THURSDAY, March 22, 2018Suffering a nasty bout of the flu or pneumonia is bad enough, but now research suggests it might also spell trouble for your heart. In a study of nearly 2,000 people in Scotland, those who had battled the flu or pneumonia were six times more likely to suffer from a heart attack…  read on >

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) — It takes physical activity to stay heart-healthy on Earth and even more to stay healthy in space. The lack of gravity in space causes hearts to slightly expand and work differently, said NASA astronaut and geophysicist A.J. "Drew" Feustel, who is scheduled to take off for the…  read on >

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are more likely than heterosexuals to have poor cardiovascular health, according to preliminary findings from a new study. The study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Lifestyle conference in New Orleans, analyzed data collected from 2,445 adults participating in…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — A high chair is a staple in a baby’s household, but it must be used safely. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Make sure the chair cannot be tipped over easily. If the chair folds, be sure it is locked in the open position each time you use it. Whenever your child…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — Millions of Americans living with diabetes use a blood glucose meter to keep track of their blood sugar. Since these are medical devices, they are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA offers these suggestions when using a blood glucose meter: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Ask your health…  read on >

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018Tiny pellets could treat arthritic knee pain, delaying the need for knee replacement surgery, a small study has found. Microparticles inserted into small blood vessels around the knee helped reduce the pain and improve function in eight arthritis sufferers, according to clinical trial results. The results were presented Monday at the Society…  read on >

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018Sharp increases in Alzheimer’s disease cases, deaths and costs are stressing the U.S. health care system and caregivers, a new report reveals. About 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease — 5.5 million of them aged 65 and older. By 2025, the number of seniors with Alzheimer’s could reach 7.1 million, up nearly…  read on >

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018Warning signs of heart disease in women, such as fatigue, body aches and upset stomach, may be shrugged off as symptoms of stress or a hectic lifestyle. But heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women, so it’s important to listen to your body, according to experts at…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — Achilles tendinitis, an inflammation of the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone, often develops from repetitive stress to the tendon when you work your body too hard. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says specific causes of Achilles tendinitis include: Sudden increase in the amount or intensity of…  read on >

MONDAY, March 19, 2018The scenario may sound familiar: Your doctor sends your prescription electronically to the pharmacy, and you go to pick it up. Only you can’t, because the insurance company requires “prior authorization” for that particular medication. Now you’re caught in the middle, as your insurance company requests paperwork from your doctor to defend…  read on >