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Health Headlines - October 14

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:25pm
Mobile Phones Increase Tumor Risk, Study Says

Ten or more years of mobile phone use increases the risk of developing acoustic neuroma, a benign tumor on the auditory nerve, according to a study released on Wednesday by Sweden's Karolinska Institute.

Study Sees Link Between Breast Cancer, Adolescence

A study of more than 117,000 Danish women provides the most convincing evidence yet of a link between a girl's growth rate and her risk of developing breast cancer later in life, researchers said on Wednesday.

New Study Looks Into Brains of Alzheimer Patients

A new study will look at the brains of Alzheimer's patients to see if various scans can chart the disease and if new drugs can slow it down, doctors said on Wednesday.

Harvard Seeks Permission to Clone Human Embryos

Harvard University researchers said on Wednesday they were seeking permission to use cloning technology to make human stem cells.

U.S. Making Flu Shots Priority for Elderly

Health officials are scurrying to secure flu vaccines so the elderly, who are most vulnerable to influenza, have first access to shots after the nation's supply was cut in half.

Prices Skyrocket on Scarce Flu Shots

Caught off-guard by a last-minute flu vaccine shortage, hospitals and health officials are grappling with a side-effect perhaps more virulent than the bug itself: price gouging.

Boy Receives Newly Developed Heart Pump

A 14-year-old boy who became only the second child to receive a newly developed miniature heart pump smiled shyly Wednesday as he was introduced at a news conference attended by his doctors and inventors of the device.

Should I Worry About Feeling Blue?

Everyone has a short stint of the blues now and then. But if you feel "down in the dumps" or hopeless for weeks at a time, this may indicate depression, a serious medical illness.

Anti-inflammatory Creams Ease Arthritis in Knee

Pain and stiffness caused by arthritis in the knee can be relieved through the use of topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Laughter Breaks Ice During Psychotherapy

Therapists and their patients can develop a stronger relationship by sharing a laugh, a new study suggests.

U.N. Health Body Warns Against 'Kitchen Killer'

Some 1.6 million people, mainly small children, die each year from a "kitchen killer" -- disease brought on by inhaling smoke from cooking stoves and indoor fires, the World Health Organization said.

U.S. Asks States to Probe Flu Vaccine Pricing

U.S. health officials urged states on Thursday to investigate reports of price gouging by companies distributing scarce supplies of influenza vaccine and to prosecute offenders.

Study Confirms Ephedrine Diet Supplements Can Kill

A study in dogs confirms that ephedrine weight loss supplements can kill, U.S. researchers said on Thursday, supporting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's action to ban them.

Half of Older Americans Face Bone Loss

Half of Americans older than 50 will be at risk of fractures from too-thin bones by 2020, the surgeon general warned Thursday, urging people to get more calcium, vitamin D and exercise to avoid crippling osteoporosis.

Personality Disorders Change Over Time

Experts have long believed that personality disorders -- types of mental illness in which people have trouble functioning with others -- were relatively inflexible, and endured throughout a person's life.

Testosterone Rises with Treatment for ED

Men who use Viagra or Cialis for erectile dysfunction (ED) have increases in levels of testosterone, Italian researchers report.

New Technique Treats Heart Defect in Babies

Cardiac surgeons at the University of Chicago have developed a technique for treating a severe congenital heart malformation that is less invasive than open heart surgery.

Obesity Surgery Can Lead to Nerve Damage

Operations to treat obesity such as stomach-stapling may work a little too well, causing some patients to develop nerve damage -- a symptom of malnutrition, doctors warned Thursday.

Blood Glucose Spikes Impair Mental Function

People with type 2 diabetes experience a decline in mental function and mood during episodes of hyperglycemia -- an excessive rise in blood glucose -- according to new study findings.

Drug Protects Monkeys from AIDS in Experiment

A souped-up version of a naturally occurring immune system protein can protect female monkeys from the AIDS virus, scientists reported on Thursday in a finding they say may lead to a new way to prevent infection in people.

Malaria Vaccine Has Promising Test Results

Scientists have made important progress in the quest for a malaria vaccine, showing for the first time that childhood shots can prevent nearly one-third of cases and slash the risk of severe, life-threatening attacks by almost two-thirds.

Gel May Protect Women From HIV

A chemical specially designed to thwart how the AIDS virus invades during sex offers scientists a new lead in the long quest for a vaginal gel that women could apply to protect themselves when men don't use a condom.

Panel Mulls Transfusion-Related Infection

Federal health advisers unanimously agreed Thursday that current safeguards on blood donations in the United States are sufficient despite the disclosure that a second British resident most likely acquired mad cow disease through a tainted transfusion.

Americans Buy Cheaper Medicines in Canada

A 68-year-old Pennsylvania woman said Thursday that she happily took a 600-mile train ride to Toronto to buy medicine that would save her thousands of dollars if compared to prices in the United States.

420-Pound Teen to Get Free Gastric Bypass

Two doctors and a hospital offered a free gastric bypass to a 420-pound teenager after another medical center canceled the procedure because his insurance would not pay for it.

FDA Approves Use of Chip in Patients

Privacy advocates are concerned that an implantable microchip designed to help doctors tap into a patient's medical records could undermine confidentiality or could even be used to track the patient's movements.

New Technology Clears Clogged Arteries

A new technique that uses infrared light and radiofrequency energy to clear blocked arteries may reduce the number of patients who need bypass surgery, says a Dutch study in the October issue of the journal Cardiovasc...

Sinus Infections Crop Up in Autumn

Not only is fall the start of the cold and flu season, it's also the time of year when sinus infections become more common.

Epilepsy Drug Linked to Developmental Delays in Offspring

The epilepsy drug sodium valproate has been linked to children born with developmental delays and lower IQs, says research published in the current issue of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Study Suggests How Obesity Causes Diabetes

Scientists know that obesity is a key player in the development of type 2 diabetes, but exactly how excess weight causes the disease isn't clear.
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