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HEALTH & MEDICAL Monday, January 23, 2012

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High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet May Help With Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy
Scientists could distinguish physical from

Regimens seem to cut down on seizures but are hard to stick to long-term, study shows

Hormone Therapy May Up Heart-Related Deaths in Some Prostate Cancer Patients
'Embolization' limits prostate's blood supply,

But the overall risk is small, researchers say

Ebola Outbreak in Liberia May Be Slowing: WHO
Move would be justified in 'particular

But health agency says epidemic in West Africa is far from under control

Egg Freezing for a Future Pregnancy: What to Know
egg freezing

WebMD asked three experts to address the questions they most often get about egg freezing.

Stroke Prevention Guidelines Emphasize Healthy Lifestyle
Those with high fitness level 79 percent less

Eat lots of fruits and veggies, get exercise, limit salt and don't smoke, experts say

Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Trouble
But study finds they're less likely than males to

Study finds they're more likely than men to delay seeking medical help

Plastics' Chemical May Affect Baby Boys' Genital Development
What works for singletons doesn't necessarily

Link between phthalates and possible defect needs more study, researcher says

Is Milk Your Friend or Foe?
Early study suggests that avoiding allergy

Instead of reduction in fractures, study suggests higher risk of heart disease, cancer

Home Blood Pressure Monitors May Occasionally Miss the Mark
Study found combination led to better control of

Study finds inaccurate readings in small percentage of patients

Vitamin D May Not Prevent Return of Women's Infection After All
Mineral may play role in preventing common cold,

Repeat episodes of vaginosis no less likely with supplements, says study

Second Dallas Nurse With Ebola Released From Hospital
Head of World Bank urges thousands of medical

Head of World Bank urges thousands of medical professionals to travel to West Africa to fight outbreak

Metformin Beats Other Type 2 Diabetes Drugs for First Treatment: Study
Study counters prior research suggesting the

Researchers find this commonly used medication controls blood sugar for many

Baby Wipes Recalled Due to Possible Bacteria

Baby Wipes Recalled Due to Possible Bacteria

CDC Clarifies Treatment Policies for Ebola Workers
While U.S. prepares tighter infection controls

Move is designed to have uniform procedures across the U.S., but states aren't obligated to follow them

Brain Injuries in Older Age Could Boost Dementia Risk, Study Finds
Physical activity in middle age might reduce risk

Active seniors should take measures to protect their head, expert says

Placebo Treatment May Quiet Kids' Cough
Parents report a spoonful of agave nectar or

Parents report a spoonful of agave nectar or flavored water reduced symptoms

Virus Present at Birth Causes More Than 10 Percent of Hearing-Loss Cases in Kids
Lower levels of vitamin D seen among those born

But most babies don't show symptoms, study says

Type 1 Diabetes Increasing Among White American Kids
Films condemn obesity, but 'glamorize'

Children 5 to 9 years old hardest hit, study finds

N.Y., N.J. Ease Ebola Quarantines
Move follows diagnosis of a New York City doctor,

Health care workers returning from West Africa can now spend confinement at home

31,000 Pounds of Chicken Products Recalled

More Than 31,000 Pounds of Chicken Products Recalled by Company Surgeons Transplant First Non-Beating Heart

For a Child's Fracture, Use Ibuprofen, Not Morphine: Study
Doctors urged to consider level of trauma causing

Fewer side effects reported with the over-the-counter pain reliever

More Kids Harmed by Drinking in Pregnancy Than Expected, Study Reports
Babies of women with alcohol problems during or

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders may affect about 5 percent of U.S. children

White House Presses N.Y., N.J. to Rethink Ebola Quarantines
Move follows diagnosis of a New York City doctor,

Move follows diagnosis of a New York City doctor, but many experts say rule is excessive

Special Cocoa Drink May Improve Age-Related Memory Loss
Accumulated knowledge helped seniors outperform

Findings don't apply to regular chocolate or hot cocoa, however

Few U.S. Hospitals Ready to Handle Ebola, Survey Finds
Nancy Writebol will be cared for in isolation

Many don't have enough staff, training or equipment to control often deadly virus, experts say

Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines May Miss Younger Women at Risk
Current assessment methods were poor at

Current assessment methods were poor at predicting risk for those 50-54 in study

Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer's Risk
Worldwide situation calls for comprehensive

But other experts doubt that a herpes infection could cause the brain disease

Sleep Duration Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Risk in Study
Between 6 and 8 hours nightly is ideal.

