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  • Health Tip: Drive Safely During a Snow Storm

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Health Tip: Drive Safely During a Snow Storm (HealthDay News) -- If you don't have to drive while it's snowing, don't. But if you must be on the road, the National Weather Service suggests: Slow down. Roads may be slippery, even if they do not look wet. Clean all snow and ice off your car before starting a trip. Let someone know where you are going and what route you will take. Fully charge your cell phone before leaving home. Keep an emergency kit in the car. If you skid, ease your foot off the gas and...

  • Health Tip: Talk to Your Child About Sexting

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Health Tip: Talk to Your Child About Sexting (HealthDay News) -- "Sexting" refers to sending a text message with pictures that are inappropriate, especially involving nudity. According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 20 percent of teen boys and girls have acknowledged sending such messages. The AAP suggests how to talk about sexting with your child: Discuss the issue with your child, even if you haven't heard about an instance of it at school or in the community. Use exam...

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Snoring

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Health Tip: Help Prevent Snoring (HealthDay News) -- Snoring is not only an annoyance, but also a potential health concern. Chronic snoring may be associated with sleep apnea, which can lead to sleep deprivation and potential heart issues. The National Sleep Foundation says certain exercises may strengthen muscles surrounding the airways and help prevent snoring: Push the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth and slide the tongue backward. Repeat 20 times. Suck your tongue upward so that the...

  • Health Highlights: Dec. 1, 2017

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Health Highlights: Dec. 1, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ban on Teflon Chemical Leads to Fewer Low-Weight Births in U.S. There was a steep drop in low-weight births in the United States after a chemical used to make Teflon was banned, a new study says. Along with nonstick cookware, Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was used in many other consumer products, including electronics, carpets and food packaging. But it was linked to a ...

  • HIV Is Gaining Resistance to Lifesaving Drugs

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    HIV Is Gaining Resistance to Lifesaving Drugs FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study warns of a potential return to the "bad old days" when there were no effective drugs to fight HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Timed for release on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, the new study looked at data on more than 56,000 adults living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America. In total, patients in 63 low- and middle-income countries were screened, and all began or restarted treatment with ant...

  • Health Tip: Managing Diabetes When You Have The Flu

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Health Tip: Managing Diabetes When You Have The Flu (HealthDay News) -- The flu can develop quickly and cause aching muscles, high fever and chills. If you have diabetes, it's important to have a plan before you get sick. The National Diabetes Foundation offers these suggestions: You doctor may suggest that you check your blood glucose more frequently and monitor for ketones. Your doctor also may advise to adjust your medication while you're sick. Be aware that medications that you take for flu, such as...

  • Health Tip: Understanding Family Cancer Syndrome

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Health Tip: Understanding Family Cancer Syndrome (HealthDay News) -- Family cancer syndrome is caused by an abnormal gene that is passed down from the preceding generation. Only about 5 percent to 10 percent of all cancers are thought to be caused by genetic mutations, the American Cancer Society says. It may be difficult to determine if a cancer is caused by an inherited mutation. The ACS mentions these factors that indicate the possibility of family cancer syndrome: Multiple cases in the same family o...

  • Health Highlights: Dec. 4, 2017

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Health Highlights: Dec. 4, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Texas Hospital Reports First U.S. Baby Born After Womb Transplant The first baby born in the United States to a woman who had a womb transplant was delivered by doctors at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The world's first birth after a womb (uterine) transplant occurred in Sweden several years ago, the Associated Press reported. The woman in Texas was born w...

  • Health Tip: Diagnosing Pneumonia

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Health Tip: Diagnosing Pneumonia (HealthDay News) -- Pneumonia is a lung infection that most often spreads through coughing, sneezing or touching. Most people recover in one to three weeks, but pneumonia can be deadly, especially among people with weaker immune systems. The American Lung Association explains how pneumonia may be diagnosed: Physical exam: Your doctor will listen to your lungs with a stethoscope. If you have pneumonia, your lungs may make bubbling or crackling sounds when you inhale. Ches...

  • Health Tip: Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder

    Posted: 12/12/2017

    Health Tip: Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (HealthDay News) -- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), common in the winter months, is a type of depression triggered by decreased exposure to daylight. Symptoms of SAD include feeling down, irritable, lacking energy, sleeping a lot or having cravings FOR sweet or starchy foods. The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to help manage SAD: Expose yourself to more daylight. Go for a walk outside during the day, or buy an artificial light source that mimics s...