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Health News for 01/31/11

January 31, 2011

New Oral Drugs Hailed for Treating MS

For decades, research into treatments for multiple sclerosis has plodded forward, making slow but significant gains in improving the lives of people with the degenerative nerve disorder.
Health Tip: Watch For Barrett's Esophagus

Barrett's esophagus may occur as a complication of gastroesphageal reflux disease (indigestion). When stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, it can cause changes in the esophageal lining, triggering Barrett's esophagus. In some cases, it can lead to cancer.
Health Tip: Dealing With Hot Flashes

What middle-aged woman hasn't begged the question: Is it warm in here or is it me?
Sex During Pregnancy Deemed Safe

Having sex while you're pregnant is generally safe, a new review finds.
Super Bowl Loss Really a Heart Stopper for Some Fans

Super Bowl fans, beware: Research warns that Sunday's match-up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers could be a killer, literally.
Hands-On Training May Save Workers in Hazardous Jobs

Hands-on training helps improve the safety awareness and behavior of workers in highly hazardous jobs, according to a new study.
Why a Woman May Avoid a Mammogram

Pain, embarrassment and being too busy are among the main reasons why women avoid having mammograms, a new study finds.
Odds of Quitting Smoking May Be Clear on Scans

Brain scans can predict a smoker's chances of being able to quit, according to a new study.
Most X-Rays, Scans Unnecessary for Acute Low Back Pain

X-rays, CT scans and MRIs may be routinely ordered for people with low back pain, but often these tests are unnecessary, suggests new guidance from the American College of Physicians.
Drowsiness May Decline After Apnea Surgery

Daytime sleepiness, a common complaint of people with obstructive sleep apnea, improves greatly after surgery for the disorder, according to a new study.
FDA Panel Recommends Testing of Electroshock Devices

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided on Friday that electroconvulsive (also known as "electroshock") devices should be subject to the same tough testing as other medical devices entering the market.
Boyfriend More Forgiving When Her Affair Is With a Woman

A man is much more likely to continue dating a girlfriend who cheated on him with another woman than a girlfriend who had sex with another man, a new study finds.
Health Highlights: Jan. 31, 2011

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Survival After Stroke Better for Blacks

Although blacks face a higher risk of having a stroke, they appear to have better odds of surviving one than whites do, a new study finds.
With Hormone Therapy, Starting Later May Be Less Risky

Women who begin hormone therapy at menopause, or before, face a greater risk for breast cancer than those who start the treatment later, a new study has found.
Clinical Trials Update: Jan. 31, 2011

Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of
Fla. Federal Judge: Health Reform Law Is Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Florida ruled Monday that the controversial health-care reform law passed by Congress last spring is unconstitutional because it requires people to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty.
New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Focus on Salt Reduction

Long-awaited U.S. dietary guidelines released Monday -- the first since 2005 -- focus on getting Americans to slash their salt intake.
New Therapies Offer Insight Into Battling Deadly Melanomas

Two new studies report some success in treating a particularly stubborn form of cancer: melanoma, a deadly malignancy that first appears in the skin before frequently spreading to other parts of the body.
Trained Labrador Can Sniff Out Colon Cancer, Researchers Say

With powers of smell far superior to those of humans, dogs can sniff out buried earthquake victims. They can unearth hidden bombs or drugs. They can also apparently detect colorectal cancer, Japanese researchers suggest.
Brisk Walks May Boost Memory in Older Adults

Older adults who took a brisk walk three times a week did better on memory tests and increased the size of their hippocampus, a portion of the brain involved with memory formation, researchers report.



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