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Health News for 03/11/11

March 11, 2011

Inspection Can Reveal Whether Radon Problem Exists

Brandon Smith started a radon inspection company of his own when the company for which he made heat-resistant wire closed down after 100 years in business.
Health Tip: Take Care of Arthritic Joints

Even everyday activities can strain stiff and inflamed arthritic joints.
Health Tip: Evaluate Back Pain in Children

If a child has back pain, it is more likely than in adults to signal an underlying health problem, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says.
Think You Have a Perfect Partner? That's a Good Sign

Forget that warning about rose-colored glasses setting you up for disappointment in romantic relationships.
Don't Let Time Change Disrupt Your Sleep Patterns

Worried that your sleep patterns will be disrupted when the clocks move ahead one hour this weekend? The key is getting enough zzz's in advance, says one sleep expert.
Insecurity in Relationships Binds People to Possessions

People who attach more value to their possessions may be less secure in their personal relationships than those who put less value on material goods, a new study reports.
When Someone Is Watching, You're Less Inclined to Do Bad Things

People would prefer to allow bad things to happen rather than cause them, especially if they know others are watching, says a new study.
Diabetics Do Better With Empathetic Doctors

A doctor's empathy can improve the care of diabetes patients and should be considered an important part of being a good doctor, according to a new study.
Adults With HIV at Increased Risk of Bone Fractures, Study Finds

Adults infected with HIV -- particularly adults between 25 and 54 -- are at increased risk for bone fractures compared to the general population, a new study has found.
Text Messages May Help Smokers Kick the Addiction, Small Study Finds

Text messages may help smokers kick the addiction, particularly if they are tailored to the individual, according to researchers who conducted two studies on 27 heavy smokers.
Fans of Winning Teams Linked to Fatal Crashes

Watching your team win a major sporting event that ends in a close score can be thrilling, but there may be a drawback: aggressive, testosterone-fueled driving by victorious fans.
New Test for Emphysema on the Horizon

A simple and inexpensive blood test designed to uncover early signs of emphysema may one day find its place among the standard work-up that most Americans undergo during their yearly physical, new research suggests.
Aspirin May Protect Against Colorectal Cancer -- But Only in Certain People

Taking aspirin to protect against colorectal cancer may be effective, but mostly in people at increased risk for the disease due to elevated levels of an inflammatory biomarker in their blood, according to a new study.
Fat Alone, Not Where It Sits, May Be Key to Heart Problems

In a finding that contradicts earlier research, an international study suggests that being obese boosts the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke regardless of where the excess fat is stored in the body.
Clinical Trials Update: March. 11, 2011

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Health Highlights: March 11, 2011

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Device Approved to Continue Blood Flow During Brain Surgery

A device that permits the rerouting of blood flow during surgery to treat a brain aneurysm or tumor in people at greater risk of stroke has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



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