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  • Health Highlights: Nov. 12, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: NASCAR Driver Trevor Bayne Has Multiple Sclerosis Race car driver Trevor Bayne has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis but says he will...

  • Exercise in Pregnancy May Boost Baby's Brain, Study Says

    SUNDAY, Nov. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Moderate exercise during pregnancy may boost your baby's brain development, according to new research. The study involving 18 moms-to-be and their babies found that "at 10 days, the children have a more mature...

  • Health Highlights: Nov. 5, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Perrigo Recalls Infant Pain and Fever Reliever Safety concerns have prompted Perrigo to recall 18 batches of an over-the-counter pain and fever...

  • New Drug Shows Early Promise in Treating Parkinson's Psychosis

    THURSDAY, Oct. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Many people living with Parkinson's disease suffer from hallucinations and delusions, but an experimental drug might offer some relief without debilitating side effects. The drug -- pimavanserin -- appears to...

  • FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers

    THURSDAY, Oct. 24 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recommended tighter controls on prescriptions for painkillers such as Vicodin and Lortab that contain the powerful narcotic hydrocodone. The change will cut in half th...

  • Health Highlights: Oct. 8, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Euro Parliament Bans Menthols, Limits E-Cigarette Ads Larger warnings on cigarettes packs, limits on electronic cigarettes and a ban on menthol...

  • Health Highlights: Oct. 7, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: W. Virginia Has Highest Rate of Fatal Drug Overdoses: Report West Virginia has the highest rate of fatal drug overdoses in the United States,...

  • HEALTH REFORM: Exchanges Will Be Cornerstone for Coverage Choices

    Day one of a five-day series MONDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- A new way of shopping for health insurance is coming to your state. Beginning Oct. 1, consumers can use a new health insurance exchange in their state to apply for health coverage....

  • Most Doctors Oppose Physician-Assisted Suicide, Poll Finds

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Whether doctors should help patients die continues to be a hotly debated topic within the medical community, a New England Journal of Medicine poll finds. The journal questioned readers about a hypothetical...

  • Health Highlights: Sept. 5, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums Will be Competitive: Studies There will be numerous options for Americans trying to find lower insurance...

  • Most Women Don't Understand Their Breast Cancer Risk: Survey

    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Most women do not have an accurate idea of their personal risk of breast cancer, according to a new survey that polled more than 9,000 women. "Only 9.4 percent of the women surveyed were accurately able to...

  • Health Tip: Avoid FoodPoisoning From Seafood

    (HealthDay News) -- Seafood is a key part of a healthy diet, but it's important to follow food safety guidelines created specifically for seafood. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers these recommendations: Keep all cooked seafood...

  • Health Highlights: Aug. 26, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Music Star Linda Ronstadt Has Parkinson's Disease Singer Linda Ronstadt, a music star for more than four decades, has been diagnosed with...

  • Skin Care Tips for Psoriasis Patients

    FRIDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Sun protection is among the skin care habits that can help people with the chronic skin condition psoriasis reduce some of the discomfort they may experience, such as skin itching, cracking and bleeding, an...

  • Copper in Environment May Be Tied to Alzheimer's

    MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Copper appears to be one of the main environmental factors that cause Alzheimer's disease and contribute to its progression, according to a study of mice and, in some phases, human brain cells. The common metal...

  • Fruit-Rich Diet Might Lower Aneurysm Risk

    MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Eating lots of fruit might decrease your risk of developing a dangerous abdominal aortic aneurysm, according to a large, long-running study. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of the part of the...

  • Cutting Soot, Methane Will Benefit Climate Less Than Predicted: Study

    MONDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing emissions of only soot and methane won't do as much to limit global warming as some previous research has suggested, according to a new study. Instead, a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions is...

  • Health Highlights: Aug. 9, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Officials Investigating Large Number of Dolphin Deaths A fast-spreading infection may be attacking dolphin populations on the United States'...

  • Health Highlights: Aug. 2, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: News Anchor Brian Williams to Have Knee Replacement Surgery NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams will undergo knee replacement surgery on...

  • Health Highlights: July 25, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Groundbreaking Sex Researcher Virginia Johnson Dies Pioneering sex researcher Virginia Johnson died Wednesday at age 88. She and William Master...

  • Midwest Ticks Show Signs of 'Heartland Virus'

    MONDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) -- While a type of tick-borne disease known as Heartland virus appears to be extremely rare -- only two cases in humans have been reported so far -- a new study finds it is lurking in ticks in northwestern Missouri...

  • Airport Scanners Pose Little Radiation Risk: Report

    MONDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- The amount of radiation you're exposed to from airport scanners is extremely low, according to a new report. People absorb less radiation while undergoing the scan than they do while waiting in line to be scanned...

  • IVF Tied to Small Risk of Mental Deficits in Children

    TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- Despite some concerns, children born by in vitro fertilization do not seem to have an increased risk of autism, a large new study finds. They may, however, have a slightly higher-than-normal chance of being...

  • Diet-Exercise Combo Doesn't Cut Heart Risks in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

    MONDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- Weight loss accomplished from diet and exercise does not appear to cut the risk of heart problems for people with diabetes, a new study finds. Lifestyle changes have long been the bedrock of treatment for type 2...

  • New Insulin Pump Cuts Odds of Overnight Hypoglycemia

    SATURDAY, June 22 (HealthDay News) -- A new sensor attached to an insulin pump helps prevent dangerously low blood sugar levels in patients with type 1 diabetes while they sleep, a new study finds. The new pump automatically stops delivering...

  • Vitamin D Levels Vary by Season

    THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' vitamin D levels vary throughout the year, peaking in August and bottoming out in February, a new study shows. The findings will contribute to understanding the vitamin's role in seasonal illnesses,...

