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October 15, 2010

Health Tip: Whooping Cough Can Lead to Complications

Pertussis, more commonly called whooping cough, is a bacterial infection that can be life-threatening in some babies and children who develop complications.
Halloween Candy Has Limited Shelf Life

Maybe it's not so bad that children gorge themselves on candy on Halloween.
Latest Findings Back Mammograms for Women in Their 40s

Women in their 40s who are thoroughly confused by recent moves to push back the recommended age for having mammograms to 50 may find clarity in a new study that found having the screening scans in the 40s can save lives.
Health Tip: If You Have Trouble Absorbing Nutrients

Malabsorption can be caused by a number of health problems, from gastrointestinal disorders to some forms of cancer.
Restless Legs Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Linked in Study

People with fibromyalgia are 11 times more likely to have restless legs syndrome (RLS) than those in the general population, according to a new study.
Strength Training May Help Kidney Patients Live Longer, Healthier

Strength training may help kidney disease patients live longer and healthier lives, according to a new study.
Magnet Therapy an Option for Tough-to-Treat Depression

A treatment for major depression that uses intense magnetic pulses to stimulate the brain, previously shown to reduce acute symptoms for brief periods, appears to work over the longer term when teamed with antidepressants, researchers report.
Mouse Study Sheds Light on Hearing Loss in Aging Humans

New insight into how different types of age-related hearing loss may occur could help lead to the development of drugs to preserve hearing, scientists say.
More U.S. Kids Getting Hurt Using All-Terrain Vehicles

Among U.S. children younger than 18, hospitalizations for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) injuries increased 150 percent between 1997 and 2006, new research shows.
Brain Scans May Help Identify Bipolar, ADHD Kids: Study

Using brain imaging to look at how working memory is influenced by emotions may help identify which children have bipolar disorder and which have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers suggest.
Kids Under 6 Account for Two-Thirds of Drug-Related ER Visits

Children aged 5 years or younger accounted for 68.9 percent of the estimated 100,340 U.S. emergency department visits in 2008 that involved accidental ingestion of prescription medicines and other drugs, says a U.S. government report.
Survey Reveals Alzheimer's Caregivers' Top Concerns

Family caregivers' greatest concerns about the progression of a loved one's Alzheimer's disease are memory loss (41 percent), personal safety (33 percent) and confusion (27 percent), finds a new survey.
Tyrannosarus Rex Was a Cannibal

FRIDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) As if it weren't fearsome enough already, Tyrannosaurus rex had yet another disagreeable trait, a new study claims.
More Evidence That Compression-Only CPR Works Best

Emergency dispatchers should advise bystanders to use chest-compression-only CPR on heart attack victims, rather than the standard protocol of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth ventilation, according to a new study.
Two-Thirds of Spinal Fractures Undiagnosed, Untreated: Report

As part of World Osteoporosis Day on Oct. 20, the International Osteoporosis Foundation has issued a new report on the serious but often overlooked problem of spinal fractures, declaring that two-thirds of them go undiagnosed and untreated.
Hospitalizations Way Up for Young Adults With Diabetes

Hospitalizations for diabetes in the United States rose 65 percent over a recent 14-year span, with young adults -- and young women in particular -- accounting for much of that surge, a new study shows.
Health Highlights: Oct. 15, 2010

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Even a Little Weight Loss Helps Lower Blood Pressure in Obese Kids

For overweight children, losing just a little weight can significantly lower their blood pressure, according to researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine.
Clinical Trials Update: Oct. 15, 2010

Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of



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