Health


House unveils plan to fix VA's budget gap as deadline looms

A House committee unveiled a disputed plan Friday to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall that could threaten medical care for thousands of patients in the coming weeks. The proposal by the House Veterans Affairs Committee would provide a six-month funding fix to the department's Choice program, which offers veterans federally...
Local ‘Ninja’ to be on NBC

Local ‘Ninja’ to be on NBC

Dan Arnold and family enjoy sharing their interest — and Dan’s success — in the “American Ninja Warrior” competition. Arnold, a nursing home administrator by day, was a participant in the most recent season’s competition that airs on NBC television. His training for the competition included working out on a “Ninja Warrior” obstacle course set up in the...

Doctors' group tells Senate to fix, not repeal 'Obamacare'

The nation's largest doctors' group urged senators on Friday to stop trying to repeal or replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and instead begin a bipartisan effort to stabilize the insurance marketplace. The American Medical Association said proposed Republican bills — one to repeal and replace the 2010 health law, the other to repeal only — would cause too many people to lose coverage...
No dye: Cancer patients' gray hair darkened on immune drugs

No dye: Cancer patients' gray hair darkened on immune drugs

Cancer patients' gray hair unexpectedly turned youthfully dark while taking novel drugs, and it has doctors scratching their heads. Chemotherapy is notorious for making hair fall out, but the 14 patients involved were all being treated with new immunotherapy drugs that work differently and have different side effects. A Spanish study suggests that may include restoring hair pigment, at least in patients...
Clark County Fair hog project, swine flu teach about risks in life

Clark County Fair hog project, swine flu teach about risks in life

Our children love their animals: two dogs, six chickens, a pond full of fish and currently three market hogs. It’s no secret that the market hogs are what they are: hogs going to market. From day one, the kids all know this. Do they like bidding farewell to their beloved animals at the Clark County Fair? No. Have they given them the best possible — albeit short — life they can? Absolutely...

Texas panel suspends license of man accused in opioid deaths

A state panel has suspended the medical license of a Texas doctor who federal authorities say wrote unnecessary prescriptions for powerful drugs that contributed to the overdose deaths of at least seven people. A disciplinary committee of the Texas Medical Board took the action Thursday against 56-year-old Howard Gregg Diamond. His practice was based in Sherman, north of Dallas. The board says in...
Native Hawaiians not very healthy, first national study says

Native Hawaiians not very healthy, first national study says

Hawaii consistently ranks among the healthiest states, but a federal survey found Native Hawaiians are in unusually bad health. Native Hawaiians — descendants of Hawaii's original Polynesian settlers — are in worse health than many other Americans. They were more likely to suffer asthma, diabetes and obesity. They also were more often under severe psychological stress, and were less likely...
Baby Charlie Gard's latest brain scan is 'sad reading'

Baby Charlie Gard's latest brain scan is 'sad reading'

The British parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard have been told by a hospital lawyer that the results of their son's latest brain scans make for "sad reading." Great Ormond Street Hospital lawyer Katie Gollop broke the bad news to Charlie's parents at a pre-court hearing Friday in London. Charlie's father, Chris Gard, yelled "Evil!" at Gollop as his mother, Connie Yates...
Springfield wants hazardous waste dump named a Superfund site

Springfield wants hazardous waste dump named a Superfund site

The city of Springfield wants the Tremont City Barrel Fill — which has 1.5 million gallons of hazardous waste near the city’s drinking water source — to be placed on the Superfund list to ensure federal action. Springfield city commissioners unanimously passed a resolution two weeks ago backing a reduced $24 million clean-up plan two weeks ago at the closed dump that has industrial...
Medical debt relief is coming

Medical debt relief is coming

After more than two years of delays, new rules granting consumers some relief from the harm medical debt can do to their credit will finally go into effect. Beginning Sept. 15, the three main credit bureaus will enact rules they agreed to back in 2015 that require them to provide a 180-day cooling off period before any medical debt goes onto a credit report. Equifax, Experian and TransUnion agreed...
Trump administration pulls health law help in 18 cities

Trump administration pulls health law help in 18 cities

President Donald Trump's administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage. Community groups say the move, announced to them by contractors last week, will make it even more difficult to enroll the...
Father’s tattoo pays tribute to last time he held young son’s hand

Father’s tattoo pays tribute to last time he held young son’s hand

Anthony DeNicola does everything he can to keep the memory of his son, Joseph, alive.  The 7-year-old died Nov. 4, 2014, just days after going into anaphylactic shock on Halloween. DeNicola, of Staten Island, has created a nonprofit, Joseph’s Helping Hand, to raise awareness of severe food allergies, from which Joseph suffered all his life.  He also has a tattoo on his arm that...

