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HealthDay News - November 06, 2017

5 Diet Minefields to Avoid

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- All-you-can-eat buffets are known diet disasters, but they're far from the only minefields you're likely to face.

Health Tip: Deciphering Cosmetic Labels

(HealthDay News) -- Users of cosmetics may find it overwhelming to understand all of the information on product labels.

Health Tip: Stop Smoking

(HealthDay News) -- While the harmful effects of smoking are well-documented, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us of the benefits of quitting:

Common Heartburn Meds Show Ties to Kidney Trouble

SATURDAY, Nov. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're one of the millions of Americans who takes one of a class of anti-reflux meds such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid, take heed: These drugs have been linked to higher odds of kidney trouble.

Human vs. Animal Brainpower: More Alike Than You Might Think

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your brain's energy use is not as unique as experts have thought, a new study finds.

Doctor Burnout: A Big Health Threat in U.S.

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Complaining of burnout and job dissatisfaction, many U.S. doctors plan to reduce their work hours or leave medicine altogether, a new study reveals.

Why Many Breast Cancer Patients Short-Circuit Their Treatment

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many breast cancer patients skip recommended treatment after surgery because they lack faith in the health care system, a new study indicates.

TV Ads Still Push Unhealthy Foods at Kids

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of food ads targeting American children has declined, but most of the ads they do see are for unhealthy foods, a new study finds.

'Good Ole Days' Were Better for Kids' Health, Adults Say

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The kids aren't alright, many American adults believe.

How Safe Are Your Drinking Glasses?

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Fun, decorative drinking glasses may contain potentially harmful levels of lead and cadmium, a new British study says.

With Cigarettes Out of Favor, Many U.S. Teens Also Shun Pot

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Today's American teens are smoking less than ever, and the trend may be keeping many from smoking pot, too.

Older Women Can 'Walk Away From the Grim Reaper'

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ladies, slip on your sneakers and walk briskly every day, and you might prolong your life.

Health Highlights: Nov. 6, 2017

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

Could a Common Blood Thinner Lower Cancer Risk?

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A pill widely taken to prevent heart attack and stroke may also guard against cancer, new research suggests.

Gun Injuries Getting More Severe, Experts Say

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. hospitals have been tackling increasingly serious injuries in the gunshot victims they treat, a 20-year review reports.

Abusing Pot, Booze Lowers Teens' Chances for Success in Life

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American dream of success is a lot harder to attain for teenagers who use pot and alcohol, especially if they become substance abusers, a new study reports.

Helping Children Cope When a Mass Tragedy Strikes

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mass slayings, like the church shooting in Texas Sunday that left at least 26 dead, are hard enough for adults to comprehend. For children, these tragedies can make the world seem like a terrifying place.

Zelboraf Approved for Rare Blood Cancer

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Zelboraf (vemurafenib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first drug to treat Erdheim-Chester Disease, a rare but deadly blood cancer. The approval covers patients who have a genetic mutation called BRAF V600.