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Head Injuries May Raise Chances of Risky Behavior by Teens

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Teenagers who have experienced a traumatic brain injury are much more likely to engage in a wide range of risky behaviors, Canadian researchers report.
Both boys and girls were more likely to smoke, use drugs, drink alcohol and get poor grades after they endured a blow [...]

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Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of a sibling could be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests.
However, both the study’s lead author and an outside expert agree that the research can’t prove that birth spacing has [...]

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Could a ‘Fat Tongue’ Be a Factor in Sleep Apnea?

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Sleep apnea is a potential health risk for millions of Americans, and a new study points to a possible culprit behind the disorder: a “fat” tongue.
“This is the first study to show that fat deposits are increased in the tongue of obese patients with obstructive sleep apnea,” study [...]

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Acupuncture May Not Help Chronic Knee Pain, Study Finds

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Acupuncture doesn’t improve knee pain any more than “sham” acupuncture, according to a new study.
“Among patients older than 50 years with moderate to severe chronic knee pain, neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function,” the study authors wrote. “Our [...]

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Social Support May Be Key to Heart Attack Recovery

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Young and middle-aged heart attack survivors are more likely to have poor health and low quality of life if they have fewer family and friends to support them in their recovery, a new study suggests.
The study included more than 3,400 survivors, aged 18 to 55, who were assessed [...]

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Children Given Certain Antibiotics Before Age 2 May Have Higher Obesity Risk

Children who are given broad-spectrum antibiotics before the age of 2 may face a slightly higher risk of becoming obese during childhood, new research suggests.

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Respiratory Virus Affecting Kids Now in 40 States; May Be Linked to Muscle Weakness

Forty states and the District of Columbia now have a total of 277 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, the severe respiratory illness that typically targets children, U.S. health officials are reporting.

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Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Medicare should cover low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening for people at high risk for the disease, a coalition of more than 60 patient and medical groups says.
The coalition, which includes the Lung Cancer Alliance, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer [...]

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Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for Colon Cancer Survivors

By Alan MozesHealth Day Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Colon cancer patients who are overweight or obese when diagnosed appear to face a slightly higher risk for developing a second weight-related cancer, new research suggests.
The finding didn’t speak to the risk of colon cancer recurrence, only the potential for developing other cancers associated [...]

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Recessions May Thwart a Woman’s Motherhood Plans Forever: Study

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When unemployment rates climb, women tend to put the brakes on motherhood. And for many young women, that decision may turn out to be a permanent choice, new research suggests.
Women in their early 20s appear most likely to choose not to have a child during [...]

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Herceptin Best for Certain Breast Cancer Patients, Study Says

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Herceptin is the best drug treatment for a type of breast cancer called HER2-positive and should remain the standard of care for that type of tumor, according to new findings from a long-term clinical trial.
HER2-positive breast cancers tend to be more aggressive than other types of breast cancer, [...]

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Fish Oil Supplements Have Little Effect on Irregular Heartbeat: Study

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — High doses of fish oil supplements won’t prevent the return of a common type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, Canadian researchers report.
In fact, 64.1 percent of those taking fish oil for its omega-3 fatty acids experienced new bouts of atrial fibrillation over the [...]

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Can Exercise Prevent Type 2 Diabetes? Your Genes May Be Key

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For millions of overweight Americans, regular exercise remains a prime weapon against excess weight and the threat of type 2 diabetes.
However, a new study suggests that the battle may be tougher for some than for others, depending on their genes.
“While physical activity generally promotes good health, it may [...]

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When It Comes to Sex Partners, Men Prefer Younger Women: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In books and movies, plots involving older men chasing much younger women abound.
Now, new research suggests that the stereotype may be grounded in fact.
In the study, psychologists looked at data on more than 12,000 people from Finland.
The researchers, led by Jan Antfolk of Abo Akademi in [...]

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Rat Study Suggests Light at Night Might Hamper Breast Cancer Therapy

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A study in rats hints that exposure to dim light at night may make human breast cancer tumors resistant to the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin.
However, giving the rats a melatonin supplement prevented this light-linked resistance to doxorubicin, the most widely used cancer chemotherapy drug in the world.
Prior rat-based research [...]

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Medical Implant Devices Skate Through Review Process, Studies Claim

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Every day, people receive medical implants — artificial valves, hip replacements, surgical mesh and the like — that may not have been rigorously tested before or after their approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, two new studies contend.
The studies — conducted by [...]

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Too Many Heart Scans May Pose Radiation Risks, Cardiologists Say

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors need to make sure patients understand the radiation-related risks of heart imaging tests before sending them for such procedures, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says.
“With technological improvements, medical imaging has become an increasingly vital tool in diagnosing and treating patients with heart disease, but the [...]

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