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  • Health Tip: Discuss Acne Products With a Dermatologist

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Health Tip: Discuss Acne Products With a Dermatologist (HealthDay News) -- If you're using acne products, you should take precautions to prevent a rare but serious allergic reaction. The American Academy of Dermatology offers this advice: See your dermatologist to discuss acne treatments that you'd like to use. Always consult a dermatologist before using an acne treatment if you've had an allergic reaction before. Ask the doctor about how to safely test acne treatments at home.

  • Health Tip: Create an Asthma Action Plan

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Health Tip: Create an Asthma Action Plan (HealthDay News) -- An asthma action plan can help people with asthma handle an attack quickly and safely. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: Creating the action plan with your doctor's assistance. Including in your plan the asthma treatments taken daily, including the type of medications and when taken. Including a plan for long-term asthma control. Including a plan for an asthma attack. Noting when it's appropriate to visit the doct...

  • Health Highlights: May 16, 2016

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Health Highlights: May 16, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Supreme Court Pushes Birth Control Fight Back to Lower Courts Lower courts should make another attempt to find a compromise in a birth control battle between faith-based groups and the Obama administration, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday. The unsigned, unanimous opinion was issued by the justices over a White House arrangement to spare faith-based groups from having...

  • How Much Time Is Left? Doctors, Loved Ones Often Disagree

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    How Much Time Is Left? Doctors, Loved Ones Often Disagree TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Loved ones acting on behalf of critically ill patients are often more optimistic about outcomes than physicians. But not necessarily because they don't grasp the gravity of the case, new research suggests. The study of more than 200 surrogate "decision makers" found that in more than half of cases doctors and loved ones disagreed about whether the patient would die or not. However, "it isn't just a misund...

  • Health Highlights: May 17, 2016

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Health Highlights: May 17, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Scientists Clone Zika Virus Scientists who cloned the Zika virus for the first time say their achievement could speed efforts to create a vaccine against the mosquito-borne virus that can cause serious birth defects and neurological problems. The team at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston developed a way to genetically engineer Zika, meaning it can now ...

  • HIV Patients Less Likely to Get Treatment for Cancer: Study

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    HIV Patients Less Likely to Get Treatment for Cancer: Study TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While powerful HIV medications are granting longer lives to many people infected with the virus, a new U.S. study shows these same patients are less likely to get treatment for cancer if it develops. It's not clear why the difference exists. It could reflect the decisions of physicians, patients or both. Whatever the case, the finding confirms that the gap persists even when patients have private insura...

  • Health Tip: Apply Mosquito Repellent Correctly

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Health Tip: Apply Mosquito Repellent Correctly (HealthDay News) -- Mosquito repellents can keep bug bites and related illnesses at bay, but you have to apply it properly. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises: Always read the product's label. Never put repellent near the mouth or eyes, and use it carefully around the ears. Never put repellent on open skin or on a wound. When applying to the face, spray onto hands first, and then rub onto face. Spray only in well-ventilated areas, and avoid in...

  • Health Tip: Massage May Help You Sleep Better

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Health Tip: Massage May Help You Sleep Better (HealthDay News) -- A relaxing, gentle massage before bed may be exactly what's needed to help you get a good night's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation says potential benefits of massage include: Feeling more relaxed. Feeling less anxious. Easing pain.

  • High HIV Rates for Gay Men in Some Southern Cities

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    High HIV Rates for Gay Men in Some Southern Cities WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of HIV infection among gay and bisexual men are approaching 30 percent to 40 percent in some southern U.S. cities, a new report finds. According to the study, about 39.5 percent of gay and bisexual men in Jackson, Miss., are now HIV-positive, as are about 29 percent of gay/bisexual men living in El Paso, Texas, or Columbia, S.C. Other southern cities -- Augusta, Ga., Baton Rouge, La., Little Rock, Ark. -...

  • Health Tip: Boost Your Mood

    Posted: 05/24/2016

    Health Tip: Boost Your Mood (HealthDay News) -- If you have an occasional case of the blues, there are things you can do to help boost your mood. The University of Minnesota suggests: Getting regular exercise, focusing on activities that promote mindfulness, such as yoga. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet and limiting consumption of sweetened foods and drinks. Avoiding alcohol. Getting plenty of sleep. Finding support among your social circles and family.