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September 15, 2014

Older Patients More Likely to Fill Prescriptions for Generic Statins: Study

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Patients prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to fill their prescriptions and gain health benefits if the medications are cheaper generic brands, new research suggests.

Male Pattern Baldness Tied to Prostate Cancer, Study Suggests

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Men with male pattern baldness may face a higher risk of developing an aggressive type of prostate cancer than men with no balding, a new study suggests.

Study Sees Differences in Brain Connections of Kids With ADHD

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Key connections between brain networks seem to mature more slowly in young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new study.

Blood Pressure Seems to Stay Lower Longer in Fitter Men

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Aerobic exercise leading to strong heart fitness can delay a man's onset of age-related high blood pressure by nearly a decade, a new study suggests.

Study Ties Multiple Births to Higher Costs, Complications

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Births of multiple babies cost more and pose greater risks for complications and death than singleton births, researchers report.

Heart Docs Don't Recommend Routine ECGs for Young Athletes

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. heart experts recommend doctors use a 14-point checklist rather than an electrocardiogram (ECG) when evaluating young people for underlying heart disease that could result in sudden cardiac arrest.

Chest Radiation May Help Fight Some Advanced Lung Cancers: Study

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adding chest radiation to chemotherapy allows some people with small-cell lung cancer to live longer and cuts recurrence rates by nearly 50 percent, European researchers report.

Heart Attack Patients Face Greater Death Risk if Any Treatment Step Missed: Study

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who've had a heart attack are at greater risk of death if even one of nine critical steps in their treatment is missed, according to a new study.

Not Everyone With Alzheimer's-Linked Protein Develops Dementia: Study

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The human brain may have a way to compensate for the build-up of a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. That could help explain why some older people who have beta-amyloid deposits do not develop dementia, California researchers report.

Kids' Severe Respiratory Virus Confirmed in Northeast

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The severe respiratory virus believed to have sickened hundreds of U.S. children in Midwestern and Western states has now spread to the Northeast, health officials report.

New Gene Variants for Prostate Cancer Identified

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An international team of scientists has identified 23 new genetic variants linked to a greater risk for prostate cancer.

Kids Prescribed Antibiotics Twice as Often as Needed, Study Finds

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatricians prescribe antibiotics about twice as often as they're actually needed for children with ear and throat infections, a new study indicates.

Small Number of Drugs Behind Kids' Accidental Poisonings: CDC

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A relatively small number of medications are responsible for sending thousands of young children to the hospital for accidental ingestion, a U.S. government study finds.

Walking, Biking to Work Seems to Have Mental Health Benefits

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Trading the gas pedal for foot power or bike power to get to your job can also improve your mental health, British researchers report.

Health Highlights: Sept. 15, 2014

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

Health Tip: Avoiding Computer Strain

(HealthDay News) -- If you aren't positioned correctly at the computer, you may be left with some serious strains, aches and pains.

Health Tip: Reduce Your Child's Risk of Ear Infection

(HealthDay News) -- Children seem particularly prone to ear infections, but there are things parents can do to help lower a child's risk.

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