Have Glaucoma and Need to Switch Eye Docs? Here's What You Need to Do

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you have glaucoma and need to find a new ophthalmologist, creating a personal data portfolio will help ensure a smooth transition in the care of your eye disease. The Glaucoma Research Foundation suggests the portfolio should include: your specific type of glaucoma; when you were diagnosed and…

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AHA: Little 'Kemp the Warrior' Battles Heart Defect

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Despite a nerve-racking pregnancy and delivery, Bevin and Scott Reinen described the moment that they finally got to meet their baby boy as “euphoric.” Four days after his birth, the couple sat beside their son following an open-heart surgery to treat a rare congenital heart defect. Baby…

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Health Woes Hit 1 in 7 Babies Exposed to Zika in U.S. Territories

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — About 14 percent of babies born in U.S. territories to women infected with Zika have health problems that may be related to the virus, federal officials reported Tuesday. The babies either had a Zika-associated birth defect or a neurodevelopmental abnormality possibly caused by Zika infection in the womb,…

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Study Urges Genetic Testing of Relatives of Aortic Disease Patients

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many lives could be saved if relatives of patients with aortic diseases underwent routine screening and genetic testing, a new study suggests. Aneurysms, tears in the lining called dissections and other types of thoracic aortic disease (TAD) are often undetected until they become life-threatening emergencies. At that point,…

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To Combat Childhood Obesity, Start at Birth … or Even Before

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Efforts to prevent childhood obesity probably should begin at birth to have any hope of success, according to new results from a pair of clinical trials. First-time moms taught good nutrition strategies during their baby’s first year wound up with 3-year-olds who were less likely to be overweight…

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Breast-Feeding Suffers in Homes With Smokers: Study

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — New mothers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home stop breast-feeding sooner than those in smoke-free households, researchers report. “Just being in a smoking household — whether it was the husband, mother or member of the extended family — reduced the time that a child was breast-fed,”…

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For School Kids, Vaccines Are Key

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Be sure to put vaccinations on your children’s back-to-school lists, whether they’re just starting school or heading off to college, experts say. By protecting infants, children and teens from serious diseases, vaccinations also protect families, schools and communities. “The best way to treat diseases is to prevent them…

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Heart Monitoring a Must for Breast Cancer Patients on Herceptin

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The widely used chemotherapy drug trastuzumab (Herceptin) can be life-saving for women with HER2-positive breast cancer, a particularly aggressive form of the disease. But new research now adds to mounting evidence that the treatment can take a toll on the heart, increasing the risk for heart failure. The…

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Snap, Polish, Post: Why Selfies May Be Bad for Your Health

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Photo-editing tools that make people look more perfect online than in real life may be a health threat, medical experts warn. The tidal wave of altered photos on social media is changing perceptions of beauty. And that can trigger a preoccupation with appearance that leads to risky efforts…

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How to Become an Educated Patient

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Emergency treatment rarely allows you much time to consider your options. But what about care that can be done on your timetable? There are many tools available to help you understand the pros and cons of nearly any procedure and — through an open discussion with your health-care…

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Hepatitis-Infected Kidneys a Safe Option for Transplant: Study

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Dialysis patients waiting for kidney transplants might safely accept an organ from a donor infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), a new study finds. Using hepatitis C-infected kidneys would expand the organ pool and save lives, said lead researcher Dr. Peter Reese. He’s an associate professor of medicine…

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Signs Your Child Might Have Hearing Loss

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — “Put your listening ears on!” frustrated parents often say. But some kids aren’t deliberately tuning out Mom and Dad — they really can’t hear them. If you suspect your child has a hearing problem, get it checked out, experts advise. Even minor hearing loss can affect a child’s…

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