Obesity Adds to Burden of Traumatic Brain Injury

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Suffering a serious traumatic brain injury can be a permanently disabling experience, but new research shows that obesity compounds the health problems survivors face in the years after their accident. “Achieving and maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in regular physical activity following a traumatic brain injury (TBI)…

Vitamin D No Panacea for Brain Diseases

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Vitamin D does little to defend your brain against multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease, a new review shows. The finding is based on an analysis of more than 70 studies. “Our work counters an emerging belief held in some quarters suggesting that higher levels of vitamin…

AHA: Virtual Counseling Helps Lower Blood Pressure

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) — People with high blood pressure who get on the information highway can avoid roadblocks in their cardiovascular health, according to new research. The study found that adding online counseling to medical therapy helped lower high blood pressure and the estimated risk for developing heart disease within the…

Eczema Dramatically Impacts Quality of Life

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Itching, blisters, sores and inflammation are a continuous and debilitating source of pain, shame and misery for many people who struggle with the allergic skin disease known as eczema, researchers say. And a new survey suggests that many of those battling moderate-to-severe eczema suffer from an inability or…

Opioids Given Too Easily to Children: Study

MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many children are prescribed powerful opioid painkillers they don’t really need, putting them and those around them at risk, a new study shows. More than one in 10 kids enrolled in Tennessee’s Medicaid program received an opioid prescription each year between 1999 and 2014, even though they did…