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  • These Foods May Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

    Posted: 11/17/2017

    These Foods May Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Have rheumatoid arthritis? Treat yourself to some blueberries and a cup of green tea. They're among the foods that could ease the pain, swelling and stiffness in your joints and even slow progression of the disease, researchers say. Dried plums, pomegranates, whole grains, the spices ginger and turmeric, and olive oil may also help. These foods appear to reduce inflammation, as well as joint stiffness and pai...

  • The Heart Risks of a Desk Job

    Posted: 11/17/2017

    The Heart Risks of a Desk Job FRIDAY, Nov. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your comfortable recliner and state-of-the-art office chair may be increasing your risk for heart disease. A sedentary lifestyle can raise cholesterol and threaten heart health. If you have a desk job, it's especially important to counter long bouts of sitting with an hourly 5-minute exercise break, even if you stay within your office. If you work long hours within the confines of a small cubicle, you'll need to be creative to find ...

  • Try This Diet to Lower Your Risk of Heart Failure

    Posted: 11/17/2017

    Try This Diet to Lower Your Risk of Heart Failure TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your heart will thank you if you stick to a mostly plant-based diet, a new preliminary study suggests. Researchers evaluated five dietary patterns. They found that people who ate a plant-based diet most of the time had a 42 percent lower risk of developing heart failure over four years than those who ate fewer plant-based foods. "Eating a diet mostly of dark green leafy plants, fruits, beans, whole grains and fi...

  • The Best and Worst Ways to Say 'I Love You'

    Posted: 11/17/2017

    The Best and Worst Ways to Say 'I Love You' THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- To make someone feel loved, a small gesture might be best, a new study suggests. When Americans were asked what makes them feel loved, things such as showing compassion or snuggling with a child were tops. The least effective measures? Controlling behaviors, such as wanting to know where someone is at all times. "Whether we feel loved or not plays an important role in how we feel from day to day," said study author S...

  • TV Ads Still Push Unhealthy Foods at Kids

    Posted: 11/16/2017

    TV Ads Still Push Unhealthy Foods at Kids MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of food ads targeting American children has declined, but most of the ads they do see are for unhealthy foods, a new study finds. Under a voluntary initiative launched in 2007, major food and beverage companies agreed to reduce unhealthy product advertising to children younger than 12. The study found, though, that children still see 10 to 11 food-related TV ads a day, and most of them are for unhealthy items s...

  • Turn Over a New Leaf This Fall -- Start Exercising

    Posted: 11/08/2017

    Turn Over a New Leaf This Fall -- Start Exercising SATURDAY, Oct. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Did you spend the hot, sweltering days of summer sitting in front of an air conditioner? Then fall is a probably a good time for you to get up and get moving, medical experts say. Why is now a good time? If you start now, you'll be well into your exercise program, which will help counter the overeating that typically occurs during the holiday season, according to UPMC Pinnacle, a health care system at the Univ...

  • Tracking Calories Has Never Been Easier

    Posted: 11/07/2017

    Tracking Calories Has Never Been Easier FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gone are the days of hunting through calorie and carbohydrate counting books to find the information you need to plan weight loss menus. Now all that and more is in the palm of your hand -- if you have the right smartphone app, that is. There are hundreds of apps for dieters, many of them free. How can you sort through the choices? Look for the apps with the kind of tools you need. If you're counting calories, make sure th...

  • The 411 on High Triglycerides

    Posted: 11/05/2017

    The 411 on High Triglycerides WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol might get all the attention on test results, but triglycerides are also part of the picture of good health. They're a type of fat that travels through your bloodstream. Your body gets triglycerides from fats in the foods you eat and also makes them from other types of foods, like carbohydrates. As with cholesterol, triglyceride levels are measured in numbers. A reading below 150 is normal. Above 200 is considered high...

  • Timely Tips for First-Degree Burns

    Posted: 11/03/2017

    Timely Tips for First-Degree Burns TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- First-degree burns are common and many can be treated at home, a dermatologist says. Unlike second- or third-degree burns, first-degree burns involve only the top layer of skin and often occur after contact with hot surfaces, like a curling iron or a stove. Sunburn can also be a first-degree burn. A first-degree burn may cause red and painful skin and mild swelling. "Although first-degree burns aren't as serious as higher-degr...

  • The Value of Unplugging

    Posted: 10/29/2017

    The Value of Unplugging WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's no secret that we love our smartphones and other electronic devices for staying connected. Perhaps too much. According to one study on cellphone use by a mobile security company, 63 percent of women and 73 percent of men between the ages of 18 to 34 can't go even one hour without checking their phones. And research published in the internet-based journal First Monday found that when college students took a break from social media,...