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December 22, 2014

Wearable, Doc-Prescribed Monitors May Help Spot High Blood Pressure

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People suspected of having high blood pressure may soon be asked to wear what's known as an "ambulatory" blood pressure monitor for a day or so to confirm the diagnosis, according to draft recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Weight Training Key to Battling Belly Fat as You Age: Study

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you want to battle belly fat as you age, new research suggests you need to add weight training to your exercise regimen.

Concussion Laws Helping Student-Athletes, Study Finds

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A large increase in the number of U.S. school-age athletes receiving treatment for concussions is likely due to new laws and increased public awareness, a new study suggests.

Excess Weight May Help Heart Failure Patients, Study Contends

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese heart-failure patients appear to live longer than people of normal weight who develop the disabling condition, a new study suggests.

Opdivo Approved for Advanced Melanoma

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Opdivo (nivolumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced melanoma skin cancer that has either spread or can't be treated with surgery, the agency said Monday.

Americans Buying Fewer Sugary, Pre-Packaged Desserts

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are buying fewer pre-packaged baked goods, such as pies, cakes and cookies, new research shows.

Tablets and E-readers May Disrupt Your Sleep

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who receive a tablet or e-book reader for the holidays might wind up spending some sleepless nights because of their new gadget.

Antiviral Combination Approved for Hepatitis C

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Viekira Pak, a combination of four antiviral drugs -- ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir and dasabuvir -- has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat hepatitis C infection, including a major complication, cirrhosis of the liver.

Rapivab Approved to Help Treat Flu

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Rapivab (peramivir) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat influenza.

Immune System May Play Role in Obesity

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Certain immune system cells may play an important role in weight control, an early study suggests.

Certain Antibiotic/Statin Combos May Be Unsafe Mix: Study

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who take the antibiotic Biaxin (clarithromycin) along with certain types of cholesterol-lowering statins are at risk for drug interaction side effects that can lead to hospitalization or even death, a new study suggests.

Different Gene Mutations May Determine Severity, Type of Autism

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Different types of gene mutations may play a role in the severity and type of autism, new research suggests.

Health Highlights: Dec. 22, 2014

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

Combination Antibiotic Zerbaxa Approved

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The combination antibiotic Zerbaxa (ceftolozane/tazobactam) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with complicated abdominal infections and complicated urinary tract infections.

Bone Drugs May Protect Against Endometrial Cancer

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Bisphosphonates, which are drugs that treat bone loss, may lower the risk of endometrial cancer, new research suggests.

Mother's Depression Tied to Later Delinquency in Kids

MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens are more likely to smoke, drink and use marijuana -- and to do so at an earlier age -- if their mothers were depressed when the kids were in grade school, a new study says.

Health Tip: Finding Time for Fitness

(HealthDay News) -- Struggling to fit in 30 minutes of daily exercise?

Health Tip: Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea

(HealthDay News) -- Sleep apnea causes brief disruptions in breathing as you sleep. It can lead to any of the dangers of sleep deprivation, such as daytime fatigue.