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Health News for 07/25/14

July 25, 2014

Diet Changes Can Alter Gut Bacteria, Study Says

Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study.
Lift U.S. Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men, Experts Say

The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association .
The 'Hobby Lobby Ruling' and What It Means for U.S. Health Care

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on contraception coverage -- as mandated under the Affordable Care Act -- could lead to a legal quagmire that might allow companies to deny insurance coverage for any medical practice that violates their religious principles, some health care experts say.
Health Tip: Pack Safety Essentials for a Long Hike

If you're heading out on a trail or hike, make sure you're equipped with a few safety tools.
Health Tip: Easing Headache Pain

Headache symptoms vary, from a sharp pain to a dull throb. Remedies to treat these symptoms are similarly numerous.
Study Links Shift Work to Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Shift workers, especially men, may be at higher risk for type 2 diabetes compared to people not on such schedules, a new study suggests.
Female Triathletes May Face Health Problems Such as Incontinence

Women who compete in triathlons are at increased risk for pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence, and other health problems, a new study says.
Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?

Drinking caffeine may worsen the hot flashes and night sweats that affect roughly two-thirds of women as they go through menopause, new survey data suggests.
Farmers' Market Vouchers May Help Poorer Families Eat Healthier

Giving low-income families vouchers to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets could increase their consumption of these healthy foods, according to a new study.
Too Few Teens Receive HPV Shot, CDC Says

An "unacceptably low" number of girls and boys are getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which protects against cervical, anal and other cancers, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
Bacteria in Semen May Affect HIV Transmission, Levels: Study

Human semen is naturally colonized by bacteria, and a new study suggests the microbes might have a role to play in both HIV transmission and levels in infected men.
Teenage Boys Want Intimacy, Not Just Sex, Survey Finds

The stereotype of the sex-crazed teenage boy may be dead wrong, according to a small study that asked boys what they really want from romantic relationships.
FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller

A new formulation of a powerful narcotic painkiller that discourages potential abusers from snorting or injecting the drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Tough-to-Abuse Formulation of Oxycodone Approved

Targiniq ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride extended release) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a long-term, around-the-clock treatment for severe pain when other therapies are ineffective or unavailable.
Health Highlights: July 24, 2014

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