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Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: 10-Year-Old Girl's Double-Lung Transplant Successful: Family Sarah Murnaghan's double-lung transplant on Wednesday was successful, her family says. She's the 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis whose parents won a legal fight to get their daughter on...
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WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Men with restless legs syndrome now have another health concern: New research has just linked the condition to an increased risk of dying early. In a study of nearly 20,000 men, Harvard researchers found that men with restless legs syndrome had a 39 percent higher...
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WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- A pregnant woman's exposure to environmental contaminants affects her unborn baby's heart rate and movement, a new study says. "Both fetal motor activity and heart rate reveal how the fetus is maturing and give us a way to evaluate how exposures may be affecting the...
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Participants in one of the world's most grueling cross-country ski races are at increased risk of developing a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia), according to a new study. Researchers looked at nearly 53,000 people who completed the 90-kilometer (56-mile) Vasaloppet in Sweden between 1989 and 1998...
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WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults at risk for getting diabetes who took a 15-minute walk after every meal improved their blood sugar levels, a new study shows. Three short walks after eating worked better to control blood sugar levels than one 45-minute walk in the morning or evening,...
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- Restricting the sale of large sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages in restaurants and other food-service outlets would affect 7.5 percent of Americans each day and have the greatest impact on overweight people, according to a new study. In an effort to fight obesity, New York...
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