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  • Health Tip: Get Enough Vitamin C

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Health Tip: Get Enough Vitamin C (HealthDay News) -- To help give your immune system enough strength to protect you from the sniffles and sneezes, start with vitamin C-rich foods. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says: Vitamin C helps the body repair and grow tissue. Vitamin C helps the body absorb a type of iron. Besides citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit, strawberries and kiwis also are good sources of vitamin C. Vegetables such as green and red bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts...

  • High Health Care Deductibles Take Toll on Family Finances

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    High Health Care Deductibles Take Toll on Family Finances TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High-deductible health plans have multiplied in recent years. But they may pose a significant financial burden on Americans with chronic conditions, two new studies suggest. One study finds a greater likelihood that out-of-pocket spending for health care will consume 10 percent or more of family income for someone with a long-term condition such as arthritis, high blood pressure or a mood disorder and a ...

  • 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...

  • Health Tip: Improve Your Diet

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Health Tip: Improve Your Diet (HealthDay News) -- Eating better may be as simple as choosing healthier foods. Here are suggestions from the American Heart Association: Eat more fruit and vegetables. Let your child choose a new piece of produce each week at the grocery store. Switch from refined grains to whole-grain products, including breads, pasta, rice, popcorn and oatmeal. Opt for liquid fats -- such as olive, canola, corn, sesame or sunflower oils -- instead of solid fats. Choose skinless poultry o...

  • Health Tip: Coping With Hair Loss

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Health Tip: Coping With Hair Loss (HealthDay News) -- If you're losing your hair, you may be able to slow the tide. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Use caution in washing, drying and styling your hair. Certain medications can trigger hair loss. Don't stop taking any medication. Instead, talk to your dermatologist about whether there are alternatives. Hair loss can be temporary. Factors such as just having given birth, illness or stress may be at play. Speak to your doctor about this possib...

  • 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: 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 ...