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Planning for a Pregnancy? Don't Let Eczema, Psoriasis Get in the Way

Planning for a Pregnancy? Don`t Let Eczema, Psoriasis Get in the WayMONDAY, March 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- During pregnancy, women may need to consider different options for treating certain health issues.The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) offers some suggestions for pregnant women living with the common skin conditions eczema and psoriasis.“Women may consider their health care decisions differently during different stages of their lives,” said Chicago dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Kiracofe, an expert in eczema and psoriasis. “The potential for motherhood requires constant vigilance in evaluating medical choices, which is why it’s important for women living with eczema and psoriasis to partner with a board-certified dermatologist," she said in an academy news release.Psoriasis and eczema affect men and women differently, according to...

California's Wildfires Caused Uptick in Skin Ailments

20 March 2023
California`s Wildfires Caused Uptick in Skin AilmentsMONDAY, March 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Wildfires are known to have a lot of negative impacts on the environment and the health of the people who live through them. Yet another is the worsening of skin conditions, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). The group shared strategies to minimize the effect air pollution can have on people’s skin during its annual meeting, held this past weekend in New Orleans. “The health impact of air pollution from wildfires has not been well studied, but the evidence from our recent studies suggests that short-term exposure to wildfire air pollution can affect the skin and cause flares of certain skin disorders,” said Dr. Maria Wei, a professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. “We found that the...

Gear Up (Helmets Included) for a Safe Bike Season

19 March 2023
Gear Up (Helmets Included) for a Safe Bike SeasonMONDAY, March 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- As the weather warms, folks are bringing out their bicycles for a ride. That’s great, but it’s important to be ready for a safe biking season: The national rate of bike accidents is two fatal crashes and 2,630 accidents requiring emergency room visits every week.Angela Mountz, community car seat safety program coordinator at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in Hershey, offers some tips for parents to help their young cyclists avoid serious childhood riding accidents. “I had a cousin who was hit by a car [while on a bike],” Mountz said in a hospital news release. Mountz’s cousin didn’t die, but suffered from the injuries for the rest of his life.“Kids go around thinking, ‘It’s not going to happen to me,’” she said....

It's National Nutrition Month: Here's Tips to Eating Right

18 March 2023
It`s National Nutrition Month: Here`s Tips to Eating RightSATURDAY, March 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting out nutrients such as carbs, fat or protein may be a popular way to shed pounds but doing so can have unintended consequences.Instead, aim for a balance of those macronutrients to fuel your life and activities, said Dr. Elizabeth Albright of University of Michigan Health-West in Wyoming, Mich.In a university news release, she offered some suggestions for a balanced diet that will fit your lifestyle and offer the right fuel.Food is necessary to live, so don't think of it as "good" or "bad": Just because certain foods may fuel you toward your goals more effectively doesn’t make other foods bad, Albright said. Like putting unleaded gas in a diesel engine, some foods just aren't the right fuel for you and can damage your body. Gender,...

COVID Origins Tied to Raccoon Dogs Sold at Wuhan Market

17 March 2023
COVID Origins Tied to Raccoon Dogs Sold at Wuhan MarketFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A new theory about the start of the COVID-19 virus points to illegally traded raccoon dogs at a market in Wuhan, China.Genetic data from swabs connected to these fox-like animals with a raccoon face offers tangible evidence of the virus’ possible origin, according to an international team of virus experts.These animals are known to be able to transmit the coronavirus, the New York Times reported.A full report on the testing has not yet been published. The Atlantic first reported on the analysis.The genetic data was collected on swabs starting in January 2020 from walls, floors, metal cages and carts used to move cages in and around the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market after Chinese authorities closed it because of its potential link to the...

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