|Ebola Anxiety: A Bigger Threat Now Than the Virus Itself
Ebola Anxiety: A Bigger Threat Now Than the Virus Itself TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Headlines remain riveted on the three Ebola cases in Dallas. But, mental health specialists say overblown fear is a much bigger health threat to Americans. President Barack Obama on Friday appointed an Ebola "czar" to oversee the U.S. response to the virus, which has infected two Dallas nurses who cared for a Liberian man who died of Ebola this month at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. But the U.S. cas...
Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant
Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children of mothers exposed to high levels of traffic air pollution during pregnancy may be at increased risk for lung damage, according to a new study. Researchers tested the lung function of 620 children in Spain when they were 4 years old. Their mothers' exposure to the traffic air pollutants nitrogen dioxide and benzene during the second trimester of pregnancy was also assessed. Compared to children born to mot...
Living With a Smoker Like Living in a Polluted City: Study
Living With a Smoker Like Living in a Polluted City: Study TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nonsmokers who live with smokers are exposed to triple the World Health Organization's recommended safe levels of harmful air particles, a new study warns. That means that air-particle levels in a home with a smoker are similar to that of the air in large, polluted cities, the study found. Living in smoke-free homes could offer major health benefits to nonsmokers, according to the authors of the study p...
Health Tip: Dish Up Healthier Halloween Goodies
Health Tip: Dish Up Healthier Halloween Goodies (HealthDay News) -- Young trick-or-treaters typically are overloaded with candy, but you don't have to jump on the candy bandwagon. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these healthier Halloween options: Vitamin C-packed, 100 percent-fruit fruit chews. Trans fat-free animal crackers or some sugar-free gum. Small juice boxes with 100 percent fruit juice. Small cups of low-fat pudding. Halloween stickers, temporary tattoos, pencils or other non-fo...
Health Tip: Snacking After School
Health Tip: Snacking After School (HealthDay News) -- Snacking may be the first thing on a child's mind after school. But young ones should also take steps to prevent getting sick. The Foodsafety.gov website offers these tips: Make sure children immediately refrigerate all lunch bags and leftovers. Teach children to wash hands before preparing or eating a snack. Make sure they use clean utensils. Have children wash all vegetables and fruit, even if these foods will be peeled.
U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Access to Health Care
U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Access to Health Care WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. health care system ranks dead last compared to other industrialized nations when it comes to affordability and patient access, according to a new survey. The 2013 survey of the American health care landscape was conducted by the Commonwealth Fund just prior to the full implementation of the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act (ACA). "I would say that we found two things that really...
Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risk of Severe Headaches, Scientists Report
Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risk of Severe Headaches, Scientists Report WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After weight-loss surgery, some patients may be at risk for developing severe headaches, a new study suggests. In a small number of people, the surgery was associated with a condition known as spontaneous intracranial hypotension -- or low blood pressure in the brain. The condition can trigger headaches while standing that disappear when lying down. These headaches can be accompanied by...
Americans Show Distrust of Medical Profession in Survey
Americans Show Distrust of Medical Profession in Survey WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are less trusting of the medical profession than people in many other countries -- even though they often like their own doctor, a new report finds. Based on data from an international health care survey, the United States is near the bottom of the list when it comes to public trust in the medical establishment, Harvard researchers report. On the other hand, when asked to rate their own medical...
Seniors Should Remove Dentures at Bedtime
Seniors Should Remove Dentures at Bedtime WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who wear their dentures when they sleep are at increased risk for pneumonia, according to new research. The study included 524 men and women, average age about 88, who were followed for three years. During that time, there were 28 hospitalizations and 20 deaths from pneumonia. Among the 453 denture wearers, the 41 percent who wore their dentures when they slept were about twice as likely to develop pneumonia a...
Study Finds U.S. Diets Still Contain Too Many Bad Fats
Study Finds U.S. Diets Still Contain Too Many Bad Fats WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Over the last three decades, Americans have cut their intake of artery-clogging saturated and trans fats -- but not enough, new research shows. Meanwhile, consumption of healthy omega-3 fatty acids known as DHA and EPA -- plentiful in fatty fish like salmon -- has remained steady, though very low, the experts found. "These trends are encouraging, but we still have room for improvement in our diet," said M...
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