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Health News for 06/22/11

June 22, 2011

Health Tip: Don't Deny Your Diabetes

"Not me" is a common response to a recent diagnosis of diabetes, the American Diabetes Association says.
Health Tip: Create a First Aid Kit

In case of emergency, a well-stocked first aid kit could be a lifesaver. Keep one in your home, in your car, and even at work. And keep one handy if you are hiking, biking, camping or boating.
Math Learning Disabilities Linked to Poor 'Gut Sense' of Numbers

A poor "gut sense" of numbers may be a sign of a math learning disability, a new study suggests.
Pregnant Women May Go to Great Lengths to Induce Labor

Walking, sex, spicy foods and nipple stimulation are among the techniques most commonly used by pregnant women who want to induce labor, a new survey finds.
Eating Disorders May Raise Risk of Depression in Pregnancy

Although depression strikes one in 10 women during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth, those who have had an eating disorder or suffered physical or sexual abuse are more likely to develop the condition, according to a new study.
Cocaine-Related Heart Damage May Be 'Silent'

Heart damage caused by heavy cocaine use can occur without producing any symptoms, according to a new study.
Clues to Alzheimer's May Reside in Spinal Fluid

The spinal fluid of people with mild memory problems may help identify those who will later develop Alzheimer's disease, according to new research.
Smoking During Pregnancy May Predispose Kids to Heart Trouble

Children born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy have lower levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, which may increase their risk of heart attack and stroke later in life, a new study suggests.
Chips, Fries, Soda Most to Blame for Long-Term Weight Gain

The edict to eat less and exercise more is far from far-reaching, as a new analysis points to the increased consumption of potato chips, French fries, sugary sodas and red meat as a major cause of weight gain in people across the United States.
Simple Saliva Test Detects Your 'Real' Age

A new test that uses a saliva sample to predict a person's age within a five-year range could prove useful in solving crimes and improving patient care, University of California, Los Angeles geneticists say.
City Living Tied to More Anxiety, Mood Disorders

People who are born and raised in cities have a greater lifetime risk for anxiety and mood disorders due to the impact that city living appears to have on two brain regions that regulate emotion and stress, a new international study indicates.
Early Chemical Exposures May Affect Breast Health: Report

Exposure to common chemicals during critical periods of breast development may affect breast growth, the ability to breast-feed and breast cancer risk, a new report contends.
Poor Brain 'Sync' a Possible Sign of Autism

Researchers searching for an early indicator of autism say they've discovered a promising possibility: an impairment in the ability of the brain's right and left hemispheres to communicate with each other.
Health Highlights: June 22, 2011

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Could a Dangerous Fungus Lurk in Your Dishwasher?

Can a dishwasher be both an excellent cleaning machine and an agent for infectious disease? Possibly, according to a new study.
FDA: Breast Implants Basically Safe, But Won't Last a Lifetime

Silicone-gel breast implants don't last forever, with as many as half of women with the devices requiring removal within 10 years of the initial surgery, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.
German E. Coli Strain Especially Lethal, Studies Find

The strain of E. coli bacteria that this month killed dozens of people in Europe and sickened thousands more may be more deadly because of the way it has evolved, a new study suggests.
New Drug Effectively Treats Hepatitis C

The recently approved drug Incivek, combined with two standard drugs, is highly effective at treating hepatitis C, a notoriously difficult-to-manage liver disease, two new studies show.

 

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