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May 15, 2013

Health Tip: Lactase May Be Hiding in Food

(HealthDay News) -- Lactase is an enzyme that is typically found in milk and other dairy foods. It's also added to many non-dairy products, which is bad news for people who can't digest the enzyme properly. The condition is known as lactose intolerance.

Health Tip: Pay Attention to Baby's Communication

(HealthDay News) -- Young infants may not be able to speak, but that doesn't mean they're not trying to communicate.

Health Tip: Exercise With Allergies and Asthma

(HealthDay News) -- Exercise is a good idea for anyone, but it poses special challenges for people with allergies and asthma.

Yoga May Help Ease High Blood Pressure, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- People who follow the ancient practice of yoga may be getting an added health boost, with a new study suggesting it can fight high blood pressure -- also known as hypertension.

Noisy Operating Rooms May Jeopardize Patient Safety

WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- Background noise in the operating room -- such as the sounds of surgical equipment, chatter or music -- can affect surgeons' ability to understand what is being said to them and might result in a breakdown of communication among surgical team members, according to a new study.

Gene Variations May Explain Weight Gain Among Men, Women

WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- Weight gain in men and women is predicted by two different genetic variations -- so-called polymorphisms, according to a new study from the Netherlands.

People With High Blood Pressure May Crave Salt

WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- High-salt diets have long been linked to high blood pressure, but new research finds that those with the condition may have a far greater preference for salty foods than those with normal blood pressure.

Cellphone Calls During Blood Pressure Readings May Skew Results

WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- New Italian research offers some cautionary advice for patients with high blood pressure: The next time you take a blood pressure reading, turn off your cellphone.

Combo Drug Therapy May Work Best to Strengthen Bones: Study

TUESDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- A new combination drug therapy for osteoporosis appears to increase bone density more effectively than any treatment now on the market, according to the results of a small clinical trial.

Erectile Dysfunction Tied to Long-Term Narcotic Use in Men

WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a man, the pain-killing medications known as opioids may do more than relieve pain -- they may also put a damper on your sex life.

Health Highlights: May 15, 2013

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

FDA: Lower Ambien's Dose to Prevent Drowsy Driving

WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved new, lower-dose labeling for the popular sleep drug Ambien (zolpidem) in an effort to cut down on daytime drowsiness that could be a hazard while performing certain tasks such as driving.

FDA Approves New Drug to Fight Advanced Prostate Cancer

WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it has approved a drug to help men with advanced prostate cancer whose disease has spread to the bones.

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