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HealthDay News - September 21, 2017

When a Cold or Flu Strikes a Family Member

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When one child gets sick, you might brace yourself for everyone getting sick. But it's possible to keep healthy family members from falling ill, too.

Health Tip: Stair Safety For Older People

(HealthDay News) -- Some elderly people are at heightened risk for falling, especially at home. Six of 10 falls occur within the home -- often due to lax stair safety, the National Institute on Aging says.

Health Tip: Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

(HealthDay News) -- Carbon monoxide (CO) is routinely called a "silent killer," since the toxic gas is odorless and tasteless.

Addictive Opioids Common for People on Dialysis

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kidney dialysis patients in the United States have high rates of prescriptions for opioid painkillers and many also receive high doses of the potentially addictive drugs, a new study finds.

Dirty Air Might Harm Your Kidneys

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may harm your kidneys, a new study says.

Booze Often Glorified On YouTube Videos

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If kids only watched YouTube for insights into drinking, they'd get a very slanted view, new research shows.

For Men, Fitness Can Often Last a Lifetime

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Active middle-aged men are likely to stay active into old age, a new study finds.

Could Pests, Dust Lower Kids' Odds for Asthma?

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Early exposure to pest and pet allergens -- cockroaches and mice droppings included -- may actually guard children against asthma, a new study of inner-city kids suggests.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease May Raise Cancer Risk in Kids

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face an increased risk of cancer, a new study claims.

Sound the Mosquito Alarm, Across the USA

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two species of disease-transmitting mosquitoes could likely flourish in most of the United States, government researchers report.

One Weight-Loss Surgery Shows Lasting Results

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity surgery can have long-lasting effects on weight and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, a new study finds.

Asthma Drug Tied to Nightmares, Depression

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The asthma medication Singulair (montelukast) appears linked to neuropsychiatric side effects, such as depression, aggression, nightmares and headaches, according to a new review by Dutch researchers.

Health Highlights: Sept. 21, 2017

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

Premature Births Cost Health Plans Billions

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Premature births cost U.S. employer-sponsored health plans billions of dollars a year, a new study claims.

Frequent Blood Donations Safe for Some, But Not All

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Some people may safely donate blood as often as every eight weeks -- but that may not be a healthy choice for all, a new study suggests.

Chlorine + Pee = Breathing Trouble for Waterpark Workers

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Another summer ends, and at least some of America's waterpark attendants may be breathing easier, a new report finds.

When Adults Show Determination, Babies Copy

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Grit and determination are not necessarily ingrained. Rather, they're qualities learned from a very young age, a new lab experiment demonstrates.

Lady Gaga's Fibromyalgia Puts Illness in the Spotlight

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Earlier this month, superstar Lady Gaga took to social media to announce that she has long struggled with fibromyalgia.