Easing Your Child's Asthma

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If your child is among the 10 percent of kids with asthma, you want to do everything you can to control it. Start by working with your child’s allergist to identify his or her unique asthma triggers and ways to avoid them. Common asthma triggers include: Secondhand smoke…

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Going for a Walk Not So Easy for Many Pugs

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Most dogs are excited to hear the words “Want to go for a walk?” But one-third of pug dogs have an abnormal gait, and this may be a more serious health problem for this breed than previously thought, researchers say. The finding was based on survey responses from…

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Kids Can Roll Up Their Sleeves — Again — for Mumps Protection

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to mumps prevention, an extra jab may do the trick. During a mumps outbreak, doctors can provide an optional third dose of mumps vaccine, according to the 2018 recommended immunization schedule from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). This recommendation was clarified last October by…

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Got a Pet Rat? Watch Out for This Scary New Virus

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your pet rat could make you very sick by transmitting a virus that’s newly emerged in North America, U.S. health officials warn. Seoul virus is a rat-borne hantavirus that typically causes symptoms that resemble the flu — fever, headache, muscle pain. In rare cases infection can lead to…

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Menopause May Worsen Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Menopause may speed physical decline in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study suggests. While rheumatoid arthritis rates in women are three times higher than in men, and women with RA have more severe physical decline and disability, sex-based differences in RA are poorly understood, the researchers…

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Babies With Normal Head Size Might Still Have Zika-Linked Brain Damage

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fetal brain damage caused by the Zika virus can go undetected in pregnancy, and can occur even if a baby’s head size is normal, research in monkeys suggests. The findings indicate that many children with Zika-related brain damage may go undiagnosed and are at increased risk for learning…

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New Treatment Could Be 'Breakthrough' for Vitiligo Skin Condition

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Doctors have discovered a combination of treatments that can return color to skin that has been lightened by vitiligo — the skin disease that turned Michael Jackson’s skin white. The new therapy includes the oral medication Xeljanz (tofacitinib) — a drug already approved for use in rheumatoid arthritis…

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Cellphones Pose Little Cancer Risk, Studies Suggest

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your odds for getting cancer from your cellphone are slim — but U.S. government researchers report that they can’t completely rule out the possibility. Two new studies conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) exposed rodents to radiofrequency radiation levels equal to or higher than those emitted during…

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Melanoma Rates Rising for Boomers, Falling Among Young

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It looks like public health efforts to warn younger Americans about the dangers of tanning beds and sun exposure are paying off. Rates of the deadly skin cancer known as melanoma have dropped among Americans aged 15 to 44, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease…

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Bugs for Dinner? Think of Them as Cheap, Nutritious Lobsters

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The next time you see a grasshopper, try to imagine it as a snack. If might help if you know that insects are nutritious and digestible. “For a long time the prevailing wisdom was that mammals didn’t produce an enzyme that could break down the exoskeletons of insects,…

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Tips for Choosing Frozen Fruits & Veggies

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fruits and veggies are great ways to get important nutrients, try new tastes, and add low-calorie sides to your meals. When fresh isn’t available or affordable, frozen is a healthy option. Look for fresh-frozen fruits and vegetables that have been properly stored, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends.…

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Could Your Colonoscopy Raise Your Risk for Appendicitis?

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A colonoscopy can save your life by detecting and removing colon cancer, but it might also trigger appendicitis, a new study suggests. Experts aren’t sure exactly why that happens, and, fortunately, it’s rare. And it shouldn’t stop you from getting a colonoscopy, according to lead researcher Dr. Marc…

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