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HealthDay News - October 27, 2017

Tracking Calories Has Never Been Easier

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gone are the days of hunting through calorie and carbohydrate counting books to find the information you need to plan weight loss menus.

Using Cocaine? Fingerprints Might Tell

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental fingerprint test could confirm within seconds if someone has used cocaine, according to a new study.

Health Tip: Being a Cancer Caregiver

(HealthDay News) -- Helping to care for a person with cancer may involve issues ranging from understanding medication side effects and communicating with family to providing information to a patient's doctor to help determine if a treatment is working.

Health Tip: Avoid Tooth Sensitivity

(HealthDay News) -- If a tooth delivers a sharp pain any time you brush or chew on that side, you may have a problem called tooth hypersensitivity.

Newer Eczema Treatments Offer Relief

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children and adults with eczema shouldn't suffer in silence because new, improved treatments can do more to help ease the uncomfortable, itchy rash associated with the skin condition.

Drop Off Your Unused Meds Saturday on 'Take Back Day'

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Do you have unused prescription drugs taking up space in your medicine cabinet?

Botox May Offer New Hope for Young Migraine Sufferers

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Botox injections may help bring relief to children suffering from migraines, a small study suggests.

Many Food Allergies May Develop in Adulthood

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Is the roof of your mouth itchy after a peanut butter sandwich? Does your skin break out in hives after you've cracked your way through a lobster dinner?

Kids' Food Allergies, Especially to Peanuts, Are on the Rise

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of U.S. children allergic to peanuts has increased by 21 percent since 2010, with nearly 2.5 percent of youngsters now having this type of allergy, a new study has found.

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.

Can Man's Best Friend Chase Away Eczema, Asthma?

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of children struggling with eczema or asthma might think that having a dog would only make it harder to control their child's condition.

Spooky Halloween Contact Lenses Are No Treat, Docs Say

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're tempted to buy Halloween-styled contact lenses without a prescription -- don't do it, eye experts warn.

With Severe Flu Season Lurking, Shots a Must

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Early signs suggest that the United States will see a severe flu season, so it's especially important for Americans to get their shots, health experts say.

Pot Smokers May Have Better Sex Lives

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The old image of the "pothead" who's too blissed out to make it in the bedroom may need revising.

Gene Therapy May Fight Brain Cancer's Return

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new form of gene therapy shows promise in battling recurrent brain cancer.

Health Highlights: Oct. 27, 2017

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

Fentanyl Driving Surge in Fatal U.S. Opioid Overdoses

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely powerful synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl or carfentanil, were directly responsible for more than half of thousands of opioid overdose deaths across many states in 2016, a new report finds.