Health

Marriage may lower risk of heart attack, stroke, study suggests

Marriage may lower risk of heart attack, stroke, study suggests

Single, divorced and widowed individuals may have a higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke and associated risks of death compared to married individuals. >> Read more trending news  That’s according to new research published this week in the journal Heart, for which scientists trawled research databases to understand how marital status may influence risk of cardiovascular...
Research comes to surprising conclusion about runners and arthritis

Research comes to surprising conclusion about runners and arthritis

A new study comes to the somewhat counterintuitive conclusion that marathon runners have less arthritis than non-runners. The study Most people would assume that serious runners face a high risk for arthritis of the hip and knees. Yet prior research has generally failed to uncover such a connection. The most recent study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, actually found that veteran...
4 tips for a safer picnic

4 tips for a safer picnic

Picnics can be a lot of fun. But improper handling of the food can mean trouble in the form of foodborne germs. Before you fill your cooler, review these tips for safer picnics. Picnic tip No. 1: When you open the cooler, keep an eye on the clock. “The general rule is to have food out only two hours,” says Kate Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist. “However,...
He started vaping as a teen and now his habit is ‘impossible to let go’

He started vaping as a teen and now his habit is ‘impossible to let go’

DENVER — The debate over the health risks of Juul, vaping and e-cigarettes is now spilling into the public square. In one of the most restrictive measures nationwide, San Francisco voters recently upheld by what looks to be a large majority — nearly 70 percent in a preliminary tally — a ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, as well as conventional menthol cigarettes. Even...
Ways to protect kids from sun’s harmful rays

Ways to protect kids from sun’s harmful rays

It’s long been known that excessive childhood sun exposure and sunburns are significant risk factors for developing skin cancer and premature aging (such as sun spots and wrinkles) later in life. Children have thin, delicate skin and are even more susceptible to sunburns than adults. Prevention and moderation are the keys to protecting your kids, and there are plenty of options for barriers...
Can fish oil supplements treat depression?

Can fish oil supplements treat depression?

Fish oil supplements may ease depression in some people. Some studies in adults suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help treat mild to moderate depression, but more research is needed. Fish oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in brain function. People with depression may have low blood levels of brain chemicals called eicosapentaenoic (i-koe-suh-pen-tuh-e-NO-ik)...
Texas high court says Xerox can’t blame dentists in Medicaid fraud case

Texas high court says Xerox can’t blame dentists in Medicaid fraud case

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that Xerox alone is on the hook for a reported more than $2 billion-worth of fraudulent Medicaid losses and damages that Texas is seeking to recover. The company, since renamed Conduent Business Services, had sought to share blame with dentists and orthodontists who performed the procedures. The finding represents a significant blow to Xerox, which was responsible...
Common vaccine could reverse advanced diabetes cases, study finds

Common vaccine could reverse advanced diabetes cases, study finds

Scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital announced breakthrough findings Thursday for people living with Type 1 diabetes. >> Read more trending news  According to the new research published in the journal npj Vaccines, a common vaccine for tuberculosis (the bacillus Calmette-Guérrin, or BCG, vaccine) could reverse advanced cases of the disease by permanently...
Williamson health district cites employee survey in firing director

Williamson health district cites employee survey in firing director

The Williamson County and Cities Health District board on Wednesday fired its executive director, John Teel, after citing concerns about the results of an employee survey and staff turnover. The district has lost 27 employees in the past 13 months, said Marlene McMichael, chairwoman of the board, during the meeting Wednesday when the board voted to terminate Teel. “That is huge,” McMichael...
Venomous spiders: How to identify the pests and get them out of your home

Venomous spiders: How to identify the pests and get them out of your home

Most people aren't too happy when they encounter a spider, and that's especially true if the creepy-crawly you come across happens to be dangerously venomous. Although it's understandable to be anxious about venomous spiders, it’s important to know the difference between a harmless spider and a dangerous one. Here are some important tips from experts on dealing with venomous spiders...
Calling all runners – Austin needs your blood

Calling all runners – Austin needs your blood

Members of Team Spiridon log a training run. Photo by Rob Hill   Let’s face it. Most runners tend toward the obsessive when it comes to their health. That’s why a local running coach wants them to donate whole blood or platelets during a drive he’s calling Blood Runs Deep. “It’s as simple as the fact that I believe running can be a huge force for good...
High number of cancer cases among Florida high school friends prompts doctor to urge investigation

High number of cancer cases among Florida high school friends prompts doctor to urge investigation

A  Florida oncologist and 2003 Satellite High School graduate is asking questions after she and several of her former classmates were diagnosed with cancer. >> Read more trending news  Dr. Julie Greenwalt, of the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center in Jacksonville battled a rare, aggressive form of appendix cancer. She first contacted the Florida Department of Health about...
Non-drinkers have higher risk of death, cancer than those having 1 to 3 drinks a week, study finds

