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HealthDay News - September 28, 2017

The Cold Truth About Cold Cuts

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- They may seem like an easy solution for lunch, but pre-packaged sliced meat and processed deli counter options aren't just short on nutrition, they also pose health risks, health experts say.

Health Tip: Music May Help You Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- Listening to calm, quiet tunes before you hit the pillow may help you sleep better.

Health Tip: Breast-feeding May Help Teeth

(HealthDay News) -- Breast-feeding has been shown to help babies fight infections and prevent asthma, childhood obesity and SIDS.

Brain Disconnects Spotted in Parkinson's Patients With Visual Hallucinations

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've discovered a possible explanation for visual hallucinations in people with Parkinson's disease.

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.

Genetic Tweaks in Mosquitoes Might Curb Malaria Transmission

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two new methods of genetic modification may reduce the risk of mosquitoes spreading the infectious disease malaria to people, researchers report.

Can You 'Om' Your Way to a Healthy Heart?

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Meditation may help reduce some risk factors for heart disease, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association.

Delays in Diagnosis Hurt Women Who Have Heart Disease

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women with heart disease aren't treated as aggressively in the operating room as men are, and delays in diagnosis may be the reason why, a new Canadian study suggests.

Many Patients Denied Costly New Cholesterol Drugs

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Expensive new medicines offer hope to patients with uncontrolled "bad" cholesterol, but the high cost keeps many patients from getting them, a new study says.

Nearly Half of the World's Abortions Are Unsafe

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than 25 million unsafe abortions are performed worldwide each year, a new study says.

Coffee Doesn't Help Parkinson's Motor Disorders

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Regular cups of coffee will not ease tremors and movement problems caused by Parkinson's disease, despite prior evidence that caffeine might help, a new clinical trial reports.

Health Highlights: Sept. 28, 2017

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

FDA Approves New Continuous Glucose Monitor for Diabetes

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The first fingerstick-free blood sugar monitoring system for adults with diabetes has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Glucose Monitoring System Eliminates Need for Finger Pricks

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The FreeStyle Flash Glucose Monitoring System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, making it the first sanctioned device to monitor blood sugar in adult diabetics without the need for a finger prick.

It's Time to Get Your Flu Shot Again

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Flu season is fast approaching, and U.S. health officials are worried that this season could be a bad one.

How Zika Virus Went From Mild to Devastating

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A single genetic mutation just a few years back gave the Zika virus the ability to cause severe neurological birth defects like microcephaly, a new study in mice suggests.

Whooping Cough Shot Works, But Many Moms-to-Be Skip It: CDC

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tdap vaccination during pregnancy prevents whooping cough in about three-quarters of newborns -- but only about half of mothers-to-be get the shot, a new U.S. study reveals.