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August 08, 2013

Health Tip: Start Healthy at College

(HealthDay News) -- For many young men and women, college is the first chance to assume responsibility for their own health.

Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Melanoma?

(HealthDay News) -- Melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer. Knowing your risk factors may help prevent melanoma and detect it early.

Answers to Yes/No Questions Seen in Pupil Size: Study

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- People who are otherwise unable to communicate with others can answer yes or no questions with a simple system that measures changes in the size of their pupils, researchers say.

Quick Test May Help Prevent Hospital Delirium, Researchers Say

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one in five hospital patients develops severe confusion, or delirium, often prolonging hospital stays and increasing health care costs. Now, a simple test can help predict who's most at risk, a new study finds.

Urging Your Partner to Diet May Backfire

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Urging a partner to diet may seem like a supportive thing to do, but a new study finds it can trigger unhealthy habits such as fasting and taking diet pills -- measures that can then lead to severe eating disorders.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Increases Potential for Blood Clots, Study Suggests

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis increases the risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots in the legs and lungs, according to new research from Taiwan.

Concussed Athletes May Not Be Good at Self-Reporting Recovery

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Testing young athletes' memory and thinking skills after they've suffered a concussion is a more accurate way of assessing whether they have recovered, rather than relying on them to report symptoms, a new study suggests.

Early Discipline Tied to Less Use of Drugs, Alcohol in Teens

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Correcting disruptive behavior in young children could help prevent them from using alcohol and drugs when they're teens, researchers report.

Probiotics Not Warranted for Seniors Taking Antibiotics: Study

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Giving probiotics to older adults who are prescribed antibiotics does not reduce their risk of diarrhea, a new study finds.

Yawn and Your Dog Yawns With You

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Yawn in the presence of your pooch and they're likely to yawn right back at you, a new study shows.

Many Kids With Asthma Live With Secondhand Smoke: CDC

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Children with asthma who are exposed to secondhand smoke have more severe symptoms and more frequent outbreaks than other kids with asthma.

Health Highlights: Aug. 8, 2013

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

Black Infants in U.S. Twice as Likely to Die as Whites: CDC

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Survival odds for black American infants are considerably worse than for white babies, a new U.S. study finds.

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