Health Highlights: Jan.23, 2023

Home drug infusions can be hazardous, but many home care staff aren't trained. There are no standard protocols for training home care nurses, caregivers or patients themselves how to watch out for and report signs of infections caused by IV lines, a study author noted. Read more

Will your smartphone be the next doctor’s office?

A phone’s camera lens can measure a heart rate. The microphone, kept by the bedside, can screen for sleep apnea. Even the speaker is being tapped, to monitor breathing. But using smartphones as diagnostic tools is a work in progress, experts say.

Eating less beats intermittent fasting for weight loss, study says

Eating smaller meals and cutting calories is a more effective way to manage weight than intermittent fasting, when consumption is restricted to a narrow window of time. That’s the conclusion of researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who studied the eating, sleeping and waking patterns of 547 adults over a six-month period.

Winter Wonderland? Not for Your Skin

SATURDAY, Jan. 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Winter is no friend to the body’s delicate skin, but an expert offers three key tips: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

New USDA Rule Ramps Up Oversight of Organic Food

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Organic food will soon have to comply with stricter labeling guidelines under new requirements announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Body Mass Index Tied to Multiple Myeloma Survival

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Underweight and severe obesity are associated with decreased survival in patients with multiple myeloma (MM), according to a study published online Jan. 12 in the Blood Cancer Journal.

Report Outlines National Plan to Test Wastewater for Harmful Germs

FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The pandemic brought the utility of testing wastewater to gauge viral spread to the fore. Now, experts at the independent National Academies of Sciences (NAS) have issued a report outlining a roadmap for the broader surveillance of Americans' wastewater.