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September 30, 2014

Gene Study Finds No Proof Vitamin D Guards Against Type 2 Diabetes

There's no genetic evidence that high levels of vitamin D can prevent type 2 diabetes, a new study says.
CDC Confirms First Patient Diagnosed With Ebola in United States

The first confirmed case of Ebola has surfaced in the United States, involving a man who recently flew here from Liberia, federal health officials announced late Tuesday.
Head Injuries May Raise Chances of Risky Behavior by Teens

Teenagers who have experienced a traumatic brain injury are much more likely to engage in a wide range of risky behaviors, Canadian researchers report.
Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study

Children conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of a sibling could be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests.
Could a 'Fat Tongue' Be a Factor in Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potential health risk for millions of Americans, and a new study points to a possible culprit behind the disorder: a "fat" tongue.
Acupuncture May Not Help Chronic Knee Pain, Study Finds

Acupuncture doesn't improve knee pain any more than "sham" acupuncture, according to a new study.
Social Support May Be Key to Heart Attack Recovery

Young and middle-aged heart attack survivors are more likely to have poor health and low quality of life if they have fewer family and friends to support them in their recovery, a new study suggests.
Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for Colon Cancer Survivors

Colon cancer patients who are overweight or obese when diagnosed appear to face a slightly higher risk for developing a second weight-related cancer, new research suggests.
Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare should cover low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening for people at high risk for the disease, a coalition of more than 60 patient and medical groups says.
Recessions May Thwart a Woman's Motherhood Plans Forever: Study

When unemployment rates climb, women tend to put the brakes on motherhood. And for many young women, that decision may turn out to be a permanent choice, new research suggests.
Can Exercise Prevent Type 2 Diabetes? Your Genes May Be Key

For millions of overweight Americans, regular exercise remains a prime weapon against excess weight and the threat of type 2 diabetes.
Fish Oil Supplements Have Little Effect on Irregular Heartbeat: Study

High doses of fish oil supplements won't prevent the return of a common type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, Canadian researchers report.
Herceptin Best for Certain Breast Cancer Patients, Study Says

Herceptin is the best drug treatment for a type of breast cancer called HER2-positive and should remain the standard of care for that type of tumor, according to new findings from a long-term clinical trial.
When It Comes to Sex Partners, Men Prefer Younger Women: Study

In books and movies, plots involving older men chasing much younger women abound.
Health Highlights: Sept. 30, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Health Tip: Curbing Nighttime Nursing

Older babies may be able to sleep through the night, but may still wake up to nurse.
Health Tip: Get Physical Activity

Hitting the gym or going for a run are great ways to exercise, but there are lots of other ways to burn calories.

 

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