Category: Health

Changes Coming To Kidney Transplant Waiting List

WASHINGTON (AP) — New rules this week are bringing changes to the nation’s kidney transplant system that will give some patients a better shot at a longer-lasting organ, and move others up the waiting list. The goal is to get the maximum benefit out of a scarce resource: kidneys from deceased donors. “Not everyone’s going to get the same benefit out of a kidney transplant,” said Dr. Matthew J. Ellis of Duke University Medical Center, who is optimistic the new policy will help. “We’re trying to apply commonsense principles to address those issues.” The long-awaited changes from the United...

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Keeping Track of your Diabetes with Apps

New technology is making it easier for some to keep track of their health issues, and our health reporter, Lyssa Hansen is telling us how that’s especially true for those with diabetes. Managing your diabetes can be difficult, but there are smart phone apps available to help keep track of your health. All types of diabetes, type 1. Type 2 and gestational require patients to monitor their blood sugar levels multiple times during the day to avoid major health issues. But there are apps to keep track of your diet and ease the burden for diabetics like glucose buddy. Because diabetics need to monitor their intake of carbohydrates, apps like calorie king have nutritional information for foods at restaurants—perfectly convenient for diabetics on the go. My fitness pal has a barcode reader you can use to scan labels at the grocery store and also a large database of foods you can search for nutritional values. There’s even a Lenny the lion app to help kids manage the disease. And all this information isn’t just for diabetics. Their doctors can use it...

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How to Know when your Baby’s Cold is More than Just a Cold…

What may look like the common cold in your infant may be something more serious like RSV. It’s called respiratory syncytial virus and peak season is November through April. The virus may only cause minor symptoms in infants such as runny nose, cough, congestion, as well as a fever. Older children will complain of eye itching. The recovery time for most kids with r-s-v is typically one to two weeks. But for some the virus may require a visit to the doctor or even the emergency room. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends pavlizumab medication—it’s a drug that helps prevent the severity of r-s-v in some infants. For most children experts recommend at home treatments such as taking acetaminophen for a fever, drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and using a humidifier to keep the air moist. So if your baby has difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately. But if your infant or child is healthy doctors say the virus will run its...

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FDA: Calorie Counts to be on All Menus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. The Food and Drug Administration announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food “clearly and conspicuously” on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply. The regulations will also apply to convenience...

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U.S. Looking Past Ebola To Prepare For Next Outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster. “It’s really urgent that we address the weak links and blind spots around the world,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press. “Ebola is a powerful reminder that a health threat anywhere can affect us.” Ebola sprang from one of those blind spots, in an area that lacks the health systems needed to...

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