Health


Trip to pumpkin patch leaves woman with painful infection from tick bite

A California woman is recovering after she got a bad bacterial infection when she was bitten by a tick during a trip to a pumpkin patch. Jennifer Velasquez said she was wearing flip-flops and shorts to a pumpkin patch when she was bitten by a tick two years ago, The Sacramento Bee reported. The tick was infected by Rocky Mountain spotted fever. >> Read more trending news  She posted...
Woman made up story about doctors leaving camera inside her after surgery, hospital says

Woman made up story about doctors leaving camera inside her after surgery, hospital says

Earlier this year, a patient at an Atlanta hospital filed a lawsuit claiming that a surgeon left a camera in her body during transplant surgery, a camera that was discovered six months later. Lacrystal Lockett’s lawyers have now dropped the complaint. Emory Hospital attorney Anna Fretwell pointed out an apparent problem with the story: No cameras are used in such surgeries. &ldquo...
Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major "Obamacare" health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and making upper-tier plans more affordable. The unexpected assessment comes from consultants, policy experts, and state officials, who are trying to discern the potential...
Boy sleeps for 11 straight days, baffling doctors

Boy sleeps for 11 straight days, baffling doctors

When a 7-year-old boy fell asleep following a late-night wedding party, his mother expected him to be tired, but she could never fathom what would unfold. The boy, Wyatt Shaw, was admitted to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, during the first week of October after his mother tried and tried and tried to wake up him following the exciting Sunday night wedding festivities...
US regulators approve 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer

US regulators approve 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer

U.S. regulators on Wednesday approved a second gene therapy for a blood cancer, a one-time, custom-made treatment for aggressive lymphoma in adults. The Food and Drug Administration allowed sales of the treatment from Kite Pharma. It uses the same technology, called CAR-T, as the first gene therapy approved in the U.S. in August, a treatment for childhood leukemia from Novartis Pharmaceuticals. "...
Avoid the pain, get the gains: 5 most common exercise-related injuries

Avoid the pain, get the gains: 5 most common exercise-related injuries

For those that take their workouts seriously, be sure to add one more fitness goal to the list: avoiding exercise injuries.  Not only does getting hurt in the gym or on the trail cut back on how much time you spend getting fit,  it's also painful and treatment can be costly. Personal trainer Justin Price, M.A. told Men's Fitness that there are two main reasons for workout-related...
Uncertainty reigns ahead of new health care sign-up period

Uncertainty reigns ahead of new health care sign-up period

Jason Sanford has heard so many rumors about the changing health care landscape that every few weeks he dials a local information desk, seeking just a rough estimate of what his diabetes medication will soon cost him. The answer is the same every time: It's too early to say, even with the next open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act beginning in two weeks. "It's just hearsay,"...
Springfield native says therapy lets son with autism’s singing shine

Springfield native says therapy lets son with autism’s singing shine

A Springfield native wants local leaders to take steps to create an environment where kids and adults with special needs can thrive. Monica Chadha Piper, a Catholic Central graduate, is aboard certified behavior analyst. Her teenage son, Shawn, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. She spoke this week to the Springfield Rotary Club about Applied Behavior Therapy, a method that she said has helped...

Ohio seeks technology ideas to solve national opioid crisis

Ohio launched an $8 million effort Wednesday to attract ideas for using technology to solve the national opioid addiction crisis that has touched scores of families, including that of Columbus mother Jacqueline Lewis, who said solutions can't come too soon. During a news conference announcing the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge, Lewis detailed her 29-year-old son's struggle with addiction to painkillers...
The Latest: Governors urge Congress to back health subsidies

The Latest: Governors urge Congress to back health subsidies

The Latest on President Donald Trump and health care legislation (all times local): 10 p.m. A bipartisan group of governors is urging congressional leaders to support a plan to calm health insurance markets after President Donald Trump blocked federal subsidies to insurers. The letter, signed by 10 governors, says, "Stabilizing insurance markets is one of the primary areas where Congress can...
GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance

GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance

The authors of a bipartisan plan to calm health insurance markets said Wednesday they'll push the proposal forward, even as President Donald Trump's stance ricocheted from supportive to disdainful to arm's-length and the plan's fate teetered. "If something can happen, that's fine," Trump told reporters at the White House. "But I won't do anything to enrich the insurance companies because...
A short-term health deal by senators _ but Trump a question

A short-term health deal by senators _ but Trump a question

Republican and Democratic senators joined in announcing a plan Tuesday aimed at stabilizing America's health insurance markets in the wake of President Donald Trump's order to terminate "Obamacare" subsidies. The president, at first, spoke approvingly of the deal, but as conservatives rebelled, the White House insisted Trump actually opposed the plan as a bailout of insurance companies....
Book's challenge: Can you do squats like Justice Ginsburg?

Book's challenge: Can you do squats like Justice Ginsburg?

Personal trainer Bryant Johnson hears it all the time: Four more years. That's how long fans of his client, 84-year-old Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, tell him he has to keep her healthy so that a one-term President Donald Trump doesn't get to name the liberal justice's replacement on the Supreme Court. Johnson's response: Why just four years? Why not 14? Interest in the workout of the...
Tiny technology helps breast cancer surgery patients

Tiny technology helps breast cancer surgery patients

Breast imaging technology has become more refined, allowing many breast abnormalities and cancers to be detected before they can be felt with a physical exam. While early detection allows for treatment to begin sooner and for patients to have better outcomes, it also presents a greater challenge in precisely locating and removing smaller or deeper masses. A new approach Previously, wire localization...
REPORT: Springboro drug distributor benefited from weakened drug enforcement

REPORT: Springboro drug distributor benefited from weakened drug enforcement

A Springboro pharmaceutical distributor benefited from an industry campaign to get Congress to weaken drug distribution enforcement, according to a new media investigation. Miami-Luken was named in a Washington Post and 60 Minutes investigation into how the pharmaceutical drug industry lobbied Congress to weaken the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to freeze suspicious narcotic...
Adolescent athletes at risk for overuse injuries

Adolescent athletes at risk for overuse injuries

Adolescent athletes are at an ever-increasing risk of developing overuse injuries when the main goal to training is winning a college scholarship or reaching elite club status. “The desire in this country to be performance-driven is driving over-training demands on young athletes,” said Jon Sulentic, DO, a sports medicine physician with Premier Orthopedics. “And what we are seeing...
Health systems at odds over new hospitals proposed in Troy, Middletown

Health systems at odds over new hospitals proposed in Troy, Middletown

Kettering Health Network is planning to add more doctors, two more hospitals in Troy and Middletown and has plans for adding services on a half-dozen other sites in the region. Kettering Health, a network of hospitals, emergency rooms and doctors practices with annual revenue of $1.58 billion, said its goal is to improve community health and get closer to patients who are already driving to other...
Collins: Trump should back effort to resume health subsidy

Collins: Trump should back effort to resume health subsidy

A key moderate Republican is urging President Donald Trump to support a bipartisan Senate effort to reinstate insurer payments, calling his move to halt the subsidies an immediate threat to millions of Americans who could now face rising premiums and lost health care coverage. "What the president is doing is affecting people's access and the cost of health care right now," said Sen. Susan...

Doctor's research could buy time for snake bite victims

A researcher at the University of Arizona is experimenting with a new therapy to help treat rattlesnake bites. Dr. Vance G. Nielsen hopes that once it is ready for humans, the therapy will be administered like an EpiPen, injected into a snakebite victim in the field to buy the person valuable time to get to the hospital for anti-venom treatments. Nielsen, a professor and vice chair for research in...
Collins urges Trump to back effort to restore health subsidy

Collins urges Trump to back effort to restore health subsidy

A key moderate Republican urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to back a bipartisan Senate effort to shield consumers from rising premiums after his abrupt decision to halt federal payments to insurers. Sen. Susan Collins called the move "disruptive" and an immediate threat to access to health care. "What the president is doing is affecting people's access and the cost of health care...
Tecumseh grad develops new health conference

