SUNDAY, March 17, 2019 -- Tucking a pacemaker inside an antibiotic-soaked mesh envelope before implanting it inside your body can drastically reduce your risk of a dangerous infection, a new study shows.
About 1.7 million patients receive cardiac implants like pacemakers or defibrillators every year worldwide, and doctors use preoperative antibiotics to lower the chances of infection.
Patients who have high triglycerides and take cholesterol-lowering statins to lower their risk for heart attack or stroke can cut that risk by another 30 percent by adding a high-dose omega-3 fatty acid pill, investigators report.
MONDAY, March 18, 2019 -- New parents worry about a lot of things, but the American Academy of Pediatrics says one thing they can cross off that list is concern about giving high-allergy foods too early in life.
In fact, the pediatric group says it's likely better to introduce foods like peanut butter when kids are around 6 months of age.
MONDAY, March 18, 2019 -- Though they often dread social events, many introverts find they're not as bad as feared and some have learned to fake an outgoing personality to get through the experience.
In the business world, socializing is a key to success, said Erik Helzer, who led a team that examined the psychological implications for both introverts and extroverts. Helzer is an assistant professor of management and organization at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Baltimore.
MONDAY, March 18, 2019 -- Cooking healthy at home is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. And your budget doesn't have to take a hit when you stock up on this list of good-for-you foods.
When it comes to produce, it's often easier to save money when buying in season, but many vegetable staples are affordable year-round. Stock these superfoods in your fridge's vegetable crispers. They form the flavor base for many recipes.
MONDAY, March 18, 2019 -- Every home chef will find that cooking healthfully is easier with a well-made set of knives. When shopping, let quality, not quantity, be your guide.
You can master most any cutting task with just three knives. The workhorse is the chef's knife, about eight to 10 inches long. It's the all-purpose knife you'll use every day for chopping, slicing and dicing.
FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 -- Autism exacts a heavy toll on the families of teens who struggle with the disorder, but the fight to get treatment and services is even harder among minorities who live in poverty, new research suggests.
"We must understand that many families parenting teens on the autism spectrum are also struggling to make ends meet while trying to navigate complex systems of care and get the help their children need," said report author Paul Shattuck. He is program director of the Autism Institute's Life Outcomes Program at Drexel University in Philadelphia.