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  • Health Tip: If You're a Caregiver

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Health Tip: If You're a Caregiver (HealthDay News) -- While taking care of a family member or close friend can be a rewarding experience, it also adds to the stresses of everyday life. So don't forget to take care of yourself in the process, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency advises: Talk with your doctor if you have symptoms of depression or anxiety. Get regular physical exams. Learn how to manage caregiver stress. Ask for help when you need it. Join a support group for caregivers.

  • Heart Health Ignored by Many With Type 2 Diabetes

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Heart Health Ignored by Many With Type 2 Diabetes TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking steps to prevent heart disease is crucial for people with type 2 diabetes. But most diabetic adults in the United States aren't meeting recommended guidelines, health officials say. In a new report, researchers confirm that "cardiovascular risk reduction is critically important for the care of patients with diabetes, with or without known [heart disease or heart disease] risk factors." Drugs such as choles...

  • Health Tip: One of Three Adults Gets Shingles

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Health Tip: One of Three Adults Gets Shingles (HealthDay News) -- Adults 60 and older should be vaccinated for shingles, a very painful rash that's triggered by the same virus that causes chickenpox, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. If you had chickenpox when you were younger, the vacicella-zoster virus may be lying inactive inside you and could trigger a nasty case of shingles. Symptoms of shingles include a blistery rash, itching, fatigue and fever. The best way to prevent shi...

  • Health Tip: Childhood Obesity Can Trigger Adult Problems

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Health Tip: Childhood Obesity Can Trigger Adult Problems (HealthDay News) -- About a third of people aged two to 19 are considered overweight or obese, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says. And the negative health effects of packing too many pounds may carry well beyond childhood, the academy warns. Examples include: sleep apnea, asthma and psychological problems. So what can parents do? Here's what the AAOS recommends: Keep kids active for at least 35 minutes per day. Be a role mode...

  • Health Tip: Mental Disorders Are Common

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Health Tip: Mental Disorders Are Common (HealthDay News) -- More than 43 million American adults, 18 percent of the U.S. population, had a mental disorder in the past year, the most recent surveys cited by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show. These disorders -- characterized by significant changes in mood, thoughts or behavior -- often make carrying out daily activities more difficult and impair relationships with family and friends. If you or a loved one has a me...

  • Health Tip: Conserving Water During Drought

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Health Tip: Conserving Water During Drought (HealthDay News) -- Drought is the most costly and far-reaching extreme weather event, the National Weather Service says, having cost the United States more than $1 billion since 1980. Here are the agency's suggestions for what you can do to conserve water during a drought: Don't fill pools, water lawns or leave water running while doing dishes or brushing teeth. Repair leaky faucets. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Limit time in the shower.

  • Heart Risk Up if Hospitalized for Pneumonia or Sepsis

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Heart Risk Up if Hospitalized for Pneumonia or Sepsis FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who've been hospitalized with pneumonia or sepsis have a higher risk of heart disease, a new European study reports. Researchers examined data from nearly 237,000 Swedish men. They were followed from age 18 into middle age. The study found that those admitted to the hospital with pneumonia or sepsis (a bacterial infection of the blood) had a six times higher risk of heart disease in the following year....

  • How Safe and Effective Is Your Sunscreen?

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    How Safe and Effective Is Your Sunscreen? FRIDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It may be easier than ever to find sunscreen with all the right stuff, but be sure to read the label or you could still get burned. Most sunscreens sold at major U.S. retailers and their websites now offer broad-spectrum protection, are water-resistant and have an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher as the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends, a new study found. But more than a third of sunscreens sol...

  • Health Tip: Avoiding Animal Bites

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Health Tip: Avoiding Animal Bites (HealthDay News) -- Wild animals seldom bite people unless they are threatened or sick, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Most animal bites are caused by a pet -- yours or someone else's. To help prevent animal bites, the CDC suggests: Never pet or feed an animal that you don't know. If your child is near an animal, watch the child closely. Spay your dog, which should make the dog less aggressive. Vaccinate your pets against rabies. Wear boots an...

  • Health Tip: Think Smart During a Hot Spell

    Posted: 08/18/2017

    Health Tip: Think Smart During a Hot Spell (HealthDay News) -- Older adults, young children and people with chronic health problems are considered most at risk of illness during hot weather. To help you stay cool, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these summer tips: Don't leave anyone -- children, the elderly or pets -- inside a car, even for a few minutes. Even in 70-degree weather, a car can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Limit outdoor activity as much as poss...