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February 19, 2014

Health Tip: Ward Off Dry Skin

(HealthDay News) -- The parched air during the winter months can take a toll on skin, leaving it dry and itchy.

Drug Might Help Heavy Drinkers Limit Their Booze

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An anti-epilepsy drug might help problem drinkers reduce their alcohol consumption, according to new research.

Radiation-Free Cancer Scans: Coming Soon?

TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new way to scan children -- and potentially adults -- for signs of cancer's spread without exposing them to dangerous radiation has been developed, researchers say.

A Judgmental Doctor May Make It Hard to Lose Weight

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people are less likely to lose weight if they feel they're being judged by their doctor, a new study suggests.

Many U.S. Seniors Get Prescription Painkillers From Multiple Doctors

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one-third of Medicare patients who get prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers receive them from multiple doctors, which raises their risk for hospitalization, according to a new study.

Too Much Sitting After 60 May Lead to Disability, Study Says

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Too much sitting has been linked to increased risk for health problems such as heart failure and earlier death. Now, a new study finds older adults who sit too much are more likely to be disabled -- regardless of their exercise habits.

Health Highlights: Feb. 19, 2014

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

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