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September 19, 2013

Health Tip: Do You Need Frequent Cholesterol Screenings?

(HealthDay News) -- High cholesterol increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says current guidelines recommend that adults 20 or older be screened every five years.

Health Tip: Treating Psoriasis on the Feet

(HealthDay News) -- Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes red, flaky patches on the skin. It frequently occurs on the bottoms of the feet.

Imaging Provides New Insights Into Schizophrenia

THURSDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A new imaging study reveals abnormalities in the white matter of brains of people with schizophrenia.

Medical Harm Occurs in Nearly 43 Million Hospital Cases Each Year

THURSDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 43 million cases of patients being harmed by medical care in hospitals occur worldwide each year, and two-thirds of those cases occur in low- and middle-income countries, a new review reveals.

Braces Seem to Benefit Many Kids With High-Risk Scoliosis

THURSDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- For most children who otherwise might need surgery for scoliosis -- curvature of the spine -- having them wear a brace helps prevent their condition from worsening to the point where an operation is needed, a new study says.

Shorter Radiation Course Appears Effective for Early Breast Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18 (HealthDay News) -- In women with early breast cancer, three weeks of high-dose radiation is as effective as the current standard -- five weeks of lower-dose treatment, British researchers say.

Incontinence Surgery Bests Physical Therapy in Trial

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Stress urinary incontinence is a common problem among women, and new research suggests that surgery might be a better first-line treatment than pelvic muscle strengthening.

FDA Airs Plan to Strengthen Rules for Imported Foods

THURSDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- The public will have its first chance Thursday and Friday to weigh in on new federal rules aimed at improving the safety of food imported into the United States.

Health Highlights: Sept. 19, 2013

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

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