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October 21, 2014

Living With a Smoker Like Living in a Polluted City: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nonsmokers who live with smokers are exposed to triple the World Health Organization's recommended safe levels of harmful air particles, a new study warns.

Ebola Anxiety: A Bigger Threat Now Than the Virus Itself

TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Headlines remain riveted on the three Ebola cases in Dallas. But, mental health specialists say overblown fear is a much bigger health threat to Americans.

Gene May Help Shield Hispanic Women From Breast Cancer, Study Says

TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one-fifth of Hispanic women have a genetic variation that offers significant protection against breast cancer risk, according to a new study.

Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant

TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children of mothers exposed to high levels of traffic air pollution during pregnancy may be at increased risk for lung damage, according to a new study.

Health Tip: Snacking After School

(HealthDay News) -- Snacking may be the first thing on a child's mind after school. But young ones should also take steps to prevent getting sick.

Health Tip: Dish Up Healthier Halloween Goodies

(HealthDay News) -- Young trick-or-treaters typically are overloaded with candy, but you don't have to jump on the candy bandwagon.

Yesterday

CDC Tightens Rules on Caring for Ebola Patients

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials on Monday officially tightened guidelines for health workers treating Ebola patients, now requiring full body suits with no skin exposure and use of a respirator at all times.

Airport Screening in West Africa Will Curb Ebola's Spread: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If passengers weren't screened before they boarded airplanes in the Ebola-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three people infected with Ebola would leave on international flights from any of those West African nations every month, a new analysis predicts.

Pricey Hepatitis Drug a Good Bet in U.S. Prisons, Study Says

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using an expensive drug to treat prison inmates with hepatitis C is more cost-effective than another treatment option, according to a new study.

Some Lung Patients Buy Cigarettes Along With Meds at Pharmacies: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While picking up a prescription for cholesterol-lowering medication, about one in 20 people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or high blood pressure will also purchase cigarettes, a new study finds.

Mouse Study Suggests Antibiotics May Aid Salmonella's Spread in Animals

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics might actually help Salmonella -- bacteria that cause food poisoning -- spread among infected animals, according to new research.

Regular Doctor Visits Help Control Blood Pressure, Study Says

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular visits to your doctor can help keep your blood pressure under control, a new study shows.

Parkinson's Drugs May Spur Compulsive Behaviors

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease may raise the risk of so-called impulse control disorders, according to a new review.

Herceptin Boosts Survival for Breast Cancer, Study Reports

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adding the drug Herceptin to chemotherapy for certain breast cancer patients increases overall survival and reduces the risk of recurrence compared to chemotherapy alone, new research shows.

For Infertility Treatment, Should He Drink Less Coffee, More Booze?

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A man's love of coffee could hamper the success of a couple's infertility treatment, a small new study suggests.

Goodbye to Reading Glasses?

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new implantable eye device might make reading glasses a thing of the past, researchers report.

Medication Errors Occur Every 8 Minutes in U.S. Children

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A child receives the wrong medication or the wrong dosage every eight minutes in the United States, according to a recent study.

Health Highlights: Oct. 20, 2014

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