How to Get That Perfect Shave

SUNDAY, Feb. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Guys, a perfect shave may be more about preparation and technique than the actual razor. “The perfect shave is a combination of art and trial and error,” said Dr. Robert Anolik, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine. “That said, there…

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Summer Camp Tips for Kids With Asthma, Allergies

SATURDAY, Feb. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your children may already be looking forward to summer camp. But when it comes to kids with asthma or allergies, parents need to take extra steps in planning their outdoor experience. “Kids with allergies and asthma need an extra layer of preparation to ensure they stay healthy and…

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Why Some Are Still Skeptical of Tanning Bed Risks

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The health risks are high for young people who use tanning beds, but not all parents seem to see it that way. To figure out why that is, researchers polled more than 1,200 parents of U.S. kids aged 11 to 17 years. The investigators found that parents who…

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Flu Season Shows More Signs of Slowing

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If the latest government data on doctor visits is any indication, a brutal flu season may be starting to wane. For the second week in a row, there was a drop in doctor visits for flu-like illness in the United States. And the latest drop was more pronounced…

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As Stroke 'Liquefies' Brain Tissue, Lasting Harm May Spread

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Brain tissue damaged by a stroke can liquefy, become toxic and then harm remaining healthy parts of the brain — possibly causing dementia, new research in mice suggests. “Most people probably assume that the brain heals in the same way as other tissues, but it doesn’t,” researcher Kristian…

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FDA Warns Heart Patients About Antibiotic Clarithromycin

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The antibiotic clarithromycin (brand name: Biaxin) may increase the long-term risk of heart problems and death in patients with heart disease, according to U.S. health officials. As a result, the federal Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it’s recommending that doctors carefully weigh the benefits and risks…

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Learning Problems May Accompany Kidney Disease

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Chronic kidney disease may affect brain function in children and teens, especially those on dialysis, researchers say. Results of their study review suggest academic assistance may be needed in specific areas, including math and reading. “In translating our findings to clinical practice, this research provides relevant information on…

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Antioxidants: The Good Health Helpers

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Antioxidants — it’s a hot nutrition buzzword, but do you know what they really are? Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals that block the activity of other chemicals called free radicals. Free radicals are formed naturally in the body and actually play an important role in many everyday processes,…

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For Women, Blocked Arteries Not the Only Trigger for Heart Attacks

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Women don’t need to have blocked arteries to experience a heart attack, a new study points out. Blocked arteries are a main cause of heart attack in men, according to researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. They found, though, that about 8 percent of women who…

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Poorer Kids May Fare Worse After Heart Surgery

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Children who’ve had surgery to repair defective hearts are more likely to die or require longer hospitalizations if they live in poorer neighborhoods, a new study suggests. The disparities between affluent and poor children persisted even though all were treated at the same major hospitals, the researchers said.…

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It's Still Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Even though it’s the end of February, it’s still not too late to get a flu shot, doctors say. This flu season is one of the worst seen in the United States in years. Flu-linked hospitalizations were still rising earlier this month, and 84 children have died from…

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The Sooner Type 2 Diabetes Arrives, the Worse for Your Heart

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A type 2 diabetes diagnosis that comes early in life carries a deadly load of health risks, new research shows. It was associated with a 60 percent higher relative risk of dying from heart disease or stroke. Not only that, it was linked to almost a 30 percent…

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