HEALTH & MEDICAL Monday, January 23, 2012

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Early Trial Promising for Ebola Vaccine
They not only protect the recipient, but also

Injections appear safe, but one expert is betting on a different approach

Harm From Baseball Concussions May Linger, Study Finds
Human brain 'predicts' the path of objects

Batting skills often worse than normal after players return to sport

Too Few Americans Undergo Dementia Screening
Most say they'll still have the prostate cancer

More than half of people with the condition never had a thinking/memory test, study found

Steer Clear of Cold Meds for Babies, FDA Advises
At 7 months, study finds difference in eye

Drugs carry serious risks, and most infants, toddlers recover with rest and extra care

U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Drops to New Low: CDC
Long-term study shows cardiac-health benefits in

But certain groups, such as those below poverty level, are lighting up more

Your Dog Really Is Listening to You
Genome study reveals origin of a transmissible

Study finds canines process speech in a human-like way

'Text Neck' and Other Tech Troubles
Back & Neck Pain

Gift-buying season is here, and on top of the wish list for most people is the latest tech gadget or gizmo. But some experts are concerned that more tech may equal more pain for frequent users.

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Gets Heart Stent

Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Gets Heart Stent

No Link Between Acetaminophen in Pregnancy, Asthma in Kids: Study
Fewer mothers-to-be need supplementation than

Once childhood respiratory illnesses were factored out, the pain relievers had little impact, researchers say

Weight Could Influence Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief
But study finds that high doses of

Study finds overweight people are less likely to have remission

Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows
Study finds higher rates of chronic disease,

Largest number of obesity-related cancers diagnosed in North America and Europe, researchers report

Most Americans With HIV Don't Have Virus Under Control, CDC Says
Drug abuse, prostitution tied to heightened risk,

U.S. experts cite indifference, lack of access to care

FDA Advisory Panel Says Steroid Shots for Back Pain Can Continue
Study found osteopath worked better for patients

Experts disagree on whether they are effective for treating spinal inflammation

Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens
They are 36 percent more likely to struggle with

Researchers find odds raised in both boys and girls developing sooner than peers

Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?
Study reinforces the link, and a new test might

Study suggests class of meds upset healthy balance of bacteria in the gut

Daily Physical Activity May Help Lower Parkinson's Risk
Study suggests it's not a sure path from kitchen

Six hours a week of household chores or commuting seem protective, study finds

Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse
Nesina, Kazano and Oseni each contain a new

Study finds illicit drug use more likely after their prescribed medications run out

FDA Announces New Calorie Rules for Restaurants
Loaded breakfast burger

The FDA announced new rules Tuesday that require chain restaurants and vending machine operators to post calories for food and drinks on their menus.

Brain Abnormality Spotted in Many SIDS Babies
But finding is too preliminary to say it causes

But finding is too preliminary to say it causes the deadly condition, experts say

Yogurt Every Day May Help Keep Diabetes Away
Small Taiwanese study shows higher concentrations

Study found modest effect against the disease, but experts say overall healthy diet is still best approach

New Device May Make Mammograms More Comfortable
Study detects no differences in late-stage cancer

Less pain was reported in study, while image quality was still preserved, researcher says

Kids' Bag Lunches Not Meeting Nutrition Guidelines: Study
Second study found that providing classroom

Second study found that providing classroom breakfast didn't improve grades, though longer-term studies are needed

Obese Employees Miss More Work, Study Finds
But individual incentives also do well when

Additional missed days cost U.S. economy more than $8 billion a year, researchers report

Most Seniors Could Use Statins Under New Guidelines
But one cardiologist stands by the drug,

Many eligible for cholesterol-lowering drugs based on age alone, study finds

Researchers Find Stem Cells That Help Nails Regenerate
Expert offers tips on how to keep them healthy.

Normal function helps with growth, but if nail is damaged, cells focus on repair

FDA Adds 'Boxed Warning' to Devices Used to Remove Uterine Fibroids
But study didn't prove cause-and-effect

Risk of spreading unsuspected cancers prompted new warnings, agency says

HHS Formally Moves To Close Loophole Allowing Plans Without Hospital Benefits

The new proposed rule would bar such plans that had once qualified under a federal calculator.

Eczema Cases Rising Among U.S. Children: Report
There are steps people can take to reduce or ease

For most, proper skin care and topical treatments help, experts say

Alaska Doctors Overwhelmed By New Federal Rules

The new requirements for electronic medical records and other technological upgrades can be a heavy burden for Alaska’s small medical practices and aging physician workforce.

Some Experts Dispute Claims Of Looming Doctor Shortage

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can fill some primary care gaps, but specialists say an aging population will need more intensive care.

Treating Irregular Heartbeat With Digoxin May Come With Risks
Findings suggest a second look at what range is

Study finds higher odds for death, hospitalization for patients with atrial fibrillation

Wall Street Is Bullish On 2015 Obamacare Enrollment

Analysts project that 11 million people will sign up in 2015 — and more will be younger and healthier.

Why Can’t I Stop Eating? How to Curb Compulsive Eating

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.

Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment So Successful in Kids That Trial Is Halted
Technique avoids ill effects related to long-term

Hydroxyurea pills worked as well as transfusions in reducing stroke risk, researchers report

Peanut Protein in Dust May Raise Allergy Risk

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

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.
Can you remember to eat less fat?
If you can't remember where your car keys are, you may want to put down the muffins. A study of 1,000 healthy men shows a possible link between high-trans-fat diets and failing memories.
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.
Trans fat may hurt your memory
If you can't remember where your car keys are, you may want to eat fewer muffins.
DNA pioneer to sell Nobel Prize
DNA pioneer James Watson is to sell the Nobel Prize he won for his co-discovery of the double helix structure, the building block of life.
Lung cancer battle: Time for action
Lung cancer kills nearly twice as many women as breast cancer, but there is no sea of ribbons, no colored NFL cleats, no national monuments aglow in pink for lung cancer awareness.
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.
Lung cancer battle: Time for action
Lung cancer kills nearly twice as many women as breast cancer, but there is no sea of ribbons, no colored NFL cleats, no national monuments aglow in pink for lung cancer awareness.
DNA pioneer James Watson to sell Nobel Prize
DNA pioneer James Watson is to sell the Nobel Prize he won for his co-discovery of the double helix structure -- the building block of life.
Grateful Boston man shows off his double arm transplant
A 40-year-old quad amputee was all thank you's at a news conference Tuesday at a Boston area hospital as he showed off his two new arm transplants.
Be fit: Exercise is the best medicine
Want to "Be a Champion" like Dhani Jones? The benefits of exercise extend further than you think.
American teens aren't nearly as lonely as their parents were
American teenagers aren't feeling quite as lonely as their parents were when they were teens.
A form of sugar helps twin girls
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.
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.
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.
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."
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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