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Health News for 10/31/14

October 31, 2014

Make the Most of This Weekend's Time Change

A few simple steps can help make this weekend's time change easier to cope with, a sleep expert says.
Halloween at the ER Is No Treat

Carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating may seem like harmless fun, but Halloween injuries send many children to emergency rooms in the United States every year, experts say.
Kids: An Rx for Menopause's Hot Flashes?

Women who live with young children may be less likely to suffer hot flashes after going through surgical menopause, a new study suggests.
Generic Drugs May Help Breast Cancer Patients Stick to Therapy

Access to generic hormone therapy medicines improves the chances that breast cancer patients will stick with their drug treatment, a new study found.
Study Confirms Obesity-Breast Cancer Link for Blacks, Hispanics

Obesity increases the risk of certain types of breast cancer in postmenopausal black and Hispanic women, two new U.S. studies show.
Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of a Car Injury

More than 2.5 million Americans visited emergency departments as a result of motor vehicle crashes in 2012, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health Tip: Keep Certain Foods Isolated

Foods such as meat, seafood, poultry and eggs must be separated from other edibles to prevent possible cross-contamination with germs.
Almost 1 in 5 Americans Plagued by Constant Pain, Survey Suggests

Almost one-fifth of Americans do daily battle with crippling, chronic pain, a large new survey reveals, with the elderly and women struggling the most.
'Informal Care' for Older Americans Tops $500B Annually, Study Finds

Each year, people across the United States spend an estimated 30 billion hours caring for older relatives and friends, which costs $522 billion, according to new research.
Eczema Tied to Bone Fracture Risk in Study

The skin condition eczema may increase slightly the risk of broken bones and injured joints, a new study reports.
Leprosy Still Occurs in U.S., CDC Reports

Leprosy, although quite rare, continues to appear in the United States, a new U.S. government study reports.
Fewer Malpractice Claims Paid in U.S.

The number of medical malpractice payments in the United States has dropped sharply since 2002, according to a new study.
Halloween Safety Tips for Kids With Asthma

Wearing masks made of latex and taking hayrides are among the Halloween festivities that could be risky for children with asthma, according to the American Lung Association.
World Bank Pledges $100M More to Fight West Africa's Ebola Outbreak

The World Bank pledged Thursday an additional $100 million in the fight against the Ebola outbreak wreaking havoc in West Africa.
4 Steps Could Quell Ebola in West Africa, Researchers Say

A full-court press involving all public health tactics known to prevent Ebola transmission will be required to quell the current West African epidemic, a new study reports.
Brain Scans Yield Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There are clear differences in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome and the brains of healthy people, new research indicates.

 

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