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October 05, 2017

Allergy Relief Do's and Don'ts

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As the seasons change, more and more people are sneezing because of allergies. And the numbers are rising, with those in urban areas particularly affected, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Health Tip: Understanding Loud Noise and Hearing Loss

(HealthDay News) -- Hearing loss can occur after exposure to a single loud sound such as an exploding firecracker, but more commonly occurs because of repeated exposure to loud noise.

Health Tip: Preparing For Your Doctor's Appointment

(HealthDay News) -- Preparing for a doctor's appointment can be a daunting task, especially as your list of medical concerns grows longer.

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.

Protecting Preemies From Stress Might Improve Later Mental Health

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Being born at an extremely low birth weight seems to increase the risk for developing mental health issues as an adult. But that risk can be lowered by lessening exposure to bullying and family stress during childhood and adolescence, new research suggests.

Limiting 'Cold Time' Could Make More Organs Available for Transplant

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- By improving the way certain donated organs are handled before a transplant, more organs could end up being used, new research suggests.

Is Your Car's Technology Driving You to Distraction?

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new car's "infotainment" screen that allows you to send text messages and navigate with GPS may have been a big selling point.

Rare Tumor May Point the Way to Diabetes Treatment

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A rare, benign tumor that grows in the pancreas may give doctors the tools they need to help people with diabetes make more insulin.

Like Your Skin, Your Hair? Thank Your Neanderthal Ancestors

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Neanderthals are long gone, but bits of their genetic code help shape the bodies and minds of people today, researchers report.

Hockey Viewers' Hearts May Pay a Penalty

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just watching a hockey game can put significant stress on the heart, a new study claims.

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.

One Type of Dementia Is Especially Costly

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A type of early onset dementia known as frontotemporal degeneration appears to take an even more punishing toll on family finances than Alzheimer's disease, a new report suggests.

Helping Preemies Avoid Unnecessary Antibiotics

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have identified three criteria that suggest an extremely premature infant has a low risk of developing sepsis, which might allow doctors to spare these babies early exposure to antibiotics.

Health Highlights: Oct. 5, 2017

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

Gene Therapy May Be Breakthrough for Boys With 'Lorenzo's Oil' Disease

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Boys affected by a rare but deadly neurological illness made famous by the movie "Lorenzo's Oil" may have new reason to hope, with gene therapy showing long-term promise in a new study.

Prenatal Multivitamins Linked to Lower Autism Risk

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy may reduce a child's risk of developing autism, a new study suggests.

Does a Drug's High Price Tag Cause Its Own Side Effects?

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pricey drugs may make people more vulnerable to perceiving side effects, a new study suggests -- and the phenomenon is not just "in their heads."

Zika Vaccine Works in Early Human Trial

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental vaccine for the Zika virus has shown signs of success in an early human trial.

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