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  • Health Highlights: March 17, 2017

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Health Highlights: March 17, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.N. Agency Announces Tighter Controls on Chemicals Used to Make Fentanyl Controls on the production, sale and export of some chemicals used in the illegal production of fentanyl have been announced by the U.N.'s Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Fentanyl is a prescription opioid painkiller. It is often mixed with heroin or made to look like other painkillers, resulting i...

  • Health Tip: Prepare Homemade Baby Food

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Health Tip: Prepare Homemade Baby Food (HealthDay News) -- Some new parents enjoy making homemade baby food. But it's important to follow safety guidelines to help prevent food poisoning. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises: Thoroughly wash your hands, as well as any utensils and containers that will be used to prepare and store baby food. Wash all produce, and carefully peel and remove all pits and seeds. Use caution with produce grown close to the ground, which may harbor germs. Steam or mi...

  • Health Tip: Transitioning From Bottle to Training Cup

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Health Tip: Transitioning From Bottle to Training Cup (HealthDay News) -- Between your child's first and second birthday, it's time to transition from a baby bottle to a cup. This teaches your child the important skill of sipping, versus sucking. The American Dental Association suggests these types of cup: Cup with lid that screws on or snaps on. Cup should have a spout without a valve. Cup with two handles designed for training young children. Cup with a weighted base to prevent tipping and spilling.

  • Health Highlights: March 20, 2017

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Health Highlights: March 20, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Edamame Recalled Due to Listeria Threat Possible listeria contamination has triggered the recall of Edamame (soybeans) by Advanced Fresh Concepts Franchise Corp. of California. The recalled 8-ounce packages of "Edamame Soybeans in Pods" are dated between 01/03/2017 and 03/17/2017 and labeled UPC 0-23012-00261-9. They were sold at sushi counters in grocery stores, cafe...

  • Health Tip: Slipping Back Into Sleep

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Health Tip: Slipping Back Into Sleep (HealthDay News) -- Whether it's a child, a strange noise plain or insomnia that wakes you up at night, it can be difficult to get back to sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Practice progressive muscle relaxation or deep breathing exercises. Don't look at the clock, which may worsen your anxiety. Turn it away from you and close your eyes. Think about the good things that happened to you that day. This helps calm your mind. If you still can't sleep after 2...

  • Health Tip: Living With Social Phobia

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Health Tip: Living With Social Phobia (HealthDay News) -- It's common to get a bit anxious before a big event, but someone with social phobia gets extremely nervous about a job interview, reunion or giving a speech. The American Academy of Family Physicians says possible symptoms of social phobia include: Being very afraid of judgment or embarrassment in front of others. Feeling that all others are more capable and confident than you are. Blushing and sweating when faced with a social situation. Feeling...

  • Health Tip: Managing Metabolic Syndrome

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Health Tip: Managing Metabolic Syndrome (HealthDay News) -- Metabolic syndrome is a collection of factors that boost your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests these measures to lower your risk of metabolic syndrome: Following a heart-healthy diet. Setting and achieving a healthy target weight. Keeping stress under control. Getting plenty of regular physical activity. Quitting smoking. Taking any medications recommended by your doctor.

  • Health Tip: Slow Down When You're Stressed

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Health Tip: Slow Down When You're Stressed (HealthDay News) -- Rushing through your day can trigger or worsen stress, but slowing down and breathing deeply can help you get through what's challenging you. The American Heart Association suggests: When you're stressed out, give yourself space and time. Step away to take a short walk, take deep breaths and let your tension ease. Count to 10 and take deep breaths before responding to a situation that has made you feel angry. Think of ways to prevent stressf...

  • Health Highlights: March 21, 2017

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Health Highlights: March 21, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Infant Death Rate at New Low The infant death rate in the United States recently fell to a new low, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The rate dropped from 6.86 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 5.82 per 1,000 in 2014, a 15 percent decrease, CNN reported. There were declines in the rates of four of the five leading cause of i...

  • Heart Drug Digoxin May Raise Death Risk for Some Patients: Study

    Posted: 03/26/2017

    Heart Drug Digoxin May Raise Death Risk for Some Patients: Study WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The heart drug digoxin might raise the risk of death in people with a common heart rhythm disorder, and those patients should not take the drug, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 18,000 atrial fibrillation patients in an international stroke prevention trial, including about 32 percent who were on digoxin at the start of the trial and nearly 7 percent who started takin...