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Smoking, Pesticides Might Spur Rare 'Sleep-Kicking' Disorder

Jun 27, 2012

By Carina Storrs
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking and exposure to pesticides are two factors that could raise the risk for a rare disorder that causes people to sometimes kick, punch or otherwise move about while asleep, a new study suggests.

REM sleep involves vivid ...

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FDA Approves First New Weight-Loss Drug in More Than a Decade

Jun 27, 2012

By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- The first new weight-loss drug in 13 years was approved Wednesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The drug, Belviq (lorcaserin), was approved for obese adults who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or type ...

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FDA Approves First New Weight-Loss Pill in Decade

Jun 27, 2012

By MATTHEW PERRONE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved Arena Pharmaceutical's anti-obesity pill Belviq, the first new prescription drug for long-term weight loss to enter the U.S. market in over a decade.

Despite only achieving modest weight loss in ...

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Fossilized Teeth Hold Clues to Early Human Species' Diet

Jun 27, 2012

WEDNESDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that human ancestors who lived 2 million years ago had a diet that was devoted to harder foods than other early humans.

"It is an important finding because diet is one of the fundamental aspects of an animal, one that drives its ...

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Athletes' deaths in workouts prompt new guidelines

Jun 27, 2012

By LINDSEY TANNER, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — The most dangerous time for amateur athletes may not be during the heat of the game or even in rigorous practices. A total of 21 college football players have collapsed and died during conditioning workouts since 2000 — many on the first few days,

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Exercise Program Boosts Health After Lung Transplant: Study

Jun 27, 2012

WEDNESDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- A structured exercise program boosted the overall health of lung transplant patients and reduced their risk of cardiovascular problems, a new study reports.

Lung transplant patients often have weak muscles and limited physical endurance due to inactivity ...

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Health Highlights: June 27, 2012

Jun 27, 2012

  • CDC Launches Free Drugstore HIV Testing
  • Bagged Salads Recalled From Kroger, Wal Mart Stores
  • Low Testosterone Not Part of Normal Aging: Study

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

CDC Launches Free Drugstore HIV Testing

Drugstore ...

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Surgeons Seek Repeal of Transplant Ban Between HIV-Positive People

Jun 27, 2012

By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- Transplant surgeons plan to meet with U.S. Congressional staff members Wednesday to push for the repeal of a law that forbids HIV-positive patients from getting organ transplants from other HIV-positive people.

If the law is ...

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To Improve School Nutrition, Involve Teachers and Parents

Jun 27, 2012

WEDNESDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- To improve school nutrition and get children to eat healthier, involve parents, teachers and school administrators, new research finds.

Researchers from Kaiser Permanente Southern California looked at 400 students at eight elementary and middle schools who ...

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Mexico doctors remove child's 33-pound tumor

Jun 27, 2012

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican doctors say they have removed a 33-pound (15-kilogram) tumor from the body of a 2-year-old child who weighed only 26 pounds (12 kilograms).

Dr. Gustavo Hernandez says the child from the northern state of Durango was born with a lump that eventually covered the right side ...

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Health Tip: Stay Healthier as You Age

Jun 27, 2012

(HealthDay News) -- There is no single secret to staying young, but there are things you can do to help ensure that you stay healthier as you age.

The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions:

  • Don't smoke, and limit alcohol use.
  • Practice a regular, balanced exercise routine.
  • Maintain a ...

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Health Tip: Living With a Pacemaker

Jun 27, 2012

(HealthDay News) -- A pacemaker is implanted in the upper chest to help regulate an irregular heartbeat. Once you have the device, you should avoid "close and prolonged contact" with electronics and appliances that emit magnetic fields, the U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says.

The ...

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FDA Probing Safety of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

Jun 27, 2012

By Steven Reinberg


HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- While thousands of Americans have benefited from hip replacements over the years, problems with metal-on-metal implants can lead to troubles requiring surgery to replace defective devices, experts say.

Specifically, experts ...

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'Atkins'-Type Diets May Raise Risk of Heart Problems

Jun 27, 2012

By Steven Reinberg


HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Women who regularly eat a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet may be raising their risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 28 percent, a new study suggests.

Although the absolute increase in risk is small -- four or ...

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S. Africa cloned skin recipient to leave hospital

Jun 26, 2012

By KIM CHAKANETSA, Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Bedtime for 3-year-old Isabella Kruger now includes a bottle and a massage. This ritual has become possible again as the toddler recovers from surgery that transplanted cloned skin onto her body after 80 percent of it suffered burns in a ...

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Clot-Busting Stroke Drug Safe for Many Who Take Warfarin

Jun 26, 2012

TUESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients who've been taking the blood thinner warfarin can safely be administered the powerful clot-busting drug tPA in the event of a stroke, a new study shows.

The findings help ease previous concerns that tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) might be too ...

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Coffee Might Actually Help Your Heart

Jun 26, 2012

By Barbara Bronson Gray
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- If you need an excuse to pour yourself that second cup of coffee, read on. Moderate, daily coffee drinking may be good for your heart -- to a point, a new study suggests.

"We found that moderate consumption may, in fact,

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Certain Diets May Help Body Burn More Calories: Study

Jun 26, 2012

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Dieters have long been told that to lose weight, you simply need to cut calories. But new research suggests that some combinations of foods may burn more calories than others.

When researchers compared a low-fat diet, a very ...

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Limited Radiation May Help Some Kids With Lymphoma

Jun 26, 2012

TUESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Limited radiation therapy was associated with high rates of two-year, event-free survival in children with favorable-risk Hodgkin lymphoma who had a complete response to chemotherapy, a new study shows.

More than 90 percent of children with favorable-risk ...

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