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March 17, 2011

Health Tip: Reduce Your Baby's Risk of SIDS

(HealthDay News) -- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) occurs when an infant under the age of 1 year dies without an explainable cause.

Health Tip: Soothe Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- The added pounds of pregnancy can take a toll on your whole body, but your feet bear the brunt of that baby weight.

Rat Study Sheds Light on How Alcohol Affects Young Brain

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- Based on the results of a new study conducted with rats, researchers say that kids who drink alcohol may have trouble with decision-making in adulthood.

Shar-Pei Dogs Shed Light on Human Fever Syndromes

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- The gene mutation responsible for the wrinkled skin of Shar-Pei dogs is also linked to a periodic fever disorder, a finding that could have important implications for human health, researchers report.

Young Adults May Need 'Safety Net'

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- It's normal and healthy for parents to provide their 20-something children with financial and housing assistance, according to a new study.

Germs Thrive on Horns Passed Around in School Bands: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 16 (HealthDay News) -- Tooting another's horn may pose a health threat to children participating in their school's band, a new study suggests.

Models' Photos May Spur Mixed Messages About Body Image

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- Even though it may make them feel flawed, people will look at images of male and female models if they believe they can achieve the same look, says a new study.

Not Even Experts Agree on Safety of Airport Scanners

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term health dangers from the type of airport body scanners that emit radiation are tiny, experts say, but disagreement lingers over the collective cancer risks because of the sheer mass of travelers who pass through them every year.

Stem Cell Therapy Shrinks Enlarged Hearts

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- The promise of stem cell therapy may have gotten a little closer to reality, with researchers reporting that they've used the cells to help shrink hearts that were dangerously swollen after heart attacks.

Gene Therapy May Help Reverse Parkinson's Symptoms

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting-edge gene therapy on Parkinson's disease patients significantly improved the tremors, rigidity and other motor skill problems that are hallmarks of the illness, a small new study reports.

Parents Often Confused About Kids' Health Coverage

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- Many American children who qualify for public health insurance may be missing out on coverage because their parents are confused about enrollment and eligibility, new research indicates.

Better Laws Needed to Curb Teen Tanning Bed Use: Report

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say current laws don't curb American teens' use of indoor tanning and that parents' attitudes about indoor tanning have a large influence on their children.

Health Highlights: March 17, 2011

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

HIV Infection Passed Via Donated Kidney: U.S. Report

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- A recent case in New York City of HIV transmission between a living kidney donor and a transplant recipient highlights the need to revise national policy on the type and timing of HIV tests used to screen living organ donors, say the authors of a new case study.

Rush to Buy Iodide Pills Unnecessary in U.S., Experts Say

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- As people across the United States rush to buy potassium iodide pills to protect themselves against any possible radiation exposure from Japan's nuclear plant crisis, experts stress there's no need for the pills since there is little danger that Americans are at any risk.

Clinical Trials Update: March 17, 2011

(HealthDay News) -- Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of ClinicalConnection.com:

ADHD's Upside: Greater Creativity?

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- The distractibility and impulsiveness that is the hallmark of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have a silver lining, according to a new study that suggests those with the disorder are more creative than those without.

Menthol Cigarettes Marketed as 'Healthier,' FDA Panel Says

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- Marketing messages for menthol cigarettes disproportionately target youths and blacks and are crafted to imply that menthols are safer than other cigarettes, although they are not, according to a newly released draft section of a long awaited FDA advisory committee's report.

Analysis Confirms Avandia May Harm the Heart

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new analysis confirms that those who take the diabetes drug Avandia are more likely to develop heart problems and die than those who take a similar type of diabetes medication.