HealthDay News - March 21, 2019

Tighter Gun Laws = Safer Schools

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Stricter gun laws keep U.S. high school students safer, a new study says.

How to Help Your Kids Achieve a Healthy Weight

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity can lead to physical, social and emotional struggles for kids, so parents need to help their children maintain a healthy weight, experts say.

New Heart Failure Device Is Approved

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The Optimizer Smart System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for people with chronic, moderate-to-severe heart failure who are not candidates for other heart failure remedies.

Pesticides Tied to Autism Risk in Kids

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are exposed to common pesticides, either while in the womb or in the first year of life, may be more likely to develop autism, a new study suggests.

What Drives 'Anti-Vaxxer' Parents? It's a Mixed Bag, Study Shows

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Anti-vaccination campaigns abound on social media, but the people involved are not necessarily driven by any single motivation, a new study suggests.

Baby Monkey May Offer Hope to Preserving Fertility of Kids With Cancer

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- She's cute, and perhaps a medical breakthrough.

AHA News: Culture, Paycheck, Neighborhood Key to Your Heart's Health

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Eating a low-fat diet, getting regular exercise and watching your weight can help lower risk for heart disease and stroke.

Attention, Seniors: Drink More Water and Head Off Disease

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Not drinking enough water is a common but under-recognized problem among American seniors that puts their health at risk, researchers say.

Stretches to Strengthen Your Core

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Ever had a bad spasm from bending down to pick up your child or tie your shoes?

Strengthening Family Ties Through Online Gaming

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Video games provide unlimited entertainment, and interactive ones can even help you burn off calories.

Three Clues to Raised Risk of Miscarriage

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A woman's age and previous pregnancy complications influence her odds of miscarriage, a new study says.

Drug Combo Does Double Duty Against Common Skin Lesions, Cancers

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tens of millions of Americans develop sun-linked skin lesions called actinic keratoses, which are tied to later cancer risk.

Overdose Deaths From Fentanyl Soaring: Report

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans dying from overdoses of the powerful narcotic fentanyl rose 12-fold in recent years, health officials reported Thursday.

Health Highlights: March 21, 2019

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

Health Tip: Signs of Learning Disabilities

(HealthDay News) -- Difficulty reading and writing is common for children and does not always indicate a learning disability.

Health Tip: Reading Food Labels for Diabetics

(HealthDay News) -- For people with diabetes, maintaining a healthy diet can be vital to a treatment plan. Reading food labels can help diabetics make the best choices, the Mayo Clinic says.