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Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment So Successful in Kids That Trial Is Halted

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A clinical trial of hydroxyurea therapy for children with sickle cell anemia has been halted a year early because the results show it is a safe and effective way to manage the disease and reduce the risk of stroke.
The announcement about the research, which was conducted at 25 [...]

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Special Ambulance Delivers Vital Stroke Care More Quickly

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Stroke outcomes are better when patients are treated in an ambulance by a neurologist equipped with a CT scanner and clot-busting drugs, German researchers report.
The sooner patients get the clot dissolver — tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) — the better the outcome after a stroke, the [...]

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Being the Boss Tied to Depression Risk for Women, But Not Men

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Being the boss at work seems to raise the odds for symptoms of depression among women, but not men, a new study finds.
“Women with job authority — the ability to hire, fire, and influence pay — have significantly more symptoms of depression than women without this [...]

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Ick! Tapeworm Infecting Man’s Brain Yields Genetic Secrets

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Scientists say they’ve mapped the genome — the genetic “blueprint” — of a tapeworm extracted from a British man’s brain, in hopes it might help others with this very rare infection.
As reported Nov. 21 in the journal Genome Biology, the tapeworm was removed from the brain of a [...]

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Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows

FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many young people consider hookahs a hip and safer way to smoke, but a new study finds fumes from the water pipes contain the toxin benzene.
Benzene has been linked to an increased risk for leukemia in prior research, according to a scientific team reporting Nov. 21 in the [...]

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Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Elderly adults who live in nursing homes may commonly deal with aggressive or inappropriate behavior from fellow residents, a new study suggests.
The study of 10 centers in New York state found that, in the space of just one month, nearly 20 percent of residents were [...]

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Flu Season Off to a Slow Start … for Now

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — This year’s flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that’s likely to peak in January or February, a leading U.S. health official says.
“We are starting to see a little more flu in the country, [...]

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Study Supports Giving Kidney Donors Priority When They Need a Kidney

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Kidney donation is one of the most selfless acts one person can do for another. And now a new study finds that former donors who find they need a kidney later in life are benefiting from policies that give them priority on the transplant waiting list.
Living donors [...]

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MRI Can Be Painful, Disruptive for People With Cochlear Implants

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Some people with cochlear implants experience pain, discomfort and problems with the implant’s internal magnet when they undergo an MRI scan, a new study finds.
According to background information supplied by the researchers, about 300,000 people worldwide have cochlear implants, devices which provide a sense of sound to people [...]

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FDA Approves ‘Abuse-Resistant’ Narcotic Painkiller

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Seeking to make it tougher for people to misuse prescription painkillers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new hydrocodone tablet that’s designed to help thwart abuse.
Hydrocodone — best known by the brand name Vicodin — is a powerful opioid painkiller that has been tied [...]

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Testosterone Plays Minor Role in Older Women’s Sex Lives, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — While levels of testosterone and other reproductive hormones have some effect on menopausal women’s sex lives, their emotional health and quality of their relationships have a stronger influence, according to a new study.
Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men. But, women’s ovaries also naturally produce small amounts [...]

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U.S. Proposes Greater Public Access to Data From Clinical Trials

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Two U.S. government agencies have proposed new rules that will make it easier for everyone to know whether a clinical trial was successful or not.
The proposed changes would expand the number of trials that are required to publish summaries of their results to [...]

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Many People Who Drink a Lot Aren’t Alcoholics: CDC

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Most people who drink to excess or binge drink are not alcoholics, a new U.S. government report says.
In fact, 90 percent of those who drink too much aren’t dependent on alcohol. But one in three adults drinks to excess, according to the U.S. Centers for [...]

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Exercise Might Not Help Some Type 2 Diabetics Control Their Blood Sugar

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Certain genes might prevent regular exercise from improving blood sugar control in up to a fifth of people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.
The issue has long been pondered by doctors working with diabetic patients, one expert said.
“For many years we have been under the impression [...]

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Gel Implant Might Help Fight Heart Failure

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Injecting beads of gel into the wall of a still-beating heart has the potential to improve the health of patients with severe heart failure, according to a new study.
Heart patients who received the gel implant had improved blood oxygen levels and were able to walk [...]

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Cost of Diabetes Care Keeps Climbing, Report Shows

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The cost of diabetes care in the United States has increased 48 percent in recent years, climbing to more than $322 billion annually, a new report shows.
Even greater increases in cost were seen with prediabetes care, which have risen 74 percent, and undiagnosed diabetes, which have jumped 82 [...]

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Laser Used to Remove Tattoos May Help Reduce Acne Scars

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The same kind of laser that is used to remove tattoos may reduce scarring from acne, a small pilot study shows.
Acne is the most common skin disease in the United States, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and another type of laser is [...]

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