Getting too much, too little may raise chances of inflammatory bowel condition

Researchers Say Antibiotics in Fish a Health Concern
Low-carb diets also were associated with reduced

Although levels are below government limits, scientists believe it contributes to antibiotic resistance

Could Air Pollutants Raise a Child's Autism Risk?
Benzene appears to raise risk of non-Hodgkin

Chromium, styrene implicated in preliminary study

Childhood Peanut Allergy May Be Linked to Skin Gene Mutation
Allergen-free foods, special diets alone cost

Study bolsters the dual-allergen-exposure theory, expert says

Heart Transplant ‘Breakthrough’ Shows Promise
human heart

Australian doctors say they've made a breakthrough in the area of heart transplants that could save the lives of many more patients.

NYC Doctor Diagnosed With Ebola
nyc doctor ebola

New York City doctor Craig Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola after his return from Guinea working with Doctors Without Borders.

Gestational Diabetes May Influence Daughter's Weight Later
What works for singletons doesn't necessarily

Girls' risk of being overweight may be more than tripled, study finds

Experts Predict 'Catastrophic' Ebola Epidemic in West Africa if Aid Delayed
Move would be justified in 'particular

Yale team foresees 90,000 deaths in one Liberian county alone by Dec. 15

Disease Severity in One Eye May Predict Progression in the Other
Better recognition of mental health issues

Study focuses on macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in older Americans

Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely, Experts Say
Study of young adults suggests DNA 'telomeres'

No threat foreseen from public sniffles, coughs

'Exposure Therapy' May Relieve Prolonged Grief Disorder
The first month is crucial, but then the threat

Reliving the death of a loved one can help survivors, researchers say

Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. Babies Delivered by C-Section, Study Finds
Large Norwegian study followed offspring for up

But cesarean rates vary widely across the country

Assured Brand Naproxen Sodium Tablets Recalled

Assured Brand Naproxen Sodium Tablets Recalled

Klain a Good Pick for Ebola Czar, Experts Say
ron klain

President Barack Obama has taken heat for picking former White House aide Ronald Klain -- someone without any medical or public health credentials -- to coordinate the federal government's response to Ebola.

U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Access to Health Care
Women taking the drug lived more than 3 months

Survey conducted prior to implementation of Affordable Care Act, however

Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risk of Severe Headaches, Scientists Report
Those around them don't take their attacks

But experts find the study too small, problem too rare to be of concern

Study Finds U.S. Diets Still Contain Too Many Bad Fats

Americans need fewer trans and saturated fats, and more omega-3 fatty acids

Taking a 'Selfie' May Help With Dermatology Care, Study Shows
Despite incentives, just 1 in 6 uses the new

Emailing pics of eczema lesions to physicians worked nearly as well as in-person visits, researchers say

Americans Show Distrust of Medical Profession in Survey
Diagnosis-related claims -- not surgical or

But many were happy with their own doctors, researchers report

Fertility Treatments Aren't Significantly Linked to Birth Defects
Practitioners have 'concrete numbers' to give to

Expectant parents can be reassured by findings, researchers say

Could Survivors’ Blood Stop Ebola?
dr kent brantly ebola

Kent Brantly, the first person to be treated for and recover from Ebola in the U.S., donated his blood -- and the potentially lifesaving proteins it contains -- to treat other Ebola patients.

The Body Fat That Might Help You Shed Pounds
fat cell

Getting rid of extra pounds has long been a goal for people who want to improve their health and appearance. But a different type of fat -- called brown fat -- may help us lose weight.

