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HealthDay News - October 31, 2017

Want a Pet But Can't Have a Dog?

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want a family pet, but can't have a dog? There are plenty of other great pet options.

Taking Four or More Prescription Meds? Consider Scaling Back

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of Americans regularly take about four prescription medications, increasing the likelihood that mistakes could occur, according to Consumer Reports.

Health Tip: Have Fun on Halloween, Despite Asthma

(HealthDay News) -- Halloween is a favorite holiday for children, but kids with asthma need to take special precautions.

Health Tip: Avoid UV Radiation

(HealthDay News) -- Ultraviolet (UV) radiation coming from the sun is a major cause of skin cancer.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Risk of COPD

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with rheumatoid arthritis appear to have a higher risk of the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers report.

Alcoholic Parent May Sow Seeds for Teen Dating Violence

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having an alcoholic parent may increase the risk that a teen will commit dating violence, researchers say.

Not 'Dead' Yet: Obamacare 2018 Sign-up Begins Nov. 1

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The Trump administration's repeated efforts to topple Obamacare have not thwarted the program's annual enrollment for health insurance.

Want to Avoid Salt? Turn Up the Spice

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If your taste buds lean toward spicy, you might be doing your heart a favor, new research suggests.

Helmets Too Rarely Used in Baseball and Softball

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite a significant risk of head injuries in baseball and softball, helmet use in those sports is low, a new review says.

Breast-Feeding Bond Lingers for Mom

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The longer a new mom breast-feeds, the stronger her maternal bond may be with her child years later, a new study suggests.

Even Partial Breast-Feeding for First Few Months Lowers SIDS Risk

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New research confirms that breast-feeding for two to four months of a newborn's life can significantly reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

How Your Thyroid Could Be Working Against Your Heart

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The tiny thyroid gland could have a big impact on heart health, new research suggests.

Brain Scans May Have Spotted People Thinking About Suicide

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans may be able to identify when people are having suicidal thoughts, researchers report.

Puppy Poop Infection Tally Rises to 67 People in 15 States

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An outbreak of a potentially deadly bacteria linked to contaminated puppy poop has spread to 15 states, a new federal report shows.

Health Highlights: Oct. 31, 2017

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

Calquence Approved for Mantle Cell Lymphoma

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Calquence (acalabrutinib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with mantle cell lymphoma.