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HealthDay News - September 26, 2017

The Benefits of Simply Moving More

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The link between exercise and good health is a strong one. Still, many people -- particularly older adults -- find it difficult to take part in formal exercises, and become less physically active over time.

Health Tip: Identify Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue

(HealthDay News) --It is common to feel tired or run down once in a while. But these symptoms of normal exhaustion shouldn't be confused with those of chronic fatigue.

Health Tip: Making End-of-Life Wishes Known

(HealthDay News) -- Advanced directives are legal documents that dictate end-of-life wishes.

Don't Let Your Kids Get Sidelined With Sports-Related Infections

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Organized sports provide a wide range of benefits for children and teens. But there's a risk of infections if certain safety measures aren't followed, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns.

Genetic Testing May Help Make Blood Thinner Safer

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Genetic testing can improve the safety of the blood thinner warfarin, a new study reports.

ERs Prescribing Opioids at Lower Doses, Shorter Durations

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Emergency room doctors write lower-dose, shorter-term prescriptions for opioids than other doctors do, new research shows.

U.S. Pays a Hefty Price for Obesity

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A U.S. adult who is "healthy" but obese could eventually cost society tens of thousands of dollars in medical care and lost wages, a new study estimates.

Another GOP Senator Says No to Latest Obamacare Repeal Effort

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Monday that she opposes the latest incarnation of her party's effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, dealing what appeared to be a fatal blow to the proposed legislation.

CDC Launches Opioid Campaign in Hard-Hit States

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a campaign to reduce overdose deaths from prescription opioid painkillers.

Radiation and Chemotherapy Together Boost Lung Cancer Survival

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Combining radiation therapy with chemotherapy has substantially extended survival for many people with lung cancer, two new studies report.

Genetics a Cause of Autism in Most Cases: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heredity contributes to about 83 percent of the risk of autism in children with the disorder, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Sept. 26, 2017

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

20 Percent of U.S. Teens May Have Had a Concussion

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one in five U.S. teens may have suffered a concussion, and contact sports might often be the cause.

Scientists Spot Marker for CTE in Living Football Players

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A potential marker, or warning sign, for a devastating brain disease caused by repeated concussions has been identified in living people for the first time by researchers.

Postpartum Depression Likely to Recur With Future Pregnancies

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have suffered from postpartum depression are more likely to go through it again after subsequent pregnancies, a new Danish study shows.

STDs Hit All-Time High in U.S.

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States reached an all-time high in 2016, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

Republicans Abandon Health Reform Bill

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Republican Party's seven-year push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was derailed again Tuesday when Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled the plug on the latest version of a bill designed to dismantle the controversial health law.