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Health News for 10/20/14

October 20, 2014

CDC Tightens Rules on Caring for Ebola Patients

U.S. health officials on Monday officially tightened guidelines for health workers treating Ebola patients, now requiring full body suits with no skin exposure and use of a respirator at all times.
Airport Screening in West Africa Will Curb Ebola's Spread: Study

If passengers weren't screened before they boarded airplanes in the Ebola-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three people infected with Ebola would leave on international flights from any of those West African nations every month, a new analysis predicts.
Pricey Hepatitis Drug a Good Bet in U.S. Prisons, Study Says

Using an expensive drug to treat prison inmates with hepatitis C is more cost-effective than another treatment option, according to a new study.
Some Lung Patients Buy Cigarettes Along With Meds at Pharmacies: Study

While picking up a prescription for cholesterol-lowering medication, about one in 20 people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or high blood pressure will also purchase cigarettes, a new study finds.
Mouse Study Suggests Antibiotics May Aid Salmonella's Spread in Animals

Antibiotics might actually help Salmonella -- bacteria that cause food poisoning -- spread among infected animals, according to new research.
Regular Doctor Visits Help Control Blood Pressure, Study Says

Regular visits to your doctor can help keep your blood pressure under control, a new study shows.
Parkinson's Drugs May Spur Compulsive Behaviors

Drugs commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease may raise the risk of so-called impulse control disorders, according to a new review.
Herceptin Boosts Survival for Breast Cancer, Study Reports

Adding the drug Herceptin to chemotherapy for certain breast cancer patients increases overall survival and reduces the risk of recurrence compared to chemotherapy alone, new research shows.
For Infertility Treatment, Should He Drink Less Coffee, More Booze?

A man's love of coffee could hamper the success of a couple's infertility treatment, a small new study suggests.
Goodbye to Reading Glasses?

A new implantable eye device might make reading glasses a thing of the past, researchers report.
Medication Errors Occur Every 8 Minutes in U.S. Children

A child receives the wrong medication or the wrong dosage every eight minutes in the United States, according to a recent study.
Health Highlights: Oct. 20, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
As U.S. Economy Worsened, Vasectomy Rates Rose, Study Finds

During the recent "Great Recession," worries about the cost of raising children in an uncertain job market may have spurred an uptick in vasectomies, a new study suggests.
Ebola or Not? Rapid Test for the Virus Not Here Yet

"Diagnosing Ebola is very different from treating Ebola."
'Desensitized' Parents Let Kids Watch More Movie Violence, Sex

When parents become desensitized to violence and sex in movies, they may also become more lax about their children's exposure to both onscreen, a new study suggests.
Dozens in Dallas Said to Be Free of Ebola Risk

Some good news arrived Monday on the Ebola front in the United States: Dozens of people who had contact with the Dallas patient who died earlier this month are no longer in danger of catching the disease, health officials said.
Circumcision Past Newborn Stage Poses Risk for Boys, Study Finds

Circumcision is typically done in the first days or weeks of life, but about 6 percent of U.S. boys have the procedure later, which increases the risk of complications and increases costs, according to new research.
Health Tip: Trouble Sleeping During Pregnancy

While you may sleep soundly during the first trimester of pregnancy, sleep may be more challenging during the later months.
Health Tip: Listen to Your Child About Food Allergies

If a young child has an allergic reaction to food, the child may not know how to clearly communicate what's happening.

 

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