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  • Heavy Pot Use in Teen Years Linked to Shortened Life

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Heavy Pot Use in Teen Years Linked to Shortened Life FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who were heavy pot smokers in their teens may not live as long as those who did not use marijuana when they were young, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 45,000 men in Sweden who did compulsory military training in 1969-1970 and were followed until 2011. About 4,000 of the men died during the 42-year study period. Those who were heavy marijuana users in their late teens were 4...

  • Health Highlights: April 22, 2016

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Health Highlights: April 22, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: San Francisco Bans Smoking in Parks to Protect Animals Citing a health threat to animals, smoking has been banned in 65 parks by the East Bay Regional Park District in the San Francisco area. The move is meant to help keep the air clean and keep beaches, bays and wild lands free of cigarette butts that can harm animals and fish, the Associated Press reported. While sm...

  • Health Tip: Should I Check my Blood Sugar?

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Health Tip: Should I Check my Blood Sugar? (HealthDay News) -- Regular monitoring of blood glucose is a great way to measure how well you are managing diabetes. Here's who should be checking blood sugar regularly, according to the American Diabetes Association: Anyone who takes insulin. Pregnant women. People with uncontrolled blood sugar. Anyone who struggles with low blood sugar, particularly if there are no warning signs. Those who develop ketone buildup as a result of high blood sugar.

  • Health Tip: Dig Into More Flavorful Foods

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Health Tip: Dig Into More Flavorful Foods (HealthDay News) -- Healthier food doesn't have to taste like cardboard. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions to keep food healthy while boosting its flavor: Give veggies a sweeter, smokier flavor by brushing them lightly with oil and a sprinkle of herbs, then roasting in the oven at 450 degrees. Using a bit of oil, slowly caramelize onions in a pan over low heat. Use the sweet, rich sauce over a meat or poultry dish. Add to your food ...

  • Health Highlights: April 25, 2016

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Health Highlights: April 25, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: San Francisco Bans Smoking in Parks to Protect Animals Citing a health threat to animals, smoking has been banned in 65 parks by the East Bay Regional Park District in the San Francisco area. The move is meant to help keep the air clean and keep beaches, bays and wild lands free of cigarette butts that can harm animals and fish, the Associated Press reported. While sm...

  • Health Highlights: April 26, 2016

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Health Highlights: April 26, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Letters Alerting Women About Dense Breast Tissue Often Tough to Understand: Study Many women find it difficult to understand letters informing them they have dense breast tissue, a new study says. About 40 percent of women who undergo mammograms are found to have dense breast tissue, which both increases the risk of breast cancer and makes it more difficult to detect ...

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent High Blood Pressure

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Health Tip: Help Prevent High Blood Pressure (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure is sometimes called "the silent killer" because it can be deadly, and affected people may not know they have it. To help prevent high blood pressure, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: Monitoring your blood pressure regularly. Keeping your blood sugar well controlled if you have diabetes, which is a risk factor for high blood pressure. Taking your meds for diabetes, blood pressure and other chr...

  • Health Tip: Managing Varicose Veins

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Health Tip: Managing Varicose Veins (HealthDay News) -- Varicose veins are swollen, visible veins that pop up in the legs and elsewhere. They are commonly triggered by veins that don't support adequate blood flow, allowing blood to pool. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggests: Taking frequent breaks if you'll be standing or sitting for long periods. Don't cross legs when sitting, and elevate your legs when possible. Getting plenty of exercise that boosts muscle tone in your legs, which pro...

  • Health Tip: Use a Mouthguard

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Health Tip: Use a Mouthguard (HealthDay News) -- A mouthguard protects your smile when you play contact sports. It's important to take care of the device and to keep it clean when not in use. The American Dental Association recommends: Brush with toothpaste or at least rinse the mouthguard after each use. Keep it dry and clean. Treat your mouthguard to regular cleanings with cool, soapy water and a thorough rinse. Bring your mouthguard to dentist appointments for an inspection and a professional cleanin...

  • Health Tip: Choose Energy-Boosting Foods

    Posted: 04/30/2016

    Health Tip: Choose Energy-Boosting Foods (HealthDay News) -- If you feel too tired to hit the gym despite your commitment to exercise, your diet may need an energy boost. The American Council on Exercise suggests: Eat frequent small meals that include complex carbohydrates, such as veggies, fruit, whole grains and beans. Avoid refined carbohydrates, such as donuts or cookies. Don't drink caffeine within an hour of your workout. Instead, have a small glass of juice to help boost your energy. Start your m...