Protecting Your Electronic Health Records

MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — An electronic health record, or EHR, is the digital version of the paper records documenting your health care. These online records are an advance in health management in many ways. These records mean fewer and shorter forms to fill out at appointments. Your information gets to all of…

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Lung Cancer One of Many Reasons Not to Smoke

SUNDAY, Feb. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You already know that smoking causes lung cancer. But tobacco use can lead to other major health problems, too, experts warn. “Cigarette smoking is probably the single most harmful thing you can do to your health,” said Jonathan Foulds, a professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at…

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Stroke May Not Mean Language Loss for Newborns

SATURDAY, Feb. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Strokes in babies may not have the same lasting effects as they do in adults, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Georgetown University Medical Center found that people who’d had a stroke as a newborn that damaged the left side of their brain — the side that…

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Sibling Bullying Could Have Mental Health Effects

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — People who, as young kids, either bullied their siblings or were bullied themselves by siblings face an increased risk for psychotic disorders, a new British study suggests. By age 18, those who’d been either the victim or the bully several times a week or month were two to…

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Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While this flu season is still one of the worst seen in years, the first signs that infection rates are starting to level off were reported by U.S. health officials on Friday. As of Feb. 10, a total of 43 states continued to experience widespread flu activity, down…

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Fentanyl Test Strips May Help Stem OD Deaths

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A thin test strip — similar to a pregnancy test — can detect whether a street drug contains the dangerous opioid fentanyl, according to a new report. Fentanyl — one of strongest types of opioid painkillers — is often mixed into street drugs, such as heroin and cocaine.…

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How to Put Mass Shooting Tragedies in Perspective for Kids

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In the wake of yet another deadly school shooting in the United States, one health specialist offers advice on how to ease children’s fears about acts of terror and violence. Consider the child’s age and emotional maturity when weighing the right time to discuss such tragedies, recommends Dr.…

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Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Can the adoring gaze of a dog or the comforting purr of a cat be helpful to people with mental illness? Absolutely, new research suggests. Although furry companions won’t replace medications or therapy for mental health concerns, they can provide significant benefits, according to British researchers. Their review…

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Kids Who Need Sickle Cell Meds Don't Always Get Them

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Less than a fifth of U.S. children with sickle cell anemia are getting the antibiotics that could save their lives, a new study finds. “Longstanding recommendations say children with sickle cell anemia should take antibiotics daily for their first five years of life,” the study’s lead author, Sarah…

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Hey Runners, Be Sure to Choose the Right Shoes

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The only equipment you really need to go running are running shoes. But choosing a pair can often feel like a shopping marathon. There’s no shortage of big box sporting goods stores, but ask the staff at a local running club for suggestions about where to shop. The…

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How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You’ve caught the flu, but you have to go to work and you can’t desert your family. What do you do? Believe it or not, one expert says there are ways to stem the spread of sickness — even if you can’t avoid being around other people. It…

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After Another Shooting Tragedy, 'Stop the Bleed' Kits Urged for Schools

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Some of the 17 people killed Wednesday in the senseless Florida school shooting might have survived if their bleeding could have been stopped in time, experts say. Noting that it takes only 5 to 10 minutes for a gunshot victim to bleed to death, the American College of…

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