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1 in 13 School-Aged Kids in the U.S. Take Psych Meds

More than 7 percent of American schoolchildren are taking at least one medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties, a new government report shows.

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Workplace Ladder Falls a Major Cause of Deaths, Injuries: CDC

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Workplace tumbles off of ladders are a major cause of injury and death among American employees, a new study says.
“Falls remain a leading cause of unintentional injury [deaths] nationwide, and 43 percent of fatal falls in the last decade have involved a ladder,” say a team led by [...]

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Genetic Code of Tsetse Fly May Help Fight Sleeping Sickness

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Scientists who mapped the genome of the tsetse fly say this genetic information could lead to new ways to fight African sleeping sickness.
The tsetse fly is the only insect that transmits the disease, which threatens the health and lives of millions of people and decimates livestock herds in [...]

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Internet May Help Seniors Avoid Depression

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A basic communication tool like email can help isolated older people combat loneliness and depression, a new study suggests.
Surveys conducted between 2002 and 2008 found that far fewer retirees who said they used the Internet for communication and other purposes suffered from depression than non-Internet [...]

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FDA Proposes E-Cigarette Regulations

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited regulations governing the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry.
The new rules, made public Thursday, would give the FDA the authority to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, placing them under the same requirements as cigarettes. That would include a [...]

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Bullying Rates Drop Among American Teens: Study

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — American teens are much less likely to engage in bullying than they were a decade ago, new research suggests.
Surveys completed by middle school and high school students between 1998 and 2010 suggest that instances of both verbal and physical bullying dropped by roughly half, with [...]

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FDA to Propose E-Cigarette Regulations

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited regulations governing the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry.
The new rules, to be made public Thursday, are expected to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, placing them under the same requirements as cigarettes. That would likely include a ban [...]

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Kids’ Genetic Risk for Obesity Rises With Age, Study Finds

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As children get older, genes appear to play an increasing role in whether some kids become heavier than their peers, a new study indicates.
Researchers looked at 2,556 pairs of twins in England and Wales when they were aged 4 and 10. The investigators focused on 28 genetic variants [...]

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FDA Reconsiders Behavior-Modifying ‘Shock Devices’

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — They’re likened to a dog’s “shock collar” by some and called a “life-saving treatment” by others. But the days of electro-shock devices as a tool for managing hard-to-control behavior in people with disabilities may be numbered, U.S. health officials say.
A U.S. Food and Drug [...]

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Vitamin D May Not Lower Seniors’ Fall Risk

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Taking vitamin D supplements does little to reduce seniors’ risk of falls, a new review finds.
Researchers analyzed 20 studies that included nearly 30,000 people and tested how vitamin D supplements affected fall risk.
The results showed that the supplements did not reduce falls by 15 percent or more, which [...]

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Frozen as Good as Fresh for Fecal Transplants for Diarrhea: Study

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Using frozen material for fecal transplants is as effective as fresh material in curing people with chronic diarrhea caused by recurrent infection with Clostridium difficile bacteria, according to a small new study.
Each year in the United States, C. difficile causes 250,000 infections requiring hospitalization and 14,000 deaths. Fecal [...]

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New Drugs Created Specifically to Prevent Migraines Show Promise

Two experimental drugs may help prevent migraines in people who suffer multiple attacks a month, according to preliminary findings from a pair of clinical trials.

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Attention Guys: Read THIS before Asking Your Doc for Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

A new study reminds men with erectile dysfunction that there’s help out there that doesn’t require a prescription: diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes.

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Why Having an Optimistic Partner Can Be REALLY Good For You

Marriage vows often include the promise to stick together for better or for worse, and research now suggests that when it comes to your health, having an optimistic spouse is better.

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Religious Music a High Note for Older Christians

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Religious music may improve the mental health of older Christians, a new study finds.
Researchers examined survey data gathered from more than 1,000 English-speaking black and white adults across the United States who were at least 65 years old. They were either currently practicing Christians, had been Christians but [...]

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People With More Education May Recover Better From Brain Injury

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests that people with more education recover significantly better from serious head injuries.
Scientists from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found that adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries who had earned at least an undergraduate degree were more than seven times as [...]

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Pot Smoking May Pose Heart Dangers, Study Suggests

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 — Marijuana use might contribute to heart and artery disease among young and middle-aged adults, particularly those already at risk for cardiovascular problems, a small French study reports.
By reviewing reported cases of marijuana abuse in France between 2006 and 2010, researchers identified 35 users who suffered heart disease [...]

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