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October 22, 2010

1 in 10 Child Athletes Injured, Experts Say

Sports participation among children and teens is a welcome trend, as it teaches teamwork and lays the groundwork for lifelong exercise, experts agree. Not so good, however, are the high rates of injury.
Health Tip: Managing Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis occurs when there's nerve and muscle damage that slows the process that empties the stomach.
Health Tip: Have a Spooky, Yet Safe Halloween

Before you let your little goblins out of the home for trick-or-treating this year, make sure they're safe and prepared.
Counseling for New Moms Can Sway Kids' Eating Habits

Nutritional counseling for new mothers can help reduce their child's risk of obesity, a new study suggests.
Recession May Be Changing Americans' Attitudes Toward Work

Recession-linked job insecurity has many Americans questioning the sacrifices they make for work, such as having less time for family, leisure and self-improvement activities, a new study suggests.
Brain's Pleasure Chemical May Explain Men's Higher Alcoholism Rate

Differences in the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine may help explain why men are up to twice as likely as women to develop alcoholism, a new study says.
Prior Hospitalization With Pneumonia Often Tied to Later Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis of pneumonia is common among patients readmitted to the hospital shortly after a hospitalization for the same illness, according to two companion studies.
Low-Dose Aspirin May Cut Chances of Colon Cancer

People who regularly take a low dose of aspirin may be reducing their risk of developing colon cancer by 24 percent, a new study finds.
New Moms' Brains May Grow After Childbirth

The brains of new mothers actually get bigger within months of giving birth, according to new research.
One-Third of U.S. Adults Could Have Diabetes by 2050: CDC

The number of American adults with diabetes could double or triple by 2050 if current trends continue, warns a federal government study released Friday.
Steroids May Only Offer Short-Term Help for Tennis Elbow

Although a steroid shot can relieve the pain of tennis elbow in the short run, long-term use is less effective and might even be harmful, Australian researchers say.
Flu Meeting Highlights Latest Research

As another flu season approaches, with the memory of last season's H1N1 pandemic flu still fresh in the minds of many, scientists gathered Thursday to present the latest research on the flu virus and attempts to vaccinate against it.
Iraq War Vet, Daytime TV Star Turns Scars Into Inspiration

You might have seen J.R. Martinez on ABC's All My Children, where he plays an Iraq War vet with severe burns across much of his body who led his fiancée to believe he was dead rather than reveal his injuries.
Health Highlights: Oct. 22, 2010

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Disaster Planners Should Give Higher Priority to Kids: Survey

Children should receive higher priority in disaster preparedness and response plans, according to the majority of people who took part in a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Health Fund.
Clinical Trials Update: Oct. 22, 2010

Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of
Mosquito Evolution May Make It Harder to Fight Malaria: Study

Complicating efforts to combat malaria, new research indicates that two physically identical strains of a single mosquito responsible for most disease transmissions appear to be evolving into two genetically distinct species.
New Virus 'Jumps' From Monkey to Scientist, Causing Serious Illness

A never-before detected strain of virus that killed more than one-third of a monkey colony at a U.S. lab appears to have 'jumped' from the animals to sicken a human scientist, researchers report.
MRSA Strain With Outbreak Potential Among Reports at Disease Conference

An increasingly stubborn strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a common bacterial infection acquired in hospitals, has been identified in Ohio, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.



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