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Health News for 05/26/11

May 26, 2011

Scientists Appear One Step Closer to Reading Minds

The ability to read minds has long been considered a parlor trick or the stuff of science fiction, but new research suggests it could one day become reality.
Health Tip: Prevent Back Pain in the Car

Traveling long distances in the car can take a toll on your back.
Health Tip: Suggestions to Prevent Heat Rash

Heat rash occurs when an infant's pores become blocked, usually during hot, humid weather.
Speed, Size Predict Teen Football Players' Rankings

College football scouts tend to seek high school football players who are bigger and faster than the rest, according to new research.
Caffeine May Interfere With Fertility in Women

Caffeine, a known stimulant, has been shown to cause rapid heart rate, nausea, anxiety and depression. Now, new research reveals that caffeine consumption may make it harder for a woman to get pregnant.
Experts Say Stroke Care Differs for U.S. Minorities

Wide differences in care for people who've had a stroke still exist between whites and ethnic minorities in the United States, according to a joint report issued by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
Lists of Prescription Meds' Side Effects Keep Growing: Study

Lists of the side effects for prescription medications on drug labels, packaging and advertisements have mushroomed up to an average of 70 per medication, a new study reports.
Blind People May Be Able to Use Echoes to Identify Objects

Bats and dolphins aren't the only mammals that use echolocation -- the ability to use sounds alone to identify objects and navigate unfamiliar surroundings.
Tracking Swine Flu Virus in Pigs Reveals Mutations

Changes in the swine flu virus over the past three decades can be traced, at least in part, to the transportation of live pigs, a new study reports.
Special Tinted Glasses May Stymie Migraines

Precision-tinted glasses seem to help prevent migraines in people whose pain is triggered by certain visual patterns, new research indicates.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help Heart Patients With Stents

Combining omega-3 fatty acids with blood-thinning drugs may reduce the risk of heart attacks in patients who've had stents placed in their coronary arteries, a new European study suggests.
Babies May Perform 'Pure Reasoning,' Study Suggests

Gibberish may come out of the mouths of babes, but their minds are able to form surprisingly sophisticated expectations about how events should unfold, a new study suggests.
Health Highlights: May 26, 2011

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
New Drug Extends Survival for Men With Advanced Prostate Cancer

For men with advanced hormone-resistant prostate cancer who have also failed chemotherapy, the new drug Zytiga (abiraterone acetate) along with the steroid prednisone appears to boost survival, researchers report.
Sedentary Jobs Helping to Drive Obesity Epidemic

As Americans sit -- literally -- in more sedentary jobs, they're packing on the pounds, and it's this inertia that's a major contributor to the obesity epidemic, new research suggests.
Trial Stopped After Niacin Brings No Benefit to Heart Patients

Although early research had suggested that the nutrient niacin might raise levels of "good" cholesterol and thwart heart attacks, a major clinical trial has been stopped 18 months early because it has shown no such benefit.
U.S. Southeast 'Stroke Belt' Also Shows Higher Rates of Cognitive Decline

People living in an area of the southeastern United States known as the "Stroke Belt" are also at greater risk for cognitive decline, or reduced brain function, than those living in other areas, new research suggests.



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