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CDC Confirms First Patient Diagnosed With Ebola in United States
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first confirmed case of Ebola has surfaced in the United States, involving a man who recently flew here from Liberia, federal health officials announced late Tuesday.

CDC Monitoring Those Who Had Contact With Ebola Patient
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Federal health officials are monitoring up to 18 people who were exposed to the man being treated at a Dallas hospital for the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States.

'High-Intensity' Hospitals Save More Elderly After Surgery: Study
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals that pull out all the stops to rescue surgical patients in crisis are slightly better at saving lives, but the cost of such heroism is questionable, a new study suggests.

A Little Booze Does Get Men Smiling, Study Confirms
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In perhaps one of the happiest studies ever conducted, scientists confirm what many partygoers know: Just add booze and groups of men start smiling.

Could a Fading Sense of Smell Point to Earlier Death?
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who have trouble smelling the roses -- literally -- may face an increased risk of dying in the next several years, new research suggests.

Experimental Cervical Cancer Vaccine Looks Promising in Trial
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaccine meant to protect against nine types of human papillomavirus (HPV) could prevent 90 percent of all cervical cancers, a new study suggests.

Gene Study Finds No Proof Vitamin D Guards Against Type 2 Diabetes
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's no genetic evidence that high levels of vitamin D can prevent type 2 diabetes, a new study says.

Genes May Make Some More Prone to Heart Disease When Under Stress
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Genes may interact with stress to trigger heart disease in some people, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Oct. 1, 2014
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health Tip: Help Prevent Acne Scars
(HealthDay News) -- Proper skin care can minimize acne and help prevent scarring.

Health Tip: Plan Ahead for Healthy Dinners
(HealthDay News) -- It can be difficult to find the time, energy and motivation to put together a healthy family dinner every night of the week.

Healthy Lifestyle Before Pregnancy May Cut Gestational Diabetes Risk
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy lifestyle habits could prevent about half of all diabetes cases that develop during pregnancy, a new study finds.

Jealous, Moody Women May Face Higher Alzheimer's Risk, Study Says
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged women with a neurotic personality style and prolonged stress may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.

Living Near a Highway May Be Bad for Your Blood Pressure
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Living close to a major highway may raise your risk for high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

New Clues to How Colds Can Spur Asthma Attacks
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have pinpointed a molecule that may trigger potentially life-threatening asthma attacks brought on by colds.

Oncologists' Group Calls for Measures to Curb Obesity-Related Cancers
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Immediate steps need to be taken to slow the rise of obesity-related cancers in the United States, a group of cancer specialists says.

Preterm Birth, Pneumonia Leading Causes of Death for Children Under 5
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 2 million children younger than 5 died worldwide in 2013 of complications from premature birth and pneumonia, a new study shows.

Rat Study Suggests Light at Night Might Hamper Breast Cancer Therapy
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A study in rats hints that exposure to dim light at night may make human breast cancer tumors resistant to the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin.

Recessions May Thwart a Woman's Motherhood Plans Forever: Study
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When unemployment rates climb, women tend to put the brakes on motherhood. And for many young women, that decision may turn out to be a permanent choice, new research suggests.

Acupuncture May Not Help Chronic Knee Pain, Study Finds
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture doesn't improve knee pain any more than "sham" acupuncture, according to a new study.

Can Exercise Prevent Type 2 Diabetes? Your Genes May Be Key
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For millions of overweight Americans, regular exercise remains a prime weapon against excess weight and the threat of type 2 diabetes.

Could a 'Fat Tongue' Be a Factor in Sleep Apnea?
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep apnea is a potential health risk for millions of Americans, and a new study points to a possible culprit behind the disorder: a "fat" tongue.

Fish Oil Supplements Have Little Effect on Irregular Heartbeat: Study
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of fish oil supplements won't prevent the return of a common type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, Canadian researchers report.

Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare should cover low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening for people at high risk for the disease, a coalition of more than 60 patient and medical groups says.

Head Injuries May Raise Chances of Risky Behavior by Teens
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers who have experienced a traumatic brain injury are much more likely to engage in a wide range of risky behaviors, Canadian researchers report.

