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Scoliosis Treatment Might Reduce Need for Surgeries

Apr 19, 2012

THURSDAY, April 19 (HealthDay News) -- Magnetically controlled growing rods can treat the spinal disorder scoliosis in children without the need for repeat invasive surgeries, a small new study suggests.

Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine that occurs mainly in young children and ...

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Diabetes Groups Issue New Guidelines on Blood Sugar

Apr 19, 2012

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 19 (HealthDay News) -- Type 2 diabetes is a complex metabolic disorder, and treating the disease often requires a personalized, multi-pronged approach, say new expert guidelines on treating high blood sugar levels, issued Thursday.

The ...

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Online Dating Scams Can Take Emotional, Financial Toll

Apr 19, 2012

THURSDAY, April 19 (HealthDay News) -- Online dating scams leave many victims feeling doubly traumatized, according to a small new study.

This is because scammers not only try to steal money from their victims but hoodwink them by pretending to have a meaningful connection with them. Victims ...

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Use of Ecstasy, Speed by Teens Tied to Later Depression

Apr 19, 2012

By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who use the party drugs ecstasy (MDMA) and speed (methamphetamine and/or amphetamine) appear to face a notably higher risk of depression afterward, new Canadian research suggests.

Interviews and mental health assessments ...

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Health Tip: Touch, Sing and Play With Baby

Apr 19, 2012

(HealthDay News) -- It's important for parents and their newborn infants to bond. While the process sometimes seems to occur naturally, it often takes lots of time and effort.

The Nemours Foundation suggests how to help parents bond with a new baby:

  • Cradle the infant and gently stroke him or her ...

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Health Tip: Add Flavor, Without Salt, to Your Food

Apr 19, 2012

(HealthDay News) -- Adding flavor to your food doesn't have to involve packing your recipe with salt.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says these healthy, flavorful offerings won't add a salty load to your meals:

  • Sodium-free spices or herbs.
  • Fresh chopped garlic and onions.
  • Flavored ...

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Chemo Plus Radiation Best for Bladder Cancer

Apr 18, 2012

By Maureen Salamon
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- The addition of two well-tolerated chemotherapy drugs to radiation therapy led to significantly longer survival rates among patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer.

In a new study splitting 360 patients into groups ...

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College Athletes in Low-Contact Sports Have More Overuse Injuries

Apr 18, 2012

WEDNESDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- Overuse injuries account for nearly 30 percent of injuries suffered by college athletes, and 62 percent of such injuries occur in female athletes, a new study finds.

Overuse injuries typically occur in low-contact sports that involve long training sessions ...

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No Proof That Gum Disease Causes Heart Disease, Experts Say

Apr 18, 2012

By Kathleen Doheny
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- A new scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association says no convincing evidence exists linking untreated gum disease to heart disease or stroke. Nor is there strong evidence that treating gum disease can ...

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Everyday Activities Might Lower Alzheimer's Risk

Apr 18, 2012

By Randy Dotinga
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that elderly people who move around more -- even gardening or puttering around the house -- are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than more sedentary seniors.

The study doesn't confirm that ...

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When Does Boxing-Related Head Trauma Become Too Much?

Apr 18, 2012

By Lisa Esposito
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- Professional fighters may hit a threshold -- a specific number of fights and years in the ring -- where they can no longer take blows to the head without brain damage, a new study suggests.

But, once they cross that ...

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EPA to Cut Air Pollution from Natural Gas 'Fracking'

Apr 18, 2012

By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday issued the first national standards to curb air pollution linked with the controversial practice of "fracking."

Fracking refers to hydraulic fracturing, a way to obtain ...

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Women With Older Partners More Often Admitted to Nursing Homes

Apr 18, 2012

WEDNESDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- Women are more likely than men to be admitted to a nursing home because they're often married to older men who can't provide care at home due to age-related physical problems, a new study finds.

Researchers in Northern Ireland analyzed data on more than ...

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Researchers Repair Damage Caused by Heart Attacks in Mice

Apr 18, 2012

WEDNESDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report they were able to repair mouse hearts that were damaged by heart attacks.

Researchers from the Gladstone Institutes successfully converted scar tissue in the mice into beating heart muscle. Their findings, they said, might eventually lead ...

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Anxiety Linked to Smarts in Brain Study

Apr 18, 2012

WEDNESDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- Worrying may have co-evolved with intelligence as an important survival trait in humans, new research suggests.

For the study, researchers looked at 26 people with generalized anxiety disorder and compared them to a group of 18 healthy volunteers without the ...

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Health Highlights: April 18, 2012

Apr 18, 2012

  • Scientists Grow Hair on Bald Mice
  • 141 Now Sickened in Tuna-Linked Salmonella Outbreak
  • New Prostate Cancer Treatment Causes Fewer Side Effects: Study
  • Calming Technique Eases Infants' Vaccination Pain

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

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Optimism Might Cut Your Risk for Heart Attack

Apr 18, 2012

WEDNESDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- Being upbeat is good for your heart, a new study suggests.

Many previous studies have shown that negative mental states -- such as depression, anger, anxiety and hostility -- can harm the heart.

This Harvard School of Public Health review of more than 200 ...

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Warren Buffett Has Early Stage Prostate Cancer

Apr 18, 2012

WEDNESDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett says he has prostate cancer and will undergo radiation treatment in the coming months.

The 81-year-old chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said in a letter to investors on Tuesday that he has stage ...

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More Smog Might Mean More Hospitalizations

Apr 18, 2012

WEDNESDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term exposure to fine-particle air pollution may increase older adults' risk of being hospitalized for lung and heart disease, stroke and diabetes, a new study says.

Harvard School of Public Health researchers compared air-quality data with hospital ...

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Experimental Gel May Help Those With Advanced Parkinson's

Apr 18, 2012

By Denise Mann
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- A gel form of two common Parkinson's drugs delivered via a feeding tube-like device may help people with advanced disease reduce medication side effects and possibly avoid brain surgery.

That's the report from researchers who ...

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