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Health News for 10/24/14

October 24, 2014

Dark Days Here for Folks With Seasonal Depression

October's shorter, darker days can trigger a type of depression, known as seasonal affective disorder, according to an expert.
Few U.S. Hospitals Ready to Handle Ebola, Survey Finds

Only about 6 percent of American hospitals have infection control procedures in place to effectively and safely handle Ebola patients, a new survey reveals.
Knowing Genetic Risk for Cancer May Not Change Behavior

As more genetic tests are developed that spot increased risks for certain cancers, one might think that high-risk people would be more proactive about getting screened.
Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines May Miss Younger Women at Risk

Current osteoporosis screening guidelines and tools fail to identify many younger postmenopausal women at risk for osteoporosis-related fractures, a new study says.
Brief Interruption of Blood Supply to Limb Might Aid Heart Surgery: Study

Interrupting blood supply to an arm or a leg before heart surgery may help reduce the risks associated with the surgery, according to a new study.
Sleep Duration Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Risk in Study

Not getting the right amount of sleep might raise your risk of ulcerative colitis, a new study suggests.
Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer's Risk

The virus that causes common cold sores -- herpes simplex -- might increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, two studies by Swedish researchers suggest.
Researchers Say Antibiotics in Fish a Health Concern

Researchers who discovered antibiotics in farmed and wild fish say their findings are cause for concern.
New Treatment Approved for Rare Form of Hemophilia

Obizur (antihemophilic factor recombinant) has been approved to treat a rare, non-inherited form of hemophilia in adults.
Nurse Nina Pham Declared 'Free' of Ebola Virus

Nina Pham, the first of two Dallas nurses to be infected with Ebola while caring for a patient, is now free of the virus, officials at the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced Friday.
Could Air Pollutants Raise a Child's Autism Risk?

Children exposed to two air toxins -- chromium and styrene -- while in the womb and during the first two years of life may have increased odds of developing autism, according to a new study.
Cadavers Beat Computers as Med School Teaching Tool, Study Finds

Cadavers are better than a computer simulation of the human body for teaching anatomy to college students, a new study says.
Childhood Peanut Allergy May Be Linked to Skin Gene Mutation

Infants with a specific skin gene mutation who are exposed to peanut protein in household dust may be more likely to develop a peanut allergy, according to a new study.
Health Highlights: Oct. 24, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Teens Who Dine With Their Families May Be Slimmer Adults

For those teens who try to avoid spending time with their parents and siblings, new research suggests that sitting down for family meals might help them stay slim as adults.
Multiple Drug Use Raises Infection Risk for 'Swinging' Couples

Multiple drug use put couples who "swing" at increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a new study shows.
Health Tip: Watch the Road on Halloween

On Halloween, excited trick-or-treaters can pose significant hazards for drivers, especially in residential areas.
Health Tip: When Your Child Needs to Lose Weight

If your child is overweight, be sure to teach him or her about the importance of a nutritious diet and regular exercise. You also should offer plenty of support and avoid pressuring your youngster.

 

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