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Health News for 10/31/14

October 31, 2014

Is Tau the 'How' Behind Alzheimer's?

Malfunction of a key brain protein called tau is the likely culprit behind Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, a new study in mice concludes.
Child's Appendix More Likely to Rupture in Regions Short of Surgeons

Children and teens with poor access to general surgeons are at increased risk of suffering a ruptured appendix, and the risk is particularly high among young children, a new study finds.
Study Shows How Toddlers Adjust to Adult Anger

Toddlers can both sense adult anger and alter their behavior in response to it, new research reveals.
Spinal Surgery Varies by Region in U.S.: Study

Surgery for low back pain caused by spinal stenosis varies depending on where in the United States you live, a new report says.
Sleep Apnea May Steal Some of Your Memory: Study

Sleep apnea may make it hard for you to remember simple things, such as where you parked your car or left your house keys, a small study suggests.
Health Highlights: Oct. 31, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Study Confirms Obesity-Breast Cancer Link for Blacks, Hispanics

Obesity increases the risk of certain types of breast cancer in postmenopausal black and Hispanic women, two new U.S. studies show.
Make the Most of This Weekend's Time Change

A few simple steps can help make this weekend's time change easier to cope with, a sleep expert says.
Halloween at the ER Is No Treat

Carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating may seem like harmless fun, but Halloween injuries send many children to emergency rooms in the United States every year, experts say.
Kids: An Rx for Menopause's Hot Flashes?

Women who live with young children may be less likely to suffer hot flashes after going through surgical menopause, a new study suggests.
Generic Drugs May Help Breast Cancer Patients Stick to Therapy

Access to generic hormone therapy medicines improves the chances that breast cancer patients will stick with their drug treatment, a new study found.
Health Tip: Keep Certain Foods Isolated

Foods such as meat, seafood, poultry and eggs must be separated from other edibles to prevent possible cross-contamination with germs.
Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of a Car Injury

More than 2.5 million Americans visited emergency departments as a result of motor vehicle crashes in 2012, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Almost 1 in 5 Americans Plagued by Constant Pain, Survey Suggests

Almost one-fifth of Americans do daily battle with crippling, chronic pain, a large new survey reveals, with the elderly and women struggling the most.

 

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