|Health Tip: Prevent Headaches in Teens
Health Tip: Prevent Headaches in Teens (HealthDay News) -- Headaches are common among teenagers, whose busy and irregular schedules can be a prime factor. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how teens can help prevent headaches: Get an appropriate amount of sleep each night. Eat meals on a consistent schedule. Get regular physical activity. Figure out any pattern of behavior that seems to trigger your headaches. If possible, avoid those activities.
Health Tip: Toys to Avoid for Young Children
Health Tip: Toys to Avoid for Young Children (HealthDay News) -- Toys with straps or strings -- even guitar straps -- can pose a strangulation hazard for young children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests how to protect children from this risk: Do not give toys with straps or strings to children under age 3 years. If your child has a toy guitar or other toy with straps or strings that may wrap a around a child's neck, cut them off before allowing a young child to play with these toys. ...
Vitamin D Supplements Won't Help Prevent Disease: Review
Vitamin D Supplements Won't Help Prevent Disease: Review THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Low levels of vitamin D have been implicated as a potential cause of diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes. Now an extensive review suggests it's really the other way around: Low levels of the "sunshine vitamin" are more likely a consequence -- not a cause -- of illness. In their review of almost 500 studies, the researchers found conflicting results. Observational studies, which looked back at what pe...
Good Body Image Goes Hand in Hand With Happier Relationship
Good Body Image Goes Hand in Hand With Happier Relationship THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are happy with their bodies are better able to maintain a happy relationship, a new study finds. The researchers' survey also found that women who are satisfied with their current relationship tend to be fine with their weight and body image. The link between relationship satisfaction and one's body image is strong and works both ways, said study author Sabina Vatter, a postgraduate student a...
Age-Related Colon Condition Not Cause for Alarm, Study Says
Age-Related Colon Condition Not Cause for Alarm, Study Says THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Diverticulosis -- a medical problem characterized by pouches in the lining of the colon -- is much less risky than previously believed, a new study contends. Previous research concluded that up to one-quarter of people with diverticulosis will develop a painful and sometimes serious infection called diverticulitis. But this new 15-year study shows that the risk is actually only about 1 percent over sev...
Measles Still a Threat, U.S. Health Officials Warn
Measles Still a Threat, U.S. Health Officials Warn THURSDAY, Dec. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Although measles has been virtually eliminated in the United States, outbreaks still occur here. And they're usually triggered by people infected abroad, in countries where widespread vaccination doesn't exist, federal health officials said Thursday. And while it's been 50 years since the introduction of the measles vaccine, the highly infectious and potentially fatal respiratory disease still poses a global threat. ...
Poor People With Diabetes May Miss Out on Eye Care
Poor People With Diabetes May Miss Out on Eye Care THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- People with diabetes are at increased risk for eye problems, but a new study finds that poor diabetes patients who go to public hospital clinics have low rates of eye care. Poor continuity of care can delay the detection of eye disorders and increase the risk of complications, said lead researcher Paul MacLennan, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues. The team looked at nearly 900 diabetes ...
Slower Brain Connections May Be at Root of Dyslexia
Slower Brain Connections May Be at Root of Dyslexia THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Glitches in the connections between certain brain areas may be at the root of the common learning disorder dyslexia, a new study suggests. It's estimated that up to 15 percent of the U.S. population has dyslexia, which impairs people's ability to read. While it has long been considered a brain-based disorder, scientists have not understood exactly what the issue is. The new findings, reported in the Dec. 6 iss...
Bird Flu Doesn't Spread Easily to Humans, Scientists Say
Bird Flu Doesn't Spread Easily to Humans, Scientists Say THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- The H7N9 bird flu virus does not yet have the ability to easily infect people, a new study indicates. The findings contradict some previous research suggesting that H7N9 poses an imminent threat of causing a global pandemic. The H7N9 virus killed several dozen people in China earlier this year. Analyses of virus samples from that outbreak suggest that H7N9 is still mainly adapted for infecting birds, not ...
Too Few Americans With Asthma Are Getting Flu Shots, CDC Says
Too Few Americans With Asthma Are Getting Flu Shots, CDC Says THURSDAY, Dec. 5, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- People with asthma face special risks from influenza, and a new report suggests far too few American asthma patients receive the seasonal flu shot. "Asthmatics are at increased risk for complications from the flu," said one expert, Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Exacerbations [flare-ups] of asthma are common with any viral infection, but the exacerb...
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