National Alliance on Mental Illness to establish presence in Cape Girardeau
A long-established Cape Girardeau-based depression and bipolar assistance group is joining with the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Jefferson City, Missouri, to provide services to the family members of people who struggle with mental illness...
Poor teens' health may benefit from top schools, research suggests
CHICAGO -- Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools -- their health may also benefit, a study suggests. Risky health behavior including binge-drinking, unsafe sex and use of hard drugs was less common among these students, compared with peers who went to mostly worse schools. ...
Health beat: Leptospirosis risk in outdoor activities
People who enjoy outdoor activities such as freshwater kayaking, rafting, canoeing or swimming may be at risk for leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria. These bacteria are carried in the urine of infected animals. If an infected animal urinates in a body of fresh water -- such as a lake, river or stream -- or soil, the disease can live there for weeks to months...
Study: Fist bumps less germy than handshakes
NEW YORK -- When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. The familiar knocking of knuckles spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does, researchers report. That's better than a high-five, which still passes along less than half the amount as a handshake...
Before doctors check your vitals, check theirs
WASHINGTON -- Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don't know how to determine that. Being licensed and likable doesn't necessarily mean a doctor is up to date on best practices. ...
Diagnosis rate for HIV fell by third in U.S. over decade
NEW YORK -- The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S. "It's encouraging," said Patrick Sullivan, an Emory University AIDS researcher who was not involved in the study...
Nickel in iPads, other devices might be the cause of skin rash
CHICAGO -- Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in an 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Monday's Pediatrics...
Health beat: Travel smart: Get vaccinated
Before traveling internationally, ensure all routine and travel vaccines are up to date. More and more Americans are traveling internationally each year. In fact, more than a third of Americans have a passport -- an increase from only 10 years ago. It is important to remember that some types of international travel, especially to developing countries and rural areas, have higher health risks. These risks depend on a number of things including:...
Spoonfuls can lead to medicine errors, study finds
CHICAGO -- The song says a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but a study says that kind of imprecise measurement can lead to potentially dangerous dosing mistakes. The results, published online Monday in Pediatrics, underscore recommendations that droppers and syringes that measure in milliliters be used for liquid medicines -- not spoons...
Steps can prevent child deaths in hot cars
More than three dozen children die of hyperthermia in cars annually in the United States, and since 1998 more than 500 children have died in hot cars. Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees, and car interiors can reach well over 110 degrees even when the outside temperature is in the 60s...
Second probe details more CDC anthrax lab problems
NEW YORK -- A second investigation has detailed additional safety problems at federal health laboratories in Atlanta, including the use of expired disinfectants and the transfer of dangerous germs in zip-top bags. The new findings were disclosed Monday in a congressional committee's summary of a U.S. Department of Agriculture report on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention anthrax incident...
A few steps can help keep bugs at bay this summer
As summer goes, the warm, wet weather is ideal for pests to invade people's daily lives. Among the most abundant pests this time of year are mosquitoes, ants, wasps, spiders, ticks and chiggers, but there are ways to keep them from infesting homes. Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association, said pests need three things for survival: food, water and shelter. ...
New doctors practice before seeing patients
CHICAGO -- First-day jitters come with any new job, but when the work involves pushing needles into strangers' bellies, stitching up gaping wounds or even delivering babies, that debut can be especially nerve-wracking -- for everyone involved...
Health beat: Keep cool in hot weather
Getting too hot can make people sick. People can become ill from the heat if their body can't compensate for it and properly cool off. Heat exposure can even kill: It caused 7,233 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2009. Health Beat is a weekly spotlight on a wide range of health issues. The information contained here was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. View the CDC features online at www.cdc.gov/features...
Better eating habits stressed for weight loss, overall health
Lifestyle changes are the newest craze sweeping the nation when it comes to health and fitness. At least that's what Janet Anders, a registered dietitian at Saint Francis Medical Center thinks. "They're not called fad diets anymore or even diets, they're seen as lifestyle changes, they're advertised as lifestyle changes, so people kind of maybe think about them a little bit differently," she said...
Guideline: Most healthy women can skip annual pelvic exam
WASHINGTON -- No more dreaded pelvic exam? New guidelines say most healthy women can skip the yearly ritual. Routine pelvic exams don't benefit women who have no symptoms of disease and who aren't pregnant, and they can cause harm, the American College of Physicians said Monday as it recommended that doctors quit using them as a screening tool...
Health beat: Prevent mosquito bites and West Nile virus disease
Mosquito bites can be more than just itchy and annoying. They can cause people to get sick. The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites. Be aware of the West Nile virus activity in the area and take action to protect yourself and your family...
Super healthy: Do superfoods live up to all the hype?
For a while it was goji berries. Then it was chia seeds. It seems like every few months, your friend with the juicer starts raving about a new so-called "superfood." Even now, Dr. Oz is probably deep in the jungles of South America, imploring the indigenous population for the secrets of their impossible longevity...
Obstructive sleep apnea affects quality of rest, but treatment is simple, effective
If you sleep all night but constantly feel sleepy or fatigued, it's possible that you're not getting the quality sleep you think you are. "Sleep apnea is a condition where the soft tissues of the airway get closed off and cause oxygen level drops, and that causes you to have pauses in your breathing. ...
Pets, like humans, are prone to sunburn, bug bites and more
Pets are part of the family, and when it comes to health care, they need to be treated like family, as well. Just like humans, pets are prone to sunburn, bug bites and overheating during the summer months. "Pets can get overheated, especially if they're outside for long periods of time and don't have free access to water," says Dr. Shelly Daume of Deer Ride Animal Hospital in Jackson. "If it's too hot for people to be outside, you should bring your pets inside."...
Cape Road Runners stay active and social at the same time
The first race Linda Null ran as a member of the Cape Road Runners, she finished dead last. So why, more than 15 years later, is she still pounding the pavement with them? "Some of the runners came back and ran in with me," she says. "They're all encouragers. You don't feel like you're in an elite club of fast runners. That's probably the biggest reason."...
Variety of options available to ease symptoms of menopause
All women must deal with menopause at some point, but the symptoms and the amount of time they last varies from person to person. When a woman reaches her 40s or 50s, the body slows production of the hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. ...
Local technicians provide car seat safety checks
When you have kids, there are always enough things to worry about -- so fears over the actual protection children get from safety gear shouldn't be one of them. But to ensure a safer car ride, parents must pay careful attention and comply with recommendations on use for items such as car seats for infants and booster seats for older children...
Jackson school launches student running club, plans to expand to other schools
"The first generation in American history not expected to outlive their parents." That's what some in the medical community have labeled today's youth, most notably in an article published in 2005 the New England Journal of Medicine...
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