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HealthDay News - August 20, 2019

How Much Sex is Right for You and Your Partner?

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Are you having enough sex? It's a loaded question. "Enough," like "a lot," means different things to different people -- it could mean every night, twice a week or twice a month.

How to Enjoy Cheese Without the Guilt

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Americans eat three times as much cheese as just 50 years ago, but not because we're enjoying careful indulgences like a cheese plate with fruit and whole grain crackers.

When Is It Time for Seniors to Hand Over the Car Keys?

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Driving is a source of independence for many seniors, so determining when they should hang up the keys requires careful consideration, an expert says.

Health Tip: Getting Motivated

(HealthDay News) -- Everyone feels lack of motivation at some point, and it doesn't necessarily represent a mental health issue, says the Mental Health Foundation.

Health Tip: Treating Short-Term Back Pain

(HealthDay News) -- Back pain is one of the most common medical issues in the United States, says the National Institutes of Health.

Study Points to Harms From MRI 'Dye' in Early Pregnancy

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A concerning number of U.S. women are exposed to the MRI contrast agent gadolinium early in pregnancy, a new study reveals.

America Has a Huge -- and Very Costly -- Drug Habit

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you don't think Americans have a problem with illicit drugs, a new study shows that nearly $150 billion was spent on marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine in 2016.

Could Dirty Air Spur a Rise in Serious Mental Illness?

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As air quality declines, the prevalence of mental health conditions may rise, a large, new study suggests.

City Parks Are a Mood Booster

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Living in the city can be hard on the senses and the spirit, but spending some time in a tree-lined park could counteract that stress, new research suggests.

'Red Flag' Laws May Be Stopping Some Mass Shootings

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "Red flag" laws that allow police to take guns away from people who've threatened mass shootings are designed to save lives, but do they?

U.S. Task Force Updates Breast Cancer Gene Testing Recommendations

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Mutations in two genes -- BRCA1 and BRCA2 -- are known to significantly increase the risk of breast cancer, but experts have long debated which women should be tested for them.

Health Highlights: Aug. 20, 2019

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

When Does Heart Health Return to Normal After Quitting Smoking?

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When you stop smoking, your heart starts to rebound right away, but a full recovery can take as long as 15 years, a new study suggests.

Vaping Constricts Blood Vessels, Raising Heart, Lung Concerns

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Add another health risk to the use of e-cigarettes: New research shows that vaping instantly stiffens and tightens your blood vessels.

AHA News: A Mineral, a Metal and a Deadly Pregnancy Condition

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Pregnant women with lower concentrations of the trace mineral manganese or higher amounts of the metal cadmium in their blood may be more likely to develop preeclampsia, according to a new study.

AHA News: New Heart Saved Her – and It Came With the Name of Teen Who Gave It

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Kurt Lefteroff knew Cheryl Murdock for nine years before they started dating in September 2001. She was 42 and seemed perfectly healthy.