HealthWatch: Concussions vs. Privilege

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Concerns about concussions are leading the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) to issue a new recommendation to it’s doctors.  They say in certain situations it’s ok to breach patient confidentiality. Specifically, in cases of young athletes who have had a head injury. So, doctors could start getting young athletes to sign waivers … Continue reading »

AnchorMom: Fighting Eczema

My family is very lucky – we have few health issues.  But one we struggle with pretty regularly is atopic dermatitis. My son had “the worst case” our pediatrician had ever seen when he was about 1 month old.  Since then, thanks to a steady diet of allergy medicine and pain reliever, and enough steroid … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Hookah Smoking and Kids

(CNN) — A new study in the journal Pediatrics shows hookah smoking is gaining popularity among high school seniors. The study say nearly one out of five used the water pipe device sometime within the last year. Researchers studied more than 55-hundred high school seniors between 2010 and 2012. The study also says that living … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Health Insurance for Grads

(CNN) — A lot has happened on the health care front since 2010. And when exchanges under the Affordable Care Act finally opened last fall, it also opened a lot of new options for this year’s college grads. Most campus insurance plans will run until at least the end of the summer. After that, graduates … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Avoiding Vacation Weight

(CNN) – Vacations often lead to weight gain.  But, they don’t have to. Health experts says first off, don’t skip breakfast. Instead, make a healthy meal a part of every morning and save the treats for lunch or dinner. When you head out, take some healthy snacks with you so you won’t be tempted by … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Tech Injuries

CNN – Using high tech devices like smart phones, E-readers, computesr or other gadgets can lead to aches and pains. Pat Newby recently developed nagging neck pain. Her E-reader is being blamed by Dr. Sharon Bergquist, who says “We’re dubbing it smart phone finger, some other problems are mouse tendonitis, or sometimes just a tablet … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Rethinking Gluten

VICTORIA, Australia — More people are choosing to live gluten-free. But, the same scientists who years ago warned of the downsides of gluten are trying  to walk these fears back. Recent research shows that unless you are one of the few who has Celiac disease or a wheat allergy, eating gluten is just fine. For … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Red Wine Realities

BALITMORE, Md. — After many years of research indicating red wine is good for us, there is new research just released by Johns Hopkins University that indicates an antioxidant found red wine doesn’t reduce deaths, cardiovascular disease or cancer. That antioxidant, long-believed to be beneficial, is called resveratrol and is found in red wine, dark … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Trampoline Warning

INDIANAPOLIS — Trampolines caused 288,876 broken bones, most in children, from 2002 to 2012 according to researchers. The analysis by researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine says “hospital emergency rooms received more than 1 million visits from people injured in trampoline accidents during those 10 years, boosting the emergency room bills to just … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: World’s Smallest Pacemaker

COLUMBUS, Oh. — For people needing a pacemaker, there is a new non-surgical option. Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are implanting a tiny pacemaker directly into a patient’s heart. It’s only 24 millimeters, which is 90-percent smaller than current models. Because no surgery is required, implanting the new pacemaker only takes … Continue reading »

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