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October 24, 2014

Childhood Peanut Allergy May Be Linked to Skin Gene Mutation

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infants with a specific skin gene mutation who are exposed to peanut protein in household dust may be more likely to develop a peanut allergy, according to a new study.

Nurse Nina Pham Declared 'Free' of Ebola Virus

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nina Pham, the first of two Dallas nurses to be infected with Ebola while caring for a patient, is now free of the virus, officials at the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced Friday.

Could Air Pollutants Raise a Child's Autism Risk?

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to two air toxins -- chromium and styrene -- while in the womb and during the first two years of life may have increased odds of developing autism, according to a new study.

Cadavers Beat Computers as Med School Teaching Tool, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cadavers are better than a computer simulation of the human body for teaching anatomy to college students, a new study says.

Health Highlights: Oct. 24, 2014

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

Multiple Drug Use Raises Infection Risk for 'Swinging' Couples

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Multiple drug use put couples who "swing" at increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), a new study shows.

Teens Who Dine With Their Families May Be Slimmer Adults

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For those teens who try to avoid spending time with their parents and siblings, new research suggests that sitting down for family meals might help them stay slim as adults.

Health Tip: When Your Child Needs to Lose Weight

(HealthDay News) -- If your child is overweight, be sure to teach him or her about the importance of a nutritious diet and regular exercise. You also should offer plenty of support and avoid pressuring your youngster.

Health Tip: Watch the Road on Halloween

(HealthDay News) -- On Halloween, excited trick-or-treaters can pose significant hazards for drivers, especially in residential areas.

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Experts Predict 'Catastrophic' Ebola Epidemic in West Africa If Aid Delayed

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A large influx of international aid is needed, and soon, if West Africa is to avoid tens of thousands of deaths from the widening Ebola crisis, a team of Yale University researchers predict.

Beware Claims That Activated Charcoal Can Cure Gut Troubles

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A man who hoped to detoxify his body with a supplement known as activated charcoal may have instead triggered a case of the intestinal disorder known as colitis.

Study Finds Kidney Stones Linked to Weakened Bones

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney stone patients may be at increased risk for broken bones and may require treatment to protect their bone health, a new study suggests.

Disease Severity in One Eye May Predict Progression in the Other

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The severity of age-related macular degeneration in one eye is associated with the risk of developing the disease and its progression in the other eye, a new study finds.

Gestational Diabetes May Influence Daughter's Weight Later

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Daughters of women who developed gestational diabetes while pregnant may be at increased risk for being obese later in childhood, a new study suggests.

Gene Scan Helps Diagnose Mystery Disorders in Children

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new test that scans all of a person's genes to pinpoint a single mutation can help identify rare genetic disorders in children, a new study shows.

Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely, Experts Say

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Riding a bus or an elevator full of sniffles, coughs and sneezes is one of the more unpleasant aspects of the flu season.