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HealthDay News - November 15, 2017

How to Do a Skin Cancer Body Check

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Every year, about 5 million Americans are treated for skin cancer -- an abnormal growth of skin cells that most often develops on areas exposed to the sun.

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: Hearing Loss May Affect Brain Health

(HealthDay News) -- About a third of people aged 65 to 74 are affected by hearing loss, as are about half of those 75 and older, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says.

Health Tip: Stress Can Impact Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- Too much stress may make it difficult to fall asleep or stay that way.

Trauma Greets Many Illegal Immigrants in U.S.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The American dream is nightmarish for many illegal immigrants. More than three-quarters living in a city near the California-Mexico border have suffered a traumatic event, a new study reveals.

Millions Could Miss Out on a Potential Alzheimer's Breakthrough

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Even if researchers were to find a groundbreaking new treatment for Alzheimer's disease, millions of people might not benefit from it, new research reveals.

Why a Headache Feels So Draining

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- For many people, nothing's more draining than a throbbing headache or toothache. Scientists now think they know why.

Don't Fret Delays in Treating Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Delays in colon cancer treatment may not increase the risk of death, according to a new study.

Study Untangles Disparity in Colon Cancer Survival Rates

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health insurance and tumor characteristics are major reasons for the differences in colon cancer survival rates between blacks and whites in the United States, a new study finds.

U.S. May Still Benefit From Climate Accord

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris Accord on climate change, the United States will benefit from international efforts to slow the global environmental threat, researchers say.

Staying Active May Lower Odds for Glaucoma

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You probably know that exercise benefits your heart and waistline. But how about your vision?

Diabetes May Be Driving High Rates of Breast Cancer in Black Women

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Type 2 diabetes may increase the risk for an aggressive type of breast cancer among black women in the United States, a new study finds.

Top Anti-Opioid Meds Are Equally Safe, Effective

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The top two medications used to treat opioid addiction appear equally safe and effective, a new study finds.

Pricey ER Tests for Chest Pain Often Unnecessary

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- ER doctors frequently use pricey but unnecessary tests to determine whether people with chest pain are having a heart attack, a new study reveals.

Virtual Reality: A Helping Hand After Stroke

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Virtual reality games have shown promise as a treatment for pain and the aftermath of trauma. Now, a new study finds the therapy can also help stroke patients recover some use of their arms and hands.

Health Highlights: Nov. 15, 2017

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

'Fountain of Youth' Gene Discovered in Secluded Amish Community

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Talk about good genes.

U.S. Seniors Struggle More to Pay for Health Care Compared to Other Countries

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's often no fun getting old in America: A new report finds the availability of health care for U.S. seniors lags behind that of other affluent nations.

Cardiac Arrest Rare in Young Athletes But Tough to Predict

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes have a very low risk of suffering a fatal cardiac arrest -- and most of those tragic cases probably cannot be predicted, new research suggests.

Could Your Cat Give You 'Bird Flu?'

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. scientists are reporting a case of a veterinarian who apparently caught "bird flu" from an infected cat at a New York City animal shelter.

Mepsevii Approved for Rare Enzyme Disorder

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mepsevii (vestronidase alfa-vjbk) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare, genetic disorder called mucopolysaccharidosis type VII, sometimes called Sly syndrome.