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December 06, 2016

Health Tip: Cooking a Holiday Ham

(HealthDay News) -- If you're cooking a holiday ham, make sure it's properly prepared to prevent foodborne illness.

Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Hip Fracture

(HealthDay News) -- Hip fractures are serious injuries, especially in seniors. Falls are a prime cause.

Are Catholic Women Less Likely to Breast-Feed?

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Could religion play a role in breast-feeding practices?

Keeping Minors From Tanning Beds Would Save Thousands of Lives, Study Says

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Restricting people younger than 18 from indoor tanning could prevent thousands of skin cancers and deaths in the United States, according to a new study.

Medical School Can Be an Emotional Pressure-Cooker

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many medical students from around the world struggle with depression, and more than 1 in 10 have suicidal thoughts, researchers report.

New Clues to Huge Jump in U.S. Mosquito Population

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New research hints at why the number of mosquitoes has jumped 10-fold in the past 50 years in certain U.S. states: Increased urbanization and shrinking levels of the pesticide DDT in the environment could be major factors.

Missing Just 1 Hour of Sleep May Double Drivers' Crash Risk

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Missing just an hour or two of sleep at night nearly doubles your chances of a car crash the next day, a new report suggests.

Many Americans Skip the Dentist Due to Cost

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are more likely to skip needed dental care because of cost than any other type of health care, researchers report.

Patient Safety May Drop During Doc Rotations

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitalized patients who are handed off by their original medical team to a new set of caregivers may ultimately face a higher risk of early death, new research warns.

Pubic Grooming Tied to Higher STD Rates

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Brazilian bikini waxing and similar forms of personal grooming may be all the rage, but they come with a heightened risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted disease, new research suggests.

Baby Boomers Going to Pot

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More older Americans are rolling joints or firing up their bongs, a new study on marijuana use finds.

Rare Infant Seizure Disorder Often Missed

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many infants with a rare form of epilepsy known as infantile spasms aren't promptly diagnosed, and that delay can lead to devastating health consequences, new research indicates.

Health Highlights: Dec. 6, 2016

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

Marijuana Derivative May Curb Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A purified oral version of a marijuana compound may help with treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy, two new clinical trials show.