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October 25, 2014

Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating

SATURDAY, Oct. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Arriving home safe and sound is one of the best Halloween treats of all.

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Dark Days Here for Folks With Seasonal Depression

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- October's shorter, darker days can trigger a type of depression, known as seasonal affective disorder, according to an expert.

Knowing Genetic Risk for Cancer May Not Change Behavior

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As more genetic tests are developed that spot increased risks for certain cancers, one might think that high-risk people would be more proactive about getting screened.

Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines May Miss Younger Women at Risk

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Current osteoporosis screening guidelines and tools fail to identify many younger postmenopausal women at risk for osteoporosis-related fractures, a new study says.

Few U.S. Hospitals Ready to Handle Ebola, Survey Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Only about 6 percent of American hospitals have infection control procedures in place to effectively and safely handle Ebola patients, a new survey reveals.

Brief Interruption of Blood Supply to Limb Might Aid Heart Surgery: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Interrupting blood supply to an arm or a leg before heart surgery may help reduce the risks associated with the surgery, according to a new study.

Sleep Duration Linked to Ulcerative Colitis Risk in Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Not getting the right amount of sleep might raise your risk of ulcerative colitis, a new study suggests.

Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer's Risk

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The virus that causes common cold sores -- herpes simplex -- might increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, two studies by Swedish researchers suggest.

Researchers Say Antibiotics in Fish a Health Concern

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who discovered antibiotics in farmed and wild fish say their findings are cause for concern.

New Treatment Approved for Rare Form of Hemophilia

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obizur (antihemophilic factor recombinant) has been approved to treat a rare, non-inherited form of hemophilia in adults.

Nurse Nina Pham Heading Home After Beating Ebola

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nina Pham, the first of two Dallas nurses to be infected with Ebola while caring for a patient, is now free of the virus, officials at the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced Friday.

Could Air Pollutants Raise a Child's Autism Risk?

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children exposed to two air toxins -- chromium and styrene -- while in the womb and during the first two years of life may have increased odds of developing autism, according to a new study.

Cadavers Beat Computers as Med School Teaching Tool, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cadavers are better than a computer simulation of the human body for teaching anatomy to college students, a new study says.

Childhood Peanut Allergy May Be Linked to Skin Gene Mutation

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infants with a specific skin gene mutation who are exposed to peanut protein in household dust may be more likely to develop a peanut allergy, according to a new study.

Health Highlights: Oct. 24, 2014

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