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Health News for 09/23/11

September 23, 2011

CDC Considers Vaccinating Boys, Not Just Girls, for HPV

U.S. health authorities now recommend that girls and young women be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease that is a known cause of cervical cancer, but that recommendation does not extend to boys and young men.
Stress the 'Human' in HPV, One Man Suggests

Fred Wyand has been in a prime spot to watch the evolution of the public health response to human papillomavirus, or HPV.
Health Tip: Help Swelling Subside During Pregnancy

Minor swelling of the extremities and face is common during pregnancy.
Health Tip: Keep a Diabetes Notebook

A notebook of instructions and helpful information will make it easier to stay organized when your diabetic child gets sick.
Most Patients Want Experienced Surgeons, Not Trainees

Hospital patients want to know whether medical trainees are participating in their surgery, according to a new study.
People Tend to Choose Friends Just Like Themselves

In large and diverse groups, people with similar beliefs, values and interests tend to stick together, establishing both friendships and romantic relationships with like-minded people, a new study suggests.
Scientists ID More Genes Linked to Heart Disease

Researchers have identified five new genes that play a role in people's risk for heart attack and coronary artery disease -- the most common cause of premature death and disability in the world, according to a new study.
Study Suggests Link Between Stress and Aggressive Breast Cancer

A new study finds that black and Hispanic women with breast cancer suffer more stress than white women, and the researchers connected the extra stress to more aggressive tumors.
Ever Wonder How Doctors Make Referrals?

Primary care and specialist physicians use different criteria when deciding to refer a patient to another doctor, a new study finds.
ADHD Symptoms May Add to Burden of Autism

Attention and hyperactivity problems worsen quality of life for many children with autism, a new study finds.
Foreign-Born U.S. Women Getting Mammograms

Foreign-born U.S. women are becoming more likely to undergo mammograms to screen for breast cancer, but native-born women still outpace them, a new study reports.
Depression After Cancer Keeps Some From Follow-Up Care

New research suggests that depression and other factors may keep Hispanic women who have survived breast cancer from getting screenings that could pick up signs of colorectal or ovarian cancer.
Magnetic Field May Cause MRI-Induced Vertigo

Many people who undergo MRI scans describe feeling dizzy while inside the machine or when they come out, and a new study may explain why.
Many Black Men in Cold Climates Lack Vitamin D

People's bodies build up vitamin D through exposure to sunlight, But a new study suggests black men who live in areas of the United States with low sunlight are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency than whites who live in the same places.
A Woman's Voice Doesn't Give Away Ovulation Status

Although some studies have suggested that men can find clues to women's reproductive status by certain changes in their voices, a new study appears to dispel that notion
Many With Irregular Heartbeat Unaware of Raised Stroke Risk

Half of the 2.7 million Americans affected by an irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation, deny or do not know they are at greater risk for stroke, according to a new survey from the American Heart Association (AHA).
Antioxidants Not Behind Red Wine's Healthy Effect on Heart: Study

Many studies have shown that a glass or two of red wine a day is heart-healthy, and much of the benefit has been attributed to the anti-hypertensive effects of antioxidants found in red wine called polyphenols.
Americans Spending More of Their Lives Struggling With Diabetes

Americans may be living longer than ever before, but they're not necessarily living better. And that's especially true for people who are obese, a new study finds.
Health Highlights: Sept. 23, 2011

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Soliris Approval Expanded to Include Rare Blood Disorder

Soliris (eculizumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first drug to treat atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), a rare blood disease that may trigger kidney failure, stroke or death.



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