Health

Homegrown Zika raises questions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Homegrown mosquitoes apparently have infected four people in the Miami area with Zika and now it's up to tried-and-true public health measures to stamp out the birth defect-causing virus before it spreads.Florida Gov. Rick Scott made the long-dreaded announcement last month of ...

Get your potassium and stay healthy

ESCANABA - Bananas, tomatoes, oranges, cantaloupe, peaches, spinach, Swiss chard, lima beans, potatoes - these are some of the world's healthiest foods, in part because they are excellent sources of potassium. Potassium is an important mineral, one of a class known as electrolytes. When ...

Studies shine light on mysterious placenta

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists carefully probe a placenta donated after birth, bluish umbilical cord still attached. This is the body's most mysterious organ, and inside lie clues to how this giver of life forms - and how it can go awry, leading to stillbirth, preterm birth, even infections like ...

Study points way to finding genes affecting depression

NEW YORK (AP) - In a key advance for the study of depression, a comprehensive scan of human DNA has turned up the apparent hiding places of more than a dozen genes linked to the disorder."This is a jumping-off point" for further work to reveal the biological underpinnings of depression, which ...

To reverse damage of sitting, take a brisk, hour-long walk

LONDON (AP) - If you spend all day sitting, then you might want to schedule some time for a brisk walk - just make sure you can spare at least an hour.Scientists analyzing data from more than 1 million people found that it takes about 60 to 75 minutes of "moderate intensity" exercise to undo ...

New technique opens window into how brain cells communicate

WASHINGTON (AP) - The brain's nerve cells communicate by firing messages to each other through junctions called synapses, and problems with those connections are linked to disorders like Alzheimer's and epilepsy. Now Yale University researchers have developed a way to picture synapses in living ...

Behavior changes offer clues to dementia

WASHINGTON (AP) - Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing - changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue.Researchers have outlined a syndrome called "mild behavioral impairment" that may be a harbinger of Alzheimer's or other dementias, and ...

Diabetes prevention program offered in Escanaba

ESCANABA - The Northern Lights YMCA Delta Program Center and Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties are offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program.The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based, year-long lifestyle change program for men and women with ...

Olympics-related Zika risk low in all but four countries

NEW YORK (AP) - The upcoming Olympic games are not likely to have a major impact on the spread of Zika virus, although four developing countries could face a substantially higher risk, according to a new government estimate.U.S. researchers tried to calculate whether the Olympics in Rio de ...

Fracking may worsen asthma

CHICAGO (AP) - Fracking may worsen asthma in children and adults who live near sites where the oil and gas drilling method is used, according to an 8-year study in Pennsylvania.The study found that asthma treatments were as much as four times more common in patients living closer to areas with ...

Superbug precursor found in US again

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City patient was infected with bacteria that had a special type of resistance to antibiotics last year, the earliest known case in the U.S. of bacteria that could lead to a superbug impervious to medications.The bacteria were found in a patient who was treated in May ...

Sunscreen doesn’t work as well as it says

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Something to consider as you head to the beach or pool over the July Fourth weekend: That sunscreen in your bag may not protect your skin as much as you think.Even after regulators updated standards for labeling sunscreen four years ago, tests have shown many provide far ...

Study: Up to 1 in 5 trauma

WASHINGTON (AP) - Up to 1 in 5 deaths from car crashes, gunshots or other injuries might be prevented with better, quicker trauma care that doesn't depend so much on where you live, according to government advisers - advice that takes on new urgency amid the increasing threat of mass casualties ...

Don’t pass along a bad body image

ESCANABA - If you look around the health club, you will see all shapes and sizes.There are long legs, short legs, wide bodies, narrow bodies, young bodies and older ones.Any body built on good nutrition and regular physical activity is a perfect body.Unfortunately, that's not the image ...

Temporary blindness tied to smartphone use in dark

LONDON (AP) - Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision.Two women went temporarily blind from constantly checking their phones in the dark, say doctors who are now alerting others to the unusual phenomenon.The solution: Make sure to use ...

Hand washing: How and why

ESCANABA - You count on your hands to do your dirty, as well as your clean, work. You comfort a baby with your hands...and change his diaper. You prepare raw chicken for cooking with your hands...and put the finishing touches on a birthday cake. In between the dirty and the clean, it's ...

Study: Up to 1 in 5 trauma deaths could be prevented

WASHINGTON (AP) - Up to 1 in 5 people may be dying unnecessarily from car crashes, gunshots or other injuries, a stark conclusion from government advisers who say where you live shouldn't determine if you survive. The findings take on new urgency amid the increasing threat of mass casualties ...

Guarding against deadly blows to the chest

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jack Crowley was 15 when a baseball hit him in the chest and stopped his heart. The Long Island teen survived thanks to a police officer who grabbed a defibrillator and shocked his heart back into rhythm.A blow to the chest - one that hits at just the wrong spot, at just the ...

Things to know about new sodium guidelines

WASHINGTON (AP) - From cheese to sliced turkey, the Obama administration is encouraging food companies and restaurants to lower the amount of salt in the foods they sell.If the effort is successful, most Americans won't even notice the change. The idea is to lower sodium levels gradually so ...

Women, smoking and lung cancer

ESCANABA - It's hard to recall that only several decades ago, smoking was considered fashionable. Men were drawn to the rugged Marlboro image; women sought the sleek, sophisticated look associated with "slim" and "light" cigarettes.During the 1960s, when teenaged girls started smoking in large ...