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Health News for 08/29/14

August 29, 2014

Spaceflight Might Weaken Astronauts' Immune Systems

Astronauts may be at heightened risk of illness because space travel appears to disrupt human immune systems, a new study suggests.
Take Steps to Control Bunions

If you have bunions, taking care of them now can help you avoid more serious treatment later, an expert says.
Monkey Trial Supports Ebola Drug That May Have Helped 2 Stricken Americans

An experimental Ebola drug previously given to two American aid workers successfully cured a group of monkeys infected with the deadly virus in laboratory tests, researchers report.
Faced With Prostate Cancer, It Helps to Know the Enemy

Prostate cancer patients lacking knowledge about the disease have difficulty making good treatment decisions. This can lead to worse quality of care and long-term results, new research suggests.
Biggest Ever Weekly Rise in Ebola Cases, U.N. Agency Says

The West African Ebola outbreak took a more deadly turn Friday with the World Health Organization announcing an estimated 500 new cases this week -- the biggest jump in infections so far.
Scientists Find Differences in Brains of Those With Dyslexia

Researchers have discovered that people with dyslexia have disrupted network connections in their brains.
European MRSA Originated in Sub-Saharan Africa, Study Finds

The main strain of a common antibiotic-resistant infection in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa originated in sub-Saharan Africa, a new study says.
Encouraging Your Baby's Babbling May Speed Language Development

The way that parents respond to their infant's babbling might affect the baby's language development, a new study suggests.
Study Counters Critics of Plainer Cigarette Packaging

Selling cigarettes in plain packages doesn't increase the use of low-cost or illegal tobacco and doesn't harm sales in small stores, according to new research from Australia.
'Doctor-Shopping' for Painkillers Common After Broken-Bone Surgery, Study Finds

About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds.
Health Highlights: Aug. 29, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Health Tip: Exercise While Watching Television

If your favorite TV shows are pulling you away from your workout, why not combine the two?
Health Tip: Teach Your Child to Read Food Labels

Teaching a child to make healthy food choices empowers the child to lead a healthier lifestyle when he or she is grown.
Could Too Much Salt Harm MS Patients?

Too much salt in the diet may worsen symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), a new study from Argentina suggests.

 

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