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Health Headlines - April 26

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:25pm
More Girls Try Taking Steroids to Tone Up

An alarming number of American girls, some as young as 9, are using bodybuilding steroids - not necessarily to get an edge on the playing field, but to get the toned, sculpted look of models and movie stars, experts say.

Target Redesigns the Pill Bottle

Target Corp. is turning the old pill bottle design on its head - literally. Target pharmacies this month rolled out a flattened bottle with easier-to-read labels and plastic rings that can be color-coded for each family member.

Gene Therapy May Hold Back Alzheimer's

The first attempt at gene therapy for Alzheimer's patients appeared to significantly delay worsening of the disease in a few people who have tested it so far, scientists reported Sunday.

N.J. Sees Healthy Work Force As Economical

New Jersey officials hope to keep skyrocketing health insurance costs in check by encouraging tens of thousands of state government workers to lead healthier lifestyles.

FDA Orders Heart-Risk Info on Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration is ordering that more information about the risk of death from a heart failure drug be added to the package insert for doctors.

Latino Diet Changes Deemed Health Crisis

Urban Latin Americans are experiencing a health crisis based on new eating habits that include fewer traditional foods and less physically active lifestyles, researchers said Friday.

Cholera Epidemic Eases in Senegal

A cholera epidemic in Senegal has eased due to a successful government-sponsored awareness campaign, but the disease still infected 752 people and killed 13 in the past week, a senior health ministry official said Monday.

Longs Drugs to Move Meth Ingredient Behind Counter

Pharmacy chain Longs Drug Stores Corp. said on Monday it would move products used to create the illegal drug methamphetamine behind the pharmacy counter in all its stores within the next few months.

Genentech Drug Helps Post-Surgery Breast Cancer

Genentech Inc. said on Monday its breast cancer drug Herceptin improved survival in certain women with early-stage cancer who underwent surgery, sending its shares up 10 percent in after-hours trading

Elderly Benefit From Dual Lung Cancer Therapy

A patient's age isn't a limiting factor for combined radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer, says a study in the June 1 issue of the journal Cancer.

Gene Therapy Eyed as Alzheimer's Treatment

New research suggests that gene therapy could slow the devastating mental decline of those with Alzheimer's disease by stopping brain cells from dying.

Consent Forms Often Tough to Understand

Many research consent forms are too difficult for many people to read and understand, says a University of Michigan Health System study.

Children With Soft-Tissue Cancers Face Risk of More Tumors

Many more youngsters are surviving cancer, but at what cost?

Surgery Benefits Children With Epilepsy

Surgery reduces seizures and increases IQ in children with epilepsy, according to a German study in a recent issue of Epilepsia.

Drinking-and-Driving On the Rise Again

The decline in drinking-related auto accidents that began in the early 1990s may be over: A new survey suggests Americans are hitting the bottle more often now before they hit the road.

Antiplatelet Drug May Help Aspirin Prevent Stroke

A combination of the clot-preventing drug clopidogrel (Plavix) and aspirin was more powerful than aspirin alone in reducing formation of tiny but threatening blood clots in a study of people at very high risk of stroke, European researchers report.

Food Fact:
Magic beans.

Beans can help reduce cancer risks -- but you may want to give them a good rinse before cooking.

Fitness Tip of the day:
Less is more.

Surprise! A few short exercise sessions a day can be as valuable as one longer session.

FAQ of the day:
Why do women need more body fat than men?

It's all about hormones. A woman's body is designed for childbearing and breast-feeding, so her hormones ensure she has a minimum level of body fat. This is why amenorrhea occurs in women who undereat and/or overexercise -- the percentage of body fat drops too low to provide the energy needed to sustain healthy pregnancy and lactation. On the plus side, estrogen helps limit the risk of heart disease by maintaining the average woman's blood-cholesterol profile in a healthier state than a man's.
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