Health Highlights: Oct. 31, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Medicare to Cover End-of-Life Counseling for Older Americans
Medicare, the federally run insurance program for Americans 65 and older, said…
Source: Topamax

Many Parents Unaware of Emergency Plans at Kids' Pre-schools

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 — Many American parents don’t know if their pre-school or child care facility has an emergency plan in place, a new poll finds.
Thirty-nine percent of parents with kids aged 5 and younger said their child’s pre-school or day…
Source: Topamax

Interrupted Sleep Not Good for Your Mood, Study Suggests

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 — Waking up several times a night is more likely to put you in a bad mood than a shorter amount of sleep without interruption, a new study finds.
“When your sleep is disrupted throughout the night, you don’t have the…
Source: Topamax

Snake Bites Take Big Global Toll, Especially Among the Poor

FRIDAY, OCT. 30, 2015 — Snake bites kill thousands of people worldwide each year due to limited availability of antivenom, an expert says.
Antivenom maker Sanofi-Pasteur announced earlier this year that it could no longer produce the treatment for…
Source: Topamax

Helping Your Diabetic Child Have a Safe Halloween

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 — Kids with diabetes don’t have to miss out on Halloween fun. There are a number of ways parents can help them celebrate and stick with their treatment, an expert says.
One approach is to trade the candy kids collect while…
Source: Topamax

Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk of Aggressive Breast Cancer: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 — A new study finds a link between breast-feeding and a woman’s reduced risk for an aggressive form of breast cancer called hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer.
This type of cancer accounts for about 20 percent of breast…
Source: Topamax

It's Back to Standard Time This Weekend

FRIDAY, Oct. 30 — When the clocks slide back an hour this Sunday, some people may have trouble adjusting to the change.
Those most likely to struggle with the switch to standard time are so-called morning types, who tend to wake early in the…
Source: Topamax

'Green' Office May Boost Brainpower

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 — Workers in “green” offices may think better, a new study suggests.
Offices with enhanced ventilation and low levels of chemical air pollutants were linked to better employee performance, researchers found.
“These results…
Source: Topamax

Singing Better Than Talking for Soothing Cranky Babies, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 — Singing keeps babies calm longer than talking, a new study says.
Researchers found that 30 infants, ages 6 to 9 months, remained calm for an average of nine minutes when listening to singing, even if it wasn’t in their own…
Source: Topamax

Giving Birth, Breast-feeding May Help Women's Long-Term Health

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 — Having babies and breast-feeding may extend a woman’s life, new research suggests.
Other beneficial factors appear to include starting menstruation at a later age and using birth control pills.
Researchers analyzed data from…
Source: Topamax