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Fewer U.S. Teens Using Illegal Drugs and Alcohol, Report Finds

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Illegal drug use among teens in the United States is on the decline, according to a new federal report.
Encouragingly, the new study also found that alcohol use, binge drinking and the use of tobacco products among young people between the ages of 12 and 17 also dropped [...]

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FDA to Probe Testosterone Therapy Claims, Safety

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is focusing on the “Low T” fad, questioning whether the boom in testosterone replacement therapy is helping or harming the health of aging American males.
At a joint meeting scheduled for Sept. 17-18, two key FDA committees will discuss whether [...]

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Nonsurgical Treatments Suggested for Women’s Urinary Incontinence

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Effective treatment options exist for women with urinary incontinence that don’t involve medication or surgery, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians.
Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, bladder training and weight loss could help, the group advised.
Women with stress urinary incontinence have problems [...]

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Older Patients More Likely to Fill Prescriptions for Generic Statins: Study

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Patients prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to fill their prescriptions and gain health benefits if the medications are cheaper generic brands, new research suggests.
At issue are the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. Well-known brands include Crestor, Zocor and Lipitor. Generic statins are also available. [...]

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Heart Docs Don’t Recommend Routine ECGs for Young Athletes

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — U.S. heart experts recommend doctors use a 14-point checklist rather than an electrocardiogram (ECG) when evaluating young people for underlying heart disease that could result in sudden cardiac arrest.
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology said in a joint statement that a more detailed personal [...]

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Blood Pressure Seems to Stay Lower Longer in Fitter Men

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Aerobic exercise leading to strong heart fitness can delay a man’s onset of age-related high blood pressure by nearly a decade, a new study suggests.
Blood pressure naturally increases as people grow older and their arteries become stiffer with age.
But men with strong cardio-fitness don’t start [...]

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Male Pattern Baldness Tied to Prostate Cancer, Study Suggests

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Men with male pattern baldness may face a higher risk of developing an aggressive type of prostate cancer than men with no balding, a new study suggests.
But, the study authors noted that it’s not clear yet whether men with this specific pattern of baldness should [...]

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Study Sees Differences in Brain Connections of Kids With ADHD

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Key connections between brain networks seem to mature more slowly in young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study.
These connections within and between certain brain networks control internally directed thought, such as daydreaming, and influence the ability to focus on external [...]

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Study Ties Multiple Births to Higher Costs, Complications

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Births of multiple babies cost more and pose greater risks for complications and death than singleton births, researchers report.
The researchers suggest that limiting embryo transfers for couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) could ease some of that burden.
Over the past 30 years, multiple births have increased in tandem [...]

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Heart Attack Patients Face Greater Death Risk if Any Treatment Step Missed: Study

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who’ve had a heart attack are at greater risk of death if even one of nine critical steps in their treatment is missed, according to a new study.
Researchers in the United Kingdom noted patients who missed a part of their treatment early on, such as an [...]

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Chest Radiation May Help Fight Some Advanced Lung Cancers: Study

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Adding chest radiation to chemotherapy allows some people with small-cell lung cancer to live longer and cuts recurrence rates by nearly 50 percent, European researchers report.
Based on the results of a four-country study, the researchers recommended that chest radiotherapy be routinely offered to patients with advanced small-cell lung [...]

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Not Everyone With Alzheimer’s-Linked Protein Develops Dementia: Study

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The human brain may have a way to compensate for the build-up of a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. That could help explain why some older people who have beta-amyloid deposits do not develop dementia, California researchers report.
“This study provides evidence that there is plasticity or compensation [...]

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Kids’ Severe Respiratory Virus Confirmed in Northeast

The severe respiratory virus believed to have sickened hundreds of U.S. children in Midwestern and Western states has now spread to the Northeast, health officials report.

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New Gene Variants for Prostate Cancer Identified

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An international team of scientists has identified 23 new genetic variants linked to a greater risk for prostate cancer.
Although more research is needed, the researchers said their findings, which bring the total number of common gene variants associated with prostate cancer to 100, could help [...]

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The Most Dangerous Drugs for Accidental Poisonings in Children

A relatively small number of medications are responsible for sending thousands of young children to the hospital for accidental ingestion, a U.S. government study finds.

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Walking or Biking to Work Can Improve Your Mood

Trading the gas pedal for foot power or bike power to get to your job can also improve your mental health, British researchers report.

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How a Better Night’s Sleep Can Cut Down on Sick Days

Getting enough sleep each night may mean you’re less likely to take time off from work due to illness, a new study suggests.

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