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HealthDay News - October 04, 2017

Could You Be Overdoing It With Sleeping Pills?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans are having trouble getting a good night's sleep, a national health survey found.

Health Tip: Giving Blood

(HealthDay News) -- Donating blood for the first time may sound intimidating. But the process is fairly painless, takes only about 20 minutes and could help save a life.

Health Tip: Screening for Lung Cancer

(HealthDay News) -- Lung cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, and often lacks symptoms in its earliest stages.

Scientists Learn How Flu Virus Changes So Quickly

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have pinpointed a mechanism that helps flu viruses mutate rapidly, which could lead to new ways to fight the flu.

Older People May Be More Prone to Reveal Suicidal Thoughts

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-quarter of older Americans who took their own lives told someone about their intentions before doing so, a new study reveals.

Too Little of This Vitamin Could Harm Young Hearts

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Bypassing leafy green veggies could take a toll on teens' heart health, new research suggests.

How Breast Cancer Gene Mutations Raise Risk of Tumors

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've spotted how mutations in the BRCA1 gene can trigger breast cancer.

Coming Soon: A Faster Test for Antibiotics Against UTIs?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Urinary tract infections (UTIs) plague millions of Americans each year. Now, researchers say they've developed a test that can tell in minutes whether or not a particular antibiotic can clear up the problem.

The Unexpected Faces of the Uninsured

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that upends conventional thinking about who is typically uninsured, new research finds that 1 in 7 residents in the suburbs don't have health coverage.

Germs May Be Valuable Passengers on Mission to Mars

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Astronauts on space missions to Mars may need more germs on the ship with them to stay in good health, a new study suggests.

'Sleep Positioners' a Danger to Baby: FDA

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Infants should be put to sleep on their backs on a firm, empty surface and never placed on a sleep positioner, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says.

Surviving Heart Attack Often Means Leaving Job Behind

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Recovering from a heart attack can be a long, painful process, and now a new study finds that almost one-quarter of those patients who returned to work ultimately left their jobs over the following year.

Health Highlights: Oct. 4, 2017

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

Newer Drug May Prolong Lymphoma Remission

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A newer drug may beat the standard treatment when it comes to battling the blood cancer follicular lymphoma, a clinical trial suggests.

Working Night Shifts May Widen Your Waistline

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Workers who regularly pull overnight shifts may be more prone to pack on the pounds, a new analysis suggests.

Antibody Injections in Pregnancy Might Shield Fetus From Zika

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new antibody "cocktail" promises to provide effective, if temporary, protection against the Zika virus, a new study reports.

Uber Can Help Cut Car Crashes, But Not Everywhere

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Use of ride-sharing services such as Uber has prompted a drop in drunk-driving accidents in some American cities, a new report suggests.

High Blood Pressure in 40s a Dementia Risk for Women?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who develop high blood pressure in their 40s could be much more vulnerable to dementia later in life, a new study suggests.