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May 16, 2015

Using 'Heartphone' to Detect Cardiac Irregularity

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smartphones could help improve detection and management of the common heart rhythm problem called atrial fibrillation, researchers say.

How Safe Is Exercise for Those With Common Irregular Heartbeat?

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- "Safe" levels of exercise differ for men and women with the common heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation, new research reports.

Health Tip: The Effects of Long-Term Alcohol Abuse

(HealthDay News) -- Chronic excessive drinking can take a major toll on your health.

Health Tip: Coping With Diarrhea From Chemo

(HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy treatment can lead to a host of digestive problems, including diarrhea.

Early Menopause Tied to Lower Risk of Irregular Heartbeat

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who go through menopause at a relatively young age may have a slightly lower risk of developing a common heart rhythm disturbance, new research suggests.

Learning Daily Skills Prepares Kids With Autism for Adult Life

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with autism have a better chance of finding and keeping a job if they can effectively perform basic daily tasks, such as bathing, brushing their teeth, cleaning and preparing meals, new research reveals.

Single Moms Report Poorer Health Later in Life

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are single mothers before age 50 may be at increased risk for poor health later in life, according to a new study.

Clowning Around May Be Good Medicine for Kids Facing Surgery

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If laughter is the best medicine, that may be doubly true for kids undergoing surgery who were cheered up by visiting clowns, a new Israeli study suggests.

Men Should Be Screened for Osteoporosis, Too

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Men are far less likely than women to be screened for osteoporosis, even though they are more likely to suffer worse consequences from the bone-thinning condition, a new study finds.

Too Much, Too Little Sleep May Up Stroke Risk for Those With High Blood Pressure

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with high blood pressure who sleep less than five hours or more than eight hours each night may have significantly higher odds of a stroke, new research suggests.

Smoking Ups Risk of Complications From Urologic Cancers: Study

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Current and former smokers have more complications from major surgery for some urology-related cancers, according to new research.

Even in Later Life, Exercise Seems to Pay Dividends

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A little exercise late in life may help men live longer, new research from Norway suggests.

Even Elite Athletes May Have Heart Abnormalities

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even the best athletes in the world can have potentially fatal heart defects, a new study says.

Botox Eases Overactive Bladder, 2 Studies Find

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although Botox has long been used to smooth aging skin, new research finds that the muscle relaxant is also a useful treatment for urinary incontinence.

World's Tiniest Pacemaker Seems Safe, Effective in Trial

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The world's smallest pacemaker is safe and effective in patients with a slow heart rhythm, according to the first human clinical trial of the device.

Probiotic Supplements May Contain Traces of Gluten

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many probiotic products contain traces of gluten and could cause problems for people with celiac disease, according to a new study.

Health Highlights: May 15, 2015

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

Activity Improves Survival for Those With Implanted Defibrillators

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study of nearly 100,000 people with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators found that more physical activity was tied to living longer.

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