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HealthDay News - November 14, 2017

Help for Seasonal Depression

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As many as 20 percent of Americans get the winter blues when days grow shorter.

Can Treating Gum Disease Keep Blood Pressure in Line?

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Aggressively treating gum disease may help lower blood pressure in people at high risk for high blood pressure, according to new research.

Health Tip: Spread Awareness of the Opioid Epidemic

(HealthDay News) -- The number of overdose deaths from prescription and illegal opioid drugs has more than quadrupled since 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Health Tip: Stay Safe as a Pedestrian

(HealthDay News) -- You've probably heard of "distracted driving," but what about "distracted walking?"

Motor On, Heart Patients: Electric Cars Don't Harm Cardiac Implants

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart patients who've bought an all-electric Tesla need not worry that their car might interfere with their implanted defibrillator.

Is Low-Dose Aspirin Right for You After Surgery?

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Each year, millions of American heart patients go "under the knife" for various kinds of surgery. Often they're told to take a low-dose aspirin, to help lower their odds for a post-op blood clot.

Psychedelic Amazonian Drug Might Ease Symptoms of Depression, Alcoholism

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A powerful psychedelic drug out of South America might help battle both depression and alcoholism, a new British survey suggests.

Try This Diet to Lower Your Risk of Heart Failure

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your heart will thank you if you stick to a mostly plant-based diet, a new preliminary study suggests.

With Stress and Trauma Come Excess Weight

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As if weathering a stressful event isn't tough enough, new research shows these episodes might even widen a woman's waistline.

Uninsured Heart Patients Often Face Daunting Bills

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A life-threatening heart emergency can spell financial doom for people who don't have health insurance, a pair of new studies shows.

New 'Heat-Not-Burn' Cigarettes Harm Blood Vessels: Study

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heat-not-burn "cigarettes" could be as harmful to your blood vessels as traditional smokes, a new animal study suggests.

Swings in Blood Pressure Can Pose Long-Term Dangers

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone knows that sustained high blood pressure does no favors for your heart or life span.

Is Too Much Time Online Raising Suicide Risk in Teen Girls?

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A spike in the amount of time teenage girls in the United States spend online is a likely culprit behind the surge in rates of depression, suicide and contemplation of suicide, new research suggests.

Your Blood Type May Determine How Smog Affects Your Heart

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People with certain blood types are at increased risk for a heart attack from high levels of air pollution, a new study finds.

America's Love Affair With Sugary Sodas Is Fading

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Consumption of sodas and other sweet drinks -- a big source of sugar in Americans' diets -- has dropped in the past decade among both kids and adults, researchers find.

Is Meth Use Destroying Vets' Hearts?

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Methamphetamine appears to be damaging the hearts of U.S. military veterans at an increasing rate, researchers report.

Health Highlights: Nov. 14, 2017

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

FDA OKs First 'Digital Pill' That Lets Doctors Know It's Been Taken

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Offering both the promise of better patient compliance with health care, but also fears of a medical "Big Brother," a newly approved "digital pill" allows physicians to track whether or not it's been ingested by patients.

Weighing Too Much or Too Little When Pregnant Can Be Risky

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For women contemplating having a baby, new research adds to the evidence suggesting that starting a pregnancy at a normal weight is best.

FDA Warns of Herb Kratom's Opioid-Like Harms

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued an advisory about harms tied to kratom -- an imported herbal supplement with opioid-like effects that is increasing in popularity.

'Digital Pill' Tells Doctor When Patient Takes It

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The first drug designed to alert a doctor when a patient takes the medication has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.