Health

Talk to babies and let them babble back to bridge word gap

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even infants can have conversations with mom or dad. Their turn just tends to involve a smile or some gibberish instead of words. That’s a key lesson from programs that are coaching parents to talk more with their babies — and recording their attempts. At issue is how ...

US flu vaccine a good match; season moderate so far

NEW YORK (AP) — This season’s flu vaccine seems to be working pretty well, weakening the punch of a nasty bug that’s going around, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine is 48 percent effective. That’s not bad since the strain that’s making most ...

Surgeons rude to patients may pose problem in OR, study says

CHICAGO (AP) — Surgeons who are rude to patients and others may pose a problem in the operating room, according to a study linking unprofessional doctor behavior with infections and other surgery complications. The researchers say their results show why it’s important to speak up when ...

YMCA: Keep your heart healthy

ESCANABA — February is American Heart Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation’s health, the Northern Lights YMCA offers the following tips from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help families reduce the amount of sodium in ...

How to find the best fitness app for you

MIAMI (AP) — There’s no reason to set foot in a gym thanks to hundreds of new fitness apps and online workouts, but choosing one can be overwhelming. We asked sports medicine doctors for help finding the one that’s best for you. PERSONALIZE IT Look for programs that offer personalized ...

Calories count when trying to lose weight

Are you one of the many trying to lose weight?  Many adults in the United States feel they have a few pounds to shed.  Multiple teens also think this way.  Losing weight may help you to feel better.  Joint problems, diabetes, and heart disease may be helped by losing even 10- 15 lbs. One ...

Risk to women’s health benefits seen in health law repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — From a return to higher premiums for women to gaps in coverage for birth control and breast pumps, the Republican push to repeal the Obama-era health care law already is raising concerns that women could be hit hard. The 2010 law ended a common industry practice of ...

Diabetes prevention program available

ESCANABA – Are you carrying around extra pounds that you want to get rid of? Is your health suffering because of your weight? Do your knees hurt or are you having problems doing things you want to do because of your weight? Have your blood sugar levels started to rise but you don’t yet have ...

Cancer death rate: Could location determine a patient’s fate?

CHICAGO (AP) — Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found. In parts of the country that are relatively poor, and have higher rates of obesity and ...

Why do we need antioxidants — and how do we get them?

By Linda Klope, C.D.E., R.D. ESCANABA — You have undoubtedly heard a lot about the health benefits of antioxidants and the foods that contain them. Chocolate, coffee, tea, blueberries, grapes, red wine are popular sources. The antioxidants in carrots, spinach, kale and broccoli are not ...

New prescription: Doctor offices that look like Apple stores

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a relative suffered a heart attack a few years ago, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Adrian Aoun got an unsettling look at a health-care system that he diagnosed as an inefficient and outdated mess. Now he believes he has a remedy. It’s called Forward, a ...

Flabby heart keeps pumping with robotic sleeve

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are developing a robotic sleeve that can encase a flabby diseased heart and gently squeeze to keep it pumping. So far it’s been tested only in animals, improving blood flow in pigs. But this “soft robotic” device mimics the natural movements of a beating ...

Testing wearable sensors as ‘check engine’ light for health

WASHINGTON (AP) ‚Äî A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease. Geneticist Michael Snyder never had Lyme’s characteristic bulls-eye ...

The good, bad and unknown about marijuana and health

NEW YORK (AP) — It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but it may also raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and trigger heart attacks. Those are among the conclusions about marijuana reached by a federal advisory panel in a report released ...

It’s all good: Any exercise cuts risk of death, study finds

By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer Weekend warriors, take a victory lap. People who pack their workouts into one or two sessions a week lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often, new research suggests. Even people ...

Testing stem cells in tiniest hearts to fight birth defect

BALTIMORE (AP) — The 4-month-old on the operating table has a shocking birth defect, nearly half his heart too small or even missing. To save him, surgeons will have to totally reroute how his blood flows, a drastic treatment that doesn’t always work. So this time they are going a step ...

Volunteers get bit to test new strategy for malaria vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers infected lab mosquitoes with genetically weakened malaria parasites, and then recruited volunteers willing to be bitten — a lot — to test a possible new strategy for a vaccine. The idea: Vaccinate using living malaria parasites that are too weak to make ...

Brain-injury deaths in high school football players increasing

NEW YORK (AP) — Two dozen high school football players died in recent years from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, and the annual death count has been growing slightly, according to a new study. But such deaths remain rare, and are far lower than in decades past. Also, it’s not ...

Fish oil pills for pregnant moms may cut asthma risk

By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer Children whose moms took high doses of fish oil during their last three months of pregnancy were less likely to develop chronic wheezing problems or asthma by age 5, finds a study that suggests a possible way to help prevent this growing ...

Diet Res-Illusions: Tips from the pros on how to lose weight

By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer We make ‘em, we break ‘em. New Year’s diet resolutions fall like needles on Christmas trees as January goes on. Genes can work against us. Metabolism, too. But a food behavior researcher has tested a bunch of little ways to tip the ...