ARCHIVE: February 2018

It's a Century Since the 1918 Flu Pandemic - Could It...

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- One hundred years ago, the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time made a ravaging march across the globe. The "Spanish" flu of 1918-19 infected an...

Losing Weight Eases Obesity-Related Pain. But How Much Is Enough?

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Losing 10 percent of your body weight appears to reduce pain related to obesity, even in non-weight-bearing areas, a new study finds. "It's been known for...

Do Over-the-Counter Painkillers Alter Emotions, Reasoning?

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sure, an over-the-counter painkiller like Tylenol or Advil can help ease aches and pains, but could it mess with your thoughts and emotions, too? That's...

Running Gasparilla?

If you're running the Gasparilla Distance Classic this year, we've got some great training moves for you, thanks to our expert trainers at the Tampa General Hospital Health and Wellness Center...

Asthma Attacks on the Decline Among U.S. Kids

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer U.S. children are having to deal with asthma attacks in recent years, federal health officials reported Tuesday. That also translates into fewer...

Crash Diets Might Derail Your Heart Health

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone wants a beach-ready body, and many are willing to starve themselves to achieve it quickly. But new research suggests that fat lost on crash diets...

A Hidden Source of 'Superbugs' in Hospitals?

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hospital wastewater systems may play a role in antibiotic resistance, a new study suggests. U.S. National Institutes of Health researchers collected...

'Hole in Heart' Defect May Raise Stroke Risk After...

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People born with a hole in their heart face an increased risk for stroke after surgery, a new study finds. This common type of birth defect -- known as...

Fetal Alcohol Cases More Common Than Thought: Study

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More U.S. children may be living with brain damage from prenatal drinking than experts have thought, a new study suggests. The study of four U.S....

As Newborn Syphilis Cases Rise, Maternal Screening Urged

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Newborn syphilis cases have shot up in the United States in recent years, so an expert panel is reaffirming the need to screen all pregnant women for the...

Kids Can Roll Up Their Sleeves -- Again -- for Mumps Protection

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to mumps prevention, an extra jab may do the trick. During a mumps outbreak, doctors can provide an optional third dose of mumps vaccine,...

Easing Your Child's Asthma

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If your child is among the 10 percent of kids with asthma, you want to do everything you can to control it. Start by working with your child's allergist...

Going for a Walk Not So Easy for Many Pugs

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most dogs are excited to hear the words "Want to go for a walk?" But one-third of pug dogs have an abnormal gait, and this may be a more serious health...

Got a Pet Rat? Watch Out for This Scary New Virus

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your pet rat could make you very sick by transmitting a virus that's newly emerged in North America, U.S. health officials warn. Seoul virus is a rat-borne...

Menopause May Worsen Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Menopause may speed physical decline in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study suggests. While rheumatoid arthritis rates in women are three...

Babies With Normal Head Size Might Still Have Zika-Linked Brain...

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Fetal brain damage caused by the Zika virus can go undetected in pregnancy, and can occur even if a baby's head size is normal, research in monkeys suggests...

Bugs for Dinner? Think of Them as Cheap, Nutritious Lobsters

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The next time you see a grasshopper, try to imagine it as a snack. If might help if you know that insects are nutritious and digestible. "For a long...

Cellphones Pose Little Cancer Risk, Studies Suggest

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Your odds for getting cancer from your cellphone are slim -- but U.S. government researchers report that they can't completely rule out the possibility....

Melanoma Rates Rising for Boomers, Falling Among Young

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It looks like public health efforts to warn younger Americans about the dangers of tanning beds and sun exposure are paying off. Rates of the deadly skin...

New Treatment Could Be 'Breakthrough' for Vitiligo...

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors have discovered a combination of treatments that can return color to skin that has been lightened by vitiligo -- the skin disease that turned Michael...

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