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May 19, 2014

Health Tip: Enjoy a Safe Manicure and Pedicure

If you want to treat yourself to manicure and pedicure, taking a few precautions can help keep nails healthy and prevent infection.
Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe in Shopping Carts

Shopping cart accidents are a major cause of injuries among young children.
No Link Found Between Low Sperm Count, Birth Defects

Having a low sperm count doesn't seem to determine whether a man's children will be born with birth defects, a new study indicates.
Sports Injuries Can Damage Kidneys, Study Finds

A single blow to the belly or side while playing a sport can result in a significant kidney injury, a new study shows.
Heat Waves Could Worsen COPD Symptoms, Study Suggests

As air temperatures rise, so too may the symptoms of the chronic respiratory illness COPD, a new study suggests.
Children's Asthma Linked to Air Pollution in 2nd Trimester: Study

Babies born to women exposed to fine particle air pollution during the second trimester of pregnancy may be at greater risk for developing asthma in early childhood, according to a new study.
Blood Infections Play Role in Up to Half of Hospital Deaths: Study

Bloodstream infections -- also known as sepsis -- occur in about 10 percent of hospital patients in the United States but contribute to as many as half of all hospital deaths, a new study says.
'Sterile' Urine May Be a Myth

Many people have heard that human urine is devoid of germs, but a new study seems to question that idea.
Sleeping Pill Use Tied to Poorer Survival for Heart Failure Patients

A new study suggests that the use of sleeping pills greatly increases the risk of serious heart problems and death in people with heart failure.
More Evidence Ties Poor Sleep to Obesity in Kids

Young children who get too little sleep are more likely than others to be obese by age 7, according to a new study.
Removal of Faulty Mesh for Incontinence May Not Improve Women's Symptoms

Removal of vaginal mesh -- a device implanted to help support a woman's pelvic organs -- won't necessarily improve side effects such as pain and incontinence related to the device, suggests the mixed results from a pair of new studies.
Dogs May Help Spot Human Prostate Cancers, Study Finds

Dogs can be trained to sniff out evidence of prostate cancer in human urine with near-perfect accuracy, Italian researchers report.
Experts Debate Value of Self-Exam for Testicular Cancer

Whether it's worthwhile for men to examine themselves for testicular cancer seems to depend on whom you ask.
Botox Might Help Treat Bladder Disorders

Many still think of Botox as a wrinkle smoother, but new research shows the toxin's growing list of medical uses now includes the treatment of two common causes of urinary frequency, urgency and incontinence.
Vitamin D Supplements May Not Help Ease Asthma

Vitamin D supplements do little to help control asthma, a new study found, although they might help cut the level of medication some patients need.
Urine Test May Help Spot Dangerous Blood Clots

Researchers say they've created a simple urine test that detects the presence of dangerous blood clots in the lungs more accurately than the current blood test.
2 Drugs Offer Hope for Fatal Lung Disease

A pair of drugs offers new hope to patients with a progressive, fatal disease that robs their breath by scarring the lungs, according to clinical trial results.
Pancreatic Cancer Will Be 2nd Deadliest Cancer by 2030: Study

Pancreatic cancer is set to become the second deadliest cancer in the United States by 2030, new research predicts.
Third U.S. Man Tests Positive for MERS Virus, CDC Reports

A third U.S. man -- from Illinois -- has tested positive for the MERS virus but shows no signs of the illness, federal health officials reported Saturday.
Health Highlights: May 19, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:



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