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  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome a Global Problem: Report

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome a Global Problem: Report TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- About 119,000 children worldwide are born each year with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a new report finds. The syndrome refers to a group of conditions that include poor growth for the baby both in the womb and after birth, and mental, physical and developmental problems for the child that can last through adulthood, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Globally, an average of nearly 10 percent of ...

  • Forward-Thinking Tips for Back Pain

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Forward-Thinking Tips for Back Pain WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Back pain is common but not inevitable, an orthopedist says. Roughly eight out of 10 people will suffer significant back pain at least once in their lifetime -- but there are ways to reduce the risk, said Dr. Mark Knaub of Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Muscle, ligament or tendon strains (soft tissue injuries) are the most common causes of back pain. These injuries can occur from falls or activities involving lifting, t...

  • FDA Offers Guidance on Fish Intake for Kids, Pregnant Women

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    FDA Offers Guidance on Fish Intake for Kids, Pregnant Women WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new U.S. government guideline classifies fish into three categories of safety to help pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers and parents of young children make healthy choices. The 62 types of fish and shellfish included in the guideline are sorted into: best choices: eat two to three servings a week; good choices: eat one serving a week; and fish to avoid. Nearly 90 percent of fish eaten in the Un...

  • Food Stamp Use Linked to Raised Early Death Risk in Study

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Food Stamp Use Linked to Raised Early Death Risk in Study THURSDAY, Jan. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans who use or are eligible for food stamps have a higher risk of premature death than people who aren't eligible for them, a new study finds. "Our results suggest that the millions of low-income Americans who rely on SNAP for food assistance require even greater support to improve their health than they currently receive," said study senior author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian. He is dean of Tufts Univ...

  • Flu Cases Starting to Spread: CDC

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Flu Cases Starting to Spread: CDC FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Flu activity continues to rise across the United States and there's been a slight uptick in the number of deaths in the last week, federal health officials reported Friday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's still not too late to get a flu shot. That's particularly important for the most vulnerable -- the very young, the elderly, the chronically ill and pregnant women, officials said. "It would have be...

  • First Stop for Scuba Divers: The Dentist's Office?

    Posted: 01/23/2017

    First Stop for Scuba Divers: The Dentist's Office? MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The first time she tried scuba diving, Vinisha Ranna felt a squeezing sensation in her teeth. That experience led to a study that concluded divers often encounter dental problems underwater. Potentially, these problems include pain in the teeth, jaw and gums; loose crowns; and broken fillings, said Ranna, a dentist in training. "Divers are required to meet a standard of medical fitness before certification, but ...

  • For a Colicky Baby, You Might Give Acupuncture a Try

    Posted: 01/23/2017

    For a Colicky Baby, You Might Give Acupuncture a Try MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For beleaguered parents desperate to soothe a colicky baby, Swedish researchers have a novel suggestion -- acupuncture. After two weeks of treatment, about two-thirds of babies given acupuncture no longer had colic compared to just over a third of infants who didn't have the needle treatment, lead researcher Kajsa Landgren said. She's a lecturer at Lund University in Lund, Sweden. "Infantile colic is common, a...

  • Flu Tightens Its Hold on the Nation

    Posted: 01/23/2017

    Flu Tightens Its Hold on the Nation FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The pace of flu activity continues to quicken across the United States, and probably hasn't peaked yet. That's the assessment of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is urging the most vulnerable -- the very young, the elderly, the chronically ill and pregnant women -- to get their flu shots before it's too late. "Even though activity is elevated, we are probably not at peak yet," Lynnette Brammer, a CDC ...

  • Flu Season Starting to Peak

    Posted: 01/16/2017

    Flu Season Starting to Peak FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Flu season is in full swing and it's starting to look like a severe one, U.S. health officials said Friday. That's why they're urging that the most vulnerable -- the very young, the elderly, the chronically ill and pregnant women -- get their shots before it's too late. "We are still a few weeks from the peak of flu season, and then there's the second half of season to go," said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers...

  • Flameless Candle Batteries Pose Risk to Kids

    Posted: 01/12/2017

    Flameless Candle Batteries Pose Risk to Kids WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tiny button batteries that light up flameless "tea candles" pose a significant risk to children when swallowed, the National Capital Poison Center warns. The lithium batteries in the candles accounted for 14 percent of all the button batteries swallowed by children over the last two years, the center reported. That number is based on statistics from the 24-hour National Battery Ingestion Hotline. The batteries only ...