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  • Guinea Pigs Harbor a Hidden Health Hazard

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Guinea Pigs Harbor a Hidden Health Hazard FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Been looking for a reason to turn down your child's pleas for a pet Guinea pig? Dutch researchers say the rodents may carry germs tied to serious pneumonia. The bacteria, Chlamydia caviae ( C. caviae ), normally causes pink eye in guinea pigs. But three adults in the Netherlands wound up hospitalized for pneumonia after contact with guinea pigs resulted in their infection with C. caviae . Two of the three patients had to...

  • Girl Soccer Players Take More Chances After Concussions

    Posted: 09/20/2017

    Girl Soccer Players Take More Chances After Concussions TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who play soccer try to tough it out after a concussion more often than their male peers do, researchers warn. In fact, they were five times more likely than boys to return to the field on the same day, putting them at increased risk for injury, the small study found. The researchers looked at 87 soccer players from Texas, average age 14, who sustained a concussion during play and were treated at a p...

  • Get Your Kids to Eat Smart at School

    Posted: 09/19/2017

    Get Your Kids to Eat Smart at School THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your kids eat healthful meals at home, but what about when they're at school? Here are some simple ways to make sure your kids get the fuel they need to power them through the afternoon. If you pack your child's lunch, make sandwiches with whole-grain bread, lean meat, lettuce and tomato. Skip salty options like prepackaged cold cuts in favor of slices from a turkey or chicken that you roast yourself. Include favorite fruit...

  • Getting Physical With a Personal Trainer

    Posted: 09/19/2017

    Getting Physical With a Personal Trainer FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You might think that hiring a personal trainer is a luxury reserved for the rich. But even just a few sessions can add up to big fitness gains and a great return on investment in yourself, according to the American Council on Exercise. The role of a personal trainer is to improve your level of physical fitness. He or she will assess your abilities and design a program that includes strength, flexibility and cardio work. B...

  • Get the Veggies, Skip the Starch

    Posted: 09/14/2017

    Get the Veggies, Skip the Starch MONDAY, Sept. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Who doesn't love a big serving of creamy mashed potatoes or a side of steamy rice with their chicken? They're delicious, but it's easy to overindulge in these starchy, higher-calorie foods while falling short on healthy vegetables. Try these ideas for smart substitutions that are lower in calories and carbs, but will still delight your taste buds and satisfy your appetite. Start with cauliflower, a non-starchy vegetable that easi...

  • Getting Fit as a Family

    Posted: 09/13/2017

    Getting Fit as a Family FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting the entire family involved in fitness is a great way to enjoy quality time and instill a love for exercise in kids at an early age. These ideas will help you scale into activity in different ways. One easy step is to turn everyday activities into mini workouts. If you drive your kids to school, try leaving a few minutes early and walking at least part of the way. Or walk together to the playground after school or when errands need...

  • Gene Test Might Quickly ID Baby's Infection

    Posted: 08/31/2016

    Gene Test Might Quickly ID Baby's Infection TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A quick genetic test might one day help doctors determine within hours whether a baby's fever is from a virus or a serious bacterial infection. "Doctors have great difficulty in distinguishing whether a child with a high fever has a bacterial or viral infection on clinical features alone," said Dr. Michael Levin. He is a professor of pediatrics and international child health at Imperial College London in England. "As ...

  • Genes Might Explain Hispanics' Added Longevity

    Posted: 08/28/2016

    Genes Might Explain Hispanics' Added Longevity FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanics might carry genetic advantages that allow them to age at a slower rate than other ethnic groups, a new study finds. DNA analysis using a newly developed genetic "clock" found that Hispanics age more slowly because they are more resistant to natural processes that interfere with cell repair and development as we grow older, said lead researcher Steve Horvath. He is a professor of human genetics at the David...

  • Gallstones Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Gallstones Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who've ever suffered gallstones may have a slightly increased risk of developing heart disease down the road, a large new study suggests. In a group of more than one-quarter million U.S. adults, researchers found those with a history of gallstones were 17 percent more likely to develop heart disease over the next few decades. Gallstones and heart disease share some of the same risk factors -- such as obesit...

  • Gastric Banding Surgery for Teens

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Gastric Banding Surgery for Teens Gastric banding is a form of weight-loss (bariatric) surgery. It’s used to treat people with severe obesity who haven’t been able to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. It’s most often done in adults. But in some cases, it may be an option for a teen. How a gastric band works A gastric band is a soft, rubbery circle made of silicone. The band is attached to a thin, flexible tube (catheter). The tube is connected to a small, round port. During surgery, the band ...