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November 20, 2012

Health Tip: Using a Generator Safely

(HealthDay News) -- A portable generator can be a great source of power and comfort during electrical outages. But it's vital to take precautions to prevent deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.

Health Tip: Enjoying Thanksgiving Leftovers

(HealthDay News) -- One of the best parts of Thanksgiving may be enjoying the dinner leftovers.

U.S. Task Force Backs HIV Screening for All 15 to 65

TUESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should screen all people aged 15 to 65 for HIV, as well as younger and older people who are at increased risk for infection with the virus that causes AIDS, according to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation.

Discontinued Meds May Still Get Dispensed

TUESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors sometimes fail to inform a pharmacist that a patient has been taken off a medication, and the pharmacist continues to refill the patient's prescription for the drug, a new study finds.

Supplement Use Widespread Among Americans

TUESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A new survey estimates that one in seven people in the United States regularly takes supplements that aren't vitamins or minerals -- such as fish oil, echinacea or ginseng -- but only 30 percent of them have had a doctor or nurse recommend supplements.

Meningitis/Steroid Toll Now 34 Dead

TUESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The ongoing meningitis outbreak tied to tainted steroid injections has reached 490 cases, and another person has died, bringing the total fatalities to 34, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday.

Health Highlights: Nov. 20, 2012

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

Airport Smoking Areas Expose Travelers, Workers to Risk: CDC

TUESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of secondhand smoke outside smoking rooms and other designated smoking areas in airports are five times higher than in smoke-free airports, a new U.S. study finds.

AIDS Deaths, New HIV Infections Continue to Drop Worldwide

TUESDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- International health officials on Tuesday reported continued headway against HIV/AIDS -- not only with a drop in the number of new HIV infections, but also a dramatic rise in the number of people in treatment.

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