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Health News for 01/28/15

January 28, 2015

Some Kids With Autism Show Improvement by Age 6: Study

More than 10 percent of preschool-age children diagnosed with autism saw some improvement in their symptoms by age 6. And 20 percent of the children made some gains in everyday functioning, a new study found.
Pesticides, Plastics Chemicals Tied to Earlier Menopause in Women

Extensive exposure to common chemicals appears to be linked to an earlier start of menopause, a new study suggests.
ADHD Linked to Earlier Use of Illicit Drugs in Teens: Study

Among people who use illicit drugs, those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) start using them one to two years earlier in their youth than those without the disorder, a new study finds.
72,000 Cases of Public Defibrillators Failing in Past Decade, FDA Says

Automated external defibrillators -- the kind that are installed and ready for use in many public spaces -- can save lives when needed.
More Than 2 Million Years of Life Saved With Organ Transplants, Experts Estimate

Organ transplants have saved more than 2 million years of life in the United States over 25 years, new research shows.
Muscle Weakness Affects 1 in 5 Americans Over 80

Almost 1 in 5 Americans 80 and older has weak strength in their muscles, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop Smoking

Financial incentives help pregnant women quit smoking, a new study shows.
Health Highlights: Jan. 28, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Health Tip: Combat a Pinworm Infection

Pinworms are intestinal worms that may be easily spread and are common in children.
Health Tip: Caring for a Cut or Scrape

When you get a cut or scrape, proper care can help reduce the risk of infection and speed healing.
Weight Gain or Loss Linked to Fracture Risk in Older Women

The risk of broken bones increases with both weight gain and loss in older women, according to a new study.
Soda Habit May Prompt Early Puberty in Girls, Study Suggests

Girls who consume a lot of sugary drinks may enter puberty earlier than girls who don't, Harvard researchers report.
Seniors May Keep Falls a Secret

Many seniors don't tell their doctors they've had a fall because they're worried they'll be told they can't live on their own anymore, a physician says.
'Long Life' Gene Might Make Some Smarter, Too: Study

A gene variant believed to "wire" people to live longer might also ensure that they keep their wits about them as they age, a new study reports.
Good Sleep in Middle Age May Pay Benefits Later

Sleeping well during middle age may be an "investment" that leads to better mental functioning later in life, a new review finds.

 

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