Metabolic Syndrome Doubles Heart Risk, Analysis Shows

MONDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- A group of health conditions collectively known as metabolic syndrome may pose an even greater danger to the heart than previously recognized, new study findings suggest.

Gene Study Adds to Research of Breast Cancer Risk

SUNDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Newly identified gene mutations may affect breast cancer risk in some women, an international team of researchers has found.

Health Tip: Nap to Feel More Rested

(HealthDay News) -- Our careers and busy lifestyles are leaving many of us sleep deprived.

Health Tip: When Wildfires Are Near

(HealthDay News) -- Wildfire smoke can cause serious respiratory problems, especially among people who already have difficulty breathing.

Gastric Band Surgery Rising Among Obese Teens

MONDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- More overweight teenagers are undergoing laparoscopic gastric band surgery, a weight-loss procedure that isn't approved for anyone under 18 years old, a new study finds.

Increase in Seizures Seen in Kids With H1N1 Flu

MONDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Children made ill by the 2009 pandemic H1N1 swine flu virus suffered more seizures and other nervous system problems than those with seasonal flu, a new report reveals.

No Gender-Based Difference Seen in Anti-HIV Drug Response

MONDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Men and women have the same responses to the anti-HIV drugs darunavir and ritonavir, researchers have found.

IV Aspirin Drip Appears to Be Safe, Effective for Migraine

MONDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The intravenous administration of aspirin appears to be a safe and effective way to treat hospitalized patients suffering from either severe headaches or migraines, new research indicates.

Childhood Obesity Might Be Linked to Strain of Cold Virus

MONDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- At least part of the blame for childhood obesity might be traced to a unexpected cause -- a certain strain of the virus that causes the common cold.

Scientists ID 5 Gene Variants Linked to Ovarian Cancer

SUNDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- New genetic variants linked to ovarian cancer risk have been identified by an international consortium of scientists.

One in 10 Teens Uses Sunless Tanning Products

MONDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- About one in 10 U.S. teens slather on sunless tanning products, and those who do are more likely to get sunburns and engage in other skin-damaging behaviors such as indoor tanning, a new study finds.

Study Claims Flu Shots Associated With Lower Risk of Heart Attack

MONDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Annual flu shots may protect against heart attacks, and the earlier in the season a shot is given the greater the protection, a new British study claims.

Early Trial Suggests COPD Drug Might Help Some Asthmatics

SUNDAY, Sept. 19 (HealthDay News) -- For asthma patients whose condition is not controlled with standard inhaled steroids, the addition of Spiriva -- a medication already approved for lung disease -- appears to improve breathing, a new study finds.

Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Now or Later?

MONDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies may help breast cancer patients and their doctors make treatment decisions involving immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

FDA Advisers Weigh Approval of Genetically Modified Salmon

MONDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers begin two days of hearings Monday on whether to recommend approval of genetically modified salmon for humans to eat.

Health Highlights: Sept. 20, 2010

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Clinical Trials Update: Sept. 20, 2010

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Manual Labor, Bike or Foot Commute Helps The Heart

MONDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- You don't necessarily have to sweat it out at the gym for hours every week to have a healthy heart. If your job keeps you relatively active, you're reaping heart benefits, suggests new research.

Disc Battery Ingestion May Cause Severe Injuries in Babies

MONDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Small disc batteries can do severe damage to the esophagus of very young children who accidentally swallow them, a new pediatric case-study review suggests.