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February 28, 2013

Health Tip: Watch Your Cholesterol When Dining Out

(HealthDay News) -- If you're trying to lower your cholesterol, choose your menu options carefully when dining out.

Health Tip: Develop Good Sleep Habits

(HealthDay News) -- To get a good night's sleep, it's important to develop healthy sleep habits and stick to them each night.

When Kids Exercise More, Their Grades Might Rise Too

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- One key to better grades in the classroom may lie in the gym or on the playground, a new study finds.

More Regular Meals May Improve Dementia Care

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Helping people with dementia to eat more regularly improves their physical health and may lower symptoms of depression, a small new study from Taiwan suggests.

With Acne, Bacteria Strain on Your Skin May Be Culprit

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Your odds of having acne may depend on whether the "good" strain of a particular type of bacteria lives on your skin, a new study suggests.

Babies Born to Obese Women Show Thicker Arteries: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Infants born to obese women typically have a thickening of a key heart vessel that seems tied to their mom's excess weight, a new study shows.

Too Much Sitting Could Court Diabetes, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Could sofas and chairs be bad for your health? New research suggests that as time spent sitting goes up, so does a person's odds for type 2 diabetes.

Shared Genes May Link ADHD, Autism and Depression

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia may all share common genetic risk factors, a new study says.

Fiscal Standoff Could Cause Financial Pain for Health Care

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- "Sequestration" is Washington-speak for the approximately $85 billion in annual federal spending cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Those cuts were originally set to take effect on Jan. 1, but were delayed in the deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and budget reductions.

Higher Indoor Humidity Levels Might Slow Flu's Spread

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- As the flu season continues to pack a punch for some Americans, new research suggests there might be a simple way to reduce the risk for infection in an indoor setting: hike up humidity levels.

1 in 5 Americans Knows a Victim of Gun Violence: Poll

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- One in five Americans knows a victim of gun violence and four in 10 are worried about becoming the victim of gun violence, according to a new poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Video Games May Sharpen Focusing Skills in Kids With Dyslexia

THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Here's one possible treatment for dyslexia that kids won't complain about: video games.

Health Highlights: Feb. 28, 2013

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