|Being Fit Keeps Blood Pressure in Check
Being Fit Keeps Blood Pressure in Check THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being in good shape seems to reduce your risk of high blood pressure, researchers report. They looked at data from more than 57,000 Americans, including more than 35,000 with high blood pressure, who underwent treadmill tests between 1991 and 2009. Those in the poorest shape had a more than 70 percent chance of having high blood pressure at the start of the study, compared to a 50 percent chance for those with high level...
Severe Hot Flashes During Menopause May Raise Hip Fracture Risk Later: Study
Severe Hot Flashes During Menopause May Raise Hip Fracture Risk Later: Study THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests a possible link between certain menopause symptoms -- moderate to severe hot flashes and night sweats -- and higher rates of hip fractures and weaker bones. Hot flashes are common during menopause, affecting about 60 percent of women. The hormonal changes during menopause also affect women after menopause, since they then face a higher risk of weakened bones and o...
Scratch From Pet Rat Kills Child; CDC Warns of Risk
Scratch From Pet Rat Kills Child; CDC Warns of Risk THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The tragic death from "rat-bite fever" of a 10-year-old San Diego boy highlights the risk carried by the pet rodents, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Rat-bite fever is a rare but potentially fatal illness that should be considered in persons with rash, fever and joint pain, and when a history of rodent exposure is reported," said a team led by Dr. Jessica Adam ...
Many Flu Infections Aren't Good Match for Vaccine: CDC
Many Flu Infections Aren't Good Match for Vaccine: CDC THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The flu is starting to tighten its grip on much of the United States, particularly in the South and Midwest, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. And more than half of the flu infections examined so far have been caused by the strain known as influenza A H3N2, which appears to have mutated from the H3N2 strain included in this year's flu vaccine. That mutated strain has federal officials concerned beca...
Frail Elderly Might Benefit From High-Dose Flu Shot
Frail Elderly Might Benefit From High-Dose Flu Shot THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A high-dose influenza vaccine is better than the standard vaccine for frail seniors under care in nursing homes, a new study suggests. Researchers report that the high-dose shot produces a stronger immune response in this elderly population, a potential sign it will keep more cases of flu at bay. "For frail older adults, the high-dose vaccine appears to be a better option to protect against flu than the stand...
'Homing Signal' in Brain Helps Humans Navigate, Research Shows
'Homing Signal' in Brain Helps Humans Navigate, Research Shows THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A "homing signal" in the brain tells people which way to travel, and the strength of the signal affects people's ability to navigate, researchers report. Their study is the first to uncover why some people are better at finding their way than others, and also offers new insight into why getting lost is a common problem among people with Alzheimer's disease. The British scientists discovered that a ...
Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds
Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Common painkillers, including ibuprofen, might slightly reduce your risk of developing a form of skin cancer, researchers say. Use of ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) appear to reduce the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 15 percent, the researchers concluded after reviewing nine prior studies. Squamous cell skin cancer is usually caused by sun exposure. These painkillers "h...
Health Tip: Eating Disorder Can Hurt Your Child
Health Tip: Eating Disorder Can Hurt Your Child (HealthDay News) -- An eating disorder, such as binge eating, bulimia or emotional eating, can be dangerous at any age, particularly for a teenager. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these potential health consequences of an eating disorder: Weight gain or loss. Difficulty concentrating. Problems of the stomach, heart, teeth or kidneys. Osteoporosis. Dry skin. In severe cases, death.
Health Tip: Tossing Leftover Food
Health Tip: Tossing Leftover Food (HealthDay News) -- Leftovers can only last so long before they're at risk for spoiling. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these guidelines for storing food: Cooked turkey that has been properly refrigerated should be eaten within four days; gravy and stuffing within a day or two. Three or four days is best for cooked vegetables and casseroles. While cheesecake may last for seven days, fruit and cream pies should be eaten within two to three days. No matter ...
Sensitive Parenting May Boost Kids' Social Skills, School Performance
Sensitive Parenting May Boost Kids' Social Skills, School Performance THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The type of parenting children receive at an early age may have a long-term effect on their social skills and school success, a new study indicates. The study included 243 people from poor families in Minnesota who were followed from birth until age 32. Those who received more sensitive parenting early in life had better social skills -- including romantic and peer relationships -- and highe...
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