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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Top 10 Daily Medical News Stories (4/10/13)

This is a test of a new potential feature on MedFriendly in which top news stories are compiled from around the web and posted here in one single source. Feedback is appreciated. 

1. NFL wants players' suit over concussions dismissed: The National Football League attempted on Tuesday to dismiss more than 200 cases brought by nearly 4,200 retired players who said they were not warned of the dangers of head trauma.

2. Study links gene to doubled Alzheimer’s risk in blacks: African-Americans with a particular gene are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease in old age as those without it, says a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. This finding is a result of the largest database search for Alzheimer’s genes among African-Americans.

3. VA still prescribing tranquilizers to veterans with PTSD, despite warnings: Veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are still being prescribed tranquilizers – such as Valium and Xanax – by doctors from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Stars and Stripes reported.

4. Breakfast cereal tied to lower BMI for kids: Regularly eating cereal for breakfast is tied to healthy weight for kids, according to a new study that endorses making breakfast cereal accessible to low-income kids to help fight childhood obesity

5. FDA Approves Return of Drug for Morning Sickness: Talk about a comeback: A treatment pulled off the market 30 years ago has won Food and Drug Administration approval again as the only drug specifically designated to treat morning sickness.

6. United Health units hit with $500 million verdict in hepatitis case: A Nevada jury awarded $500 million in punitive damages in a closely watched case against two affiliates of UnitedHealth Group stemming from a hepatitis C outbreak in the state, according to a spokeswoman for a law firm in the case.

7. Artificial Ovary Offers More Natural Hormone Replacement: Researchers in the US have bioengineered an artificial ovary that makes hormones in the same proportions as a healthy one. They report that in the lab setting at least, the bioengineered ovary shows sustained released of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, and suggest it may provide a more natural option for women than hormone replacement therapy.

8. How Exercise May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk: Older women who are physically active have lower levels of estrogen and its breakdown products in their bodies, according to a new study, perhaps explaining why exercise may reduce breast cancer risk.

9. "Shocking" number of melanoma survivors tan, don't wear sunscreen: Doctors are concerned by new research that finds a surprising number of people who survive melanoma engage in risky behaviors after beating cancer, including not wearing sunscreen or visiting a tanning salon.

10: The Legal Perils of Giving Medical Advice on the Internet: A Texas law barring veterinarians from offering online consultation draws First Amendment scrutiny

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