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May 29, 2015

Smokers May Need More Anesthesia, Painkillers for Surgery

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers and people exposed to secondhand smoke may require more anesthesia and painkillers during surgery than nonsmokers, according to a new study.

New Research May Help Control Brown Dog Ticks

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research may lead to more effective ways to control the brown dog tick, a species that can cause major problems for dogs and their owners.

Babies Prefer Sound of Other Babies Over Adults

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Babies would rather listen to other babies than adults, and this preference may help in their language development, a new study suggests.

Immune-Based Drug Shows Promise Against Advanced Lung Cancer

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug appears to harness a person's immune system to fight the most common form of lung cancer, according to new clinical trial findings.

Gene Test May Predict Success of Cancer Drug in Certain Patients

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The first genetic "marker" -- or signal -- to predict response to the cancer drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) has been identified by researchers.

Vets With PTSD Might Need Sleep Apnea Screening: Study

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For U.S. veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the risk of sleep apnea increases along with the severity of the mental health condition, a new study contends.

FDA Warns of Complications From Facial Fillers

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Soft tissue fillers used in cosmetic procedures can accidentally be injected into blood vessels in the face and cause serious harm, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

150 People May Have Had Contact With Lassa Fever Victim: CDC

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- At least 150 people may have had contact with a New Jersey man who died Monday in that state of Lassa fever, but most of them aren't at serious risk of infection, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

Millennials Turning Their Backs on Religion

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Millennials -- those born in the 1980s and 1990s -- are the least religious generation of Americans in the last six decades, a new study says.

Rapamune Approved for Rare Lung Disease

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rapamune (sirolimus) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare, progressive lung disease that mostly affects women of childbearing age.

Health Highlights: May 29, 2015

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

Excess Weight Linked to Worse Prostate Cancer Prognosis

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Radiation therapy for prostate cancer may be less effective for overweight and obese men than for men of normal weight, a new study suggests.

Inmates Denied Methadone Less Likely to Choose Treatment When Released

FRIDAY, May 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Drug addicts forced off methadone maintenance treatment while in prison are much less likely to seek such treatment when they're released than inmates who keep receiving the treatment, a new study finds.

Health Tip: Don't Use Food as a Reward

(HealthDay News) -- Food shouldn't be used as a reward to encourage good behavior in children, experts say. Children should learn that food is to fuel the body, not an indulgence.

Health Tip: Protect Your Eyes From Corneal Abrasion

(HealthDay News) -- A corneal abrasion is the medical term for a scratch on the eye's cornea.