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Health News for 04/15/13

April 15, 2013

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Health Tip: What's Keeping Your Child Awake?

Insomnia is often thought of as an adult problem. But children, too, can have sleepless nights.
Health Tip: Don't Ignore Pacemaker Issues

If you have an irregular heartbeat, a pacemaker can help restore your heart to its natural rhythm and help the heart continue to pump blood to the rest of the body.
Age of Autism Diagnosis May Depend on Symptoms: Study

Specific symptoms influence the age at which children are diagnosed with autism, according to a new study.
Adding Patient Photos to X-Rays May Cut Identification Errors

Including photos of patients' faces with their X-ray images led to a fivefold decrease in patient-identification errors, according to a new study.
Mental Exercise May Help Keep Seniors Sharp

Mental exercise can help prevent thinking and memory decline in seniors, but evidence for the benefits of supplements and exercise is weak, according to a new study.
Freezing Treatment May Help Destroy Lung Tumors: Study

A method designed to target, freeze and destroy a tumor's cellular function seems effective in combating lung tumors, a small ongoing study finds.
Laser Liposuction May Zap Fat Without Skin Sag: Study

Laser-assisted liposuction might provide an option for people who want stubborn pockets of fat removed but fear they'll be left with loose skin.
New Procedure May Shrink Enlarged Prostate Without Surgery

Men who need treatment for an enlarged prostate may soon have a new nonsurgical option, a small, early study suggests.
Parents Who Veto Vaccinations Often Seek Like-Minded Opinions

Friends and family may be key in parents' decisions on whether to vaccinate their young children, a small study suggests.
Lullabies Soothe Preemies, Parents Alike

Lullabies have been used to soothe babies since time immemorial. Now, scientists say that premature infants in particular can benefit from combining this tactic with other forms of music therapy, such as simulated womb sounds synchronized to preemies' vital signs.
'Bioengineered' Kidneys Show Promise in Rat Study

For the first time, scientists have been able to bioengineer an animal kidney and see it work in a living animal, in what they hope is a step toward creating organs for people with failing kidneys.
Beer's Taste May Trigger Urge to Get Drunk

Just as the smell of freshly brewed coffee may compel you to pour a steaming cup of java, a small taste of beer may activate part of your brain's reward system and trigger the urge for more, a new study suggests.
Health Highlights: April 15, 2013

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Human Gene Patent Case Goes to Supreme Court

The question of whether human genes can be patented is at the center of a case to be heard Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

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