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  • Health Tip: Tai Chi May Help Prevent Falls

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Health Tip: Tai Chi May Help Prevent Falls (HealthDay News) -- Tai chi is a low impact, slow motion form of exercise and meditation that can help maintain strength, flexibility and balance. A study in The Journal of Gerontology examined the effect of Tai Chi on older adults. It showed that inactive older adults who practiced Tai Chi three times a week decreased their chances of falling by 55 percent. Tai chi focuses on slow and circular movements that can be adapted to virtually anyone, even those using...

  • Homing In on Homework Help

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Homing In on Homework Help TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It can be the most dreaded task of the day for parents and kids alike. Homework. But sticking to a schedule and helping your child -- not doing it yourself -- can lead to a truce in the battle over this age-old rite of passage. First, don't dive into division as soon as your child walks in the door. Help your kids decompress by arranging for them to do something fun and active after school. This could be working on a creative hobby or...

  • Health Tip: Recovering From Substance Abuse

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Health Tip: Recovering From Substance Abuse (HealthDay News) -- Recovery-oriented care aims to empower people with mental or substance-use disorders to manage their conditions. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defines recovery as a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives and strive to reach their full potential. The process includes four major components: Health -- Overcoming or managing one's diseases or sympto...

  • Health Tip: Recognizing Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Health Tip: Recognizing Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts (HealthDay News) -- An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms on the ovary. Most ovarian cysts are small and often lack symptoms unless they rupture or become twisted. If there are symptoms, the womenshealth.gov website says these warning signs are common: Bloating. Swelling. Pain in the lower abdomen. Pelvic pain. Dull ache in the lower back and thighs. Problems emptying the bladder or bowel. Pain during sex. Unexplained weight gain. Pain during ...

  • Hearing Loss Can Challenge Relationships

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Hearing Loss Can Challenge Relationships THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with hearing loss face daunting challenges, but so do those who love them, researchers report. Problems with hearing can be socially isolating for everyone involved, the British researchers explained. "This is research which reviews the existing evidence we have on the impact of hearing loss on those diagnosed with the condition, as well as those around them," said study leader Venessa Vas, who's with the Nationa...

  • Happier Mealtimes, Healthier Eating for Kids

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Happier Mealtimes, Healthier Eating for Kids THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who struggle to get their children to follow a healthy diet may want to make dinnertime a pleasant experience, new research suggests. The study found a happier emotional atmosphere during meals allows preschoolers to make healthier food choices. "Having more positive mealtimes, where people are enjoying themselves, where there's mutual warmth and engagement, makes it a little bit easier for children to appro...

  • Health Tip: Identifying Vascular Dementia

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Health Tip: Identifying Vascular Dementia (HealthDay News) -- Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia, behind Alzheimer's disease. Vascular dementia typically occurs after a stroke, but it can occur for other reasons. The U.S. National Institute on Aging identifies three common forms: Multi-infarct dementia -- This occurs after a series of small strokes that damage brain cells. Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) -- Th...

  • Health Tip: Food Safety for People With Cancer

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Health Tip: Food Safety for People With Cancer (HealthDay News) -- Since people with cancer typically have a weakened immune system, they may be at greater risk of contracting foodborne illness. Radiation and chemotherapy often weaken the body's immune system by affecting the blood cells that protect against germs and disease. Foodsafety.gov suggests these steps to stay protected against food poisoning: Wash hands and surfaces often. Separate raw meat and poultry from ready-to-eat foods. Cook food to th...

  • How to Talk to Someone With Cancer

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    How to Talk to Someone With Cancer THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For people diagnosed with cancer, communication with family members plays a vital role in their health and well-being, according to an expert from San Diego State University. After studying this issue for a decade, communications professor Wayne Beach concluded that cancer patients benefit from continuous positive dialogue. "Cancer patients do cope and heal better depending on their communication within their families," Beach...

  • Health Highlights: Oct. 12, 2017

    Posted: 10/20/2017

    Health Highlights: Oct. 12, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Plague May Have Spread From Madagascar to Seychelles A case of plague has been reported in the Seychelles, health officials say. The 34-year-old male patient became ill after returning from Madagascar, which is combating a plague outbreak that begin in August, The New York Times reported. The man is in isolation Seychelles Hospital and being given antibiotics. His part...