ARCHIVE: February 2018

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Protect yourself from this year’s severe flu season

Get the shot. That’s the advice of medical experts who warn of a nasty, lingering flu season in Florida and around the country. Less than half of all Americans get vaccinated every year, but it’s...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Making Food Less Important in Your Life

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Does it seem as though the second you try to cut back on calories all you can think about is food? It's even harder to minimize the role of food in your...

Hey Kids, Just Say No to Energy Drinks

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Highly caffeinated energy drinks aren't safe for children and teens, and should not be marketed to them, a leading sports medicine organization warns. The...

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...

Head Injuries Hit 1 in 14 Kids, CDC Reports

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Given the news of the devastating effects of head injuries among professional football players, parents may wonder if their mini athletes are at risk, too...

Two Drugs Offer Hope Against a Tough-to-Treat Prostate Cancer

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Two cancer drugs can stall the progression of a particularly hard-to-treat form of prostate cancer, a pair of new trials shows. Both a newly developed...

Low Blood Sodium Tied to Impaired Thinking in Older Men

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Lower sodium levels in the blood are associated with mental impairment and decline in older men, a new study finds. The findings may be of concern,...

Autism, Bipolar and Schizophrenia Share Genetic Similarities

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- By examining brain tissue, researchers say they've found similarities in certain mental illnesses, including autism and schizophrenia. Specifically, some...

Many With Depression Delay, Avoid Treatment

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Only one-third of people newly diagnosed with depression start treatment quickly, and seniors and minorities are the least likely to get help in a timely...

FDA Says U.S. Will Now Produce Critical MRI Component

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A long-feared shortage of a substance used in millions of medical imaging procedures each year in the United States appears to have been avoided, federal...

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