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Health News for 06/21/11

June 21, 2011

Health Tip: Regain Weight the Healthy Way

If an illness, surgery or medication has left you needing to regain some weight, experts suggest there's a healthy way to do so.
Health Tip: Why Some Women Can't Sleep

Insomnia is more common in women than in men, the website says of the common sleep disorder.
Smoking, Prostate Cancer a Deadly Mix

Smokers diagnosed with prostate cancer are more likely to have the cancer recur after treatment and are more likely to die than non-smokers, a new study says.
Diabetic Kidney Disease Rising in the U.S.

The frequency of diabetic kidney disease has increased in line with rising rates of diabetes in the United States over the past two decades, a new study finds.
Delays in Hospital Transfers for Heart Attack Patients May Raise Death Risk

Only 11 percent of patients who experience a potentially deadly type of heart attack and who need to be transferred to another hospital for procedures such as balloon angioplasty or stent placement are transferred within the recommended time of 30 minutes.
Parents Find Media Rating Systems Lacking

Parents are giving the current media rating systems poor grades.
Making Sure Child's Play Doesn't Turn Into Gunplay

When arranging their child's next play date, American parents may want to ask if there are any unlocked guns in the prospective playmate's home.
Years of Air Pollution May Be Tied to Uncontrolled Asthma

A strong association exists between long-term exposure to air pollution and uncontrolled asthma, new research indicates.
Older Women With Breast Cancer Probably Won't Die From It: Study

Older women with breast cancer are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease and other causes than from their cancer, a new study finds.
Scientists Zero In on Key Melanoma Links

Researchers say they've pinpointed a small number of genetic variants that are most strongly linked with the risk of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
Experts Issue Guidelines on Safe Weight Loss for Athletes

Gymnasts, wrestlers and boxers often feel pressure to lose weight to boost performance, but the drastic methods they sometimes use -- including strictly limiting calories and intentional dehydration -- can be dangerous to their health, experts warn.
Unemployment May Hit Some Harder Than Others

In terms of self-esteem, new British research suggests that repeated bouts of unemployment don't affect everyone in the same way.
'Hammock' Effect May Help Adults Fall Asleep Faster

Babies aren't the only ones who fall asleep faster when rocked, according to researchers who found that, like infants, adults find it easier to nap on a slowly swinging bed.
FDA Unveils Graphic Images for Cigarette Packs

In a dramatic bid to get more Americans to quit smoking, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released nine graphic warning labels that will appear on all packs of cigarettes by no later than September 2012.
Health Highlights: June 21, 2011

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Lawmakers Urged to Consider Health Effects of Major Legislation

Because policies that don't specifically deal with health can still influence Americans' well-being, the potential health effects of major legislation or regulations need to be considered by all levels of government, says an Institute of Medicine report released Tuesday.
High-Dose Statins May Increase Diabetes Risk

High doses of the widely popular cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins may have a downside.
Some Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis May Cut Diabetes Risk

Some medications commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis may help patients with these autoimmune disorders lower their risk of developing diabetes, researchers say.



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