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5 Tips to Manage Your Child's Asthma

For many children with asthma, coughing is an early warning sign of a flare-up, an expert says. Understanding asthma and knowing what to expect can help parents prevent or lessen the severity of asthma attacks, said Dr. Ronald Ferdman, a pediatric allergist-immunologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He provided the following tips to help parents...

Posted 3 days ago in News for Health Professionals

Patient Health Information Often Shared Electronically

The most common electronically sent and received types of patient health information (PHI) include laboratory results and medication lists, according to a report published Aug. 15 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Using data from the 2015 National Electronic Health Records Survey, Ninee S....

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Parents Fret Over Fussy Eaters - but What Works?

The nightly dinner battles many parents have with picky toddlers can be exhausting. Now, research suggests that either pressuring or rewarding kids to eat healthier may backfire. "These practices can reinforce fussy eating, increase preferences for unhealthy foods, and lead to excessive weight gain," study author Holly Harris, from the Centre for Children's...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Your Puppy Can Make You Very Sick: CDC

Puppies can be cute and cuddly, but they also carry germs that might make you very sick, a new government report warns. An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter infections in 2017 and 2018 that sickened 118 people in 18 states was traced to pet store puppies, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This is most...

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Health Highlights: Sept. 20, 2018

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: California Sues Drug Maker AbbVie for Allegedly Paying Doctors to Prescribe Humira A lawsuit filed Tuesday in California claims that pharmaceutical company AbbVie used cash, gifts and services to induce doctors to overprescribe the widely used drug...

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Opioid Crisis Driving Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy: CDC

Life expectancy in the United States has declined for two years in a row, fueled by increasing death rates from opioid drug overdoses, suicides and chronic liver disease, a new government report shows. "It's really the first time we've seen this multi-year drop" in decades, said Renee Gindi, chief of the Analytic Studies Branch of the National Center...

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Mediterranean Diet May Cut Stroke Risk for Women, But Not Men

The Mediterranean diet may do more than help you reach and maintain a healthy weight: New research suggests that women who follow it also lower their stroke risk. But men did not reap the same benefit from the diet, which concentrates on fish, fruits, nuts, vegetables and beans, and avoids meat and dairy products. "Simple changes in dietary habits...

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Opioid Overdose Crisis May Have Begun Decades Ago

The opioid epidemic has been front-page news for a few years now, with rising overdose deaths driving an overall decrease in Americans' average life expectancy. But a new study suggests that the opioid epidemic is, in fact, nothing new. Death rates from drug overdoses in the United States have been on an exponential growth curve that dates back at...

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Health Tip: Prevent Diaper Rash

-- It's every parent's nightmare -- diaper rash that causes itchy bumps, scaly skin and lots of discomfort for your baby. The Nemours Foundation says you can help prevent diaper rash by keeping the infant's skin dry and clean. If your child develops diaper rash, Nemours suggests: Keep the skin dry as the rash heals. Increase the amount of time...

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Florence's Lingering Threat: Mold

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, residents of the Carolinas are facing a new health threat: mold. Mold-related illnesses are a serious concern following severe flooding in North and South Carolina, say experts from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. "Where there's dampness and water, there's mold," said Paula Schenck, of the...

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The importance of a plan B

We all know that things don’t always go to plan. You missed out on the top sports team, your scholarship application wasn’t successful, your dream job went to Sandy from Marketing, or the condom broke. If your desire is NOT to have a baby, and you don’t take a regular form of contraception, then you […]

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Boxed warnings: How worried should you be?

You’ve just received a new medicine. Hopefully, this will help you to feel better or improve your body’s response to a disease. But your doctor mentioned during your consultation that it has a boxed warning….actually, she called it a black box warning, which sounded absolutely terrifying! Boxed warnings are a special type of warning issued […]

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The Importance of Sleep

How well do you sleep? For over 40% of us, sleep doesn’t come easy. But a persistent lack of sleep has been linked to an increased risk of numerous medical conditions including diabetes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, and obesity. It can worsen ADHD, depress our mood, and weaken our immune system. Along with […]

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