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  • Health Tip: Make Brushing Teeth Fun

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    Health Tip: Make Brushing Teeth Fun (HealthDay News) -- Tooth brushing doesn't have to be a boring chore. Turn it into fun time that kids enjoy. The American Dental Association suggests: Skip the timer and turn on your child's favorite two-minute song. Or read a silly story using fun voices to keep the child entertained. Don't let kids skip brushing teeth, no matter what the day has been like. Make it part of the bedtime routine that isn't negotiable. Create a reward chart and offer praise when your chi...

  • Health Tip: Exercise Can Be a Brain-Booster

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    Health Tip: Exercise Can Be a Brain-Booster (HealthDay News) -- Exercise does more than keep your body healthier. It also affects chemicals in your brain that help you think and focus. The American Council on Exercise says: Exercise improves alertness and focus, and helps you feel calmer. Exercise promotes neuron growth, improving your brain's ability to understand, process, retain and use information. Exercise also improves your mood and helps you be more efficient, and may help you be more optimistic ...

  • Health Highlights: Nov. 23, 2016

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    Health Highlights: Nov. 23, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Poor Clinical Trial Results for Experimental Alzheimer's Drug An experimental drug for Alzheimer's disease proved ineffective in a large clinical trial. The phase 3 trial included more than 2,000 patients with mild dementia from Alzheimer's who took either the drug solanezumab or a placebo. Those who took the drug did not have slower mental decline than those who took ...

  • Health Tip: Create a Safer Home for Kids With Seizures

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    Health Tip: Create a Safer Home for Kids With Seizures (HealthDay News) -- If your child has epilepsy, you can take steps to reduce the risk of a seizure leading to injury. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Securing padding to any object with sharp corners, such as a table or countertop. Avoiding glass tables. Getting your child a bed that is low to the floor. Making sure carpeting is non-slip, and not using throw rugs.

  • Health Tip: Cold-Weather Workouts

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    Health Tip: Cold-Weather Workouts (HealthDay News) -- As the weather turns colder, you don't have to abandon your exercise program. The American Heart Association says: Exercise can help boost your immunity during the winter months. Working out during colder weather may burn more calories. Wear layers of clothing that you can peel off as your body temperature rises. Talk to your doctor about how you could benefit from cold-weather exercise.

  • Health Tip: Why Arthritis and Fatigue Often Go Together

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    Health Tip: Why Arthritis and Fatigue Often Go Together (HealthDay News) -- Fatigue is a popular complaint among people with arthritis, and it can make daily tasks even more challenging. The Arthritis Foundation explains why arthritis and fatigue often go together: Pain can make it difficult to get enough quality sleep. People with depression, which is more common among people with arthritis, are more likely to be tired. Some arthritis medications can cause fatigue as a side effect. Inflammation flares ...

  • Health Tip: Coping With a Muscle Cramp

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    Health Tip: Coping With a Muscle Cramp (HealthDay News) -- A painful muscle cramp can occur if you don't stretch before a workout. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends: Stopping any activity that led to the cramp. Slowly and gently stretching the muscle. Hold it in that position until the cramp subsides. Gently massaging the muscle while stretching it to help it relax. Applying heat if the muscle and others nearby are tight and tense. Applying cold if the muscles are sore and tender.

  • Health Highlights: Nov. 26, 2016

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    Health Highlights: Nov. 26, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Fidel Castro Dies at 90 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary and the island nation's leader for much of the past 60 years, died at 90 years of age on Friday. According to The New York Times , Cuban state television announced the death of the communist leader, who had been in declining health for years. In 2006, Castro effectively transferred power to his brother, Raul, af...

  • Hitting the Slopes? Keep These Safety Tips in Mind

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    Hitting the Slopes? Keep These Safety Tips in Mind SATURDAY, Nov. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Multi-passenger gondolas and high-speed chairlifts let skiers and snowboarders tackle more trails than ever before, but those who are tired are more apt to lose control and put themselves or others at risk, according to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA). Before you hit the slopes, the group urges you to get into shape. Once on the mountain, stop and rest when necessary. These added steps will help you ...

  • How to Prevent Spread of the Skin Infection Impetigo

    Posted: 12/02/2016

    How to Prevent Spread of the Skin Infection Impetigo SUNDAY, Nov. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Impetigo is a contagious skin infection that's preventable and can be treated with antibiotics, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. It's common among kids, but adults can get impetigo, too. The telltale signs are blisters or sores, usually on the face, neck, hands and diaper area. Impetigo can strike anytime but is more common during warm weather months. More than 3 million cases a year occur in the Un...