ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
Ginkgo No Shield Against Alzheimer's
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Most Kids With Type 1 Diabetes Lack Vitamin D
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
Genes May Help Drive Rotator Cuff Injury
CANCER
More Americans Urged to Get Cancer Screenings
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Babies Born in High Pollen Months at Wheezing Risk
Critically Ill Patients Lack Vitamin D
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Anemia Rates Down for U.S. Women and Children
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Smog Tougher on the Obese
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
DIABETES
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
DIET, NUTRITION
Low Vitamin A, C Intake Tied to Asthma Risk
Eating Vegan or Raw-Vegan at Regular Restaurants
Caffeine May Offer Some Skin Cancer Protection
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Restaurant Sushi May Have More Mercury Than Store-Bought Fare
Controversial Chemical Lingers Longer in the Body
Cats Can Trigger Eczema in Some Infants
EYE CARE, VISION
Glaucoma Treatment Can Prevent Blindness
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
FITNESS
Vigorous Treadmill Workout Curbs Appetite Hormones
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
Eating Healthy : You Can Live Longer
Vitamin D and Bone Health: Are You Getting Enough of This Important Vitamin?
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Protect Your Kids From Swine Flu While at Camp
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
SENIORS
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Rapid Weight Loss in Seniors Signals Higher Dementia Risk
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
Natural Relief for Painful Menstrual Cramps
Soy May Not Lead to Denser Breasts
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Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers

Frigid temperatures can pose health risks, especially for young children, seniors and people with chronic illnesses, warns the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The agency said people need to take steps to protect themselves from cold-related injuries and check to make sure their family, friends and neighbors are safe and warm during wintry weather periods.

Frostbite and hypothermia are two of the most common cold weather-related dangers. Frostbite causes skin to initially appear red and feel painful. Left untreated, skin will turn white or grayish and feel firm, waxy or numb. Hypothermia symptoms include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory problems, drowsiness and slurred speech. People with symptoms of frostbite or hypothermia should seek immediate medical attention, the CDC advised.

When the temperature plummets, stay inside in homes and buildings that are properly heated. If your home isn't heated, you should find other ways to keep warm:

* Wear winter clothing indoors, including layers of warm clothes, as well as socks, shoes and hats. Use blankets for additional warmth.
* Close off unused, exterior rooms and have people gather together in a single interior room.
* Seek shelter in heated public locations, such as malls, libraries and homeless shelters.

The CDC also offered tips for people who have to go outside in frigid weather:

* Wear proper outdoor clothing, including layers of light, warm clothing along with hats, scarves, mittens and waterproof boots.
* Be aware of the wind chill factor.
* Work slowly when doing outside chores.
* Take a friend and an emergency kit when doing outdoor recreational activities.
* Carry a cell phone.
* Don't travel when the weather service has issued advisories. If you must travel, tell a friend or relative about your proposed route and expected time of arrival.
* Sprinkle cat litter on icy patches.

SOURCES: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, Jan. 5, 2010 Published on: January 06, 2010