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October 26, 2017

Do You Really Need to Eat Breakfast?

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When you were growing up, Mom might have told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But when you're an adult trying to lose weight, you may not need to eat breakfast if you're just not hungry first thing in the morning.

Health Tip: Talk To Your Kids About a Tragedy

(HealthDay News) -- With graphic images of terrorist acts and mass shootings all over the news, it's difficult to keep your children from seeing and hearing about these events.

Health Tip: Are Your Pet's Meds Legit?

(HealthDay News) -- With the spiraling cost of pet medication, some pet owners are turning to online pharmacies to medicate Fido or Fluffy.

Survival Odds Improving for Lung Cancer Patients

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that offers some hope to those fighting lung cancer, researchers report that survival rates have improved among those with early stage disease.

When It Comes to Obesity, Genes Just Partly to Blame

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you have trouble keeping slim, don't put all the blame on your DNA.

Many High-Risk Women Skip MRI Breast Cancer Screenings

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Knowing they're at increased risk for breast cancer isn't enough to persuade many women to get MRI screenings -- even if they're free.

Gut Bacteria May Change Rapidly After Severe Injury

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- After a severe traumatic injury, the composition of a patient's intestinal bacteria quickly changes -- a phenomenon that could affect the patient's prognosis, new research suggests.

Blood Thinners May Also Protect Brains of A-Fib Patients

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blood thinners may pull double duty for people with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation: New research suggests they help prevent dementia as well as stroke.

Could Cataract Surgery Lengthen Older Women's Lives?

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women who undergo cataract surgery may get an unexpected dividend: longer life.

Is Successful Heart Surgery All in the Timing?

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Planning to have open heart surgery anytime soon? You might want to ask your cardiologist to book an afternoon slot in the OR.

Joan Lunden's Breast Cancer Journey: 'You Feel So Vulnerable'

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Joan Lunden -- co-host of "Good Morning America" for nearly two decades and a long-time health advocate -- is now also a breast cancer survivor.

Bat Left, Throw Right: Baseball Stardom?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Every little kid who loves baseball dreams of making it to "the show" -- the major leagues.

Health Highlights: Oct. 26, 2017

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

Skinny in 20s, Earlier Menopause Later?

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young women who are underweight may have an increased risk of early menopause, potentially jeopardizing their health, a large new study suggests.

Doctor, Please Put Down That Computer

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Most patients aren't thrilled about their doctor using a computer during office visits, University of Texas researchers report.

Tiny Opioid Victims: Addicted Moms-to-Be Transmit Hepatitis C

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More fallout from the U.S. opioid epidemic: Wisconsin has seen a near doubling of women on Medicaid who have the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in pregnancy.

There's a New Shingles Vaccine -- Is It for You?

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- On the heels of approval of a better vaccine for the painful condition shingles, adults over 50 should plan to roll up their sleeves -- again.

Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic a Public Health Emergency

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In his first major speech Thursday on the opioid epidemic in the United States, President Donald Trump declared the crisis a public health emergency.

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