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Outdoor Enthusiasts Need a Lightning Plan

SUNDAY, Aug. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Those partaking in outdoor sports and activities need to be aware of the threat posed by lightning and take appropriate safety measures, experts say.
Over the last decade, lightning killed an average of 42 people a year in the United States and caused about 10 times as many injuries. [...]

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Drug Gives ‘New Hope’ Against Heart Failure, Expert Says

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, Aug. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In a head-to-head comparison, an experimental drug was more effective than standard treatment at preventing deaths and hospitalizations in heart failure patients.
According to the study authors, the trial was stopped early because of the marked benefit of the new drug, dubbed LCZ696.
In the trial, [...]

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Spaceflight Might Weaken Astronauts’ Immune Systems

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Astronauts may be at heightened risk of illness because space travel appears to disrupt human immune systems, a new study suggests.
That could be a real problem on any long missions to asteroids, the moon and Mars undertaken in the future, because getting a cold or flu while [...]

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Take Steps to Control Bunions

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — If you have bunions, taking care of them now can help you avoid more serious treatment later, an expert says.
A bunion is a bump that forms on the joint of the big toe when bone or tissue moves out of place and extends beyond the normal anatomy of [...]

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Monkey Trial Supports Ebola Drug That May Have Helped 2 Stricken Americans

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An experimental Ebola drug previously given to two American aid workers successfully cured a group of monkeys infected with the deadly virus in laboratory tests, researchers report.
The drug, ZMapp, prompted recovery in all 18 monkeys who received it, even if they didn’t get the medication [...]

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Faced With Prostate Cancer, It Helps to Know the Enemy

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Prostate cancer patients lacking knowledge about the disease have difficulty making good treatment decisions. This can lead to worse quality of care and long-term results, new research suggests.
The study included 70 men, with a median age of 63. All were newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer.
Poor understanding of [...]

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Biggest Ever Weekly Rise in Ebola Cases, U.N. Agency Says

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The West African Ebola outbreak took a more deadly turn Friday with the World Health Organization announcing an estimated 500 new cases this week — the biggest jump in infections so far.
Most of the new cases arose in Liberia, the U.N. health agency said, but cases in Guinea [...]

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Biggest Ever Weekly Rise in Ebola Cases, U.N. Agency Says

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The West African Ebola outbreak took a more deadly turn Friday with the World Health Organization announcing an estimated 500 new cases this week — the biggest jump in infections so far.
Most of the new cases arose in Liberia, the U.N. health agency said, but cases in Guinea [...]

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Scientists Find Differences in Brains of Those With Dyslexia

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Researchers have discovered that people with dyslexia have disrupted network connections in their brains.
Dyslexia — the most commonly diagnosed learning disorder in the United States — causes problems with reading and writing.
Previous research showed that brain activity is disrupted in people with dyslexia, but most of those studies [...]

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Encouraging Your Baby’s Babbling May Speed Language Development

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The way that parents respond to their infant’s babbling might affect the baby’s language development, a new study suggests.
Over six months, researchers observed the interactions between 12 mothers and their infants during free play. The sessions were 30 minutes long and happened twice a month. The infants were [...]

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Study Counters Critics of Plainer Cigarette Packaging

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Selling cigarettes in plain packages doesn’t increase the use of low-cost or illegal tobacco and doesn’t harm sales in small stores, according to new research from Australia.
Those problems were predicted by the tobacco industry when it tried to prevent Australia from becoming the first country in the world [...]

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European MRSA Originated in Sub-Saharan Africa, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The main strain of a common antibiotic-resistant infection in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa originated in sub-Saharan Africa, a new study says.
Researchers studied so-called community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infections, which occur in healthy people who have not recently been hospitalized. These infections typically affect the [...]

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‘Doctor-Shopping’ for Painkillers Common After Broken-Bone Surgery, Study Finds

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds.
Less-educated patients and patients who had used narcotic painkillers previously were several times more likely to be “doctor shoppers,” said [...]

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Could Too Much Salt Harm MS Patients?

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Too much salt in the diet may worsen symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study from Argentina suggests.
“Many environmental factors affect MS, such as vitamin D, smoking and Epstein Barr virus infection. Our study shows that high salt intake may be another environmental factor [...]

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Parents’ Fights May Strain Bonds With Their Kids

THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Arguments between parents may damage their relationships with their children, a new study indicates.
Parents in more than 200 families were asked to make daily diary entries for 15 days. At the end of each day, mothers and fathers rated the quality of their marriage and their relationship with [...]

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Most U.S. Babies Get Their Vaccines: CDC

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The vast majority of American babies are getting the vaccines they need to protect them from serious illnesses, federal health officials said Thursday.
More than 90 percent of children are getting the vaccines that prevent measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); polio; hepatitis B and chickenpox (varicella), [...]

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Less Sleep in Teen Years Tied to More Pounds at 21

THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Lack of sleep not only puts teens at risk for poor grades, it also puts them at increased risk for obesity, researchers warn.
The study authors analyzed data collected from more than 10,000 Americans when they were aged 16 and 21. Nearly one-fifth of them got less than six [...]

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