|Adults Who've Abused Alcohol May Be at Risk for Memory Problems
Adults Who've Abused Alcohol May Be at Risk for Memory Problems WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged adults with a history of alcohol abuse are more than twice as likely as others to develop severe memory problems later in life, according to a new study. The British researchers said their findings could help doctors identify those at risk for memory problems who might benefit from help for problem drinking. "We already know there is an association between dementia risk and levels of ...
Annual COPD Costs To Hit $49 Billion by 2020: CDC
Annual COPD Costs To Hit $49 Billion by 2020: CDC WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medical costs for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the United States are more than $32 billion each year, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The yearly financial toll of COPD (which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis) is expected to reach an estimated $49 billion by 2020. "For the first time, our analyses provide state-specific costs for CO...
Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia
Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spending time in a garden might help soothe the agitation that commonly strikes people with dementia, a new review suggests. Looking at 17 past studies, British researchers found evidence that watering plants, or sitting or strolling in a garden can help soothe some dementia patients' anxiety. The study authors cautioned that the effects of gardens on dementia patients are a tough subject to study -- and the e...
Health Tip: Choosing Sunglasses
Health Tip: Choosing Sunglasses (HealthDay News) -- Sunglasses are more than just fashionable, they also reduce the risk of sun damage to your eyes. The Texas Department of Insurance suggests these features for your next pair of sunglasses: Make sure the sunglasses cover both eyes entirely. Look for sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays. If you need safety glasses and sun protection while at work, seek a pair of safety sunglasses. Always wear your sunglasses while outside.
Health Tip: Monitor a Blister
Health Tip: Monitor a Blister (HealthDay News) -- A blister usually can be managed at home with careful cleaning. But it's important to watch for signs of infection. The University of Wisconsin Health system suggests watching for these signs of infection: Pain, swelling or warmth around the blister. Red streaks moving out from the blister. Pus. Fever.
Hairdo Trumps Exercise for Many Black Women, Study Finds
Hairdo Trumps Exercise for Many Black Women, Study Finds THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many black women put concerns about their hair above their health, according to new research. It's estimated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that four out of five black women in the United States are overweight or obese. Yet some of them skip physical activity entirely to avoid having to have their hair restyled or restraightened, the University of Colorado School of Medicine study...
Some Jobs Harder on the Heart Than Others, Report Finds
Some Jobs Harder on the Heart Than Others, Report Finds THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stress at work may raise your risk of heart attack and stroke, particularly if you work in the service industry or have a blue-collar job, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. But being unemployed might be just as unhealthy, they added. "Workplace factors that increase risk include job stress, exposure to air pollution -- like dust and secondhand smoke -- and noise," explained lead researcher Dr. Sara...
Burnout Common Among Transplant Surgeons, Study Reveals
Burnout Common Among Transplant Surgeons, Study Reveals THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Transplant surgeons often feel emotionally drained and overextended, which are red flags for burnout, a new study suggests. Nearly half of the transplant surgeons in the study reported having a low sense of personal accomplishment and four out of 10 admitted to feeling emotionally exhausted, researchers found. "Burnout is common in medicine, especially in high-pressure specialties like transplantation," s...
Kids' Lunch Boxes Often Fall Short on Nutrition
Kids' Lunch Boxes Often Fall Short on Nutrition THURDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A home-packed lunch isn't necessarily healthier than school cafeteria fare, a new study suggests. The new research found that just 27 percent of the lunches third and fourth graders brought from home met three of five National School Lunch Program (NSLP) standards. "Our findings are similar to results of other studies of children's packed lunches from across the world, which have found that high-calorie packaged f...
Once-Daily Inhaler Approved for COPD
Once-Daily Inhaler Approved for COPD THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) inhalation spray has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the agency said Thursday in a news release. COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and chronic emphysema, is a progressive disease that makes breathing difficult by obstructing airflow through the lungs. Most commonly caused by smoking, it's the third-leading cau...
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