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September 30, 2014

Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Risk for Colon Cancer Survivors

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Colon cancer patients who are overweight or obese when diagnosed appear to face a slightly higher risk for developing a second weight-related cancer, new research suggests.

Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare should cover low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening for people at high risk for the disease, a coalition of more than 60 patient and medical groups says.

Recessions May Thwart a Woman's Motherhood Plans Forever: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When unemployment rates climb, women tend to put the brakes on motherhood. And for many young women, that decision may turn out to be a permanent choice, new research suggests.

Can Exercise Prevent Type 2 Diabetes? Your Genes May Be Key

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For millions of overweight Americans, regular exercise remains a prime weapon against excess weight and the threat of type 2 diabetes.

Fish Oil Supplements Have Little Effect on Irregular Heartbeat: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of fish oil supplements won't prevent the return of a common type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, Canadian researchers report.

Herceptin Best for Certain Breast Cancer Patients, Study Says

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Herceptin is the best drug treatment for a type of breast cancer called HER2-positive and should remain the standard of care for that type of tumor, according to new findings from a long-term clinical trial.

When It Comes to Sex Partners, Men Prefer Younger Women: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In books and movies, plots involving older men chasing much younger women abound.

Health Highlights: Sept. 30, 2014

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

Health Tip: Curbing Nighttime Nursing

(HealthDay News) -- Older babies may be able to sleep through the night, but may still wake up to nurse.

Health Tip: Get Physical Activity

(HealthDay News) -- Hitting the gym or going for a run are great ways to exercise, but there are lots of other ways to burn calories.

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Antibiotic Use Before Age 2 Might Raise Obesity Risk, Study Says

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are given broad-spectrum antibiotics before the age of 2 may face a slightly higher risk of becoming obese during childhood, new research suggests.

Doctors' Group Issues Painkiller Guidelines

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risks of powerful narcotic painkillers outweigh their benefits for treating chronic headaches, low back pain and fibromyalgia, a new statement from the American Academy of Neurology says.

Too Many Heart Scans May Pose Radiation Risks, Cardiologists Say

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors need to make sure patients understand the radiation-related risks of heart imaging tests before sending them for such procedures, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says.

Medical Implant Devices Skate Through Review Process, Studies Claim

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Every day, people receive medical implants -- artificial valves, hip replacements, surgical mesh and the like -- that may not have been rigorously tested before or after their approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, two new studies contend.