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HealthDay News - November 08, 2017

5 Smart Alternatives to Processed Foods

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Is your shopping cart filled with heavily processed foods? Some might seem to be time-savers, yet cost more than fresh foods and offer few nutrients. Others might actually harm your health.

Brain Beats Brawn in Quest for Energy

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The brain gets priority over muscles when both are competing for energy, a new study finds.

Health Tip: Choosing Smarter Foods

(HealthDay News) -- If you have diabetes, it's important to make every food decision count.

Health Tip: Prevent Germs at the Doctor's Office

(HealthDay News) -- The last place you should fear getting sick is in a doctor's waiting room.

Surgical Residents Prime Candidates for Stress, Depression, Alcohol Abuse

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Burnout is common among medical residents training to be surgeons, putting them at increased risk for alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests.

Early Humans Grew Taller Long Before Bulking Up

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As humans evolved, height and weight developed at different rates.

These Foods May Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Have rheumatoid arthritis? Treat yourself to some blueberries and a cup of green tea.

A Dangerous New Twist on Cyberbullying

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As if the idea of teen cyberbullying isn't harrowing enough, a new study warns of a strange twist in which kids anonymously post hurtful messages -- to themselves.

An Aging Heart May Weaken Memory

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A decline in the pumping ability of an older person's heart can lower blood flow to their brain's memory center, new research has found.

Some Guys Can't Stay Away From Tanning Beds

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Indoor tanning appears to be more addictive for men than women, even though they use tanning beds less than females, a new study finds.

What Really Works to Fight a Stubborn Cough?

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking for a cough remedy this cold season, you might be out of luck.

Daytime Wounds May Heal Faster Than Nighttime Ones

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your internal body clock is the reason why wounds heal faster if an injury occurs during the day rather than at night, new research suggests.

Do I Know Ewe?

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you ever find yourself in the company of sheep, don't be surprised if they seem to recognize you.

Genes May Explain Why Some Don't Respond to Bipolar Drug

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that pulls the roots of two mental illnesses closer together, researchers say people with bipolar disorder that's resistant to the drug lithium have a high number of genes associated with schizophrenia.

Will This Year's Flu Shot Be as Weak as Last Season's?

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of people came down with influenza last year despite getting a flu shot -- and researchers can't promise this season's vaccine will be any more effective.

Your Friends May Be Key to a Healthy Aging Brain

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting along well with others may do more than just make life less stressful for seniors. A new study suggests that warm, supportive relationships might give a big memory boost to the aging brain.

Health Highlights: Nov. 8, 2017

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

Risk of Breast Cancer's Return Can Linger for Decades

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Women treated for early stage breast cancer still face a substantial risk of recurrence up to 20 years later, a large, new study shows.