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Health Tip: Comparing Soap and Other Body Cleansers

(HealthDay News) -- Traditional soaps are made by combining fats or oils with an alkali, such as lye. Most body cleansers, however, are actually synthetic detergent products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Flu Season Shows First Signs of Slowing

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While this flu season is still one of the worst seen in years, the first signs that infection rates are starting to level off were reported by U.S. health officials on Friday.

Pets Good Medicine for Those Battling Mental Ills

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Can the adoring gaze of a dog or the comforting purr of a cat be helpful to people with mental illness? Absolutely, new research suggests.

Hey Runners, Be Sure to Choose the Right Shoes

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The only equipment you really need to go running are running shoes. But choosing a pair can often feel like a shopping marathon.

How to Spare Family and Coworkers Your Flu Misery

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You've caught the flu, but you have to go to work and you can't desert your family. What do you do?

Health Highlights: Feb. 16, 2018

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

Health Tip: Ski and Snowboard Safely With Your Kids

(HealthDay News) -- Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to keep your family active during the cold winter months.

1 in 10 Worldwide Gets Wound Infection After Abdominal Surgery

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Globally, more than one in 10 patients develops a surgical-site infection after a gastrointestinal operation, a new study finds.

CDC Says Flu Vaccine Just 25 Percent Effective Against Leading Strain

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Flu continues to ravage the United States in one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. And the ineffectiveness of this year's flu vaccine is partly to blame.

Household Products May Pollute the Air as Much as Your Car Does: Study

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Everyday products such as perfume, skin lotion, hair spray, deodorant, household cleaners and lawn pesticides are a top source of air pollution, as damaging to air quality as the exhaust from cars and trucks, a new report shows.

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