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Health News for 01/27/15

January 27, 2015

Seniors May Keep Falls a Secret

Many seniors don't tell their doctors they've had a fall because they're worried they'll be told they can't live on their own anymore, a physician says.
'Long Life' Gene Might Make Some Smarter, Too: Study

A gene variant believed to "wire" people to live longer might also ensure that they keep their wits about them as they age, a new study reports.
Good Sleep in Middle Age May Pay Benefits Later

Sleeping well during middle age may be an "investment" that leads to better mental functioning later in life, a new review finds.
Female Hormone Disorder Linked to Numerous Health Conditions

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are at increased risk for a number of serious health problems, new research suggests.
Student Loans Take Emotional Toll on Young Adults

Student loan debt is a major cause of stress for young adults, a new study finds.
Ebola Threat Diminishing in West Africa, Officials Say

West Africa's Ebola epidemic has slowed significantly, but health officials are hesitant to say the lethal virus is no longer a threat.
Watch Upper Number on Blood Pressure for Younger Adults: Study

Young and middle-aged adults with high systolic blood pressure -- the top number in the blood pressure reading -- may have an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.
Concussions Linked to Memory Loss in Study of Retired NFL Players

Concussions may damage areas of the brain related to memory in National Football League players. And that damage might linger long after the players leave the sport, according to a small study.
MRI Improves Prostate Cancer Biopsy Accuracy, Study Finds

Prostate biopsies that combine MRI technology with ultrasound appear to give men better information regarding the seriousness of their cancer, a new study suggests.
Daily Drinking May Raise Risk of Liver Cirrhosis, Study Warns

Daily drinking increases the risk of alcohol-related liver cirrhosis, a new study found.
Prostate Cancer Patients Who Smoke Fare Worse, Study Finds

Smoking doubles the chances that a prostate cancer patient will see his disease spread and that he will eventually die from his illness, a new study finds.
A Son's Struggles and Triumphs After Premature Birth

Elise Jackson remembers very clearly the day her son was born: It was May 8, 2002, and Elijah had arrived 15 weeks before his due date.
Blood Transfusions During Heart Surgery May Up Pneumonia Risk

Receiving a blood transfusion during heart bypass surgery may raise a patient's risk of pneumonia, researchers report.
Health Highlights: Jan. 27, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Don't Become a Blizzard Casualty

The blizzard conditions and frigid cold blanketing the U.S. Northeast pose numerous health threats, a doctor warns.
Health Tip: Dealing With Nighttime Accidents

Bedwetting is common among children who are learning to use the potty. Experts say it's important for parents to handle accidents carefully, without embarrassing the child.
Health Tip: Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections Among Children

There are things parents can do to help prevent urinary tract infections among children.

 

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