Non-drinkers have higher risk of death, cancer than those having 1 to 3 drinks a week, study finds

Drinking is associated with several health issues, including hypertension and liver disease. However, those who consume liquor may outlive those who don’t, according to a new report.  >> Read more trending news  Researchers from Queen’s Belfast University in Northern Ireland recently conducted a study, published in in the journal PLOS Medicine, to explore...
Nonprofits vie for spots in future Rosewood-Zaragosa health center

Nonprofits vie for spots in future Rosewood-Zaragosa health center

Eleven nonprofit health service providers had a chance to lobby for a new home in the former Rosewood-Zaragosa medical clinic during a community gathering this week in East Austin. The former primary care clinic at 2802 Webberville Road is expected to reopen in 2019 but in a new form. Preliminary plans call for using part of the space as a walk-in clinic and divvying up the rest for health-related...
Experts urge caution around bees after 3 attacks in the Austin area

Experts urge caution around bees after 3 attacks in the Austin area

Experts are warning Austin residents to be cautious of aggressive honeybees this spring after two people in bee attacks were hospitalized and a third had an allergic reaction. In the most recent incident in Austin, a woman was hospitalized after a bee stung her near the 900 block of East 53½ Street on Monday night, and residents in the area were asked to stay inside their homes during...
Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

There's a health warning about a chemical found in most sunscreens. A new study found that when that chemical comes into contact with sun and chlorine, it can become toxic. If you flip over your sunscreen, chances are avobenzone is first ingredient you'll find. In fact, Boston's WFXT went into a couple of drug stores and found the vast majority of the sunscreens on the shelves have this...
Does daily fasting like the 16:8 diet help with weight loss? 

Does daily fasting like the 16:8 diet help with weight loss? 

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago recently examined the effects of time-restricted eating, an intermittent fasting diet that limits food consumption to certain hours each day. >> Read more trending news  They found that daily fasting proved effective in weight loss and lowering blood pressure in obese adults with an average age of 45 and average body mass index...
ACC will launch bachelor’s degree program for registered nurses in fall

ACC will launch bachelor’s degree program for registered nurses in fall

Austin Community College this fall will begin offering a bachelor’s degree for the first time, now that accreditors have signed off on its plan to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program is designed for people who are registered nurses, meaning they have passed a licensing exam after earning a credential such as an associate degree from a two-year college or a diploma from a hospital-based...
Austin trustees approve plan to leave some schools without nurses

Austin trustees approve plan to leave some schools without nurses

The Austin school board Monday night approved a $7.1 million student health services plan that will continue to leave some campuses without a school nurse and others with a part-time nurse. The new contract also eliminates school mental health therapists from 16 schools. Seton Healthcare Family, which has provided the district’s student medical services for 22 years, will provide 75 nurses and...
Diabetes after age 50 could be sign of pancreatic cancer, study says

Diabetes after age 50 could be sign of pancreatic cancer, study says

While scientists do not know the exact cause of pancreatic cancer, they believe a diabetes diagnosis after age 50 may be an early sign, according to a new report. >> Read more trending news  Researchers from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California recently conducted a study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, to determine...
Austin board to vote on plan that leaves some schools without nurses

Austin board to vote on plan that leaves some schools without nurses

Despite outcry from parents and medical professionals who lobbied for more nurses in Austin schools, trustees at tonight’s board meeting are expected to approve a new health services contract that continues to leave some campuses without one. Administrators are recommending a $7.1 million student health services contract with Seton Family of Hospitals, which has provided the Austin district...
World Health Organization declares gaming disorder official condition, publishes diagnosis criteria

World Health Organization declares gaming disorder official condition, publishes diagnosis criteria

Parents may think their children are addicted to video games. now The World Health Organization has declared it a new mental health condition.  Specifically, the WHO has listed gaming disorder as a condition in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases, CNN reported. The WHO announcedlast year that it was going to include the disorder in the latest edition. Dr. Vladimir...
Are teens having more sex doing, doing more drugs than 10 years ago?

Are teens having more sex doing, doing more drugs than 10 years ago?

