HEALTH & MEDICAL Monday, January 23, 2012

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Flu Remains Widespread in Much of U.S.
woman with fever

The flu is still widespread in a majority of states, and flu-related hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, the CDC says .

How to Care for Someone With Binge Eating Disorder

Caring for someone with binge eating disorder is a big job, but your support can help your loved one get well.

Should You Avoid Binge Foods Forever?

Know when and how to eat foods you used to binge on. Smart strategies can help you eat “trigger foods” without bingeing.

Many U.S. Girls Aren't Getting HPV Vaccine, Study Finds
U.S. experts also say egg allergy is no longer

Researchers note that CDC recommends vaccination at age 11 or 12

Viruses May Play Role in Crohn's Disease, Colitis: Study

More research is needed to define what role they play, researcher says

Eczema Linked to Other Health Problems
Dupilumab eased severity of itching, lesions for

Study finds higher risk of heart disease, stroke in people with the skin condition

Ebola Vaccine Sent to W. Africa for Testing

Ebola Vaccine Sent to W. Africa for Testing

Judge Orders California To Make Timely Decisions On Medicaid Coverage

A California judge has ruled that the state must make timely decisions on Medi-Cal applicants, and that those who have waited more than 45 days for approval from the state can get temporary coverage.

Many Women of Childbearing Age Take Narcotic Painkillers: CDC
High cure rates, few side effects may make this

If they become pregnant, birth defects and preterm birth are possible risks

Ebola 'Turning Point' as Cases Decline: WHO

Ebola 'Turning Point' as Cases Decline: WHO

Study Hints That 'Video Feedback' Therapy May Help Curb Autism
'Auto-antibodies' in maternal blood appear tied

Research suggests an effect for at-risk babies, but more study is needed, expert says

Allergy Tests and Food Diets: What Parents Need To Know

With the rise in food allergies over the past decade, allergists trained to treat children say they are seeing more cases where kids are being wrongly advised by pediatricians and primary care doctors to stop eating certain foods.

Use of 'the Pill' Tied to Higher Risk for Rare Brain Cancer
Nearly 7 of 10 favor universal health plan

But the odds of any one birth control pill user getting the tumor remain extremely small, experts stress

Antibiotics for Traveler's Diarrhea May Spur Growth of Superbugs: Study
Mineral may play role in preventing common cold,

Researchers recommend caution when using antibiotics to treat digestive ills while abroad

California Takes Different Path On Insuring Immigrants Living In U.S. Illegally

Local initiatives offer free care and legislation proposes coverage for all regardless of immigration status. Will other states follow suit?

Sleep Position Linked to Death Risk for Those With Epilepsy
People with most varied diets are also

Researchers see similarities with sudden infant death syndrome

FDA Approves New Psoriasis Drug
More than half surveyed said they are

Cosentyx blocks protein involved in inflammatory response of disease

Leaks in Brain May Contribute to Dementia
Findings could lead to new treatments, researcher

Study finds blood vessels in older adults break down

High Levels of Cancer-Linked Chemical in E-Cigarette Vapor, Study Finds
Devices may serve as gateway to tobacco use,

When users turn up the heat, formaldehyde levels may increase as well

Could Nutrients in Fish Shield Fetus From Mercury's Harms?
Study finds link between blood levels of omega-3s

No developmental problems seen in kids of frequent seafood eaters from Seychelles islands, study says

Tax Preparers Brace To Be Bearers Of Bad Health Law News

With Affordable Care Act open enrollment ending Feb. 15, taxpayers could find themselves shut out of health insurance – and saddled with big fines – if they don’t do their taxes early this year.

Better Outcomes for Children Born With Fertility Treatments
Some bacteria may avoid detection with standard

Implanting just one embryo a significant factor in the change, study author says

Can Coffee Protect You From Melanoma?
Pregnant women should limit the amount of

Researchers suggest caffeine might mitigate sun damage

Measles at Disneyland: What You Should Know
measles virus

At least 42 people have caught measles in an outbreak linked to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park over the Christmas holidays, health officials say. Here, experts address what you need to know.

Pneumonia Raises Heart Disease Risk for Years: Study
And white men more likely than women to undergo

Findings underscore value of preventive vaccines

Use of Male IVF Procedure Doubled in the Past Decade
Meanwhile, other research saw no fertility

But the procedure is expensive and not always tied to better outcomes, study suggests

Early Study Says Stem Cells May Reverse Multiple Sclerosis Disability
Small initial trial showed improvement for people

Small initial trial showed improvement for people with relapsing-remitting MS

Study Rates Migraine Medications
Zecuity treats headache and the nausea that can

Findings will be basis of new guidelines on treatments for debilitating headaches

Therapy Dogs Help Cancer Patients Cope With Tough Treatments
'I would've stopped the treatment, but I wanted

'I would've stopped the treatment, but I wanted to come see the dog'

Ulcer Bacteria Tied to Lower Multiple Sclerosis Risk in Women
Study suggests infection with <i>H. pylori</i>

Study suggests infection with H. pylori bug may be somewhat protective

Researchers Rethink Inner-City Asthma Theory
The result: inaccurate dosing and uncontrolled

Poverty, race, ethnicity are more accurate predictors, study says

Could a Drink a Day Lower Your Risk for Heart Failure?
Women who consume alcohol in moderation have

Study found an association for middle-aged people, but experts stress that heavy drinking is never healthy

Too Much Sitting Can Be Deadly -- Even if You Exercise, Review Finds
Start by encouraging workers to use sick days.

