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Health News for 08/19/10

August 19, 2010

Out of Work May Mean Out of Sorts

The economic downturn has put thousands of Americans out of work, but their bank accounts aren't the only things suffering as unemployment remains high and they struggle to find a job.
Jobless and Stressed but Holding Out Hope

There were no smiles on the faces at the WorkSource Center office in Salem, Ore.
Health Tip: Make Time for Healthy Meals

Dinnertime is often rushed, and it may seem that there's little time to prepare a healthy meal for the family.
Health Tip: Take Steps Against Colon Polyps

Polyps in the colon may be benign, cancerous or pre-cancerous. In any case, there are steps you can take to help prevent them.
Teen Survey Finds Gangs, Drugs Common in U.S. Schools

Drugs and gangs are common problems at public schools in the United States, a new teen survey shows.
HIV in Blood Different Than in Semen, Scientists Say

HIV-1 in semen is different than HIV-1 in blood, possibly due to changes it undergoes in the genital tract, scientists have found.
Kids Seem More Likely to Reject Those Whose Eyes Cross

Children with a condition called strabismus, in which their eyes aren't straight or don't line up with each other, may be less likely to be invited to birthday parties than other children, researchers have found.
'The Pill' Works for Women of all Weights

Birth control pills are equally effective in obese and thinner women, claims a study that challenges the belief that oral contraceptives may not reliably prevent pregnancy in heavier women.
Drug Appears to Prolong Survival in Stomach Cancer Patients

Use of the drug trastuzumab in addition to chemotherapy can extend stomach cancer patients' survival by nearly three months, a new study has found.
Testing of Brothers May Boost Family's Prostate Cancer Rates

Men who have a brother with prostate cancer are more likely than other men to be diagnosed with the disease, but the reason may have more to do with greater surveillance than genetics, a new study suggests.
Kidneys From Dead Patients as Durable as Ones From Those Deemed Brain-Dead

A new British study finds that transplanted kidneys from patients whose hearts have stopped beating perform just as well as those from patients who are brain-dead but still alive.
Prenatal Pesticide Exposure May Raise Risk of Attention Issues in Kids

Scientists have noted a possible increased risk for attention disorders in children who were exposed to organophosphate pesticides while in the womb.
Binge Drinking, Hypertension a Deadly Combo

If you have high blood pressure, binge drinking may greatly increase your risk of dying from a stroke or heart attack, South Korean researchers report.
Nationwide Recall of Eggs Linked to Salmonella Expanded

An Iowa company at the center of a massive recall of eggs linked to salmonella contamination dramatically broadened the nationwide recall on Wednesday to 380 million eggs.
Health Highlights: Aug. 19, 2010

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Clinical Trials Update: Aug. 19, 2010

Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of ClinicalConnection.com:
High School Football Players Prone to Heat-Linked Illness

Heat-related sicknesses sideline American high school athletes for more than 9,000 days a year, a new study finds.
More U.S. Teens Get Recommended Vaccines

More American teenagers are getting their recommended vaccinations, federal health officials reported Thursday.

 

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