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Health News for 11/21/14

November 21, 2014

Restroom Hand Dryers Spread More Germs Than Paper Towels, Study Finds

Those air-blown hand dryers in public restrooms may spread far more germs than conventional paper towels, a new study suggests.
Being the Boss Tied to Depression Risk for Women, But Not Men

Being the boss at work seems to raise the odds for symptoms of depression among women, but not men, a new study finds.
Special Ambulance Delivers Vital Stroke Care More Quickly

Stroke outcomes are better when patients are treated in an ambulance by a neurologist equipped with a CT scanner and clot-busting drugs, German researchers report.
Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment So Successful in Kids That Trial Is Halted

A clinical trial of hydroxyurea therapy for children with sickle cell anemia has been halted a year early because the results show it is a safe and effective way to manage the disease and reduce the risk of stroke.
Health Highlights: Nov. 21, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Hookahs Deliver Toxic Benzene in Every Puff, Study Shows

Many young people consider hookahs a hip and safer way to smoke, but a new study finds fumes from the water pipes contain the toxin benzene.
Flu Season Off to a Slow Start ... for Now

This year's flu season is off to a slow but detectable start. And it appears to be a typical one that's likely to peak in January or February, a leading U.S. health official says.
Ick! Tapeworm Infecting Man's Brain Yields Genetic Secrets

Scientists say they've mapped the genome -- the genetic "blueprint" -- of a tapeworm extracted from a British man's brain, in hopes it might help others with this very rare infection.
Senior-to-Senior Aggression Common in U.S. Nursing Homes

Elderly adults who live in nursing homes may commonly deal with aggressive or inappropriate behavior from fellow residents, a new study suggests.
Health Tip: Beware of Bathroom Chemicals

Household cleaners often are poisonous and their containers may be attractive to young children.
Health Tip: Check Stress at the Office

Your work environment may be stressful enough without adding your frustration to the mix.
Study Supports Giving Kidney Donors Priority When They Need a Kidney

Kidney donation is one of the most selfless acts one person can do for another. And now a new study finds that former donors who find they need a kidney later in life are benefiting from policies that give them priority on the transplant waiting list.
Abuse-Resistant Prescription Painkiller Approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate), an abuse-resistant, extended release form of the painkiller hydrocodone (best known as Vicodin).
FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller

Seeking to make it tougher for people to misuse prescription painkillers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new hydrocodone tablet that's designed to help thwart abuse.
MRI Can Be Painful, Disruptive for People With Cochlear Implants

Some people with cochlear implants experience pain, discomfort and problems with the implant's internal magnet when they undergo an MRI scan, a new study finds.

 

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