All posts by HealthCast

  • As Summer Starts, Sun Safety Slashes Skin Cancer Risk

    With many beaches and parks opening in time for Memorial Day, the American Cancer Society is reminding people to practice sun safety. Overexposing yourself to the sun increases your risk for skin cancer, which is the most...

    • Posted May 25, 2020
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  • Child’s Cancer Doesn’t Raise Parents’ Divorce Risk, Curb Plans for More Kids: Study

    Having a child with cancer doesn’t appear to affect parents’ risk of splitting up or their plans to have more kids. That’s the conclusion of a Danish study that compared more than 12,400 parents of children diagnosed...

    • Posted May 25, 2020
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  • Physical Jobs Tied to More Sick Leave, Earlier Retirement

    People with physically demanding jobs take more sick leave. They also have higher unemployment rates and shorter work lives, a new Danish study finds. “This study showed that high physical work demands are a marked risk factor...

    • Posted May 25, 2020
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  • ‘Kangaroo Care’ Has Big Health Benefits For Preemies

    Skin-to-skin contact between parents and babies — often called “kangaroo care” — provides major benefits to preemies’ hearts and brains, Australian researchers say. They assessed 40 babies born about 10 weeks early with an average weight of...

    • Posted May 25, 2020
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  • Sure-Fire Solutions for Managing Lockdown Temper Tantrums

    After weeks of confinement to prevent the spread of COVID-19, kids, teens and grownups alike are probably getting on one another’s nerves big time by now. So what’s the secret to defusing bouts of pouting, screaming and...

    • Posted May 24, 2020
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  • Outdoor Swimming Pools Not a COVID-19 Risk: Expert

    Swimming pools in many parts of the United States may reopen soon, and Americans can take comfort in knowing that taking a dip should pose little risk of coronavirus infection. However, there could be risks at indoor...

    • Posted May 23, 2020
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  • If Prescribed Opioids for Pain, Ask Lots of Questions: FDA

    If your doctor prescribes opioid painkillers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine or morphine for you, there are a number of questions you should ask, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises. Opioids can be used to treat...

    • Posted May 21, 2020
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  • Your Sleep Habits May Worsen Your Asthma

    Getting too little or too much sleep may worsen asthma in adults, a new study finds. Researchers asked nearly 1,400 adults, 20 and older, with self-reported asthma about their sleep habits. About one-quarter said they slept five...

    • Posted May 21, 2020
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  • AHA News: As COVID-19 Stalls Vacation, Achieve Travel’s Health Benefits at Home

    THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — Since marrying in 2002, Doug Behan and Lise Deguire have gone on safari in Tanzania, watched the sunset over the Santorini caldera in the Greek Islands and walked...

    • Posted May 21, 2020
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  • Blood Test Might Predict Worsening MS

    A new blood test might help doctors predict whether someone’s multiple sclerosis may soon get worse. The test looks for a substance called neurofilament light chain. It’s a nerve protein that can be detected when nerve cells...

    • Posted May 21, 2020
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  • Extra Pounds Could Bring More Painful Joints

    Carrying excess pounds can be painful, literally. A new study finds that being overweight or obese ups the risk of pain in people with musculoskeletal disorders. “Pain, osteoarthritis and weight share a complicated relationship,” said study author...

    • Posted May 21, 2020
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  • More Opioids Doesn’t Mean Less Chronic Pain: Study

    Boosting doses of opioid pain medicines doesn’t appear to benefit patients with chronic pain, researchers report. “What we found was that the pain relief the provider and the patient are going for really isn’t there when they...

    • Posted May 21, 2020
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  • AHA News: After Diabetes, Stroke and Heart Attack, She’s Learning to ‘Fight Smart’

    THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — Hyvelle Ferguson-Davis was reviewing paperwork at her office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when the headache started. It grew stronger and stronger and her eyes blurred, making it difficult...

    • Posted May 21, 2020
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  • Keeping Kids Slim, Fit During Lockdown Isn’t Easy: Here Are Some Tips

    Lots of TV time, no PE classes, and a fridge full of food: It’s a recipe for weight gain for kids under “stay at home” rules. But there are ways parents can help them stay healthy, says...

    • Posted May 21, 2020
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