HEALTH & MEDICAL Monday, January 23, 2012

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Last Ebola Patient in Liberia Released

Last Ebola Patient in Liberia Released

Painkiller-Addicted Babies a Growing U.S. Concern, Especially in Fla.
Two noninvasive methods deemed equivalent.

Newborns suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome go through a difficult withdrawal

Just a Half Hour of Lost Sleep Linked to Weight Gain
Tweaking sleeping, eating, drinking and online

And that sleep shortage may have implications for diabetes, study says

Gut Germs May Influence Success of Weight Loss Surgery
It works by measuring bacteria balance in the

Study found having certain microbes may lead to fewer pounds shed

Early Onset Hot Flashes May Point to Raised Heart Disease Risk
In research involving patients with migraine with

Studies found that the daily frequency of episodes seemed to matter, too

Seniors Bear Brunt of This Flu Season
For bleeding attacks, longer-term outcome may

CDC says 60 percent of hospitalizations, 79 percent of deaths were among those 65 or older

Many U.S. Households Include Someone With Failing Memory
Despite widespread ad campaigns, testosterone

About half of those with recall issues say they interfere with daily life

Veggie-Rich Diets May Mean Lower Heart Risks
Learn to read food labels closely, he advises.

Study found people who ate more plant foods than animal products less likely to die from heart disease

Gout's Silver Lining: A Lower Risk for Alzheimer's?
Study found people with the arthritic ailment had

Study found people with the arthritic ailment had lower odds for dementia, but more research is needed

Top 5 Cancer Killers

Leading causes of cancer deaths, and new screening tests and treatments on the horizon to combat them.

3-Parent In Vitro Fertilization: FAQ
in vitro fertilization

Babies created from the DNA of two women and a man could be born as early as next year.

2nd Hospital Reports Superbug Linked to Endoscopes

2nd Hospital Reports Superbug Linked to Endoscopes

Statins Linked to Raised Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Report says it topped $245 billion in 2012;

Large Finnish study found a nearly 50 percent increase in people taking cholesterol-lowering drugs

Stress May Undermine Heart Benefits of Exercise
Discovery might lead to drugs to combat disorder

Study found teens who lacked coping skills faced raised heart risks that physical fitness did not counter

Fit Body at 40 May Keep Brain Bright at 60
Working out in your 40s could pay off in your 70s

Tests show higher midlife fitness levels tied to greater brain volume, function decades later

Drug May Help Some Breast Cancer Patients Avoid Early Menopause
Standard chemo can end fertility, but adding

Standard chemo can end fertility, but adding goserelin helped some survivors go on to conceive, study found

Common Drug for Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Worse Outcomes
Potency of many brands is inconsistent with

But study group taking digoxin may have been sicker overall, cardiologist notes

Decrease in Air Pollution Tied to Healthier Lungs in Children
British study followed 150,000 patients after

Long-term Los Angeles-area study finds kids' lungs develop better with less smog

Another Study Finds Mediterranean Diet May Cut Heart Risks
Healthy eating helped men lower bad cholesterol.

People who followed it closely were 47 percent less likely to develop disease

Early Studies See No Heart Risk From Testosterone Therapy
Printed or web-based materials are useful for

But experts agree more research is needed, especially in light of FDA warning

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Stem Further Damage After Heart Attack
They don't reduce the risk of heart attack, heart

Survivors who took large, daily dose of prescription-only capsules showed less decline in heart function

Health Law Arguments Offer Few Clues About Supreme Court Decision

After hearing arguments Wednesday from both sides of a case challenging the health law's subsidies to help people buy health coverage on federal exchanges, Supreme Court justices offered little insight into how they will rule.

7 Tips for New Caregivers

WebMD has tips for new caregivers, including legal and financial issues and how to find out about community resources.

FDA Orders Warning Labels on Testosterone Drugs

FDA Orders Warning Labels on Testosterone Drugs

Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadruple Since 2000
Opioid dependence causes greatest health burden

Lethal poisonings from prescription painkillers down slightly, U.S. report says

Fried Foods Tied to Raised Heart Failure Risk
Almost 70 percent include free toys or other

Eaten regularly, they might boost chances as much as 68 percent, study finds

Typical Adult Over 30 Gets Flu Twice Every 10 Years: Study
Sick athletes should put off vigorous workouts.

