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  • Timely Tips for Safe Snow Removal

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Timely Tips for Safe Snow Removal SATURDAY, Jan. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Snow looks beautiful while it's falling, but each year thousands of Americans are hurt while shoveling or clearing the white stuff. Folks who are usually sedentary are at particular risk for injuries associated with bending and lifting shovels of heavy snow, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says. Clearing snow can also put a lot of extra strain on the heart, the group warns. In 2015, more than 158,000 people were tr...

  • Tobacco Use Costs World 6 Million Lives, $1 Trillion Annually: Report

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Tobacco Use Costs World 6 Million Lives, $1 Trillion Annually: Report TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking kills about 6 million people a year, and costs the world more than $1 trillion a year in health care expenses and lost productivity, a new report says. But, billions of dollars and millions of lives could be saved through higher tobacco prices and taxes, according to the report from the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Besides reducing the risk of canc...

  • The Etiquette of Achoo!

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    The Etiquette of Achoo! WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sneezing is your body's way of getting rid of nasal invaders like pollen, pet hair or viruses. But while sneezes may be good for you, they can spread germs to others. Texas A&M University Health Science Center researchers offer some suggestions about protecting yourself and everyone else during the sneezing season: Look at the big picture. Be aware that the germs in a sneeze can travel far, potentially more than 10 feet, to land on...

  • Taking the Bite Out of Frostbite

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Taking the Bite Out of Frostbite SUNDAY, Jan. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Did you know frostbite can occur within minutes? Keeping fingers and toes warm and dry when you work or play outside is a must in icy weather, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says. Frostbite occurs when your tissue freezes and ice crystals form inside cells. As these ice crystals thaw, more damage can occur. Older people and young children are especially vulnerable. Also at high risk: people with diabetes or o...

  • There's Still Time for Your Flu Shot

    Posted: 01/04/2017

    There's Still Time for Your Flu Shot FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Flu needn't spoil the start of the new year, say U.S. health officials who urge children and adults to get vaccinated. "Most of the flu season is still ahead of us, so it's not too late to get vaccinated," said Dr. Joseph Bresee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, get the shot soon because it can take several weeks to produce enough antibodies to give you maximum protection, the agency notes. "We ofte...

  • Teen Violence Can Be Contagious, Study Contends

    Posted: 12/28/2016

    Teen Violence Can Be Contagious, Study Contends TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Violence could be contagious among teens, according to Ohio State University researchers. The researchers studied data collected in the mid-1990s from more than 5,900 seventh- through 12th-graders at 142 U.S. schools. Their key finding: Students were far more likely to engage in a violent act if a friend had also done so. The youths were 48 percent more likely to be in a serious fight and 140 percent more likely t...

  • The Impact of Child Abuse Can Last a Lifetime

    Posted: 12/28/2016

    The Impact of Child Abuse Can Last a Lifetime MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The traumatic effects of child abuse and neglect can persist for decades, often with substantial economic consequences, researchers report. "We found associations of child neglect and abuse with adult socioeconomic circumstances at age 50," said lead author Snehal Pinto Pereira. Physical, social or emotional abuse in childhood was linked at midlife to a greater risk of time off from work due to long-term sickness, sa...

  • Taking a Holiday Trip? Protect Yourself From Blood Clots

    Posted: 12/25/2016

    Taking a Holiday Trip? Protect Yourself From Blood Clots FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans will travel afar to celebrate the holidays, potentially putting themselves at risk for deadly blood clots. Sitting for long periods in a car or airplane can limit blood circulation and cause a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). In DVT, blood clots form in the deep veins of the lower legs and thighs. A clot can travel through the bloodstream and lodge in the brain, lungs, heart and ...

  • Teens May Not Heed Health Warnings on Cigars

    Posted: 12/25/2016

    Teens May Not Heed Health Warnings on Cigars FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that warnings on cigars may need to be improved to dissuade young people from smoking. "Adolescents may be misguided about the safety of cigar use," said study co-author Dr. Adam Goldstein, from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. "Many still believe that risks of cigars can be mitigated by not inhaling or inhaling less," he said in a university news release. "...

  • Test Predicting Alzheimer's Would Be Welcome, Survey Finds

    Posted: 12/21/2016

    Test Predicting Alzheimer's Would Be Welcome, Survey Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If a test could tell them they were going to develop Alzheimer's disease, most American seniors would take it, a new study finds. Stanford University researchers asked 875 people aged 65 and older if they would take a free, accurate test to predict their future risk of the progressive brain disorder. Three-quarters said they would take such a test. When asked what they would do if they knew they would d...