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  • How to Stay on Your Feet During Slippery Winter Conditions

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    How to Stay on Your Feet During Slippery Winter Conditions SATURDAY, Feb. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Before you head outside to shovel the snow off your sidewalk this weekend, heed some safety advice so you don't slip on the ice and land in the ER. It's important to pay attention and take extra precautions while getting around, University of Illinois safety experts say. Even if snow has been cleared from sidewalks, parking lots and other public areas, there could still be patches of ice. There are som...

  • Health Highlights: Feb. 13, 2017

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Health Highlights: Feb. 13, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Newly Approved Muscular Dystrophy Drug to Cost $89,000 a Year A steroid drug long available in other countries recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to treat a rare disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects about 15,000 Americans. U.S. patients and their families have long been able to import deflazacort for about $1,200 a year on...

  • Health Tip: Keep Neck Pain in Check

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Health Tip: Keep Neck Pain in Check (HealthDay News) -- Neck pain can be triggered or worsened by poor posture. So make sure posture is on your mind as you sit at your desk and go about your day. The Mayo Clinic suggests: Keep a straight line from your hips to your shoulders and your shoulders to your ears. Take regular stretch breaks. Get up, move around and stretch your body. Move your computer monitor level with your eyes. Keep your knees slightly below your hips, and rest your arms on armrests. Opt ...

  • Health Tip: Protect Kids in Cold Weather

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Health Tip: Protect Kids in Cold Weather (HealthDay News) -- Playing in the snow is one of the joys of winter, especially for children. But parents should take precautions to make sure little ones stay warm. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Establish limits on how long children can spend outdoors when it's very cold. When temperatures are particularly bitter, have children come inside at set times to warm up. Make sure children wear appropriate clothing, coats, mittens and h...

  • Health Highlights: Feb. 14, 2017

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Health Highlights: Feb. 14, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Exhaust Fumes Leaking Into Ford Explorers Hundreds of Ford Explorer owners in the United States have reported exhaust fumes entering the vehicle while they're driving, but the automaker has not issued a notice to customers. In July 2016, the National Highway Safety Administration launched an investigation, citing 154 customer complaints about exhaust in 2011-15 Ford Ex...

  • Health Tip: Culprits Behind Stained Teeth

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Health Tip: Culprits Behind Stained Teeth (HealthDay News) -- If your teeth aren't bright white, the foods you eat or habits such as smoking may be to blame. The American Dental Association mentions these potential factors for stained teeth: Drinking red wine, coffee or tea. Using tobacco. Getting older, which leads to enamel wear and allows yellowish dentin to show through. Using an antihistamine, high-blood pressure medication, some chemotherapy drugs or antipsychotic medication. Some children who tak...

  • Health Tip: Eat Your Antioxidants

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Health Tip: Eat Your Antioxidants (HealthDay News) -- Antioxidants, found in many healthier foods, protect your cells from damage. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests eating these antioxidant-rich foods: Eggs, milk, butter and liver, which are sources of vitamin A. Colorful fruits and vegetables, which contain vitamin C. Good sources include citrus fruits, strawberries, papaya, broccoli, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts. Nuts (especially almonds and pecans), seeds (especially sunflo...

  • Heart Disease Affects Far More Than the Heart

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Heart Disease Affects Far More Than the Heart TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease affects more than just the heart. It also can take a toll on the legs, feet, kidneys and even the brain, according to vascular surgery experts. Heart disease is a general term, usually linked to arteriosclerosis or "hardening of the arteries," the Society for Vascular Surgery explained. Arteriosclerosis is a progressive disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries. As the arteries become blocked, ...

  • Heart Disease Could Cost U.S. $1 Trillion Per Year By 2035: Report

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Heart Disease Could Cost U.S. $1 Trillion Per Year By 2035: Report TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease is increasing at a troubling pace in the United States, with costs expected to double from $555 billion in 2016 to a whopping $1.1 trillion in 2035, a new American Heart Association report estimates. "Our new projections indicate cardiovascular disease is on a course that could bankrupt our nation's economy and health care system," said AHA President Steven Houser. He's also associ...

  • Health Tip: Enjoy Beans

    Posted: 02/20/2017

    Health Tip: Enjoy Beans (HealthDay News) -- Beans are easy to prepare, inexpensive and packed with nutrients. The American Heart Association explains: Beans are rich in fiber and minerals, but don't contain the saturated fats found in animal products. Eating beans may help lower cholesterol, and help you feel more full and stay full longer. Watch for salt added in canned beans. Buy "no salt added" varieties or drain them before eating. Eat beans on toast, with rice, in soups or salads, or in a whole-gra...