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Big Gaps Found in Nursing Home Disaster Plans

Apr 16, 2012

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tornado, hurricane or flood, nursing homes are woefully unprepared to protect frail residents in a natural disaster, government investigators say.

Emergency plans required by the government often lack specific steps such as coordinating ...

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Researchers ID Genes That May Determine Mental Illness

Apr 15, 2012

SUNDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) -- Genes that increase or reduce the risk of certain mental illnesses and Alzheimer's disease have been identified by an international team of scientists.

The researchers said they also pinpointed a number of genes that may explain individual differences in brain ...

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Certain Genetic Regions May Be Tied to Osteoporosis

Apr 15, 2012

SUNDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) -- A large international group of researchers has identified 32 new genetic regions linked to fractures and osteoporosis.

Variations in these regions could offer protection from, or greater risk for, bone-weakening disease, the investigators reported in a new ...

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Exercise May Boost Breast Cancer Patients' Quality of Life

Apr 14, 2012

SATURDAY, April 14 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can help improve breast cancer patients' quality of life while they undergo treatment, a new study indicates.

University of Miami researchers examined the physical activity levels and mental/physical health of 240 women with non-metastatic breast ...

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Study Probes How Sad Movies Make Viewers Happy

Apr 14, 2012

SATURDAY, April 14 (HealthDay News) -- Watching sad movies makes people happier because it causes them to think about their loved ones, a new study finds.

"Tragic stories often focus on themes of eternal love, and this leads viewers to think about their loved ones and count their blessings," lead ...

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Tuna linked to salmonella outbreak in 20 states

Apr 14, 2012

By WILL LESTER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A yellowfin tuna product used to make dishes like sushi and sashimi sold at restaurants and grocery stores has been linked with an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened more than 100 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia, federal ...

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'Red Tide' Likely in New England This Season, Experts Warn

Apr 13, 2012

FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- A moderate "red tide" is expected in New England this spring and summer that could force the closing of shellfish beds, according to experts.

A red tide is a type of harmful algae bloom. The algae in the water don't pose a direct threat to people, but toxins ...

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Substance Abusers, Even Recovering Ones, May Face Stigma

Apr 13, 2012

FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- People are more likely to disapprove of and avoid substance abusers than those who smoke or are obese, according to a new study.

Participants were presented with six fictitious scenarios about a person who either abused substances such as alcohol or drugs,

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Single 'Boomers' Struggling as They Age: Study

Apr 13, 2012

FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- Single baby boomers generally have poorer health and less money than their married counterparts, a new study says.

The first of the 79 million baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) in the United States reached age 65 in 2011. About one-third of baby ...

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Texas OKs experimental stem cell therapy rules

Apr 13, 2012

By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Medical Board on Friday approved new rules on experimental stem cell therapies such as the one Gov. Rick Perry underwent during back surgery last year, despite objections they don't do enough to protect patients and could led to an ...

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Drug Approved to Treat High Blood Pressure

Apr 13, 2012

FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- The high blood pressure drug Toprol XL has been combined with a low-dose diuretic to form Dutoprol (metoprolol succinate extended release/hyrdrochlorothiazide), which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat high blood pressure.

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Women Less Apt Than Men to Get Recommended Daily Exercise

Apr 13, 2012

FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- American women are less likely than men to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, a new study shows.

Current recommendations call for adults to get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity most days of the week to ward off multiple ...

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Gay Adults Rejected by Parents Have Worse Health, Study Finds

Apr 13, 2012

FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- Receiving emotional support and acceptance from parents benefits the long-term health of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults, a new study shows.

About three-quarters of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults aged 18 to 64 surveyed in Massachusetts said they had revealed ...

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CT Scans Deliver More Radiation to Obese People

Apr 13, 2012

By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- Obese and overweight patients who undergo CT scans are exposed to much more radiation than people of normal weight, researchers say.

The challenge for heavier people is that more radiation is needed to scan their bodies, a ...

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Researchers Map Brain Regions Linked to Intelligence

Apr 13, 2012

FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- The physical architecture of intelligence in the brain has been mapped by scientists who used brain injury patients to conduct their research.

The findings provide new insight about the specific brain structures involved in general intelligence and specific ...

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Middle School Students Show Signs of Sun Damage

Apr 13, 2012

By Alan Mozes


HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- In a new study that used a special type of photography to unveil hidden signs of sun damage, middle schoolers showed evidence of levels of UV exposure that could raise their risk for melanoma later in life.

Not only can the ...

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Obese Workers' Health Care Costs Top Those of Smokers

Apr 13, 2012

FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- Obese workers have even higher health costs than smokers, a new study finds.

Researchers examined data from more than 30,000 Mayo Clinic employees and retirees who had continuous health insurance from 2001 to 2007.

The analysis revealed that both obesity and ...

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Preschoolers View the Overweight Negatively

Apr 13, 2012

FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- Many preschool children have a negative impression of overweight children, a Canadian study suggests.

The study included 21 boys and 20 girls between 2 and 5 years old at five early learning and day care centers in Toronto. The children heard four stories where ...

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Health Highlights: April 13, 2012

Apr 13, 2012

  • Alcohol Can Help Problem Solving, Doesn't Make You Smarter: Researcher
  • Drug Giant Hit With $1.2 Billion in Fines
  • Vehicle Seat Design Makes Child Seat Use Difficult: Study
  • E. Coli Found in Nearly Half of Raw Chicken Products: Study

Here are some of the latest health and medical news ...

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Mental Illness Tied to Higher Rates of Physical Problems

Apr 13, 2012

FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with mental illness are more likely to have certain types of chronic physical health problems than those without mental illness, according to a U.S. government report released this week.

The report said adults aged 18 and older who had any type of mental ...

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