SUNDAY, Dec. 15, 2019 -- With the arrival of winter, it's time for skiing, sledding and ice skating, but it's also when snow blindness can strike.
Snow blindness is like a sunburn in the eyes. It's caused by the same UV rays that give you that summer tan. In the case of snow blindness, the rays are reflected off the snow and into your eyes, explained experts from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center.
SATURDAY, Dec. 14, 2019 -- Keep the holidays happy, healthy and safe by following a few guidelines, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says.
"With a thoughtful approach, families can avoid some of the holiday frenzy, and focus on what is meaningful to them," said Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, chair of the AAP's Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention.
FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2019 -- The ongoing debate about postmenopausal hormone therapy and breast cancer risk may have turned even more muddy: A large, new study suggests that two different types of hormone therapy have opposite effects on women's long-term risk of the disease.
The researchers found that combined hormone replacement therapy (HRT) -- with estrogen and progestin -- increases the risk of breast cancer, with effects that last for years after women discontinue the therapy.
FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2019 -- The flu season is off to a fast and furious start, with a strain of the virus that normally arrives later in the season making a strong early appearance, U.S. health officials said Friday.
Flu is now widespread across many parts of the country, said Lynnette Brammer, leader of the domestic influenza surveillance team at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2019 -- Individual patient characteristics -- not the quality of care provided by surgeons and hospitals -- account for most differences in spinal fusion surgery outcomes, according to a new study.
The study included 737 patients, average age 63, who had spinal fusion surgery at 17 U.S. hospitals between 2012 and 2018. Fifty-eight surgeons did the operations.
FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2019 -- "Training" for surgery can improve seniors' outcomes and reduce insurance costs, a new study says.
It included 523 Medicare patients in Michigan, average age 70, who exercised, ate a healthy diet and practiced stress reduction techniques for at least one week before a major operation. It's a process the researchers called prehabilitation, or prehab for short.
FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2019 -- People who wind up in emergency rooms because they tried to kill themselves or contemplated it had a much higher risk of suicide within the year of the visit, new research suggests.
In fact, a study of people who went to California emergency rooms found that those who attempted suicide were 57 times more likely to kill themselves in the following year compared to the general public.
FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Decades ago, Nat King Cole gently crooned about chestnuts roasting on an open fire. But since then, scientists have uncovered some troubling truths about wood smoke.
Although the image of a log fire is often associated with the holidays, romance and cozy nights inside shielded from plummeting temperatures, experts say wood-burning appliances are a threat to lung and heart health. They emit harmful air pollutants and fine particles that can enter the lungs and bloodstream.
FRIDAY, Dec. 13, 2019 -- Having little ones visit for the holidays? Be sure to stow household cleaners safely out of their reach.
These products are a major source of reports to U.S. poison control centers, and exposures often involve the eyes. Though overall eye exposures have declined in the United States, the number of cases involving young children remains high.