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FDA Advisory Panel Says Steroid Shots for Back Pain Can Continue

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An expert advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided on Tuesday not to recommend the agency issue a strong warning against the general use of steroid injections for back pain.
The shots are commonly used to treat back pain, but they have never […]

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Parents Need to Take Lead on Teen Concussion Prevention

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Parents need to take an active role in protecting their children from sports concussions, an expert warns.
Parents must make sure sports-playing teens have the right protective gear and undergo standard, Dr. David Dodick, chair of the American Migraine Foundation and a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic […]

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FDA Panel Says Steroid Shots for Back Pain Can Continue

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An expert advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided on Tuesday not to add a strong warning against the general use of steroid injections for back pain.
The shots are commonly used to treat back pain, but they have never been approved for […]

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Full-Day Preschool Beats Part-Day for School Preparedness

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children who attend a full-day preschool program are better prepared for elementary school success than children who attend a part-day program, a new study has found.
Chicago preschoolers who went the whole day rather than a half-day had higher scores on measures of school readiness skills, […]

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Most Americans With HIV Don’t Have Virus Under Control, CDC Says

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fewer than one-third of Americans living with HIV had the virus under control in 2011, with many either not receiving regular medical care or unaware they carry the virus, a new U.S. study finds.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study estimates that 70 […]

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Infants With Eczema May Be More Prone to Peanut Allergy: Study

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to peanut protein in household dust may increase the risk of peanut allergy in infants with the skin condition eczema, a new study reveals.
About 2 percent of school-aged children in the United States are allergic to peanuts. And severe eczema in infants has been linked to food […]

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FDA Panel Mulls Worth of Steroid Shots For Back Pain

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An expert advisory panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will decide Tuesday whether to recommend that doctors stop giving steroid injections for back pain.
These shots are commonly used to treat back pain, but they are not approved for this use and whether the […]

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Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your ‘Good’ Gut Bugs?

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Heartburn drugs such as Prilosec and Nexium may disrupt the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, potentially boosting the risk of infections and other problems, a small new study suggests.
The research doesn’t confirm that these changes make it more likely users will become […]

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Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications are much more likely to abuse those drugs than other teens, a new study warns.
The findings show the need to conduct substance abuse assessments on teenagers before prescribing these drugs to them, the researchers said.
“Prescribers and parents don’t realize the abuse potential,” […]

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Study Uncovers Vultures’ Gastronomical Secrets

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Vultures have developed highly specialized ways of dealing with the toxic bacteria they ingest when eating dead animals, researchers report.
The new research investigated the different types of bacteria found on the faces and in the guts of 50 turkey vultures and black vultures in the United States. On […]

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ER Visits on the Rise, Study Reports

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The number of emergency department visits in the United States rose from about 130 million in 2010 to a record 136 million in 2011, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The findings also showed that fewer people were going to ERs with non-urgent medical needs: […]

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Early Puberty Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Teens

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Youngsters who enter puberty early are at increased risk for depression, a new study suggests.
Early puberty was linked with a number of factors associated with depression, such as poor self-image and high anxiety levels, according to the researchers. Early puberty was also linked to social problems, such as […]

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Daily Physical Activity May Help Lower Parkinson’s Risk

TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A moderate amount of physical activity in your daily life may reduce your risk of Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study.
“We found that a medium level of daily total physical activity is associated with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease,” study author Karin Wirdefeldt, of the Karolinska […]

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Yogurt Every Day May Help Keep Diabetes Away

Eating a serving a day of yogurt may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, new research suggests.

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New Device May Make Mammograms More Comfortable

Dutch researchers have developed a device that may reduce the discomfort many women feel during a mammogram while preserving the quality of the image.

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Calorie Counts Mandated at Chain Restaurants, FDA Says

New rules announced Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will have many restaurant chains posting calorie counts on their menus, and the rules even apply to movie theater popcorn and ice cream parlor fare.

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Kids’ Bag Lunches Get an ‘F’ for Nutrition

The lunches children bring from home may be less healthy than the school cafeteria offerings, a new study suggests.

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