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Birth Defects Seem Rare in Kids of Childhood Cancer Survivors
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Children of parents who survived childhood cancer are unlikely to suffer from birth defects, finds a new study that should allay some concerns about long-term effects of treatment.

It appears that DNA damage done by chemotherapy and radiation of the reproductive organs doesn't increase the risk that children will inherit those damaged genes, researchers say.

 
Radiation May Also Lead to 'Chemo Brain'
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Breast cancer survivors can experience memory and concentration problems several years after treatment with radiation and/or chemotherapy, a new study says.

The findings suggest that there may be common and treatment-specific ways that these cancer therapies impair cancer survivors' mental abilities, according to Paul Jacobsen, of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla.

 
Study Sheds Light on Preemies' Higher SIDS Risk
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Babies who are born prematurely are known to be at higher risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and new research now suggests that's because their underdeveloped nervous systems can't control drops in blood pressure as needed during sleep.

SIDS is the sudden, unexpected death of an apparently healthy baby.

 
Poor Lifestyles Harming U.S. Heart Health: Report
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Americans' heart health is in a woeful state, says this year's report card from the American Heart Association.

And it's largely because people just aren't taking care of themselves.

In the past three or so decades, women have upped their calorie consumption by 22 percent and men by 10 percent, with carbohydrates and sugar-sweetened beverages both major sources of unneeded calories.

 
Alcohol Use Down, Pot Use Up Among U.S. Teens
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Alcohol use by American teens has dropped to historic lows, but more of them are using marijuana and don't believe it's a dangerous drug, according to an annual national survey conducted by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan.

 
In California reported dangers of electronic cigarettes health
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In the state of California has recognized that electronic cigarettes are hazardous to health and are addictive. For this reason, the sale of electronic cigarettes should be regulated,

 
Sleep deprivation threatens hypertension
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Sleep problems, especially problems with falling asleep, may be associated with high blood pressure, say Chinese researchers.

The study involved 300 adult volunteers.

 
Vitamins E and C protect smokers from cancer
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Nutritional supplements containing vitamin C, help to restore the body to normal levels of vitamin E, which is one of the main components of the protective mechanism that protects the lungs from the harmful substances contained in tobacco smoke.

 
Headaches May Plague Many With HIV/AIDS
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Headache affects 50 percent of HIV/AIDS patients in the United States, and many of those headaches are severe, a new study says.

About 27.5 percent of the 200 HIV/AIDS patients in the study suffered "chronic migraine," a rare condition in which a person has migraine symptoms (with or without other headaches) for 15 or more days a month.

 
Many Toddlers Wind Up in ER After Accidental Overdose
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Each year in the United States, one of every 150 two-year-olds visits an emergency room for treatment of an accidental medication overdose, a new government report shows.

Most of these cases occur when unsupervised children eat or drink medicines they find at home, according to the U.

 
FDA Seeks to Get More Women Into Trials of Medical Devices
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Draft recommendations meant to increase the number of women in clinical trials for medical devices were released Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Genetics, hormones, body size, diet, social and cultural factors, and types of illness may cause women to respond differently to certain medical products and devices than men, according to the FDA.

 
Low-Dose Aspirin After Lung Clot Could Prevent Recurrence
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Giving low-dose aspirin to patients after they've received stronger blood thinners for dangerous clots in the lungs could cut their odds of redeveloping the clots, a new study finds.

The clots in question are venous thromboembolisms (VTEs). These can include both the leg clots known as deep-vein thromboses, or pulmonary embolisms, clots in the lungs that can cause rapid pulse, shortness of breath, chest pain and even death.

 
Chewing Khat Raises Heart Disease, Death Risk: Study
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Chewing the green leaves of the khat plant for its amphetamine-like effect appears to raise the risk for both stroke and death among heart patients, according to a large new study from the Middle East.

The finding, however, could have relevance far beyond that region, as emigration has increasingly brought khat-chewing to the shores of both Europe and North America.

 
Calorie Info Helps Teens Choose Water Over Sugary Drinks
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Black teens might drink fewer sugar-sweetened beverages if they're provided with easy-to-understand facts about calories, especially when the information includes how many minutes of exercise it would take to burn off those calories, researchers have found.

 
'Body Clock' Might Affect Women's Dementia Risk
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An older woman's sleep/wake cycle and levels of physical activity may affect her risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests.

It found that the risk of dementia or "mild cognitive impairment" (a state that sometimes precedes dementia) was higher in older women with weaker circadian rhythms who are either less physically active or more active later in the day, compared to those who have a stronger circadian rhythm and are more active earlier in the day.

 
Apnea Treatment Might Reduce Signs of Heart Disease Risk
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Along with helping people with obstructive sleep apnea get a better night's sleep, machines that help keep the airways open during sleep can also help improve the symptoms of metabolic syndrome, according to new research.

Metabolic syndrome is a group of symptoms that indicate a higher risk of heart disease.

 
Sugary drinks can accelerate the onset of menstruation in girls
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Girls, drinking more than one glass of sweet drinks in a day, most likely early periods, according to scientists from the Harvard medical school, USA.

In the new study involved more than 6 thousand teenage girls.

 
Developed a program to improve the memory of people who have had a stroke
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New Zealand researchers from the University of Canterbury reported that they had developed a computer program that can help stroke survivors improve prospective memory. This type of memory is responsible for the ability to remember their intentions,

 
Antibacterial Soaps may cause liver damage
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Components antibacterial soap helps fight germs, but they can also cause liver damage, say U.S. researchers.

The management of sanitary supervision of food and drugs U.

 
Health Tip: Dealing With Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy
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Hemorrhoids are swollen, painful veins that develop in the rectum. Up to half of pregnant women have them, the womenshealth.gov website says.

The site offers these suggestions to ease hemorrhoid pain:


Drink plenty of fluids.
Eat foods rich in fiber, including whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

 
Higher Hospital Admissions Equal Higher Readmissions: Study
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Efforts to reduce costly hospital readmissions have focused on improving patient care just after discharge. But much of the readmission problem may be due to an overuse of inpatient hospital services in the first place, a new study suggests.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that overall hospital admission rates played the biggest role in readmission rates among Medicare patients from various geographic regions, accounting for up to 24 percent of the variation in readmission totals among those with congestive heart failure and up to 20 percent among those with pneumonia.

 
Drunk Driving-Related Deaths Surge During the Holidays
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During the holidays, alcohol-related car accidents claim more lives than at any other time of the year, according to U.S. government experts.

The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that 40 percent of traffic-related deaths during Christmas and New Year's involve drunk drivers -- a 12 percent increase over the rest of the month of December.

 
Angioplasty Safe at Hospitals Without On-Site Surgery: Review
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Despite current guidelines, many people who have angioplasty to open blocked heart arteries can safely undergo these procedures in hospitals that don't have on-site cardiac surgery capabilities, according to a new review of 15 studies.

The review found no heightened risk for death or conversion to emergency bypass surgery in individuals who have angioplasty at centers that don't have teams that are ready to perform emergency coronary artery bypass grafting in a pinch.

 
Health Tip: Keep Diabetes in Check During the Holidays
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Holiday parties, desserts and buffets can throw your diabetes meal plan way off-track.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how to enjoy the holidays if you're diabetic:


Enjoy a healthy snack before you go to a party, or pack one to take with you.

 
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