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HealthDay News - October 03, 2017

How to Start a Walking Plan

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Are you completely new to exercise? Getting fit doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. In fact, it can be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.

Health Tip: Managing Epilepsy in Children

(HealthDay News) -- About 470,000 children aged 17 or younger have epilepsy in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Health Tip: Talking To Your Kids About Tattoos

(HealthDay News) -- Although most states require parental consent for tattoos, it's still important to discuss the issue with your child.

Apologies Go a Long Way When Medical Errors Occur

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals that take responsibility for medical mistakes aren't at increased risk for lawsuits or more expensive settlements, a new study finds.

Measuring 30-Day Death Risk in Heart Failure Patients

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've developed a simple tool that predicts the 30-day risk of death for acute heart failure patients treated in the emergency department.

1 in 5 Have Been Hit By a Medical Error, Survey Shows

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- One-fifth of American adults have been at the receiving end of a medical error, a new survey finds.

Same Pregnancy Meds Can Cost $200 -- or $11,000

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The same medication to prevent preterm birth can cost $200 -- or nearly $11,000, a new study finds.

Switch From Smoking to Vaping Could Save Over 6 Million U.S. Lives

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of cigarette smokers could live substantially longer if electronic cigarettes are embraced as a replacement for tobacco during the next decade, a new study contends.

Breast Cancer's Decline May Have Saved 322,000 Lives

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research finds the number of American women who've lost their lives to breast cancer has fallen precipitously in the past 25 years, with more than 322,000 lives saved in that time.

Americans' Health Woes May Have Swayed 2016 Presidential Election

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans struggling with health issues may have been more likely to vote Republican in the last presidential election than they were four years earlier, a new study indicates.

Moving Just 1 Hour a Week May Curb Depression Risk

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Career couch potatoes, take heart: Just one hour a week of any kind of exercise may lower your long-term risk for depression, new research suggests.

Abortion Access Varies Widely Across U.S.

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women's access to an abortion clinic varies widely across the United States, with 1 in 5 traveling more than 43 miles to reach a clinic, a new study shows.

Health Highlights: Oct. 3, 2017

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

Blood Thinners Can Come With Dangerous Side Effects

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blood-thinning drugs can save your life by preventing a heart attack or stroke caused by artery-blocking blood clots.

Measles Making a Comeback in the United States

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 20 years ago, health experts thought it was only a matter of time before measles was completely eradicated in the United States. But over the past 15 years, the disease has gained a new foothold in the United States, likely due to parents choosing not to vaccinate their children, a new study suggests.

Americans More Open About Mental Health Issues, But Stigma Lingers

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Americans may be more willing to talk about mental health issues these days, but misperceptions and stigmas persist, a new survey finds.

Obesity Linked to 13 Types of Cancer

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's a link between obesity and 40 percent of all the cancers diagnosed in the United States, health officials reported Tuesday.

Puppy Poop Infections Now Affecting 55 People in 12 States

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cute, yes, but touching them might send you to the hospital.