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November 16, 2010

Health Tip: Hit the Slopes With Safety in Mind

Testimony to the increasing popularity of skiing is that more than 131,000 skiing-related injuries were counted during a recent 12-month span, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says.
Health Tip: Treat Your Child's Sunburn

It's best to protect your child from sunburn with sunscreen and limited sun exposure. But if your little one gets burned anyway, he or she will need a little TLC.
Rare, Severe Form of Morning Sickness Appears to Be Genetic

A rare, but severe and potentially life-threatening form of morning sickness, called hyperemesis gravidarum, may be hereditary, researchers say.
Winter Skies Still Pose Sun Danger, Experts Warn

Skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts need to be aware that factors such as weather conditions and time of day can cause considerable variation in the levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation during the winter, researchers say.
Severe Bacterial Strain Found in Cystic Fibrosis Patients in Canada

Researchers have found that many cystic fibrosis (CF) patients in Canada have a common transmissible strain of the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can increase the risk of death or the need for a lung transplant.
For Teen Boys, Heavy Drinking & Impulsivity May Be Vicious Circle

Bouts of heavy drinking can increase male teens' levels of impulsive behavior over time, including their propensity for more heavy drinking, a new study finds.
Cancer Risk From Radiation of Mammograms Is Slight: Study

The potential cancer risk that radiation from mammograms might cause is slight compared to the benefits of lives saved from early detection, new Canadian research says.
Old Defibrillators Safe for Re-use

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) that are removed from patients -- either because of infections or for necessary upgrades -- can be safely used again for new patients, new research indicates.
Scientists Find Way to Boost 'Good' Cholesterol in Mice

New animal research has identified a sequence of genetic material that appears to stabilize levels of so-called "good" cholesterol, at least in mice.
Shorter Sleep in Men Ups Risk of Heart Disease: Study

Men who don't sleep enough may be increasing their risk for cardiovascular disease, new research suggests.
Gaining Weight Raises Risk of Heart Disease

TUESDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) --The more weight a person gains, the greater the risk that individual will develop the narrowing of heart arteries and reduced blood flow to the heart that can lead to a heart attack, a new Danish study indicates.
Gene Therapy Shows Potential Against Heart Failure

By substituting a healthy gene for a defective one, scientists were able to partially restore the heart's ability to pump in 39 heart failure patients, researchers report.
Energy Drinks May Fuel College Kids' Alcohol Use

College students who routinely consume highly caffeinated energy drinks are at significantly higher risk for becoming alcohol-dependent, new research suggests.
U.S. Scientists Commit Most Research Fraud: Study

A new study finds that nearly 800 research papers were retracted by medical journals for serious errors or faked data over the past decade, many of them authored by U.S. researchers.
Health Highlights: Nov. 16, 2010

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Hospital Care Deadly for Some, U.S. Study Finds

Hospital care-related problems contribute to the deaths of about 15,000 Medicare patients each month, according to a new federal government study.
Clinical Trials Update: Nov. 16, 2010

Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of ClinicalConnection.com:
Study Hints at Stem Cells From Belly Fat as Treatment for Heart Attack

Stem cells taken from the belly fat of 10 heart attack patients managed to improve several measures of heart function, Dutch researchers report.
FDA Advisers Endorse New Lupus Drug

U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers voted 13-2 Tuesday to recommend approval of the first new drug in more than 50 years to treat the autoimmune disease lupus.
Adding Surgery to Meds May Help Diabetics With Heart Disease

Using surgical procedures to open clogged arteries in addition to standard drug therapy seems to work better at maintaining good blood flow in diabetics with heart disease, new research finds.
Antibiotics a Mixed Bag for Kids' Ear Infections: Analysis

Antibiotics may help more children with acute ear infections recover quickly, but the drugs also come with the risk of side effects, concludes a new analysis of previous research.
Higher Plavix Dose Won't Boost Outcomes After Stent Placement: Study

Higher doses of the blood-thinner Plavix were no better at preventing heart attacks, blood clots or death than the standard lower dose in patients who had received artery-opening stents, new research shows.

 

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