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January 15, 2015

Health Tip: Turning Off the TV

(HealthDay News) -- Less time in front of the TV or computer can mean more time being active.

Health Tip: Developing Healthy Habits in Children

(HealthDay News) -- If you want your children to be healthy for a lifetime, start by setting a healthy foundation when they're young.

Environment Trumps Genes at Shaping Immune System: Study

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Environment plays a larger role than genes in shaping people's immune systems, a new study suggests.

Lupus Death Rates Vary by Race, Ethnicity, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Asian and Hispanic lupus patients in the United States have lower death rates than whites, blacks or Native Americans with the disease, a new study reveals.

Gene-Based Spit Test Shows Promise in Lung Cancer Detection

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare indicated recently that it might soon cover CT scans to check longtime smokers for early lung cancer, and these types of scans are becoming more common.

Unhealthy Insulin Levels May Boost Breast Cancer Risk

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- After menopause, unhealthy insulin levels may predict breast cancer risk even more than excess weight, new research suggests.

When Women Think Men Prefer Bigger Gals, They're Happier With Their Weight

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to how satisfied they are with their own bodies, notions women hold of what menlook for in females may be key, a new study suggests.

Alcohol, Pot Fuel Half of Young Driver Deaths, Report Finds

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Half of young drivers who died in crashes in nine states were under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or both at the time of the accident, a new study finds.

1 in 5 Adults With Epilepsy Also Has ADHD Symptoms: Study

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in five adults with epilepsy also has symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study finds.

U.S. Birth Rate Continues Decline, CDC Reports

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. birth rate remained at an all-time low in 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

More Americans Getting Needed Health Care, Survey Shows

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although problems persist, more Americans had significantly less trouble getting and paying for needed medical care in 2014, as the health insurance expansions of the Affordable Care Act kicked in, a new survey suggests.

Neural Tube Defects, Such as Spina Bifida, on the Decline: CDC

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Serious birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects have fallen 35 percent in the United States since mandatory folic acid fortification of enriched grain products was introduced in 1998, federal officials reported Thursday.

Health Highlights: Jan. 15, 2015

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