Doctor who linked kids' lead exposure to health issues dies

A pediatrician and University of Pittsburgh researcher who linked lead exposure in children to health and intelligence issues has died. Dr. Herbert Needleman was 89. The Ralph Shugar Chapel is handling funeral arrangements and confirmed Needleman died Tuesday in Pittsburgh. His cause of death wasn't immediately clear. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Needleman was also a psychiatrist and had been...
UK royals make pretzels, visit German cancer research center

UK royals make pretzels, visit German cancer research center

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a rowing regatta, visited a cancer research center and made pretzels in the university city of Heidelberg on the second day of their visit to Germany. Prince William and his wife, Kate, took to the waters of the Neckar river on Thursday afternoon, coxing two opposing boats in a race of rowers from Heidelberg and its twin city Cambridge. With German onlookers...
Coffee recalled for Viagra-like ingredient

Coffee recalled for Viagra-like ingredient

A coffee brand has issued a recall after the FDA found it contained an ingredient similar to the active one in Viagra. Bestherbs Coffee LLC voluntarily recalled all the lots of New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee after an FDA lab found “the presence of desmethyl carbodenafil. Desmethyl carbodenafil is structurally similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, an...
For 1st time, over half of people with HIV taking AIDS drugs

For 1st time, over half of people with HIV taking AIDS drugs

For the first time in the global AIDS epidemic that has spanned four decades and killed 35 million people, more than half of all those infected with HIV are on drugs to treat the virus, the United Nations said in a report released Thursday. AIDS deaths are also now close to half of what they were in 2005, according to the U.N. AIDS agency, although those figures are based on estimates and not actual...
Hints that lifestyle changes might guard against dementia

Hints that lifestyle changes might guard against dementia

Seek a good education. Control blood pressure and diabetes. Get off the couch. There are some hints, but no proof yet, that these and other lifestyle changes just might help stave off dementia. A provocative report in the British journal Lancet Thursday raised the prospect that a third of dementia cases around the world could be delayed or even prevented by avoiding key risks starting in childhood...
Doctors consider next treatment for McCain's brain tumor

Doctors consider next treatment for McCain's brain tumor

Sen. John McCain's tumor is one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer, and his doctors are determining next treatment options even as the senator, in a tweet, promised his colleagues in Congress he'd "be back soon." McCain underwent surgery last week to have a blood clot removed from above his left eye, and that clot turned out to be a sign that a tumor called a glioblastoma had begun...
AP-NORC Poll: Shift to political left seen on health care

AP-NORC Poll: Shift to political left seen on health care

Americans were never too thrilled with "Obamacare" and they definitely disapprove of Republican alternatives in Congress, so what does the public want to do on health care? A new poll suggests the country may be shifting left on this core issue, with 62 percent saying it's the federal government's responsibility to make sure that all Americans have health care coverage, while 37 percent...
GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb

GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb

Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain's potential absence and a dreary report envisioning that the number of uninsured Americans would soar. The White House and GOP leaders fished Thursday for ways to win over recalcitrant senators, including...
Despite cancer diagnosis, McCain says, 'I'll be back soon'

Despite cancer diagnosis, McCain says, 'I'll be back soon'

Battling brain cancer, John McCain on Thursday vowed to return to the Senate, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and aiming a good-natured dig at Republican and Democratic colleagues shaken by news of his diagnosis. "I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support — unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!" McCain said in...
Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

There's a new 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...
Photo: Tour de France cyclist shares shocking photo of veiny legs

Photo: Tour de France cyclist shares shocking photo of veiny legs

People across the world marvel at athletes’ physiques and rightfully so. They train months, even years, to get in great shape.  >> Read more trending news  However, what people don’t always see is the grueling effect it has on the body. Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski changed that this week when he shared a picture of his veiny, muscular legs on Instagram. ...
Q&A: How Trump could help sink Obama health law

Q&A: How Trump could help sink Obama health law

Simply raising the threat of failure makes already-skittish insurers more nervous, and could lead them to stop selling coverage in some areas. And there are a few moves the administration could make that would further destabilize markets. That includes withholding subsidy payments to insurers that the law established or declining to enforce a mandate requiring people to buy coverage. On Wednesday...
AP-NORC poll: Negotiate on 'Obamacare,' don't just kill it

AP-NORC poll: Negotiate on 'Obamacare,' don't just kill it

Americans overwhelmingly want lawmakers of both parties to work out health care changes, with only 13 percent supporting Republican moves to repeal "Obamacare" absent a replacement, according to a new poll. Although a deep partisan divide endures over the 2010 Affordable Care Act, people may be less far apart on what policymakers should try next, says the Associated Press-NORC Center for...
CDC WARNING: About half of Americans have diabetes or are at risk

CDC WARNING: About half of Americans have diabetes or are at risk

A new report out from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that nearly half of all Americans either have diabetes or are at high risk for developing the condition. Diabetes is a disease that hinders the body’s ability to produce and respond to insulin resulting in an abnormal metabolism. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood sugar is high but not high enough to be considered...

