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Health News for 08/20/14

August 20, 2014

Blood Transfusions May Cut Risk of 'Silent' Stroke in Kids With Sickle Cell

Monthly blood transfusions may lower the chances of "silent" strokes in some children with sickle cell anemia, a new clinical trial indicates.
High-Risk Melanomas Often on Head or Neck, Study Finds

The speed at which cancer cells grow may help doctors diagnose and treat the most aggressive melanomas, researchers say.
Pigs' Hearts Beat for a Year in Baboons' Abdomens

Pigs' hearts transplanted into baboons survived for more than a year, which is twice as long as previously achieved, researchers report.
Exercise May Guard Against Irregular Heartbeat in Older Women

Regular exercise may help older women avoid a condition that causes a life-threatening irregular heartbeat, a new study shows.
Seniors' Sleep Woes May Be Linked to Loss of Brain Cells

Loss of brain cells that act as a "sleep switch" may help explain why many seniors have trouble falling and staying asleep, a new study suggests.
Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don't Get Breast Reconstruction: Study

Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy has long been an option, but a new study shows that only about 42 percent of women choose it.
Study Ties Colds, Flu to Rare Risk of Stroke in Kids

Although it's extremely rare, colds, flu and other minor infections might trigger a strong but brief period of elevated risk for stroke in children, a new study suggests.
Drug for Ebola-Like Virus Shows Promise in Monkeys

A new experimental drug has saved a group of rhesus monkeys from deadly Marburg virus, a very close cousin of Ebola virus that kills up to 90 percent of those it infects, researchers report.
Tight Blood Pressure Control Doesn't Raise Risk of Falls, Study Says

A new study found no evidence to support the widely held belief that intensive treatment for high blood pressure increases patients' risk of falls and broken bones.
Botox Tested on Stomach Cancer in Mice

Botox, the wrinkle fighter, might be a cancer fighter, too, according to a new animal study.
Seals, Sea Lions Helped Global Spread of TB, Study Finds

New research reveals that, long ago, sea mammals may have played a role in the global spread of the infectious disease known as tuberculosis.
Cerdelga Approved for Gaucher Disease

Cerdelga (eliglustat) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat type 1 Gaucher disease, a rare inherited disorder caused by the body's insufficient production of a key enzyme.
White Women More Likely to Seek Fertility Treatment: Report

White, straight women are much more likely to seek treatment for infertility than minority, bisexual or lesbian women, a new study finds.
Health Highlights: Aug. 20, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Teen Birth Rate Has Dropped Dramatically in Last Two Decades: CDC

U.S. teen birth rates fell dramatically during the past two decades, plummeting 57 percent and saving taxpayers billions of dollars, a new government report shows.
Want to Stay Slim? Leave the Car at Home

Leaving the car at home and getting to work by walking, cycling or public transit is good for your health, a new study indicates.
Health Tip: Strengthening Your Brain

A healthy lifestyle can help keep your brain sharp as you age, preventing cognitive decline.
Health Tip: Soothing Psoriasis on the Feet

Psoriasis causes red, itchy skin plaques that commonly affect the bottoms of the feet.
Certain Symptoms Can Delay Lupus Diagnosis, Researchers Report

Lupus and other rheumatic diseases can cause neurological symptoms such as headaches and seizures, which can delay a correct diagnosis for months, a new report says.
Antibiotic Might Raise Heart Risks for Some

Taking the widely used antibiotic clarithromycin may boost some patients' odds of dying from heart-related causes, a new study suggests.

 

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