Infection hits younger people more often, maybe because they mingle in larger groups, researcher suggests

Surgery Patients Might Not Need Sedative Before Anesthesia
Cause of traumatic injuries not necessarily

Experts say trend in U.S. is not to give patients these calming meds before procedure

Study Questions Close Monitoring of Thyroid Growths
Link between 'sister diseases' is rooted in

Five-year follow-up shows the overwhelming majority remain harmless

About 7 Percent of Kids Worldwide Have ADHD: Study
But many school-age kids who get the diagnosis

But some question accuracy of estimate

Common Class of Drugs May Be Linked to Pneumonia Risk
High cure rates, few side effects may make this

But more research is needed before scientists say anticholinergics cause the infection

Brain Protein Tied to Alzheimer's Spotted in Young Adults
Scientists could distinguish physical from

People as young as 20 have amyloid buildup, but researchers aren't sure what it means

Just How Big Is a Normal Penis?
Study suggests more than 3 hours daily doubles

Researchers size up thousands to arrive at averages

What’s At Stake As Health Law Lands At Supreme Court Again

With a $400 tax credit, Julia Raye of North Carolina has been able to afford health insurance and keep her diabetes under control. She is one of 8.2 million people who could lose that subsidy in a case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.

In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.
However, experts say lab findings might not

Researchers also report drop in number of multiple embryo transfers, twin and triplet birth rates

Does Long-Term Acetaminophen Use Raise Health Risks?
Some guests might be tempted by easy access to

Analysis of research says it's 'not a benign drug' if used long term and in larger doses

Love Coffee? Your Heart May, Too
Study linked lower rates of recurrence,

Three to five cups daily appeared to lower risk of clogged arteries, study says

1 in 5 U.S. Teen Girls Physically or Sexually Abused While Dating
About half of young couples reunite after a

National survey finds one in 10 teen boys also experiences dating violence

Nuts May Lengthen Your Life, Study Suggests
Allergen-free foods, special diets alone cost

It hints, but doesn't prove, they might reduce risk of death from heart disease, other causes

Antipsychotics and Seniors With Dementia

Antipsychotics and Seniors With Dementia

Very Obese Kids May Face Higher Heart Risks Than Thought
Experts urge screening of overweight kids because

Study found half had high blood pressure, half had high cholesterol and 15 percent were diabetic

2 Sunscreen Ingredients Not Safe, Effective: FDA
woman dispensing sunscreen

The FDA is proposing to remove two sunscreen ingredients from the market unless the manufacturers can prove they're safe and effective.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Caregiver Tips

This article is about caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. It offers tips for caregivers to plan for care, save money, and make smart decisions.

Doctors Often Yield to Parents' Requests to Delay Kids' Vaccines
Report shows it only provided 9 percent

But most believe it puts children at risk, study finds

U.S. Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Sues Employer

U.S. Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Sues Employer

Heart Valve Repair Surgery May Ease Mental Health Symptoms, Too
Researchers say one-third of these deaths could

Researchers find procedure leads to reduced depression and anxiety

Ultrasound Treatment May Be Option for Plantar Fasciitis
There isn't enough evidence to support or oppose

Most patients found relief from foot pain in short study, but longer trials are needed, experts say

Nerve Treatment Via Nose Shows Promise Against Migraines
Zecuity treats headache and the nausea that can

Therapy reduced pain level by about one-third for up to a month, study found

Ways to Treat Depression That Aren’t Antidepressants
depressed man

There may be hope for hard-to-treat depression as scientists explore novel approaches to the often crippling condition.

Immune System Changes Tied to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Inflammation may play a role, small study

Researchers saw evidence only in first 3 years of disease, findings could lead to early test

