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  • Face It: Drinking, Smoking Takes Toll on Looks

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Face It: Drinking, Smoking Takes Toll on Looks THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Don't want to look old before your time? A new study suggests that heavy drinking and smoking -- besides posing serious health risks -- make people look older than they actually are. The research tracked more than 11,500 Danish adults, aged 21 to 93, for an average of nearly 12 years. Women consumed, on average, 2.6 alcoholic drinks a week, and men consumed 11.4 drinks a week. Smokers included 57 percent of the wo...

  • Flu Shot Could Help Your Kid Avoid Hospital

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Flu Shot Could Help Your Kid Avoid Hospital FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's an easy way for parents to help cut their child's chances of ending up in the hospital with the flu -- get them vaccinated, researchers say. For the new study, the Canadian researchers analyzed the medical records of nearly 10,000 children, aged 6 months to under 5 years, over the four flu seasons between 2010 and 2014. All lived in the province of Ontario. Among children fully vaccinated against the flu, those...

  • Family Vacations That Are Fun for All

    Posted: 11/20/2017

    Family Vacations That Are Fun for All MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a family vacation is a great way to have quality time, but going on a trip that each family member will enjoy takes some planning. Consider choices for an activity-oriented trip. Besides health benefits, vacations make great memories when everyone participates. Start by getting the whole family involved. Show photos of possible destinations to younger kids and let older ones offer their opinions on where to go. For a ...

  • Fiber-Rich Diet Boosts Survival From Colon Cancer

    Posted: 11/14/2017

    Fiber-Rich Diet Boosts Survival From Colon Cancer THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A diet rich in fiber may lessen the chances of dying from colon cancer, a new study suggests. Among people treated for non-metastatic colon cancer, every 5 grams of fiber added to their diet reduced their odds of dying by nearly 25 percent, said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Chan. He is an associate professor in the department of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "What you eat after you've been diagnosed may make...

  • Fewer Diabetes Cases Being Missed

    Posted: 11/03/2017

    Fewer Diabetes Cases Being Missed TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Although the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is still on the rise, the good news is that most people with the disease know they have it, a new study shows. The research suggests that over the past two and a half decades, the percentage of undiagnosed cases has dropped significantly. "If you're going to your doctor, you probably don't have to worry about undiagnosed diabetes," said study author Elizabeth Selvin, a profe...

  • Firefighters Exposed to Carcinogens Through the Skin

    Posted: 10/30/2017

    Firefighters Exposed to Carcinogens Through the Skin WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Firefighters face many known hazards on the job, but one area that hasn't been well researched is how their skin's exposure to hazardous chemicals might increase their risk of cancer. It has long been known that firefighters have higher rates of several types of cancer than people in the general population. In a new study, researchers at the University of Ottawa examined firefighters' exposure to polycyclic...

  • Farsighted Kids Have Trouble Paying Attention

    Posted: 10/29/2017

    Farsighted Kids Have Trouble Paying Attention TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Farsightedness affects young children's ability to pay attention in school, which could put them at risk of falling behind in the classroom, a new study suggests. "We knew from our previous work that preschool and kindergarten children with uncorrected farsightedness have decreased early literacy, and this new study shows that there are even more deficits in these children early on," said study author Marjean Taylor...

  • Flu Shot Key for People With Diabetes

    Posted: 10/19/2017

    Flu Shot Key for People With Diabetes SUNDAY, Oct. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With predictions calling for a potentially bad flu season this year, doctors are urging people -- particularly those with diabetes -- to get vaccinated. Many people with diabetes don't get a seasonal flu shot each year, according to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Some people with the blood sugar disease don't realize they're at risk for flu-related complications. Others have misguided fears that the sh...

  • Failing Sense of Smell Tied to Dementia Risk

    Posted: 10/10/2017

    Failing Sense of Smell Tied to Dementia Risk FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who've lost their sense of smell appear to have an increased risk of dementia, a new study suggests. The long-term study included nearly 3,000 participants, aged 57 to 85, who were tested on their ability to identify five common odors. At least four of the five odors were correctly identified by 78 percent of the participants, the researchers found. In addition, 14 percent identified three of the odors, ...

  • Frequent Blood Donations Safe for Some, But Not All

    Posted: 10/04/2017

    Frequent Blood Donations Safe for Some, But Not All THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some people may safely donate blood as often as every eight weeks -- but that may not be a healthy choice for all, a new study suggests. The study was done in the United Kingdom, where experts recommend that blood donors wait 12 to 16 weeks before giving again. That's in contrast to the United States, where blood donations are already allowed at eight-week intervals. The study -- a large clinical trial invol...