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Watch Out for the Warning Signs of Heart Failure

Watch Out for the Warning Signs of Heart FailureSUNDAY, Aug. 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Heart failure can develop at any age, but it can be prevented or treated, one cardiologist says.Heart failure happens when the heart becomes too stiff or weak, no longer able to keep up with the body's demands for pumping blood. The primary cause is heart disease, but the heart muscle can also stiffen because of poorly controlled high blood pressure or diabetes. More rarely, cardiomyopathies or myocarditis from a virus can cause the condition.Some other risk factors include sleep apnea, some cancer medications and poor lifestyle behaviors."Maintaining a healthy diet, treating obesity, avoiding tobacco use and secondhand smoke, and avoiding alcohol can help prevent heart failure," said Dr. Gosia Wamil, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in...

Up Your Skin Care Routine During Hot Summer Months

13 August 2022
Up Your Skin Care Routine During Hot Summer MonthsSATURDAY, Aug. 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Sweating can affect your skin, so learning how to handle it should be an important part of your skin care regime, a Baylor College of Medicine aesthetician says."Sweating is an important bodily function that cools you down, expels toxins through your skin and provides that famous post-workout glow," said Kim Chang, from Baylor's Department of Dermatology. "Learning how to factor in this function into your daily skin care routine can yield great results."The most important steps to any skin care routine are cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating and protecting, Chang said in a Baylor news release. For cleaning, swap products with creamy, thicker textures for those with foamy textures. Creamy, thicker textures products have extra moisturizing that...

Poliovirus Discovered in NYC Wastewater

12 August 2022
Poliovirus Discovered in NYC WastewaterFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- State and local health officials have detected the poliovirus in New York City's wastewater, a finding that indicates the virus has spread widely since first being discovered in the wastewater of a neighboring county last month.The New York State Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene both advised New Yorkers to get vaccinated now if they have not already completed their series of polio shots. The discovery of poliovirus in sewage samples suggests there is already community transmission of the virus that can lead to permanent paralysis of the arms and legs, as well as death in some cases. “For every one case of paralytic polio identified, hundreds more may be undetected,” said State Health...

Your Brain Gets Tired, and Scientists Now Know Why

12 August 2022
Your Brain Gets Tired, and Scientists Now Know WhyFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Preparing your taxes is a purely mental activity, but one that leaves many exhausted by the end of the effort.The same goes for reading a dense report, picking apart reams of spreadsheet data, or writing a fact-laden paper.That feeling of exhaustion following a bout of intense thinking isn’t all in your head, a new study argues.Lab experiments show that work requiring a lot of thought can cause potentially toxic byproducts to build up in a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, French researchers reported Aug. 11 in the journal Current Biology.This, in turn, alters your control over decisions, making you more apt to choose easier or quicker options as your brain grows weary, researchers argue. The prefrontal cortex is the part of the...

Here's How New Federal Legislation Might Cut Your Drug Costs

12 August 2022
Here`s How New Federal Legislation Might Cut Your Drug CostsFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The Inflation Reduction Act is expected to bring out-of-pocket drug costs down for many U.S. seniors, but most of its benefits aren't immediate.Under the law, Medicare will now be allowed to negotiate the cost of some drugs. That should eventually bring down out-of-pocket costs for seniors with Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, according to John Clark, a clinical associate professor at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy. Previously, Medicare was not allowed to negotiate drug prices.Under the law — which goes to President Joe Biden after it clears the U.S. House of Representatives — the number of medications will be phased in, beginning in 2026 with 10 drugs. Beginning next year, drug companies will be required to pay...

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