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HealthDay News - April 27, 2015

Divorce May Increase Psychosomatic Symptoms in Teens: Study

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens may have an increased risk for psychosomatic symptoms -- physical problems caused by mental distress -- if their parents separate or divorce, a new study suggests.

New Drug Class Slashes 'Bad' Cholesterol, Review Finds

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new class of cholesterol drug could sharply cut "bad" LDL cholesterol in people who don't fare well on commonly used cholesterol-lowering medications called statins, a new research review confirms.

Smartphone App Blocks Teens From Texting, Phoning While Driving

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone app that cuts off teenagers' cell service when they turn on the car ignition may help reduce their accident risk, a preliminary new study suggests.

U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. government has decreased its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in a half-century, to prevent staining of tooth enamel caused by overexposure to fluoride.

Pediatrics Group Advises Doctors on How to Spot Child Abuse

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released new guidance to help primary care doctors recognize the signs of child abuse.

Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivors Face Higher Long-Term Heart Risks

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma can beat back the once-deadly cancer, it may also render patients vulnerable to heart disease decades later, a new study shows.

Study Challenges Salt Guidelines for Kids

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials warned last year that nine out of 10 American kids eat more salt than they should, raising their lifelong risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

HPV Vaccine Produces Early Benefits for Teen Girls: Study

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Girls as young as 14 are receiving important health benefits from the HPV vaccine, which protects against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, a new study reports.

MRI May Help Gauge Stroke Risk in Those With Irregular Heartbeat

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Special MRI scans of the heart can help spot people with atrial fibrillation -- a common heart rhythm disorder -- who are at high risk for stroke, a new study shows.

Depression, Weapons May Be More Common for Bullied Teens

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Bullied high school students have greater odds for depression and suicidal thoughts than others, and they're also more likely to take weapons to school, according to three new studies.

Doctors Say Head Lice Should Not Bar Kids From School

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Outbreaks of head lice in kids can be effectively treated without banning infected children from school, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say.

Health Highlights: April 27, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health Tip: Needing Folic Acid

(HealthDay News) -- Among the health benefits of folic acid is that it can help prevent birth defects in a growing fetus. But pregnant women aren't the only people who should take it.

Pediatricians Issue New Guidelines for Hospital Release of Newborns

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released updated guidelines for judging whether or not a newborn is ready to leave the hospital.

Health Tip: Smoking Affects Your Heart

(HealthDay News) -- Smoking can lead to cell and tissue damage throughout your body, and experts say your heart isn't spared.