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Health News for 01/29/15

January 29, 2015

Little Improvement in Children Paralyzed After Viral Infection, Study Finds

A cluster of 12 Colorado children are suffering muscle weakness and paralysis similar to that caused by polio, and doctors are concerned these cases could be linked to a nationwide outbreak of what's usually a rare respiratory virus.
Diabetes Patients Lax With Meds If Diagnosed With Cancer, Study Finds

People with diabetes are less likely to take their diabetes medications if they've been diagnosed with cancer, researchers report.
Arizona Officials Say Nearly 1,000 People May Have Been Exposed to Measles

In a development that could dramatically widen the scope of a measles outbreak that began last month at Disney parks in California, Arizona health officials said Wednesday that up to 1,000 people in that state may have been exposed to the highly infectious disease.
Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions Quickly

A new eye-tracking method might help determine the severity of concussions, researchers report.
Nearly 1 in 10 Adults Skips Meds Due to Cost, CDC Says

Nearly one in 10 American adults don't take their medications as prescribed because they can't afford to, health officials reported Thursday.
Binge-Watching TV May Be Sign of Depression, Loneliness

Binge-watching television is linked with feeling lonely and depressed, a new study suggests.
Health Highlights: Jan. 29, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Health Tip: Using Sunscreen

While anyone who applies sunscreen will benefit from its protection, some people should never venture outside without it, experts say.
Health Tip: Handling Your Child's Fears About Weight

What does a parent do if you hear your child lament, "I'm fat?"
Liberals, Independents Win Life Span Sweepstakes, Study Claims

Liberals are in luck when it comes to longevity, new research contends.
Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe, Triggers Immune Response, U.K. Study Finds

Early results suggest an experimental Ebola vaccine triggers an immune response and is safe to use.
Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment?

When pregnant women have high blood pressure, more-intensive treatment doesn't seem to affect their babies, but it may lower the odds that moms will develop severely high blood pressure.
Have Insurers Found Way Around Obamacare 'Pre-Existing Conditions' Rule?

Some insurance companies may be using high-dollar pharmacy co-pays to flout the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) mandate against discrimination on the basis of pre-existing health problems, Harvard researchers claim.
Following Blood Pressure Guidelines Saves Lives, Dollars: Study

If all Americans had their high blood pressure controlled, 56,000 fewer heart attacks and strokes would occur each year. And 13,000 fewer people would die -- without increasing health costs, a new study claims.
Study Suggests Early Start to Football May Pose Brain Risks

As football fans prepare to watch the 49th Super Bowl this Sunday, a new study suggests that boys who start playing tackle football before the age of 12 may face a higher risk for neurological deficits as adults.
U.S. Measles Outbreak Now Numbers 87 Cases

The number of measles cases linked to the outbreak at Disney amusement parks in southern California has reached 87, health officials are reporting.
Study Underscores Power of Placebo Effect

A new study -- this one involving patients with Parkinson's disease -- adds another layer of insight to the well-known "placebo effect." That's the phenomenon in which people's symptoms improve after taking an inactive substance simply because they believe the treatment will work.
Some Kids With Autism Show Improvement by Age 6: Study

More than 10 percent of preschool-age children diagnosed with autism saw some improvement in their symptoms by age 6. And 20 percent of the children made some gains in everyday functioning, a new study found.
Pesticides, Plastics Chemicals Tied to Earlier Menopause in Women

Extensive exposure to common chemicals appears to be linked to an earlier start of menopause, a new study suggests.
ADHD Linked to Earlier Use of Illicit Drugs in Teens: Study

Among people who use illicit drugs, those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) start using them one to two years earlier in their youth than those without the disorder, a new study finds.
72,000 Cases of Public Defibrillators Failing in Past Decade, FDA Says

Automated external defibrillators -- the kind that are installed and ready for use in many public spaces -- can save lives when needed.

 

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