T he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its Youth Risk Behavior Survey with comparisons between 2017 numbers and 2007 numbers. This is a wide-range survey of high-schoolers. Are teens have more or less sex? Doing more or less drugs. Contemporary Austin’s Teen Council helps advise the museum on programming. Contemporary Austin There is good...
How long and how well kids sleep matters in obesity prevention, new study finds

How long and how well kids sleep matters in obesity prevention, new study finds

A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics put activity monitors similar to a FitBit on 829 adolescents and looked at quality and quantity of sleep and how it related to blood pressure, waist circumference, cholesterol, both triglycerides and HDL, and the potential for insulin resistance. How long and how well kids sleep matters for their health...
Flurry of bills to fight opioid crisis fall short, Texas lawmaker says

Flurry of bills to fight opioid crisis fall short, Texas lawmaker says

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, on the House floor this week compared a slate of bills targeting the opioid epidemic to the equivalent of using a garden hose to fight a wildfire. Congress is considering more than 30 bills to address what health experts have characterized as an ongoing crisis. More than 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016, the deadliest year on record, according to...
‘Very aggressive tick,’ whose bite causes red meat allergies not a hoax, CDC says

‘Very aggressive tick,’ whose bite causes red meat allergies not a hoax, CDC says

Burger lovers, rib grillers, Taco Tuesday fans−listen up. The Center for Disease Control's May 2018 report that diseases transmitted by fleas, mosquitoes and ticks have tripled in recent years was bad enough, but this is even worse. One type of tick bite causes an allergy to red meat. >> Read more trending news  The actual ailment is galactose-alpha, or alpha-gal. It's...

PolitiFact: Lupe Valdez says Republicans cut family planning clinics

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Lupe Valdez tied spending cuts on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s watch to a plummet in women’s health services. In May, Valdez said, "After Texas cut their two-year family planning budget by $73 million, 1 in 4 clinics closed their doors." We checked on whether that claim held up, first by reconfirming that the Republican-led 2011 Legislature drove...
Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal under recall over salmonella contamination fears

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal under recall over salmonella contamination fears

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a salmonella outbreak linked to a popular children’s cereal. >> Read more trending news  The CDC has confirmed 73 salmonella cases in 31 states    linked to 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Consumers who ate the contaminated cereal started reporting illnesses on...
Report: Travis County has among highest vaccination opt-out rates

Report: Travis County has among highest vaccination opt-out rates

Austin ranks among the top 15 “hotspots” nationally for vaccine exemptions, making children not vaccinated vulnerable to contagious diseases, according to a new public health study. The study found Austin — along with Houston, Fort Worth, and Plano — was among the nation’s cities with the highest number of kindergartners not getting vaccinated for nonmedical reasons....
Sweeping lawsuit seeks to overturn long list of Texas abortion laws

Sweeping lawsuit seeks to overturn long list of Texas abortion laws

Abortion providers and advocacy groups filed a federal lawsuit Thursday that seeks to overturn more than two dozen Texas abortion laws and regulations, including several that are decades old, arguing that the restrictions are part of a long-term effort designed to limit access to abortion. Filed in Austin federal court, the lawsuit says the Texas restrictions have no medical benefit but were instead...
Increase in depression, suicide risks linked to simultaneous use of common prescription drugs

Increase in depression, suicide risks linked to simultaneous use of common prescription drugs

New research published just days after the suicide deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and renowned chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain revealed that more than one-third of American adults were using prescription medications that may potentially increase the risk of depression and suicide. >> Read more trending news  Scientists at the University of Illinois examined...
Poll: Majority of Texans support expanding Medicaid

Poll: Majority of Texans support expanding Medicaid

More than two thirds of Texans want state leaders to expand Medicaid coverage, a move that Republican officials have been reluctant to pursue over the years, according to results of a poll released Thursday. The poll conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation and Houston-based Episcopal Health Foundation also found that rising costs is the biggest health care concern among Texans and that 64 percent of...
Texas lags in vaccination rates for human papillomavirus

Texas lags in vaccination rates for human papillomavirus

Hoping to increase vaccination rates in Texas for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, a group of health professionals on Tuesday announced the launch of a new education effort. Ninety percent of HPV cases go away on their own within two years, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but some forms of HPV can cause cervical and other types of cancer. Experts say getting the vaccine...
Health Experts: Vaccinate kids for HPV to prevent cancers

Health Experts: Vaccinate kids for HPV to prevent cancers

Hoping to increase vaccination rates in Texas for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, a group of health professionals on Tuesday announced the launch of a new education effort. Ninety percent of HPV cases go away on their own within two years, according the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but some forms of HPV can cause cervical and other types of cancer. Experts say getting the vaccine...
How to prevent Alzheimer’s: Sleep, drink wine and exercise, researchers say

How to prevent Alzheimer’s: Sleep, drink wine and exercise, researchers say

Alzheimer’s disease is projected to affect 14 million people by 2050, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. >> Read more trending news  In Georgia alone, the number of deaths from Alzheimer's has increased by 201 percent since 2000, according to Georgia Health News...
Herpes claims against Usher heading to trial in Los Angeles, judge rules

