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HealthDay News - September 25, 2017

Putting Wine on a Diet

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Do you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or when unwinding at the end of a long day, but wonder how its calories are affecting your diet?

Health Tip: Medication Use After a Natural Disaster

(HealthDay News) -- Natural disasters often lead to power outages and lack of refrigeration and clean water. This may render some medications less potent and potentially harmful.

Health Tip: Healthy Brain Suggestions

HealthDay News) -- A healthy brain could mean a longer, healthier life, since it's responsible for most everything we do.

Cancer Distress May Lead to Missed Appointments

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Seriously distressed cancer patients appear to miss more appointments and have more hospital admissions during treatment, a new study finds.

Cancer Patients May Have Undiagnosed Depression

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Depression is common, though often overlooked, in people with cancer, a new study suggests.

Where It's Legal, One-Quarter of Cancer Patients Use Medical Pot

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you legalize medical marijuana, a sizable number of cancer patients will sign up, a new Washington state survey suggests.

Food Stamp Benefits May Lower Health Care Costs

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health care costs could drop for poor Americans who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), new research suggests.

Mastectomy Study Confirms 'Jolie Effect'

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Actress Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo breast removal to reduce her risk of breast cancer has led other women to do so, a new study shows.

Breast Cancer Radiation 'Less Scary' Than Thought

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Radiation therapy for breast cancer is actually "less scary" than anticipated, nine out of 10 patients say after treatment.

Gun Violence in Movies a Trigger for Teens?

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who see gun violence in movies are more likely to play with and fire a gun if they have access to one, a new study finds.

Health Highlights: Sept. 25, 2017

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

Stopping Aspirin Tied to Quick Rise in Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People who stop following their doctor's advice to take a daily aspirin may see their risk of heart attack and stroke quickly rise, a new study suggests.

Mexican-Americans at Higher Risk for Liver Cancer

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mexican-Americans have more risk factors for liver cancer than residents of Mexico do, a new study finds.

GOP Sweetens Obamacare Repeal Bill to Woo Key Votes

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Senate GOP leaders have added language to their Obamacare repeal bill that would shift money to states such as Alaska and Maine in an apparent attempt to sway Republican holdouts.

Nerve Stimulation Pulls Patient From 15-Year Vegetative State

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By stimulating a nerve that stretches from the abdomen to the brain, French researchers have restored a significant measure of consciousness to a brain-damaged 35-year-old car accident victim who had spent 15 years in a vegetative state.

Blacks, Elderly Missing From U.S. Cancer Clinical Trials

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Four out of five participants in cancer clinical trials are white, a discrepancy that calls into question whether other races and ethnicities are receiving good cancer treatment, researchers say.