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Health News for 04/17/14

April 17, 2014

Scientists Find New Way to Observe 'Good' Brown Fat

In a possible advance for obesity research, an MRI scan has pinpointed "good" brown fat in a living adult for the first time.
Bacteria May Survive Longer in Contact Lens Solution Than Thought

Bacteria that can cause serious eye infections are able to survive longer in contact lens cleaning solution than previously known, a new study finds.
Mouse Study Reveals New Secrets of Fertilization

Scientists report they have demystified how a sperm and egg couple, with new research in mice indicating that egg cells carry a special receptor that allows sperm to attach to and fertilize eggs.
School Bans on Chocolate Milk May Backfire

Banning chocolate milk from schools may sound like a good move for kids' health, but efforts to do so haven't turned out that way, a small study found.
Small Childbirth Change Might Help Prevent Iron Deficiency in Babies: Study

Changing how newborns are held immediately after birth could boost the use of delayed cord clamping and potentially reduce the number of infants with iron deficiency, according to a new study.
Health Tip: Avoid Emotional Driving

Your emotions can hinder your ability to drive safely, so you should keep them in check while you're behind the wheel.
Health Tip: Avoid Diaper Rash

Diaper rash can be sore and painful for your little one, but there are things you can do to help keep diaper rash at bay.
Misdiagnoses Common Among U.S. Outpatients: Review

At least 5 percent of American adults -- 12 million people -- are misdiagnosed in outpatient settings every year, and half of these errors could be harmful, a new study indicates.
Chimps Prefer Firm 'Mattress'

Like many people, chimpanzees are picky about their beds, a new study finds.
Leeches Help Save Woman's Ear After Pit Bull Mauling

A savage pit bull attack results in the total dismembering of a teenage girl's ear. And though the ear remains fully intact, complications during the initial reattachment process raise the real risk she could lose her ear forever.
Diabetes Complication Rates Drop Among U.S. Adults

The rates of five serious complications from diabetes -- heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, amputations and death -- have all dropped dramatically since 1990, a new U.S. government study shows.
Placing Donor Windpipe First in Patient's Arm Helps With Transplant

Doctors in Belgium say they've successfully transplanted windpipes in six patients by first placing donor tissue in the patients' arms.
Apathy Might Signal Brain Shrinkage in Old Age: Study

Older adults who show signs of apathy tend to have a smaller brain volume than their peers with more vim and vigor, a new study suggests.
Key Brain 'Networks' May Differ in Autism, Study Suggests

Differences in brain connectivity may help explain the social impairments common in those who have autism spectrum disorders, new research suggests.
Free Drug Samples for Doctors Might Prove Costly for Patients

Dermatologists who receive free drug samples are more likely to give their patients prescriptions for expensive medicines, a new study says.
Cancer 'Vaccine' for Advanced Disease Passes Early Hurdle

Researchers report early progress in developing a treatment that might one day help the immune system defend itself against cancer.
Experimental Measles Drug Shows Promise in Animal Trials

Scientists have successfully tested in animals a new drug that might one day protect people infected with measles from getting sick, according to a new report.
Your 'Healthy' Bacteria Are as Individual as You Are

When it comes to the communities of helpful bacteria living in and on people, "one-size-fits-all" is definitely not the rule, a new study finds.
Crunchy or Smooth? Food's Texture May Sway Perception of Calories

Creamy butter or ice cream versus a crunchy granola bar: A new study suggests that the texture of foods influences people's dieting choices.
Health Highlights: April 16, 2014

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