|Health Tip: Watch for Food Allergies
Health Tip: Watch for Food Allergies (HealthDay News) -- Food allergies can make holiday parties worrisome, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology recommends that you: Always ask about the ingredients of a dish before you taste it. Know that food may be cross-contaminated if prepared near other foods. Don't eat foods that you're not sure are safe. Bring a few safe snacks. Keep an epi-pen on hand.
Health Tip: Be Aware of Icy Spots
Health Tip: Be Aware of Icy Spots (HealthDay News) -- Anyone can slip and fall on an unseen icy spot. So it's important to be aware of frozen patches as soon as the weather is near or below freezing. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture suggests these tips to help prevent falls: When walking on snowy or icy ground, keep hands out of pockets. Wear warm boots with good traction. Bring a change of shoes if you need to wear something more glamorous. Use your toe to carefully see if a...
Health Highlights: Dec. 15, 2014
Health Highlights: Dec. 15, 2014 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ruling Blocking Arizona Abortion Law Stands: Supreme Court A lower court ruling temporarily blocking an Arizona law limiting the use of an abortion drug was upheld Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court. Under the 2012 law, abortion providers must adhere to a 2000 Food and Drug Administration protocol for mifepristone, also called RU-486, that calls for the drug to be given ...
Vaccinating Schoolkids Cuts Flu in Communities: Study
Vaccinating Schoolkids Cuts Flu in Communities: Study MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Giving flu shots to schoolchildren also protects others, a new study finds. "The effect of school-based vaccination was profound, both on the students and on the community," lead author Cuc Tran, a doctoral student in public health at the University of Florida, said in a university news release. When half of the children aged 5 to 17 in Alachua County, Fla., received seasonal flu vaccinations through a school...
Poor Students Eat Healthier Foods at School, Study Finds
Poor Students Eat Healthier Foods at School, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Poor students get more fruits and vegetables at school than they do at home, a new study finds. But, the opposite is true for students from wealthier families. These findings show that having fruits and vegetables at school may give a healthy boost to poor students' diets, according to the study. But, no matter what the family income level, students all ate a similar amount of fruits and vegetables at sch...
Music Classes Boost Language Skills, Study Says
Music Classes Boost Language Skills, Study Says TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Greater participation in music classes may benefit children's language development, a new study finds. Researchers followed kids in the nonprofit Harmony Project, which provides music education and instruments to poor children in Los Angeles. Over two years, children who actively participated in the classes showed larger improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading, compared to those with lower level...
Enforcement of Drunk Driving Laws Makes Roads Safer, Study Finds
Enforcement of Drunk Driving Laws Makes Roads Safer, Study Finds TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With the holiday party season fast approaching, a new study reveals that states that routinely perform randomized traffic stops and make DUI arrests have fewer drunk drivers on their roads. The finding suggests that states that enforce drunk driving laws more vigilantly are better able to deter inebriated revelers from getting behind the wheel in the first place. "Hardly any new laws are being pas...
Syphilis on the Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men: CDC
Syphilis on the Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men: CDC TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of cases of syphilis in the United States jumped 10 percent from 2012 to 2013, with gay and bisexual men accounting for 75 percent of the increase, U.S health officials reported Tuesday. Rates of another sexually transmitted disease -- chlamydia -- fell for the first time in 30 years, with more than 1.4 million reported cases in 2013. This represented a 1.5 percent decrease from 2012, according to the...
First Newborn Screening Test Approved for Rare Immune Disorder
First Newborn Screening Test Approved for Rare Immune Disorder TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first test to screen for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) in newborns has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Some 40 to 100 cases of SCID are identified each year among newborns in the United States, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The group of disorders is caused by genetic defects that influence infection-fighting immune cells. While bab...
FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos
FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant parents should leave prenatal picture-taking to medical professionals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends. Use of ultrasound imaging and heartbeat monitors to get "keepsake" images and videos is not entirely risk-free, the agency warns. "Although there is a lack of evidence of any harm due to ultrasound imaging and heartbeat monitors, prudent use of these devices by trained health care providers ...
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