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Health News for 10/30/14

October 30, 2014

'Informal Care' for Older Americans Tops $500B Annually, Study Finds

Each year, people across the United States spend an estimated 30 billion hours caring for older relatives and friends, which costs $522 billion, according to new research.
Eczema Tied to Bone Fracture Risk in Study

The skin condition eczema may increase slightly the risk of broken bones and injured joints, a new study reports.
Leprosy Still Occurs in U.S., CDC Reports

Leprosy, although quite rare, continues to appear in the United States, a new U.S. government study reports.
Fewer Malpractice Claims Paid in U.S.

The number of medical malpractice payments in the United States has dropped sharply since 2002, according to a new study.
Halloween Safety Tips for Kids With Asthma

Wearing masks made of latex and taking hayrides are among the Halloween festivities that could be risky for children with asthma, according to the American Lung Association.
World Bank Pledges $100M More to Fight West Africa's Ebola Outbreak

The World Bank pledged Thursday an additional $100 million in the fight against the Ebola outbreak wreaking havoc in West Africa.
4 Steps Could Quell Ebola in West Africa, Researchers Say

A full-court press involving all public health tactics known to prevent Ebola transmission will be required to quell the current West African epidemic, a new study reports.
Brain Scans Yield Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There are clear differences in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome and the brains of healthy people, new research indicates.
Scientists Set Their Sights on First Whole-Eye Transplant

In the world of 21st-century medicine, organ transplantation is nothing new.
Frailty Tied to Lower Survival Rates After Kidney Transplant

Physical frailty may lead to worse five-year survival rates among kidney transplant patients, regardless of their age, a new study shows.
Would Alternative Payment Plan Cut Medical Bills?

New research supports replacing the traditional way of reimbursing doctors for care -- paying for each service provided -- with an alternative system that gives a set amount of money to health care organizations for patient care.
Health Highlights: Oct. 30, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Health Tip: Dress Kids in Safe Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes may be scary and spooky, but they should still be safe. Parents should make sure costumes don't obstruct vision or increase the risk of falls.
Health Tip: Why People Seek Counseling

Counseling can be an effective way to deal with life's many problems and challenges.

 

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