All People Returning From Ebola-Stricken Countries to Be Tracked
Travelers receive higher dose during flight

Travelers will have to take own temperatures, report to local health departments for 21-day incubation period


CNN.com - Health
50 pounds lost for 50th reunion
In January, Carol Highsmith, 68, began a journey of threes. She had three milestones of 50 that she planned to reach by following three simple rules:
How rabbi lost 100 pounds
Rabbi Pesach Sommer lost 100 pounds after a doctor told him he had type 2 diabetes.
It's time to get your flu shot!
Flu season is about to begin, the CDC says. And health officials have a few updates to their recommendations.
Flu shot myths addressed
Flu vaccine myths can confuse people trying to decide whether to get a shot. Here are five common myths and, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the truth.
Vintage cold and flu ads
The next medicinal marijuana?
Ayahuasca is a psychedelic drink that's attracting more and more tourists to the remote corners of the Amazon. But is it a drug, or is it medicine?
New link between coffee and DNA
You can blame that third cup of Joe on your genes.
Beer may be good for your brain
An element in beer may be good for your brain and other things we learned from medical journals this week.
Music helps your brain
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us why music therapy is good for the brain and how it can help us live to 100.
Live to 100: Laugh more
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us how laughing more can help us live to 100.
Eat chocolate. Yes, chocolate.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta tell us how eating certain types of chocolate can help us live to 100.
Visit to Sanjay Gupta's past
Dr. Sanjay Gupta traveled from Pakistan to Michigan to discover his family's roots. Here's what he learned along the way.
How to really lose weight
From what to eat to how much to exercise, Elizabeth Cohen explains what you really need to do to lose weight.
Keeping young athletes safe
CNN's Holly Firfer reports on ways parents can keep their student athletes safe.
Lab holds 2,000 brains
The University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank provides brain tissues to researchers to study various brain disorders.
Smart toothbrush tracks brushing
This Bluetooth enabled toothbrush coaches you while you brush and tracks your progress through a smartphone app.
Farming in the city
This urban farm supplies fresh produce to food deserts, but also offers other benefits to individuals and the community.
Can psychedelic drugs be medicine?
Psychiatrists are now considering the benefits of LSD and other psychedelic drugs in treatment. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
What is 'too much' caffeine?
Carl Azuz reports on why consuming too much caffeine is not good for you.
Inside your mind with 'Brain Games'
Jason Silva from National Geographic's hit show "Brain Games" talks about tricks the mind plays that shape our reality.
The best way to brush
CNN's Martha Shade reports on what's the best way to brush your teeth.
How outbreak can start, and end
Dr. Sanjay Gupta describes how "contact tracing" could help stem the tide of an Ebola outbreak.
The healthiest fish to eat?
As our oceans become more polluted, Sally Kohn sits down with Fabien Cousteau to talk about the healthiest fish to eat.
Plastic surgery gone wrong
Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif from E!'s new show "Botched" discuss the risks and complications of plastic surgery.
Ha! Laughter is the best medicine
Scott Weems, author of "Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why," speaks with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Twin boys born 24 days apart
Due to a delayed delivery, a set of twins in Massachusetts were born 24 days apart. WCVB's Mary Saladna reports.
Is red meat really bad for you?
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks with Nina Teicholz, author of "The Big Fat Surprise."
This is your body on weed
Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how marijuana affects the brain and how pot can be used to treat certain conditions.
Teacher eats only McDonald's
A teacher only eats McDonald's for 90 days, and LOSES 37 pounds. KCCI reports.
World's most dangerous workout?
Is the "sport of fitness" the world's most dangerous workout? CNN's Jarrett Bellini asks CrossFitters and gives it a go.
Maine nurse refuses quarantine
A nurse who was quarantined against her will in New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in West Africa will not obey officials' instructions to seclude herself at home.
'A' for effort: Teacher transforms
At his heaviest, high school teacher Jeff Baxter was 465 pounds. Then he lost 270 pounds and went on to become "Teacher of the Year."
Living life from a hospital room
