Expert Pointers for Avoiding Basketball Injuries

SUNDAY, May 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Basketball provides a great full-body workout. But there are steps you should take to reduce your risk of knee, ankle and foot injuries, an orthopedic specialist says. In 2016, more than 60,500 people were treated for basketball-related foot injuries in U.S. emergency departments, doctors’ offices and clinics. More…

How to Do a Self-Check for Skin Cancer

SATURDAY, May 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Learning how to do a skin self-exam could save your life. “Skin cancer is one of the few cancers you can see with the naked eye,” said Dr. Ali Hendi, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. “Yet sadly, many people…

Are Yawns Really Contagious?

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — We’ve all “caught” yawning from other people, but why that happens is unclear, according to a psychologist who has researched the behavior. “In short, we don’t know why yawns are contagious,” said Meredith Williamson, a clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. “Researchers used to think…

5 Ways to Protect Your Eye Health

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Your risk of vision problems increases with age, but there are things you can do to protect your sight, eye doctors say. By age 65, one in three Americans will have a vision-impairing eye disease. But early treatment of many of these conditions can slow or halt vision…

Little Follow-Up for Many Concussion Patients

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Although millions of Americans suffer concussions each year, many aren’t given information about traumatic brain injury or follow-up care, a new study finds. “The lack of follow-up after a concussion is concerning because these patients can suffer adverse and debilitating effects for a very long time,” said study…

Here Comes the Sun, and Kid Sun Safety

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Summer sun brings childhood fun, but experts warn it also brings skin cancer dangers, even for kids. “Don’t assume children cannot get skin cancer because of their age,” said Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the solid tumor division at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. “Unlike…