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Health News for 09/23/14

September 22, 2014

Behavioral Counseling Urged for Teens, Young Adults at Risk for STDs

Teens and young adults at risk for sexually transmitted infections should undergo "intensive" behavioral counseling to help prevent risky sexual behaviors, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Screen Women for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Experts Say

All sexually active women should be screened for two of the most common sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia and gonorrhea, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Study Suggests Why Pregnant Women Get Sicker From Flu

Pregnant women appear to have an unusually strong immune response to the flu, according to a new study.
Study: Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors May Prevent 80 Percent of Heart Attacks

Five recommended health behaviors may prevent four out of five heart attacks in men, a new study suggests.
Health Woes to Worsen Due to Climate Change, Study Warns

Coupled with worldwide marches demanding action on climate change, a new study warns that rising temperatures and altered weather patterns in the United States may soon exacerbate many existing health risks.
Noninvasive Devices May Help Migraines, FDA Says

Two new prescription devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may provide some relief for people with migraine headaches who don't tolerate migraine medications well, according to a new study.
Can Brain Scans Help Predict Young Children's Reading Abilities?

Scans of young children's brains might help predict how they learn to read. This finding could potentially allow doctors to identify those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties early on, preliminary research suggests.
Diabetes Drug Metformin May Affect Thyroid in Some Patients

Metformin, a drug commonly used to treat diabetes, may raise the risk of low levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) among patients with an underactive thyroid, a new study suggests.
Many Parents Use Online Ratings to Pick a Pediatrician, Study Finds

Pediatricians, take note: Many American parents are aware of online physician-rating sites, and more than one-quarter have used them to choose a pediatrician for their children, according to a new national study.
Brainwaves May Help Gauge Autism Severity: Study

Measuring how quickly a child's brain processes sounds might help identify the severity of autism, according to a new study.
Health Highlights: Sept. 22, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Pediatricians Urge Flu Vaccine for All Kids 6 Months and Older

Pediatricians are urging that all children aged 6 months and older be vaccinated for the upcoming flu season.
Could Low Iron Intake During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk?

It's something every pregnant woman wonders: What can I do to help ensure a healthy baby?
Newborn ICUs With Private Family Rooms Benefit Preemies: Study

Tiny preemies may fare better when newborn intensive care units (NICU) set up private rooms for parents to spend time with their infants, a new study finds.
E-Cigarettes Don't Help Cancer Patients Quit Smoking: Study

New research raises doubts about the possible benefits of e-cigarettes for people with cancer.
Health Tip: Don't Fall for Food Safety Myths

Believing a myth about food safety can leave you with a nasty case of food poisoning.
Health Tip: Scrub Hands Thoroughly

To get rid of germs on your hands, you should make sure you're washing properly.

 

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