Tecumseh grad develops new health conference

Lily White, a second-year student of Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine and a graduate of Tecumseh High School, was recently recognized for creating a new medical conference, Project Wellness, at the university, which focuses on integrative medicine. The one-day event, which was modeled after the Leadership and Education Program for students in Intergrative Medicine (LEAPS...
Personal trainer has 4 legs

Personal trainer has 4 legs

My husband, Ed, has had trouble sticking to an exercise regimen. He’s not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calculated that nearly 80 percent of American adults don’t get enough exercise. ››MORE PET NEWS: Mocha’s legacy as ‘the flying Schnauzer’ Ed has worked with personal trainers who kept him focused and on task, but...

California declares emergency to fight hepatitis A outbreak

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a state of emergency to combat a hepatitis A outbreak that has claimed 18 lives in San Diego. Brown said the federally-funded supply of vaccines is inadequate. His proclamation allows the state to buy vaccines directly from manufacturers and distribute them. The declaration "allows us to move very swiftly," Dr. Gil Chavez, epidemiologist at...
Puerto Rico hurricane may cause shortage of hospital IV bags

Puerto Rico hurricane may cause shortage of hospital IV bags

The hurricane wiped out the island's electrical grid, shutting down Baxter's three Puerto Rico factories for several days. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company is still ramping up production by using generators. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it's working with Baxter to limit any shortages, helping the company get fuel and manufacturing supplies and ship products. The FDA also...
Is Obamacare finally dead? What’s really going on

Is Obamacare finally dead? What’s really going on

With a Republican-controlled Congress unable to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump is moving forward on a series of steps that he hopes will unravel the Affordable Care Act. The latest came at 10:30 Thursday night, when Trump announced that he would end the $7 billion in cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under the law. The subsidies help insurance companies pay the costs...
US obesity problem is not budging, new data shows

US obesity problem is not budging, new data shows

America's weight problem isn't getting any better, according to new government research. Overall, obesity figures stayed about the same: About 40 percent of adults are obese and 18.5 percent of children. Those numbers are a slight increase from the last report but the difference is so small that it could have occurred by chance. Worrisome to experts is the rate for children and teenagers, which had...

Kitchen staff fall ill, evacuated from new EU building

The European Union says that staff working in kitchens of its new building in Brussels have fallen ill and been evacuated after a ventilation malfunction filled the air with fumes. The European Council said in a statement that "a technical issue" with the ventilation "producing noxious fumes in the kitchens, has led to a number of kitchen staff falling ill." Several fire service...
The Latest: Trump cuts off insurers, rattling health market

The Latest: Trump cuts off insurers, rattling health market

The Latest on President Donald Trump and health care (all times local): 9:50 p.m. President Donald Trump's cut-off of federal payments to insurers is jolting the health care and political worlds. It's threatening to boost premiums for millions and rattle insurance markets. It also could shove Republicans into a renewed civil war over their efforts to shred the Obama health care law. Trump is halting...
Plague cases double in Madagascar as treatment center sent

Plague cases double in Madagascar as treatment center sent

With dozens dead from a plague outbreak in Madagascar, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Friday it is deploying its first-ever plague treatment center to the island nation. The World Health Organization said 561 cases have been reported so far, with another in the Seychelles. "The situation, as you know, is quite concerning. We've seen a doubling of cases...
Trump's blow to 'Obamacare' jolts health consumers, politics

Trump's blow to 'Obamacare' jolts health consumers, politics

President Donald Trump's abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America's health care and political worlds alike on Friday, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance markets and shove Republicans into a renewed civil war over their efforts to shred "Obamacare." Defiant Democrats, convinced they have important leverage, promised to press for a bipartisan...

