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Is Tau the ‘How’ Behind Alzheimer’s?

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Malfunction of a key brain protein called tau is the likely culprit behind Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, a new study in mice concludes.
Neurons — highly specialized nerve cells in the brain — appear to die when tau malfunctions and fails to clear [...]

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Child’s Appendix More Likely to Rupture in Regions Short of Surgeons

FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children and teens with poor access to general surgeons are at increased risk of suffering a ruptured appendix, and the risk is particularly high among young children, a new study finds.
If an infected appendix isn’t removed quickly enough, it can burst or rupture, leading to a serious, [...]

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Spinal Surgery Varies by Region in U.S.: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Surgery for low back pain caused by spinal stenosis varies depending on where in the United States you live, a new report says.
“Nearly 80 percent of Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives, and about 30 million people a year receive professional medical [...]

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Sleep Apnea May Steal Some of Your Memory: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Sleep apnea may make it hard for you to remember simple things, such as where you parked your car or left your house keys, a small study suggests.
Tests on 18 people with severe sleep apnea showed that this ability — called spatial memory — was impaired when sleep [...]

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Study Shows How Toddlers Adjust to Adult Anger

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Toddlers can both sense adult anger and alter their behavior in response to it, new research reveals.
“Babies are like sponges,” said study co-author Andrew Meltzoff, co-director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, in Seattle. “They learn not only from their [...]

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Make the Most of This Weekend’s Time Change

FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A few simple steps can help make this weekend’s time change easier to cope with, a sleep expert says.
“Adjusting to the end of Daylight Saving Time in the fall is a bit easier than handling the time change in the spring. The main reason is because we gain [...]

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Halloween at the ER Is No Treat

FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating may seem like harmless fun, but Halloween injuries send many children to emergency rooms in the United States every year, experts say.
Out of eight holidays, Halloween had the fifth highest number of ER visits involving children aged 18 years and younger, according to 2007-2013 [...]

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Generic Drugs May Help Breast Cancer Patients Stick to Therapy

FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Access to generic hormone therapy medicines improves the chances that breast cancer patients will stick with their drug treatment, a new study found.
“We know that hormone therapy for women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer can reduce recurrence by up to 50 percent,” study leader Dr. Dawn Hershman, an [...]

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Study Confirms Obesity-Breast Cancer Link for Blacks, Hispanics

FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obesity increases the risk of certain types of breast cancer in postmenopausal black and Hispanic women, two new U.S. studies show.
One study of more than 3,200 Hispanic women found being overweight or obese increased the risk for estrogen receptor-negative and progesterone receptor-positive breast tumors among postmenopausal women.
“We’ve known [...]

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Kids: An Rx for Menopause’s Hot Flashes?

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women who live with young children may be less likely to suffer hot flashes after going through surgical menopause, a new study suggests.
The finding, published recently in the journal Menopause, followed a small group of women who had their ovaries removed because they were at [...]

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Almost 1 in 5 Americans Plagued by Constant Pain, Survey Suggests

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Almost one-fifth of Americans do daily battle with crippling, chronic pain, a large new survey reveals, with the elderly and women struggling the most.
The poll of roughly 35,000 American households provides the first snapshot of the pain landscape in the United States, the survey authors [...]

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‘Informal Care’ for Older Americans Tops $500B Annually, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Each year, people across the United States spend an estimated 30 billion hours caring for older relatives and friends, which costs $522 billion, according to new research.
A RAND Corp. study put a price tag on the time and wages that caregivers give up every year to help older [...]

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Does Having Lots of Sex Lower Prostate Cancer Risk?

Don Juans of the world, take note: Men who sleep with lots of women may be less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who don’t play the field, a new Canadian study suggests.

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Leprosy Still Occurs in U.S., CDC Reports

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Leprosy, although quite rare, continues to appear in the United States, a new U.S. government study reports.
Approximately 100 new cases are reported in the United States each year, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. That compares to about 250,000 cases [...]

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Brain Scans Yield Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There are clear differences in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome and the brains of healthy people, new research indicates.

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Fewer Malpractice Claims Paid in U.S.

THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The number of medical malpractice payments in the United States has dropped sharply since 2002, according to a new study.
And compensation payment amounts and liability insurance costs for most doctors remained flat or declined in recent years, researchers report online Oct. 30 in the Journal of the American [...]

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Eczema Tied to Bone Fracture Risk in Study

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The skin condition eczema may increase slightly the risk of broken bones and injured joints, a new study reports.
In a study of 34,500 adults, researchers found that among 7 percent of people who had an eczema flare-up in the past year, 1.5 percent had a [...]

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