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Health News for 04/18/14

April 18, 2014

How to Make 'Low-Cal' Menu Options More Palatable

Many people ignore restaurant foods labeled "low-calorie" because they think they'll be unsatisfying, a new study shows.
Stress Tied to Worse Allergy Symptoms

Stress may trigger symptom flare-ups in people with seasonal allergies, a new study suggests.
Nurses' Experience Key to Better Patient Care, Study Says

Patients may get the best care when treated in hospital units staffed by highly experienced nurses, a new study shows.
Ragwitek Approved for Adult Ragweed Allergy

Ragwitek has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat allergy to short ragweed among adults aged 18 to 65.
More People Worldwide Eating 'Healthy' Fats, Study Finds

Levels of healthy fats in people's diets worldwide increased over the past two decades, while their intake of harmful fats stayed about the same, a new study finds.
Happy Couples Nestle Together at Night, Survey Finds

Your sleeping position with your significant other offers clues about the quality of your relationship, according to a new study.
Scientists Probe What Makes People Get Their Groove On

Whether you bust a move, get jiggy with it or just tap a toe or two, something about certain types of popular music makes you want to set your body in motion.
Appetite, Taste Changes Reported After Weight-Loss Surgery

After weight-loss surgery, many patients report changes in appetite, taste and smell, a new study says.
So-Called 'Apple Shape' Not a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer: Study

Body shape -- whether a woman is wide at the waistline -- is not in itself a risk factor for breast cancer, according to a large new study.
Certain Sedatives Tied to Breathing Problems in Older COPD Patients

A group of widely used sedatives increases the risk of serious breathing problems in older people with the lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study says.
Suddenly Health Insurance Is Notfor Sale

Darlene Tucker, an independent insurance broker in Scotts Hill, Tenn., says health insurers in her area aren't selling policies year-round anymore.
Oil-Swishing Craze: Snake Oil or All-Purpose Remedy?

Allison Bennett of Palm City, Fla., plans to swish daily. Sloshing coconut oil around her mouth for a quarter of an hour every day will make her teeth whiter, she believes.
Health Highlights: April 18, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Health Tip: Avoid Driving During Flood Warning

If the National Weather Service in your area has issued a flood warning, experts say you should avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.
Health Tip: If Your Child is Constipated

Constipation among children often isn't worth worrying about, and resolves on its own. But you shouldn't ignore signs that the problem may be serious, and that your child should be examined by a doctor.
Scientists Map DNA of Deadly Fungus

Researchers who sequenced the genome of a deadly fungus say their achievement offers a genetic map for finding weaknesses in the fungus in order to fight it.
White House: 8 Million People Signed Up for Health Insurance

Eight million Americans signed up for private health insurance during the just-concluded first enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, the White House announced Thursday afternoon.
Salmonella Cases Dip in U.S., But Food Poisoning Rates Remain High

While the United States has seen a decline in the number of Salmonella illnesses in recent years, there's been little progress overall in reducing food poisoning outbreaks, health officials say.
FDA Warns Against Procedure for Uterine Fibroids

A surgical technique used to grind up uterine growths and remove them through tiny incisions could increase a woman's risk of cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday.
Tonsillectomy May Spur Weight Gain in Kids, But Won't Cause Obesity: Study

Some children gain weight after having their tonsils removed, but this weight gain is typically confined to younger, underweight children and doesn't seem to add to obesity rates, a new study finds.
FDA Approves Under-the-Tongue Hay Fever Pill

A novel treatment for the hay fever that plagues millions of Americans every fall was approved Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

 

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