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October 1, 2014

Free, Long-Acting Contraceptives May Greatly Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rate

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Giving teenage girls free birth control -- especially long-acting implanted devices -- could slash pregnancy and abortion rates to well below the current U.S. average, new findings suggest.

Infant's Early Diet Doesn't Change Celiac Disease Risk, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A newborn's risk of developing celiac disease isn't reduced by breast-feeding. Nor will delaying the introduction of a protein found in wheat called gluten to an infant's diet help prevent celiac disease.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.