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February 12, 2015

Health Tip: Avoiding Menopausal Weight Gain

(HealthDay News) -- Weight gain during and after menopause is common and can have significant health consequences.

Health Tip: Sleep More Comfortably With a CPAP Mask

(HealthDay News) -- A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine can help you sleep safer with sleep apnea, but adjusting to its mask can be difficult.

Low Vitamin D Levels in Stroke Survivors a Bad Sign, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Low vitamin D levels are linked to an increased risk of suffering a severe stroke and poor health in stroke survivors, new research finds.

Parents of Young Stroke Victims at Risk for PTSD, Researchers Find

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Parents of children who suffer a stroke are at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small study suggests.

Motorized Stationary Bike May Help With Stroke Rehabilitation

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Exercising on a motorized stationary bike may help boost stroke patients' brain and motor skills recovery, a small study suggests.

Dehydration Linked to Greater Stroke Damage

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who aren't well-hydrated when they have a stroke are about four times more likely to have a worse outcome than people who've had more fluids, a new study suggests.

Some Stroke Survivors May Face Heightened Cancer Risk, Study Shows

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who survive a stroke may have a higher-than-average risk of developing cancer in the next few years, a new study suggests.

Cancer Patients Rarely Request Unneeded Tests, Treatments: Study

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Despite some doctors' claims to the contrary, cancer patients rarely request unnecessary tests or treatments, a new study finds.

Smile! Your Dog Is Watching

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smiling? Frowning? New research indicates that dogs can tell the difference, though it's still unclear whether they understand the emotions behind people's facial expressions.

Mediterranean Diet May Lower Stroke Risk, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A Mediterranean diet may reduce your risk of one type of stroke, new research suggests.

Proposed Dietary Guidelines Not a Green Light to Eat What You Want

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who follow a heart-healthy diet won't see much change in their eating habits if, as reported, this year's U.S. Dietary Guidelines report rescinds previous warnings against eating certain cholesterol-rich foods, dietitians say.

Last Chance to Enroll in Obamacare for 2015

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans eligible for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are facing an important deadline. This year's sign-up period ends Sunday, Feb. 15.

Health Highlights: Feb. 12, 2015

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

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