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  • Healthier Diet, Less Salt: The Recipe to Beat High Blood Pressure

    Posted: 11/22/2017

    Healthier Diet, Less Salt: The Recipe to Beat High Blood Pressure SUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) - Cutting back on salt, along with following the highly recommended "DASH" diet, can beat back high blood pressure in adults, new research shows. After just a month, the results for people adopting this strategy were "striking and reinforce the importance of dietary changes" for those with problematic blood pressure. So says a team of researchers led by Dr. Stephen Juraschek, of Beth Israel Deaconess...

  • Health Highlights: Nov. 13, 2017

    Posted: 11/22/2017

    Health Highlights: Nov. 13, 2017 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Disneyland Shuts 2 Cooling Towers After Legionnaires' Disease Two cooling towers at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. have been shut down due to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Twelve cases of the severe lung infection were identified about three weeks ago, according to Orange County health officials. Nine of the patients visited Disneyland in September and the other...

  • Holiday Parties Minus the Calorie Crunch

    Posted: 11/22/2017

    Holiday Parties Minus the Calorie Crunch MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Holiday parties are fun social gatherings, but they can also be diet disasters. Here's how to enjoy yourself while sparing yourself hundreds of extra calories. First, eat healthy in the hours leading up to the party. Focus on lean protein, whole grains and simply prepared fruits and vegetables to pack your day with nutrients, suggests the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Don't attempt to starve yourself or create a cal...

  • Health Tip: Participating in a Clinical Trial

    Posted: 11/22/2017

    Health Tip: Participating in a Clinical Trial (HealthDay News) -- A clinical trial may be just what the doctor ordered for a person who hasn't responded to a standard treatment or is unable to handle its side effects. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests you should research a clinical trial carefully and ask many questions before you consider participating. The agency says before joining the trial, you should fully understand: What happens before, during and after the trial. Full details of th...

  • Health Tip: Cook Your Turkey Safely

    Posted: 11/22/2017

    Health Tip: Cook Your Turkey Safely (HealthDay News) -- No one wants the Thanksgiving holiday ruined by a nasty case of food poisoning that stems from the guest of honor -- the turkey. FoodSafety.gov offers these turkey safe-preparation suggestions: If you'll serve a fresh turkey, buy it no more than two days before Thanksgiving. On the other hand. frozen turkey needs time to thaw properly in the refrigerator. Rely on a refrigerator thermometer to make sure the turkey is stored at 40 degrees F. Use a fo...

  • Health Tip: Spread Awareness of the Opioid Epidemic

    Posted: 11/22/2017

    Health Tip: Spread Awareness of the Opioid Epidemic (HealthDay News) -- The number of overdose deaths from prescription and illegal opioid drugs has more than quadrupled since 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. You can do your part to help reverse the trend by alerting others to the dangers of these drugs, and helping them avoid becoming addicted in the first place, the CDC says. The agency suggests: Learning more about opioids so you can help protect those in your community...

  • Health Tip: Stay Safe as a Pedestrian

    Posted: 11/22/2017

    Health Tip: Stay Safe as a Pedestrian (HealthDay News) -- You've probably heard of "distracted driving," but what about "distracted walking?" Largely due to the immense popularity of cell phones, pedestrian deaths reached nearly 6,000 in the United States last year, a 9 percent jump over 2015, the National Safety Council says. Walking remains a great way to get healthy exercise, but you should keep your "head up and phone down" during your stroll, the council urges. Here are its recommendations: Look le...

  • Help for Seasonal Depression

    Posted: 11/22/2017

    Help for Seasonal Depression TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 20 percent of Americans get the winter blues when days grow shorter. For instance, you might feel blue around the holidays because of stress or if loved ones are far away. It's usually mild and clears up on its own in a short amount of time. But up to 6 percent of the population experiences the serious mood change during winter months called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. This type of depression goes away in the spr...

  • How to Do a Skin Cancer Body Check

    Posted: 11/22/2017

    How to Do a Skin Cancer Body Check WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Every year, about 5 million Americans are treated for skin cancer -- an abnormal growth of skin cells that most often develops on areas exposed to the sun. You can spot early signs by regularly checking your skin for changes. Everyone is susceptible to skin cancer. However, people who have light skin that burns easily, red hair, and/or blue eyes have a higher risk. Three types of skin cancer account for nearly all cases: bas...

  • Health Tip: Hearing Loss May Affect Brain Health

    Posted: 11/22/2017

    Health Tip: Hearing Loss May Affect Brain Health (HealthDay News) -- About a third of people aged 65 to 74 are affected by hearing loss, as are about half of those 75 and older, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says. Aside from missing out on spirited conversation, hearing loss can affect the health of your brain, the agency says. A 2011 study funded by the NIA found that older adults with hearing loss were more likely to develop dementia than older adults with normal hearing. The degree of hearing ...