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Health News for 11/02/10

November 02, 2010

Canadian Kids Seem More Likely to Be Sidelined by Asthma

Canadian children with asthma feel more isolated from their peers than children with asthma in other countries surveyed, according to a new study.
Poor Diet May Make COPD Worse, Study Finds

Certain vitamin deficiencies may lead to decreased lung function in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, says a new study.
Health Tip: Is Your Child's Fever Serious?

When children aged 3 or older run a fever, it doesn't necessarily mean that they've got a dangerous illness.
Health Tip: Choosing a Dentist

Regular dental checkups can help keep your teeth and mouth in good health. That's why it's important to select the right dentist.
Long Hours Put Surgeons, Patients at Risk, Study Suggests

Surgeons who work long hours can suffer burnout and depression, which can lead to patient safety issues and increased risk of personal problems such as addiction and suicide, a new study suggests.
Many Coaches Unprepared for Student-Athletes' Asthma

Only one in three children's athletic coaches reports being adequately trained to deal with asthma symptoms in kids, a new study found.
Socializing Tied to Sleep Deprivation in Extroverts

Extroverts are more vulnerable to the effects of sleep deprivation after they've had lots of social activity than after they've been alone, researchers have found.
Dolphins Get By With a Little Help From Their (Female) Friends

Female dolphins are much more successful as mothers if they get help from their female friends or relatives, says a new study.
Study Unmasks the Biology of Bluffing

Attention swindlers, grifters and expert poker players: Science may be onto you.
Program May Help Prevent Falls in Hospitalized Patients

A patient-tailored fall prevention program significantly reduced the number of falls suffered by hospital patients, a new study reports.
Brain Difference Found in Smokers

A certain area of the cerebral cortex is thinner in smokers than in people who have never smoked, finds a new study.
Exercise May Help Beat the Common Cold

There may not be a cure for the common cold, but people who exercise regularly seem to have fewer and milder colds, a new study suggests.
Online Feedback May Boost Weight-Loss Success

Providing feedback to users of online weight-loss programs can improve the outcomes for participants, a new study has found.
Diabetes Drugs Might Lower Risk of Lung Cancer

Researchers report that drugs used to treat diabetes may indeed both prevent and contain lung cancer.
MRI Images May Pinpoint Time of Stroke

MRI images can serve as a "surrogate clock" to pinpoint stroke onset in patients whose symptoms began during sleep, increasing the number of patients eligible for highly effective clot-busting therapy, according to a new study.
Health Highlights: Nov. 2, 2010

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Clinical Trials Update: Nov. 2, 2010

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Study Casts Doubt on Hospice Admission Criteria for Patients With Dementia

Many people with advanced dementia aren't getting much-needed hospice care because the admission criteria is flawed, researchers say.
Fish Oil Supplements May Not Slow Alzheimer's

One of the main components of fish oil doesn't help slow the development of symptoms in patients with early Alzheimer's, although experts aren't ruling out the possibility that supplementation given earlier might help prevent the disease.
Possible Genetic 'Switches' for Blood Sugar Control Detected

A new genetic analysis has uncovered specific regions in the DNA of certain human pancreatic cells that appear central to the regulation of insulin and other functions of the pancreas.
FDA Failing to Monitor Safety of Medical Devices: Report

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not doing its job of properly monitoring the safety of medical devices, the authors of a new report charge.



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