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  • Taking the Stairs May Soon Get Easier

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Taking the Stairs May Soon Get Easier WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Does a long staircase leave you weak? Take heart -- researchers say they've developed stairs that "recycle" a person's energy, which could be of help to seniors and disabled people. The stairs use latched springs to store energy when someone goes down them. The energy is then released when a person climbs the stairs again. According to the researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University in Atlanta, t...

  • Too Few Children Get EpiPen When Needed: Study

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Too Few Children Get EpiPen When Needed: Study WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- EpiPens are the go-to solution when a child has a severe allergic reaction. But many kids don't get this essential treatment, U.S. researchers found. Even when the epinephrine-delivering device has been prescribed, parents or caretakers frequently fail to use it in the face of a potentially fatal allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, investigators found. "In our study, less than half of children experiencing an...

  • Thyroid Problems May Make Things Worse for Dialysis Patients

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Thyroid Problems May Make Things Worse for Dialysis Patients THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Poor thyroid function may diminish kidney dialysis patients' health and quality of life, a new study suggests. Hypothyroidism -- a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone -- is common in dialysis patients, but how it affects them has been unclear. Dialysis is treatment for kidney failure, where patients need a machine to filter their blood of wastes, salts and ext...

  • Timing Is Everything With Heart Attacks

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Timing Is Everything With Heart Attacks FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Times of high stress -- Mondays and winter holidays -- seem to be especially hard on the heart, according to new research that suggests these periods are when heart attacks are most likely to occur. On the flip side, heart attacks are least likely to occur when you're chilling out on the weekend or your summer vacation, the study found. The findings stem from an analysis of more than 156,000 heart attack cases. They were t...

  • Teens Keep Building Bone After They Stop Growing: Study

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Teens Keep Building Bone After They Stop Growing: Study MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The late teens are a key time for bone growth, even after young people reach their full height. A new study included more than 2,000 youngsters who had annual bone and growth measurements for up to seven years as they moved into their late teens and early adulthood. The findings highlight the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity during the late teen years, according to authors of the study pub...

  • Targeting 9 Risk Factors Could Prevent 1 in 3 Dementia Cases: Study

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Targeting 9 Risk Factors Could Prevent 1 in 3 Dementia Cases: Study THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of dementia cases worldwide might be prevented by paying attention to nine risk factors throughout life, researchers say. These measures include: staying in school until you're at least over the age of 15; reducing hearing loss, obesity and high blood pressure in mid-life (ages 45 to 65); and reducing smoking, depression, physical inactivity, social isolation and diabetes in later li...

  • Travelers to Europe Need Measles Protection: CDC

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    Travelers to Europe Need Measles Protection: CDC THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans traveling to Europe should take steps to protect themselves against measles, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises. Since January 2016, more than 14,000 cases of measles have been reported in Europe. And 35 people across Europe have died from the highly contagious infection in the past year, the World Health Organization says. "Most measles cases in the United States are the resul...

  • The Scoop on Avoiding 'Brain Freeze'

    Posted: 07/22/2017

    The Scoop on Avoiding 'Brain Freeze' SATURDAY, July 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gulping down a cold smoothie or giant scoop of ice cream sometimes leads to a fleeting severe headache known as "brain freeze." But a neurologist says you can avoid it. "A brain freeze is what happens when cold food touches a bundle of nerves in the back of the palate," said Dr. Stephanie Vertrees, a headache specialist and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. The medical term for brain freeze ...

  • The Neighborhood Sandbox: A Breeding Ground for Germs

    Posted: 07/19/2017

    The Neighborhood Sandbox: A Breeding Ground for Germs FRIDAY, July 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids love to play in sandboxes, and it helps them develop motor and social skills. But have you ever considered what kind of germs might be lurking in that communal sand? Sandboxes can be breeding grounds for bacteria, parasites and other infectious germs, whether brought in by animals using them as litter boxes or by kids interacting with other kids, researchers say. Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine a...

  • Take A New View of Yoga

    Posted: 07/16/2017

    Take A New View of Yoga WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to add strength training, flexibility, and even stress reduction to your fitness plan? Then it's time to consider -- or reconsider, if you've shied away from it in the past -- the ancient Indian practice of yoga. Some 11 million Americans take part in one form of yoga or another. And, far from being a new-age type of exercise, it's embraced by people from all walks of life -- men as well as women, and even pro athletes, according t...