McCain aide: Senator 'recovering comfortably' after surgery

Sen. John McCain's office says the Arizona Republican continues to recover following recent surgery to remove a blot clot. A brief statement released Wednesday by McCain spokeswoman Julie Tarallo describes the 80-year-old as being "in good spirts and recovering comfortably at home with this family." Tarollo says additional information will be released as it becomes available. McCain is a...
Rural hospitals face uncertainty with health care proposals

Rural hospitals face uncertainty with health care proposals

Kathy Holbrook was at home one night last year when she started having chest pains, so the 63-year-old former office manager drove to a hospital near her home in the eastern Kentucky mountains. "I am a Christian lady, so I believe in the power of prayer and I was just praying to God to give me the strength to get there," she said. She made it, and doctors treated her for a small blockage...

Chile Senate OKs bill allowing abortion in some cases

Chilean lawmakers took a major step toward legalizing abortion in some cases on Wednesday, a dramatic development in one of Latin America's most traditionally conservative countries. In a marathon session lasting well past midnight, the Senate voted to allow abortions when a mother's life is in danger, when the fetus is not viable and in cases of rape. A version of the bill was approved in 2016 by...
If swine flu breaks out, pigs at Clark County Fair may face kill order

If swine flu breaks out, pigs at Clark County Fair may face kill order

The Clark County Fair Board wants swine exhibitors to take precautions before attending the fair this week after reports of swine flu in Ohio, but some parents are upset about what the precautions could mean for their children and their pigs. Pigs at the Clinton County fair were found to be infected with a strain of the swine flu that can infect humans, Clark County Fair Board President Bill Agle...
Legal pot sales begin in Uruguay under landmark 2013 law

Legal pot sales begin in Uruguay under landmark 2013 law

Marijuana aficionados lined up at pharmacies across Uruguay on Wednesday to be among the first in the South American nation to legally buy pot as a law regulating its sale took full effect. Customers sniffed pungent green buds and grinned as they showed off blue-and-white envelopes containing the plant, which is now available as part a 2013 measure that made Uruguay the first nation to legalize a...
Clark County suspected overdose deaths surpass last year’s total

Clark County suspected overdose deaths surpass last year’s total

Clark County has seen 81 suspected drug overdose deaths as of July 18, surpassing the record total for all of last year, which local leaders say is a sign that drug abuse has become a public health crisis. About 60 overdose deaths have been confirmed through the end of April, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. He’s still waiting on autopsy reports to be completed for the other three...
Trump exhorts Senate anew to rid US of Obamacare

Trump exhorts Senate anew to rid US of Obamacare

Lecturing fellow Republicans, President Donald Trump summoned GOP senators to the White House Wednesday and told them face-to-face they must not leave town for their August recess without sending him an "Obamacare" repeal bill to sign. Senators responded by vowing to revive legislative efforts left for dead twice already this week. Success was far from assured, but Trump declared "I'm...
Health plan's fall brings dread for 'Obamacare' recipients

Health plan's fall brings dread for 'Obamacare' recipients

One American was able to afford her toddler's latest heart operation. Another had the means to go back to college to pursue her dreams. They and thousands of others were able to do so as beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. And while Republicans in Congress failed this week to craft a new health care plan, they did succeed in shaking the confidence of those who rely on the...
Brain scans may change care for some people with memory loss

Brain scans may change care for some people with memory loss

Does it really take an expensive brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer's? Not everybody needs one but new research suggests that for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down, PET scans may lead to changes in treatment. The findings, reported Wednesday, mark a first peek at a huge study under way to help determine if Medicare should start paying for specialized PET scans...
What's next? Senate GOP scrambles after health care flop

What's next? Senate GOP scrambles after health care flop

Now what? Senate Republicans are scrambling to pick up the pieces after their attempt to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law collapsed a second time. After working for months on a new health package, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday that the Senate would vote to move ahead on a straight-up repeal early next week, at the request of President Donald Trump...
Miami boy's death shows powerful opioid's chilling potential

Miami boy's death shows powerful opioid's chilling potential

A 10-year-old boy from a drug-ridden Miami neighborhood apparently died of a fentanyl overdose last month, becoming one of Florida's littlest victims of the opioid crisis, authorities say. But how he came into contact with the powerful painkiller is a mystery. Fifth-grader Alton Banks died June 23 after a visit to the pool in the city's Overtown section. He began vomiting at home, was found unconscious...
'Repeal now, replace later' has immediate consumer impact

'Repeal now, replace later' has immediate consumer impact

Consumers would feel the impact immediately if Republicans repeal "Obamacare" with no replacement. Problems could start this fall for customers buying individual health policies, say independent experts, with more insurers likely to exit state markets around the country, and those remaining seeking higher rates. Low-income people who qualified for expanded Medicaid expansion under the Affordable...

