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Health News for 11/22/14

November 21, 2014

Treating Irregular Heartbeat With Digoxin May Come With Risks

The widely used heart drug digoxin is associated with increased risk of death and hospitalization among patients who have the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation but no evidence of heart failure, a new study finds.
Close Friends May Be Key to Teens' Drinking

Close friends have more influence on teens' alcohol use than their general peer group does, a new study says.
Restroom Hand Dryers Spread More Germs Than Paper Towels, Study Finds

Those air-blown hand dryers in public restrooms may spread far more germs than conventional paper towels, a new study suggests.
Special Ambulance Delivers Vital Stroke Care More Quickly

Stroke outcomes are better when patients are treated in an ambulance by a neurologist equipped with a CT scanner and clot-busting drugs, German researchers report.
Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment So Successful in Kids That Trial Is Halted

A clinical trial of hydroxyurea therapy for children with sickle cell anemia has been halted a year early because the results show it is a safe and effective way to manage the disease and reduce the risk of stroke.
Being the Boss Tied to Depression Risk for Women, But Not Men

Being the boss at work seems to raise the odds for symptoms of depression among women, but not men, a new study finds.
Health Highlights: Nov. 21, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes

Elderly adults who live in nursing homes may commonly deal with aggressive or inappropriate behavior from fellow residents, a new study suggests.
Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows

Many young people consider hookahs a hip and safer way to smoke, but a new study finds fumes from the water pipes contain the toxin benzene.
Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now

This year's flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that's likely to peak in January or February, a leading U.S. health official says.
Ick! Tapeworm Infecting Man's Brain Yields Genetic Secrets

Scientists say they've mapped the genome -- the genetic "blueprint" -- of a tapeworm extracted from a British man's brain, in hopes it might help others with this very rare infection.
Health Tip: Beware of Bathroom Chemicals

Household cleaners often are poisonous and their containers may be attractive to young children.
Health Tip: Check Stress at the Office

Your work environment may be stressful enough without adding your frustration to the mix.

 

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