Correction: Pain Gap story

In a story Oct. 12 about the worldwide gap in pain relief medication, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of a Stanford University psychiatry professor. His name is Keith Humphreys, not Humpreys. A corrected version of the story is below: Millions die suffering amid global opioid gap, report says Report finds millions die suffering in part because of a global disparity that leaves many poor...
The Latest: FDA advisers endorse gene therapy for blindness

The Latest: FDA advisers endorse gene therapy for blindness

The Latest on an FDA panel's discussion on a gene therapy treatment for blindness (all times local): 3:19 p.m. U.S. health advisers have endorsed an experimental approach to treating inherited blindness, setting the stage for the likely approval of an innovative new genetic medicine. A panel of experts to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously in favor of Spark Therapeutics' injectable...
Ethics report says NY lawmaker's actions warrant review

Ethics report says NY lawmaker's actions warrant review

Congressional investigators say there is a "substantial reason to believe" Republican Rep. Chris Collins of New York shared material, non-public information about a drug company he had a major financial stake in and took official actions to assist the company. The conclusions were included in an announcement Thursday from the House Ethics Committee that it was extending its review of the...
Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks

Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks

It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: There are multiple, distinct tones that sound to some like they're colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard effect. The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers heard in Havana in a series of unnerving incidents later deemed to be deliberate...
Local hospital recruiting for Springboro, Dayton positions

Local hospital recruiting for Springboro, Dayton positions

Dayton Children’s Hospital is hosting a job fair next week to recruit for its main campus and Springboro campus. The pediatrics hospital will host the recruitment event from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Marriott at the University of Dayton. Positions include staff nurses, clinical support, clerical support, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, environmental services, patient access, pharmacy...
FDA advisers endorse gene therapy to treat form of blindness

FDA advisers endorse gene therapy to treat form of blindness

A potentially groundbreaking treatment for a rare form of blindness moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday, as federal health advisers endorsed the experimental gene therapy for patients with an inherited condition that gradually destroys eyesight. The panel experts to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously in favor of Spark Therapeutics' injectable therapy, which aims to improve...
Paris hopes to ban gas-powered cars in city by 2030

Paris hopes to ban gas-powered cars in city by 2030

In the future, the noise of car engines revving around the streets of Paris might become just a memory. In its latest initiative to reduce air pollution, Paris City Hall wants gasoline-powered cars off the roads by 2030. The controversial move announced Thursday follows Mayor Anne Hidalgo's plan to ban all diesel cars from the city by 2024, when Paris will host the Summer Olympics. Speaking on France...
Sweden won't prosecute Italian stem cell scientist

Sweden won't prosecute Italian stem cell scientist

Swedish prosecutors have abandoned an investigation against a disgraced Italian stem cell scientist suspected of involuntary manslaughter in connection with three patients who died after windpipe transplants. Prosecutor Jennie Nordin said it can't be proven that Dr. Paolo Macchiarini would be guilty of either causing another's death or causing bodily harm, so he is no longer a suspect. "We have...

Seychelles reports plague case linked to Madagascar outbreak

Authorities in Seychelles say a man was diagnosed with pneumonic plague after returning from Madagascar, where a plague outbreak has killed dozens of people. The Seychelles News Agency reported Wednesday that the patient arrived on the main island of Mahe on an Air Seychelles flight on Oct. 6. The airline has since suspended its Madagascar flights. The agency says Seychelles health officials are monitoring...
Trump to halt subsidies to health insurers

Trump to halt subsidies to health insurers

In a brash move likely to roil insurance markets, President Donald Trump will "immediately" halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel for months. The Health and Human Services department made the announcement in a statement late Thursday night. "We will discontinue these payments immediately," said acting HHS Secretary Eric Hargan...
Merck scraps disappointing experimental cholesterol drug

Merck scraps disappointing experimental cholesterol drug

Merck has decided to abandon efforts to market a closely watched experimental cholesterol medicine after mediocre test results. Merck's decision Wednesday to not seek regulatory approval after years of testing marks the fourth time this type of once-promising drug has been scrapped. Merck had continued to study its drug, a so-called CETP inhibitor called anacetrapib, long after rivals had given up...

