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  • Health Tip: Protect Your Feet From Warts

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Health Tip: Protect Your Feet From Warts (HealthDay News) -- Warts are small bumps, caused by a virus, that are highly contagious. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests how to reduce your risk of developing warts on the feet: Don't walk around barefoot. Each day, wear a clean pair of socks and alternate your shoes. Wash feet regularly, and dry them thoroughly. Regularly inspect children's feet. If someone else has warts, avoid direct contact with their skin. Let your doctor know about wart...

  • Health Tip: Using a Stability Ball

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Health Tip: Using a Stability Ball (HealthDay News) -- A stability ball may look like an overgrown beach ball, but its potential health benefits shouldn't be ignored. The American Council on Exercise mentions these possible benefits: Improves balance. Strenthens trunk muscles. Strengthens abdominal muscles, which may improve your posture. Strengthens muscles of the core -- including the abdomen, chest and back.

  • Hormone Therapy Not Advised for Preventing Disease After Menopause

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Hormone Therapy Not Advised for Preventing Disease After Menopause TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Using hormone therapy to prevent chronic health issues, such as heart disease and bone loss, in postmenopausal women may do more harm than good, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says. After reviewing current evidence, the task force has issued an updated draft recommendation, reaffirming its final statement issued in 2012. The expert panel advises against the use of hormones -- in...

  • Health Tip: Getting an X-Ray During Pregnancy

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Health Tip: Getting an X-Ray During Pregnancy (HealthDay News) -- X-rays provide important insight to doctors trying to diagnose a bone problem. But there are some risks associated with exposure to radiation. However, the risks of avoiding an X-ray are likely to be greater than the small risk of having one. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests these ways to minimize your risk: Always tell your doctor if you are pregnant, or could be pregnant. If you are pregnant and an older sibling needs an X...

  • Health Tip: Are You Truly Hungry?

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Health Tip: Are You Truly Hungry? (HealthDay News) -- Eating for emotional reasons or simple boredom can lead to unnecessary weight gain and unneeded calories. The American Academy of Family Physicians says these signs indicate true hunger: A growling, rumbling, gnawing or hunger pang sensation in your stomach. Low energy, or feeling weak. Difficulty concentrating. A mild headache. Irritability.

  • Heart Attack Risk Spikes After Respiratory Infection, Study Finds

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Heart Attack Risk Spikes After Respiratory Infection, Study Finds TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of heart attack increases sharply after a respiratory infection, a new study finds. But the absolute risk that any one episode will cause a heart attack is low, the Australian researchers added. The researchers looked at 578 people who suffered a heart attack and found that 17 percent had experienced symptoms of respiratory infection within seven days before the heart attack, and 21 perce...

  • Houston, You Have a 'Superbug'

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Houston, You Have a 'Superbug' TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A type of bacteria that's resistant to many widely used antibiotics is unusually common among people in Houston, new research reveals. The superbug, known as Klebsiella pneumoniae , is particularly prevalent in this city of 6 million people, according to scientists. "Finding the otherwise uncommon strain in our city was a very surprising discovery," said the study's senior author, Dr. James Musser. He is chair of pathology and geno...

  • Health Highlights: May 16, 2017

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Health Highlights: May 16, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Police Officer Overdoses After Wiping Fentanyl Off Uniform An Ohio police officer was rushed to the hospital and treated for an overdose after wiping fentanyl powder off his uniform. Fentanyl is a powerful opioid painkiller that can be deadly even in tiny amounts. The incident occurred last Friday, CNN reported. The drug entered Chris Green's system through his hands. T...

  • Heart Health Might Be a Matter of Geography

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Heart Health Might Be a Matter of Geography TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The county you call home may have a lot to do with your chances of dying from heart disease or stroke, a new U.S. study reveals. Although deaths from cardiovascular disease have been dropping overall for the past 35 years in the United States, there are still pockets across the country where these death rates are unusually high, the researchers said. Poverty and lack of access to quality care may doom many Americans to...

  • Health Highlights: May 17, 2017

    Posted: 05/22/2017

    Health Highlights: May 17, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Patient Who Spearheaded Medical Informed Consent Movement Dies The man whose case led to informed consent laws in the United States has died. Jerry Canterbury, who died March 15 in Hartville, Ohio at age 78, was paralyzed at age 19 during a relatively routine back operation and spent the last three decades of his life in a wheelchair and bed-bound, The New York Times re...