Monday, April 23, 2018
Health

Health briefs: Tanning beds a deadly habit for girls

SLEEP IN, THEN RUN THE RACE

Have a hard time rolling out of bed early on a Saturday morning to run a race, even for a good cause? Then you'll like Miles for Men, Morton Plant Mease's prostate cancer awareness race. It's Sept. 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. There's a 5K, 10K and a Kids Dash, and if you sign up by Aug. 31, you get a nice discount. Plus, there's a post-race party with Papa John's pizza and Sea Dog Brewing Company beer. Register at Miles4Men.com.

GIRLS' DEADLY HABIT

If you have a teen who uses a tanning bed, listen up: People who tan indoors before age 35 are up to 75 percent more likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer. Girls are particularly prone to this foolishness. JAMA Internal Medicine reports that 29.3 percent of white high school girls went to an indoor tanning parlor at least once a year, and 16.7 percent went "frequently" — at least 10 times in a year. And age apparently doesn't confer wisdom: Nearly as many white women under 35 frequent these places.

COOL OFF WITH WET WORKOUT

Too hot for your usual walk or run? Take your workout to the pool today. The Aquatic Exercise Association says you'll burn 400 to 500 calories per hour when exercising in the water — while stretching and strengthening muscles and not overburdening joints.

SMOKERS, HEAR THIS

Another reason to make friends with broccoli. A small Italian study confirms previous research that this cruciferous vegetable helps fight cancer and the DNA damage caused by smoking. Regular consumption of about a cup of broccoli boosted cell protection in smokers. Brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnips and mustard greens should have the same effect.

Better yet, quit smoking — and enjoy your veggies!

Floral therapy

Feeling blue? Buy yourself flowers. Several studies suggest being around fresh flowers may help relieve depression, decrease anxiety and improve mood, energy and enthusiasm. Pick up an inexpensive bouquet and place a few blooms on your desk, kitchen counter, bedside table. It's a low-cost, zero-calorie pick-me-up.

 
Comments

Veteran who survived blast receives unusual penis transplant

WASHINGTON — A veteran who lost his genitals from a blast in Afghanistan has received the world’s most extensive penis transplant, and doctors said Monday he’s recovering well and expected to leave the hospital this week. Saying they wanted to addres...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Do not eat any romaine lettuce, the CDC warns

Do not eat any romaine lettuce, the CDC warns

Public health officials are now telling consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable that has spread to at least 16 states and sickened at least 60 people, including eight inmates at an Alask...
Published: 04/20/18
Florida hits a milestone: More than 100,000 people are registered to use medical marijuana here

Florida hits a milestone: More than 100,000 people are registered to use medical marijuana here

Florida has hit a milestone of sorts as it slowly moves toward wider availability of medical marijuana.The number of patients in the state who are registered to use the substance has surpassed 100,000 for the first time, according to Florida Departme...
Published: 04/20/18
Florida Hospital Carrollwood spending $17.5 million to expand emergency department

Florida Hospital Carrollwood spending $17.5 million to expand emergency department

Florida Hospital Carrollwood is expanding its emergency department. The hospital, 7171 North Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, is spending $17.5 million to add 15 new private treatment rooms, new pediatric rooms and waiting areas, and new technology, acco...
Published: 04/18/18
Barbara Bush’s end-of-life decision stirs debate over ‘comfort care’

Barbara Bush’s end-of-life decision stirs debate over ‘comfort care’

As she nears death at age 92, former first lady Barbara Bush’s announcement that she is seeking "comfort care" is shining a light — and stirring debate — on what it means to stop trying to fight terminal illness.Bush, the wife of former President Geo...
Published: 04/17/18
Preparing for the worst, staffers at Johns Hopkins All Children’s learn through simulation

Preparing for the worst, staffers at Johns Hopkins All Children’s learn through simulation

When the patient got violent, Dr. Michelle Hidalgo didn’t have time to think. She had to react. The woman was moving strangely and seemed erratic. Hidalgo had to make a tough call — it was time to physically restrain her for everyone’s safety.Then th...
Published: 04/16/18
Updated: 04/17/18

Lung cancer patients live longer with immune therapy

The odds of survival can greatly improve for people with the most common type of lung cancer if, along with the usual chemotherapy, they are also given a drug that activates the immune system, a major new study has shown.The findings should change me...
Published: 04/16/18
Thousands of pounds of prepackaged salad mixes may have been tainted with E. coli, officials say

Thousands of pounds of prepackaged salad mixes may have been tainted with E. coli, officials say

A Pennsylvania food manufacturer is recalling 8, 757 pounds of ready-to-eat salad products following an E. coli outbreak that has spread to several states and sickened dozens of people.Fresh food Manufacturing Co., based in Freedom, Pennsylvania, is ...
Published: 04/15/18
St. Anthony’s Cancer Center installs bell dedicated to survivors

St. Anthony’s Cancer Center installs bell dedicated to survivors

ST. PETERSBURGSister Mary McNally, vice president of mission at St. Anthony’s Hospital, stood in front of a room of cancer survivors to unveil a silver bell surrounded by butterfly stickers mounted to the wall of the Cancer Center lobby. "So often pe...
Published: 04/13/18
Hand dryers could leave your hands dirtier than you think

Hand dryers could leave your hands dirtier than you think

Washing your hands after you use the bathroom is a good idea. But using a public dryer could undo all that hard work, according to a new study.A study, published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, examined 36 men’s and women’s bat...
Published: 04/13/18