Co-founder of Purdue Pharma dies at 97

The co-founder of Purdue Pharma, a Connecticut company that markets the powerfully addictive painkiller OxyContin, has died at age 97. Company officials say Dr. Raymond Sackler, a Greenwich resident, died Monday after a brief illness. He's survived by his wife, Beverly, and their two sons. In 1952, Sackler and his brother purchased Purdue, which was then based in New York City and is now headquartered...
Heavy rains could mean bad year for West Nile Virus in Clark County

Heavy rains could mean bad year for West Nile Virus in Clark County

Clark County Health leaders warned residents to use bug spray and wear long sleeves outside after West Nile Virus was detected in mosquitoes trapped in Clark County. No humans have been reported to have the virus this year, but 17 cases were reported last year, said Larry Shaffer, environmental director for the Clark County Combined Health District. He fears it could be worse this year because of...

Lawsuit: New TennCare rates endanger hemophilia patients

Pharmacies in Tennessee are accusing the state of breaking federal law and endangering people with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia by reducing reimbursements for prescription blood-clotting drugs through its Medicaid program. Hemophilia is very rare, affecting about 20,000 people in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the drugs used to...
Customers at Virginia Chipotle report illness, suspect norovirus

Customers at Virginia Chipotle report illness, suspect norovirus

Chipotle temporarily closed one of its restaurants in Sterling, Virginia, after an unspecified amount of customers reported illnesses with symptoms consistent with norovirus after eating food at the Mexican grill, The Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending news According to the AP a “small number” of customers reported the illnesses.  Chipotle said the company...
Native American healing class sparks unique health textbook

Native American healing class sparks unique health textbook

Laughter can combat trauma. Spiritual cleansings could be used to fight an opioid addiction. Cactus extract may battle diabetes and obesity. These insights are from curanderismo — traditional indigenous healing from the American Southwest and Latin America. University of New Mexico professor Eliseo "Cheo" Torres' has included these thoughts in a new, unique textbook connected to his...
Man in ICU with potentially fatal respiratory disease spread by mice

Man in ICU with potentially fatal respiratory disease spread by mice

A California tour guide is in critical condition after he contracted a rare and potentially deadly respiratory disease spread by deer mice.  Spencer Fry, 22, of Sacramento, remained on a ventilator in the intensive care unit Monday at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Roseville, where he has been since his family rushed him to the emergency room earlier this month. It was there that Fry was...
$213K grant to open safe house for Clark County addicts

$213K grant to open safe house for Clark County addicts

A $213,000 federal grant will allow a first-of-its-kind safe house to open in Springfield later this year, providing addicts seeking help a place to go before receiving treatment. The safe house will be operated by McKinley Hall treatment center as part of the recovery board’s warm hand-off program, which will place a licensed chemical dependency therapist and a peer support recovery specialist...

Woman disfigured by gunshot gets full face transplant

The Cleveland Clinic says a 21-year-old woman disfigured by a gunshot as a teenager has received a face transplant. The hospital says the 31-hour surgery in May was its third face transplant and its first "total face transplant." It included her scalp, eyelids, nose, facial muscles and nerves, teeth and much of her jaw. The medical center isn't sharing names and other details about the patient...
West Nile Virus detected in mosquitoes in Clark County

West Nile Virus detected in mosquitoes in Clark County

West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes trapped in Clark County, according to the Clark County Combined Health District. The health district traps mosquitoes and sends them to the Ohio Department of Health for testings. The samples collected near the southwest side of the city of Springfield have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The Clark County Combined Health District has sent an...
Do low-calorie sugar substitutes, artificial sweeteners help you lose weight?

Do low-calorie sugar substitutes, artificial sweeteners help you lose weight?

Of the 41 percent of American adults and 25 percent of U.S. children who consume artificial sweeteners, most consume them at least once a day, according to a study published earlier this year. » RELATED: These 9 healthy-sounding foods have more sugar than a Krispy Kreme doughnut  And the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has said artificial sweeteners can be used to manage weight...
FITNESS: 4 simple ways to stay fit during busy summer months

FITNESS: 4 simple ways to stay fit during busy summer months

During summer months it can be more difficult to keep a consistent schedule at the gym. With kids out of school, vacations, and heat and humidity zapping your energy, its nice to have an alternative workout plan. Options for home workouts require little to no maintenance, take up very little space and are far less expensive than a gym membership. These include: Dumbbells A staple of many home gyms...
3 healthy, tasty, barbecue-friendly recipes to try

3 healthy, tasty, barbecue-friendly recipes to try

With Memorial Day behind us and the Fourth of July on the horizon, it’s fair to say that it is officially the season for cook outs and backyard barbecues. But between the sugary BBQ sauce and the big pan of mac and cheese, it seems almost impossible to eat healthy.   If you’ve been working hard for your summer bod, you don’t have to throw it all out the window just...

4 ways to stop the cycle of eating in front of screens

How often do you sit in front of the TV or work on the computer with a bag of potato chips and just munch away? Or set up the tray table with your dinner and stare at the screen as the fork enters your mouth. Hence, why frozen dinners were called TV dinners back in the day. A new study by Tumin and Anderson recently showed that eating meals in front of the TV is associated with obesity risk. Other...
Exercise of the Month: Pullover Machine

Exercise of the Month: Pullover Machine

The Pullover machine can be found in most health clubs. It is an excellent exercise that uses back, chest and shoulder muscles. In addition to strengthening, it aids in breathing and expansion of the ribcage. In sports, the Pullover exercise is useful for conditioning muscles involved in overhead forward throwing motions involving both arms, such as in basketball, as well as complimenting moves used...

