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  • Health Highlights: Dec. 1, 2017

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    Health Highlights: Dec. 1, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ban on Teflon Chemical Leads to Fewer Low-Weight Births in U.S. There was a steep drop in low-weight births in the United States after a chemical used to make Teflon was banned, a new study says. Along with nonstick cookware, Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was used in many other consumer products, including electronics, carpets and food packaging. But it was linked to a ...

  • Health Tip: Managing Diabetes When You Have The Flu

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    Health Tip: Managing Diabetes When You Have The Flu (HealthDay News) -- The flu can develop quickly and cause aching muscles, high fever and chills. If you have diabetes, it's important to have a plan before you get sick. The National Diabetes Foundation offers these suggestions: You doctor may suggest that you check your blood glucose more frequently and monitor for ketones. Your doctor also may advise to adjust your medication while you're sick. Be aware that medications that you take for flu, such as...

  • Health Tip: Understanding Family Cancer Syndrome

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    Health Tip: Understanding Family Cancer Syndrome (HealthDay News) -- Family cancer syndrome is caused by an abnormal gene that is passed down from the preceding generation. Only about 5 percent to 10 percent of all cancers are thought to be caused by genetic mutations, the American Cancer Society says. It may be difficult to determine if a cancer is caused by an inherited mutation. The ACS mentions these factors that indicate the possibility of family cancer syndrome: Multiple cases in the same family o...

  • Health Highlights: Dec. 4, 2017

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    Health Highlights: Dec. 4, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Texas Hospital Reports First U.S. Baby Born After Womb Transplant The first baby born in the United States to a woman who had a womb transplant was delivered by doctors at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The world's first birth after a womb (uterine) transplant occurred in Sweden several years ago, the Associated Press reported. The woman in Texas was born w...

  • Health Tip: Diagnosing Pneumonia

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    Health Tip: Diagnosing Pneumonia (HealthDay News) -- Pneumonia is a lung infection that most often spreads through coughing, sneezing or touching. Most people recover in one to three weeks, but pneumonia can be deadly, especially among people with weaker immune systems. The American Lung Association explains how pneumonia may be diagnosed: Physical exam: Your doctor will listen to your lungs with a stethoscope. If you have pneumonia, your lungs may make bubbling or crackling sounds when you inhale. Ches...

  • Health Tip: Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    Health Tip: Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), common in the winter months, is a type of depression triggered by decreased exposure to daylight. Symptoms of SAD include feeling down, irritable, lacking energy, sleeping a lot or having cravings FOR sweet or starchy foods. The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to help manage SAD: Expose yourself to more daylight. Go for a walk outside during the day, or buy an artificial light source that mimics s...

  • Health Tip: 11 Harmful Effects of Smoking

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    Health Tip: 11 Harmful Effects of Smoking (HealthDay News) -- Everyone knows that smoking is dangerous, increasing the risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease and stroke. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, it may cause many other health problems among women: Decreased bone density in post-menopausal women. Rheumatoid arthritis. Cataracts. Gum disease. Ulcers. Complications after surgery. Depression. Menstrual problems, including an irregular cycle and painful periods. Early menopau...

  • Health Tip: Staying Safe in a Parking Lot

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    Health Tip: Staying Safe in a Parking Lot (HealthDay News) -- More than 50,000 vehicle accidents occur in parking lots and garages each year, leading to about 500 deaths and more than 60,000 injuries, the National Safety Council says. It pays to be especially careful during the holidays, when drivers are increasingly distracted by the hustle and bustle of the season. The council offers these safety suggestions: Don't cut across the lot to get to a parking space. Drive slowly, and use directional signals...

  • Healthy Living May Ease Some MS Symptoms

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    Healthy Living May Ease Some MS Symptoms WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The old adage that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" appears to be at least partly true for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). New research suggests that a healthy diet -- one that's chock-full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains but contains little added sugars and red or processed meats -- was associated with a reduced risk for disability. The study also found that a healthy lifestyle was linked to le...

  • Health Highlights: Dec. 7, 2017

    Posted: 12/13/2017

    Health Highlights: Dec. 7, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Brain Changes Found in U.S. Embassy 'Sonic Attack' Victims in Cuba Brain abnormalities have been found in U.S. Embassy officials and their spouses in Cuba who became ill after what's been referred to as a " sonic attack." Doctors found that the patients -- who developed hearing, vision, balance and memory damage -- have changes in white matter regions that enable commun...