HEALTH & MEDICAL Monday, January 23, 2012

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FDA Approves First in New Class of Drugs for Advanced Ovarian Cancer
Blood test combined with ultrasound exam may help

Agency also gives OK to genetic test used to identify eligible patients

CDC Warns of Listeria Danger From Caramel Apples
Outbreak has sickened 28 people in 10 states; 4

Outbreak has sickened 28 people in 10 states; 4 have died and 26 have been hospitalized, agency says

Half of Dr. Oz's Advice Unproven or Wrong: Study

Half of Dr. Oz's Advice Unproven or Wrong: Study

E. Coli Germs Found on Farmers Market Herbs
Farming methods and plant species play role in

Nearly one-quarter of samples from West Coast vendors tested positive, study says

E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes, Study Finds
But research design was flawed, critic says.

Users report fewer cravings, less irritability

Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in Study
Study says sleeping with false teeth may raise

Researchers say association was strongest among 60- to 74-year-olds

Some Blood Types Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study
But experts question value of finding when so

But experts question value of finding when so many other risk factors for disease can be changed

Can You Balance on One Leg? You May Have Lower Stroke Risk
Inability to stand on one foot for 20-plus

Inability to stand on one foot for 20-plus seconds could suggest brain vessel damage, study contends

Scratch From Pet Rat Kills Child; CDC Warns of Risk
Study authors say findings may someday help

'Rat-bite fever' also sickened 16 others in 2000-2012 in San Diego County alone, report noted

Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds
But the occurrence is rare, and alternatives

But medications such as ibuprofen pose their own risks, experts say

More children in the U.S. are getting type 1 diabetes, especially kids ages 5 to 9, according to new research.
Rising bar graph

More children in the U.S. are getting type 1 diabetes, especially kids ages 5 to 9, according to new research.

No Evidence Paleo Diet Matches Early Eating Habits

No Evidence Paleo Diet Matches Early Eating Habits

Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction
People with jobs that exposed them to cleaning

Memory of correct way to use inhalers, epinephrine pens faded over time, researchers report

Flu Activity Up, Some Schools Closing
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Flu season is ramping up, according to the CDC, which is reporting widespread flu activity in 14 states, including much of the U.S. mid-Atlantic region and several Southern states.

Children With Eczema: How to Stop the Scratching

Children with eczema who scratch the itchy skin can actually make the condition worse. Try these tips from WebMD to help your child stop scratching.

Cheap Natural Compound May Help Smokers Quit
Experts urge stopping at time of diagnosis, but

But cytisine isn't widely available, study authors note

Migraine May Raise Risk for Bell's Palsy, Study Suggests
Those around them don't take their attacks

The headaches were tied to a doubling of odds for the facial paralysis, researchers say

Neurologists Say Jury Still Out on Medical Marijuana's Use for Brain Disorders
But, experts say small study is not conclusive,

Easing federal restrictions on pot research might help get answers, doctors say

Seniors Still Given Potentially Dangerous Sedatives: Study
High cure rates, few side effects may make this

Drugs such as Xanax, Valium tied to confusion and falls, experts say

'Low-GI' Diet May Not Benefit Blood Sugar
Limiting alcohol, substituting fruit for cheese

Focus should be on eating healthy foods rather than glycemic index, experts say

Only 4 in 10 Americans Eat Heart-Healthy Nuts Each Day, CDC Says
More study needed, but initial findings suggest a

Even fewer consume an amount thought to help curb heart disease, study found

Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability
Link was seen mostly in people with higher levels

Treatment must be given within 6 hours after a stroke starts, researchers say

Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes, Study Suggests
Three-fourths of women in small, early study had

Experts can't explain why testosterone levels of men declined early in partner's pregnancy

Teens Use E-Cigarettes More Than Cigarettes

Teens Use E-Cigarettes More Than Cigarettes

Texas Infant Dies of Legionnaires' Disease After 'Water Birth'
Children's scores at age 6 were lower if moms

Though health officials couldn't confirm source of infection, they warn of dangers of practice

FDA Approves System to Make Donated Blood Safer

FDA Approves System to Make Donated Blood Safer

Nearly 2.5 Million Consumers Have Selected Health Plans On Federal Marketplace

Officials say the online site and consumer call centers were extremely busy over the weekend as people sought to buy insurance before the Dec. 15 deadline to have a policy in place for January.

Screening Test Finds Drugs That Show Promise Against Ebola

Researchers uncover 53 potential treatments; all are already FDA approved but need more study for this use

Syphilis on the Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men: CDC
Six out of 10 reported rape, stalking or other

Rates of chlamydia dip for the first time in 30 years

Music Classes Boost Language Skills, Study Says
In a blind test, concert musicians couldn't

Kids who actively participate show greater thought processing gains

'Kids' Diseases' Now Hitting Adults
Doctors explain reasons behind surge in cases of

Doctors explain reasons behind surge in cases of chicken pox, mumps, whooping cough and the like

FDA Warns Against Fetal 'Keepsake' Videos
But experts say decision for pain relief still

Ultrasound imaging, heartbeat monitoring should be left to medical professionals, agency says

Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds
Flexible start times, less late-night TV would

Flexible start times, less late-night TV would help solve America's problem, experts say

Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors
Numbers were lowered when people engaged in a few

Review found those who took yoga classes saw improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, weight

Vivek Murthy Confirmed as U.S. Surgeon General

Vivek Murthy Confirmed as U.S. Surgeon General

Cancer Rates Higher in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

People with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are diagnosed with more of some types of cancer -- and are more likely to die from cancer -- than people without diabetes, a new Australian study shows.

WebMD’s Top Stories of 2014
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These stories engaged our readers in 2014, heightening their awareness of diseases like Ebola and enterovirus D68 and informing them on topics ranging from the state of Alzheimer’s treatment and prevention to signs of suicide after comedian Robin Williams’ death.

