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HealthDay News - February 8, 2016

Spelling Prowess Relies on Multiple Brain Areas, Study Finds

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The brain relies on several areas on the left side (hemisphere) of the brain to spell words, a new study says.

Alcohol More Harmful for People With HIV, Study Suggests

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking alcohol may be more dangerous for people infected with HIV, a new study suggests.

Doctors Should Screen Teens for Major Depression, U.S. Task Force Says

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Primary care doctors should screen all patients between 12 and 18 years of age for major depression, but not younger children, preventive health experts say.

Measles Outbreak May Have Swayed Some Parents on Vaccines

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The measles outbreak that first began in California's Disneyland last year may have changed some parents' minds about childhood vaccinations, a new study suggests.

Study Ties School Calendar to Asthma Flare-Ups

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Greater exposure to cold viruses may help explain why children with asthma tend to suffer their worst symptoms when their school reopens after a break, a new study suggests.

Do the Seasons Affect How We Think?

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When do you think more clearly: winter or summer? What time of year is your short-term memory at its best?

Poor REM Sleep May Be Linked to Higher Risk for Anxiety, Depression

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the phase when dreams are made, and a lack of good REM sleep has long been associated with chronic insomnia.

Many in Hospice Don't Get Medical Visit in Last 2 Days of Life: Study

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the last two days before dying, many hospice patients cared for at home or in a nursing home were not seen by a doctor, nurse or social worker, a new study finds.

Brain Cells in Mice May Reveal Clues to Your Sighs

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists working with mice say that they've pinpointed brain cells that control sighing.

Study Links Concussion to Higher Risk of Later Suicide

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Average people who suffer a concussion may be three times more likely to commit suicide years after their brain injury, a new Canadian study suggests.

Is Fat From Another Area of Body Safe for Breast Reconstruction?

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Using women's own fat cells to enhance breast reconstruction following cancer surgery doesn't increase the risk they will experience a recurrence of their disease or develop a new cancer, research suggests.

PSA Testing Differs Among Primary Care Doctors, Urologists

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Urologists are far more likely than primary care doctors to do prostate cancer screenings known as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, a new study reports.

White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The Obama administration is seeking $1.8 billion in emergency funds from Congress to combat the threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the White House announced Monday.

Health Highlights: Feb. 8, 2016

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

Adult Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumors May Have Lingering Troubles: Study

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who survived childhood brain tumors may have significant treatment-related thinking, attention and memory problems, a new study suggests.

Health Tip: Protect Against Group B Strep During Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- One of the first steps expectant moms should take is to protect a growing fetus from harmful infections, including group B strep.

Health Tip: Restrict Your Diet Before Colonoscopy

(HealthDay News) -- Preparing for a colonoscopy may not be pleasant, but it's worth the effort.