|Cost of Diabetes Care Keeps Climbing, Report Shows
Cost of Diabetes Care Keeps Climbing, Report Shows THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The cost of diabetes care in the United States has increased 48 percent in recent years, climbing to more than $322 billion annually, a new report shows. Even greater increases in cost were seen with prediabetes care, which have risen 74 percent, and undiagnosed diabetes, which have jumped 82 percent, the researchers added. In 2012, excess medical costs and lost productivity associated with diabetes totaled mo...
Health Tip: Change Your Skin Routine During Winter
Health Tip: Change Your Skin Routine During Winter (HealthDay News) -- Healthy skin looks radiant, but it may need a little extra TLC during the winter months. The American Osteopathic Association suggests these steps for healthier winter skin: Since hot water can make skin lose moisture, take shorter warm showers and baths. Use a gentle, light exfoliator to slough off dead skin cells. Don't pick at or peel dry skin. Switch to an oil-based moisturizer that includes sun protection factor. Reapply through...
Health Tip: Seek Treatment for a Broken Toe
Health Tip: Seek Treatment for a Broken Toe (HealthDay News) -- If you break a toe, it may not heal on its own without treatment. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons says complications of a broken toe may include: Developing a deformity in the bone, which can cause problems with mobility and in fitting shoes. Developing arthritis in the affected joint. Having chronic pain. Requiring surgery if the toe doesn't heal properly.
Laser Used to Remove Tattoos May Help Reduce Acne Scars
Laser Used to Remove Tattoos May Help Reduce Acne Scars THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The same kind of laser that is used to remove tattoos may reduce scarring from acne, a small pilot study shows. Acne is the most common skin disease in the United States, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and another type of laser is already used to treat scarring from the condition. However, the laser tested in this new study transmits lower energy doses and was used with a special add...
A Bad Marriage Burdens an Aging Heart
A Bad Marriage Burdens an Aging Heart THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A bad marriage increases an older adult's risk of heart trouble, and that's particularly true for women, a new study contends. Researchers examined five years of data from 1,200 married American men and women, aged 57 to 85. People with spouses who were overly critical or demanding were more likely to develop heart disease than those with supportive mates, the researchers from Michigan State University said. They also foun...
1 in 5 U.S. Adults Dealt With a Mental Illness in 2013
1 in 5 U.S. Adults Dealt With a Mental Illness in 2013 THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in five American adults -- 43.8 million people -- had a diagnosable mental illness in 2013, federal officials reported Thursday. The report also found that 10 million adults had a serious mental illness, 15.7 million had major depressive episodes, 9.3 million had serious thoughts of suicide, 2.7 million made suicide plans and 1.3 million attempted suicide. The findings were similar to those in 2...
Could Your Job Help Preserve Your Aging Brain?
Could Your Job Help Preserve Your Aging Brain? THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Jobs requiring intellectually challenging tasks may help preserve thinking skills and memory as workers age, a new study suggests. The researchers compared IQ scores obtained around age 11 from more than 1,000 Scottish people with their memory and reasoning scores around age 70. The scientists found that those who had mentally stimulating jobs appeared to retain sharper thinking even years after retirement. Resear...
Kids Born to Overweight Moms May Face Higher Heart Risks as Adults
Kids Born to Overweight Moms May Face Higher Heart Risks as Adults THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight or obese women who get pregnant are much more likely to have a child who suffers from heart disease as an adult, new research suggests. But it looks like environment may play a greater role than genetics in that trend, the researchers added. "Mothers who are overweight teach behaviors, and those behaviors are passed on," said study author Dr. Michael Mendelson. He is a research fello...
Treating Irregular Heartbeat With Digoxin May Come With Risks
Treating Irregular Heartbeat With Digoxin May Come With Risks FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The widely used heart drug digoxin is associated with increased risk of death and hospitalization among patients who have the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation but no evidence of heart failure, a new study finds. Atrial fibrillation is a common form of irregular heartbeat that has been linked to a rise in risk for stroke among older Americans. Digoxin has been used for more than a century to h...
Close Friends May Be Key to Teens' Drinking
Close Friends May Be Key to Teens' Drinking FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Close friends have more influence on teens' alcohol use than their general peer group does, a new study says. "We've known for a long time that friends and peers have an influence on individual alcohol use, but there are no common studies that distinguished between the broader peer group and the friend group's influence on those decisions," Jonathon Beckmeyer, an assistant professor at Indiana University's School of Pu...
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