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Prevent Food Poisoning from Raw Pet Food, Uncooked Meat

The search to give pets the healthiest diet may be putting some families at risk for food poisoning. While many pet owners say a raw food diet – primarily uncooked meat, bones and organs – is better for their animals’ health, federal health authorities say pet owners should stick to cooked pet food products. According to the […]

Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

Although women can’t control how old they are or their genetics, which both influence the risk of breast cancer, they can take other actions to help prevent the disease. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Years […]

Doctors Say Kids Need Flu Shot This Year, Not Nasal Spray

Parents, get ready to roll up some sleeves for this year’s flu vaccination. Health officials are not recommending the nasal spray flu vaccine for children. Studies show the nasal spray offered little protection the past three flu seasons. Instead, all children ages 6 months and older should receive a seasonal flu shot for the 2016-17 season, according […]

More Women Breastfeeding But Need for Support Continues

Although 80 percent of women in the United States begin breastfeeding their babies at birth, many stop earlier than recommended by health authorities. Breastmilk, which contains cells, hormones and antibodies, protects babies from several illnesses and diseases. Breastfed babies have a lower risk of asthma, childhood leukemia and obesity, ear infections, eczema, diarrhea, lower respiratory […]

Prevent Mosquito Bites: Find An Effective Repellent

In light of recent news concerning the health risks of mosquito bites, many people are itching to find the most effective repellent this summer. It’s not a simple task. Not all repellents work on every species of mosquito. Two types of mosquitoes prefer to bite during the day. A third likes to feed from evening […]

Obesity Affecting More Women Than Ever

Despite efforts to help Americans lose weight, the obesity epidemic in the United States continues to worsen especially for women and teens. Federal health statistics show that for the first time, roughly four in 10 U.S. women have obesity, which means their body mass index is 30 or greater. Among children and adolescents, 17 percent […]

Eating Fruits, Vegetables During Adolescence May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Parents of young daughters may want to keep their fridge stocked with plenty of fruits and vegetables. A new large-scale study suggests that women who eat more high-fiber foods during adolescence and young adulthood have a “significantly lower breast cancer risk” than those who eat less dietary fiber. Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public […]

Botox Safe for Treating Chronic Migraines, Neurologists Say

Botulinum toxin, long used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, is also an effective treatment for people who suffer chronic migraine and other neurologic disorders, according to the American Academy of Neurology. In an updated guideline, researchers say the neurotoxin that most people know as Botox, can also be used to safely treat people who have […]

Pregnancy Complications May Increase Risk for Heart Disease

Complications during pregnancy may signal heart disease later in life for women. Gestational high blood pressure, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and preterm birth not only pose potential health risks to the baby and mother during pregnancy, but are also associated with an increased risk for heart disease later in life. While pregnancy complications have not been found to […]

Gum Disease May Raise Breast Cancer Risk for Postmenopausal Women

Gum disease may raise a postmenopausal woman’s risk for breast cancer, especially among those who smoke or have smoked in the past 20 years, a new study suggests. Postmenopausal women who had gum disease had a 14 percent increased risk for breast cancer when compared to women without gum disease – a chronic inflammatory disease. […]