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 »

HealthWatch: More Kids have Diabetes

AURORA, Col. (JAMA) — A new study reveals more kids are being diagnosed with diabetes in America. Type 1 diabetes is a life-long condition, usually requiring patients to inject themselves with insulin every day for the rest of their life. Type 2 diabetes can also be a life-long issue requiring close monitoring and medication if lifestyle changes … Continue reading »

HealthWatch: Clues to Illness Trends

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard researchers say Wikipedia searches are more effective and timely than CDC reports, according to a study published in the Journal “PLOS Computational Biology” today. Authors David J. McIver John S. Brownstein found “Wikipedia usage accurately estimated the week of peak ILI activity 17% more often than Google Flu Trends data and was … Continue reading »

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 »

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