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April 23, 2013

Health Tip: Ready to Run?

(HealthDay News) -- Going out for a run, as with any form of exercise, requires some physical and mental preparation.

Health Tip: Before You Dine at the Fair

(HealthDay News) -- Fairs and festivals have lots of fun things to do, and usually make you hungry by meal time.

No Benefit From Screening All Patients for Suicide Risk: Report

TUESDAY, April 23 (HealthDay News) -- After completing a review of existing research, an expert panel has determined that there is not enough evidence to recommend that all teens and adults be screened for suicide risk factors.

Deadly Meningitis Cases Worry Gay Community

TUESDAY, April 23 (HealthDay News) -- A series of bacterial meningitis cases in Southern California and New York City, resulting in the deaths of several gay men, have set the gay community on edge. However, preliminary tests suggest the cases on each coast aren't connected.

Prescription Drug Abuse Up Among U.S. Teens: Survey

TUESDAY, April 23 (HealthDay News) -- The United States appears to be in the throes of a prescription drug abuse crisis among teens, with a new survey showing that 24 percent of high school students -- more than 5 million kids -- have abused these medications.

Shrinkage of Brain Region May Signal Onset of Multiple Sclerosis

TUESDAY, April 23 (HealthDay News) -- Atrophy of a key brain area may become a new biomarker to predict the onset of multiple sclerosis, researchers say. If so, that would add to established criteria such as the presence of brain lesions to diagnose the progressive, incurable disorder.

'Misdiagnosis' Leading Cause of U.S. Malpractice Payouts: Study

MONDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) -- Missed or wrong diagnoses made up the lion's share of U.S. malpractice payouts -- which totaled nearly $39 billion -- during the past 25 years, finds a new study of more than 350,000 claims.

Many Parents Give Kids Cold Medicines When They Shouldn't, Survey Finds

TUESDAY, April 23 (HealthDay News) -- More than 40 percent of American parents give over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to kids under age 4 even though they're too young for such products, a new survey finds.

Health Highlights: April 23, 2013

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

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