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  • This Weight-Loss Strategy May Not Help Your Knees

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    This Weight-Loss Strategy May Not Help Your Knees TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Weight loss from dieting can slow the progression of knee arthritis in overweight people, according to a new study. But losing pounds from exercise alone will not help preserve those aging knees, the researchers found. Obesity is a major risk factor for painful knee osteoarthritis -- degeneration of cartilage caused by wear and tear. Weight loss can slow the disease, but it wasn't clear until now if the method o...

  • Time Management for Busy Families

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    Time Management for Busy Families THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You want your kids to enjoy many experiences, but between afterschool programs, music lessons and team sports, your schedule can go haywire. Try these ideas from the University of Florida Extension and Michigan State University Extension to keep your cool and teach your kids time-management skills at the same time. The first rule is to make sure each child is really interested in each activity they're signed up for. If not, it...

  • The Buzz on How Flies Spread Disease

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    The Buzz on How Flies Spread Disease MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Flies aren't just annoying. They can spread disease -- and may be far better at it than scientists previously thought. Penn State University researchers analyzed the microbiome, or bacterial makeup, of 116 different houseflies and blowflies found across three continents. Both types of flies feed on rotting organic matter and feces, which exposes them to a wide assortment of problematic bacteria. Some of the flies carried hundr...

  • Think Before You Drink

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    Think Before You Drink MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With the traditional flood of holiday parties and festivities approaching, chances to drink excessively increase. So, what to do? Start by taking a closer look, now, at your drinking habits, one mental health expert suggests. "The holidays generate both positive and negative emotions, and drinking is one of the methods that people often use to cope," said Dr. Karen Miotto, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, ...

  • Tough Flu Season Ahead: Vaccine May Only Be 10% Effective

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    Tough Flu Season Ahead: Vaccine May Only Be 10% Effective WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's bad news about this year's flu vaccine. The most common type of flu being seen in the United States is influenza A H3N2, the same severe strain that dominated last flu season. And in Australia, where the winter flu season has just wrapped up, this season's vaccine was only about 10 percent effective against the H3N2 strain. "Our vaccine is the same as the one used in Australia," said Lynnette Br...

  • Ted Koppel's Fight to Make COPD Headline News

    Posted: 12/10/2017

    Ted Koppel's Fight to Make COPD Headline News THURSDAY, Dec. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The doctor who diagnosed Grace Anne Koppel with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) didn't pull any punches. She should start getting her affairs in order, because she only had three to five years left due to her incurable lung disease. Expect to be hospitalized and on full-time oxygen support within a couple of years. "If you can think of a better way of demoralizing a patient than to tell them those thing...

  • The Right Way to Use Resistance Bands

    Posted: 12/06/2017

    The Right Way to Use Resistance Bands FRIDAY, Nov. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Stretchy resistance bands go anywhere and can be used by almost anyone. They're also as effective as they are inexpensive. But it's important to use them properly to get all their strength training and coordination benefits. As you stretch a resistance band, you'll start to feel more and more tension -- that's what forces your muscles to work and develop. Buy a set of bands that is color-coded by level of resistance. It's fi...

  • The Silver Lining Behind Household Chores

    Posted: 12/06/2017

    The Silver Lining Behind Household Chores FRIDAY, Nov. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Like it or not, a little housework is good for you. Researchers found that simple daily activities such as doing the dishes or folding clothes may help older women live longer. "Doing something is better than nothing, even when at lower-than-guideline recommended levels of physical activity," said study lead author Michael LaMonte of the University at Buffalo in New York. He is a research associate professor of epidemiol...

  • The Booze You Choose Can Sway Your Mood

    Posted: 12/05/2017

    The Booze You Choose Can Sway Your Mood WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The booze you choose can frequently steer your mood, according to a new global survey. About half of those who drink red wine and beer said it makes them feel relaxed and mellow, results from the Global Drug Survey show. Roughly two of five beer drinkers said the suds make them feel confident, while one-quarter of red wine drinkers said they feel sexier after a glass. Hard liquor causes the wildest mood swings, the rese...

  • Thanksgiving Overeating Could Spell Kidney Problems

    Posted: 12/05/2017

    Thanksgiving Overeating Could Spell Kidney Problems THURSDAY, Nov. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Holiday overeating can harm your kidneys, a kidney expert warns. "The body absorbs nutrients from the gut and then the liver metabolizes them. Whatever is left that can't be used by the body is excreted by the kidneys," Dr. Sreedhar Mandayam, a specialist in nephrology at Baylor College of Medicine, said in a college news release. "The more you eat, the more you deliver to your kidneys to excrete," he explain...