Health Highlights: Feb. 20, 2015

Public Access to Genetic Tests Made Easier by FDA Feb. 20, 2015 — Americans will soon have easier access to DNA screening tests for serious genetic disorders that can be inherited by their children. On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said no preliminary review will be required before companies can sell what are […]

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Measles Can Rob a Child’s Sight, Doctors Warn

Measles Can Rob a Child’s Sight, Doctors Warn By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In the midst of the current resurgence of measles across the United States, many people may still believe it’s a harmless, transient disease. But experts warn that even before the telltale skin rash appears, the […]

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What You Should Know About ‘Superbug’ CRE

What You Should Know About ‘Superbug’ CRE Feb. 20, 2015 — The ”superbug” infection at the heart of an outbreak at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles is sometimes called “the nightmare bacteria” because it’s so resistant to antibiotics. Two deaths at the California medical center are linked to the bacteria, known as […]

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U.S. Dietary Guidelines Take Aim at Sugar

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Stop chugging sugary soda and munching sweet treats. Cut back on red meats, butter and other sources of saturated fat. Lay off the salt shaker. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. And don’t worry about having an egg and an extra cup of coffee with your breakfast. These […]

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Diabetes and Dementia May Be Linked

Diabetes and Dementia May Be Linked Feb. 20, 2015 — People with mild cognitive impairment may be more likely to one day get dementia if they also have diabetes, depression, or low levels of the B vitamin folate, researchers say. They also found that people who eat a Mediterranean-style diet have lower risks. Mild cognitive […]

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How to Offer Your Breastfed Baby a Bottle

Changing From Breast to Bottle Feeding Maybe your baby finally learned how to fall asleep on her own, so she doesn’t need to nurse at bedtime anymore. Maybe she’s less excited about breast milk since you’ve offered finger foods. Or maybe your plan to pump milk at work every day is tougher than you thought. […]

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Measles Cases Continue to Rise Across the United States

Measles Cases Continue to Rise Across the U.S. By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The number of measles cases in the United States has reached 141 patients in 17 states and the District of Columbia, federal health officials reported Tuesday. The outbreak began at two Disney theme parks in […]

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Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Deadly Bird Flu

Seasonal Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Bird Flu By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Seasonal flu vaccines trigger immune system protection against the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, a new study reveals. This strain of bird flu, which emerged in China in 2013, kills nearly one-third of people infected […]

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When Is It Time for My Baby to Use a Cup Instead of a Bottle?

How to Switch Your Baby From Bottle to Cup Whether you breastfeed, bottle feed, or do a combo of the two, at some point you’ll wonder: Is it time to move on to a cup? If you just breastfeed, the easiest switch is to skip bottles entirely and go straight to cups around the 1-year […]

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Acupuncture Less Effective for Skeptics

Acupuncture Less Effective for Skeptics Feb. 17, 2015 — People with back pain who think it’s unlikely that acupuncture will help them get less benefit from it than those who believe it will work, according to new research. Researchers from University of Southampton in the U.K. recruited 485 people who were planning to have acupuncture. […]

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