Who Gets Unneeded Antibiotics Most Often?

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Some patients are more likely than others to get antibiotics they don’t need, new research shows. White adults and children, along with those who had private insurance and lived in urban areas, were more likely to receive a prescription for an antibiotic for common conditions caused by viruses,…

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Shining a Deadly New Light on Airborne Flu Virus

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — As a particularly nasty flu season rages across the United States, scientists have found a powerful new disinfectant that makes “light” work of the virus. Researchers say a certain spectrum of ultraviolet light — called far-UVC — easily kills airborne flu viruses while posing no risk to people.…

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Heart Defects May Raise Odds for Dementia

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you were born with a heart defect, you might have to worry more about developing dementia as you age, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 10,600 people in Denmark born with a heart defect between 1890 and 1982. Compared with the…

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Keeping in Touch With Your Kids in College

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A variety of emotions can arise when kids go off to college and start on their adult life. Research done at the University of Kansas shows that being able to communicate through texting and other channels can help you feel more connected and have a more satisfying relationship…

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The Purrfect Diet for Your Fat Cat

SUNDAY, Feb. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Has your favorite tabby gotten a tad tubby? You can help that fat cat slim down safely. But be forewarned: It won’t happen overnight. Researchers at the University of Illinois put eight overweight neutered male cats on a diet for 18 weeks. They wanted the cats to lose…

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It May Be Winter, But Keep That Sunscreen Handy

SATURDAY, Feb. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Just because it’s not summer doesn’t mean you’re safe from sun-related skin damage. “The highest level of concern is usually during the summer months, but sun damage can occur year-round, even on cloudy or rainy days,” said dermatologist Dr. Sarah Taylor, an assistant professor at Wake Forest Baptist…

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Don't Count on an American to Do CPR

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If someone collapsed in front of you, could you perform CPR? If you answered no, you’re hardly alone. Just over half of Americans know how to perform the emergency procedure. And even fewer know the recommended hands-only technique for bystanders, a new Cleveland Clinic survey reveals. The survey…

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A Bad Flu Season Keeps Getting Worse

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — This year’s dangerous flu season shows no sign of waning, and “may be on track to break some recent records.” That was the sobering assessment offered Friday by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Acting Director Dr. Anne Schuchat. Flu activity across the country has reached new…

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Fidget Spinners May Be Dangerous in the Wrong Hands

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fidget spinners may well keep restless hands occupied for a time. But in the wrong hands, the popular gadgets can be harmful, doctors warn. A 3-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl suffered severe esophageal burns after they swallowed button batteries from fidget spinners, according to one new report.…

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Pain of Acne More Than Skin Deep

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Acne can be emotionally devastating at any age, and new research suggests it could even throw you into a deep depression. “Our research has shown that patients with acne have a 63 percent increased risk of developing major depressive disorder in their first year following an acne diagnosis,…

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You, Too, Can Eat Like an Olympian

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While you watch the Winter Olympics from the comfort of your couch in the coming weeks, pay heed to what helped the athletes reach peak physical condition. “Olympians can teach us a lot about how to eat for better health and performance,” said Kaley Mialki, a dietitian with…

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Make a Bucket List — Then Share It With Your Doc

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Do you have things you want to do before your time’s up? If so, consider sharing that so-called “bucket list” with your doctors. Those discussions could help your doctors provide health care that fits your life plans, researchers say. And for people with a chronic or even terminal…

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