CNN.com - Health
Science to Carson: You're wrong
Researchers say Dr. Ben Carson may be a brain surgeon, but science shows he's dead wrong about how sexual orientation works.
A billion at risk for hearing loss from exposure to loud music
Is your penis size 'normal'?
White House has no Obamacare Plan B
Deadly scopes sold without FDA approval
Can you find the 'best' hospital for you?
LGBT people in rural areas struggle to find good medical care
When Ryan Sallans, an activist in the Nebraska transgender community, first went to the doctor in 2005 to talk about what he medically needed to do for his gender transition, his doctor wanted to offer medical help. That was the good news.
Goodbye to artificial colors?
When food giant Nestle USA (to which I am, alas, not related) last month announced plans to remove all artificial flavors and colors from its chocolate candies, it understandably made headlines. According to the company, by the end of 2015, none of a group of 250 chocolate products including Butterfinger and Baby Ruth will contain artificial flavors or colors such as Red #40 or Yellow #5.
Deadly bacteria at your doctor's
The health risks of cyberbullying in college
In a new study, researchers found college-age females are just as likely to suffer the negative effects of cyberbullying as younger adolescents.
Change the world, not disabled son
Less smoking = more lung cancer deaths?
Lethal injection explained
A science tale behind two dresses
Before you strangle your best friend who sees the colors in the now-famous dress differently than you do, please know that there's a scientific explanation.
Snowed in? Here's how to beat the winter blues
Gerbils replace rats as prime plague suspects
For a long time, rats have taken the heat for the waves of plague that killed millions of people across Europe starting in the 14th century.
Death reveals new virus
Poll: Majority want vaccines to be required
Study: Eat peanuts early to avoid allergy
A new study suggests that peanut allergy can be prevented at a young age by embracing peanuts, not avoiding them.
Baby born completely encased in amniotic sac
We all know that every baby is special, but Silas Philips pulled off a rare feat right out of the womb.
Bionic eye helps man see wife
A Minnesota man who got a bionic eye implant was able to see his wife for the first time in 10 years.
Deadly superbug 101
The deaths of two patients at a Los Angeles hospital are linked to the deadly bacteria CRE and more patients may have been exposed to the drug-resistant superbug.
Coffee is a health food: Myth or fact?
A subway workout goes viral
4 reasons you should learn to cook
Cholesterol in food not a concern, new guidelines say
Fit Nation: Sweet dreams lead to better health
3 breakfast rules to follow to lose weight
9 things no one tells you about losing weight
Fit Nation: Want to lose weight and find romance? Start cooking at home
Meet the new Fit Nation team
They lost weight; so can you
Vaccines are a matter of fact, not opinion
Why painkiller addicts turn to heroin
Adam's story: 63 pills a day
The modest clinic on Milpas Street in laid-back Santa Barbara, California, was well known to patients seeking powerful pain medication.
Chimps still stuck in research labs despite promise of retirement
Baby buried by 2010 Haiti quake: See her now
For 10 days following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, two CNN colleagues and I lived in a tent hospital run by Project Medishare. Our hearts ached as we heard the cries of the injured, as we watched surgeons performed amputations without general anesthesia, as people died in front of our eyes.
Ebola fighter coming to U.S. for nursing school
A young Liberian woman who saved three of her relatives by nursing them back to health after they contracted the Ebola virus is coming to the United States to finish her nursing degree.
The great American sleep recession
I won't take it personally if you yawn while reading this story.
6 ways to improve odds and beat heart disease
Sit smarter with yoga
Meet the mental wellness warriors
Natural family planning gets trendy
More women are saying no to hormonal birth control and yes to pregnancy prevention that sounds old-fashioned, natural family planning, also called FAM.
People who feel younger at heart live longer
Go ahead lie about your age. It may be the very thing that helps you live a longer life.
Learn to live with it: Becoming stress-free
People the world over believe that stress comes from external sources.
5 ways to fat-proof your home, no willpower necessary
Think you're immune to temptation? Let's be honest: Even the most disciplined healthy eater will occasionally give in to "runger" (running hunger). One minute you're walking past a box of granola sitting on the kitchen counter; five minutes and 500 calories later, you probably wish you'd hidden that box in a cabinet instead.
New frontier in apples: Red or golden but never brown
Measles was no big deal -- until my daughter got it
How to really lose weight
'Twin fetuses' found inside newborn baby in Hong Kong
A team of Hong Kong doctors has described an extremely rare medical occurrence -- what appeared to be a pair of fetuses inside the body of a newborn baby girl.
How the Peace Corps continues to fight Ebola
Florida woman gives birth to 14.1-pound baby boy
'Frozen': Why kids can't 'Let It Go'
Aspirin a day may not be necessary for everyone's heart health
Man shows off his double arm transplant
A 40-year-old quad amputee was all thank yous at a news conference as he showed off his two new arm transplants.

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