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  • Your Recipe for a Healthy, Delicious Holiday Season

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    Your Recipe for a Healthy, Delicious Holiday Season WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The holidays can become one big pig out, but experts say it's possible to maintain healthy eating habits while you celebrate. "It's important to not look at holiday events as if they are an all-you-can-eat situation. Listen to your body. Serve yourself smaller portions and only go back for seconds if you are still hungry. Don't plan to eat everything at the table, and instead, only serve yourself your favori...

  • Your Birth Year Might Help Shield You From Bird Flu Strains

    Posted: 11/17/2016

    Your Birth Year Might Help Shield You From Bird Flu Strains THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The year you were born could help predict your risk of becoming seriously ill or dying after exposure to a flu virus that jumped from animals to humans, researchers suggest. It was believed that previous exposure to a flu virus offered people little to no protection against new animal-origin flu viruses, according to investigators from the University of Arizona in Tucson and the University of Californ...

  • Your Post-Heart Attack Survival May Depend on Choice of Hospital

    Posted: 10/14/2016

    Your Post-Heart Attack Survival May Depend on Choice of Hospital THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older heart attack victims who receive immediate high-quality care from their hospital often wind up with a long-term survival advantage, a new study reports. Medicare recipients can gain as much as a year of additional life if they are treated at a hospital that has a better track record of keeping all heart attack patients alive for the first 30 days after their emergency, the researchers found....

  • Your Biological Clock: Why Some Age Faster Than Others

    Posted: 10/06/2016

    Your Biological Clock: Why Some Age Faster Than Others WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some adults age faster biologically than others, and may die early even if they have healthy lifestyles, researchers report. The international team of scientists analyzed DNA in blood samples from more than 13,000 people in the United States and Europe and used an "epigenetic clock" to predict their life spans. The clock calculates the aging of blood and other tissues by tracking a natural process (methy...

  • Young Football Players Tackle Greatest Concussion Risk at Practice

    Posted: 08/31/2016

    Young Football Players Tackle Greatest Concussion Risk at Practice TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children under the age of 14 who play football are at risk of concussions, and a small study suggests that high-magnitude head impacts are more likely to occur in practices than in games in this age group. The study also found that one specific type of tackling drill posed the highest risk of head-rattling collisions in these young players. "High-magnitude head impacts are more likely to result ...

  • Your Child's Asthma and Ozone

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Your Child's Asthma and Ozone Air pollution can be a problem for many people who live in and near cities. And for children with asthma, air pollution can cause serious health problems. Ozone and air pollution can be a trigger for your child's asthma. As with all triggers, the key is to avoid or minimize exposure as much as possible. One of the main signs of poor air quality is a high amount of ozone. Ozone is a gas that forms when certain chemicals and toxins in the air mix with heat and sunlight. High ...

  • Your Baby and Breastfeeding

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Your Baby and Breastfeeding Breastfeeding well A baby who breastfeeds well cues (shows readiness) for feedings, is in a good feeding position, latches-on (attaches) deeply at the breast, and moves milk forward from the breast and into his or her mouth. It is also comfortable for the mother. Feeding cues A baby has to wake up and let his or her mother know that he or she wants to eat. This is called showing feeding cues. A baby should show he or she is hungry 8 to 12 times in a 24-hour period. Watch your...

  • Your Child's Asthma: How Severe Is It?

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Your Child's Asthma: How Severe Is It? The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute grades asthma based on symptoms. Those grades are a guideline for treatment and will help your healthcare provider decide if your child needs to take daily preventive medicine or use rescue medicines as needed. Your child's healthcare provider will also treat your child based on his or her medical history and current symptoms. The severity of your child's asthma is likely to change over time. The goal of treatment is al...

  • Your Child's Asthma: Flare-ups

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Your Child's Asthma: Flare-ups What happens during a flare-up? Children with asthma have severe episodes or flare-ups when the air passages in their lungs become narrower and breathing becomes more difficult. Sensitive airways react to certain things, called triggers. Triggers can cause: The lining of the airways (bronchial tubes) to become more inflamed and swollen Tightening of the muscles that surround the airways Increased mucus production Decreased air movement through the lungs Normal Airway Asthm...

  • Yellow Fever

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Yellow Fever What is yellow fever? Yellow fever is a rare viral disease caused by the bite of a mosquito. Many countries still require visitors to be vaccinated for it before entering. Yellow fever is found mainly in certain areas of Africa and in South America. In South America, infections happen only every now and then. They are usually among forestry and agricultural workers. In Africa, infections happen mostly in the tropical areas of western and central Africa. But they also happen in cities and ju...