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HealthDay News - September 27, 2017

Choosing a Great Family Dog

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A dog can be a great addition to your household. But how do you choose the right one for your family?

Health Tip: Exercise Boosts Brain Metabolism

(HealthDay News) -- A new study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, supported by the U.S. National Institute on Aging, finds a connection between moderate exercise and increased cerebral blood-sugar (glucose) metabolism.

Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe From Fire and Heat

(HealthDay News) -- It's important to teach children from a young age the danger of fire. By setting clear and concise fire-safety rules, you will decrease the likelihood of dangerous burns.

Fewer Uninsured Cancer Patients After Medicaid Expansion

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act halved the number of uninsured cancer patients, a new U.S. study finds.

Vaginal Bacteria Tied to Heightened Chlamydia Risk

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Certain bacteria found in the vagina may increase a woman's risk for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia.

1 in 3 Seniors Take Sleep Aids

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of older Americans take something to help them sleep, but most don't discuss their sleep problems with a doctor, a new survey finds.

Heart-Lung Fitness Challenged in Early Full-Term Babies

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Infants born early in a full-term pregnancy have a higher risk of poor heart-lung fitness later in life, a new study suggests.

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.

Exercise, Not Vitamin D, Recommended to Prevent Falls

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Falls and fractures are a major cause of disability in old age. An influential U.S. medical task force is recommending exercise and, in some cases, medical evaluation to help seniors stay on their feet.

Post-Op Opioids: How Much Is Enough?

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Amid efforts to stem the U.S. opioid crisis, a new study suggests how long patients should take prescription opioid painkillers after surgery.

Can Babies Help Heart Patients?

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Instead of throwing away the umbilical cord after birth, new research suggests using this medical waste to potentially improve the lives of people with heart failure.

High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy May Boost Child's Obesity Risk

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having high blood pressure during pregnancy may make your child more vulnerable to obesity, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: Sept. 27, 2017

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

Is Older Blood OK to Use in a Transfusion?

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Using older red blood cells to give transfusions to critically ill patients doesn't appear to affect their risk of dying, Australian researchers report.

Many With Work-Related Asthma Not Getting Key Vaccine

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Only half of American adults with work-related asthma get the recommended vaccination against pneumococcal disease, a new study finds.

Rapid, Easy Zika Test Developed

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new fast, easy and cheap "dipstick" test for the Zika and dengue viruses could revolutionize public health response to dangerous tropical germs, a new study reports.

Adding Drug to Standard Care May Prolong Lymphoma Survival

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term treatment with the drug rituximab (Rituxan) may extend the lives of some patients with a rare form of blood cancer, a new clinical trial finds.