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October 06, 2017

The Benefits of 'Being in the Present'

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When you have a full schedule, multitasking might seem like the best way to finish your endless to-do list.

Health Tip: Learn Symptoms of Childhood Sinusitis

(HealthDay News) --Your child's sinuses are not fully developed until late in the teen years, but the child can still develop a sinus infection.

Health Tip: Myths Debunked About Dietary Supplements

(HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate dietary supplements to the same degree as prescription drugs.

Today's Middle-Age Americans in Worse Health Than Prior Generations

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As Americans in their 50s move toward retirement age, many are in worse overall health than their peers in prior generations, researchers warn.

Childhood 'Growth' Tests Not Always Necessary

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just because a child isn't growing or developing exactly like his or her peers doesn't mean a host of medical tests are in order.

One Type of Dementia Is Especially Costly

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A type of early onset dementia known as frontotemporal degeneration appears to take an even more punishing toll on family finances than Alzheimer's disease, a new report suggests.

Too Much Sugar Can Harm Livers of Even Healthy Men

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Here's news that might sour you on sweets: New research shows that overdoing it on sugar might harm the livers of otherwise healthy men.

Docs May Have Trick Up Their Sleeves Fighting Germs

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- With antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" continuing to be a threat in U.S. hospitals, doctors are looking for innovative ways to cut down on disease transmission.

Suicide Up in U.S., Rural America Hit Hardest

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Suicide in the United States is on the upswing, with rural Americans more likely to take their own lives than residents of urban counties, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Hundreds Hospitalized in San Diego as Hepatitis A Outbreak Spreads

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An outbreak of hepatitis A among drug users and the homeless in San Diego continues to spread, public health experts report.

FDA Approves Test to Screen Donated Blood for Zika

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new test -- called the cobas Zika test -- to screen donated blood for the Zika virus.

Health Highlights: Oct. 6, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

White House to Roll Back Birth Control Mandate in Employers' Health Care Plans

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a move that could affect millions of American women, the Trump Administration is poised to roll back a federal mandate requiring that birth control be available as part of employer-based health plans.

No Drop in Flu Vaccinations Since Nasal Spray Withdrawn

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Discontinuation of the pain-free nasal spray flu vaccine hasn't led to a drop in childhood influenza vaccination -- at least not in Oregon.

First Test to Detect Zika in Blood Donations Approved

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The cobas Zika test has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration -- the first approved screening test to detect the Zika virus in blood donations.

Sesame Street's Muppets to Help Kids Cope With Trauma

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of all children in the United States face traumatic experiences that can radically alter the course of their lives, research shows.

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