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Health News for 11/21/14

November 21, 2014

Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows

Many young people consider hookahs a hip and safer way to smoke, but a new study finds fumes from the water pipes contain the toxin benzene.
Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now

This year's flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that's likely to peak in January or February, a leading U.S. health official says.
Ick! Tapeworm Infecting Man's Brain Yields Genetic Secrets

Scientists say they've mapped the genome -- the genetic "blueprint" -- of a tapeworm extracted from a British man's brain, in hopes it might help others with this very rare infection.
Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes

Elderly adults who live in nursing homes may commonly deal with aggressive or inappropriate behavior from fellow residents, a new study suggests.
Health Tip: Check Stress at the Office

Your work environment may be stressful enough without adding your frustration to the mix.
Health Tip: Beware of Bathroom Chemicals

Household cleaners often are poisonous and their containers may be attractive to young children.
Study Supports Giving Kidney Donors Priority When They Need a Kidney

Kidney donation is one of the most selfless acts one person can do for another. And now a new study finds that former donors who find they need a kidney later in life are benefiting from policies that give them priority on the transplant waiting list.
Abuse-Resistant Prescription Painkiller Approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate), an abuse-resistant, extended release form of the painkiller hydrocodone (best known as Vicodin).
FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller

Seeking to make it tougher for people to misuse prescription painkillers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new hydrocodone tablet that's designed to help thwart abuse.
MRI Can Be Painful, Disruptive for People With Cochlear Implants

Some people with cochlear implants experience pain, discomfort and problems with the implant's internal magnet when they undergo an MRI scan, a new study finds.
U.S. Proposes Greater Public Access to Data From Clinical Trials

Two U.S. government agencies have proposed new rules that will make it easier for everyone to know whether a clinical trial was successful or not.
Exercise Might Not Help Some Type 2 Diabetics Control Their Blood Sugar

Certain genes might prevent regular exercise from improving blood sugar control in up to a fifth of people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.
Testosterone Plays Minor Role in Older Women's Sex Lives, Study Finds

While levels of testosterone and other reproductive hormones have some effect on menopausal women's sex lives, their emotional health and quality of their relationships have a stronger influence, according to a new study.
Many People Who Drink a Lot Aren't Alcoholics: CDC

Most people who drink to excess or binge drink are not alcoholics, a new U.S. government report says.
Cost of Diabetes Care Keeps Climbing, Report Shows

The cost of diabetes care in the United States has increased 48 percent in recent years, climbing to more than $322 billion annually, a new report shows.
Gel Implant Might Help Fight Heart Failure

Injecting beads of gel into the wall of a still-beating heart has the potential to improve the health of patients with severe heart failure, according to a new study.

 

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