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HEALTH & MEDICAL Monday, January 23, 2012

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Why Can’t I Stop Eating? How to Curb Compulsive Eating
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Compulsive overeating, why it happens, and how to get it under control.

Restroom Hand Dryers Spread More Germs Than Paper Towels, Study Finds

Bacteria counts in the air around the machines far exceeded those around paper dispensers

Housecleaning Tips to Ease Allergies

Allergy and asthma symptoms getting you down? Take control with these simple cleaning strategies.

Will Moving Help My Child's Allergies?
child with allergies

Switching locations might be tempting, WebMD's allergy expert says, but it's not guaranteed to bring relief.

Peanut Protein in Dust May Raise Allergy Risk
Peanuts

Babies exposed to traces of peanut protein in house dust may have a higher risk of peanut allergy, researchers say.

Weighing Growth Hormones for Short Kids
preteen girl measuring height with mother

In 2003, the FDA approved synthetic human growth hormones for kids who are healthy and not low in growth hormone but might wind up shorter than 97% of their peers -- a condition termed idiopathic short stature.

Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows
Even nonsmoking bystanders had raised blood

Even nonsmoking bystanders had raised blood levels of the chemical, which is tied to leukemia risk

Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes
Expert advice on including family members and

Up to one in five residents involved in unpleasant, sometimes inappropriate confrontations, N.Y. study suggests

Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now
May be marketed as dietary supplements, foods

Get vaccinated, health experts say, because it takes about two weeks for protection to kick in

A Quarter Of Uninsured Say They Can’t Afford To Buy Coverage

Poll finds that the high cost was the biggest obstacle noted by Americans who lack insurance and don’t expect to buy it next year. About half of the uninsured hope to get coverage in 2015.

Sleep Off Addiction to Cigarettes?
cigarette in ashtray

Bad smells during sleep may teach smokers to dislike cigarettes and help them cut back, a new study hints.

FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller
Drugs containing hydrocodone, which include

Agency says it's latest step in curbing epidemic of addiction to drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin

Exercise Might Not Help Some Type 2 Diabetics Control Their Blood Sugar
It's never too late to start, researchers find.

Study suggests that about 20 percent of patients carry 'exercise-resistant' genes

Many People Who Drink a Lot Aren't Alcoholics: CDC
Study found those consuming at least 2.5 drinks

But raising price of alcohol and limiting sales could help curb excessive drinking, researchers say

Testosterone Plays Minor Role in Older Women's Sex Lives, Study Finds
Large French study did not show similar risk for

Quality of relationships may have more impact on libido

Half of Adults Could be Overweight by 2030: Report

Half of Adults Could be Overweight by 2030: Report

Gel Implant Might Help Fight Heart Failure
Results surprise, disappoint scientists.

New treatment strengthens heart walls, researchers say, but skeptics remain

1 in 5 U.S. Adults Dealt With a Mental Illness in 2013
Small study suggests better methods needed.

Federal official urges people to seek treatment to 'restore their well-being'

Could Your Job Help Preserve Your Aging Brain?
Start by encouraging workers to use sick days.

Mentally stimulating work may keep your mind sharp, research says

A Bad Marriage Burdens an Aging Heart
Researchers say type 2 disease with depression

Older women in unhappy relationships seem especially vulnerable, researchers say

Baby Strollers Recalled; Finger Amputation Risk

Baby Strollers Recalled; Finger Amputation Risk

Laser Used to Remove Tattoos May Help Reduce Acne Scars
Study suggests two types of microbe may lead to

Small study found it improved skin with shorter recovery time than seen with another type of laser

Costly Hepatitis C Treatments Help Drive 12 Percent Drug Spending Jump

Increases are expected to moderate as more brand-name drug patents expire and the impact of the liver disease treatments lessens.

