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New guidelines recommend HIV testing for more people

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 23:23
An influential U.S. panel has called for routine HIV screening for all Americans aged 15 to 65, a change that could help reduce some of the stigma about getting tested for the sexually transmitted infection that causes AIDS.

Antibiotics in pregnancy tied to asthma in kids

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 21:42
Children whose mothers took antibiotics while they were pregnant were slightly more likely than other kids to develop asthma in a new Danish study.

Losing your job can give you a heart attack

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 21:05
Duke University researchers have found that unemployment significantly raises the risk of a heart attack. And that risk goes up with each job loss and with increasing time spent unemployed, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Many seniors sleep as well as younger adults

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 20:07
Getting older doesn't necessarily mean you go to bed early, sleep fitfully, rise at the crack of dawn and wander bleary-eyed throughout the day. A new study finds that more than half of people 65 and older actually sleep as well and as long as younger adults.

Little brothers raise your blood pressure

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 19:54
Having a younger brother isn't just a drag in childhood, it may also raise your blood pressure into adulthood, suggests a new study on Bolivian adults.

Avoid these 10 bad-mood foods

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 16:59

From obvious offenders like ham and potato chips to more "healthy" fare like peanuts and agave nectar, find out which common foods are sapping your energy and making you sad.

Most teen boys – and girls – trying to build muscles

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 13:33

All those glossy magazine ads showing men and women with bulging muscles may be having a big impact on America’s youth. Most teens report they're exercising to become more buff, and a small number of boys and girls are turning to steroids to achieve that toned look.

New hope for MS, other autoimmune diseases

MSNBC Health News - November 18, 2012 - 18:27
Researchers trying to find a way to treat multiple sclerosis think they’ve come up with an approach that could help patients with with a range of autoimmune diseases, from type-1 diabetes to psoriasis, and perhaps even food allergies.

Dudes, don't forget the point of Movember

MSNBC Health News - November 18, 2012 - 16:40

What's the benefit of growing a mo, besides the sweet Facebook photo opps? Well, your 'stache will start conversations, and that's the point. When people ask you about your stubble, ask them about their junk. Seriously. Especially your dad. And while you're at it, use your mustache as an excuse to talk to your doctor about your gland.

Comic relief: Laughter is a natural painkiller

MSNBC Health News - November 18, 2012 - 16:37

This is no laughing matter (or maybe it is): A small British study has found that laughter can increase your tolerance of pain. Cracking up in the company of other people releases endorphins, the same feel-good brain chemicals triggered while exercising.

Video: Miss America contestant getting double mastectomy

MSNBC Health News - November 18, 2012 - 15:40

"I unfortunately lost my mother to breast cancer when I was sixteen," said pageant contestant Allyn Rose. The beauty queen is set to undergo preventative surgery after learning she carries the same cancer gene that killed her mother. NBC’s Michelle Franzen reports. (TODAY)

Even top nutritionists mourn the end of Twinkies

MSNBC Health News - November 16, 2012 - 20:47

Ok, admit it. With the threat that Hostess Brands could really go out of business, you are seriously considering a run to the grocery store to stock up on Twinkies. And you are not alone; they evoke such sweet memories that even top nutritionists are defending our right to eat them.

New advice could prevent preemie births -- a little

MSNBC Health News - November 16, 2012 - 17:51
For all the miracle stories of tiny preemies who survive, the sad reality is that scientists know far too little about what triggers premature birth and how to prevent it. And despite some recent progress, the U.S. has a far higher rate of preterm births than other similar nations.

More employers send workers to find insurance

MSNBC Health News - November 16, 2012 - 15:40
For some American workers, picking the right health insurance is becoming more like hunting for the perfect business suit: It takes some shopping around to find a good fit and avoid sticker shock.

States start signing on to health exchanges

MSNBC Health News - November 16, 2012 - 15:17
After two years of political battles and a Supreme Court case, many, if not most, states are expected to tell the federal government Friday if they're willing carry out a key part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul -- even after a last-minute deadline extension.

3 small warnings may point to brain problems

MSNBC Health News - November 16, 2012 - 14:15
Maybe you’ve seen the recent headlines: Can’t chew? You could turn crazy! That’s what a new study in the Journal of American Geriatrics found: Your ability to chew might predict your risk for dementia. But don’t believe the headlines—those conclusions are overblown.

Hop off the treadmill, lift weights for faster results

MSNBC Health News - November 16, 2012 - 13:54

By Dr. Tyeese Gaines In nine months of pregnancy, I gained 70 pounds. And nine months postpartum, I was still wearing my maternity clothes -- too big to fit into any of my old clothes, despite hours of cardio and cutting back on carbs.

States get break on insurance exchanges

MSNBC Health News - November 16, 2012 - 01:04
States got a last-minute extension late Thursday of a deadline to decide whether they’ll build their own health insurance marketplaces, or let the federal government do it for them. Republican governors had been complaining about the Nov. 16 deadline, which is now Dec. 14.

Therapy can help scared moms avoid C-sections

MSNBC Health News - November 15, 2012 - 21:57
Group therapy can help women avoid risky and costly cesarean sections, especially first-time mothers fearful of childbirth, according to a new study from Finland.