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Health News for 12/17/10

December 17, 2010

Health Tip: Urinary Tract Infections Are Common in Children

By the time they're 5, about 8 percent of girls and up to 2 percent of boys will have had a urinary tract infection (UTI), the Nemours Foundation says.
Health Tip: Reduce the Risk of Pinworm Infection

Pinworm is the most common worm infection in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms.
Patient Literacy Problems Can Hinder Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

Among people with rheumatoid arthritis, 11 percent of those surveyed didn't know what a rheumatologist is, even if they had been seeing one for quite a while.
Surviving the Holiday Blues

FRIDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) Christmas and other winter holidays are supposed to be a happy time of year, which makes it all the more stressful when they are anything but joyous.
For Most, Chronic Heartburn Not a Big Risk for Esophageal Cancer

Contrary to popular belief, acid reflux disease, better known as heartburn, is not much of a risk factor for esophageal cancer for most people, according to new research.
Primate Immune System Differences Identified

Differences in immune signaling pathways among various species may explain why humans are more susceptible than other primates to certain infectious diseases, researchers say.
Coping When Tough Economic Times Taint Holiday Cheer

Store aisles are jammed, menorahs have been lit, and houses and Christmas trees are adorned with lights, which can only mean the holidays are officially in full swing.
Kidney Disease Could Be More Deadly for Kids With Lupus

Children and adults with kidney disease caused by the autoimmune disease lupus have a higher risk of death than those with other types of kidney disease, researchers have found.
Holidays With Clan Ideal for Investigating Family Health History

When your relatives get together over the holidays, it may be a good opportunity to investigate your family history, including its health history, suggests a genetics expert.
Obesity May Interfere With Vitamin D Absorption

The more obese a person is, the poorer his or her vitamin D status, a new study by a team of Norwegian researchers suggests.
Sickle Cell May Be Hidden Danger to Young Athletes

Scott Galloway's perspective as a high school athletic trainer changed the day a 14-year-old female basketball player at his school suffered sudden cardiac arrest and died on the court.
Violent Video Games Don't Predict Aggressive Behavior

Exposure to violent video games or television shows is not a strong predictor of aggression or violence among youth, says a new study from Texas A&M International University.
Reading to Newborns in Intensive Care a Boon for Parents

Parents who read to their newborns in the intensive care unit feel closer to their babies during this difficult time, a new study finds.
Clinical Trials Update: Dec. 17, 2010

Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of
Smokers' Former Homes May Retain Tobacco Toxins

The health of nonsmokers who move into homes previously inhabited by smokers could be threatened by tobacco toxins lodged in dust and on surfaces, a new study finds.
Medtronic Catheter System Approved for Atrial Fibrillation

Medtronic's Arctic Front Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter system has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat atrial fibrillation, the company said in a news release.



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