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  • Health Highlights: May 18, 2017

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Health Highlights: May 18, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Suspected Congo Ebola Cases Increase to 18: WHO The number of suspected Ebola cases in a Democratic Republic of Congo outbreak increased from nine to 18 in less than a week, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Three people have died from the disease so far in the outbreak that began April 22 in an isolated area in the northeastern part of the country, The New Y...

  • HPV Vaccine May Also Prevent Cancers Affecting Men

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    HPV Vaccine May Also Prevent Cancers Affecting Men THURSDAY, May 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The same vaccine that cuts the risk of cervical cancer in women might also lower the chances of head and neck cancers in men, new research suggests. In addition to being linked to cervical cancer, the human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cancers in the back of the throat, in an area known as the oropharynx. HPV is linked with about 70 percent of these types of cancers in the United States, and the rates of thes...

  • Heavy Kids Face Triple the Odds for Depression in Adulthood

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Heavy Kids Face Triple the Odds for Depression in Adulthood FRIDAY, May 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As if it isn't tough enough being an overweight kid, a new study shows it could have long-lasting repercussions for psychological health, too. When compared with normal-weight kids who become overweight adults, overweight or obese youth in the study faced three times the risk of depression in adulthood, the research found. And, that risk was more than four times greater if they were overweight or obese i...

  • Health Highlights: May 19, 2017

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Health Highlights: May 19, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Duterte Issues Strict Public Smoking Ban in Philippines Citizens are being called on to help enforce a strict public ban on smoking in the Philippines introduced by President Rodrigo Duterte. Many worry that the call for civilians to help local authorities apprehend violators could lead to vigilante violence -- similar to that of an anti-drug campaign that has led to th...

  • Health Tip: Avoid Tight Shoes

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Health Tip: Avoid Tight Shoes (HealthDay News) -- Fashion can be stylish without being uncomfortable. Shoes that are too tight can actually injure your feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association says tight shoes can lead to development of: A bunion. Corns. A hammer toe, in which the middle toe joint curls. Crossover toe, in which the second or third toe crosses over the next toe. An ingrown toenail. Sores, especially among people with diabetes who have foot nerve damage.

  • Health Tip: Your Diet as You Age

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Health Tip: Your Diet as You Age (HealthDay News) -- As you age, it's important to make sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Eat plenty of green, leafy vegetables (such as spinach) and orange vegetables (such as sweet potatoes). Eat a variety of proteins, including peas, beans and fish. Eat whole grain cereals, breads and pasta. Aim for at least a 3 oz. serving per day. Enjoy at least three daily servings of vitamin D-fortified dairy prod...

  • How Not to Nod Off Behind the Wheel

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    How Not to Nod Off Behind the Wheel SATURDAY, May 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- At least one in five fatal motor vehicle accidents involves drowsy driving, U.S. traffic safety experts say. So it's vital that you recognize when you're sleepy behind the wheel. "The statistics are pretty jarring. Compared to drivers who report typically getting seven or more hours of sleep nightly, those who typically sleep only four to five hours per night are 5.4 times more likely to be involved in a crash," said Benjamin...

  • Health Tip: Storing Breast Milk Safely

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Health Tip: Storing Breast Milk Safely (HealthDay News) -- If you've pumped breast milk, you'll want to store it properly so it's safe to drink at the next feeding. The Mayo Clinic offers these guidelines: Always wash hands carefully with soap and water. Choose a clean container that's made of glass or BPA-free plastic, or storage bags made for breast milk. Write the date that you expressed the milk on the container, and your baby's name if storing outside your home. Use waterproof label and marker. Sto...

  • Health Tip: Preventing Ingrown Toenail

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Health Tip: Preventing Ingrown Toenail (HealthDay News) -- An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the skin, causing pain and sometimes an infection. To avoid the problem, the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests: Trimming toenails straight across. Avoiding tight shoes that squeeze the toes. Protecting feet from injury. Using nail clippers to trim the nails, and using a nail file to gently smooth sharp edges. Never rip a nail with your fingers. Keeping nails trimmed to the tips of ...

  • Health Highlights: May 22, 2017

    Posted: 05/25/2017

    Health Highlights: May 22, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: WHO Spends More on Travel Than on Many Major Health Threats The World Health Organization spends more on travel than it does to fight some of the most serious public health problems, according to the Associated Press . Internal documents obtained by the news agency show WHO routinely racks up about $200 million a year in travel expenses, which is more than it devotes to...