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Health News for 12/03/10

December 03, 2010

Rugby Headgear Not Enough to Stop Head, Spine Trauma

Education and rule enforcement reduce brain and spinal cord injuries among rugby players, but wearing protective equipment such as headgear and mouthguards does not lower the risk, says a new review.
Health Tip: Having Diabetes Can Hurt Your Eyes

Having too much sugar in your blood can injure many parts of the body, including your heart, kidneys -- even your eyes.
Health Tip: Keeping Mold at Bay

Indoor mold can lead to allergy and respiratory problems that can prove deadly.
U.S. Needs National Registry for Joint Replacement Devices: Study

A standardized U.S. national registry of joint replacement devices would improve patient safety and quality of care, a new study finds.
Dramatic Decline Seen in AIDS News Coverage

If the expression "out of sight, out of mind" is true, then wealthier nations may be at risk of forgetting about the global AIDS pandemic, according to an international team of researchers.
Depression Screening Urged for Young Women With Menopause-Like Symptoms

Young women with a menopause-like condition called primary ovarian insufficiency should be evaluated for depression, a new study suggests.
Research Finds Not All HIV Affects Immune System Same Way

New research explains why immune function actually improves in a small number of patients with drug-resistant HIV.
Species Extinctions May Spell Trouble for Human Health

The impending extinction of various plant and animal species is likely to remove an important buffer against the transmission of infectious disease, new research suggests.
Scientists Find Protein That May Help Control Prostate Cancer

A protein that regulates prostate stem cell self-renewal and also plays a role in the transformation of healthy cells into prostate cancer cells has been identified by U.S. scientists.
Medicare Cuts May Have Spurred Drop in Prostate Cancer Treatment

Use of androgen suppression therapy for low-risk prostate cancer fell after doctors starting receiving lower Medicare payments for the treatment, but use of the treatment for patients with metastatic prostate cancer stayed steady, a new study shows.
Common Epilepsy Drug Taken During Pregnancy Might Raise Spina Bifida Risk

Pregnant women with epilepsy who are taking carbamazepine (Tegretol) to control seizures may be at a slightly increased risk of having an infant with spina bifida, a new study finds.
Health Highlights: Dec. 3, 2010

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Infidelity Might Be in the Genes

Genetics might help explain why some people are more prone to infidelity and promiscuity, says a new study.
Good Looks May Help Land the Interview -- for Men

While good-looking men find it easier to land a job interview, attractive women may be at a disadvantage, a new study from Israel suggests.
Clinical Trials Update: Dec. 3, 2010

Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of
Outbreaks Signal Another Flu Season, CDC Says

Although winter hasn't even arrived, the first signs of flu season have, U.S. health officials said Friday.



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