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HealthDay News - October 13, 2017

Texting Smarts for Adults and Kids

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Texting is a quick and easy way to communicate, but it can be a dangerous distraction when you're also doing anything else. Young or old, the human brain simply can't give full attention to several tasks at once.

Health Tip: Recognizing Sepsis

(HealthDay News) -- Sepsis is the body's deadly response to an infection that lurks in the tissues and organs.

Health Tip: Make Exercise a Habit

(HealthDay News) -- Too many exercise plans fail because daily life gets in the way. But if you include it in everyday activities, you are more likely to see positive results.

Gay Men's Suicide Risk Rises as Income Falls

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gay and bisexual men with less education and income face more than five times the risk of attempting suicide than their wealthier and better-educated counterparts, a new Canadian study finds.

Black Children Missing Out on Eczema Treatment

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black children may have more severe eczema than white children, but they are less likely to visit a doctor for this common inflammatory skin condition, new research shows.

Women Falling Short on Birth Defect Prevention

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Only a third of women are taking a multivitamin containing folic acid -- a nutrient known to prevent serious birth defects -- before they know they're pregnant, a new survey has found.

Around the World, Too Little Relief for Pain

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tens of millions of people worldwide who die in severe physical and mental distress each year could have an easier death if low-cost pain drugs were available in their countries, a new report says.

More Women Choose Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Over five years, the proportion of U.S. breast cancer patients opting for breast reconstruction after mastectomy grew by about two-thirds, a new government report shows.

FDA Panel Supports Gene Therapy for Kids With Rare Eye Disease

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

Black Women Face Double the Risk of Pregnancy-Related Heart Failure

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Black American women are twice as likely as women in other racial/ethnic groups to develop a form of pregnancy-related heart failure, a new study finds.

Nearly 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Now Obese

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Almost forty percent adults in the United States are now obese, continuing an ever-expanding epidemic of obesity that's expected to lead to sicker Americans and higher health care costs.

Need Cancer Screening? Where You Work Matters

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Waiters, contractors and other employees of America's small businesses are more likely to miss out on cancer screening, mostly because of a lack of insurance, new research shows.

Good Lifestyle Choices Add Years to Your Life

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Change your lifestyle, change your life span.

Men Often Happier With Their 'Bromance' Than Their Romance

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a decidedly male take on the BFF, new research shows that the emotional safety of a bromance might beat romance for some men.

Health Highlights: Oct. 13, 2017

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

Trump Says He'll Cut Federal Subsidies for Obamacare

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In yet another potential blow to Obamacare, President Donald Trump said he plans to sign an executive order that would eliminate vital federal subsidies to health insurance companies partnering in the program.

Can 'Magic Mushrooms' Kick-Start Depression Treatment?

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The active ingredient in "magic mushrooms" may help patients with tough-to-treat depression, a new study suggests.