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Dark Days Here for Folks With Seasonal Depression

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — October’s shorter, darker days can trigger a type of depression, known as seasonal affective disorder, according to an expert.
People affected by seasonal affective disorder, also called SAD, may feel overly tired, lack motivation and even have trouble getting out of bed. In extreme cases, SAD can lead to [...]

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Few U.S. Hospitals Ready to Handle Ebola, Survey Finds

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Only about 6 percent of American hospitals have infection control procedures in place to effectively and safely handle Ebola patients, a new survey reveals.
Of the 1,039 acute care hospitals that responded to the survey, about 6 percent said they were “well-prepared,” and about 5 percent [...]

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Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines May Miss Younger Women at Risk

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Current osteoporosis screening guidelines and tools fail to identify many younger postmenopausal women at risk for osteoporosis-related fractures, a new study says.
“If we want to prevent fractures, we need tools that help us accurately predict who will suffer these osteoporotic injuries so that we can target these at-risk [...]

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Knowing Genetic Risk for Cancer May Not Change Behavior

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — As more genetic tests are developed that spot increased risks for certain cancers, one might think that high-risk people would be more proactive about getting screened.
But a new study suggests that, at least with colon cancer, knowledge does not change behavior: People who found out [...]

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Nurse Nina Pham Heading Home After Beating Ebola

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Nina Pham, the first of two Dallas nurses to be infected with Ebola while caring for a patient, is now free of the virus, officials at the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced Friday.
And on her way home to Texas, she got a special [...]

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New York City Ebola Patient in Stable Condition

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A New York City doctor who recently returned from West Africa infected with Ebola is in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital, media reports say.
Dr. Craig Spencer had been working with the medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders, helping to treat Ebola patients in Guinea, [...]

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Brief Interruption of Blood Supply to Limb Might Aid Heart Surgery: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Interrupting blood supply to an arm or a leg before heart surgery may help reduce the risks associated with the surgery, according to a new study.
“During heart surgery we have to stop the blood supply to the heart to be able to operate on it. After some [...]

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Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer’s Risk

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The virus that causes common cold sores — herpes simplex — might increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, two studies by Swedish researchers suggest.
In fact, being a carrier of certain antibodies to the virus can double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers found.
“The [...]

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Sleep Duration Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Risk in Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Not getting the right amount of sleep might raise your risk of ulcerative colitis, a new study suggests.
Those who sleep less or more than the recommended seven to eight hours per night may be more prone to developing the chronic condition, which causes inflammation in the intestines, researchers [...]

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Researchers Say Antibiotics in Fish a Health Concern

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Researchers who discovered antibiotics in farmed and wild fish say their findings are cause for concern.
The use of antibiotics in animals, including fish, that are raised for human consumption contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that threaten people’s health, according to background information from the study.
Each year [...]

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Nurse Nina Pham Declared ‘Free’ of Ebola Virus

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Nina Pham, the first of two Dallas nurses to be infected with Ebola while caring for a patient, is now free of the virus, officials at the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced Friday.
Pham, 26, has been treated at a special isolation unit at [...]

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Could Air Pollutants Raise a Child’s Autism Risk?

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children exposed to two air toxins — chromium and styrene — while in the womb and during the first two years of life may have increased odds of developing autism, according to a new study.
Prenatal and early exposure to the highest amounts of chromium, a [...]

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Childhood Peanut Allergy May Be Linked to Skin Gene Mutation

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Infants with a specific skin gene mutation who are exposed to peanut protein in household dust may be more likely to develop a peanut allergy, according to a new study.
Peanut allergy and other food allergies have been linked to severe eczema, a skin disorder, in early infancy, [...]

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Cadavers Beat Computers as Med School Teaching Tool, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cadavers are better than a computer simulation of the human body for teaching anatomy to college students, a new study says.
The findings suggest that cadavers should continue to be used in undergraduate human anatomy courses for future doctors, nurses and other health and medical professionals, according to the [...]

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New York City Health Officials Confirm First Ebola Case

New York City health officials said Thursday that a health care worker who recently returned from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola. The patient, identified as Dr. Craig Spencer by city officials, had been working with Doctors Without Borders helping to treat Ebola patients in Guinea, one of three countries hit hard by the disease, The New York Times reported.

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Multiple Drug Use Raises Infection Risk for ‘Swinging’ Couples

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Multiple drug use put couples who “swing” at increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a new study shows.
Swingers are defined as heterosexual couples who have group sex, swap partners and/or visit sex clubs for couples. Researchers looked at 289 people, average age 49, in the Netherlands who [...]

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Teens Who Dine With Their Families May Be Slimmer Adults

By Mary Elizabeth DallasHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For those teens who try to avoid spending time with their parents and siblings, new research suggests that sitting down for family meals might help them stay slim as adults.
Despite everyone’s busy schedules, researchers found that just one or two gatherings around the kitchen [...]

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