Health Week in Review -- Jan. 5, 2007
Weight Loss Pills Under Fire, a Parkinson's Patch, and More Top Stories
WebMD News Archive
Jan. 5, 2007 -- The lowdown on high school binge drinking, why magazine
articles about dieting could be bad for teens, and how to prevent homesickness.
From weight loss pills to Parkinson's disease, get a snapshot of the
biggest stories in health news.
Teen girls who often read magazine articles about dieting and weight loss
appear to be three times as likely to engage in extreme dieting practices, such
as vomiting and using laxatives. .
If high school students are drinking, they're probably binge drinking, a new
study shows. And this drinking problem often comes with other health risks,
such as smoking. What are some additional risks? .
A drink or two a day isn't bad for men with high
blood pressurehigh blood pressure
-- and may lower their risk of heart attack, new research shows. .
A once-a-day patch is a safe and effective treatment for early Parkinson's
disease, a clinical trial shows. How does the patch work? .
When kids leave home for camp or school, prepare them for homesickness but
don't promise to come get them early, experts say. Get more tips for preventing
and coping with homesickness. .
The marketers of four weight-control pills will pay $25 million to settle false
advertising claims brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Which
marketers have to pay? .
With new, less-invasive ways to check for Down syndrome, screening for the
genetic birth defect should now be offered to all pregnant women, regardless of
age, says a leading obstetricians group. .
Fifteen medical advances, ranging from anesthesia to vaccines, are vying for
the title of "greatest medical breakthrough." What didn't make the cut
and how to cast your vote. .