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Health News for 01/24/11

January 24, 2011

Yoga's Spiritual Balance May Boost Health

Yoga may be becoming more of a mainstream approach to Americans' health woes.
Health Tip: Signs That Shoulder Pain is a Broken Collarbone

The collarbone doesn't completely harden until about age 20 years. This makes younger people -- especially participants in contact sports -- more susceptible to a broken collarbone, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says.
Health Tip: After You Have Knee Surgery

During surgery to reconstruct a damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a new ligament is attached to the knee.
Preparing Small Doses of Medication From Syringes Called Risky

Preparing small doses of medications from syringes can be inaccurate and lead to dangerous dosing errors for infants and small children, warns a new study.
Study Finds Round Numbers Are Strong Motivators

There's a much greater chance that U.S. high school students will retake the SAT if they score just below a round number (such as 1200) than if they score just above it, a new study suggests.
Pen Mightier Than Keyboard for Making Imprint on Brain

As keyboards increasingly replace pens, new research cautions that the switch may come with an unforeseen price: the loss of critical brain activity central to learning that is uniquely tied to the old-fashioned act of handwriting.
Stress of War Spurs Changes in Brain Activity, Study Finds

Continual exposure to stress prompts neural activity changes in those parts of the brain that control fear, vigilance and emotion, a new study suggests.
Increasingly, Other Ailments Prove Fatal for People With COPD

People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are more likely today than in the past to die from cardiovascular disease or other conditions that are not respiratory ailments, a new Swedish study has found.
Close Relationships Sometimes Mask Poor Communication

For many people, their communication skills with loved ones are not as strong as they think.
Insufficient, Irregular Sleep Tied to Kids' Obesity

Sleeping in on the weekend may help children fight obesity, a new study suggests.
Brief Behavioral Counseling May Help Seniors Sleep

A brief, individualized counseling program can improve sleep in older adults with insomnia, a new study shows.
Lowering BP Can Help Cut Women's Heart Disease Risk

Many middle-aged women could significantly reduce their risk of heart disease by lowering their blood pressure, researchers say.
Breast Cancer Drug May Also Help Lung Cancer Patients

The anti-estrogen drug that transformed the treatment of breast cancer three decades ago may also reduce the risk of dying from lung cancer, researchers say.
Self-Control Could Turn Kids Into Successful Adults

Children with the most self-control at 3 years old become the healthiest, wealthiest and most successful adults, new research finds.
Health Highlights: Jan. 24, 2011

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
U.S. Heart Disease Costs Expected to Soar

The cost of treating heart disease and stroke in the United States is expected to triple in the next 20 years, to $818 billion, a new report says.
Clinical Trials Update: Jan. 24, 2011

Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of ClinicalConnection.com:
Heavy Smoking Linked to Small Increase in Breast Cancer Risk

Heavy smokers of childbearing age -- especially women who have not been pregnant -- may face a modest increase in their risk of developing breast cancer, a new study suggests.
Viibryd Approved for Major Depressive Disorder

Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) tablets have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD) in adults.
Stress-Reduction Therapy May Help Heart Disease Patients

A stress management program based on cognitive behavioral therapy may reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and death in patients with heart disease, Swedish researchers report.

 

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