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Health News for 01/20/12

January 20, 2012

Health Tip: Store Insulin Properly

Insulin is a lifesaver for many people with diabetes, but it must be stored correctly.
Health Tip: Strengthen Your Muscles

Maintaining strong and healthy muscles is particularly important for seniors, who tend to lose muscle as they age.
Treating Diabetes, Depression Together May Make Sense

Patients with depression and type 2 diabetes showed more improvement when they received simultaneous treatment for both conditions, researchers report.
Study Highlights Features of High-Quality Primary Care

Americans with access to three key features of high-quality primary care have a lower risk of death, according to a new study.
Anthrax Vaccine Shows Promise in Monkeys

Monkeys vaccinated with an anthrax capsule vaccine were protected against lethal anthrax infection, a new study has found.
Asthma Meds Likely Safe During Pregnancy: Study

A new study found no statistically significant link between asthma medication use during pregnancy and common birth defects.
Smoking During Pregnancy Not Linked to Autism

Children born to women who smoke during pregnancy are not at increased risk for autism, according to a new study.
Tanning Salon Tax No Deterrent: Study

A 10 percent federal tax, imposed on tanning salons in 2010 as part of the U.S. Affordable Care Act, does not seem to deter those who like the bronzed look all year long, a new study finds.
U.S. Work-Related Injuries, Illnesses Take Toll on the Till

Job-related injuries and illnesses in the United States cost the nation an estimated $250 billion per year, according to a new study.
Rapid Infant Growth Linked to Asthma in Study

Rapid growth during the first three months of life is associated with an increased risk of asthma symptoms in preschool children, a new study indicates.
British Troops Have Lower Rate of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have lower rates of minimal traumatic brain injury than American troops, new research finds.
Many Breast Cancer Patients Uninformed About Options: Study

In too many cases, doctors aren't doing a good job of informing American women with early stage breast cancer about the disease or their options in terms of surgery, a new study suggests.
Bipolar Drug May Spur Weight Gain, Thyroid Problems: Review

A new medical review finds that lithium, a common treatment for bipolar disorder, can lead to weight gain and causes high rates of abnormalities in the thyroid and parathyroid glands.
Many U.S. Adults Not Vaccinated for Hepatitis B

More than half (51.4 percent) of American adults at risk for hepatitis B infection have not been vaccinated, a new study says.
More Evidence for Oxaliplatin as Colon Cancer Chemotherapy

Adding oxaliplatin to a standard chemotherapy regimen boosts survival rates for patients with advanced colon cancer, according to a new study that bolsters previous research on the drug by looking at a broader group of patients.
Experts Weigh Changes to Definition of Autism

The number of people diagnosed with autism will likely decrease if a new definition of the disorder is adopted by mental health experts later this year.
Health Highlights: Jan. 20, 2012

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Breast Cancer Before 50 Linked to More Distress

Younger women with breast cancer may experience a decrease in their health-related quality of life because of increased mental distress, weight gain and other factors, a new study finds.
Scientists Agree to Delay Controversial Bird Flu Research

Scientists agreed Friday to a 60-day moratorium on controversial research into a modified avian flu virus that has been shown to be more transmissible among mammals.
First Test Approved to Help Detect Risk of Rare Brain Infection

The first test to help determine the risk of a rare brain infection among users of the drug Tysabri has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

 

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