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  • Health Highlights: July 20, 2016

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Health Highlights: July 20, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: L.L. Bean Recalls Kids' Water Bottles Due to Presence of Lead Concerns about lead contamination have led L.L. Bean to recall children's insulated water bottles, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says. The Chinese-made bottles were imported by GSI Outdoors and sold by L.L. Bean from July 2015 through May 2016. Routine testing showed that lead solder was used t...

  • Health Tip: Kids Should Wear Life Jackets

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Health Tip: Kids Should Wear Life Jackets (HealthDay News) -- Life jackets, when used and fitted properly, provide extra safety for children in or around water. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Show your child how to put on a life jacket properly. Always fasten a life jacket according to the manufacturer's instructions. Never use an inflatable ring, raft or toy in place of a life jacket. Adults should always wear life jackets, too, to set a good example.

  • Health Tip: The Basics of Food Safety

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Health Tip: The Basics of Food Safety (HealthDay News) -- Make sure you've got your facts straight when it comes to food safety. The U.S. Food Safety Administration explains: Foodborne illnesses can be serious, resulting in chronic health problems or, rarely, death. Never thaw meat on a kitchen counter, as bacteria can multiply rapidly at room temperature. It's also important to marinate meat in the refrigerator, never at room temperature. While bleach is good for cleaning the kitchen, there's no benefi...

  • Health Tip: Considering a Sleep Study?

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Health Tip: Considering a Sleep Study? (HealthDay News) -- If you can't find a way to get to sleep, a sleep study may help you figure out what's behind your insomnia. The National Sleep Foundation says a sleep study may help if: Your doctor can't figure out what's causing your sleep problems. You've tried treatments for sleep issues without success. You have significant daytime drowsiness or chronic snoring. You wake up often throughout the night, or have trouble falling asleep.

  • Health Tip: Easing Bunions

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Health Tip: Easing Bunions (HealthDay News) -- Bunions are painful bumps that develop on the side of the big toe If you have a bunion, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests Change to a pair of shoes that fit well and don't squeeze your toes. Use bunion pads inside your shoes to ease pressure. Consider shoe inserts or splints worn at night to relieve pressure. Ice the bunion a few times a day for about 20 minutes at a time, using something to protect your skin from the ice. Take a non-ste...

  • Health Highlights: July 21, 2016

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Health Highlights: July 21, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Zika Concerns Lead Top Tennis Players to Skip Rio Olympics Some top tennis players are still trying to decide whether to attend the Rio Olympics, which begin in two-and-a-half weeks. In the last five days, four top players have said they will skip the games over concerns about the Zika virus, The New York Times reported. The four players include two men, seventh-ranked...

  • Helping a Child Manage a Chronic Illness

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Helping a Child Manage a Chronic Illness THURSDAY, July 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children and teens who feel confident handling a chronic illness on their own appear better able to learn to manage their health as adults, a new study finds. The University of North Carolina investigators concluded that kids who believe their health is controlled by adults or by chance may not develop the health self-management skills they will need as adults. This could put them at increased risk for health problems. ...

  • Health Highlights: July 22, 2016

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Health Highlights: July 22, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Marijuana Chemical May be in Colorado Town's Water Residents of the Colorado town of Hugo have been told not to drink or shower in tap water because the community's wells may be contaminated with the chemical in marijuana that makes people high. THC was detected in some tests conducted with field kits, and more definitive laboratory tests are underway, according to she...

  • Health Tip: Get Fit While Watching TV

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Health Tip: Get Fit While Watching TV (HealthDay News) -- You can fit exercise into your daily routine, even while you're watching TV. The American Council on Exercise suggests: Hiding the remote and getting up to change the channel. Using commercial breaks to use the stairs or walk around the room. Using resistance tubing to exercise. Buying a stationary bike or treadmill to use while you watch TV. Ironing your clothes during a program. Ditching the couch and sitting on a stability ball.

  • Health Tip: Help Your Underweight Child Gain Safely

    Posted: 07/27/2016

    Health Tip: Help Your Underweight Child Gain Safely (HealthDay News) -- If your kids are underweight, it doesn't mean you should fill them with junk food to put on extra pounds. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends: Serving guacamole made with fresh avocados, tomato and onions. Or add avocados to a sweet fruit smoothie made with nut butters, seeds, fruit and full-fat yogurt. Making trail mix or granola with dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, seeds and full-fat yogurt. Creating a dip made w...