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  • Fewer Advanced Alzheimer's Patients on Feeding Tubes

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Fewer Advanced Alzheimer's Patients on Feeding Tubes TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The use of feeding tubes for nursing home patients with advanced dementia -- a practice increasingly discouraged by some national organizations -- is declining, a new study finds. One Alzheimer's expert who reviewed the new findings was heartened by the news. "When we are looking at someone in the advanced stages of a terminal illness, a feeding tube doesn't make a lot of sense for families," said Beth Kallmy...

  • Fatty Fish May Curb Eye Risks for Diabetics, Study Finds

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Fatty Fish May Curb Eye Risks for Diabetics, Study Finds THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Two servings of fish a week may be enough to lower the heightened risk for blindness that those with diabetes face, a new Spanish study suggests. Diabetic retinopathy is a serious complication of type 2 diabetes resulting from a drop-off in blood supply to the patient's retina. According to lead researcher Aleix Sala-Vila, it is the most frequent cause of diabetes-related blindness. "We wanted to [see] w...

  • Fewer Cancer-Causing Chemicals in E-Cigs Than Regular Cigarettes: Study

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Fewer Cancer-Causing Chemicals in E-Cigs Than Regular Cigarettes: Study FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes get the same levels of nicotine, but lower levels of toxins and cancer-causing chemicals, new research shows. "This study suggests that smokers who completely switch to e-cigarettes and stop smoking tobacco cigarettes may significantly reduce their exposure to many cancer-causing chemicals," said lead author Maciej Goniewicz, an assistant professor...

  • Five Local Zika Cases Reported in Miami Beach

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    CDC Advises Pregnant Women to Avoid Miami Beach Due to Zika FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Federal health officials are urging pregnant women to avoid travel to Miami Beach, after Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed on Friday that five cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have occurred there. Until now, local transmission of mosquito-borne Zika -- which can cause devastating birth defects in babies -- has been restricted to a neighborhood in north Miami known as Wynwood. The U.S. Centers for...

  • Family Trumps Friends in Extending Seniors' Lives

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Family Trumps Friends in Extending Seniors' Lives SUNDAY, Aug. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Among older folks, close family relationships appear more important than dear friends in extending life, a new study finds. Older adults who were extremely close with family other than spouses had about a 6 percent risk of dying within the next five years, compared with about 14 percent among those who said they were not close to their family, the researchers discovered. "Social relationships really do matter," s...

  • Food, Even Water Can Spoil When the Power Goes Out

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Food, Even Water Can Spoil When the Power Goes Out MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Power outages can be more than an inconvenience. They can cause problems with your food and water that could put your family's health at risk. If the power is out for less than four hours, food in your refrigerator and freezer will be safe to eat, but you should keep the appliance doors closed, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. If the power is out more than four hours, pack milk and other...

  • Fast Action Can Prevent Sepsis Death: CDC

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Fast Action Can Prevent Sepsis Death: CDC TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many cases of life-threatening sepsis could be recognized and treated long before it causes severe illness or death, U.S. health officials report. Sepsis, or septicemia, occurs when the body has an extreme response to an infection. Without prompt treatment, organ failure can quickly follow. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 70 percent of patients with sepsis had used h...

  • For Aging Blacks, 'Golden Years' Often Marred by Disability

    Posted: 08/18/2016

    For Aging Blacks, 'Golden Years' Often Marred by Disability WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While Americans are living longer than ever, a new study finds there's still an important racial gap in health: Older black people are more likely than older white people to live their final years with disabilities. "In 2011, at age 65, whites could expect to be free of disability for 15 out of their nearly 20 remaining years of life -- about three-fourths of the time," said study lead author Vicki F...

  • Frozen Embryos May Boost Pregnancy Odds for Some Women

    Posted: 08/17/2016

    Frozen Embryos May Boost Pregnancy Odds for Some Women WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For some women seeking infertility treatment, the use of frozen embryos rather than fresh ones appears to improve the chances for a successful pregnancy, researchers report. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal disorder that causes enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edge, had better odds of having a baby on the first try when frozen embryos were used (49 percent) than when fresh em...

  • Fidget Your Way to a Healthier Heart

    Posted: 08/17/2016

    Fidget Your Way to a Healthier Heart TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Remember all those times you were told to sit still as a kid? Well, a new study questions that advice. Tapping your feet or other types of fidgeting while sitting for long periods of time may reduce your risk of health problems, researchers say. Sitting for extended lengths of time reduces blood flow to the legs, which may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease. "Many of us sit for hours at a time, whether it...