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Health News for 10/02/14

October 2, 2014

Study Compares Tissue-Based or Mechanical Replacement Heart Valves

When the heart's aortic valves cease to work properly, surgeons often use replacement valves to help restore proper cardiac function.
Smoke-Free Subsidized Housing Could Save Nearly $500 Million

Making all government-subsidized housing in the United States smoke-free could save nearly half a billion dollars a year in health care and housing-related costs, a new study indicates.
Human Brain's Cerebellum Evolved at Surprising Speed, Study Finds

The size of the cerebellum in the brains of apes and humans grew six times faster during evolution than previously believed, researchers report.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.

 

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