Falls Among Elderly Cost $50 Billion Annually

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Falls by older Americans have devastating medical and economic consequences, reaching $50 billion a year, a new study finds. “Falls among men and women 65 and older are a common, costly and growing public health problem,” said lead researcher Curtis Florence, a health economist with the U.S. Centers…

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Young Men Face Higher Risk for Rare Flu Complication

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Young men recovering from the flu should be aware of a side effect that causes nerve damage, a health expert warns. To combat the flu virus, your immune system produces antibodies. In rare cases, these antibodies also attack myelin, which is the protective sheath around the nerves, explained…

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Mosquitoes Spreading Zika Virus in Parts of U.S.: CDC

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Zika infections are on the rise in parts of the United States where mosquitoes spread the virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reported 5,168 cases of Zika-related illness in 2016. Of those cases in 50 states and Washington, D.C., more than…

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Annual Eye Exam Is Vital if You Have Diabetes

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A yearly eye exam is a key part of diabetes treatment, experts say. Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness among people aged 40 to 60, cautioned Dr. Malav Joshi, an ophthalmologist at the Krieger Eye Institute in Baltimore. And the longer people have diabetes, the…

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Why 'False News' Spreads Faster Than Truth

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Amid growing concerns about the impact of “fake news,” a new study finds that false stories take off much faster than truth on Twitter. The study, of news and rumors shared by 3 million Twitter users, found that false information spreads more quickly and further than accurate information.…

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Exercise an Antidote for Aging

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you want to counter the physical costs of getting old, regular exercise might be your best option, researchers report. The findings “debunk the assumption that aging automatically makes us more frail,” said researcher Janet Lord. She is director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the…

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Threats, Violent Acts Against Teachers Often Go Unreported

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teachers who are victims of physical violence or threats at their schools often don’t tell anyone about it, claims a study released in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting. “You would think that the first thing a teacher would do after a violent encounter or…

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Best Way to Fight Off Norovirus: Wash Your Hands

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Washing your hands often and thoroughly is the best way to protect yourself if you’re caught in a norovirus outbreak, researchers say. Norovirus is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Outbreaks can crop up anywhere and anytime. However, they often occur in densely populated spots with…

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After Knee Replacement, Play On

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Knee replacement patients can continue to enjoy sports — such as skiing, tennis and dancing — without worrying that high-impact activities might compromise their new joint, a small, new study finds. The researchers tracked patients for between five and 15 years after knee replacement surgery, known as total…

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Is Bariatric Surgery for You?

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you’ve been struggling with your weight for some time, you might be wondering if bariatric surgery is the answer. This surgery, which involves reducing the size of your stomach to limit how much food you can take in, isn’t for moderate weight loss. You need to be…

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Australian Nurse Treats, Survives His Own Heart Attack

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A nurse stationed on Australia’s isolated far west coast experienced chest pain and dizziness — signs of heart attack — but he was almost a hundred miles from the next nearest medical facility. So he pushed past the pain to diagnose and treat himself, according to a report…

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Sunnier Days in Youth May Mean Less Odds of MS Later

WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Living in sunnier climes when young might help shield you from multiple sclerosis decades later, new research suggests. The main factor may be the sun’s ultraviolet B (UV-B) rays, which help the body produce vitamin D, according to a Canadian team. They noted that lower levels of vitamin…

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