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Posted today in Medical

Could Your 'Holiday Blues' Be Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Some people who think they have the holiday blues may actually have seasonal affective disorder (SAD), an expert suggests. "SAD usually occurs in those who already are diagnosed or afflicted with a type of depression. It occurs with the change of the seasons, beginning in the fall and staying with you throughout the cold, dark winter months," Dr. Jason...

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Dogs May Ease a Child's Fears

The companionship of a dog may lower a child's anxiety levels, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at almost 650 children aged 18 months and older who were screened for anxiety. Of those children, 58 percent had a dog at home. Only 12 percent of children with dogs tested positive for anxiety, compared with 21 percent of those without dogs,...

Posted 3 days ago in FDA Alerts

RotaWire Elite Guidewire and wireClip Torquer Guidewire by Boston Scientific: Recall - Wires May Break and Separate from the Rotablator System

[Posted 11/27/2015] AUDIENCE: Risk Manager, Biomedical Engineeing, Cardiology ISSUE: Boston Scientific Corp is recalling RotaWire 'Elite' core wires because they may crack and separate from the rest of the Rotablator Rotational Atheroctomy System and cause serious injury such as tamponade (blood in the sac around the heart causing decreased heart function),...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Learn About Processed Foods

-- Not all processed foods are unhealthy, experts say. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers this advice: Foods range from minimally to heavily processed. Minimally processed foods include cut and bagged vegetables, canned tuna or roasted nuts. These are generally healthier than heavily processed foods, such as microwavable dinners. Some processed...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Keeping Anger in Check

-- Everyone gets angry, but not everyone knows how to express anger in a healthier way. The Mayo Clinic suggests: Avoid violent reactions. It's OK to express anger, but do so in a calm, rational manner. Use anger in more positive and constructive ways. Use caution when limiting anger. Avoid internalizing it and getting angry at yourself or acting out...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Assessing Health Issues of Child Refugees

The main health problems of refugee children from Asia and Africa when they arrive in the United States are outlined in a new study. Based on screenings of more than 8,100 young refugees between 2006 and 2012, the top health concerns were hepatitis B, tuberculosis, parasitic worms, high blood lead levels and anemia, the study found. The refugees, all...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Bullies May Face Higher Odds of Eating Disorders: Study

Bullies may be at increased risk for eating disorders, a new study suggests. Previous research has found that victims of bullying are more likely to have these disorders, but the finding that bullies are also at risk came as a surprise, the researchers said. "For a long time, there's been this story about bullies that they're a little more hale and...

Posted yesterday in Medical

Why You Need Flexibility Exercises

Flexibility exercises should be part of your regular workouts, an expert says. Effective fitness programs should include cardiovascular training, strength building and flexibility exercises, but the flexibility component is often overlooked, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. "Increasing your flexibility improves your ability...

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Celery-Onion Blend Is Cause of E.Coli Outbreak Tied to Costco Chicken Salad: CDC

A celery-onion blend included in a rotisserie chicken salad from Costco stores is the probable culprit behind an ongoing E.coli outbreak and has been recalled, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. According to a CDC news release, the Montana Public Health Laboratory tested the diced celery-onion blend and found results that...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Sweat to Help Reduce Your Risk for Prostate Cancer

Vigorous exercise, a healthy diet and not smoking may dramatically reduce a man's risk for aggressive prostate cancer, new research suggests. Nearly half of lethal prostate cancer cases in the United States would be prevented if men over 60 followed five or more healthy habits, lead author Stacey Kenfield, an assistant professor in the urology department...

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The Search for an Affordable Drug: 3 Practices To Outlaw

It may come as a surprise that as a pharmacist I am as mad as anyone about the ongoing trend of prescription drug price gouging. The real tragedy is that this gouging is often occurring with older prescription drugs for rare diseases that have limited manufacturer availability. It’s not that they can’t be made inexpensively; […]

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Have you had a medication that you could not afford lately?

If you answered yes, you probably are not alone. The cost of certain prescriptions, like those for hepatitis C, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, have skyrocketed. Many of these special drugs cannot be accessed from a regular retail pharmacy. The patient must acquire the treatment from a “specialty pharmacy”, that may not even be in their […]

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