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October 02, 2014

Most Who Abuse Painkillers Are Unprepared If Overdose Strikes: Study

THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although teens and young adults who abuse prescription painkillers face a high risk of overdose, most don't know how to respond when one occurs, new research shows.

Health Tip: If Your Child's Grades Are Dropping

(HealthDay News) -- If your child is suddenly struggling with school performance, the cause may be a physical health problem.

Health Tip: Choosing Mouth-Healthy Foods

(HealthDay News) -- For healthier teeth and gums, choose foods and beverages that are friendlier to your mouth.

Study Compares Tissue-Based or Mechanical Replacement Heart Valves

THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When the heart's aortic valves cease to work properly, surgeons often use replacement valves to help restore proper cardiac function.

Kids With Autism Tend to Be Less Active, Study Says

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism are more sedentary than those without the disorder, but they're fully capable of being more active, a small study suggests.

Human Brain's Cerebellum Evolved at Surprising Speed, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The size of the cerebellum in the brains of apes and humans grew six times faster during evolution than previously believed, researchers report.

Smoke-Free Subsidized Housing Could Save Nearly $500 Million

THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Making all government-subsidized housing in the United States smoke-free could save nearly half a billion dollars a year in health care and housing-related costs, a new study indicates.

42 States Reporting Respiratory Virus That Targets Kids

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Forty-two states and the District of Columbia now have a total of 500 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, the severe respiratory illness that has been infecting children since the summer, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

Health Highlights: Oct. 2, 2014

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

More Than 80 People Being Monitored for Ebola in Texas

THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health officials in Texas said Thursday that more than 80 people who came into contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan are now being monitored for symptoms of the often fatal disease.

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