A 17-year-old girl living with cystic fibrosis makes the hospital her happy place. "Every breath I take is a miracle," she says.
See King Tut's 'virtual autopsy'
King Tutankhamun's golden, mummified remains tell only a partial story of an ancient Egyptian boy king who died under mysterious circumstances.
What happens during a stroke
A stroke is a very scary thing: A vessel carrying blood to the brain becomes blocked or bursts, leaving the brain deprived of the essential oxygen and nutrients. In the minutes following, brain cells begin to die.
Baby wipes recalled
Nutek Disposables of Pennsylvania has issued a voluntary recall for its baby wipes because some packages may contain a bacteria that's often resistant to common antibiotics.
Could Google pill detect cancer?
Google is developing a pill that would hunt for cancer cells in human bodies. CNN's Laurie Segall reports.
A one-woman Ebola hospital
22-year-old Fatu Kekula nursed her mother, father and sister through Ebola using trash bags to protect herself.
Crab's blood could save your life
Hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs are captured each year for their incredible blue blood.
The monster that took my son
A week before Cole died, I promised him he would do "something big" someday. For two years, I have been fighting to keep that promise.
What happens during a stroke
Today is World Stroke Day. During a stroke, the brain is deprived of essential oxygen and nutrients -- and in the minutes following, brain cells begin to die.
Calculating the odds: 12 sons in a row
They may not beat the Duggars for sheer number of children, but this couple in Michigan has their own kind of reality-TV-worthy reproduction streak going on.
Why U.S. Ebola patients seem to be recovering faster
For a disease that kills more than 50% of its victims abroad, Ebola in the United States is getting snuffed out at a remarkably fast rate. Why is that?
Dallas nurse Amber Vinson is free of Ebola, Emory says
A second Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola is now free of the virus and will be released from the Atlanta hospital where she's been treated, the hospital said Tuesday.
'Operation' game creator needs an operation
John Spinello created the game of "Operation" nearly 50 years ago. Now he needs help paying for a medical procedure.
Could Google pill detect cancer?
Google is developing a pill that would hunt for cancer cells in human bodies. CNN's Laurie Segall reports.
New app helps flag suicidal tweets
Suicide prevention organization Samaritans launched a free app Wednesday that flags disturbing tweets and sends an alert to friends.
Electrodes in brain to treat Tourette's
A pioneering procedure might be the answer to ending the misery of Tourette's syndrome.
7 ways to stop unhealthy food cravings
How often are you overcome with the desire to devour a chocolate bar or cheeseburger? Even the most nutrition-conscious people have to learn how to cope with cravings, sometimes for not-so-nutritious foods. You might think that a longing for these unhealthy treats results from emotions, and that could be true -- but not necessarily.
Straighten out smartphone slump!
As you cradle your smartphone or lean into your laptop to read this, what's your posture like? Even if you aren't doing it right now, how much of your day is spent with your neck lurched forward, shoulders slumped and chest collapsed? All that time in "smartphone slump" not only makes you look and feel stressed, it can cause persistent pain.
The 5 biggest breakfast myths
The first meal of the day can have a very different meaning for different people.
5 healthy Halloween treats
We love Halloween season. Sweets. Sweaters. Sipping hot cider (maybe spiked). Halloween can certainly get you in the spirit, and nothing warms our hearts like these healthy Halloween treats that help you stay energized instead of stuck in a sugar coma.
Reduce your risk of dementia
The statistics, unfortunately, are staggering. An estimated 44 million people worldwide are living with dementia, according to a report released Tuesday by Alzheimer's Disease International.
Hallucinogens to treat depression?
Psychedelic drugs are being researched as a potential treatment for conditions ranging from anxiety to tobacco and alcohol addiction.
Lack of sleep may shrink your brain
Can sleep deprivation affect the size of your brain? It's possible, a recent study published in an online issue of Neurology suggests.
Mental illness: Time to break taboo
350 million people around the world suffer from depression. Why aren't we talking about it?
Schizophrenia is eight disorders
What we know -- and psychiatrists have diagnosed for decades -- as schizophrenia may really be eight separate diseases, research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggests.
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.

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