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November 15, 2012

Health Tip: Protect Your Feet From Fungus

(HealthDay News) -- Your feet, particularly your toenails and in between the toes, are prone to fungal infection, often referred to as athlete's foot. This can lead to itchy toes and thick, brittle and discolored nails.

Health Tip: Seniors on the Move

(HealthDay News) -- Walking is the most popular form of exercise in the United States. The average American takes between 8,000 and 10,000 steps per day. Podiatrists tout walking as one of the best exercises for your feet because it contributes to circulation, maintains weight control and promotes overall good health.

Early Menstruation Tied to Factors That Raise Heart Disease Risk

THURSDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Women who had their first menstrual cycle at an early age may be at increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.

Month of Birth Might Help Determine MS Risk, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Lower prenatal levels of vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin," may mean that babies born in April have the highest risk of developing multiple sclerosis later in life while those born in October have the lowest risk, a new study suggests.

Scientists Track Activity in Rappers' Brains

THURSDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Unique patterns of brain activity occur when rappers spontaneously improvise lyrics, a technique known as freestyling.

Herceptin May Carry Higher Heart Risks for Women Than Thought

THURSDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The risks of developing heart problems while taking the breast cancer drug Herceptin alone or with other anti-cancer drugs may be even higher for older women than thought, new research indicates.

Great American Smokeout Is Thursday

THURSDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The American Cancer Society launches its annual Great American Smokeout event Thursday as anti-smoking advocates push to reverse a slowdown in the decline of tobacco use in the United States.

Alcoholic Drinks Add 100 Calories a Day to Average Adult's Diet: Study

THURSDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The average American adult takes in 100 calories a day imbibing beer, wine or liquor, a new study finds.

Health Highlights: Nov. 15, 2012

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

Majority of Biggest U.S. Cities Now Smoke-Free: CDC

THURSDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Thirty of the 50 largest cities in the United States are now smoke-free, a new report shows.

U.S. Diabetes Rates Soaring: CDC

THURSDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- A stunning new federal report reveals just how bad the obesity-linked type 2 diabetes epidemic in the United States has become, with rates of the often-preventable disease hitting record highs.

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