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January 27, 2015

Concussions Linked to Memory Loss in Study of Retired NFL Players

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Concussions may damage areas of the brain related to memory in National Football League players. And that damage might linger long after the players leave the sport, according to a small study.

MRI Improves Prostate Cancer Biopsy Accuracy, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prostate biopsies that combine MRI technology with ultrasound appear to give men better information regarding the seriousness of their cancer, a new study suggests.

Daily Drinking May Raise Risk of Liver Cirrhosis, Study Warns

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Daily drinking increases the risk of alcohol-related liver cirrhosis, a new study found.

Prostate Cancer Patients Who Smoke Fare Worse, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking doubles the chances that a prostate cancer patient will see his disease spread and that he will eventually die from his illness, a new study finds.

A Son's Struggles and Triumphs After Premature Birth

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Elise Jackson remembers very clearly the day her son was born: It was May 8, 2002, and Elijah had arrived 15 weeks before his due date.

Blood Transfusions During Heart Surgery May Up Pneumonia Risk

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Receiving a blood transfusion during heart bypass surgery may raise a patient's risk of pneumonia, researchers report.

Health Highlights: Jan. 27, 2015

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

Health Tip: Dealing With Nighttime Accidents

(HealthDay News) -- Bedwetting is common among children who are learning to use the potty. Experts say it's important for parents to handle accidents carefully, without embarrassing the child.

Health Tip: Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections Among Children

(HealthDay News) -- There are things parents can do to help prevent urinary tract infections among children.

Don't Become a Blizzard Casualty

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The blizzard conditions and frigid cold blanketing the U.S. Northeast pose numerous health threats, a doctor warns.

Yesterday

FDA OKs First Generic Version of Heartburn Drug Nexium

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The first generic version of the heartburn drug Nexium (esomeprazole) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Generic Form of Nexium Approved

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The first generic version of the heartburn drug Nexium (esomeprazole) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Many Breast Cancer Patients Lack Info on Their Cancer

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many women with breast cancer lack basic knowledge about their disease, such as their cancer stage and other characteristics, according to a new study.

Prolonged High Cholesterol in Middle Age Raises Heart Risk Later: Study

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many folks in their 30s and 40s chow down on burgers, fried chicken and other fatty foods without fear, figuring they have years before they need to worry about their cholesterol levels.

Insomnia Linked to High Blood Pressure in Study

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic insomnia may be at increased risk for high blood pressure, a new study from China suggests.

Thyroid Trouble May Harm Women's Fertility, Study Finds

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study supports the notion that thyroid disorders can cause significant reproductive problems for women.

Use of Certain Allergy, Depression Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term and/or high-dose use of a class of medications used for hay fever, depression and other ills has been linked in a new study to a higher risk of dementia.

ER Patients With Chest Pain May Not Always Need Heart Tests: Study

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients seen in emergency rooms solely for chest pain, noninvasive screening tests may not always predict future heart trouble, a new study suggests.