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Doctors Urge Meningitis Shots for Vulnerable Infants, Children
MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infants and children who are at risk of contracting meningitis because of specific health problems should be vaccinated against the infection, according to updated recommendations from the largest pediatrician group in the United States.

Health Highlights: July 28, 2014
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Health Tip: Recognize Signs of Bullying
(HealthDay News) -- With the explosion of social media outlets comes the prospect of more online bullying among children and teens.

Health Tip: Risk Factors for a Herniated Disk
(HealthDay News) -- A herniated spinal disk may cause significant pain and discomfort as the disk matter presses on a nearby nerve.

Healthy Habits May Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Avoid Chronic Ills
MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Following a healthy lifestyle may help childhood cancer survivors reduce their risk for chronic health issues, a new study indicates.

Preemies May Have Higher Risk of Blood Clots, Even as Adults
MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born prematurely appear to have a slightly increased risk of potentially fatal blood clots that they will carry into adulthood, Swedish researchers report.

Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea May Trigger Weight Gain
MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Tonsillectomies are commonly done to relieve sleep apnea in children, but a new study confirms that the treatment can speed kids' weight gain -- especially if they're already overweight.

Health Highlights: July 27, 2014
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Wives' Higher Education May Not Affect Divorce Rate
SUNDAY, July 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Couples aren't more likely to get divorced if the wife has more education than the husband, new research finds.

Don't Let Kids Drink Pool Water
SATURDAY, July 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pools can provide much-needed relief from the summer heat, but kids can make themselves sick if they swallow too much chlorinated water, experts warn.

Lift U.S. Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men, Experts Say
FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Health Tip: Pack Safety Essentials for a Long Hike
(HealthDay News) -- If you're heading out on a trail or hike, make sure you're equipped with a few safety tools.

Study Links Shift Work to Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Shift workers, especially men, may be at higher risk for type 2 diabetes compared to people not on such schedules, a new study suggests.

Human Brain Has Coping Mechanism for Dehydration
FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The human brain can preserve oxygen to protect itself from the effects of dehydration, a new study finds.

Anal, Throat Cancers on the Rise Among Young Adults, Study Finds
FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although cervical cancers are declining in the United States and Canada, other cancers linked to human papillomavirus (HPV) are increasing, a new study indicates.

Diet Changes Can Alter Gut Bacteria, Study Says
FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study.

Health Highlights: July 25, 2014
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Health Tip: Easing Headache Pain
(HealthDay News) -- Headache symptoms vary, from a sharp pain to a dull throb. Remedies to treat these symptoms are similarly numerous.

IRS Caps Fines on Uninsured Americans at $12K for Family of 5
FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. taxpayers who go without health insurance this year will face fines of up to $2,448 per individual or $12,240 for a family of five, the Internal Revenue Service says.

Lymphoma Treatment May Harm, Halt Men's Sperm Production
FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay -- Treatment for lymphoma may lower men's fertility, new research indicates.

Most Adults Are Members of 'Clean Plate Club'
FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Unlike children, the vast majority of adults finish all of the food they put on their plate at mealtime, according to a new study.

Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb
FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies seem to learn even before they're born, a new study suggests.

The 'Hobby Lobby Ruling' and What It Means for U.S. Health Care
FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on contraception coverage -- as mandated under the Affordable Care Act -- could lead to a legal quagmire that might allow companies to deny insurance coverage for any medical practice that violates their religious principles, some health care experts say.

FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller
THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new formulation of a powerful narcotic painkiller that discourages potential abusers from snorting or injecting the drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Tough-to-Abuse Formulation of Oxycodone Approved
THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Targiniq ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride extended release) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a long-term, around-the-clock treatment for severe pain when other therapies are ineffective or unavailable.

Many Kids With Medicaid Use ER as Doctor's Office: CDC
THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children covered by Medicaid, the publicly funded insurance program for the poor, visit the emergency room for medical care far more often than uninsured or privately insured youngsters, a U.S. survey finds.

