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Health News for 07/31/14

July 31, 2014

There's No Ebola Cure, But Early Intensive Treatment Boosts Survival

The Ebola virus currently raging in West Africa has a well-earned reputation as one of the world's most deadly illnesses. But experts stress that early and intense medical care can greatly improve a person's chances of survival.
1 in 4 U.S. Kids Underestimate Their Weight, Study Finds

Many obese and overweight kids don't see themselves that way, which makes achieving a healthy weight almost impossible, researchers report.
CDC Issues Travel Warning as West Africa Ebola Outbreak Worsens

With the World Health Organization reporting that the death toll in the West African Ebola outbreak has risen to 729, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday issued a travel warning for the region.
Preschoolers With Special Needs May Gain From 'Inclusion' Classrooms

Preschoolers with special needs benefit from going to school with children who have strong language skills, according to a new study.
J&J Pulls Hysterectomy Tool Tied to Cancer Risk From Market

The largest maker of a surgical tool that has shown an increased risk of spreading undetected cancers in women has said it will withdraw its device from the market.
Civilian Life, Not Combat, May Drive Many Veterans to Drink

Difficulties in civilian life, rather than war experiences, are a source of drinking problems among U.S. National Guard soldiers back at home, a new study suggests.
Cold Sore Virus Active Without Symptoms, Study Finds

The virus that causes cold sores -- herpes simplex type 1 -- remains active even in the absence of symptoms, according to a new study.
Teen 'Growing Pains' May Persist For Years

Many teens never outgrow their "growing pains," according to new research.
No TV or Obesity, But Ancient People Still Had Heart Disease

They may not have had fast food, TVs or cigarettes, but people of ancient times commonly developed clogged heart arteries -- and a new research review speculates on some reasons why.
Big Jump in Doctor's Office Visits for Young Adults With Diabetes

A new report finds that by 2010, one in every 10 visits Americans made to their doctor's office involved diabetes, with the greatest rise among those aged 25 to 44.
Cholesterol Drugs May Speed Healing After Surgery

Recovery time after surgery may be reduced for patients taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, according to a new study.
Health Highlights: July 31, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Health Tip: If You Get Lost on a Hiking Trail

If you're enjoying the great outdoors on a hike, it's important to know what to do if you are lost.
Health Tip: Choosing a Safe Summer Camp

Summer camp can be a great experience for kids, but parents should make sure their children will be safe.
Benefits of E-Cigarettes May Outweigh Harms, Study Finds

Strict regulation of electronic cigarettes isn't warranted based on current evidence, a team of researchers says.
Early Stem Cell Transplant Vital in 'Bubble Boy' Disease

Babies born with so-called "bubble boy" disease can often be cured with a stem cell transplant, regardless of the donor -- but early treatment is critical, a new study finds.
Tip-Over Furniture Can Kill Kids

It can happen in an instant: A small child pulls up on a television, dresser or computer monitor and gets critically injured when the furniture tips over.
Malaria Growing Resistant to Drugs Used to Fight It

The parasite that causes malaria is growing increasingly resistant to the drugs commonly used to fight it, according to new surveillance reports. But several new drugs are in development, and at least one in early clinical trials may offer new hope against this global killer.
Scientists Shed Light on Link Between Depression, Dementia

Older people with depression are more likely to develop dementia, but researchers have been unable to explain the exact nature of the relationship between the two.

 

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