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Health News for 12/17/14

December 17, 2014

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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
Health Tip: When Children Wake at Night

Night waking means loss of vital sleep for both children and their parents.
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.
Music Classes Boost Language Skills, Study Says

Greater participation in music classes may benefit children's language development, a new study finds.
Enforcement of Drunk Driving Laws Makes Roads Safer, Study Finds

With the holiday party season fast approaching, a new study reveals that states that routinely perform randomized traffic stops and make DUI arrests have fewer drunk drivers on their roads.

 

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