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Brain Scans Might Spot Potential for Recovery From Coma

Apr 15, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans could help identify comatose patients who have the potential to wake up, a new study suggests.

Bedside tests are currently the standard means of trying to assess whether or not a comatose person will make ...

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Study Links Casual Marijuana Use to Changes in Brain

Apr 15, 2014

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young people who occasionally smoke marijuana may be rewiring their brains, with their pot use causing structural changes to brain regions related to motivation, emotion and reward, a small study says.

Recreational pot use by a small group of young adults ...

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Nonwhites Exposed to More Air Pollution: Study

Apr 15, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nonwhite Americans are exposed to 38 percent higher levels of nitrogen dioxide air pollution than whites, a new study shows.

Nitrogen dioxide comes from sources such as power plants and car exhausts, and this type of ...

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Family Dog Can Help Kids With Autism

Apr 15, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism may find the "unconditional" love of the family dog a real help, a small new study finds.

Researchers at the University of Missouri interviewed 70 parents of children with autism. The investigators ...

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Obesity Linked to Increased Odds of Losing Baby, Study Finds

Apr 15, 2014

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are overweight or obese when they get pregnant may be at increased risk for miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, researchers say.

The danger is greatest for severely obese women, who appear to have about double or triple the risk of losing ...

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Certain Thyroid-Related Diseases May Vary by Race

Apr 15, 2014

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Race appears to be a factor in determining a person's risk of developing autoimmune thyroid conditions such as Graves' disease or Hashimoto's thyroiditis, a new study says.

African Americans and Asians are much more likely to develop Graves' disease than ...

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Sleep Apnea May Be Linked to Poor Bone Health

Apr 15, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder, may be at increased risk for the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, especially women and older people, a new study suggests.

Sleep apnea causes repeated, brief ...

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Too Little Vitamin D May Add to Obesity's Burden

Apr 15, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Severely obese people with vitamin D deficiency may be less mobile than those with normal levels of the vitamin, a new study says.

Poor physical functioning can reduce quality of life and increase the risk of early ...

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Tanzeum Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

Apr 15, 2014

By Scott Roberts, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Tanzeum (albiglutide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help control blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Some 24 million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes, which is ...

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FDA Approves New Type 2 Diabetes Drug

Apr 15, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes have a new treatment option with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval Tuesday of a once-weekly injectable drug, Tanzeum.

The FDA described Tanzeum (albiglutide) as ...

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Drowning Deaths Down Overall, But Still a Problem: Report

Apr 15, 2014

TUESDAY, April, 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Just in time for summer swimming and boating season comes a grim government report: Drowning deaths are still a problem in the United States, even though overall deaths from drowning are down.

"Death rates overall have declined 9 percent, but for those ...

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Easter Lilies Toxic for Cats, FDA Warns

Apr 15, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Easter lilies are popular in homes at this time of year, but they can be deadly for cats, a veterinarian warns.

The same is true for Tiger, Asiatic, Day and Japanese Show lilies, said Dr. Melanie McLean, a veterinarian ...

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Mother's Pregnancy Weight Gain May Influence Child's Obesity Risk

Apr 15, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to mothers who gain either too much or too little weight during their pregnancy are more likely to be overweight or obese, a new study has found.

Putting on too few or too many pounds during a pregnancy ...

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Health Highlights: April 15, 2014

Apr 15, 2014

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

Patients Paying Much More for Specialty Drugs: Report

Many Americans are paying less for prescription drugs, but some are having to deal with sharp rises in the cost of specialty medicines for rare ...

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Blood Test Aims to Predict Breast Cancer's Return

Apr 15, 2014

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new blood test may one day help predict the recurrence of breast cancer and also a woman's response to breast cancer treatment, researchers report.

"We are able to do this with literally a spoonful of serum [blood]," said study co-author Saraswati ...

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Younger Adults Hit Hardest This Flu Season

Apr 15, 2014

TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The H1N1 flu was the predominant influenza strain in the United States this year, but it packed a lot less punch than in 2009 when it caused a worldwide pandemic, health officials report.

This season's flu virus didn't reach those pandemic proportions ...

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Health Tip: Minimizing Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Apr 15, 2014

By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay News) -- Pollen and mold are common culprits of seasonal allergies, but there are things you can do to help minimize symptoms.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology offers these suggestions:

  • At home and in the car, close the windows and ...

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Health Tip: Practice Biking Safety

Apr 15, 2014

By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay News) -- If you're out biking, make sure you follow the rules of the road to stay safe.

The Washington State Department of Transportation offers these recommendations:

  • Follow all traffic signs and signals, pass only on the left, follow lane markings ...

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Less Salt Use Tied to Drop in U.K. Heart Deaths

Apr 15, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A drop in salt consumption likely played a big role in a recent large reduction in deaths related to heart disease and stroke in England, a new study suggests.

The amount of salt in people's diets declined 15 percent ...

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Gene Variant May Double Alzheimer's Risk for Women: Study

Apr 15, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Having a copy of a certain gene variant increases women's risk for Alzheimer's disease much more than it does for men, a new study indicates.

Stanford University researchers analyzed data from more than 8,000 people,

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