Herpes claims against Usher heading to trial in Los Angeles, judge rules

A California judge has ruled that all herpes claims against R&B singer Usher (real name Usher Raymond IV) will be tried in Los Angeles Superior Court, where it is illegal to knowingly or recklessly transmit a sexually transmitted disease. >> Read more trending news  The artist is accused of not disclosing his herpes diagnosis to three sexual partners. One of the women, identified as Jane...
Chicago-area hospitals aim to boost transplants with ‘lung in a box’

Chicago-area hospitals aim to boost transplants with ‘lung in a box’

CHICAGO — Emphysema crept up on Bob Falat, gradually robbing him of his ability to breathe. The Lockport man, 72, had to use oxygen day and night after smoking for nearly 40 years — a habit he now calls the worst thing he’s ever done. He was on the waiting list for a lung transplant, but he wasn’t sure he’d survive long enough to get it. That’s when his doctors...
VA turns to foster care for veterans instead of nursing homes

VA turns to foster care for veterans instead of nursing homes

Ralph Stepney’s home on a quiet street in north Baltimore has a welcoming front porch and large rooms, with plenty of space for his comfortable recliner and vast collection of action movies. The house is owned by Joann West, a licensed caregiver who shares it with Stepney and his fellow Vietnam War veteran Frank Hundt. “There is no place that I’d rather be. … I love the quiet...
Lung cancer rates in younger white and Hispanic women top those of men

Lung cancer rates in younger white and Hispanic women top those of men

Reversing a historic trend, rates of lung cancer among younger white and Hispanic women have surpassed those of men - and the change cannot be fully explained by gender differences in smoking behavior, researchers said Wednesday. Previous research pointed to shifts in the incidence of lung cancer, with rates creeping up among some groups of women. The new study, published in the New England Journal...
How two tech guys teamed up to save maternity costs for women, doctors

How two tech guys teamed up to save maternity costs for women, doctors

I believe in being lucky. I also believe you make your luck. Entrepreneur Juan Pablo Segura volunteered for several years at a summer camp for kids with neuromuscular disease. He was sharing a beer after the fourth year with a friend from the camp who has muscular dystrophy. The buddy said something that changed Segura’s life. “He tells me how genetics and big data are going to transform...
Record 172 children killed by flu this season, highest number in more than a decade

Record 172 children killed by flu this season, highest number in more than a decade

Between October and May, 172 children died from the flu, according to new numbers released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the deadliest single flu season for children since the government began keeping track of pediatric deaths in 2004, excluding pandemics. >> Read more trending news   Until now, the 2012-2013 flu season was the worst, killing 171...
Salmonella outbreak spreading, 70 people sickened in 7 states from precut melon, fruit salads

Salmonella outbreak spreading, 70 people sickened in 7 states from precut melon, fruit salads

A salmonella outbreak that has sickened 70 people in seven states is linked to precut honeydew melon, cantaloupe, watermelon and fresh-cut fruit medley products sold in grocery stores around the country, according to the Food and Drug administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. >> Read more trending news  The contaminated fruit products were produced...
How you can spot the signs of suicide

How you can spot the signs of suicide

The news of Anthony Bourdain’s and Kate Spade’s deaths has been a sobering reminder that depression and suicide cut across all demographics. “Depression and mental illness do not discriminate …. it’s like cancer,” said Karen Ranus, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Austin. What is shocking about this news, she said, is that Bourdain...
How to spot the warning signs of suicide, after deaths of Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain

How to spot the warning signs of suicide, after deaths of Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain

The news of Anthony Bourdain’s and Kate Spade’s deaths has been a sobering reminder that depression and suicide cut across all demographics. “Depression and mental illness do not discriminate …. it’s like cancer,” says Karen Ranus, the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Austin. What is shocking about this news...
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul’s latest childhood cancer bill signed into law

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul’s latest childhood cancer bill signed into law

An effort by U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, to expand funding for pediatric cancer research and treatment culminated this week with President Donald Trump signing the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access and Research, or STAR, Act into law. The bipartisan measure — introduced by McCaul — allocates up to $30 million annually to establish a national childhood cancer registry...
Baby teeth could be predictor of autism, study suggests

Baby teeth could be predictor of autism, study suggests

Scientists have determined there is no one cause of autism. In fact, there may be several, and a recent examination of baby teeth may have helped them identity another, according to a new report.  » RELATED: Can taking folic acid lower the risk of autism? New studies suggest it may help Researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City recently conducted a study...
‘We are not immune’: How the opioid crisis is hitting Central Texas

‘We are not immune’: How the opioid crisis is hitting Central Texas

Robert got introduced to opioids the way many people do — from a bottle of prescription pain medication in his home medicine cabinet that a doctor gave his father to help with his kidney stones. He was a junior at McNeil High School. The progression was predictable: hydrocodone, OxyContin, then heroin. Now a 21-year-old college junior, Robert did not want to share his last name because he is...
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