Phish drummer warns parents of lead poisoning after scare

The drummer for the band Phish is trying to raise lead poisoning awareness after an alarming experience with his young son. The Bangor Daily News reports Jon Fishman and his wife, Briar, learned in 2014 that their toddler son had elevated levels of lead in his system. The couple says they had asked a contractor to test their 200-year-old Lincolnville farmhouse for lead when they moved in in 2006 and...

Mother who ignored deal to vaccinate son to share custody

A Michigan judge has reduced the child custody rights of a woman who was jailed for five days for not following through on an agreement to vaccinate her 9-year-old son. Oakland County Judge Karen McDonald ruled Wednesday that Rebecca Bredow will no longer have primary custody of the boy but will have joint custody with her ex-husband, James Horne. Horne wanted the boy vaccinated and Bredow agreed...
5 reasons to breastfeed your child 

5 reasons to breastfeed your child 

Many new moms have heard that "breast is best" when it comes to feeding their babies, but they may not have all the facts on just what makes it best. When you're making the personal decision about how to feed your child, it helps to know exactly why experts so strongly recommend breastfeeding. Breast milk contains antibodies, immune factors, enzymes and white blood cells – all of which...
State concludes Issue 2 won’t likely result in savings

State concludes Issue 2 won’t likely result in savings

State Issue 2 is unlikely to result in any savings for Ohio’s Medicaid program, the state’s budget office concluded in a report that appears to call into question claims by supporters that the initiative will save the state hundreds of millions of dollars on prescription drug prices. Although the report says other programs may see some savings, Medicaid makes up the bulk of the state&rsquo...
Women's health docs say Trump ignores birth control science

Women's health docs say Trump ignores birth control science

The Trump administration's new birth control rule is raising questions among some women's health experts, who say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts about effectiveness and safety. "This rule is listing things that are not scientifically validated, and in some cases things that are wrong, to try to justify a decision that is not in the...
VIDEO: Doctor kicks patient out of Florida clinic after she complains of long wait

VIDEO: Doctor kicks patient out of Florida clinic after she complains of long wait

A video being widely shared on Facebook shows a Florida doctor yelling at a woman to get out of a Gainesville clinic after she complained of a long wait. Jessica Stipe said in a post on Facebook that she had an appointment for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Gainesville After Hours Clinic. She said the clinic had taken a urine sample, but by 7:45 p.m., she was still waiting to be seen. >> Read...
Trump health coverage alternatives may pose risk to the sick

Trump health coverage alternatives may pose risk to the sick

Senior administration officials have said President Donald Trump is expected sign an executive order this week to expand the use of health plans offered through associations. These groups already allow individuals or businesses to band together to buy coverage, and Trump's order could increase their use by making it easier to sell this coverage across state lines. On Tuesday, Trump tweeted: "...
When it comes to eating well, what should you splurge (and save) on?

When it comes to eating well, what should you splurge (and save) on?

When I was 3 years old I never went anywhere without a purse. Sometimes it was stuffed with toys, sometimes it was empty, but it was always in my hand. My dad called me the bag lady. One thing was certain: I was a girly-girl through and through. Now I’m in my 30s and nothing has changed -- makeup, clothes, purses are my thing. If you want to know why I’m late to your party, it’s...
5 ways to stop killing your back with bad posture at work

5 ways to stop killing your back with bad posture at work

"Sit up straight!" may sound like nagging straight out of the 1950s, but it's spot on advice for the 21st century workplace.  Constant shifting around to get comfortable at your work computer, and hunched over a smart phone at home, wreaks havoc on your back, neck and shoulders. Regular computer users perform 50,000 to 200,000 keystrokes each day, according to the nonprofit website...
It’s never to late to go get a mammogram

It’s never to late to go get a mammogram

Chaya Vidal of Englewood had her first mammogram two years ago, at 72. So she may seem an unlikely public champion of the test. But she’d learned a valuable lesson and felt compelled to share it in her synagogue’s bulletin. “There’s never been a history of cancer in my family, and I thought I was probably too old,” she said. Yet, there she was with an unexplained bruise...
The 3 things everyone must do when faced with cancer

