ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
New Insights Show Ginseng Fights Inflammation
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
'Snowbirds' Beware the Climate Changes
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
CANCER
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble
Poor Women Seem to Be Skipping Breast Cancer Drugs
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
CAREGIVING
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
Are Hospital Mobile Phones Dialing Up Superbugs?
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
DIET, NUTRITION
Marinades Help Keep Grilled Meat Safe
Imagine Food Aromas That Prevent Overeating
Breakfast Eggs Keep Folks on Diet
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Pilots May Face Greater Cancer Risk
Seasons Arriving 2 Days Earlier, Study Says
Dementia Underestimated in Developing Countries
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
Unconscious Learning: In the Eye of the Beholder?
FITNESS
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Run for Your Life
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
After Job Loss, People Report More Health Issues
Kids More Apt to Smoke If Mom Did While Pregnant
Health Gains From Lowered Smoking Rates in Jeopardy
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Even Young Kids Can Learn CPR
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Drink Away Dementia?
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
SENIORS
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant?
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
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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