  • Flu Vaccine Protects Millions Annually: CDC

    WEDNESDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- Flu shots likely prevented 13 million illnesses and more than 110,000 hospitalizations in the United States between 2005 and 2011, according to a new study. The impact of flu vaccination was greatest during...

  • Health Highlights: June 13, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Surgeon General Stepping Down After four years in the post, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin will step down next month. She made the...

  • Even 'Hands-Free' Devices Unsafe While Driving: Report

    WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Drivers who think hands-free devices for talking or texting are safer than handheld cellphones are mistaken, a new report suggests. Instead, devices such as speech-based technologies in cars can overload...

  • Cutting Unneeded CT Scans in Kids Could Lower Future Cancer Risk

    MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing the number of unnecessary and high-dose CT scans given to children could cut their lifetime risk of associated cancers by as much as 62 percent, according to a new study. CT (computed tomography), which...

  • More Doctors Starting to Favor 'Wrist Route' to Heart: Study

    MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- As they attempt to open clogged heart arteries, more U.S. doctors are taking a new route and threading a catheter through the wrist, rather than the groin, a new study finds. This is because entering the radial...

  • Cancer Patients Often Shy Away From Talking About Costs

    TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Although most cancer patients want to talk about the price tag of cancer treatment, they don't actually do it, a new study has found. Many patients are afraid the discussion could compromise the quality of their...

  • Talk Therapy Can Ease Depression, But No Single Type Deemed 'Best'

    TUESDAY, May 28 (HealthDay News) -- Various forms of "talk therapy" can help people with depression, but no single type stands out as better than the rest, according to a new analysis. Experts said the results confirm what is generally thought:...

  • Health Highlights: May 21, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Report Backs Park Service Response to Yosemite Virus Outbreak A federal probe into a deadly viral outbreak last year among campers at Yosemite...

  • Weekend 'Catch-Up' Sleep May Cut Young Drivers' Crash Risk

    MONDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- Young drivers who get behind the wheel while drowsy run a higher risk of getting into car crashes, but Australian researchers have found that not catching up on missed sleep on weekends puts them in even greater...

  • Sleep Apnea in Seniors Tied to Alzheimer's in Study

    SUNDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep apnea, the condition that robs sufferers of deep sleep by endlessly and subconsciously waking them up, becomes more common as people age. Now, a small new study raises the possibility that it may somehow...

  • New Device May Show Doctors More of the Colon

    SATURDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- A new device that gives doctors a better view during colonoscopies may help them miss fewer suspicious growths during those exams, a new study shows. Colonoscopies are the recommended screening tests for...

  • Study Links Coffee to Lower Risk for Rare Liver Disease

    SATURDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- Just a few extra cups of coffee each month might help prevent the development of an autoimmune liver disease known as primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a new study suggests. Investigators from the Mayo...

  • Extra Vitamin D May Ease Crohn's Symptoms, Study Finds

    SATURDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D supplements may help those with Crohn's disease overcome the fatigue and decreased muscle strength associated with the inflammatory bowel disease, according to new research. Extra vitamin D "was...

  • Swallowing Magnets Can Be Fatal for Children

    SATURDAY, May 18 (HealthDay News) -- Children who swallow high-powered magnets often need surgery and other invasive procedures to remove the objects, according to a new study. The researchers, from the Louisiana State University Health Center in...

  • Living Near Fast-Food Outlets Might Boost Obesity Risk

    THURSDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) -- Having a fast-food restaurant nearby might be a convenience, but living within two miles of one may be a little too convenient. According to a new study, black Americans who live near these businesses have a...

  • Health Highlights: May 15, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Mental Health Official Softens Stance on New Psychiatric Manual Debate over the validity of the latest version of what is considered the...

  • MultipleHead Injuries Raise Soldiers' Suicide Risk, Study Finds

    WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- Military service members who sustain more than one mild traumatic brain injury may be at much greater risk of suicide, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Utah found that the risk for...

  • Pets a Boon for the Human Heart, Cardiologists Say

    THURSDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) -- That four-legged friend of yours may be more than a companion -- he also may be boosting your heart health, experts say. An official statement released Thursday by the American Heart Association says there is...

  • Health Highlights: May 7, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: New Drug Fails to Slow Alzheimer's A potential new drug for Alzheimer's disease failed to slow patients' mental or physical decline, drug maker...

  • Health Highlights: May 6, 2013

    Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: FDA Warns About Breast Cancer Drug Name Confusion The generic names of two breast cancer drugs can cause confusion and lead to dosing errors,...

  • Trees Plus Man-Made Pollution Creates Smog, Study Suggests

    FRIDAY, May 3 (HealthDay News) -- Molecules emitted by trees interact with man-made air pollution and create tiny particles that can get lodged in the lungs, potentially leading to lung cancer and asthma, researchers suggest. Trees produce and emi...

  • Interns' Schedules Shortchange Patients, Study Suggests

    FRIDAY, April 26 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors-in-training spend too little time with patients, a small new study suggests. Researchers tracked 29 first-year medical interns at Baltimore's two large academic medical centers for three weeks during...

  • Childhood Meningitis Tied to Reduced Education, Employment Prospects

    TUESDAY, April 23 (HealthDay News) -- Some young adults who had bacterial meningitis during childhood have less education and are less financially self-sufficient than those in the general population, a new study from Denmark found. Survivors of...

  • Air Pollution May Speed Hardening of Arteries

    TUESDAY, April 23 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term exposure to air pollution may speed up the process of atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, a new study suggests. Although this exposure to higher concentrations of air pollution...

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