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Health News for 09/23/14

September 23, 2014

Younger Age at First Drink, Higher Odds for Problem Drinking: Study

Both drinking and getting drunk at an early age are key risk factors for alcohol abuse by high school students, a new study suggests.
Diabetes Rates Leveling Off in U.S.

Overall adult diabetes rates appear to have leveled off during the past four years in the United States, in stark contrast to the two decades prior, which saw a doubling of the chronic disease, according to a new federal study.
Anti-Smoking Policies May Also Curtail Drinking

Cigarette tax hikes and smoke-free policies have not only cut tobacco use in the United States, they may have led to a noticeable drop in alcohol consumption, according to a new study.
Lung Infections May Hamper Ability to Detect Lung Cancer

A test used to diagnose lung cancer may not be as reliable in geographic regions where certain lung infections are more common, a new analysis says.
FDA Warns Doctors of Danger From Fake Drugs

The number of 'rogue' wholesale distributors selling fake or unapproved prescription drugs is growing, so doctors need to be vigilant when purchasing medicines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday.
Kids Taking ADHD Drugs Get Little Psychotherapy: Study

Few children who take medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also undergo behavioral therapy, and the rates vary six-fold across counties in the United States, a new study finds.
Report Identifies Game Changers for U.S. Health Care

Imagine if doctors and hospitals got paid for providing bettercare, not morecare, and consumers had better data for making informed health choices.
Breast Milk a Risk for Spreading Common Virus to Preemies, Study Finds

For babies born at very low birth weights, breast milk is more likely than a blood transfusion to lead to a potentially dangerous infection known as cytomegalovirus (CMV), a new study finds.
Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million in Months, CDC Predicts

Infections from the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone could soar to 1.4 million cases by mid-January unless the global community mounts a rapid response to the West African crisis, according to new estimates released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Blood Test for Yeast Infections Approved

The first blood test to detect five strains of yeast that cause rare blood infections in people with weakened immune systems has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
NIH Adds $10M to Encourage Gender Balance in Clinical Trials

The U.S. National Institutes of Health is investing $10 million in additional funding in scientific trials to encourage researchers to consider gender in their preclinical and clinical studies.
Job Worries Can Raise Asthma Risk, Study Says

Fear of losing your job can increase the risk for developing asthma, according to a new European study.
Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Help After Certain Strokes

People using cholesterol-lowering drugs while in the hospital for a hemorrhagic stroke -- which causes bleeding in the brain -- were more than four times more likely to survive than people who weren't taking the drugs, according to a new study.
Health Highlights: Sept. 23, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Health Tip: Relax Daily

To be healthier mentally, emotionally and physically, take time each day to relax.
Health Tip: Get Fit With a Buddy

If you're toning up or striving to lose a few extra pounds, working out with a partner or friend can make the job easier and more fun.
Some Women Need Tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Experts Say

All sexually active women 24 years and younger should be screened for two of the most common sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia and gonorrhea, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Behavioral Counseling Urged for Teens, Young Adults at Risk for STDs

Teens and young adults at risk for sexually transmitted infections should undergo "intensive" behavioral counseling to help prevent risky sexual behaviors, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

 

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