Physical Health

Five Steps You Can Take to Prevent Dementia

The causes of dementia are varied, and some are unknown. But there are some steps you can take right now to reduce your risk, CNN reported Sept. 16. Simply put, you can protect against dementia by: taking care of your heart exercising eating healthy challenging your brain (such as by reading, doing crosswords, and other […]

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Are Your Kids Getting Preventive Services They Need?

Proper preventative care is not being delivered to many — and in some cases, most — American children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC researchers looked at 11 clinical preventive services: prenatal breastfeeding counseling newborn hearing screening and follow-up developmental screening lead screening vision screening hypertension screening use of dental […]

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12,000 Deaths from Painkiller Overdoses in 2011

Overdoses on powerful narcotic painkillers like Vicodin and Oxycontin rose from about 3,000 in 1999 to about 12,000 in 2011, according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HealthDay News reported Sept. 16 that the only bit of good news in the report is that the increase in deaths […]

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Big Bellies Become the Norm in U.S.

The average American waistline has expanded to 39 inches, NBC News reported Sept. 16. That’s an average of 40 inches for men — up from 39 inches in 2011 — and 37.8 inches for women, up from 37.6, according to research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Abdominal obesity is defined […]

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Addiction Rehab Programs Focus on Nutrition

Many people addicted to alcohol or other drugs have poor diets, a problem that may persist well after they go into recovery from addiction. The New York Times reported Sept. 15 that some recovery programs are putting more emphasis on nutrition to help clients avoid unhealthy weight gain, which can also result from using sugar […]

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Want to Keep Your Teeth? Stop Eating So Much Sugar

There are many medical mysteries, but tooth decay isn’t one of them. Experts say there is just a single cause of tooth decay for adults and children: eating sugar. Time reported Sept. 16 that researchers found that just 2 percent of Nigerians whose diet includes no sugar had tooth decay, compared to 92 percent of […]

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Antibiotics for Your Child’s Sore Throat? Not So Fast

Pediatricians write an estimated 11 million unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics to treat kids’ ear and throat infections, CBS News reported Sept. 15. Such ailments are often caused by viruses, which are not affected by antibiotics. Overall, doctors prescribe such drugs twice as often as they should, according to researchers from the University of Washington and Seattle […]

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Salt Water, Chicken Soup Among Sore Throat Cures

Battling a sore throat? Men’s Health reported Sept. 14 that there are many natural alternatives to taking medication like antibiotics to ease minor throat pain, including: gargling with salt water, which kills the bacteria in your throat drink hot water with lemon and honey: the former will shrink inflamed tissues, while the latter has antioxidants […]

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Anti-Obesity Drug ‘Contrave’ Approved by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug intended to help fight obesity, HeathDay News reported Sept. 11. Contrave, made by Orexigen Therapeutics of La Jolla, Calif., is a combination of the addiction medication naltrexone and the smoking-cessation drug bupropion. The drug was approved for use by obese adults who have at least […]

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Carrying a Few Extra Pounds? Check Your Blood Pressure

Adding just 5 percent to your body weight can cause your blood pressure to increase, especially if the extra pounds settle on your waistline, HealthDay News reported Sept. 10. An experiment that had volunteers intentionally consuming more calories to gain weight found that the increase in blood pressure was small — none of the subjects […]

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