Ex-Special Forces officer, author to speak at 21st Air Force Marathon

: A former Special Forces officer and author will be the guest speaker for the 21st Air Force Marathon in September at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  Ivan Castro was selected to address the audience at the various ceremonies. He is a highly decorated former officer who lost his eyesight while in combat in Iraq in 2006. Castro had to go through a 17-month rehabilitation of which he returned...

Registration opened for event to raise money for area cancer patients

What began in 2003 with just a dozen riders is now an annual event that has seen hundreds of cyclists and now runners and walkers raise funds to support programs benefiting Miami Valley cancer patients. Registration is now open for the Clemens Cancer Challenge, a bike ride and a 5k run/walk benefit for cancer patients at Miami Valley Hospital. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the memory of...

The best ways to avoid painful muscle cramps

A muscle cramps is a painful, sudden, uncontrolled contraction of a muscle, and can happen to anyone without warning. They occur most commonly in muscles that cross two joints, such as the calves, hamstrings and quadriceps. The exact cause of muscle cramps is not well understood, and there can be more than one contributing factor, including: Sudden changes in an exercise...

Living gluten-free has challenges, but you can manage them

The awareness to Celiac Disease has been increasing in the United States over the past 10 years. With this increased awareness comes an improved ability to diagnose this autoimmune disease that causes intestinal destruction with even the smallest consumption of foods that contain gluten. Following a gluten-free diet is an essential part of successfully healing the gut and successfully managing Celiac...
Doctor: Popular charcoal masks could cause permanent skin damage

Doctor: Popular charcoal masks could cause permanent skin damage

A popular “do-it-yourself” charcoal mask that has been trending all over the internet could cause serious damage to your skin, according to a dermatologist. "It might be dangerous if you like all three layers of your skin," Dr. Seth Forman, a dermatologist in Tampa, Florida, said in an interview with WFTS.  Many people have taken to YouTube to show users the painful...

Eating your way to strong memory and mental health

Did you know nutrition may play a role in anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit Disorder and Alzheimer’s disease? Studies are finding that certain nutrition deficiencies or overloads can affect different chemical and inflammatory processes leading to such conditions. First, we have chemical substances throughout our body called neurotransmitters that are like little communicators. Some of the...

Is it really necessary to count calories to lose weight?

Q: I know that moving more and eating less will help me lose weight, but is it necessary to count calories too? A: I would consider it if you have no idea how many calories you currently consume or how many you burn with activity. Otherwise, it is going to be difficult to determine how much weight you might lose over time when making changes. Most people underestimate calories consumed while overestimating...
Consumer advocate: Compare funeral prices to avoid scams

Consumer advocate: Compare funeral prices to avoid scams

Sherri Chatman of Dayton called our I-Team after seeing an investigation into funeral homes in the Miami Valley. Sherri had recently experienced several troubling problems with the funeral director who handled her mother's arrangements. It included a proposed financing plan that would have been both unconventional and costly. "I was thrown,” Chatman said. “And I had to call back and...
Exercises of the Month: Chin Ups and Pull Ups

Exercises of the Month: Chin Ups and Pull Ups

The Pull Up and Chin Up are challenging exercises, taking significant strength to perform correctly. Muscles worked include the back, shoulders, forearms and biceps. Other muscles work to stabilize the body such as the abdominals and low back. Chin Up starting position: This exercise calls for a supinated grip (palms facing you) on the bar. It is easier to perform than the Pull Up because the biceps...
Hershey getting health conscious, cutting chocolate calories by 2022

Hershey getting health conscious, cutting chocolate calories by 2022

The Hershey Co. is promising to make major changes in the calorie count of some of its chocolate snacks. The company announced last week that it wants to cut the calories in 50 percent of its standard and king-size confectionary snacks by 2022, and include easier-to-read nutrition labels on the front of 100 percent of its standard and king-size packaging by the end of next year. Hershey CEO Michele...
101-year-old woman wins 100-meter dash at World Masters Games

101-year-old woman wins 100-meter dash at World Masters Games

She came. She ran. She conquered.  A 101-year-old woman from India won gold in the 100-meter dash at the World Masters Games in New Zealand. Man Kaur may have been the only athlete competing in her age division in the race, but she finished in 74 seconds. Not bad for someone who only started running at 96, according to Sports Illustrated. The World Masters Games are held every four years by the...
Study: Diet drinks can lead to stroke, dementia

Study: Diet drinks can lead to stroke, dementia

Diet sodas — one of America's favorite caffeine-delivery systems — appears to be just as unhealthy as their sugary cousins The Washington Post reports that a new study refutes the theory that diet drinks are a better option than those made with sugar or corn syrup. The new study in the journal Stroke says people who drink diet soda are three times as likely as those who don&rsquo...
Sharp-eyed school nurse saves boy after noticing signs of deadly leukemia  