Researcher suggests ways to include movement in your day that goes beyond that hour at the gym

Surgery Not Better for Spine Narrowing, Study Finds

More conservative treatments worked just as well to ease back and leg pain

Overactive Bladder a Common Problem, FDA Says
But many people are too embarrassed to seek

But many people are too embarrassed to seek treatment, or don't know options exist

Falls on the Rise Among U.S. Seniors
Scientists pinpoint mutation that appears to

Study found more than a third of people over 65 reporting a fall over the past 2 years

A Bit More Salt Each Day May Not Harm Older Adults
Strategy would greatly reduce deaths from stroke

But experts say restricting intake is still advisable

Vaccine Opponents Often Cluster in Communities
Flublok easier to produce quickly and in large

California study found certain areas have high numbers of parents who forgo immunizing kids

Pizza Takes a Slice Out of Kids' Health, Study Finds

Children, teens consume more calories, fat and salt on days they eat this American staple

New Device to Treat Obesity: Is It for You?
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WebMD asked two obesity experts involved in clinical trials of the device as well as the manufacturer, EnteroMedics, about how the Maestro System is supposed to be used and who might benefit.

Many Americans Who Drink Also Take Prescription Medications: Study
Doctors should ask patients about childhood

But researchers couldn't determine if people surveyed were using both simultaneously

New Cases of Ebola Declining, WHO Says

New Cases of Ebola Declining: WHO

Vitamin D Linked to Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk
colon illustration

Researchers say they can now show how vitamin D has the power to protect some people from getting colorectal cancer, otherwise known as bowel cancer.

Life Satisfaction Linked to Bone Health in Older Women
But don't overdo it: Study found that too much

Good spirits may be as important as lifestyle habits, researchers say

Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Some Patients In California

California is seen as an Obamacare success story, but about 30,000 people there are stuck with only one choice of insurer on the exchange.

1 in 5 Adults With Epilepsy Also Has ADHD Symptoms: Study
But predictive value of finding still needs to be

Experts say that controlling seizures may help alleviate other psychiatric symptoms

U.S. Birth Rate Continues Decline, CDC Reports
Fewer mothers-to-be need supplementation than

But experts expect economic recovery will lead to turnaround

Neural Tube Defects, Such as Spina Bifida, on the Decline: CDC
Daily, low-dose regimen cuts odds of complication

Experts cite mandatory fortification of grain products with folic acid, but not enough women get the B vitamin

CDC: Flu Vaccine Not Very Effective This Season
flue vaccine

It’s official. This season’s flu vaccine is less effective than experts had hoped.

At Least 40 Mistakenly Given Unsterile IV Fluid

At Least 40 Mistakenly Given Unsterile IV Fluid

CNN.com - Health
The psychological power of princess movies
You can't escape Disney's hit phenomena, "Frozen." And there's a science behind why you won't see it go any time soon.
Ebola vaccine is on its way to Africa
CDC: Flu still hitting U.S. hard, but slowing
More measles cases linked to Disneyland
Sitting will kill you, even if you exercise
Is proton therapy the 'magic bullet' for cancer?
A Belgian nuclear physicist is pioneering a new treatment for cancer that offers more precision and less side effects: proton radiation.
A survivor's notes from the Ebola zone
The worms that invade your brain
Aspirin a day may not be necessary for everyone's heart health
If you're popping aspirin on a daily basis to lower your chances of having a heart attack or stroke, it might turn out that an aspirin a day may not keep the doctor away. It may even cause more health problems for you.
First new antibiotic discovered in 30 years
Soil bacterium discovery could lead to new drugs. Here's how it works.
Key to losing weight, quitting smoking: love
How bad is booze, anyway?
5 ways to eat healthier this year
What are natural flavors, really?
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.
They lost weight, so can you
She lost 145 pounds; could you?
Firefighter drops 40 pounds to become an Ironman
After several years on the job, firefighter Joe Van Veldhuizen tipped the scales at 250 pounds, which translated to a body mass index of 35. He knew he needed to get that number down. He felt he didn't have the aerobic stamina to do his job well.
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.
Prescription drug abuse: There is help
Facing the reality that "I need help" and knowing where to actually get it are crucial initial steps for anyone battling prescription drug addiction. The process to recovery can be one ridden with pain, denial and shame.
Baby buried in Haiti quake: see her now
Meet the mental wellness warriors
7 resolutions that yoga can help you keep
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.
10 yoga poses to beat stress
Yoga can be a great way to calm your mind while giving your body the attention it deserves.
Adding life to your years
CNN's Holly Firfer tells us how to add years to your life and life to your years.
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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