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  • Health Tip: Protecting Your Health

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    Health Tip: Protecting Your Health (HealthDay News) -- While getting healthy is no easy chore, neither is staying that way. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Avoid smoking and using tobacco. Don't have more than one daily drink if you're a woman, or no more than two daily if you're a man. Follow a healthy-eating plan to protect your heart health and weight. Lose any excess weight through diet and regular exercise. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise four-to-six days per week. Get...

  • Health Tip: Get Enough Vitamin C

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    Health Tip: Get Enough Vitamin C (HealthDay News) -- To help give your immune system enough strength to protect you from the sniffles and sneezes, start with vitamin C-rich foods. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says: Vitamin C helps the body repair and grow tissue. Vitamin C helps the body absorb a type of iron. Besides citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit, strawberries and kiwis also are good sources of vitamin C. Vegetables such as green and red bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts...

  • High Blood Pressure Increasing Worldwide

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    High Blood Pressure Increasing Worldwide TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As the number of people around the world with elevated or high blood pressure increases, so do the number of deaths linked to this "silent killer," a new study contends. An international analysis of nearly 9 million people states that the rate of high blood pressure (hypertension) and elevated blood pressure (prehypertension) jumped between 1990 and 2015. "There are almost 900 million people in the world with hypertensio...

  • High Health Care Deductibles Take Toll on Family Finances

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    High Health Care Deductibles Take Toll on Family Finances TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High-deductible health plans have multiplied in recent years. But they may pose a significant financial burden on Americans with chronic conditions, two new studies suggest. One study finds a greater likelihood that out-of-pocket spending for health care will consume 10 percent or more of family income for someone with a long-term condition such as arthritis, high blood pressure or a mood disorder and a ...

  • Health Tip: Coping With Hair Loss

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    Health Tip: Coping With Hair Loss (HealthDay News) -- If you're losing your hair, you may be able to slow the tide. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests: Use caution in washing, drying and styling your hair. Certain medications can trigger hair loss. Don't stop taking any medication. Instead, talk to your dermatologist about whether there are alternatives. Hair loss can be temporary. Factors such as just having given birth, illness or stress may be at play. Speak to your doctor about this possib...

  • Health Tip: Improve Your Diet

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    Health Tip: Improve Your Diet (HealthDay News) -- Eating better may be as simple as choosing healthier foods. Here are suggestions from the American Heart Association: Eat more fruit and vegetables. Let your child choose a new piece of produce each week at the grocery store. Switch from refined grains to whole-grain products, including breads, pasta, rice, popcorn and oatmeal. Opt for liquid fats -- such as olive, canola, corn, sesame or sunflower oils -- instead of solid fats. Choose skinless poultry o...

  • Health Highlights: Jan. 10, 2017

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    Health Highlights: Jan. 10, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Vaccine Skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr. Asked to Head Trump 'Vaccination Safety' Committee Robert Kennedy Jr., long a vocal skeptic of childhood vaccinations, told reporters Tuesday that president-elect Donald Trump has asked him to "chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity." According to CBS News , Trump met Tuesday with Kennedy, who said the meeti...

  • How to Spot a Common, Potentially Dangerous, Childhood Illness

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    How to Spot a Common, Potentially Dangerous, Childhood Illness WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly all children get respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) by age 2. But just because the infection is common doesn't mean it should be taken lightly, one nursing specialist warns. Symptoms of this lung and respiratory infection -- coughing, sneezing and a runny nose -- are often mistaken for a cold, according to Alison Pittman, clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Nursing. "Mos...

  • High Blood Pressure Often Undiagnosed, Untreated

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    High Blood Pressure Often Undiagnosed, Untreated WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Half of people tested at mobile clinics were unaware they had a condition that's often referred to as a "silent killer" -- high blood pressure, a new Canadian study reveals. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, puts extra strain on the heart and blood vessels. This increases the risk for heart attack and stroke, the researchers said. But the disorder rarely causes noticeable symptoms. The serious risk...

  • Health Tip: Eat a Protein-Rich Breakfast

    Posted: 01/17/2017

    Health Tip: Eat a Protein-Rich Breakfast (HealthDay News) -- The doughnut table and vending machines at work can lead to temptation. To help you resist, start the day with a protein-rich breakfast. The American Council on Exercise offers these breakfast suggestions: Combining low-fat yogurt and blueberries to whip up a healthy smoothie. Eating whole-grain toast spread with nut butter and a serving of fruit. Serving hot, whole-grain cereal made with skim milk, topped with fruit and 2 tablespoons of chopp...