Sharp-eyed school nurse saves boy after noticing signs of deadly leukemia  

A sharp-eyed school nurse in New Jersey is credited with saving a young boy’s life after noticing the kindergartener had signs of leukemia. Nathan Campbell started school last fall in Camden County at Zane North Elementary School. His teacher took him to the nurse’s office after the little boy said he didn’t want to go outside and play, because his leg was hurting, according...
More than 500,000 inhalers recalled by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline

More than 500,000 inhalers recalled by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline

British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has announced a recall of more than 593,000 asthma inhalers in the United States because of a defect that may affect the doses delivered. Reuters reported that the inhalers are being recalled from hospitals, pharmacies, retailers and wholesalers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a voluntary level II recall of some  Ventolin...
Bathe and burn, baths as good as 30-minute walks

Bathe and burn, baths as good as 30-minute walks

  Soaking in a hot tub is just as beneficial to your health as a 30-minute walk. That’s the conclusion of a new British study comparing bathing to exercise. Researchers at the U.K.’s Loughborough University measured study participants’ blood sugar levels and calories burned when taking an hour-long hot bath or biking for an hour. They discovered that while taking a...
Greene County flu cases increased in 2017, officials say

Greene County flu cases increased in 2017, officials say

Employees at the Greene County Combined Health District say the normal flu season usually starts in October, and is over by March. But not this year. “I have four babies, all under 6 (years old), and they’re all sick,” Xenia resident Victoia McDaniel said Tuesday. About 130 Greene County residents have been hospitalized for the flu since mid-December, health district officials said...
Pregnant Miami County woman loses battle against rare cancer

Pregnant Miami County woman loses battle against rare cancer

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m. (June 9): News Center 7’s Kate Bartley spoke with Chrissy Anderson, who called Danielle Hollobaugh "the best friend anyone could have.” Friday, Anderson told Bartley “We had an angel with us for all these years,. She always just wanted to be a mom."  Anderson said Danielle was her best friend for more than 20 years.  “She was the...
Effort underway to ban smoking on Veterans Affairs sites across U.S.

Effort underway to ban smoking on Veterans Affairs sites across U.S.

An Ohio congressman has targeted smoking at Department of Veterans Affairs medical clinics and campuses nationwide. U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, an Iraq war veteran and a doctor, has introduced House legislation that would immediately ban smoking inside VA health care clinics and hospitals and outdoors within five years. “Exposure to second hand smoke puts veteran patients at unnecessary risk,&rdquo...
Man's strep throat takes rare turn, leads to quadruple amputation

Man's strep throat takes rare turn, leads to quadruple amputation

A Michigan man is lucky to be alive after he contracted a rare case of strep throat, but he still is facing a life-changing recovery.Kevin Breen began experiencing symptoms around Christmas. Severe abdominal pain and flu-like symptoms were initially diagnosed as mild pancreatitis, but Breen was not responding to treatment. Doctors, concerned by his rapidly deteriorating condition, performed exploratory...
Children lose both parents to cancer within days of each other

Children lose both parents to cancer within days of each other

After losing both parents to cancer within days of each other, a group of siblings are thanking strangers around the world for their support. The Bennett family’s heartbreaking story went viral when 21-year-old Luke, 18-year-old Hannah and 13-year-old Oliver, released a heartbreaking photo of their parents online. The photo showed parents Mike and Julie Bennett holding hands at a hospital in...
Has your doctor been up for 24 hours? Rule change will allow it for new residents

Has your doctor been up for 24 hours? Rule change will allow it for new residents

New guidelines by the organization that oversees medical residency programs for new doctors in the United States will soon allow first-year residents to work shifts as long as 24 hours, eight hours more than the current limit. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, or ACGME, announced Friday that new doctors in their first year of residency can work 80 hours a week starting on July...
Cancer pill could keep patients alive for more than 10 years, new study finds

Cancer pill could keep patients alive for more than 10 years, new study finds

Before cancer drug imatinib mesylate, sold under the name Gleevec, a diagnosis for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) "amounted to a death sentence," according to the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Now, the drug could keep its patients alive for 10 years or longer, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine Thursday found. Data from the global study...
Report: Montgomery County's infant mortality rate among worst in Ohio

Report: Montgomery County's infant mortality rate among worst in Ohio

Black infants are three times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies, according to a report from Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County. Montgomery County has the fifth worst infant mortality rate in Ohio, according to the report, which was released early this year.  White babies have an infant mortality rate of 4.5 per 1,000 live births, whereas black children have...
Lyme disease: What is it and how to avoid it

Lyme disease: What is it and how to avoid it

Lyme disease is a debilitating disease that is spread through the bite of the blacklegged tick, also known as the deer tick, and the western blacklegged tick. The tick catches the bacteria from mice and transmits it to humans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates as many as 300,000 infections occur every year in the spring and summer. People living in the Northeast, the mid-Atlantic...
Lyme disease risks could increase after mouse plague, experts warn

