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  • Home Blood Pressure Monitors Wrong 7 of 10 Times: Study

    Posted: 06/23/2017

    Home Blood Pressure Monitors Wrong 7 of 10 Times: Study WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of older people often turn to do-it-yourself home blood pressure monitors to track that vital health sign. But a small, new Canadian study suggests that readings from the devices are wrong most of the time and could put patients at risk. A team led by Jennifer Ringrose, of the University of Alberta in Calgary, tested dozens of home monitors used by 85 patients averaging 66 years of age. The rese...

  • Hospitals Get Good News About Fighting Staph Infections

    Posted: 06/23/2017

    Hospitals Get Good News About Fighting Staph Infections TUESDAY, June 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Staphylococcus aureus infections among U.S. hospital patients have been less resistant to key antibiotics in recent years, a new study finds. Between 2009 and 2015, researchers tested antibiotic resistance in more than 19,000 S. aureus samples from 42 medical centers nationwide. "Results showed that S. aureus' rates of resistance to certain antibiotics decreased over time, which isn't often seen," study co...

  • Have Scientists Created a Safe, Sun-Free Tan?

    Posted: 06/23/2017

    Have Scientists Created a Safe, Sun-Free Tan? WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people would love to have a natural-looking golden tan, but know that soaking up the sun raises their risk of skin cancer. Now scientists say they've developed a way to tan without exposure to damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In laboratory tests, the researchers used the technique to increase pigmentation in human skin samples. And while science done at this early stage sometimes doesn't pan out in humans...

  • Health Highlights: June 14, 2017

    Posted: 06/23/2017

    Health Highlights: June 14, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Michigan's Health Department Head Charged in Connection With Flint Water Crisis A charge of involuntary manslaughter was filed against the head of the Michigan health department on Wednesday. Nick Lyon is accused of failing to alert the public about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area, which some experts have linked to poor water quality in 2014-15. ...

  • Health Tip: Inspect Your Child's Playground

    Posted: 06/23/2017

    Health Tip: Inspect Your Child's Playground (HealthDay News) -- While playground safety has come a long way in the past few decades, there are still many potential hazards. Here's what to watch for, courtesy of the U.S. National Safety Council: Ground surfaces that don't offer enough protection. Any playground should have at least 12 inches of mulch, wood chips, pea gravel, sand or rubber below the equipment. At least six feet of protective area surrounding the swings and slides, etc., in case a child f...

  • Health Tip: Help Prevent Skin Cancer

    Posted: 06/23/2017

    Health Tip: Help Prevent Skin Cancer (HealthDay News) -- To help reduce your risk of skin cancer, it's all about protecting yourself from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. The Skin Cancer Foundation advises: Stay in the shade, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wear a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses with UV protection. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to any exposed skin. If you'll be in the sun all day, choose a water-proof sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before goin...

  • Health Tip: Recognizing Summer Allergy Symptoms

    Posted: 06/23/2017

    Health Tip: Recognizing Summer Allergy Symptoms (HealthDay News) -- Allergies can cause symptoms that go well beyond the tell-tale red eyes, runny nose, sneezing and case of the sniffles. The American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology says additional symptoms of allergies may include: Allergic shiners, characterized by dark circles under the eyes. A tired, droopy look to the face caused by swollen adenoids. A line that forms on the bridge of the nose, called a nasal crease, from frequently rub...

  • Health Tip: Applying Sunscreen on Children

    Posted: 06/23/2017

    Health Tip: Applying Sunscreen on Children (HealthDay News) -- Sunscreen can help protect kids from the sun's harmful rays, but only if it's applied correctly. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises: Choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and up to 50. Use a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide sunscreen for the face, shoulders, ears and other sensitive areas. Applying sunscreen liberally, making sure to completely cover the body, including backs of the knees, hands, feet, ears, fa...

  • Health Highlights: June 15, 2017

    Posted: 06/23/2017

    Health Highlights: June 15, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Fried Potatoes Linked to Increased Risk of Early Death A new study links eating fried potatoes with an increased risk of early death. Researchers looked at 4,440 people ages 45-79 and found that over eight years, those who ate fried potatoes such as French fries, hash browns and potato chips two or more times a week had double the risk of early death than those who did...

  • Healthy Dietary Fats Help Beat High Cholesterol

    Posted: 06/23/2017

    Healthy Dietary Fats Help Beat High Cholesterol THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Replacing saturated fats with healthier ones found in some vegetable oils can reduce cholesterol levels and heart disease risk as much as statins, a new American Heart Association (AHA) advisory says. Those healthier fats are poly-unsaturated fats and mono-unsaturated fats. Poly-unsaturated fats are found in corn, soybean and peanut oils. Mono-unsaturated fats are found in oils such as olive, canola, safflower an...