Alaska’s New Governor Sets Sights On Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Bill Walker, an Independent, campaigned on Medicaid expansion and now he has to pitch it to a reluctant Republican legislature.

Guinea Pigs Can Be Source of Serious Strep Infection
Study found children were more talkative and

But animal-to-human transmission of this bacteria is rare, researcher says

Male Ebola Survivors Should Use Condoms for at Least 3 Months, Experts Say

Studies find semen retains deadly virus for up to 91 days

FDA Approves Blood Test That Gauges Heart Attack Risk
Only a third who received abnormal result went on

The screen is meant for people without history of heart disease, agency says

Indoor Tanning Tied to Burns, Fainting, Eye Injuries: Study
Missouri survey found operators often

Women, whites account for majority of emergency room patients

Doctors Aren't Discussing Sex With Heart Attack Survivors
Study of younger patients finds they often get

Study of younger patients finds they often get misinformation

Timing of First Period Tied to Women's Later Heart Risk: Study
Finding was independent of women's other risk

Getting it earlier or later raised chances of trouble, experts think childhood obesity might be at play

Feel Younger Than Your Age? It May Help You Live Longer
Most seniors are doing well until the last year

Researchers found death rate among young at heart was lower during study period

Drug Interactions Common Among Hospitalized Kids, Study Says
Expert says NSAIDs are overused for treating kids

Medication combos may cause side effects or reduce treatment effectiveness, expert notes

Pregnancy Complication Linked to Autism
Picture of a baby in the belly of her mother

Unborn babies whose mothers get a pregnancy condition called preeclampsia may face a higher risk of having autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a large new study suggests.

Obese Kids' Brains Show Stronger Response to Sugar: Study
Small study found it did not make college

Research suggests that some children may be 'wired' to crave sweet foods

Medication Linked to Fewer Injuries in Kids With ADHD
Reasons aren't known, but researchers found

Older teens experienced the greatest drop in injury risk while taking Ritalin, researchers report

N.Y. Toddler Dies From Liquid Nicotine Poisoning

N.Y. Toddler Dies From Liquid Nicotine Poisoning

CNN.com - Health
5 ways to fat-proof your home
Here simple ways to keep your home food-temptation free. This works for even the most weak-willed among us.
How he became an Ironman
Joe Van Veldhuizen was 19 miles into his first Ironman. He had two hours left to complete the race, and only three miles to go in the 26.2-mile marathon.
Predicting the flu so you can avoid it
Imagine being able to predict when the flu might strike your town, a bit like how meteorologists predict when a storm is heading your way.
Flu shot less helpful, but still key
This year's flu vaccine is not as effective against the current strain of the influenza virus because the virus has mutated, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an advisory to doctors.
Vintage cold and flu ads
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.
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?
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.
Simple steps to beating the holiday blues
Samantha Gattsek's family has never made a big deal out of holiday celebrations. But this year, she feels especially disconnected from the seasonal cheer surrounding her.
Go ahead, lie about your age
People who feel younger at heart live longer. A new study shows those people are among a group who have a lower death rate, compared with those who felt their age or older.
This is your brain on crafting
Her brother's sudden death in 2004 hit Sarah Huerta hard.
Can you reverse Alzheimer's?
Exercising, getting enough sleep, cutting down on processed foods and other habits may actually reverse the early signs of Alzheimer's.
Predicting the flu so you avoid it
Imagine being able to predict when they flu might strike your town, a bit like how meteorologists predict when a storm is heading your way. Think about what companies or hospitals or even you could do to prepare.
Helping kids kick cancer fear
For 12 years, Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg worked at a camp for children battling cancer.
Disabled get buff with fitness guru
Ned Norton was working as a fitness trainer for Olympic athletes and bodybuilders when a young man with a spinal cord injury asked him for help.
Simple steps to beating the holiday blues
Samantha Gattsek's family has never made a big deal out of holiday celebrations. But this year, she feels especially disconnected from the seasonal cheer surrounding her.
This is your brain on crafting
Her brother's sudden death in 2004 hit Sarah Huerta hard.
Hockey rink poisoning sickens dozens
A carbon monoxide leak at a Wisconsin ice rink left 81 people hospitalized. CNN affiliate WISC has the details.
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.
Caramel apples linked to fatal listeria outbreak
Caramel apples cause an outbreak of listeriosis. So far four people are dead and 28 others have become sick in at least 10 different states.
The debilitating outbreak sweeping the Americas
Its name means "bending over in pain." It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people -- 155 of them fatally -- since spreading to the Americas one year ago.
Survey: Teen drinking, drug use down
Teens might be shedding their rebellious reputations: A survey says they're doing fewer drugs, drinking and smoking less. But E-cigarette use is up.
Chickenpox keeps Angelina Jolie from premiere
Angelina Jolie delivered a special message to fans in a video posted to YouTube: She's got chickenpox.
How a hockey player put pain on ice
Greg Ozubko's arthritis pain was so intense he couldn't walk. Now he's playing goalie -- all because of an NHL team with a terrible record.
Ebola fighter coming to U.S. to study
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.
Exposure to common household chemicals may cause IQ drop
A chemical that's in a lot of household products may be hurting children's IQ's.
Dozens sick from hockey rink poisoning
A carbon monoxide leak at a Wisconsin ice rink left 81 people hospitalized. CNN affiliate WISC has the details.
Yoga tips to stress less this season
These yoga techniques are a real gift for those of you who hope to keep feeling festive in what can be a stressful season.
Mediterranean diet tied to a longer life
Eating a Mediterranean diet may be your key to living longer, a new study shows. The diet is rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and peas, unrefined grains, olive oil and fish.
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.
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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