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2020

Health Tip: Nuts and Heart Health

(HealthDay News) -- Regular nut consumption can lower the risk of heart disease by up to 14 percent, says the American College of Cardiology. Nuts contain heart-healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. The group reminds people that a complete heart-healthy diet should include fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, low-fat dairy, fish and nuts. But as one ounce of nuts can contain as many as 200 calories, be mindful of your portion size, the group says.

Health Tip: Dealing With Flea Infestation

21 January 2020
(HealthDay News) -- Fleas feed on the blood of people and your furry friends, says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Flea infestation can be difficult to quash, so prevention is key, the agency says. To prevent, reduce or eliminate flea infestation, the EPA suggests: Check carpets, cushioned furniture and cracks and crevices daily. Steam clean carpets regularly. Pay extra attention to areas where pets sleep. Wash all pet bedding and family bedding on which pets lie every two weeks. Use a flea comb on your pet to expose adult fleas. Keep your pets indoors as much as possible.

Family Therapy Best for Youth at Risk for Bipolar Disorder

20 January 2020
Family Therapy Best for Youth at Risk for Bipolar DisorderMONDAY, Jan. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Therapy for the entire family might help kids and teens vulnerable to bipolar disorder stay healthy longer, new research suggests. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Colorado and Stanford University studied 127 young people from ages 9 to 17. They analyzed two types of treatment that delay new and recurring bipolar symptoms: family-focused therapy and psychoeducation. Family-focused therapy teaches communication skills to both patients and their families, while psychoeducation helps develop a plan for patients to manage and cope with symptoms. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that is diagnosed by patterns of extreme mood and energy shifts. There is no cure, but medication and psychotherapy can...

Health Tip: Sleeping While There's Anxiety

20 January 2020
(HealthDay News) -- Anxiety can cause or worsen sleeping problems, says the National Sleep Foundation. If disrupted sleep due to anxiety happens, the foundation says you may want to try a few simple strategies: Practice meditation. Focus on your breathing. Add exercise to your day. Regular exercisers tend to have better sleep. Practice a healthy bedtime routine. Write to-dos down so your brain can relax. Steer clear of stressful activities before bed. If you can't fall asleep for more than 20 minutes, get out of bed and do something relaxing.

Facebook Falls Short for College Kids Battling Depression, Study Finds

19 January 2020
Facebook Falls Short for College Kids Battling Depression, Study FindsSUNDAY, Jan. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Turning to Facebook for help is probably the wrong move for depressed college students, new research shows. In a small study of 33 students who posted on Facebook about feelings of depression, not one was advised to reach out to a mental health professional for help. Rather, friends sent supportive and encouraging messages. "It makes me concerned that none of the Facebook friends of students in this study were proactive in helping their friend get help," said lead author Scottye Cash, an associate professor of social work at Ohio State University, in Columbus. "We need to figure out why." Study participants reported the posts they made and how their friends reacted. They also completed a questionnaire on depression. Nearly half had...

How to Keep Those Blood Vessels Pumping

18 January 2020
How to Keep Those Blood Vessels PumpingSATURDAY, Jan. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Want to know how to avoid blood clots and varicose veins? One physician offers some tips on how to keep your blood vessels healthy. Arteries and veins are collectively known as the vascular system. Arteries transport oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body, while veins carry de-oxygenated, waste-filled blood back to the heart to be renewed, explained Dr. Chelsea Dorsey, a vascular surgeon from University of Chicago Medicine. Problems can occur in both arteries and veins. It's estimated that 12%-20% of people older than 60 have peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and more than 40% of women have venous insufficiency, the underlying condition that leads to varicose and spider veins. Blood clots in veins can occur at any age, and...

Just 2% of Patients Who Need It Get Anti-Opioid Drug Naloxone

17 January 2020
Just 2% of Patients Who Need It Get Anti-Opioid Drug NaloxoneFRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Naloxone can prevent opioid overdose deaths, but only a tiny percentage of Americans at risk are prescribed the lifesaving drug. That's the key finding from an analysis of nationwide data on adults with private health insurance. The researchers found that while naloxone (Evzio, Narcan) prescriptions in this group rose between January 2014 and mid-2017, only 1.6% of those taking high doses of prescription opioid painkillers had filled a naloxone prescription by the last six months of the study period. And the percentage of filled naloxone prescriptions was no higher among adults who had survived an overdose or had been diagnosed with opioid addiction ("opioid use disorder"), the study found. Naloxone can help reverse an overdose of many...

How Lack of Insurance Affects Breast Cancer Survival

17 January 2020
How Lack of Insurance Affects Breast Cancer SurvivalFRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Minority women with breast cancer are less likely to have insurance, which could lower their odds of survival, researchers say. "Having adequate health insurance for all could reduce the persistent racial outcome disparities in breast cancer," said study lead author Dr. Naomi Ko, assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She added that early diagnosis is not only beneficial for individuals, but also for society as a whole to "decrease medical costs and promote equity among all populations." The researchers analyzed data from more than 177,000 U.S. women, ages 40 to 64, who were diagnosed with invasive stage 1 to stage 3 breast cancer between 2010 and 2016. The study found that whites were more likely to have...

Screening for Chinese Coronavirus to Start at 3 Major...

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Travelers from China will now have to undergo enhanced screening at three major U.S. airports for symptoms of a new coronavirus that has caused an...

How Mom-to-Be's Worry Over Birth Defects Can Harm Baby

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Hearing that your unborn baby has congenital heart disease can be traumatic, but now new research suggests that if you experience stress, anxiety or...
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