|Pediatricians Endorse IUDs, Implants for Teen Birth Control
Pediatricians Endorse IUDs, Implants for Teen Birth Control MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Long-acting contraceptive devices should be the first choice of birth control for teenage girls, new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics state. Although most U.S. teens opt for condoms or birth control pills, two other forms of contraception -- intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants -- are much more reliable, according to the academy. And they should be the "first-li...
Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer's Patients, Even as Memory Fades
Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer's Patients, Even as Memory Fades MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For those visiting a person with advanced Alzheimer's, the moment can be bittersweet -- will the patient even remember or care that the loved one was there? Now, a new study suggests that even if people with the mind-robbing illness quickly forget a visit or other event, the emotions tied to the experience may linger. The study included 17 Alzheimer's patients who watched 20-minute clips of e...
Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set
Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set (HealthDay News) -- If you're assembling a swing set, take steps to make sure it's properly assembled and safe for your child. The National Safety Council offers these suggestions: Make sure the swing set is stable by placing the legs in concrete below ground level. If you use anchoring devices, make sure they are below ground level to avoid tripping hazards. Don't allow any slack in chains or cables, and make sure any exposed bolts or screws are capped. Make sure t...
Health Tip: What Causes Hives?
Health Tip: What Causes Hives? (HealthDay News) -- Hives are an allergic skin reaction caused by the body's release of histamine. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology mentions these common causes of hives: Exposure to an allergic trigger. Eating something that triggers an allergic reaction. Exercising, or exposure to heat. Being bitten by an insect. Having an allergic reaction to a medication.
Rat Study Suggests Light at Night Might Hamper Breast Cancer Therapy
Rat Study Suggests Light at Night Might Hamper Breast Cancer Therapy TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A study in rats hints that exposure to dim light at night may make human breast cancer tumors resistant to the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin. However, giving the rats a melatonin supplement prevented this light-linked resistance to doxorubicin, the most widely used cancer chemotherapy drug in the world. Prior rat-based research by the same investigators found that exposure to dim light at nig...
Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study
Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of a sibling could be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests. However, both the study's lead author and an outside expert agree that the research can't prove that birth spacing has any causative role in autism. "Most importantly, it is important that parents understand that the odds for autism are still ex...
Health Tip: Curbing Nighttime Nursing
Health Tip: Curbing Nighttime Nursing (HealthDay News) -- Older babies may be able to sleep through the night, but may still wake up to nurse. The University of Michigan Health System suggests how to curb baby's nighttime nursing: Offer more frequent feedings throughout the day. Encourage baby to fall asleep without being nursed, such as by being rocked by your partner or carried in a baby sling. When baby cries, wait before you go in and nurse. Increase this wait time gradually.
Health Tip: Get Physical Activity
Health Tip: Get Physical Activity (HealthDay News) -- Hitting the gym or going for a run are great ways to exercise, but there are lots of other ways to burn calories. The Weight-loss Information Network suggests how to get more physical activity each day: Aerobic exercises, such as biking, jogging, swimming or walking. Strength training exercises, by using weight machines or by doing crunches, push-ups or using free weights. Play a sport, such as racquetball, golf, tennis or basketball. Household chore...
When It Comes to Sex Partners, Men Prefer Younger Women: Study
When It Comes to Sex Partners, Men Prefer Younger Women: Study TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In books and movies, plots involving older men chasing much younger women abound. Now, new research suggests that the stereotype may be grounded in fact. In the study, psychologists looked at data on more than 12,000 people from Finland. The researchers, led by Jan Antfolk of Abo Akademi in Turku, Finland, found that women typically preferred men who were the same age or somewhat older, and this re...
Social Support May Be Key to Heart Attack Recovery
Social Support May Be Key to Heart Attack Recovery TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young and middle-aged heart attack survivors are more likely to have poor health and low quality of life if they have fewer family and friends to support them in their recovery, a new study suggests. The study included more than 3,400 survivors, aged 18 to 55, who were assessed immediately after their heart attack and again one month and 12 months later. The first assessment found that patients with low social...
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