Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center - Health Library

HealthDay News - October 18, 2016

Are You and Your Home Ready for Winter?

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Winter storms can pack a wallop. But, people who prepare before temperatures plummet are more likely to stay safe and healthy during winter months, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health Tip: Using Kitchen Knives

(HealthDay News) -- While you're tackling many tasks at once in the kitchen, a slip of a knife can lead to serious and permanent injury.

Health Tip: Choosing a Time to Work Out

(HealthDay News) -- Trying to decide when to work out?

Expecting Twins or Triplets? What You Should Know Before They Arrive

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. couples expecting twins or even triplets is on the rise, and these parents will have their hands full. Fortunately, there are many ways to prepare ahead of time, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Better Way to Treat Seniors' Ankle Fractures?

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new type of plaster cast might help older adults avoid surgery for unstable ankle fractures, researchers say.

Sweating Over a Perspiration Problem?

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Perpetually damp arm pits and a dripping forehead aren't just embarrassing. Excessive sweating sometimes leads to other skin problems, a dermatology expert says.

Rates of Preventive Mastectomy Doubled in a Decade, and Fear Is a Factor

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Fear of cancer recurrence seems to be a primary reason why breast cancer patients choose to have their cancer-free breast removed at the same time as their affected breast, a new study finds.

Cost Keeps Many Kids From School Sports, Other Activities

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- High costs are a major reason why many poor students don't take part in school sports, clubs or arts programs, a new survey finds.

National School Lunch Program Serving Up Healthier Fare

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. school lunch guidelines introduced a few years ago are improving students' eating habits, a new study suggests.

Elective Surgeries on Fridays Are Safe: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People having elective surgery on Fridays are no more likely to die than people who undergo procedures any other weekday, a large Canadian study suggests.

Irregular Heart Rhythm Patients May Not Always Need Blood Thinners: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation typically take powerful blood thinners to prevent strokes. But, some patients who have implanted pacemakers or defibrillators may not always need the drugs, a new study suggests.

Mouth and Gut Germs May Be Linked to Migraines

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with migraines have higher levels of certain microbes, or germs, in their mouths and digestive systems, new research suggests.

Are Vegetarian Diets Heart-Healthier?

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Vegetarians are assumed to be healthier than carnivores, but a new study questions that assumption. It found meat eaters had no significantly greater risk of heart disease over 10 years compared to those who favored no-meat diets.

Health Highlights: Oct. 18, 2016

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

Have Type 2 Diabetes? Try Walking After Eating

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For people with type 2 diabetes, a short walk after eating may help lower blood sugar levels more than exercising at other times of the day, a new study shows.

'Ghost Pepper' Burns Hole in Man's Esophagus

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A San Francisco man who joined an eating contest involving super-hot "ghost peppers" ended up with a hole in his esophagus, doctors report.

CDC Updates Spending Plans to Combat Zika

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is earmarking millions of dollars to prepare states and cities for future Zika virus outbreaks, and to track the effects of the virus on the unborn.

More Low-Income Kids Need Dental Sealants: CDC

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Treatments that seal a child's back teeth can prevent most cavities, but many kids -- particularly those living in poverty -- don't get them, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.