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August 19, 2013

Health Tip: Foods That May Harbor Listeria

(HealthDay News) -- Listeria, a bacterium that may lead to a form of food poisoning, is unusual in that it can thrive in the cold temperatures of your refrigerator, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says.

Health Tip: Protect Kids From Mercury Exposure

(HealthDay News) -- Mercury is commonly used in household items such as thermometers, and it may be found in high quantities in some types of fish.

Epilepsy Drug Warnings May Slip Through Cracks

MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- One-fifth of U.S. neurologists are unaware of serious safety risks associated with epilepsy drugs and are potentially risking the health of patients who could be treated with safer medications, a new study reveals.

Insulin Pumps Better Than Injections for Kids With Type 1 Diabetes: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Devices called insulin pumps may work better at controlling blood sugar in children with type 1 diabetes than insulin injections, a new study finds.

Heart Failure Survival May Get a Boost From Doctor's Visit

MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- One way for recently discharged heart failure patients to boost their survival odds is to see a doctor within the first month after leaving the hospital, a new study finds.

Plastics Chemicals May Boost Kids' Risk for Obesity, Diabetes

MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Chemicals used in plastic food wraps and containers could be contributing to childhood diabetes and obesity, two new studies claim.

Autism May Be Overlooked in Young Latino Children

MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Latino children typically are diagnosed with autism more than two years later than white children, and new research suggests that language-appropriate screenings and access to autism specialists are two big factors in that delay.

Medical Lessons Learned From the Boston Bombing

MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Prompt and liberal use of X-rays and CT scans is critical for assessing the injuries of blast victims, concludes a researcher who reviewed the medical response to the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing.

Health Highlights: Aug. 19, 2013

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

U.S. Lyme Disease Cases Vastly Underreported: CDC

MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- About 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, which is about 10 times higher than the number of cases reported each year to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a new report.

More Cases Reported in Stomach Bug Outbreak

MONDAY, Aug. 19 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials are continuing to search for the source of a nationwide stomach bug outbreak as the number of cases has climbed to 586, with illnesses reported in 20 states.

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