TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 -- You'd think vitamin deficiencies would be rare in the United States, but many people are running low on vitamin D, and it's a serious health threat.
Being short on vitamin D not only affects bone density, it's also been linked to conditions such as heart disease, mental decline, some types of cancer, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and type 2 diabetes.
TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 -- Women often delay calling for emergency help when heart attack symptoms start, a new study finds.
Researchers in Switzerland found that women suffering a heart attack typically waited 37 minutes longer than men before calling an ambulance. And those delays showed no signs of improving over the 16-year study period.
TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 -- As tempting as it might be to sample some raw dough while you're making a batch of cookies this holiday season, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that the guilty pleasure could make you very sick.
That's because flour is a raw product that hasn't been treated to kill germs such as E. coli. Those germs are only killed when food made with flour is cooked. Not only that, the raw eggs used to make cookie dough or cake batter can contain salmonella.
TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 -- An antibacterial called triclosan is common in dust and could result in dust-dwelling bacteria becoming antibiotic-resistant, researchers report.
"There is this conventional wisdom that says everything that's in dust is dead, but that's not actually the case. There are things living in there," said study leader Erica Hartmann, an assistant professor of environmental engineering at Northwestern University in Chicago.
TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Exercising after a heart attack, even a long walk around the neighborhood, can be frightening for survivors. But those fears may be eased by new research that found regular physical activity could help keep them alive.
Many heart attack survivors initially worry that exercise or any type of prolonged activity that increases their heart rate could strain their recovering heart. But a new Swedish study published Dec. 11 in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that even a low level of physical activity within the first year of a heart attack was enough to reduce the odds of dying in the immediate years that followed.
TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 -- Fasting before a cholesterol blood test is just a nuisance for most people, but for those with diabetes, it can be dangerous.
New research shows that up to 22 percent of people with diabetes who fasted for lab tests had a low blood sugar episode (hypoglycemia) while waiting for the test. The researchers also found that only about one-third of those who had a low blood sugar episode had received any education about how to avoid it when they were told to fast for lab tests.