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HealthDay News - October 18, 2017

The Value of Unplugging

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's no secret that we love our smartphones and other electronic devices for staying connected.

Health Tip: Best Grains And Starchy Veggies for Diabetics

(HealthDay News) -- Diabetics should choose whole grains over other starchy foods because whole grains are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, the American Diabetes Association says. Processed foods with white flour and added sugar should be avoided.

Health Tip: Meditation May Help Lower Heart Disease Risk

(HealthDay News) -- Meditation "may" help lower a person's risk of heart diseaase, the American Heart Association says.

The Upsides and Downsides of Telecommuting

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Workers who "telecommute" appear to have a lot more job satisfaction than folks who report to an office every day.

Arthritis Can Strike Children

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- While arthritis is typically thought of as an older person's disease, more than 300,000 American children have chronic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), an expert says.

How Foods Labeled 'Healthy' Can Still Make You Fat

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Be careful when you reach for foods labeled "healthy" -- new research suggests if they have hidden high levels of sugar, you may snack more later.

Skip Opioid Treatment for Migraine in the ER

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For people seeking treatment for a migraine in the emergency room, a commonly prescribed opioid called hydromorphone (Dilaudid or Exalgo) doesn't seem to work as well as at least one other medication, a new study finds.

Higher Doses of Vitamin D May Boost Preemies' Bone Health

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Higher doses of vitamin D can improve the bone health of premature babies, new research suggests.

New Genes Linked to Restless Legs Syndrome

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have pinpointed more gene mutations that may cause restless legs syndrome.

Firefighters Exposed to Carcinogens Through the Skin

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Firefighters face many known hazards on the job, but one area that hasn't been well researched is how their skin's exposure to hazardous chemicals might increase their risk of cancer.

Schizophrenia Affects Brain's Communication Network

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The mental illness schizophrenia disrupts the brain's entire communication network, a new study suggests.

Avoiding Alcohol Helps the Heart Beat Better

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The longer you refrain from drinking, the lower your risk of a common heart rhythm disorder.

Newer Blood Thinners May Not Bring Higher Bleeding Risk

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New anti-clotting drugs -- like Xarelto, Pradaxa and Eliquis -- aren't linked with a higher risk of bleeding than the older drug warfarin, a new study finds.

2 Million Americans May Have Arsenic in Their Well Water

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 2 million Americans may be drinking well water that contains potentially dangerous amounts of arsenic, a new government study warns.

Cooling Mitts, Socks May Ease a Major Chemo Side Effect

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many cancer drugs can cause debilitating nerve damage as a side effect. But a small study suggests that simple cold wraps to the hands and feet might prevent it.

Health Highlights: Oct. 18, 2017

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

HPV Vaccine Safe for Adult Women: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccines that ward off the cancer-linked human papillomavirus (HPV) are safe for adult women, according to a study of more than 3 million Scandinavians.