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October 25, 2013

Health Tip: Having Balance Problems?

(HealthDay News) -- Balance problems may be hard to identify, since it's often difficult to describe symptoms to a doctor.

Health Tip: Establish Healthy Bowel Habits

(HealthDay News) -- Your digestive system plays a key role in your overall health.

Some 'High-Risk' Kidneys May Be Safe for Organ Transplant: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Many kidneys from deceased donors that are classified as "high-risk" are safe if the organs are screened using current methods, according to a small new study.

Ultrasound Device May Improve Emergency Stroke Care: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The use of a hands-free ultrasound device in combination with a clot-busting drug appears safe for patients with a common kind of stroke, a small, new study finds.

Saturday Is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

FRIDAY, Oct. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Do you have any expired or unused prescription medicines cluttering up your medicine cabinet? You can get rid of them safely and quickly at sites across the United States during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday.

Good News for Caregivers: You May Live Longer

FRIDAY, Oct. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Conflicting with mounds of previous findings, new research suggests that family caregivers actually live slightly longer than non-caregivers.

Kids With Head Injuries May Be Prone to Depression

FRIDAY, Oct. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Children who've suffered a concussion or other head injury seem to have a much higher-than-average rate of depression, a new study finds.

Blood Test for Pancreatic Cancer Shows Promise in Early Trial

FRIDAY, Oct. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal tumor types because it's too often diagnosed in a later, advanced stage. But a new study suggests that a simple blood test might help spot the disease earlier.

FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers

THURSDAY, Oct. 24 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recommended tighter controls on prescriptions for painkillers such as Vicodin and Lortab that contain the powerful narcotic hydrocodone.

Health Highlights: Oct. 25, 2013

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

Brain-Imaging Drug Approved for Alzheimer's Detection

FRIDAY, Oct. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Vizamyl (flutemetamol F 18 injection) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use with positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of the brain to screen adults for signs of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

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