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February 10, 2016

U.S. Dementia Rates Seem to Be Falling, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. seniors may be developing dementia less often and at later stages of life, a decades-long study suggests.

Patient-to-Doctor Spread of Bird Flu Reported in China

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Deadly H7N9 bird flu can, in certain situations, be transmitted person-to-person in hospitals, according to a new report from China.

Weight-Loss Surgery May Lengthen Older People's Lives: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged and even older people seem to gain a survival boost from gastric bypass surgery -- good news for obese older folks who may wonder if the weight-loss surgery is worth the risk, a new study suggests.

Prenatal Acetaminophen Use Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who take the painkiller acetaminophen -- best known under the brand name Tylenol -- may be more likely to have a child with asthma, new research suggests.

Skin Infections Common in High School Wrestlers, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Wrestlers are much more likely to suffer skin infections than other U.S. high school athletes, new research shows.

TB Cases Falling for Foreign-Born People in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Tuberculosis cases among foreign-born people in the United States fell by one-fifth in recent years, and the reasons for the decline depend on people's country of origin, a new study suggests.

Rise in Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults Less Than Reported: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The rise in marijuana use among American adults is not as large as previously suggested, a new study says.

Many U.S. Women Still Smoke Before, During Pregnancy: Report

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the potential risks to their baby's health, roughly one in 10 women smoke in the three months before getting pregnant, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

Flu Shot May Guard Against Irregular Heart Rate: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Along with reducing your flu risk, a flu shot may protect you from a common heart rhythm disorder that significantly increases stroke risk, researchers report.

Dogs' IQs Can Vary, Study Shows

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dogs have different levels of intelligence that can be measured, and researchers say this new finding might one day help improve understanding of the link between health and intelligence in people.

National Smoking Bans Help Everyone, Especially Nonsmokers: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- National smoking bans appear to be reducing the health harms caused by secondhand smoke, especially heart disease.

Horses May Know What You're Feeling, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It may come as little surprise to people who know and love horses, but the animals appear to be adept at identifying emotions on human faces.

Health Highlights: Feb. 10, 2016

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

Health Tip: When Is the Right Time for a Nap?

(HealthDay News) -- Naps are essential for a growing baby, and they offer a needed break for busy parents. But when is the right time to let baby nap, so it doesn't interfere with bedtime?

Health Tip: If You're Not Hungry

(HealthDay News) -- Watching your calories is important if you're trying to lose weight. That makes it important to avoid eating when you're not hungry.

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Frequent Monitoring May Keep Alcohol Offenders Sober

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A South Dakota program that requires people involved in alcohol-linked crimes to stay away from booze and be closely monitored for drinking appears to reduce deaths, a new study finds.

Birth Defect Tied to Zika Virus Can Leave Children With Lifetime of Health Woes

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The thousands of babies born in Brazil with abnormally small heads and brains -- believed to be caused by infection in the womb with the Zika virus -- typically face a lifetime of health challenges, doctors say.

Smog's Health Effects Persist for Decades, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution can increase the risk of premature death, even decades later, one of the longest running air pollution studies suggests.