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Health News for 10/02/14

October 2, 2014

Most Who Abuse Painkillers Are Unprepared If Overdose Strikes: Study

Although teens and young adults who abuse prescription painkillers face a high risk of overdose, most don't know how to respond when one occurs, new research shows.
2nd Possible Ebola Patient Being Monitored in Texas

Health officials in Texas are closely monitoring a potential second Ebola patient who had close contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, according to news reports.
Health Highlights: Oct. 2, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Health Tip: Choosing Mouth-Healthy Foods

For healthier teeth and gums, choose foods and beverages that are friendlier to your mouth.
Health Tip: If Your Child's Grades Are Dropping

If your child is suddenly struggling with school performance, the cause may be a physical health problem.
42 States Reporting Respiratory Virus That Targets Kids

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia now have a total of 500 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, the severe respiratory illness that has been infecting children since the summer, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.
Kids With Autism Tend to Be Less Active, Study Says

Children with autism are more sedentary than those without the disorder, but they're fully capable of being more active, a small study suggests.
Infant's Early Diet Doesn't Change Celiac Disease Risk, Study Finds

A newborn's risk of developing celiac disease isn't reduced by breast-feeding. Nor will delaying the introduction of a protein found in wheat called gluten to an infant's diet help prevent celiac disease.
Free, Long-Acting Contraceptives May Greatly Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rate

Giving teenage girls free birth control -- especially long-acting implanted devices -- could slash pregnancy and abortion rates to well below the current U.S. average, new findings suggest.
'High-Intensity' Hospitals Save More Elderly After Surgery: Study

Hospitals that pull out all the stops to rescue surgical patients in crisis are slightly better at saving lives, but the cost of such heroism is questionable, a new study suggests.
Living Near a Highway May Be Bad for Your Blood Pressure

Living close to a major highway may raise your risk for high blood pressure, a new study suggests.
Jealous, Moody Women May Face Higher Alzheimer's Risk, Study Says

Middle-aged women with a neurotic personality style and prolonged stress may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.
CDC Monitoring Those Who Had Contact With Ebola Patient

Federal health officials are monitoring up to 18 people who were exposed to the man being treated at a Dallas hospital for the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States.
Genes May Make Some More Prone to Heart Disease When Under Stress

Genes may interact with stress to trigger heart disease in some people, a new study suggests.
Could a Fading Sense of Smell Point to Earlier Death?

Older adults who have trouble smelling the roses -- literally -- may face an increased risk of dying in the next several years, new research suggests.
New Clues to How Colds Can Spur Asthma Attacks

Scientists have pinpointed a molecule that may trigger potentially life-threatening asthma attacks brought on by colds.
A Little Booze Does Get Men Smiling, Study Confirms

In perhaps one of the happiest studies ever conducted, scientists confirm what many partygoers know: Just add booze and groups of men start smiling.
Experimental Cervical Cancer Vaccine Looks Promising in Trial

An experimental vaccine meant to protect against nine types of human papillomavirus (HPV) could prevent 90 percent of all cervical cancers, a new study suggests.
Oncologists' Group Calls for Measures to Curb Obesity-Related Cancers

Immediate steps need to be taken to slow the rise of obesity-related cancers in the United States, a group of cancer specialists says.

 

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