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Study: Psych drug ER trips approach 90,000 a year

Jul 9, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — A new study says bad reactions to psychiatric drugs result in nearly 90,000 emergency room visits each year by U.S. adults.

A drug used in some popular sleeping pills is among the common culprits.

Most of the ER visits involve troublesome side effects or accidental overdoses and ...

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New Psoriasis Drug Shows Promise in Trials

Jul 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new psoriasis drug delivered dramatic results in two clinical trials, perhaps heralding an effective new treatment for patients with the chronic skin disease.

The drug, secukinumab, was stacked up against an inactive placebo and one of the best psoriasis ...

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Doctors Need to Protect Athletes From Concussion Risk: Neurologists

Jul 9, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Safeguarding athletes from concussion is a moral duty for doctors, according to the largest neurologists' group in the United States.

In a newly released position statement, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said ...

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Obesity Epidemic Hitting Hispanics Hard, Study Finds

Jul 9, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is a growing problem among Hispanic Americans, especially among young adults, a new study shows.

After analyzing data from more than 16,300 Hispanics in Chicago, Miami, New York City and San Diego, the ...

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Researchers Say They've Found New Clues to Autism

Jul 9, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A genetic mutation that increases the risk for a certain form of autism and causes specific physical traits and symptoms has been identified by researchers.

The finding may eventually enable doctors to do pre-birth ...

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Exercising Moms-to-Be Have Less Chubby Babies, Study Finds

Jul 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to mothers who exercise in late pregnancy may enter the world with a little less body fat, a new study finds.

Researchers said that could be a good thing, since extra fat at birth could continue into childhood and beyond. But the long-term ...

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Health Highlights: July 9, 2014

Jul 9, 2014

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

Heroin, Painkiller Abuse Targeted in 2014 White House Drug Control Policy

Reducing heroin use and prescription painkiller abuse are among the main goals in the 2014 drug control policy announced ...

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TB Rates Among Children May Be Higher Than Estimated

Jul 9, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The global rate of tuberculosis (TB) in children could be higher than previously thought, a new study suggests.

Researchers concluded that more than 650,000 children develop TB every year in the 22 countries with the ...

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Kids Still Getting Too Much 'Screen Time': CDC

Jul 9, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. teenagers are still spending hours in front of the TV and computer every day -- despite years of expert advice that kids' "screen time" should be limited, a new government study finds.

In two national surveys of children aged 12 to 15 years,

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Same Genes May Influence Reading, Math Skills: Study

Jul 9, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of the genes that affect children's reading ability also play a role in their math skills, a new study says.

Researchers compared genetic data and the results of reading and math tests completed by ...

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Older Adults Can Safely Donate a Kidney, Study Finds

Jul 9, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's safe for healthy older people to donate kidneys, researchers say.

Live kidney donation by people 55 and older has become more common in the United States in the past two decades, but there have been concerns that ...

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Health Tip: Creating the Right Bedroom

Jul 9, 2014

By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay News) -- To help ensure a good night's sleep, make sure your bedroom is built to bring on the zzzzz's.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests these steps to help foster better sleep:

  • Make sure your room is dark at bedtime. Dim the lights an hour before ...

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Health Tip: Act Fast After Sunburn

Jul 9, 2014

By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter

(HealthDay News) -- Sunburn is not only painful, but can help cause serious long-term damage to your skin.

The Skin Cancer Foundation offers these suggestions for prompt treatment of sunburn:

  • Get out of the sun as soon as you see the first hint of sunburn. It ...

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VA apologizes to whistleblowers facing retaliation

Jul 9, 2014

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top official at the Veterans Affairs Department says he is sorry that VA employees have suffered retaliation after making complaints about poor patient care, long wait times and other problems.

James Tuchschmidt, the No. 2 official at the Veterans ...

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AIDS research team in Iowa loses $1.38M grant

Jul 8, 2014

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An AIDS research team at Iowa State University will not get the final $1.38 million payment of a National Institutes of Health five-year grant after a team member admitted last year to faking research results, the NIH said Tuesday.

One of the ...

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Sutures Bested Staples After C-Section in Study

Jul 8, 2014

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who deliver their baby by cesarean section are less likely to suffer complications if sutures -- rather than staples -- are used to close the incision, a new study says.

"This study clearly shows that women who ...

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Study Targets Causes of Birth Defects

Jul 8, 2014

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research rules out a leading theory on why older women are at greater risk for having a miscarriage or a child with birth defects.

For almost five decades, it's been widely believed that the first eggs ...

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