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January 18, 2018

Teens Eating Detergent 'Pods': Latest Web Fad Brings Big Dangers

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You've gotta be kidding me. That's gotta be fake.

U.S. Smoking Rate Falls, But 38 Million Still Light Up

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American adults who smoke has decreased, but nearly 38 million still put their health at risk by using cigarettes, U.S. government data show.

ADHD Drug Use Soars Among Young Women

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Though drugs to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are typically taken by children and young teens, scores of women of childbearing age are now using the medications, a new government report shows.

White House to Shield Health Workers Who Refuse Services on Moral Grounds

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Health workers who refuse to perform abortions or sex-change operations on religious or moral grounds will now get more protection from the Trump administration.

Scientists Seek a Better Flu Vaccine

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Instead of getting a flu shot at the doctor's office, you might someday inhale a nasal spray vaccine at home.

Concussion May Not Be Needed to Bring on CTE Brain Disease

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Head impacts, not just concussions, may lead to the degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to new research.

'One-Stop' Blood Test for Cancer Shows Early Promise

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In an early step toward "one-stop" screening for cancer, researchers report they've developed a blood test that can detect eight types of the disease.

These Foods May Up Your Odds for Colon Cancer

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Chowing down on red meat, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase your long-term risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.

The Pill Lowers Ovarian Cancer Risk, Even for Smokers

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's known that use of the birth control pill is tied to lower odds for ovarian cancer, but new research shows the benefit extends to smokers or women who are obese.

Opioid Abuse Rises When Prescriptions Are Renewed

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- How long you take opioid painkillers after surgery is a much stronger risk factor for addiction and overdose than the dosage of the opioids you take, researchers report.

Be a Savvy Supermarket Shopper

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Depending on how you navigate the aisles, your local supermarket can be an obstacle course of temptations or a direct route to eating healthy.

Obamacare Led to Rise in Breast Cancer Screening

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More American women started getting recommended mammography screening after an "Obamacare" rule made the tests free, a new study finds.

Could a Blood Test Spot Early Stage Colon Cancer?

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A simple, cheap blood test to detect colon cancer -- even in its early stages -- appears highly effective and accurate, new research indicates.

Health Highlights: Jan. 18, 2018

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

Health Tip: Why Women Need Folic Acid

(HealthDay News) -- Folic acid is a form of vitamin B that's important for women, especially those who are pregnant or who could become pregnant.

Health Tip: If You Feel Fatigued

(HealthDay News) -- It's normal to feel tired every now and then. But when fatigue becomes chronic, it may be time to visit your doctor.