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Health Headlines - May 5

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:24pm
A Card That Can Ease Mom's Pain

A new Mother's Day card offers more than love and good wishes: It provides mothers with tips on how to avoid pain and strain when they pick up babies and toddlers.

Newborn Screening Education Materials Lacking: Study

Parents aren't getting enough information about the genetic screening tests performed on their newborns.

Cell Therapy Targets Gum Disease, Stretch Marks

Injections of a type of skin cell called fibroblasts could offer a simple way to treat gum disease, baldness, stretch marks and other common problems, according to new research.

Mice Reveal A Key to Infertility

Studies in infertile female mice are helping scientists understand why women sometimes fail to conceive.

Gene Screen Could Spot Those at Colon Cancer Risk

Genetic screening for a hereditary form of malignancy among patients already diagnosed with colorectal cancer may help doctors better treat those patients, a new study finds.

Heart Attack Diagnosis Tool Misses Some Patients

Computerized risk assessment tools used by emergency room doctors to diagnose a heart attack may be inaccurate in some ethnic and racial groups, warns a new study comparing heart attack symptoms in American and Asian patients.

Genetic Testing Picks Up More HIV Infections

New research offers more evidence that expanded HIV tests could pick up infections that would otherwise go undetected in the United States each year.

Treatment of Abnormal Heartbeat Tricky

New guidance about the best use of two drugs widely prescribed for atrial fibrillation, a type of abnormal heartbeat, has arrived in a major nationwide study.

Fish Oil Nutrient Boosts Ailing Hearts

By taking omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, patients can reduce their risk for dangerous arrhythmia after bypass surgery by more than 50 percent, a new study suggests.

Researchers Tested Drugs on Foster Kids

Government-funded researchers tested AIDS drugs on hundreds of foster children over the past two decades, often without providing them a basic protection afforded in federal law and required by some states, an Associated Press review has found.

New Computers Make Grocery Carts Smarter

New supermarket carts equipped with touch screens will guide you to the tomatoes or toothpicks, let you order deli meat without standing in line and keep a running tally of your purchases.

Health officials unsure about flu vaccine

The flu vaccine supply for the upcoming 2005-2006 influenza season is still uncertain, with one maker racing to fix a closed factory and others trying to win new U.S. licenses, health officials said on Wednesday.

Switching depression treatment can help

Depressed individuals who fail to respond to initial treatment with an antidepressant or psychotherapy may do better if they are switched to the alternative treatment, new study findings suggest.

Telemedicine Helps Day Care Diagnoses

Marilyn Gonzalez worried that her 2-year-old was coming down with an ear infection. Rather than miss work for a doctor visit, the 25-year-old single mother of two dropped her daughter off as usual at the day care and went to work.

Food Fact:
Sprig fever!

Parsley isn't just pretty on the plate -- the green herb may help keep you in the pink.

Fitness Tip of the day:
Chill out.

One essential step in your workout helps avoid light-headedness and muscle spasms.

FAQ of the day:
How do I know if I have Type 2 diabetes?

The initial symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are far less severe than those of Type 1. In fact, it is estimated that half the Americans who have Type 2 diabetes don't even know it. But early diagnosis is extremely important. Left uncontrolled, Type 2 diabetes silently damages the body's large blood vessels. One reason we didn't hear much about Type 2 diabetes in the past was that many deaths related to it were blamed on heart disease. Talk to your doctor, and above all else, strive to maintain a healthy weight.
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