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  • Health Tip: Stay Focused on the Highway

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Health Tip: Stay Focused on the Highway (HealthDay News) -- Motor vehicles are heavy objects that often travel at high speeds. That's why it's important for drivers to always remain alert. The American Red Cross recommends: Be particularly cautious in a construction zone. On long drives, take frequent breaks and switch drivers, if possible. Always take a break if you become tired. Wear your safety belt, drive at a reasonable speed and don't use a cell phone. Be respectful of other drivers, and never fol...

  • Health Tip: Tune in to Hearing Loss

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Health Tip: Tune in to Hearing Loss (HealthDay News) -- Hearing loss can affect people of any age, not just seniors. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you may have a hearing loss if: You play the television louder than most others deem comfortable. You have difficulty hearing conversation in a noisy environment. You tend not to hear high-pitched sounds, such as a doorbell, alarm clock or telephone.

  • Health Tip: Transitioning From Bottle to Training Cup

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Health Tip: Transitioning From Bottle to Training Cup (HealthDay News) -- Between your child's first and second birthday, it's time to transition from a baby bottle to a cup. This teaches your child the important skill of sipping, versus sucking. The American Dental Association suggests these types of cup: Cup with lid that screws on or snaps on. Cup should have a spout without a valve. Cup with two handles designed for training young children. Cup with a weighted base to prevent tipping and spilling.

  • Health Tip: Prepare Homemade Baby Food

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Health Tip: Prepare Homemade Baby Food (HealthDay News) -- Some new parents enjoy making homemade baby food. But it's important to follow safety guidelines to help prevent food poisoning. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises: Thoroughly wash your hands, as well as any utensils and containers that will be used to prepare and store baby food. Wash all produce, and carefully peel and remove all pits and seeds. Use caution with produce grown close to the ground, which may harbor germs. Steam or mi...

  • Health Highlights: March 17, 2017

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Health Highlights: March 17, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.N. Agency Announces Tighter Controls on Chemicals Used to Make Fentanyl Controls on the production, sale and export of some chemicals used in the illegal production of fentanyl have been announced by the U.N.'s Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Fentanyl is a prescription opioid painkiller. It is often mixed with heroin or made to look like other painkillers, resulting i...

  • Health Tip: Slipping Back Into Sleep

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Health Tip: Slipping Back Into Sleep (HealthDay News) -- Whether it's a child, a strange noise plain or insomnia that wakes you up at night, it can be difficult to get back to sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Practice progressive muscle relaxation or deep breathing exercises. Don't look at the clock, which may worsen your anxiety. Turn it away from you and close your eyes. Think about the good things that happened to you that day. This helps calm your mind. If you still can't sleep after 2...

  • Health Tip: Living With Social Phobia

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Health Tip: Living With Social Phobia (HealthDay News) -- It's common to get a bit anxious before a big event, but someone with social phobia gets extremely nervous about a job interview, reunion or giving a speech. The American Academy of Family Physicians says possible symptoms of social phobia include: Being very afraid of judgment or embarrassment in front of others. Feeling that all others are more capable and confident than you are. Blushing and sweating when faced with a social situation. Feeling...

  • Health Highlights: March 20, 2017

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Health Highlights: March 20, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Edamame Recalled Due to Listeria Threat Possible listeria contamination has triggered the recall of Edamame (soybeans) by Advanced Fresh Concepts Franchise Corp. of California. The recalled 8-ounce packages of "Edamame Soybeans in Pods" are dated between 01/03/2017 and 03/17/2017 and labeled UPC 0-23012-00261-9. They were sold at sushi counters in grocery stores, cafe...

  • Health Highlights: March 21, 2017

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Health Highlights: March 21, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Infant Death Rate at New Low The infant death rate in the United States recently fell to a new low, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The rate dropped from 6.86 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 5.82 per 1,000 in 2014, a 15 percent decrease, CNN reported. There were declines in the rates of four of the five leading cause of i...

  • Health Tip: Managing Metabolic Syndrome

    Posted: 03/24/2017

    Health Tip: Managing Metabolic Syndrome (HealthDay News) -- Metabolic syndrome is a collection of factors that boost your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests these measures to lower your risk of metabolic syndrome: Following a heart-healthy diet. Setting and achieving a healthy target weight. Keeping stress under control. Getting plenty of regular physical activity. Quitting smoking. Taking any medications recommended by your doctor.