|Health Tip: Pack Safety Essentials for a Long Hike
Health Tip: Pack Safety Essentials for a Long Hike (HealthDay News) -- If you're heading out on a trail or hike, make sure you're equipped with a few safety tools. The Washington Trails Association suggests taking these essentials: A detailed map of the area and a compass. Extra supplies of food and water, and a way to purify water. Extra clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and rain gear. Matches and a firestarter. A flashlight and extra batteries. A well-stocked first-aid kit. A multi-purpose knife.
Don't Let Kids Drink Pool Water
Don't Let Kids Drink Pool Water SATURDAY, July 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pools can provide much-needed relief from the summer heat, but kids can make themselves sick if they swallow too much chlorinated water, experts warn. Amid the splashing and excitement, it's common for little ones to get water in their mouth. Some kids may even take a drink from a pool, despite warnings from their parents. Although swallowing a small amount of pool water is harmless, it's important for parents to realize that in...
Health Highlights: July 27, 2014
Health Highlights: July 27, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Doctor Working in Liberia Is Infected With Ebola An American physician who was helping Ebola victims in the West African country of Liberia has himself become infected, the aid organization he was working with said on Saturday. According to the Associated Press , Dr Kent Brantly, 33, has tested positive for the highly contagious, often fatal viral disease and is c...
Wives' Higher Education May Not Affect Divorce Rate
Wives' Higher Education May Not Affect Divorce Rate SUNDAY, July 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Couples aren't more likely to get divorced if the wife has more education than the husband, new research finds. The study only looks at trends in marriage, it doesn't prove that education levels play a direct role in affecting whether couples stay together or get divorced. Still, "our results speak against fears that women's growing educational advantage over men has had negative effects on marital stability," ...
Health Tip: Risk Factors for a Herniated Disk
Health Tip: Risk Factors for a Herniated Disk (HealthDay News) -- A herniated spinal disk may cause significant pain and discomfort as the disk matter presses on a nearby nerve. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these common risk factors for a herniated disk: Lifting a heavy object improperly. Being a smoker. Being overweight, which adds strain to the disks of the lower back. Engaging in repetitive activities that stress the lower back.
Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Bullying
Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Bullying (HealthDay News) -- With the explosion of social media outlets comes the prospect of more online bullying among children and teens. The American Psychological Association says warning signs that a child is being bullied include: A sudden reluctance to go to school. Torn or dirty clothing. Nightmares. Sudden loss of appetite. Frequent crying, anxiety or signs of depression.
Heat Stroke a Greater Threat to Endurance Runners Than Heart Problems: Study
Heat Stroke a Greater Threat to Endurance Runners Than Heart Problems: Study MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Endurance runners are far more likely to die of heat stroke than an undetected heart condition, according to a new study. The researchers pointed out that endurance athletes participating in events in warm climates are actually 10 times more likely to develop severe and life-threatening heat stroke. Yet, the less common sudden death of a young and apparently healthy person due to undete...
Healthy School Lunches Get Thumbs Up From Students
Healthy School Lunches Get Thumbs Up From Students MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Elementary school students seem to be satisfied with the healthier school lunches being offered to them, according to a new study of school officials. New meal standards -- issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- went into effect in the fall of 2012. At the time, there was concern that kids would stop buying lunch, or throw away most of their food. But the new study of nearly 600 elementary schools sugge...
Chronic Medical Conditions Can Shorten Seniors' Lives: Study
Chronic Medical Conditions Can Shorten Seniors' Lives: Study MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The more chronic medical conditions people have at retirement age, the shorter their life expectancy may be, a new study claims. Since nearly four in five older Americans have multiple health issues, scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore said the findings may help explain why gains in life expectancy are slowing in the United States. "Living with multiple chronic di...
Inflammatory Muscle Disorder May Raise Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke
Inflammatory Muscle Disorder May Raise Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A common inflammatory muscle disorder that causes pain and stiffness in older people may increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, new research suggests. A British study found that patients with polymyalgia rheumatica are more likely to develop vascular disease -- conditions that affect the blood vessels. Doctors should carefully manage the vascular risk factors of patients with polymyalgi...
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