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September 22, 2016

Software Speeds Up Analysis of Breast Cancer Risk: Study

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Software that quickly analyzes mammograms and patient history to determine breast cancer risk could save time and reduce unnecessary biopsies, according to the developers of the technology.

Can Brain 'Pacemaker' Improve Lives of Head Trauma Patients?

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Deep brain stimulation -- a technique that sends targeted electrical impulses to certain areas of the brain -- may help people who've had a traumatic brain injury gain more independence, a new study suggests.

Health Tip: Kids Should Learn Microwave Safety

(HealthDay News) -- Kids can learn to prepare easy microwave meals and snacks, but they should know some simple safety rules first.

Health Tip: Stay Safe on a Motorcycle

(HealthDay News) -- The right equipment, obeying traffic laws and some defensive driving can go a long way toward protecting you while you're on a motorcycle.

Do Open Floor Plans Invite Overeating?

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Open-concept living spaces are all the rage right now, but new research suggests that such easy access to the kitchen may lead to overeating.

Health Insurance Hikes Ease But Workers Pay a Price, Survey Finds

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose modestly in 2016, but more workers must meet higher deductibles before their coverage kicks in, a new nationwide survey shows.

Smoking Tied to Shorter Survival With ALS

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may speed progression of Lou Gehrig's disease and shorten the lives of those with the fatal illness, new research suggests.

Scientists Zero In on Cause of Rare, Disfiguring Skin Disorder

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The rare genetic skin condition ichthyosis leaves those affected with red, scaly skin. Now, scientists say they may have pinpointed both the cause of the disease and a potential treatment.

Heavy Drinking Can Harm the Aging Brain

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As people age, the harmful effects of heavy drinking can take a toll on key brain functions, such as memory, attention and learning, a new study shows.

Smoking Losing Its Cool With Kids, CDC Says

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. teens seem to be losing interest in smoking cigarettes and cigars, a new federal report finds.

Arthritis Drug May Help With Type of Hair Loss

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For people who suffer from a condition that causes disfiguring hair loss, a drug used for rheumatoid arthritis might regrow their hair, a new, small study suggests.

Flavorings Boost Toxicity of E-Cigarettes in Lab Study

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Flavorings used in e-cigarettes can increase the toxicity of the vapor that users inhale, a new laboratory study done with airway cells shows.

Health Highlights: Sept. 22, 2016

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

The 'Love Hormone' May Quiet Tinnitus

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from chronic ringing in the ears -- called tinnitus -- may find some relief by spraying the hormone oxytocin in their nose, a small initial study by Brazilian researchers suggests.

Falls a Growing and Deadly Threat for Older Americans

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among older people in the United States, and this health threat is likely to grow since 10,000 Americans now reach age 65 every day, a new federal report shows.

DNA-Based Vaccine Guards Against Zika in Monkey Study

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental DNA-based vaccine protected monkeys from infection with the birth defects-causing Zika virus, and it has proceeded to human safety trials, researchers report.

Tamoxifen OK for Breast Cancer Patients Without Uterine Abnormalities: Study

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For most women, taking the breast cancer drug tamoxifen doesn't increase their risk of uterine cancer, a new study suggests.

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