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U.S. Preparing Tighter Infection Controls for Ebola Patients: Report
SUNDAY, Oct. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are planning to tighten recommendations for health care workers treating Ebola patients.

Scientists Grow, Implant Human Intestinal Tissue in Mice
SUNDAY, Oct. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New stem cell-based research could improve understanding of intestinal diseases and eventually lead to new treatments, a new study suggests.

Obama Urges Calm in Ebola Scare, Opposes Travel Ban
SATURDAY, Oct. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- President Barack Obama on Saturday asked Americans not to give way to panic over Ebola, and he repeated his opposition to a travel ban for flights from affected countries in West Africa.

Dieters May Be Thwarted by Absence of Healthy Foods
SATURDAY, Oct. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even determined dieters can fail if they don't have a good selection of healthy foods nearby, researchers say.

Athletic Trainers' Group Advises Heart Tests for Young Athletes
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes should undergo heart screening before they play competitive sports, according to new guidelines released by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).

Obama Appoints 'Ebola Czar'
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- President Barack Obama on Friday appointed Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and a trusted White House adviser, as Ebola "czar."

Dads Face Guilt About Workouts, Just Like Moms Do
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fathers face many of the same family and work barriers to exercise as mothers, new research indicates.

Family Acceptance Key to Curbing Teen Suicides, Study Shows
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Family rejection could be potentially deadly for teens already at risk for suicide, a new study has found.

Frequent Dining Out Might Widen Your Waistline, Study Finds
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Love to dine out? You could be at higher risk for becoming overweight and having poorer cholesterol levels than people who prefer to eat at home, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Oct. 17, 2014
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health Tip: Enjoy Your Coffee, But ...
(HealthDay News) -- Coffee contains beneficial nutrients, but fattening sweeteners can dampen these benefits.

Health Tip: Watch Your Family's Portion Sizes
(HealthDay News) -- Limiting you and family members to appropriate portion sizes can help maintain healthy weights and avoid overeating.

Older Antibiotic Still Works Against Staph Infections, Study Finds
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An older antibiotic called vancomycin is still effective in treating dangerous Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections, a new study finds.

Peak Pain Level Main Factor in Negative Childbirth Memories: Study
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The peak intensity of pain during delivery, not the amount of time in labor, influences women's memories of pain during childbirth, a new study suggests.

Tonsillectomy Complications May Be More Likely in Poor, Minority Kids
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Hispanic children, and those from poor families, are at increased risk for complications after tonsil removal surgery, a new study finds.

Two-Pronged Program Looks Best for Helping Smokers Quit
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of counseling and medication greatly increases smokers' chances of quitting, according to new research.

U.S. Kids Use ADHD Meds More During School Year
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American children's use of stimulant medications is 30 percent higher during the school year than in the summer, a new study indicates.

Upbeat Walking Style Might Lift Your Mood
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The way you walk can affect your mood, according to a new study.

Vitamin D Might Help Kids With Eczema
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Daily vitamin D supplements might help children with eczema that gets worse in the winter, a new study suggests.

WHO Admits Botched Response to Ebola in Africa
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The World Health Organization has admitted it dropped the ball with the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, according to a news report published Friday.

Esbriet, Ofev Approved to Treat Deadly Lung Disease
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat progressive lung scarring from an uncertain cause, medically called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

1st Dallas Nurse With Ebola Headed to NIH Facility in Maryland
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first Dallas nurse to contract Ebola after treating a patient infected with the often lethal disease is to be moved to a specialized National Institutes of Health medical center in Maryland, officials reported Thursday.

Ebola Nurse From Dallas Transferred to Atlanta Medical Center
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The second nurse at a Dallas hospital to be diagnosed with Ebola was transferred Wednesday night to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the medical center that has successfully treated two other patients with the often fatal disease.

U.S. Health Officials Resist Ban on Travel From West Africa
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the face of blistering criticism from a Congressional oversight committee, top U.S. health officials defended on Thursday their opposition to a ban on travelers from West African nations fighting Ebola.

Gut Microbes Tied to Jet Lag, Shift-Work Weight Gain
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Disruptions in the human circadian clock can throw off microbes in the gut, potentially boosting the risk of obesity, a new study suggests.

ER Visits Linked to Synthetic Pot More Than Double, Report Finds
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of visits to U.S. emergency rooms linked to synthetic pot -- also known as "K2" or "Spice" -- have more than doubled in recent years, U.S. officials reported Thursday.

