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September 13, 2013

Atlanta Women Offers Hope for Psoriasis Sufferers

FRIDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Alisha Bridges spent most of her life covering up and hiding. She didn't want the world to see the scaly patches of psoriasis that cover a significant portion of her body.

Treatment Options Expand for Psoriasis Patients

FRIDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- For the legions of Americans living with the red, scaly patches of psoriasis, doctors have good news.

Health Tip: Identifying a Learning Disability

(HealthDay News) -- Parents of school-age children may notice symptoms that could signal a learning disability. So what are worried parents to do?

Health Tip: Going Meatless

(HealthDay News) -- If you're ready to stop eating meat, it's time to start figuring out your new menu that includes all of the necessary nutrients.

Vitamin D Deficiency Often Seen in Traumatic Bone Breaks

FRIDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Low levels of vitamin D are commonly found in people who suffer traumatic bone fractures, according to a new study.

Informed Patients Can Help Stem Antibiotic Overuse

FRIDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- A local, low-cost information campaign that was primarily aimed at patients -- although involving doctors and pharmacists as well -- helped reduce antibiotic prescribing, according to a new study from Italy.

4 Factors Predict Diabetes Remission After Surgery: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- A simple scoring system can predict whether an obese patient might achieve diabetes remission within five years after weight-loss surgery, according to researchers.

Teens' Antisocial Texts May Foretell Bad Behavior

FRIDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who text about bad behaviors such as drug use or fighting are more likely to actually engage in those behaviors as well, a new study finds.

Study: Predominantly Black Nursing Homes Deliver Poorer Care

FRIDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. nursing homes with a high proportion of black residents appear to deliver poorer care and perform worse financially than homes with no or few minority patients, a new study suggests.

Bilinguals Increase Their Mental Flexibility, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- People who are bilingual, or speak two languages, likely have more mental flexibility than those who speak just one language, according to a new study.

Older Age May Mean Fewer Hangovers

FRIDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Here's some good news for anyone who's ever woken up fuzzy-headed and bleary-eyed after a night of heavy boozing: New research suggests that hangovers fade with age.

FDA Panel Backs Wider Use of Drug to Treat Early Stage Breast Cancer

THURSDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. advisers endorsed on Thursday the broader use of a drug already used to treat advanced breast cancer that also appears to shrink early stage breast tumors.

Health Highlights: Sept. 13, 2013

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

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