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Health News for 10/14/10

October 14, 2010

Meditation Soothes MS Patients

A new Swiss study reports that a form of meditation known as mindfulness may help patients with multiple sclerosis.
Health Tip: Signs That You May Have Mono

Mononucleosis, often dubbed "mono," is a viral infection that causes a range of symptoms that may be mild to severe.
Health Tip: Getting Rid of Head Lice

Head lice are tiny insects that can infect the scalp, and are easily spread from person to person by close contact.
Genes May Help Explain High Blood Pressure in Blacks

Genetics may help explain the increased risk for high blood pressure among people of African descent, according to U.S. researchers.
Eye Exercises Might Boost Fine Depth Perception

A new study says a push-pull training method is a good way to correct a condition called sensory eye dominance, in which an imbalance between the vision strength of the eyes impairs fine depth perception.
Genetics Linked to Raised Risk of Childhood Obesity

Gene variants that increase the risk of childhood obesity have been identified by U.S. researchers.
MRI Might Screen for Autism

With the aim of catching autism in children at an earlier age than currently possible, scientists are exploring the potential of using MRI scans as a screening tool.
Sexually Aggressive Men May Forget a Woman's Cues

The average college-aged male has an excellent memory for whether a woman initially displays sexual interest or rejection, especially when she's attractive, is dressed provocatively and expresses positive sexual interest, a new study shows.
Magnet Therapy an Option for Tough-to-Treat Depression

A treatment for major depression that uses intense magnetic pulses to stimulate the brain, previously shown to reduce acute symptoms for brief periods, appears to work over the longer term when teamed with antidepressants, researchers report.
Romantic Love: Nature's Painkiller?

In a study involving a group of lovelorn Stanford undergrads, researchers discovered that high-octane romantic love might be a natural analgesic.
Practice Tests Really Do Improve Learning: Study

Practice tests actually do help improve learning, a new study claims.
Rescued Chilean Miners in Good Health

As the world held its breath Wednesday, transfixed by the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners who had been trapped underground for 69 days, early indications were that the men had survived their ordeal in surprisingly good health.
Health Highlights: Oct. 14, 2010

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Clinical Trials Update: Oct. 14, 2010

Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of ClinicalConnection.com:
U.S. Hispanics Have 1 in 52 Estimated Lifetime Risk of HIV

One in 36 Hispanic men and one in 106 Hispanic women in the United States are at risk of being diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. The overall estimated lifetime risk of HIV diagnosis among Hispanics is one in 52, according to a federal government study released Thursday.
Yoga May Combat Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Yoga that includes gentle stretches and meditation may help alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia, a small study finds.
Too Few Adults Vaccinated Against Whooping Cough: CDC

Recent outbreaks of whooping cough highlight the need for adults to be vaccinated against this highly contagious disease, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
More Evidence That Compression-Only CPR Works Best

Emergency dispatchers should advise bystanders to use chest-compression-only CPR on heart attack victims, rather than the standard protocol of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth ventilation, according to a new study.

 

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