The 3 things everyone must do when faced with cancer

Listen. Advocate. Support. These are the three most important things everyone faced with cancer — whether you are a patient, a spouse, a loved one or a friend — should keep in mind, said Tracy Adrian, Radiation Oncology Nurse and Breast Health Navigator for Springfield Regional Cancer Center. The first thing to do when faced with a diagnosis is listen. “You definitely want extra...
How Beavercreek woman faced two life-changing battles

How Beavercreek woman faced two life-changing battles

Faced with a breast cancer diagnosis, you could cry and get mad. If you’re like Heather Minton of Beavercreek, you do the opposite. “It’s a lot easier to be happy and know that whatever hurdles come at us, we are going to fight,” said the 43-year-old breast cancer survivor and dental hygienist. That positive, forward-looking attitude carried Minton and her family — husband...
Some foods help fight breast cancer

Some foods help fight breast cancer

People concerned about their cancer risk may find that switching their diets can do a world of good. Certain foods may reduce cancer risk, according to various cancer experts, including the MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition, some foods might increase a person’s risk of developing cancer. Knowing what to put on the table come breakfast, lunch and dinner can go a long way toward reducing...
Understanding family cancer syndromes important

Understanding family cancer syndromes important

Few, if any, families have not been affected by cancer. While no individual or family is immune to cancer, some families may be more at risk of developing certain types of cancer than others. In many instances, cancers that run in families can be linked to behaviors that families share. For example, families that smoke tobacco may be more vulnerable to cancer than those that don’t, as the smoke...
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer

Cancer is a word no one wants to hear. Unfortunately, according to BreastCancer.org, around one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, while the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation notes that one in nine Canadian women will receive the same news. A cancer diagnosis is more manageable when patients have knowledgeable and supportive medical teams on their side...
Bra fitting important after mastectomy or reconstruction

Bra fitting important after mastectomy or reconstruction

Bra manufacturers insist that millions of women wear the wrong size bras. According to an international survey of 10,000 women from Swiss lingerie company Triumph, 64 percent of women are wearing the wrong size bra. Other studies suggest that figure is closer to 80 percent. While it can be challenging for women with healthy breasts to get the right fit, a well-fitting bra is essential, especially...
For breast cancer, your best defense is finding it early

For breast cancer, your best defense is finding it early

It happens to one in eight American women. Getting breast cancer isn’t something we can control. We do have the power, however, to take steps to find breast cancer early through screenings, self-exam and physical exam. “Early detection of breast cancer is absolutely key,” says Thomas Heck, MD, Surgical Director, Samaritan Breast Center at Good Samaritan North Health Center in Englewood...
Exercise helps women stay healthy during cancer treatment

Exercise helps women stay healthy during cancer treatment

Cancer can have many side effects that can leave you feeling weak, tired or ill. If you experience such side effects, your care team can help manage these side effects. Good nutrition, regular exercise and other wellness practices can go a long way to helping you stay healthy and energized during treatment. American Cancer Society (ACS) nutrition and exercise guidelines are a great place to start...
Local agencies get funds for mental health, substance abuse services

Local agencies get funds for mental health, substance abuse services

Local health community health centers are among the recipients of $7.4 million in Ohio grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grants today, which are for mental health and addiction treatment services. “No corner of our country, from rural areas to urban centers, has escaped the scourge of the opioid crisis,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price...
Don’t fear this strengthening exercise; here’s how to do it right

Don’t fear this strengthening exercise; here’s how to do it right

The deadlift is often criticized for being a dangerous exercise. This stems from the fact that if performed incorrectly, it can increase risk of injury to the spine. However, when executed with proper form, it is an excellent exercise for strengthening the hamstrings, glutes and lower back. Muscles targeted: The gluteus maximus and the upper hamstrings are used in hip joint extension, while the erector...
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....
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