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Health News for 12/17/14

December 17, 2014

Neurologists Say Jury Still Out on Medical Marijuana's Use for Brain Disorders

It's too soon to tell whether medical marijuana can help treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said in a new position statement released Wednesday.
Flying Time Could Raise Skin Cancer Risks for Pilots

Airline pilots get as much exposure to cancer-causing UV rays in an hourlong flight as they would during 20 minutes in a tanning bed, new research finds.
Seniors Still Given Potentially Dangerous Sedatives: Study

Doctors continue to prescribe sedatives such as Xanax or Valium for seniors despite the significant risks they pose, a new study contends.
Migraine May Raise Risk for Bell's Palsy, Study Suggests

People who experience migraine headaches may be at heightened risk for the form of facial paralysis known as Bell's palsy, a new study finds.
New System Targets Germs in Donated Blood Plasma

A new system designed to eliminate germs in donated blood plasma and reduce the risk of transmitting a plasma-borne infection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Federal Health Marketplace Enrolls Another 2.5 Million Americans

Enrollment through the federal health marketplace surged last week as the deadline for signing up for a health plan with a Jan. 1 effective date came to a close.
Only 4 in 10 Americans Eat Heart-Healthy Nuts Each Day, CDC Says

Nutrition experts advocate including nuts in a heart-healthy diet, but a new study finds that about 60 percent of Americans don't consume these foods on a daily basis.
Expectant Dads May Also Have Hormonal Changes, Study Suggests

While women's hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy are well-known, new research shows that men experience swings of their own as their partner's pregnancy progresses.
'Low-GI' Diet May Not Benefit Blood Sugar

Diets low in "glycemic index" are touted as a way to help prevent diabetes and heart disease. But a new study suggests that as long as people are eating healthily, they don't need to obsess over glycemic index.
Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

Using a stent to capture and remove a stroke-causing blood clot is safe and improves recovery, Dutch researchers report.
Few Parents Think 18-Year-Olds Can Handle Their Health Care

Many American parents don't think their teen and young adult children are able to manage their own health care, a new survey finds.
College Students Say 'Curiosity' Leads Them to Fake Pot

Curiosity is the main reason why college students try synthetic marijuana, a new survey finds.
Texas Infant Dies of Legionnaires' Disease After 'Water Birth'

A new report on a Texas infant who died from Legionnaires' disease after being born in a whirlpool tub highlights the potential dangers of having a "water birth."
Health Highlights: Dec. 17, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Health Tip: When Children Wake at Night

Night waking means loss of vital sleep for both children and their parents.
Health Tip: Spot the Signs of a Fractured Thumb

A painful thumb may be more than an inconvenience -- it may signal a fracture that needs a doctor's care.
Screening Test Finds Drugs That Show Promise Against Ebola

A screening test has identified more than 50 drugs that could be helpful in treating people with Ebola, researchers report.
Syphilis on the Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men: CDC

The number of cases of syphilis in the United States jumped 10 percent from 2012 to 2013, with gay and bisexual men accounting for 75 percent of the increase, U.S health officials reported Tuesday.
Poor Students Eat Healthier Foods at School, Study Finds

Poor students get more fruits and vegetables at school than they do at home, a new study finds.

 

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