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  • Health Tip: Are You Losing Your Vision?

    Posted: 06/25/2016

    Health Tip: Are You Losing Your Vision? (HealthDay News) -- Some age-related vision loss is common. But because it tends to happen gradually, you may not be aware that your sight is ebbing. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these signs of worsening vision: Difficulty reading your mail, or paying your bills. Trouble seeing the television. Problems signing your name. Having a hard time seeing well enough to walk up and down stairs. Squinting frequently.

  • Health Tip: Use Safety Belts Properly on Kids

    Posted: 06/25/2016

    Health Tip: Use Safety Belts Properly on Kids (HealthDay News) -- When a child is big enough to be restrained with a safety belt, you should make sure he or she is strapped in safely. The SafeKids.org website suggests: Establish a rule that your child wears a safety belt during every car ride, at all times, even when the child isn't with you. A child should ride only in the backseat until at least age 13. Parents should be good role models and always wear a safety belt. Every child should always ride wi...

  • Health Tip: Osteoporosis Shouldn't Be Ignored

    Posted: 06/25/2016

    Health Tip: Osteoporosis Shouldn't Be Ignored (HealthDay News) -- Osteoporosis occurs when the bones lose density and break more easily. Though it's a common problem, osteoporosis shouldn't be ignored. The National Osteoporosis Foundation says possible complications include: Broken bones. Chronic pain. Losing height. A hunched or stooped posture. Reduced mobility, which can result in feeling depressed or lonely. The potential need for nursing home care, such as for a broken hip.

  • Health Tip: Identifying Problem Eating

    Posted: 06/25/2016

    Health Tip: Identifying Problem Eating (HealthDay News) -- What you eat, how much you consume and how frequently you chow down all play a part in the likelihood that you'll gain weight. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these unhealthy eating habits: Consuming too much solid fat, added sugar or refined grains. Skipping meals, or eating too much. Eating too many meals at a restaurant, or in front of the TV or computer. Eating too many calorie-laden snacks, drinking high-calorie drinks or dr...

  • Health Highlights: June 17, 2016

    Posted: 06/25/2016

    Health Highlights: June 17, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Russia's Track and Field Team Banned from Rio Olympics As the result of a major doping scandal, Russia's track and field team will not be allowed to compete in the summer's Rio Games, the global governing body for track and field announced Friday. In a unanimous vote, the I.A.A.F said Russia had not done enough to restore confidence in the integrity of its athletes, Th...

  • How to Prevent Painful Swimmer's Ear

    Posted: 06/25/2016

    How to Prevent Painful Swimmer's Ear SATURDAY, June 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Swimmer's ear -- a common summertime problem among children -- is easy to prevent, an expert says. "Swimmer's ear is a bacterial or fungal infection caused by water caught in the ear canal. The tell-tale signs are swelling of the ear canal and some drainage or discharge," said Dr. Nina Shapiro, director of pediatric otolaryngology at Mattel Children's Hospital of the University of California, Los Angeles. Other types of ear...

  • Health Tip: Protect Your Feet

    Posted: 06/25/2016

    Health Tip: Protect Your Feet (HealthDay News) -- With dangers from sunburn to fungus, summer can be perilous for unprotected feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these suggestions: Don't go barefoot. When walking to the pool, beach, locker room or around a hotel, always wear a pair of flip flops, shoes or sneakers. Apply sunscreen to all areas of your feet and ankles. Reapply after getting out of the water. Drink plenty of water every day, all day. Practice calf stretches, toe wiggle...

  • Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe in a Bounce House

    Posted: 06/25/2016

    Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe in a Bounce House (HealthDay News) -- Inflatable bounce houses may be a blast for kids, but they aren't without dangers. Most associated injuries are related to poor installation or falls. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Properly install the house according to the maker's instructions. Make sure it's set up away from branches, fences and other areas where a child could get hurt from a fall. Only allow children aged 6 and older to use the bounce house, and limit it...

  • Health Highlights: June 20, 2016

    Posted: 06/25/2016

    Health Highlights: June 20, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Google Launching New Symptoms Search Feature A new feature to look up health symptoms is being introduced by Google. The goal is to make it easier for people to get a more accurate list of conditions that could be causing their symptoms, USA Today reported. The list of symptoms was created by analyzing health conditions mentioned in online searches and then comparing t...

  • Health Highlights: June 21, 2016

    Posted: 06/25/2016

    Health Highlights: June 21, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S Health Care Spending Could be Trillions Less Than Expected Over 5 Years: Study Health care spending in the United States could be $2.6 trillion less over five years than originally projected after the Affordable Care Act was passed, an Urban Institute study says. It said growth in health care spending appeared to slow after it spiked in 2014, CNBC reported. It's no...