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October 21, 2010

Health Tip: Taking Medications for Schizophrenia

Medications are available to help manage schizophrenia, but they need to be taken correctly to maximize effectiveness.
Health Tip: Reduce Your Chances of Aneurysm

An aneurysm is a weak, bulging area that develops in an artery. If it bursts, it can lead to deadly internal bleeding.
Mom's Suicide May Raise Child's Odds for Later Suicide Attempt

New research out of Sweden suggests that a mother's suicide may influence the risk for later suicide attempts in her children, even more so than the suicide of a father.
Peer Support May Bring Better Control of Diabetes

Pairing people with diabetes who are struggling to control their blood sugar levels with their peers for weekly support sessions could be an effective and inexpensive way to help manage the disease, researchers say.
People Less Likely to Buy Junk Food When Paying Cash

People are less likely to buy unhealthy foods if they use cash instead of credit or debit cards to pay for groceries, a new study finds.
Clenching Muscles May Boost Willpower

Clenching your muscles may help boost your willpower to achieve certain goals or resist temptations such as unhealthy desserts, a new study suggests.
Demand for Radiation Therapy Predicted to Exceed Supply

Over the next decade, the growth in demand for radiation therapy in the United States will be 10 times greater than the increase in new radiation oncologists, a difference that could affect cancer patients' access to treatment, according to a new study.
Air Pollution Ups Risk of Chronic Lung Disease: Study

A new study from Denmark says long-term exposure to low levels of air pollution could increase the risk of developing severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Coming Soon: Smoke-Free Apartment Buildings?

If you're a nonsmoker who lives in an apartment, your health may be at risk from your neighbors who smoke, says a new study.
Estrogen May Boost Women's Recovery From Trauma

Gender-specific hormones may explain why premenopausal women are more likely than men to survive severe physical injuries, say U.S. researchers.
New Finding Suggests Safe Surgical Margins When Removing Breast Cancers

A new study suggests that in women undergoing breast-conserving surgery, removing at least 2 millimeters of healthy tissue in addition to a cancerous breast tumor is enough to lower the risk of residual cancer.
Health Highlights: Oct. 21, 2010

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Clinical Trials Update: Oct. 21, 2010

Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of
Fatal Crashes Involving Teens Continue Decline: CDC

Graduated driver licensing programs that put restrictions on new drivers are one reason why fatal traffic crashes involving 16- and 17-year-old drivers in the United States fell 36 percent between 2004 and 2008, says a U.S. government study released Thursday.
Low-Dose Aspirin May Cut Chances of Colon Cancer

People who regularly take a low dose of aspirin may be reducing their risk of developing colon cancer by 24 percent, a new study finds.
Mouse Study Suggests Alzheimer's-Linked Protein Can Migrate Into Brain

Researchers report that, in mice at least, tissue from outside the brain that contains misfolded beta-amyloid protein can travel and "infect" the brain.
Steroids May Only Offer Short-Term Help for Tennis Elbow

Although a steroid shot can relieve the pain of tennis elbow in the short run, long-term use is less effective and might even be harmful, Australian researchers say.
Flu Meeting Highlights Latest Research

As another flu season approaches, with the memory of last season's H1N1 pandemic flu still fresh in the minds of many, scientists gathered Thursday to present the latest research on the flu virus and attempts to vaccinate against it.



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