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Health News for 05/23/13

May 23, 2013

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Health Tip: Caring for Baby's Heat Rash

Baby's sensitive skin can break out in a heat rash when exposed to hot, humid weather, as the sweat gland openings become blocked.
Health Tip: Help Prevent Water Contamination

While the United States has among the world's safest supplies of drinking water, some Americans still ask, "Is my drinking water safe?"
Diet Soda Habit as Bad for Teeth as Meth Addiction, Study Claims

Heavy consumption of diet soda can damage teeth as badly as methamphetamine or crack cocaine, a new study contends.
Too Few Kids Use Fast-Food Calorie Info, Study Finds

While some fast-food chains are required to provide calorie and other nutritional information to help customers make informed choices, kids who eat fast food at least twice a week are 50 percent less likely to use this information than kids who eat fast food less often, according to a new U.S. study.
Got an Itch? Mouse Study May Help Explain Why

The sensation of itching is hardwired into the nervous system and can be traced back to a small molecule released in the spinal cord, according to a new study in mice.
Scientists Can't Replicate Surprising Finding on Alzheimer's Treatment

Although a study in 2012 suggested a cancer drug could reverse the thinking and memory problems associated with Alzheimer's disease, three groups of researchers now say they have been unable to duplicate those findings.
Statins May Hamper Workout Results

Statins are proven drugs taken by millions to lower their cholesterol, but the medications also could hamper heart patients' ability to improve their cardiovascular health through exercise, researchers say.
U.S. Teen Birth Rate Plummets: Report

Teen birth rates in the United States are dropping sharply, especially among Hispanic teens, according to a new government report.
Chronic Heartburn May Raise Odds for Throat Cancer: Study

People who suffer from frequent heartburn may be at increased risk for cancers of the throat and vocal cords even if they don't smoke or drink alcohol, a new study says.
Low Prenatal Iodine May Affect Child's Brain Development

Mild to moderate iodine deficiency during pregnancy may have a negative long-term impact on children's brain development, British researchers report.
U.S. School Kids Should Get Hour of Exercise Daily: Report

Schools should ensure that kids get at least one hour of physical activity each day to support their health and boost performance in school, according to a new report.
Health Highlights: May 23, 2013

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Shortage of Key Drug Hampering U.S. Efforts to Control TB: Report

A shortage of a critical tuberculosis drug has hampered the efforts of health departments across the United States to contain the spread of the highly infectious lung disease, federal officials report.

 

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