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HealthDay News - July 27, 2015

Childhood Stress Might Raise a Woman's Risk for Preterm Birth

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Stressful events in childhood may increase a woman's risk having a preterm baby, a new study suggests.

Big Swings in Blood Pressure Could Spell Trouble

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Wide blood pressure fluctuations may signal an increased risk of heart disease and early death, researchers say.

Expert Panel Recommends Questionnaire to Help Spot Depression

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Part of your next visit to your family doctor's office should be spent filling out a questionnaire to assess whether you're suffering from depression, an influential panel of preventive medicine experts recommends.

Americans Becoming More Accepting of Gays, Lesbians, Study Finds

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Bias against gays and lesbians is falling among Americans, a new study finds.

After Breast Cancer, Many in Appalachia Say No to Lifesaving Drugs

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of breast cancer survivors in the Appalachian region of the United States do not take potentially lifesaving drugs, even though their drugs are covered by insurance, a new study finds.

Does Facebook Lead Young Women to Dangerous Diets?

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study provides insight into how Facebook use by young women can lead to poor body image and risky dieting.

High Blood Sugar May Boost Alzheimer's Risk

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High blood sugar associated with prediabetes may increase the risk for Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

Are Hospitals Overusing Neonatal Intensive Care?

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new report finds that more babies are being treated in neonatal intensive care units at many U.S. hospitals, and the infants are bigger and less premature.

Nasal Balloon Can Treat Youngsters for 'Glue Ear'

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A simple procedure using what's known as a "nasal balloon" can treat hearing loss in children with a common middle-ear problem, preventing unnecessary and ineffective treatment with antibiotics, according to a new study.

Drug Makers May Delay Reporting Patient Harms to FDA: Study

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drug companies may be endangering the lives of patients by not promptly reporting cases of drug-related illness or death to federal regulators, a new report suggests.

Praluent Approved to Treat High Cholesterol

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Praluent (alirocumab) injection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat people with inherited high cholesterol (heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia) or people at risk of heart attack or stroke from high cholesterol derived from foods or produced by the liver.

Many Young Cancer Patients Unaware of Fertility Preservation Options

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many young cancer patients -- especially females -- have limited awareness about options to preserve their fertility, a new study shows.

Teens Using E-Cigs More Prone to Take Up Smoking: Study

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers who use electronic cigarettes may be more likely to smoke the real thing, new research suggests.

Health Highlights: July 27, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

New Moms Often Get Poor Advice on Baby Care: Study

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers get conflicting advice from medical professionals, family members and the media when it comes to key parenting topics, a recent study found.

Health Tip: When Heel Pain is Afoot

(HealthDay News) -- Pain in the heel may range from a minor nuisance to disabling.

Health Tip: Triggers of Swimmer's Ear

(HealthDay News) -- Swimmer's ear occurs when water becomes trapped inside. This can cause pain, inflammation and infection.