U.S. Seniors' Health Poorest, Global Survey Shows
But the research involving older adults doesn't

Commonwealth Fund report reveals stark comparison to 10 industrialized countries with universal health coverage

Mastectomy Rates Rising Among Women Eligible for Lumpectomy
White women overestimated their odds while other

Better breast reconstruction outcomes may be one reason behind the trend, one expert said

Type 1 Diabetes Lowered Survival in Study
Only 11 percent of the 79 million Americans with

Better blood sugar management helped, but risk during 14-year period was still doubled

'Wireless' Pacemaker Working Well So Far, Researchers Say
Large study found even mild impotence was tied to

Small, manufacturer-funded study of tiny device reports no complications

New Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Show Promise
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Lowering cholesterol in new ways -- potentially to unheard-of levels -- was a big topic of discussion at this week's American Heart Association Scientific Sessions conference in Chicago. Experts say they're most excited about two drug trials.

3-D Model of Heart May Help Surgeons Fix Defects
New technology might make for better-prepared

New technology might make for better-prepared doctors, 'fewer surprises' in the OR, experts say

Antibiotics and Kids' Risk for Juvenile Arthritis
antibiotics spilling from bottle

Antibiotics, which treat bacterial infections, may raise a child's risk of getting juvenile idiopathic arthritis, a disease that causes inflamed, swollen joints. That's according to investigators reporting at the American College of Rheumatology 2014 Annual Meeting in Boston.

Low Levels of Vitamin D May Raise Early Death Risk: Study
Review found they reduced risk by 7 percent, but

But having gene variants linked to levels of the vitamin didn't affect rate of deaths from heart causes

Blue-Eyed People May Face Higher Melanoma Risk
Study found genes for the eye color and for red

Study found genes for the eye color and for red hair were tied to moles, often a precursor for the skin cancer

Worst-Case Ebola Scenario Won't Happen: CDC

Major Effort to Find Ebola Treatments Announced by Coaltion Second Face Transplant Performed at Cleveland Clinic

Big Changes For 2015 Workplace Plans: Watch Out For These Six Possible Pitfalls

Consumers who get health insurance through their employers need to pay close attention this year to their enrollment materials.

California’s Managed Care Project For Poor Seniors Faces Backlash

Nearly half of those eligible for a combined Medi-Cal and Medicare program are opting out.

Alcoholism Damages Brain's White Matter, Scans Show
Medication activates areas associated with the

Areas tied to decision-making, such as how much to drink, seem most affected, researchers say

Number of Pregnant Women on Narcotic Painkillers, Heroin Doubles, Study Finds
But one cardiologist stands by the drug,

U.S. national data shows steady rise, and abuse may pose dangers to mother and baby, experts say

Working Night Shift Slows Metabolism, Study Suggests
Study found teams that met in rooms without

Finding means fewer calories burned, and may explain why shift workers tend to gain weight, researcher says

Some Fats Might Harm Your Memory
human brain waves

Men under 45 years old who eat lots of trans fats may be hurting their memory, according to a new study released Tuesday.

Even With a Little Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking Is Still Healthier Choice
Legislation in Belgium shown to reduce harmful

Japanese study found that stopping the habit boosted survival, even if a few pounds were added on

Cocaine Can Cause Heart Problems: Study
Common mutations in white people greatly increase

Subtle blood flow changes may not show on standard heart test, raising risk of disease or death, researchers find

Nearly 3 in 10 Americans With Diabetes Don't Know It: Study
Report says it topped $245 billion in 2012;

Many had even seen a doctor in the past year, researchers report

As California Expands Medicaid To New Beneficiaries, Many Others Are Dropped

Previous enrollees in the program for low-income residents must reapply and many are finding the new applications too onerous to complete, advocates say.