Health Highlights: Sept. 30, 2014
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health Tip: Curbing Nighttime Nursing
(HealthDay News) -- Older babies may be able to sleep through the night, but may still wake up to nurse.

Health Tip: Get Physical Activity
(HealthDay News) -- Hitting the gym or going for a run are great ways to exercise, but there are lots of other ways to burn calories.

Herceptin Best for Certain Breast Cancer Patients, Study Says
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Herceptin is the best drug treatment for a type of breast cancer called HER2-positive and should remain the standard of care for that type of tumor, according to new findings from a long-term clinical trial.

Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for Colon Cancer Survivors
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer patients who are overweight or obese when diagnosed appear to face a slightly higher risk for developing a second weight-related cancer, new research suggests.

Social Support May Be Key to Heart Attack Recovery
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young and middle-aged heart attack survivors are more likely to have poor health and low quality of life if they have fewer family and friends to support them in their recovery, a new study suggests.

Spacing Between Sibling Births Tied to Autism Risk in Study
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of a sibling could be at increased risk for autism, a new study suggests.

When It Comes to Sex Partners, Men Prefer Younger Women: Study
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In books and movies, plots involving older men chasing much younger women abound.

Medical Implant Devices Skate Through Review Process, Studies Claim
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Every day, people receive medical implants -- artificial valves, hip replacements, surgical mesh and the like -- that may not have been rigorously tested before or after their approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, two new studies contend.

40 States, District of Columbia Reporting Respiratory Virus That Targets Kids
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Forty states and the District of Columbia now have a total of 277 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, the severe respiratory illness that typically targets children, U.S. health officials are reporting.

Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set
(HealthDay News) -- If you're assembling a swing set, take steps to make sure it's properly assembled and safe for your child.

Doctors' Group Issues Painkiller Guidelines
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risks of powerful narcotic painkillers outweigh their benefits for treating chronic headaches, low back pain and fibromyalgia, a new statement from the American Academy of Neurology says.

Too Many Heart Scans May Pose Radiation Risks, Cardiologists Say
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors need to make sure patients understand the radiation-related risks of heart imaging tests before sending them for such procedures, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says.

American Doctor Exposed to Ebola Admitted to NIH Hospital
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Another American doctor exposed to the Ebola virus while working in West Africa was admitted Sunday to a hospital at the National Institutes of Health in suburban Washington, D.C.

ADHD Can Hamper School Performance as Early as 2nd Grade, Study Says
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can harm a child's academic performance and social skills as early as the second grade, a new Australian study contends.

After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular daily exercise appears to improve children's attention and multi-tasking skills, according to a new study.

Antibiotic Use Before Age 2 Might Raise Obesity Risk, Study Says
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are given broad-spectrum antibiotics before the age of 2 may face a slightly higher risk of becoming obese during childhood, new research suggests.

Drug Gives Big Survival Boost Against Type of Advanced Breast Cancer
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adding the drug Perjeta to a standard medication, Herceptin, may give women with a form of advanced breast cancer a significant boost in survival, a new study finds.

Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer's Patients, Even as Memory Fades
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For those visiting a person with advanced Alzheimer's, the moment can be bittersweet -- will the patient even remember or care that the loved one was there?

Health Highlights: Sept. 29, 2014
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health Tip: What Causes Hives?
(HealthDay News) -- Hives are an allergic skin reaction caused by the body's release of histamine.

Obese in Adolescence, Colon Cancer in Later Life?
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity and inflammation in late adolescence are associated with increased risk for colon and rectal cancer in adulthood, a new study of Swedish males suggests.

Pediatricians Endorse IUDs, Implants for Teen Birth Control
MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Long-acting contraceptive devices should be the first choice of birth control for teenage girls, new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics state.

Scientists Detect Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer
SUNDAY, Sept. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified a sign of early development of pancreatic cancer, a leading cause of cancer death. And, they add, their discovery might lead one day to a new test to detect the disease in its initial and more treatable stages.

Avoid the Fall Sports Injury Trap
SATURDAY, Sept. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes hitting the playing fields this fall should be reminded that aches and pains might signal an undiagnosed sports injury, experts say.