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Health News for 03/04/11

March 04, 2011

Health Tip: What's Behind Iron Deficiency

Iron is an essential mineral that's present in all cells. As a key component of hemoglobin in the blood, for example, it helps carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.
Health Tip: If Your Child Has Diabetes

It can be stressful for any parent to leave a child in the care of a babysitter, particularly if your child is diabetic.
Parks Add Options for Kids' Exercise, Study Finds

Children are more likely to be physically active if they have good parks and playgrounds in their neighborhoods, researchers report.
Diabetes Often Not Diagnosed or Treated Properly

Poor diagnosis and ineffective treatment of diabetes may put millions of people worldwide at risk for early death, a new study finds.
1 in 5 Patients at California ERs Leaves Without Being Seen

Upwards of one-fifth of patients who seek care at one of California's hospital emergency departments leave before being seen by anyone, new research reveals.
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk

A diet rich in foods that are loaded with potassium can reduce your risk for a stroke by 21 percent and may also lower your risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.
Chemo May Raise Risk of Falls in Breast Cancer Survivors

Breast cancer survivors may be at increased risk for falls and broken bones due to the combined effects of chemotherapy and endocrine therapy, a new study suggests.
Study Finds Men Need More Support Before, After Child Birth

Men need more support before and after their child is born, new research suggests.
Tissue Analysis May Help Predict Breast Cancer Outcome

An analysis of breast tissue may help doctors better predict outcomes for women with breast cancer, a new study reports.
Parents Tend to Focus on Joy, Not Costs, of Raising Children

Many parents exaggerate their levels of parental joy to justify and accept the high cost of raising children, new research suggests.
Ready to Talk to Your Teen About Alcohol?

A free handbook to help parents learn how to talk with their teens about alcohol is being offered by the American College of Emergency Physicians and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Risk of Drug-Resistant Staph Infection in Gym Low: Study

The risk of being infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria when using community gyms may not be as high as believed, a new study suggests.
Scientists Use Stem Cells, Skin Cells to Create Brain Cells Lost to Alzheimer's

In what experts are calling a significant step forward in Alzheimer's research, scientists have for the first time turned human embryonic stem cells and a form of human skin cell into a type of brain cell that's lost to Alzheimer's disease.
Extra Tests Not a Deterrent to Experimental Cancer Therapy

Cancer patients are willing to tolerate multiple needle pokes, X-rays, ultrasounds, PET and CT scans to receive advanced experimental treatments in early-stage clinical trials, with some even amenable to extra tumor biopsies, according to a new study.
Can Crotch Length Predict Sperm Strength?

New research contends that the distance between the posterior base of the scrotum and the anus can predict the strength of a man's sperm population.
Health Highlights: March 4, 2011

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Clinical Trials Update: March 4, 2011

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