Study Ties Teen Smoking to Risk of Severe Menstrual Cramps
Tobacco use known to restrict blood flow,

Tobacco use known to restrict blood flow, researchers say

Bedbugs Could Be Potential New Source of Tropical Disease in U.S.
Medical expert offers tips on how spotting

Deadly Chagas disease is now affecting Americans, experts warn

Some Painkillers Tied to Bleeding Risk in Those With Abnormal Heartbeat
Cangrelor, Inspra and inclacumab seem to improve

People with atrial fibrillation should consider alternatives to commonly used NSAIDs, experts say

Experimental Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Effective, Study Reports
Injectable therapy shows promise in global trial

New medicine might help those who can't tolerate commonly used statins

Long-Term Use of Aspirin Plus Blood Thinner Is Safe: Study
Benefits of combination outweigh potential risks,

Benefits of combination outweigh potential risks, experts say

Daily Aspirin Fails to Help Older Hearts in Japanese Study
But risk of macular degeneration doesn't outweigh

Study's findings unlikely to change U.S. guidelines though, expert notes

Voters in 2 States Reject GMO Labeling
Whole Foods is the first supermarket chain to

Voters in Colorado and Oregon rejected measures this month that would have required labels on foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).


CNN.com - Health
Lifetime dieter feels 'unstoppable'
Danyeil Durrant was 10 years old when she first began dieting. She had no idea she would be wrestling with her eating habits for the next three decades.
How she lost 145 pounds
One day, Kari Ianuale had had enough. The Nazareth, Pennsylvania, resident was embarrassed to discover that her size 24 pants no longer fit.
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
Electrodes in brain to treat Tourette's
A pioneering procedure might be the answer to ending the misery of Tourette's syndrome.
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.
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.
Where big pharma failed, parents step in
Hugh and Chris Hempel welcomed beautiful twin girls into the world in 2004. Since the girls were about two, the whole family has been fighting to treat the twins' rare genetic condition.
Firefighter drops 40 pounds
Joe Van Veldhuizen lost 40 pounds to race his first Ironman. He did it slowly, counting calories and gradually increasing his exercise routine. See what it took to make his amazing weight loss transformation a reality.
His crime: Mental illness?
As a father of three, I felt Tricia Lammers' pain as she spoke about her son Blaec.
Can sunlock affect fertility?
The cold snap that's hitting much of the country this week may leave you with a real desire to head to the beach. If you do, you may want to watch what kind of sunblock you use.
Parents wed in NICU
A Texas couple married Tuesday in the neonatal intensive-care unit with their prematurely born son, dressed in a tuxedo onesie, serving as ring bearer. The baby's twin died in utero.
Where big pharma failed, parents step in
Hugh and Chris Hempel welcomed beautiful twin girls into the world in 2004. Since the girls were about two, the whole family has been fighting to treat the twins' rare genetic condition.
Bad marriage can break your heart
A study has found that older couples in bad marriages, especially wives, have a higher risk for heart disease than those who are happily wed.
What is Lewy body dementia?
Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains this type of dementia, after Robin Williams' autopsy report concludes he had the disease.
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.
Study: Bad marriage can break your heart
A study has found that older couples in bad marriages, especially wives, have a higher risk for heart disease than those who are happily wed.
World Health Organization: Democratic Republic of Congo is Ebola-free
Ebola has officially been eradicated from another African country -- the Democratic Republic of Congo -- the World Health Organization declared Friday, even if the overall fight against the deadly virus is far from over.
What is secret to boy's super memory?
Jack can reel off lists of World Cup winners, darts champions and football players without a second's hesitation -- but can he beat Wikipedia?
The day I realized smoking wasn't cool
I'm a quitter and proud of it. The 37th anniversary of the Great American Smokeout marks my 28th anniversary without a "cancer stick."
Women's desire for sex is complicated, not strictly hormonal
What makes a woman want to have sex isn't totally hormonal, as it can be with men. Happiness is key new study shows.
Learn to live with it: Becoming stress-free
People believe that stress comes from external sources. That's why they're so stressed, author A. Parthasarathy writes.
Cosmetic infidelity: a new way to cheat
"I have five days to recover from surgery and look good before my husband gets home," she told me.
What is Lewy body dementia?
Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains this type of dementia, after Robin Williams' autopsy report concludes he had the disease.
Can't sleep? Try these 10 tips
It affects everyone, from office workers to sports stars. How you sleep affects how you perform -- and this man can help you snooze to the top.
What she did with months to live
"I had to film her death," Frederic Lumiere says softly. "In the film, I'm behind the camera, and you can hear me crying."
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.
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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