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Health News for 09/23/14

September 23, 2014

Report Identifies Game Changers for U.S. Health Care

Imagine if doctors and hospitals got paid for providing better care, not more care, and consumers had better data for making informed health choices.
Breast Milk a Risk for Spreading Common Virus to Preemies, Study Finds

For babies born at very low birth weights, breast milk is more likely than a blood transfusion to lead to a potentially dangerous infection known as cytomegalovirus (CMV), a new study finds.
Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million in Months, CDC Predicts

Infections from the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone could soar to 1.4 million cases by mid-January unless the global community mounts a rapid response to the West African crisis, according to new estimates released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Blood Test for Yeast Infections Approved

The first blood test to detect five strains of yeast that cause rare blood infections in people with weakened immune systems has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Help After Certain Strokes

People using cholesterol-lowering drugs while in the hospital for a hemorrhagic stroke -- which causes bleeding in the brain -- were more than four times more likely to survive than people who weren't taking the drugs, according to a new study.
NIH Adds $10M to Encourage Gender Balance in Clinical Trials

The U.S. National Institutes of Health is investing $10 million in additional funding in scientific trials to encourage researchers to consider gender in their preclinical and clinical studies.
Job Worries Can Raise Asthma Risk, Study Says

Fear of losing your job can increase the risk for developing asthma, according to a new European study.
Health Highlights: Sept. 23, 2014

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

To be healthier mentally, emotionally and physically, take time each day to relax.
Health Tip: Get Fit With a Buddy

If you're toning up or striving to lose a few extra pounds, working out with a partner or friend can make the job easier and more fun.
Behavioral Counseling Urged for Teens, Young Adults at Risk for STDs

Teens and young adults at risk for sexually transmitted infections should undergo "intensive" behavioral counseling to help prevent risky sexual behaviors, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Screen Women for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Experts Say

All sexually active women should be screened for two of the most common sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia and gonorrhea, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Study Suggests Why Pregnant Women Get Sicker From Flu

Pregnant women appear to have an unusually strong immune response to the flu, according to a new study.
Study: Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors May Prevent 80 Percent of Heart Attacks

Five recommended health behaviors may prevent four out of five heart attacks in men, a new study suggests.
Health Woes to Worsen Due to Climate Change, Study Warns

Coupled with worldwide marches demanding action on climate change, a new study warns that rising temperatures and altered weather patterns in the United States may soon exacerbate many existing health risks.
Noninvasive Devices May Help Migraines, FDA Says

Two new prescription devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may provide some relief for people with migraine headaches who don't tolerate migraine medications well, according to a new study.
Can Brain Scans Help Predict Young Children's Reading Abilities?

Scans of young children's brains might help predict how they learn to read. This finding could potentially allow doctors to identify those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties early on, preliminary research suggests.

 

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