|Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults
Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born prematurely appear to have a slightly increased risk of potentially fatal blood clots that they will carry into adulthood, Swedish researchers report. Doctors have previously suspected that babies born earlier than 37 weeks' gestation have a raised risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, two serious conditions caused by blood clotting in the veins, the researchers noted in back...
Healthy Habits May Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Avoid Chronic Ills
Healthy Habits May Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Avoid Chronic Ills MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Following a healthy lifestyle may help childhood cancer survivors reduce their risk for chronic health issues, a new study indicates. Researchers suggested that children with cancer and adults who survived childhood cancer should be educated about how their diet and certain behaviors could affect their health in the future. "These findings are important because they indicate that adults who we...
Health Tip: Risk Factors for a Herniated Disk
Health Tip: Risk Factors for a Herniated Disk (HealthDay News) -- A herniated spinal disk may cause significant pain and discomfort as the disk matter presses on a nearby nerve. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these common risk factors for a herniated disk: Lifting a heavy object improperly. Being a smoker. Being overweight, which adds strain to the disks of the lower back. Engaging in repetitive activities that stress the lower back.
Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Bullying
Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Bullying (HealthDay News) -- With the explosion of social media outlets comes the prospect of more online bullying among children and teens. The American Psychological Association says warning signs that a child is being bullied include: A sudden reluctance to go to school. Torn or dirty clothing. Nightmares. Sudden loss of appetite. Frequent crying, anxiety or signs of depression.
Fruits, Veggies May Have Their Limits in Boosting Lifespan
Fruits, Veggies May Have Their Limits in Boosting Lifespan TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The nutrients in fruits and vegetables are vital to good health and a long life, but only up to a point. Once you've hit five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, additional daily servings don't appear to boost longevity, a new research review suggests. The human body may only be able to effectively process a certain amount of fruits and vegetables every day, limiting its ability to absorb import...
Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects
Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test could help prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida, new research finds. The test would measure the concentration of folate (a form of vitamin B) in a pregnant women's red blood cells. The findings from this study -- conducted by an international team of scientists -- could help doctors predict the risk of serious birth defects known as neural tube defects because folate is vi...
Dieting at Young Age Often Backfires, Study Says
Dieting at Young Age Often Backfires, Study Says TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dieting at a young age might set the stage for harmful health habits, including eating disorders, according to new research. Surveys of college-age women conducted from 1982 to 2012 also found a link between early dieting and later obesity and alcohol abuse. "The younger a woman was when she started her first diet, the more likely she was [later] to use extreme weight control behaviors -- like vomiting or laxativ...
Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise, Expert Warns
Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise, Expert Warns TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although the bite of a brown recluse spider is poisonous, these wounds usually heal well if left alone, an expert notes. It's still important to recognize the warning signs of an adverse reaction to a brown recluse spider bite, warned Dr. Donna Seger, medical director of the Tennessee Poison Center, particularly since these potentially dangerous bites are on the rise. "As physicians, it is hard for us to do n...
Protect Your Eyes When Hitting the Pool
Protect Your Eyes When Hitting the Pool TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Chlorine helps keep pool water clean, but it can also make swimmers more likely to develop eye infections, doctors say. Pool swimmers can also develop red, irritated eyes as well as blurry vision, said Dr. Sampson Davis, an emergency room physician at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in New Jersey. It's important to understand why this happens, Davis said. Swimming in chlorinated pools washes away the outer film layer ...
Heart Attack Patients Treated at Night, Weekends May Have Worse Outcomes
Heart Attack Patients Treated at Night, Weekends May Have Worse Outcomes TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The time at which heart attack patients arrive at the hospital may affect their chances for survival, new research suggests. Showing up at the emergency room at night, on weekends or during holidays is associated with a 13 percent higher risk for death than arriving during regular business hours, researchers report. Every year, more than 250,000 people suffer a ST-elevation myocardial infa...
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