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August 12, 2014

Health Tip: School Bus Safety

(HealthDay News) -- Before your child reluctantly participates in the first day of school, take a few minutes to establish some bus safety rules.

Health Tip: Dressing for Fitness Success

(HealthDay News) -- Dressing appropriately for your exercise workout can help make the experience more enjoyable and comfortable.

Obese More Likely to Survive Serious Bloodstream Infection

TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese seniors are more likely to survive a life-threatening bloodstream infection called sepsis than those who are at a normal weight, according to a new study.

Preemies' Thinking Skills May Catch Up by Adolescence

TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new Australian study offers some potentially reassuring news to parents of preemies who are worried about their child's intellectual development: By adolescence, many of these infants appear to catch up to classmates who weren't born early.

What's the Best Way to Brush Your Teeth?

TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you're unsure about the best way to brush your teeth, you're unlikely to get much help from experts.

Bone Drugs Don't Lower Breast Cancer Risk After All, Study Finds

MONDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs known as bisphosphonates, commonly prescribed to treat the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis, don't appear to reduce the risk of breast cancer as previously thought, new research finds.

FDA Approves Highly Accurate At-Home Colon Cancer Test

MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new at-home, DNA-based stool test that screens for colorectal cancer with more than 90 percent accuracy.

Health Highlights: Aug. 12, 2014

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

WHO Experts Give Nod to Using Untested Ebola Drugs

TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A panel of ethicists specially appointed by the World Health Organization says it is ethical to give untested treatments to people battling Ebola in the current outbreak.

Robin Williams' Death Shines Light on Depression, Substance Abuse

TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The apparent suicide Monday of Academy Award-winning actor and comic star Robin Williams has refocused public attention on depression, its sometimes link to substance abuse and, in tragic cases, suicide.

New Colorectal Cancer Screening Test Approved

TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A screening test for colorectal cancer that can detect red blood cells and abnormal DNA in a person's stool has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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