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  • Time for Some Summer Sun Safety Tips

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Time for Some Summer Sun Safety Tips SUNDAY, June 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Summer sun and warmer temps may provide plenty of play opportunities for kids, but they also mean parents need to be extra vigilant about preventing sunburns and other mishaps. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this advice: Sun safety through the ages Avoid sun exposure when possible for babies under 6 months old. Look for shade and dress your child in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats with brims if...

  • Tips to Curb Nighttime Eating

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Tips to Curb Nighttime Eating THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Are you a regular victim of the late-night snack attack? Mindlessly munching on chips or diving head first into a pint of ice cream? Research done at Harvard and the Oregon Health & Science University suggests that our natural body clock -- also known as the circadian rhythm -- programs us to reach for sweet, starchy, and salty foods in the evening. This may have helped our ancestors survive when food was scarce, but today it ...

  • Too Few Women, Docs Understand Dangers of Heart Disease

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Too Few Women, Docs Understand Dangers of Heart Disease THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease is the leading killer of U.S. women, but many women and their doctors don't recognize the danger. A survey of more than 1,000 women between 25 and 60 years of age found 45 percent were unaware that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women in America. Most respondents said they had had a checkup in the past year, but only 40 percent said the doctor had assessed their heart health. ...

  • Tissue Testing Can Spot Zika at Birth: CDC

    Posted: 06/24/2017

    Tissue Testing Can Spot Zika at Birth: CDC THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to the Zika virus in pregnancy can wreak havoc on babies, but diagnosing the infection before birth remains a challenge. Now, there's some good news: U.S. health officials say testing placental and fetal tissue after a child is born can confirm or rule out infection. Such testing found that only 1 in 10 who were in danger of being infected actually were, and infection didn't automatically mean birth defects, ...

  • Teens With ADHD Face a Higher Crash Risk

    Posted: 06/21/2017

    Teens With ADHD Face a Higher Crash Risk MONDAY, June 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As if parents don't worry enough when their teens drive the family car, new research shows that adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are even more likely than their peers to have an accident. On a positive note, the higher risk was actually much lower than previously reported in earlier, small studies, the investigators added. "We found that adolescents with ADHD are 35 percent less likely to g...

  • The Doctor Will (Virtually) See You Now

    Posted: 06/19/2017

    The Doctor Will (Virtually) See You Now THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Telemedicine is playing an ever-expanding role in the U.S. health care landscape. Among the reasons: a growing national shortage of doctors, both primary care and, in certain areas, specialists. And one-quarter of the population lives in rural areas without easy access to care. So, telemedicine has stepped in to help fill the gap. In fact, more than 10 million Americans now use it every year. Telemedicine, or telehealth, ...

  • The Facts on Flax

    Posted: 06/19/2017

    The Facts on Flax FRIDAY, June 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Though tiny in size, flax packs a big nutritional punch. These sesame-seed lookalikes are considered a functional food -- a food that goes beyond basic nutrients to provide health benefits and/or reduce the risk of chronic diseases, according to a report in the Journal of Food Science and Technology . Flaxseed gets the nod because it's high in the omega-3 fatty acid A.L.A. plus phytochemicals called lignans, and fiber. It's great for heart and d...

  • Teen Boys Treated for Assault Often Want Mental Health Care, Too

    Posted: 06/15/2017

    Teen Boys Treated for Assault Often Want Mental Health Care, Too WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many teen boys treated at an ER following a violent assault also want psychological services to help them cope with the trauma, according to new research. "Assault victims describe feeling constantly tense and 'on guard,' and having nightmares or unwanted flashbacks of the assault. Unfortunately, many youth also begin to avoid talking about the event or avoiding the places or people that remind t...

  • The Cost of Bike Crashes in U.S. Tops $24 Billion a Year

    Posted: 06/13/2017

    The Cost of Bike Crashes in U.S. Tops $24 Billion a Year FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bicycling may be good for your health and the environment, but new research finds adult bike crashes cost more than $24 billion a year in the United States. And the costs have been steadily rising by about $789 million per year, the study showed. The $24 billion annual figure is roughly twice the medical and indirect costs of workplace injuries, according to study authors Dr. Benjamin Breyer and Dr. Timothy...

  • The Whole Truth About Whole Fruits

    Posted: 06/11/2017

    The Whole Truth About Whole Fruits WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fresh fruits are loaded with fiber, antioxidants and other great nutrients. And studies show that eating fruit whole gives you the most of this food group's potential benefits, like helping to prevent heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer. While drinking smoothies can be convenient and healthy if they're not loaded with added sugar, you lose some of the fruits' fiber during the blending. It's also easy to drink a lot...