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Health News for 08/21/14

August 21, 2014

Getting Healthier a Big Money-Saver for People With Diabetes

Not only is eating better and exercising healthy for people with diabetes, it can save them hundreds of health-care dollars a year, a new study finds.
Low Birth Weights May Put Black Women at Risk for Diabetes

Being born at a low birth weight puts black women at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.
Failing Vision Tied to Shorter Lifespans for Seniors

Among seniors, dimming vision may be tied to poorer survival, new research suggests.
Talk Therapy Plus Meds May Be Best for Severe Depression

A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe but short-term depression, a new study reports.
U.S. to Tighten Access to Certain Narcotic Painkillers

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is going ahead with tough new controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, which has been tied to a surge in dangerous addictions across the United States.
Racial Disparities in Breast-Feeding May Start With Hospitals, Study Suggests

Black mothers are less likely than white moms to breast-feed their babies, and here's one possible reason why: Hospitals in neighborhoods with many black residents do less to promote nursing than those in areas with more white residents, a U.S. government study finds.
Two Polio Vaccines May Give Greater Protection Against Crippling Disease

Using two types of polio vaccines seems to provide stronger protection against the disease and may boost efforts to eradicate polio, a new study shows.
Air in U.S. Cities Getting Cleaner, EPA Says

The air in American cities is getting safer to breathe, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday.
New Drug May Fight Serious Respiratory Virus in Infants

An experimental drug shows promise in treating respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a leading cause of pneumonia in infants, researchers report.
Fewer U.S. Teens Using Sunscreen, Study Finds

The number of U.S. teens using sunscreen dropped nearly 12 percent in the last decade, a new report shows.
Blacks May Face Higher Risk of Diabetes-Linked Vision Loss

Black Americans are at greater risk for diabetes-related vision loss than other racial groups battling the blood sugar disease, a new study says.
Kids With Autism Have Extra Brain Connections, Study Says

Researchers report that children with autism appear to have excess synapses -- cellular connections -- in their brains compared with typical children.
New Test Helps Diagnose Type 1 Diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new test that may help doctors diagnose type 1 diabetes, the most common form diagnosed in children and adolescents.
Consumer Reports Advises Pregnant Women to Avoid Tuna

In a new review of seafood safety, Consumer Reports is advising that pregnant women avoid eating tuna due to concerns about mercury exposure.
Both U.S. Health-Care Workers Infected With Ebola Released From Hospital

The two American health-care workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus while doing missionary medical work in West Africa have been released from the Atlanta hospital where they have been slowly recovering for several weeks, officials said Thursday.
Study: Men, Lesbians More Likely to Have Orgasms

When it comes to achieving orgasms during sex with a regular partner, straight women still lag behind men and lesbian women, a new study suggests.
Health Highlights: Aug. 21, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Health Tip: When Your Child Is Afraid to Sleep

A child's fear can interfere with sleep, but parents can offer soothing words of calm and reassurance.
Health Tip: Help Keep Teen Drivers Safe

Inexperienced teen drivers, facing a host of potential distractions, are more likely than older people to be involved in an accident.

 

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