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  • Health Highlights: Jan. 16, 2017

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Health Highlights: Jan. 16, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Study Examines Genital Injuries in U.S. Veterans Bomb blasts caused most of the genital or urinary tract wounds suffered by 1,367 men in the United States military while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan between 2001 and 2013, a study by military researchers says. More than a third of those injuries were severe, according to the study in The Journal of Urology , The New Y...

  • Health Tip: Ward Off Infections During Pregnancy

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Health Tip: Ward Off Infections During Pregnancy (HealthDay News) -- Infections can be a serious threat to pregnant women and their fetuses. To help ward off infections while you're pregnant, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises: Wash your hands frequently, particularly when you've been around children. Stay away from people who are sick. Cook meat thoroughly, and skip foods made from raw milk Talk to your doctor about checking for group B streptococcus, and testing for sexually transmitted infect...

  • Health Tip: Use Ice to Ease Ankle Sprain Pain

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Health Tip: Use Ice to Ease Ankle Sprain Pain (HealthDay News) -- Ice can help ease the pain and swelling of a sprained ankle, but it's important to use the therapy properly. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Never apply ice for longer than 20 minutes. Always remove ice if the area starts to feel numb. For the first three days after a sprain, ice the ankle every two-to-four hours. Use an ice pack, ice slush bath or ice massage. For an ice pack, partially fill a plastic bag with crushed...

  • Hispanics, Blacks Less Likely to Get High Blood Pressure Treatment: Study

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Hispanics, Blacks Less Likely to Get High Blood Pressure Treatment: Study TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Hispanic Americans are less likely than whites to get high blood pressure under control, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from nearly 8,800 adults who took part in the 2003-2012 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The study team found that 74 percent of white patients were getting treatment for high blood pressure. For blacks, the treatment rate...

  • Health Tip: Stick With Your Healthy-Eating Resolution

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Health Tip: Stick With Your Healthy-Eating Resolution (HealthDay News) -- Now that you've committed to healthier eating for the new year, it's way too soon to give up on this important resolution. The American Heart Association suggests: Throw away foods that are highly processed, replacing them with healthier fare. Read food labels to identify healthy choices. Be honest about your diet. Gorging on a fruit pie or carrot cake doesn't count as eating fruits or vegetables! Vow to cook more often at home. L...

  • Health Tip: Make Sleep a Priority

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Health Tip: Make Sleep a Priority (HealthDay News) -- Are you sabotaging your own attempts to get more shuteye? The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Identify and correct any unhealthy sleep habits. Instead of checking your smartphone just before bed, do something relaxing, such as meditating. Prepare your bed well before bedtime. Wash and change bedsheets regularly.

  • Health Highlights: Jan. 17, 2017

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Health Highlights: Jan. 17, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Abortion Rate Drops to Lowest in Decades The number of abortions in the United States in 2014 was the lowest since 1974, a new study says. There were 926,200 abortions in 2014, a 12.5 percent drop from 1.06 million abortions in 2011, according to the study released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, the Associated ...

  • Hospital-Related Delirium May Help Worsen Dementia

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Hospital-Related Delirium May Help Worsen Dementia WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalization-related delirium may speed mental decline in patients with dementia, a new study suggests. Delirium affects about one-fourth of older hospital patients and causes confusion and disorientation. British researchers looked at brain samples from nearly 1,000 people from the United Kingdom and Finland. They were 65 and older when they died. Records of their last 10 years of memory and thinking abil...

  • Health Tip: Get Moving Toward a Healthier You

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Health Tip: Get Moving Toward a Healthier You (HealthDay News) -- A healthier you could be within reach if you follow a few guidelines. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases advises: Measure your waist. Men with a circumference of greater than 40 inches, or women greater than 35 inches, are at heightened risk of health problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Plan an exercise schedule that's tailored to your goals. As you begin meeting goals, increase your activit...

  • Health Tip: Investing in Your Fitness

    Posted: 01/24/2017

    Health Tip: Investing in Your Fitness (HealthDay News) -- Before you invest in exercise equipment or a workout plan, make sure you're making a wise choice. Here are suggestions from the American Council on Exercise: Beware of plans that tout significant calories burned with little effort, or results with little work. Be wary of equipment that's advertised as burning more calories than similar equipment. Always read the fine print. Don't rely on potentially fabricated testimonials.