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December 06, 2017

4 Steps for Healthier Nails

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Good nail care is important, but it's possible to overdo it.

Health Tip: Staying Safe in a Parking Lot

(HealthDay News) -- More than 50,000 vehicle accidents occur in parking lots and garages each year, leading to about 500 deaths and more than 60,000 injuries, the National Safety Council says.

Health Tip: 11 Harmful Effects of Smoking

(HealthDay News) -- Everyone knows that smoking is dangerous, increasing the risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease and stroke.

Shhhh! Patients Are Sleeping

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- In hospitals around the world, noise complaints are booming. But some medical centers are trying to stem the 'round-the-clock' racket.

U.S. Courts, Jails Could Be Key Players in Curbing Opioid Abuse

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just 5 percent of people referred for opioid addiction treatment by the U.S. criminal justice system receive the best treatment, a new study finds.

Patients OK With Fewer Opioids After Gallbladder Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Far fewer opioid painkillers are needed than thought for people who have their gallbladder removed, a new study suggests.

Smoggy Streets May Make Daily Walk a Health Hazard

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- It's common doctors' advice to the elderly: Walk around the block each day to help stay fit.

Are Women Naturally Fitter Than Men?

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to getting and staying fit, women may have an aerobic edge over men, new research suggests.

Boy's Double Hand Transplant Changed His Brain

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two years ago, Zion Harvey was the first child to undergo a successful double hand transplant. Now he's gaining notoriety for another milestone: the way his brain reorganized itself in response to the amputation and transplantation.

Health Highlights: Dec. 6, 2017

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

New Breast Cancer Drug May Benefit Younger Women, Too

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Adding a new drug to standard treatment can slow the progression of advanced breast cancer in younger women, a new clinical trial has found.

Tough Flu Season Ahead: Vaccine May Only Be 10% Effective

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's bad news about this year's flu vaccine.

Gene Therapy May Allow Hemophilia Patients to Go Without Meds

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Gene therapy has helped 10 men with a form of the bleeding disorder hemophilia produce a critical blood clotting factor. This could eliminate the need for tedious and costly standard treatments, researchers report.

Ozempic Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ozempic (semaglutide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a weekly injection to treat type 2 diabetes in adults.

Healthy Living May Ease Some MS Symptoms

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The old adage that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" appears to be at least partly true for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Coming Soon: A Gel That Could Help Save Soldiers' Eyes

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When eye injury strikes, the time needed to rush patients to proper care becomes crucial.

Birth Control Pill Tied to Slight Rise in Breast Cancer Risk

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Newer versions of the birth control pill carry a similar increased risk of breast cancer as earlier ones that were abandoned in the 1990s, a new study reveals.

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