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November 17, 2014

Air Pollution May Be Linked to Higher Rates of Kidney Disease

SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may be linked to higher rates of chronic kidney disease, new research suggests.

Health Tip: What's Behind Your Sore Throat?

(HealthDay News) -- A sore throat has a litany of possible causes, including an allergy, air pollution, dry air or exposure to tobacco smoke.

Health Tip: Cutting Back on Salt

(HealthDay News) -- Too much salt can boost your blood pressure and spur related complications such as heart failure.

Emotional Stress Affects Women's Hearts

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Emotional stress is more likely to physically impact younger women with heart disease compared to men with heart disease and seniors of both genders, new research shows.

ER Visits for Common Irregular Heartbeat Are Rising, Study Finds

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's been a steep increase in the number of Americans seeking emergency care for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, a new study finds.

More Americans Controlling Their High Blood Pressure

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of Americans with high blood pressure are keeping their condition under control, a new U.S. government study reports.

Trust Is Key to Curbing West Africa Ebola Outbreak, Study Finds

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Gaining peoples' trust is key to efforts by health workers to rein in the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, a new study suggests.

Young Children, Energy Drinks a Dangerous Mix

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The potential dangers of energy drinks, those highly caffeinated beverages that promise to stave off sleepiness, are well known, but a new study suggests that even young children are at risk.

Are Women More Likely to Survive Cardiac Arrest?

SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiac arrest is most often fatal, but research is conflicting on whether women have better survival odds than men.

Could Too Much Medication for Irregular Heartbeat Raise Dementia Risk?

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with atrial fibrillation who are overtreated with anti-clotting drugs may be doubling their risk for dementia, a new study suggests.

Asthma Raises Heart Attack Risk, Research Suggests

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from asthma who have to take medication every day to control it may face an increased risk of heart attack, new research suggests.

Exercise, Physical Therapy May Help Ease Pain of Arthritis

SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise and physical therapy may benefit people with hip and knee arthritis, new research suggests.

Running Won't Raise Risk of Knee Arthritis, Study Says

SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular running doesn't seem to increase your chances of developing knee osteoarthritis, and it may even help prevent the disease, researchers report.

Certain Heart Attacks Are Deadlier in Hospital

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that patients are more likely to die of a certain type of heart attack if they suffer it in a hospital while being treated for non-cardiac conditions.

Could Flu Raise Risk of Fatal Artery Tear?

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Influenza is a nasty virus in its own right. But, it might also increase a person's risk of suffering a life-threatening tear in the body's most important artery, a new study suggests.

Every Kiss Begins With 80 Million Germs

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A kiss isn't just a kiss: It's also an opportunity to transfer millions of germs.

CPR Phone Guidance Boosts Cardiac Arrest Survival, Study Says

SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Talking bystanders through CPR methods for a cardiac emergency during a 911 call can significantly boost survival rates, a new study suggests.

Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Give Your Heart an Unwelcome Buzz

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- That whiff of pot that drifts your way at a rock concert or outdoor event could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, preliminary research suggests.

Feeling 'Worn Out'? Your Heart May Pay the Price

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Otherwise healthy people on the verge of burning out are more likely to develop heart disease, according to new research.

Home Cooking Helps Keep the Calories Down

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research on healthy eating has found that home cooking is better than restaurant fare, and that kids who are offered more nutritious food in school cafeterias rarely eat it.

Head Trauma in Abused Babies, Toddlers Can Have Lifelong Impact

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Half of children who experience a severe abusive head trauma before the age of 5 will die before they turn 21, according to a new study.

Many Teens Suffer 'Cyber' Dating Abuse, Study Suggests

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many teens are abused online by the people they're dating, a new study suggests.

Preterm-Birth Complications Leading Global Killer of Young Children

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 3,000 children under the age of 5 die worldwide each day from preterm birth complications, making it the leading cause of death among young children, a new study reports.

Could Wine, Chocolate Help Shield Your Heart From Smog?

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A diet rich in chocolate, wine, fruits and vegetables may help protect people from heart disease caused by air pollution, new research suggests.

Heart Device May Cut Stroke Risk in Those With Irregular Heartbeat: Study

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new implanted heart device might be more effective than blood-thinning medications in reducing stroke risk for people suffering from the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation, researchers report.

Deaths From Heart Disease Down, Up for Blood Pressure, Irregular Heartbeat

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths from heart disease are dropping, but deaths related to high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats are on the rise, a new government study finds.

Health Highlights: Nov. 17, 2014

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

Doctor With Ebola Dies at Nebraska Hospital

MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A doctor from Sierra Leone who became infected with Ebola in his native country died Monday morning at a specialized hospital in Nebraska.

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