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HealthDay News - October 12, 2017

Dance Your Way to a Healthier Aging Brain

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Dance classes may beat traditional exercise when it comes to improving older adults' balance -- and it might enhance brain areas related to memory and learning along the way.

The Body Benefits of Pilates

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking for an exercise that's gentle yet challenging and works your core like no other, consider Pilates.

Health Tip: Food Safety for People With Cancer

(HealthDay News) -- Since people with cancer typically have a weakened immune system, they may be at greater risk of contracting foodborne illness.

Health Tip: Identifying Vascular Dementia

(HealthDay News) -- Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia, behind Alzheimer's disease.

Breast Cancer Screenings Still Best for Early Detection

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States, and routine screenings remain the most reliable way to detect the disease early, a breast cancer expert says.

Hearing Loss Can Challenge Relationships

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with hearing loss face daunting challenges, but so do those who love them, researchers report.

Happier Mealtimes, Healthier Eating for Kids

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who struggle to get their children to follow a healthy diet may want to make dinnertime a pleasant experience, new research suggests.

How to Talk to Someone With Cancer

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For people diagnosed with cancer, communication with family members plays a vital role in their health and well-being, according to an expert from San Diego State University.

Your Robot Masseuse Will See You Now

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The backaches of the future may have a new remedy -- developers say a robot masseuse is now treating patients in Singapore.

Daily 'Light Therapy' May Help Some With Bipolar Disorder

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People afflicted with bipolar disorder may find some relief from depression with daily doses of light therapy, new research suggests.

While New Moms Cook and Clean, New Dads Play

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Here's news that may be familiar to many American women -- young Dads are nottaking on their fair share of housework and child care, especially on weekends.

Health Highlights: Oct. 12, 2017

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

Scientists Spot Genes Behind Skin Color

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Humans come in a range of colors, and new research is getting a step closer to how that happens.

FDA Panel Mulls Gene Therapy for Kids With Rare Eye Disease

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel was poised on Thursday to recommend approval for a gene therapy that could grant the gift of sight to young people with a rare type of inherited vision loss.

Trump Signs Executive Order That Could Undermine Obamacare

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that allows small businesses to band together and buy health insurance that flouts Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations.