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July 30, 2013

Health Tip: When Alzheimer's Affects Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- Some people with Alzheimer's disease -- characterized by a loss of brain tissue -- have trouble sleeping and/or nighttime wandering.

Health Tip: What Should Preschoolers Drink?

(HealthDay News) -- Your toddler may ask for soda or juice, but neither is the healthiest choice.

Kids With Autism Benefit From Early Intervention, Regardless of Method

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- For parents of preschoolers with autism, finding a classroom program for their child may have just gotten a little easier.

'Engaged' Teens More Likely to Stay in School, Study Shows

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping teens engaged in school helps reduce their risk of behavior problems, substance use and dropping out, according to a new study.

Growing Up Poor May Raise Odds for Smoking: Study

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Poor children are more likely than their wealthier counterparts to smoke cigarettes, but less likely to binge drink and no more likely to use marijuana, a new study reveals.

Can Some Women Safely Skip Breast Surgery?

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Women with certain breast tissue abnormalities that raise their risk for cancer can safely take a wait-and-see approach rather than rush into surgery, a new study suggests.

In Mice, Diabetes Drug Metformin Tied to Longer, Healthier Lives

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- A new study in mice hints that the widely used diabetes drug metformin might have life-extending benefits beyond its effects on diabetes.

Meth Use Tied to Deadly Brain Infection in Mouse Study

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Using the drug methamphetamine may increase the risk of death from a fungal lung infection called cryptococcosis, according to the results of a new study conducted in mice.

One in Five Kids May 'Outgrow' Asthma

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one in five youngsters with asthma may grow out of the respiratory condition as they age, new research indicates.

How Many Extra Calories Add Up to Obesity for Kids?

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight kids may be consuming far more calories than their doctors or parents realize, a new study suggests.

Siblings of Disabled Kids May Show Emotional Effects

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are raised in the shadow of a sibling with significant health problems or disabilities may experience more behavioral and emotional problems, a new study suggests.

Health Highlights: July 30, 2013

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

Experts Call for Redefinition of 'Cancer'

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- A panel of experts commissioned by the U.S. National Cancer Institute says that the word "cancer" may need to be redefined to prevent overdiagnosis and overtreatment of conditions that are often not lethal.

Diabetes Testing Strips Recalled for Potential False Readings

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Certain diabetes blood sugar testing strips are being recalled by their maker, Nova Diabetes Care, because they may give users false, abnormally high readings, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Stomach Bug Outbreak Spreads to More States: CDC

TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- The ongoing outbreak of stomach illness linked to the cyclospora parasite has now spread to 14 states and New York City, with 353 cases reported, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday.

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