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January 12, 2015

Health Tip: What Causes a Cold Sore?

(HealthDay News) -- A cold sore is a painful sore that often forms on the lips or around the mouth. While a cold sore is caused by the herpes virus, many factors can act as triggers.

Health Tip: Teach Kids About Snack Safety

(HealthDay News) -- When hungry kids get home from school, make sure they know how to fix a healthy snack -- and which foods to avoid.

The Mind May Be a Muscle Booster

MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The mind can play a key role in maintaining muscle strength in limbs that are placed in a cast for a prolonged period of time, a new study suggests.

Night Shift May Boost Black Women's Diabetes Risk, Study Finds

MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) Night shift work significantly increases the risk of diabetes in black women, according to a new study.

Cancer Survivors May Struggle for Years With Mental, Physical Problems

MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. cancer survivors have unresolved physical and mental health issues long after being cured, a new study finds.

Autism Signs May Be Missed in Short Checkups

MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The 10 to 20 minutes of a typical well-child visit isn't enough time to reliably detect a young child's risk of autism, a new study suggests.

Brain Scans Give New Clues to Chronic Pain

MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The causes and treatment of chronic pain are often elusive. However, a small study provides the first evidence that inflammation in key regions of the brain might play a role in ongoing discomfort.

Head Start Program Might Help Fight Childhood Obesity: Study

MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- School readiness isn't the only benefit young children can gain from Head Start. A new study finds that kids in the U.S. preschool program tend to have a healthier weight by kindergarten than similarly aged kids not in the program.

Are Seniors With Diabetes Overtreated?

MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many older people with diabetes may be exposed to potential harm because doctors are trying to keep overly tight control of their blood sugar levels, a new study argues.

'Metabolizer Test' Might Someday Take Guesswork Out of Quitting Smoking

MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Quitting smoking is notoriously tough, and some smokers may try different approaches for years before they succeed, if ever.

Health Highlights: Jan. 12, 2015

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