|Some Helpful Hints When Monitoring Blood Sugar
Some Helpful Hints When Monitoring Blood Sugar FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who needs to monitor their blood sugar can take some simple steps to improve their test results. These include: Wash your hands before you test. It sounds simple enough, but it's a step many people skip or skimp on. "Tests strips are essentially little labs on a piece of plastic," explained Dr. David Simmons, chief medical officer at Bayer HealthCare's Diabetes Care in Tarrytown, N.Y. "If you have sugar on yo...
Are All Home-Based Blood Sugar Tests Equal?
Are All Home-Based Blood Sugar Tests Equal? FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Every day, millions of people with diabetes -- both type 1 and type 2 -- rely on the results they get from their blood glucose meters to guide their treatment decisions. But, what if those test results were wrong? Recent research has found that even though a blood glucose monitor meets the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's standards for accuracy to gain device approval, the meter or test strips used in the meter may ...
Health Tip: Baking With Less Sugar
Health Tip: Baking With Less Sugar Your baked goods can be sweet delights without the need to add tons of sugar. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests how to trim the sugar in your recipes: When baking cakes, cookies or bread, cut down on sugar used by one-third. Instead of icing a cake with frosting, use slices of fruit or a fruit puree. In lieu of sugar, use spices that boost sweetness without the calories. Examples include vanilla, peppermint, cardamom, allspice, cinnamon or nutmeg.
Health Tip: Grinding Teeth During Sleep
Health Tip: Grinding Teeth During Sleep (HealthDay News) -- Grinding of the teeth during sleep -- medically called bruxism -- is a common problem, especially among children. Often outgrown, the practice can still damage teeth, so it's important for parents to recognize the warning signs. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these examples: Hearing a grinding sound during the child's sleep. Having your child complain of jaw or facial pain, especially during the morning. Noticing that your c...
Hormones Might Offer Relief From Chronic Pain, Small Study Suggests
Hormones Might Offer Relief From Chronic Pain, Small Study Suggests SATURDAY, March 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of two hormones might make a difference in reducing suffering in people with chronic pain, according to a small, preliminary study. Seven of 9 patients reported a 30 percent to 40 percent decrease in pain after taking doses of oxytocin and human chorionic gonadotropin, the researchers found. In addition, the level of opioid (narcotic) painkillers needed by these seven patients al...
Blood Test May Have Power to Predict Alzheimer's
Blood Test May Have Power to Predict Alzheimer's SUNDAY, March 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A blood test has been developed that can predict with 90 percent certainty whether a senior will suffer from dementia such as Alzheimer's disease within the next few years, researchers report. The test relies on levels of 10 lipids, or fats, in the bloodstream to estimate the chances of either mild cognitive impairment -- which involves memory loss and a decline in thinking ability -- or the beginnings of Alzheime...
Alcohol Near Start of Pregnancy Linked to Premature Babies
Alcohol Near Start of Pregnancy Linked to Premature Babies MONDAY, March 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who drink before they conceive or during the first three months of pregnancy might be at increased risk of having a premature or small baby, new research finds. The study included more than 1,200 pregnant women in the United Kingdom who provided information about their drinking habits shortly before and during pregnancy. The U.K. Department of Health, like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...
'Senior Moments' Don't Seem to Lead to Dementia for Most
'Senior Moments' Don't Seem to Lead to Dementia for Most MONDAY, March 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Only about 20 percent of people who experience "senior moments" of forgetfulness, memory lapses and poor judgment will go on to development serious brain-related disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, according to a new German study. Although some people will be stricken with Alzheimer's or dementia, many will see their symptoms remain the same or disappear, the researchers said. It's all part of a condit...
More Evidence That Bullying Raises Kids' Suicide Risk
More Evidence That Bullying Raises Kids' Suicide Risk MONDAY, March 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children and teens involved in bullying -- victims and perpetrators alike -- are more likely to think about suicide or attempt it. And cyber bullying appears more strongly linked to suicidal thoughts than other forms of bullying, a new research review finds. The findings "establish with more certainty that bullying is related to suicide thoughts and attempts," said study lead author Mitch van Geel, a researc...
Spring Break Drunkeness a Dangerous Tradition
Spring Break Drunkeness a Dangerous Tradition MONDAY, March 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- College students who consider heavy drinking a harmless spring break tradition might need to think again. Binge drinking is a serious problem and puts students at risk for injury and death, an expert says. Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks within two hours for a man, and four or more drinks within two hours for a woman. About half of college students binge drink, which becomes more extreme duri...
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