Acetaminophen May Not Help Against Back Pain, Study Contends
WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even though its use is often advised by doctors, the painkiller acetaminophen -- best known as Tylenol -- does not help treat lower back pain, according to a new Australian study.

Bacteria in Semen May Affect HIV Transmission, Levels: Study
THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Human semen is naturally colonized by bacteria, and a new study suggests the microbes might have a role to play in both HIV transmission and levels in infected men.

Farmers' Market Vouchers May Help Poorer Families Eat Healthier
THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Giving low-income families vouchers to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets could increase their consumption of these healthy foods, according to a new study.

Female Triathletes May Face Health Problems Such as Incontinence
THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who compete in triathlons are at increased risk for pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence, and other health problems, a new study says.

Health Highlights: July 24, 2014
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Health Tip: Keep Youngsters Outside the Pool
(HealthDay News) -- Toddlers are so curious that they're naturally drawn to an unattended pool. That's a recipe for tragedy.

Health Tip: Recovering After Knee Replacement
(HealthDay News) -- Recovering from knee replacement surgery takes time, and it's important to prepare your home before the operation.

Is Coffee Aggravating Your Hot Flashes?
THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking caffeine may worsen the hot flashes and night sweats that affect roughly two-thirds of women as they go through menopause, new survey data suggests.

More Than 10 Million People Gained Coverage Under Obamacare, Study Finds
THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study estimates that more than 10 million uninsured Americans gained health coverage over the past year due to the Affordable Care Act.

Parents of Obese Kids Often View Them as Healthy
THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of obese children often don't view their kids as unhealthy or recognize the health consequences of excess weight or inactivity, according to a new study.

Teenage Boys Want Intimacy, Not Just Sex, Survey Finds
THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The stereotype of the sex-crazed teenage boy may be dead wrong, according to a small study that asked boys what they really want from romantic relationships.

Too Few Teens Receive HPV Shot, CDC Says
THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An "unacceptably low" number of girls and boys are getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which protects against cervical, anal and other cancers, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

Young Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders?
THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young children with strong reading skills may be on a fast track to a brighter future, a new study suggests.

Zydelig Approved for Three Types of Blood Cancer
WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Zydelig (idelalisib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat relapsed forms of blood cancer, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), follicular B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (FL) and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), the FDA said Wednesday in a news release.

Cystic Fibrosis Drug Combo May Be Less Effective Than Hoped
WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A powerful drug combo may not be as effective against cystic fibrosis as previously thought. New lab-based research on human cells suggests that one of the medications might stop the other from working properly.

Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens
WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of U.S. teens are using synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) to boost their muscles and athletic ability, a new study finds.

Dogs Can Get Jealous, Too
WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Jealousy may not be the sole domain of humans, with new research showing dogs can get downright possessive when it comes to the love of their master.

Gene Study Gives New Insight Into Puberty in Girls
WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The timing of a girl's first menstrual period may be determined by hundreds, and possibly thousands, of gene variations, a new study suggests.

Good Odds for Those Who Need Bone Marrow Donor, Study Finds
WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most blood cancer patients in the United States who need a bone marrow transplant can find an acceptable match through the National Marrow Donor Program, a new study has determined.

Health Highlights: July 23, 2014
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Health Tip: Eating for Your Age
(HealthDay News) -- Eating the right foods can help you maintain health, energy and help you feel your best.

HIV Meds May Also Help Control Hepatitis C, Study Finds
WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C, HIV antiretroviral therapy may help control both viruses, a small study suggests.

Many Obese U.S. Kids Think They're Thinner Than They Are
WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many obese and overweight American children and teens look in the mirror and tell themselves their weight is fine, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

Many U.S. Male Soldiers Had Troubled Childhoods, Study Finds
WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. servicemen are more likely to have been exposed to some form of childhood trauma than their civilian counterparts, a large, new survey suggests.