Lyme disease risks could increase after mouse plague, experts warn

A mouse plague in the northeast Hudson River Valley in 2016 could fuel an increase in Lyme disease this year, two leading experts are warning. New York ecologists Felicia Keesing and her husband, Rick Ostfeld, have studied the disease for two decades. “We’re anticipating 2017 to be a particularly risky year for Lyme,” Ostfeld said in an interview with NPR. The two ecologists have...
Study: Obesity linked to 11 types of cancer as overweight population grows

Study: Obesity linked to 11 types of cancer as overweight population grows

Obesity is strongly linked to the development of 11 types of cancers, including breast, kidney, rectum, colon, and pancreatic cancer, scientists warned in a new study. The research on excess body fat and cancer, published in the British Medical Journal, reviewed more than 200 studies on cancer and obesity and found “strong evidence” of a connection between increased body fat and 11 cancers...
Mental health professionals, advocates discuss resources for transgender community

Mental health professionals, advocates discuss resources for transgender community

Mental health care professionals teamed up Friday with advocates to talk about issues surrounding mental health care and resources for the transgender community. In 2014, a teenager who said she felt trapped in a male’s body killed herself when she walked in front of a moving semi in Warren County. Leelah Alcorn, 17, born Joshua Alcorn, said her family would not accept her gender identity. News...
40,000+ pounds of veal recalled for possible E. coli contamination

40,000+ pounds of veal recalled for possible E. coli contamination

Ohio Farms Packing Co. is recalling more than 40,600 pounds of boneless veal products that may be contaminated with E. coli. Also included in the recall is an undetermined amount of veal cutlets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Safety Inspection Service announced Thursday night. The cutlets were only sold to food services and not directly to consumers. The boneless veal products...
Exercise of the Month: Standing One Arm Row

Exercise of the Month: Standing One Arm Row

The Standing One Arm Row helps to strengthen muscles in the back, shoulders and arms. A strong back helps to keep the spinal column in proper alignment, improving posture and aiding in completion of everyday tasks with reduced injury risk. Primary Muscles Worked: Latissimus Dorsi (Lats), Rhomboids Secondary Muscles Worked: Trapezius, Erector Spinae, Rotator Cuff, Posterior Deltoids, Biceps, Obliques...
Heroin, other drugs killing Ohioans in record numbers

Heroin, other drugs killing Ohioans in record numbers

The number of people dying from heroin overdoses has tripled since 2010. In 2015, more than 52,000 people died from drug overdoses, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Overdose deaths involving fentanyl and tramadol also increased, according to the data from 2015, the latest year available. The impact of the epidemic stretches past those who are struggling with addiction...
Florida doctor turns to Facebook to search for a kidney donor

Florida doctor turns to Facebook to search for a kidney donor

Dr. Stuart Himmelstein has spent the past four years anxiously waiting for a much-needed kidney, but like nearly 120,000 Americans on a transplant list, he's waiting on a miracle. So Himmelstein, a Delray Beach, Florida, internist diagnosed with kidney disease, is trying another approach for a transplant: Facebook. Himmelstein, a Lake Worth, Florida, resident and the former president...
Flu-related illness claims the life of a fifth child in Ohio

Flu-related illness claims the life of a fifth child in Ohio

A fifth child has died in Ohio from flu-related illness, the Ohio Department of Health confirmed Thursday. A 9-year-old Marion county boy was the latest pediatric death reported during the current flu season, which began last September and generally peaks at this time of year. All the child deaths, which are the only flu-related deaths reported to the health department, occurred this month. None have...
Overdose death review committees created to fight opioid epidemic

Overdose death review committees created to fight opioid epidemic

Governor John Kasich’s biennium budget calls for the creation of county overdose fatality review boards, a move aimed at giving local communities more tools to tackle the rising number of heroin and fentanyl overdose deaths. “It will help us get a greater insight into what may be causing the overdoses,” said Dan Suffoletto, spokesman for Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County....
Man warns others after wife dies from 'botched' plastic surgery

Man warns others after wife dies from 'botched' plastic surgery

After's his wife's death, a Gainesville, Georgia, man is warning women against traveling to South America for cheap plastic surgery. Diana Maria Alvarez, 36, went to her home country of Colombia in December to get liposuction on her stomach. Her husband, Dario Chavarro, said she died after what he called a botched surgery. He said the doctors convinced her to have more work done than she had...
Stop taking drugs for lower back pain and do this instead

Stop taking drugs for lower back pain and do this instead

If you're taking prescription drugs to deal with back pain, you might want to rethink your strategy. At least that's the latest recommendation in a new study from the American College of Physicians.  There are three types of lower back pain: acute, subacute, and chronic. Acute low back pain lasts less than four weeks, subacute lasts four to 12 weeks and chronic lasts more than 12 weeks. Folks...
Viral video helps teen battling cancer raise money for treatment: 'I don’t want to die'

