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Health News for 12/18/14

December 18, 2014

Frail Elderly Might Benefit From High-Dose Flu Shot

A high-dose influenza vaccine is better than the standard vaccine for frail seniors under care in nursing homes, a new study suggests.
Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds

Common painkillers, including ibuprofen, might slightly reduce your risk of developing a form of skin cancer, researchers say.
'Homing Signal' in Brain Helps Humans Navigate, Research Shows

A "homing signal" in the brain tells people which way to travel, and the strength of the signal affects people's ability to navigate, researchers report.
Sensitive Parenting May Boost Kids' Social Skills, School Performance

The type of parenting children receive at an early age may have a long-term effect on their social skills and school success, a new study indicates.
Many People Misuse Devices for Asthma, Allergic Reaction

Few people know how to properly use the medical devices that contain lifesaving medications for severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks, a new study shows.
Health Highlights: Dec. 18, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Health Tip: Eating Disorder Can Hurt Your Child

An eating disorder, such as binge eating, bulimia or emotional eating, can be dangerous at any age, particularly for a teenager.
Health Tip: Tossing Leftover Food

Leftovers can only last so long before they're at risk for spoiling.
Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk

Children born to moms who were exposed to high levels of air pollution late in pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing autism, a U.S. study suggests.
Global Life Expectancy Continues to Climb

People around the world are living much longer than they did a few decades ago, a new study indicates.
Cheap Natural Compound May Help Smokers Quit

The naturally occurring plant compound cytisine may be more effective than nicotine replacement therapy in helping smokers quit, a new study suggests.
Migraine May Raise Risk for Bell's Palsy, Study Suggests

People who experience migraine headaches may be at heightened risk for the form of facial paralysis known as Bell's palsy, a new study finds.
Neurologists Say Jury Still Out on Medical Marijuana's Use for Brain Disorders

It's too soon to tell whether medical marijuana can help treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said in a new position statement released Wednesday.
Flying Time Could Raise Skin Cancer Risks for Pilots

Airline pilots get as much exposure to cancer-causing UV rays in an hourlong flight as they would during 20 minutes in a tanning bed, new research finds.
Seniors Still Given Potentially Dangerous Sedatives: Study

Doctors continue to prescribe sedatives such as Xanax or Valium for seniors despite the significant risks they pose, a new study contends.
New System Targets Germs in Donated Blood Plasma

A new system designed to eliminate germs in donated blood plasma and reduce the risk of transmitting a plasma-borne infection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Federal Health Marketplace Enrolls Another 2.5 Million Americans

Enrollment through the federal health marketplace surged last week as the deadline for signing up for a health plan with a Jan. 1 effective date came to a close.

 

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