Memo to Doctors: Spit Out the Bad News

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Doctors, don’t be afraid to deliver bad news. Telling cancer patients the truth about their chances of survival does not harm a physician’s relationship with those people. It could even make it better, according to a new study. “We hope this information will reassure clinicians about any negative…

Deer Hunters: Put Safety First

SATURDAY, Nov. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Deer hunting this season? As you head to the woods, make safety your priority, two experts say. Joe Hess, of the pediatric trauma program at Penn State Children’s Hospital, reminds hunters to treat every firearm as if it were loaded: Never point it at anyone and never place…

The Silver Lining Behind Household Chores

FRIDAY, Nov. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Like it or not, a little housework is good for you. Researchers found that simple daily activities such as doing the dishes or folding clothes may help older women live longer. “Doing something is better than nothing, even when at lower-than-guideline recommended levels of physical activity,” said study…

The Right Way to Use Resistance Bands

FRIDAY, Nov. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Stretchy resistance bands go anywhere and can be used by almost anyone. They’re also as effective as they are inexpensive. But it’s important to use them properly to get all their strength training and coordination benefits. As you stretch a resistance band, you’ll start to feel more and…

Who’s Most Distracted Behind the Wheel?

FRIDAY, Nov. 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Texting, talking on cellphones, eating, drinking — distractions such as these are a driving hazard, and are more likely to occur among young men, new research shows. People most prone to distracted driving also often tend to think it’s “no big deal” — socially acceptable, the Norwegian study…

Nature Walks Nurture Family Bonds

THURSDAY, Nov. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Taking short walks together in nature can strengthen family ties, new research suggests. And family gatherings at Thanksgiving are the perfect settings for such strolls. “Past research shows that in nature individuals’ attention is restored, but we wanted to know what does that mean for family relationships? In…