Workplace Workouts … and Why They Work

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Workplace wellness programs are great ways to get in shape, but what if your employer doesn’t offer one? Here’s how to get the (exercise) ball rolling. First, talk to your human resources manager and make the case for wellness initiatives with physical activity components. Highlight the U.S. government’s…

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Hold That Sneeze? Maybe Not

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Holding your nose and closing your mouth when you feel a sneeze coming on just might lead to serious trouble. The journal BMJ Case Reports includes the story of a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat after he pinched his nose and clamped his mouth shut in order…

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For Kids, Chronic Illness May Trigger Mental Health Issues

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When children learn they have a long-term illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, they’re likely to suffer emotionally, too, a small study finds. These mental health issues surface soon after the diagnosis, the Canadian researchers said. Surveying 50 kids with a chronic illness and their parents, the study…

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Women Seem More Prone to Winter Blues

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The increase in depressive symptoms brought on by winter seems to occur more often in women than men, a new study finds. Low mood, tiredness and the inability to gain pleasure from usually enjoyable activities peaked in the winter months, according to the researchers’ analysis of data on…

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Take Your Houseplant to Work Day

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Do you often feel grumpy at work? Sometimes a small change in your surroundings can have a big effect on your mood. According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, having some greenery in your office space can make you both happier and more productive.…

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Severe Bullying Tied to Mental Health Woes in Teens

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Teens who were severely bullied as children are at increased risk for mental health problems and suicide attempts, a Canadian study finds. The study included data on more than 1,300 children in the province of Quebec, from birth until age 15. About 59 percent of the children reported…

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Running in the Cold: How to Survive and Thrive

SUNDAY, Jan. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Whether you’re training for a marathon or just logging miles, cold-weather running requires some special health and safety precautions, according to a sports medicine expert. That said, it also gives you a chance to get ahead of the competition because people often don’t train once serious cold sets…

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Grandparents Help Shape Kids' Views on Aging

SATURDAY, Jan. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Kids who have a good relationship with their grandparents are less likely to become prejudiced against old people, a new study has found. That prejudice, known as ageism, is fairly common in children, even in those as young as 3, according to researchers from the University of Liege…

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Wildfires Can Affect Air Quality Far From the Flames

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Wildfires like those that recently burned wide swaths of California to the ground can cause air quality problems that pose a threat to human health far from the fire site, researchers say. An analysis of U.S. government data collected from 2006 to 2013 found that smoke plumes from…

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Fewer Hospitals Closed After Obamacare Expanded Medicaid

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) had fewer hospital closures, especially in rural areas, a new study finds. The researchers analyzed national data from the years before implementation of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare (2008-2012) and the years after it took effect (2015-2016). Hospitals in…

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Severe Flu Season Slams All But One State: CDC

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The worst flu season in years is only getting worse, with 49 states now seeing widespread misery, U.S. health officials report. “Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now,” Dr. Daniel Jernigan, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s influenza division, said during a media…

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Your Dishwasher Is Not as Sterile as You Think

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your dishwasher may get those plates spotless, but it is also probably teeming with bacteria and fungus, a new study suggests. Microbes — from bacteria to viruses to fungi — are everywhere, including within and on the human body. So it’s no surprise, the researchers said, that a…

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