'To Burn Off Calories in This Soda, Walk 5 Miles'
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Alerting teens about how much walking or running they would have to do in order to burn off the calories in a soda or other sugary drink might convince them to choose a lower-calorie beverage, researchers say.

Detergent Pods Pose Risk to Kids' Eyes, Researchers Warn
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The popular "pods" that hold liquid laundry or dishwasher detergent can pose a danger to kids, especially to their eyes, a new study reports.

Health Highlights: Oct. 16, 2014
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health Tip: Pain in the Foot?
(HealthDay News) -- Symptoms of foot arthritis, including painful inflammation and swelling, can make it difficult to take even a few steps.

Health Tip: Teach Kids About Pedestrian Safety
(HealthDay News) -- To help keep kids safe while they're walking to school, a friend's house or just around town, be sure to discuss pedestrian safety.

Healthy Lifestyle May Boost Breast Cancer Survival
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise, healthy eating and good weight control may help improve survival of breast cancer patients, according to a large-scale review.

If You Do Gain Weight, Polyunsaturated Fats May Prevent Some Damage
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Muffins -- and other fatty foods -- can definitely put on the pounds, but those made with polyunsaturated oil may be safer for your heart than if they're made with saturated fats like butter, a small study suggests.

Is 'Slow and Steady' Weight Loss Really the Best Approach?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An Australian study throws doubt on the notion that a more gradual approach to weight loss is always the most effective route to take.

More Evidence That Exercise May Help Fight Depression
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physically active people are less likely to show signs of depression, a new study finds.

Most Kindergartners Are Getting Their Shots: CDC
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most American kids entering kindergarten are getting their required vaccinations, a new report shows.

Obesity and Depression Often Twin Ills, Study Finds
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Depression and obesity tend to go hand in hand, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

Teens Still Sending Naked Pictures Via Cellphone
THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A large number of American teens continue to send and receive sexual images on their cellphones -- a practice dubbed sexting, according to a new study.

Immune Therapy Induces Remission for Many With a Tough-to-Treat Blood Cancer
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental immune-system therapy can often lead to complete remission in leukemia patients who have run out of other options, a new study confirms.

Are U.S. Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With two confirmed cases of Ebola contracted by health care workers now being reported at a Dallas hospital, medical centers across the country are scrambling to ensure that their infection-control measures will protect staff and the public.

For Ebola, No New Drugs Riding to the Rescue -- for Now
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's no magic bullet in the foreseeable future for the treatment of people infected by Ebola, infectious-disease experts say.

Heroism Seems to Be a Spontaneous Act
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who risk their lives to rescue others appear to do so without giving it much thought, a new study finds.

Second Health Care Worker in Dallas Tests Positive for Ebola
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A second health care worker who helped treat a patient who died of Ebola last week at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for the disease, health officials said Wednesday morning.

Texas Health Care Worker With Ebola Took Commercial Flight on Monday: CDC
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The second nurse at a Dallas hospital to be diagnosed with Ebola flew on a domestic, commercial airline flight on Monday evening -- less than 24 hours before she reported symptoms to hospital staff, federal health officials said Wednesday.

Texas Health Care Worker With Ebola Took Commercial Flight on Monday: CDC
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The second health care worker at a Dallas hospital to be diagnosed with Ebola flew on a domestic, commercial airline flight on Monday evening -- less than 24 hours before she reported symptoms to hospital staff, federal health officials said Wednesday.

Health Tip: Installing a Child's Car Seat
(HealthDay News) -- Proper installation of a rear-facing car seat, recommended for all infants and children up to age 2, offers protection for your child in the event of a car crash.

Just Try Getting an Appointment With a Psychiatrist
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Residents of major U.S. metropolitan areas who need a psychiatrist are often likely to come up empty-handed, regardless of ability to pay, new research suggests.

Limiting Malpractice Claims May Not Curb Costly Medical Tests
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Malpractice reform may not keep physicians from ordering unnecessary and expensive tests, a practice known as "defensive medicine," a new study reports.

Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy Shows Long-Term Effectiveness, Safety
TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study is the first to show the long-term safety of embryonic stem cell transplants to treat human disease.

Family Support Tied to Safer Sex for Young Gay Males: Study
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young gay and bisexual males are less likely to engage in riskier sex if their families are supportive of the way they live, a small new study reveals.