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March 12, 2015

Health Tip: Confused About Comfort Foods?

(HealthDay News) -- One of the toughest parts of sticking to a healthy eating plan is giving up your favorite comfort foods, from macaroni and cheese to candy.

Health Tip: Reduce the Risk of Traveler's Diarrhea

(HealthDay News) -- Traveler's diarrhea can put a damper on any trip, but there are a few safer foods that can help reduce your risk.

More Americans Support Vaccines: HealthDay/Harris Poll

THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the wake of the measles outbreak that has generated headlines for months, more Americans now say they have positive feelings toward childhood vaccinations, according to a new HealthDay/Harris Poll.

More Screening Could Cut Annual Colon Cancer Deaths by 21,000: Study

THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Boosting older adults' colon cancer screening rates to 80 percent by 2018 would lead to 21,000 fewer deaths from the cancer each year in the United States by 2030, a new study suggests.

Healthy Lifestyle May Guard Against Dementia

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A healthy diet, physical activity and brain exercises can help slow mental decline in older people at risk for dementia, a new study suggests.

Study Highlights Complexity of 'Hearing Voices'

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rachel Waddingham hears voices.

Teens' Heavy Pot Smoking Tied to Memory Problems

THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers who smoke marijuana daily may have lingering memory problems and structural abnormalities in the brain, even after they stop using the drug, a small study suggests.

Cochlear Implants May Also Boost Seniors' Mood, Thinking: Study

THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cochlear implants not only boost hearing in seniors with severe hearing loss, they might also enhance their emotional state and thinking abilities, a new study finds.

Excessive Use of Medical Scans Varies By Region

THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The overuse of expensive medical imaging such as MRI and CT scans is an ongoing cause of concern. Now, a study finds that if you're an American with low-risk prostate or breast cancer, your odds for getting an unnecessary scan vary based on where you live.

Tetanus Shot Helped Boost Brain Cancer Survival, Small Study Finds

THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adding a simple tetanus shot to another vaccine treatment for a highly lethal form of brain cancer dramatically extended some patients' survival in a small new study.

Raise Legal Smoking Age to 21, U.S. Expert Panel Says

THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Raising the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 would save hundreds of thousands of lives and substantially reduce the number of smokers in the United States, a new report finds.

Health Highlights: March 12, 2015

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