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Health News for 08/21/14

August 21, 2014

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Health Highlights: Aug. 21, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
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.
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.
Blood Transfusions May Cut Risk of 'Silent' Stroke in Kids With Sickle Cell

Monthly blood transfusions may lower the chances of "silent" strokes in some children with sickle cell anemia, a new clinical trial indicates.
Pigs' Hearts Beat for a Year in Baboons' Abdomens

Pigs' hearts transplanted into baboons survived for more than a year, which is twice as long as previously achieved, researchers report.
Exercise May Guard Against Irregular Heartbeat in Older Women

Regular exercise may help older women avoid a condition that causes a life-threatening irregular heartbeat, a new study shows.
Seniors' Sleep Woes May Be Linked to Loss of Brain Cells

Loss of brain cells that act as a "sleep switch" may help explain why many seniors have trouble falling and staying asleep, a new study suggests.
Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don't Get Breast Reconstruction: Study

Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy has long been an option, but a new study shows that only about 42 percent of women choose it.
Study Ties Colds, Flu to Rare Risk of Stroke in Kids

Although it's extremely rare, colds, flu and other minor infections might trigger a strong but brief period of elevated risk for stroke in children, a new study suggests.
High-Risk Melanomas Often on Head or Neck, Study Finds

The speed at which cancer cells grow may help doctors diagnose and treat the most aggressive melanomas, researchers say.

 

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