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April 10, 2012

Health Tip: Buy Lean Meat

Leaner meat choices are healthier than the fatty variety, but how can you tell what's lean?
Health Tip: Prevent Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease occurs when the tissues that protect and stabilize your teeth become infected.
Short Walks May Ease Fatigue in Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Regular walking can help reduce fatigue in some pancreatic cancer patients, a new study suggests.
Sexual Abuse May Put Boys at Risk for Unsafe Sex

Male teens who were sexually abused are more likely to have unsafe sex, a new study finds.
Dieters Share Success Strategies

Many obese Americans who try to lose weight are successful, at least short-term, using traditional methods, according to a new study.
High Blood Pressure May Be Especially Lethal for Blacks

Black people with high blood pressure are twice as likely to suffer sudden cardiac death than whites or other racial groups who suffer hypertension, according to a new study.
Many Patients Skip Recommended Colonoscopy: Study

Although a colonoscopy is considered the "gold standard" for colon cancer screening, a new study finds that many patients are reluctant to have the test.
Sibling Had a Stroke? Your Risk Might Rise, Too

One clue to your risk for a stroke may come from a look at your siblings' experience with the brain attacks, a new study says.
U.S. Teen Births Hit Record Low

The number of American teens giving birth has dropped to an all-time low, federal health officials reported Tuesday.
Online Tool Could Diagnose Autism Quickly, Developers Say

A new online procedure could cut from hours to minutes the amount of time it takes to accurately diagnose autism in young children, resulting in earlier treatment, a new report by Harvard Medical School researchers says.
U.S. Spends Too Little on Public Health Initiatives: Report

The United States needs to spend more on its chronically underfunded public health system and use that money more efficiently, according to an Institute of Medicine report released Tuesday.
Young Americans Need to Cut Calorie Intake: Study

American youngsters have a long way to go to reach new goals for a lower childhood obesity rate, a new study shows.
Dental X-Rays May Be Linked to Benign Brain Tumors

People who underwent frequent dental X-rays in the past, before radiation doses were lowered, may be at greater risk of a usually benign form of tumor in the lining of the brain, a new study suggests.
EKG Heart Test May Predict Risk in Older Adults

Minor changes in the results of a commonly used heart test -- an electrocardiogram, or EKG -- translate into a 35 percent increased risk of heart events, such as heart attacks, hospitalizations for chest pain or the need for heart surgery, in people over 70, according to new research.
Tax Day May Drive Up Fatal Crash Rates

The upcoming income tax filing deadline might be taxing in more ways than one for Americans: A new study suggests that fatal crashes jump on Tax Day, possibly as a result of last-minute filers carelessly rushing to the post office to mail their returns.
Health Highlights: April 10, 2012

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
U.S. Panel Rejects Ovarian Cancer Screening

A leading U.S. government panel has renewed its 2004 recommendation that women at average risk for ovarian cancer not get screened for the disease.
Common Blood Pressure Drug Safe for Heart Failure: Study

Although research has suggested that the blood pressure drug losartan (Cozaar) may be tied to an increased risk of death in heart-failure patients compared to a similar medication, a new study finds that's not the case.
Certain Birth Control Pills May Carry Higher Blood Clot Risk: FDA

U.S. health officials announced Tuesday that birth controls pills containing drospirenone -- a man-made version of the hormone progesterone -- may be associated with a higher risk of blood clots and will require new labels.



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