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Health News for 02/12/14

February 12, 2014

Health Tip: Staying Healthy Is a Family Affair

Staying healthy is a family affair, and by working together you can meet your exercise and diet goals.
Health Tip: OTC Medications for Children

Before you give your child any over-the-counter medication, it's important to discuss the medication and proper dosing with the pediatrician.
Could the Weather Affect Your Stroke Risk?

Imagine hearing a weather forecaster warn that tomorrow could be "colder with a chance of stroke."
Cocaine Use Spurs Steep, Short-Term Rise in Stroke Risk: Study

In the 24 hours after using cocaine, a young adult's risk of a stroke increases almost sevenfold, according to a new study.
Infections Like Colds, Chickenpox Tied to Some Stroke Risk in Kids

Common infections, such as a cold or chickenpox, may increase the risk of stroke in children, according to several new studies.
1 in 14 Women Worldwide Has Been Sexually Assaulted: Study

About one in 14 women worldwide has reported being sexually assaulted by someone other than an intimate partner, according to a new report.
Newly Discovered Gene May Shed Light on Certain Brain Disorders

Scientists who discovered a gene that links the thickness of the brain's gray matter to intelligence say their finding might help improve understanding of brain disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.
Annual Mammograms Don't Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths, Study Contends

The value of yearly mammograms is under fire once again, with a long-running Canadian study contending that annual screening in women aged 40 to 59 does not lower breast cancer death rates.
Obesity's Link to Type 2 Diabetes Not So Clear-Cut: Study

Although it's a common belief that a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes often follows a large weight gain, a new study challenges that notion.
Quitting Smoking Linked to Better Mental Health in Study

Quitting smoking may be as good for your mental health as it is for your physical health, a new study suggests.
Double Mastectomy May Benefit Some Women With Inherited Breast Cancer

Women diagnosed with an inherited form of breast cancer might halve their risk of dying of the disease if they remove both breasts, a new study suggests.
Newsman Tom Brokaw Has Many Treatment Options for His Blood Cancer

Veteran TV journalist Tom Brokaw's revelation that he is battling a type of cancer that attacks white blood cells in bone marrow has triggered an outpouring of sympathy and concern.
Health Highlights: Feb. 12, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Bob Costas's Eye Trouble Temporary, Experts Say

While skiers, snowboarders and skaters held viewers' attention during this week's Winter Olympics, it was tough not to notice TV broadcaster Bob Costas's glaring eye infection as well.



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