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Misdiagnoses Common Among U.S. Outpatients: Review

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- At least 5 percent of American adults -- 12 million people -- are misdiagnosed in outpatient settings every year, and half of these errors could be harmful, a new study indicates. The findings, from an...  More »

Chimps Prefer Firm 'Mattress'

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Like many people, chimpanzees are picky about their beds, a new study finds. Specifically, these primate cousins prefer firm and stable types of wood to build beds or nests in trees, according to the s...  More »

Diabetes Complication Rates Drop Among U.S. Adults

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The rates of five serious complications from diabetes -- heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, amputations and death -- have all dropped dramatically since 1990, a new U.S. government study shows. Hea...  More »

Placing Donor Windpipe First in Patient's Arm Helps With Transplant

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors in Belgium say they've successfully transplanted windpipes in six patients by first placing donor tissue in the patients' arms. "This discovery expands the surgical possibilities for people str...  More »

Leeches Help Save Woman's Ear After Pit Bull Mauling

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A savage pit bull attack results in the total dismembering of a teenage girl's ear. And though the ear remains fully intact, complications during the initial reattachment process raise the real risk sh...  More »

Key Brain 'Networks' May Differ in Autism, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Differences in brain connectivity may help explain the social impairments common in those who have autism spectrum disorders, new research suggests. The small study compared the brains of 25 teens with...  More »

Free Drug Samples for Doctors Might Prove Costly for Patients

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dermatologists who receive free drug samples are more likely to give their patients prescriptions for expensive medicines, a new study says. Researchers looked at data on prescriptions for adult acne m...  More »

Apathy Might Signal Brain Shrinkage in Old Age: Study

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who show signs of apathy tend to have a smaller brain volume than their peers with more vim and vigor, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of more than 4,300 older adults, those w...  More »

Your 'Healthy' Bacteria Are as Individual as You Are

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to the communities of helpful bacteria living in and on people, "one-size-fits-all" is definitely not the rule, a new study finds. A team at the University of Michigan found wide variatio...  More »

Experimental Measles Drug Shows Promise in Animal Trials

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have successfully tested in animals a new drug that might one day protect people infected with measles from getting sick, according to a new report. "In people who are not vaccinated against...  More »

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