstick Tests TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In news that's sure to delight people with diabetes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM) can be used to make insulin dosing decisions alone, without the need for additional fingerstick tests of blood sugar levels. That means people with diabetes who use the Dexcom G5 CGM will likely be spared at least three or four fin...