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Health Tip: Getting Rid of Dust Mites

Apr 21, 2014

By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay News) -- Dust mites can worsen allergies and asthma symptoms. But keeping your home clean can help keep dust mites at bay.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers these suggestions to help banish dust mites:

  • Wash all linens and bedding weekly ...

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Health Tip: Protect Your Skin

Apr 21, 2014

By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay News) -- To help keep your skin looking its best, the Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions:

  • Avoid exposure to the sun during peak hours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., even on cloudy days.
  • Protect your skin with a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.

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Saudi Arabia reports 3 more deaths from MERS virus

Apr 21, 2014

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's health ministry says three more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died amid a recent increase in infections.

The ministry posted details of the deaths in a statement Sunday evening. They included a ...

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Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines

Apr 21, 2014

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.

Use of the drug in that setting is hardly rampant — just 3 ...

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Genes May Help Determine Your Pain Threshold

Apr 20, 2014

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, HealthDay Reporter

SUNDAY, April 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's been a mystery why some people can withstand pain better than others. Now a new study suggests that genetics may play a role in whether your pain tolerance is low or high.

Researchers pinpointed four genes ...

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How to Keep Your Fitness Goals on Track

Apr 20, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

SUNDAY, April 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The New Year's resolutions many made to get fit have stalled by now. And one expert thinks that's because many people set their goals too high.

"The point isn't to become a marathoner in one exercise session or return to ...

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Spring Cleaning Safety Tips

Apr 19, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

SATURDAY, April 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While doing their spring cleaning, families will use a wide range of products that can cause accidental poisonings, an expert says.

But taking appropriate precautions will reduce the risk of danger, said Earl Siegel,

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Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

Apr 19, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the ...

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APNewsBreak: Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

Apr 18, 2014

By CARLA K. JOHNSON and SARA BURNETT, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo.

The memo dated Friday, which The Associated ...

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Extroverts Happier Regardless of Culture, Study Finds

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being outgoing makes you happier no matter where you live, a new international study says.

Researchers looked at mood and behavior among college students in the United States, China, Japan, the Philippines and Venezuela.

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Restaurants in Poor Areas Push Unhealthy Foods, Study Finds

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Restaurants near public housing developments tend to offer unhealthy meals, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed menus from 61 fast-food and 72 table-service restaurants within a half mile of 13 housing developments ...

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How to Make 'Low-Cal' Menu Options More Palatable

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people ignore restaurant foods labeled "low-calorie" because they think they'll be unsatisfying, a new study shows.

"People have come to expect low-calorie food to taste bad or not fill them up," wrote Jeffrey ...

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Nurses' Experience Key to Better Patient Care, Study Says

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients may get the best care when treated in hospital units staffed by highly experienced nurses, a new study shows.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 900,000 patients admitted over four years to U.S. Veterans ...

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Stress Tied to Worse Allergy Symptoms

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Stress may trigger symptom flare-ups in people with seasonal allergies, a new study suggests.

Researchers followed 179 people with hay fever for 12 weeks, and found that 39 percent of them had more than one flare-up.

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Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges

Apr 18, 2014

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges.

With the chance to apply for hundreds ...

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Ragwitek Approved for Adult Ragweed Allergy

Apr 18, 2014

By Scott Roberts, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Ragwitek has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat allergy to short ragweed among adults aged 18 to 65.

The once-daily tablet contains an extract from short ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

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Certain Sedatives Tied to Breathing Problems in Older COPD Patients

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A group of widely used sedatives increases the risk of serious breathing problems in older people with the lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study says.

Benzodiazepines such as ...

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More People Worldwide Eating 'Healthy' Fats, Study Finds

Apr 18, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of healthy fats in people's diets worldwide increased over the past two decades, while their intake of harmful fats stayed about the same, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data on consumption of fats and ...

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So-Called 'Apple Shape' Not a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer: Study

Apr 18, 2014

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Body shape -- whether a woman is wide at the waistline -- is not in itself a risk factor for breast cancer, according to a large new study.

But overall body weight is a factor, the researchers added.

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