HealthWatch: Protecting New Drivers

SAN FRANCISCO, Cal. — Teenagers just getting their drivers license worry many parents.  Statistics show it’s with good reason.  Car crashes are the leading cause of death for young people. The Journal of Adolescent Health published a series of articles aimed at helping reduce those deaths. The reports include: -training new drivers to improve attention control … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Alzheimer’s Risk in Women

STANFORD, Ore. — Researchers have new information about why women develop Alzheimer’s at a higher rate than men.  About 1 in 6 women will develop the disease, compared to 1 in 11 men.  It’s long been thought those numbers were because women live longer than men on average. But Michael Greicius, MD, assistant professor of … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: “Hangry” Fighting

Columbus, Ohio — While it is not  uncommon for married couples to argue, Ohio State University researchers say hunger could make the fighting worse. For 21 days, glucose levels were measured in 107 married couples. Then, participants competed against their spouse on a 25-trial task in which the winner blasted the loser with loud noise … Continue reading »

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

By Holly Firfer (CNN) — April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and with that in mind, it’s important to note that women are at higher risk for some eye diseases than men and the overwhelming majority aren’t aware of their increased risk. “For those who have not had an eye exam, just realize … Continue reading »

New Cardiology Clinic Set to Open

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Providence is expanding services to Josephine County for the first time. Patients will no longer have to commute to Medford to see a cardiologist. This May, a new cardiology clinic will open in Grants Pass on Northwest Hawthorne Street. Basic services for heart health will be offered, and some patients may … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Expired Meds Usually OK

(CNN) – Using an expired drug is probably ok if you have a minor health issue such as a headache or sinus trouble. Many medicines, especially tablets and capsules, have a shelf life well beyond the date on the bottle, experts say. Dr. Sharon Bergquist from the Emory School of Medicine says “The reality is … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Realistic Exercise

(CNN) — Life can feel like a marathon, but you don’t need to run one to stay in shape. Physical fitness experts say walking, riding a bike, even a weekly Zumba class can keep you feeling your best. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average person should try to get in … Continue reading »

Premature Babies Helped With Pea Pod

MEDFORD, Ore. — Asante Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Medford is conducting a trial that they are hoping will help premature babies be less likely to suffer bone and joint problems as they get older. The trial is called the pea pod study around the NICU, and that’s because that is what the device they … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Child Cancer Research Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  President Barack Obama signed a pediatric research initiative into law today. Known as the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, the law establishes a 10-year pediatric research fund. Monies previously designated to finance national political conventions will now be used to support research into childhood cancer and other pediatric diseases and disorders. … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Help for Heroin Overdose

WASHINGTON, D.C. — FDA regulators are giving the “OK” to a device that can reverse heroin overdoses. The prescription device called Evzio Is like an Epi-pen, which is used to treat severe allergy attacks. It’s injected into muscle — releasing a drug that stops heroin and other opioids from fatally slowing a person’s breathing. The … Continue reading »

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