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  • Taking the Bite Out of Frostbite

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Taking the Bite Out of Frostbite SUNDAY, Jan. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Did you know frostbite can occur within minutes? Keeping fingers and toes warm and dry when you work or play outside is a must in icy weather, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says. Frostbite occurs when your tissue freezes and ice crystals form inside cells. As these ice crystals thaw, more damage can occur. Older people and young children are especially vulnerable. Also at high risk: people with diabetes or o...

  • Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Confirmed in Eastern National Parks

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Confirmed in Eastern National Parks TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Planning a hiking trip in an eastern U.S. national park? Better pack tick repellent -- a new study found these parks are home to ticks that carry Lyme disease. Blacklegged ticks -- also known as deer ticks -- carrying Lyme disease were found in nine national parks: Acadia National Park in Maine; Catoctin Mountain Park and Monocacy National Battlefield in Maryland; Fire Island National Seashore in L...

  • Too Much Sitting Ages You Faster

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Too Much Sitting Ages You Faster WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You might age a lot faster if you sit too much, a new study warns. Researchers who assessed nearly 1,500 older women found those who sat most of the day and got little exercise had cells that were biologically older by eight years than the women's actual age. "Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle. Chronological age doesn't always match biological age," said lead author Aladdin Shadyab. He's from the Univ...

  • Truckers' Poor Health: An Accident Waiting to Happen?

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Truckers' Poor Health: An Accident Waiting to Happen? THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel and often eat less-than-healthy food at roadside stops. These behaviors can raise their risk of multiple health conditions, which boost their chances of getting into a crash, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 49,000 commercial truck drivers and found that 34 percent had at least one of several health problems -- such as heart disea...

  • Trulance Approved for Chronic Constipation

    Posted: 01/22/2017

    Trulance Approved for Chronic Constipation FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Trulance (plecanatide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat persistent constipation of unknown (idiopathic) cause in adults. Some 42 million people in the United States are affected by constipation, according to the National Institutes of Health. Once-daily Trulance is designed to stimulate the upper gastrointestinal tract to secrete fluid and "support regular bowel function," the FDA said...

  • Tobacco Use Costs World 6 Million Lives, $1 Trillion Annually: Report

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    Tobacco Use Costs World 6 Million Lives, $1 Trillion Annually: Report TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking kills about 6 million people a year, and costs the world more than $1 trillion a year in health care expenses and lost productivity, a new report says. But, billions of dollars and millions of lives could be saved through higher tobacco prices and taxes, according to the report from the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Besides reducing the risk of canc...

  • The Etiquette of Achoo!

    Posted: 01/18/2017

    The Etiquette of Achoo! WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sneezing is your body's way of getting rid of nasal invaders like pollen, pet hair or viruses. But while sneezes may be good for you, they can spread germs to others. Texas A&M University Health Science Center researchers offer some suggestions about protecting yourself and everyone else during the sneezing season: Look at the big picture. Be aware that the germs in a sneeze can travel far, potentially more than 10 feet, to land on...

  • Timely Tips for Safe Snow Removal

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Timely Tips for Safe Snow Removal SATURDAY, Jan. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Snow looks beautiful while it's falling, but each year thousands of Americans are hurt while shoveling or clearing the white stuff. Folks who are usually sedentary are at particular risk for injuries associated with bending and lifting shovels of heavy snow, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says. Clearing snow can also put a lot of extra strain on the heart, the group warns. In 2015, more than 158,000 people were tr...

  • There's Still Time for Your Flu Shot

    Posted: 01/04/2017

    There's Still Time for Your Flu Shot FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Flu needn't spoil the start of the new year, say U.S. health officials who urge children and adults to get vaccinated. "Most of the flu season is still ahead of us, so it's not too late to get vaccinated," said Dr. Joseph Bresee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, get the shot soon because it can take several weeks to produce enough antibodies to give you maximum protection, the agency notes. "We ofte...

  • Teen Violence Can Be Contagious, Study Contends

    Posted: 12/28/2016

    Teen Violence Can Be Contagious, Study Contends TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Violence could be contagious among teens, according to Ohio State University researchers. The researchers studied data collected in the mid-1990s from more than 5,900 seventh- through 12th-graders at 142 U.S. schools. Their key finding: Students were far more likely to engage in a violent act if a friend had also done so. The youths were 48 percent more likely to be in a serious fight and 140 percent more likely t...