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Health News for 08/21/14

August 21, 2014

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 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.
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.
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.
U.S. Doctor Infected With Ebola To Be Released From Hospital

An American doctor infected with the deadly Ebola virus while doing missionary medical work in West Africa will be released Thursday from the Atlanta hospital where he has been slowly recovering for several weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drug for Ebola-Like Virus Shows Promise in Monkeys

A new experimental drug has saved a group of rhesus monkeys from deadly Marburg virus, a very close cousin of Ebola virus that kills up to 90 percent of those it infects, researchers report.
Tight Blood Pressure Control Doesn't Raise Risk of Falls, Study Says

A new study found no evidence to support the widely held belief that intensive treatment for high blood pressure increases patients' risk of falls and broken bones.
Botox Tested on Stomach Cancer in Mice

Botox, the wrinkle fighter, might be a cancer fighter, too, according to a new animal study.
Seals, Sea Lions Helped Global Spread of TB, Study Finds

New research reveals that, long ago, sea mammals may have played a role in the global spread of the infectious disease known as tuberculosis.
Cerdelga Approved for Gaucher Disease

Cerdelga (eliglustat) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat type 1 Gaucher disease, a rare inherited disorder caused by the body's insufficient production of a key enzyme.

 

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