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Health News for 04/18/14

April 18, 2014

Suddenly Health Insurance Is Not for 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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Medical Devices Approved for Kids Only Tested on Adults: Study

Most medical devices approved for use in children are not tested on pediatric patients before they are marketed, a new Harvard study finds.
Low Birth Weight, Lack of Breast-Feeding Tied to Inflammation Risk in Adulthood

Years later, people who were underweight at birth, and those who were breast-fed only a short time or not at all, could be at increased risk for chronic inflammation and related health problems, a new study suggests.
Off Season May Not Be Long Enough to Recover From Football 'Hits'

New research shows that the brains of some football players who had the usual head hits associated with the sport, but no concussions, still had signs of mild brain injury six months after the season ended.
Quarter of Prostate Cancer Patients May Abandon 'Watchful Waiting' Approach

Doctors often recommend no treatment at all when a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, opting instead to keep a close eye on the slow-growing tumor and acting only when it becomes aggressive.
Creative Pursuits Might Boost Your Job Performance

Creative activities outside of work may help boost your job performance, a new study suggests.
Health Highlights: April 17, 2014

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