Viral video helps teen battling cancer raise money for treatment: 'I don’t want to die'

A teenager battling cancer in Ireland is thanking strangers around the world for raising enough money to help her get treatment in Houston, Texas. Shauntelle Tynan, 18, shared a video on YouTube on Feb. 12 titled, "The Most Important Video I’ll Ever Make." "I don’t want to die," Tynan said through tears in the video. She said in the video that it is important for...
Nurse, 97, has no plans on retiring

Nurse, 97, has no plans on retiring

An age-defying nurse in New Jersey has no plans to retire, even at the age of 97. Kathryn Hodges, Emerson’s public health nurse, is a bit of a rock star in the town’s health care community, and for good reason. Hodges is New Jersey’s oldest practicing registered nurse, according to NorthJersey.com. In addition to performing her part-time nursing duties, Hodges walks unassisted and...
Formerly conjoined twins celebrate first birthday apart

Formerly conjoined twins celebrate first birthday apart

 Just two weeks after undergoing a successful separation surgery, formerly conjoined twin girls are celebrating their first birthday. Ballenie and Bellanie Camacho were born conjoined at the base of their spine on Feb. 4, 2016.  They underwent a groundbreaking separation surgery at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Valhalla, New York, last month, according to WPIX. The hospital shared...
CMHP releases mobile mammography schedule

CMHP releases mobile mammography schedule

The Community Mercy Health Partners’ Mobile Mammography program, which provides screening at multiple locations in Clark and Champaign counties each month, has scheduled stops at community locations in February. To register or for more information about these dates or availability at Springfield Regional Medical Center, call 937-523-9332 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Friday...

Does government play a role in children eating healthy?

This week in a course I teach at the University of Dayton, I had students watch the documentary “Fed Up”. It highlights the childhood obesity epidemic and the many factors contributing to poor dietary behavior in children. The narrators look at factors such as individual eating behavior as well as the role of food industry and governmental policy in our food system. A major question I...

How to make sure you get a better night’s sleep

Chronic lack of sleep is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and can affect mental health. Sleep requirements vary with age, with children needing more than adults. Current recommendations are seven to nine hours for ages 18 to 64, and seven to eight hours for those 65 and older. Many factors can influence sleep cycles, including diet, exercise, medications, drugs or alcohol, stress, sleep...
Local psychologist offers tips on talking to kids about school violence

Local psychologist offers tips on talking to kids about school violence

With many struggling to cope with today’s school shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School, a local psychologist has tips for parents as they respond to questions and concerns about school violence. "I think it's important to allow children to talk about any anxiety or concerns that they may be having," said Mary Beth DeWitt, PhD, of Dayton Children's Hospital.  Parents and caregivers...
Stark numbers show heroin’s local grip

Stark numbers show heroin’s local grip

An average of seven Montgomery County residents a day were treated for drug overdoses by emergency departments in 2016, and one person alone made eight trips to the ER. Eleven people were treated twice in the same day for overdoses. The stark figures — amassed largely due to a devastating heroin epidemic — are found in a new Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County report just sent to...
Woman makes Instagram account for amputated foot

Woman makes Instagram account for amputated foot

A cancer survivor from Oklahoma City has made the best of a bad situation in an interesting way. KOKH reported that Kristi Loyall, a survivor of cancer, had problems with her right foot for six years. "I kept going to the neurologist five or six more times he kept telling me it was a B-12 deficiency, so I kind of gave up on that until last summer I noticed a lump on the inside of my foot,"...
Cincinnati doctor, inventor of anti-choking Heimlich maneuver dies at 96

Cincinnati doctor, inventor of anti-choking Heimlich maneuver dies at 96

Dr. Henry Heimlich, the famed and controversial inventor of a namesake maneuver to help choking victims, died early today in Cincinnati, our media partner WCPO-TV reported. His family released a statement today that said Heimlich, 96, died at Christ Hospital after complications from a massive heart attack he suffered Monday at his home in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The Cincinnati doctor...
Family hoping for miracle as daughter awaits double lung transplant

Family hoping for miracle as daughter awaits double lung transplant

She is a long way from home, she is very sick and time is running out "In the last 10 days she's basically been on life support," said Nick O'Hara. Ashland, Massachusetts native Caitlin O’Hara was diagnosed at the age of 2 with cystic fibrosis, a disease that primarily affects the lungs. Caitlin, now 33, desperately needs a double lung transplant. “Last week she was listed...
Exercise of the Month: Stability Ball Ab Roll

Exercise of the Month: Stability Ball Ab Roll

The Stability Ball Ab Roll is an excellent core exercise, working multiple muscle groups, particularly the abdominals and low back. Strong abdominal/low back muscles act as a natural ‘girdle,’ surrounding your entire waistline and protecting the spinal column and organs. Stability balls come in various sizes. The larger the ball, the easier this exercise will be to perform, whereas using...
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